Deborah Shadovitz on the air on KNX radio with Jeff Levy on Computer News

Deborah Shadovitz' Resume

(This is the closest I come to maintaining a resume these days.)
Specialties: Macintosh computer use; using email and web; word processing
Location: Los Angeles, California; available to travel

Available for: writing (tech and general publications, corporate writing), speaking (in person or on the radio), training/teaching, or as a guest expert.


Writing - non-technical

  • Deb's first issue as Editor  of ValleyLife magazineValley Life magazine - Editor, as of May 1, 2009
    I not only write now, but also am the Editor, or Editor-in-Chief and author. I actually came up with, assigned and edited; researched and wrote an entire issue of content in less than one month. My own features include: an article about Chelsy Swenson, local motocross dynamo; a feature on the Kern River Valley and white water rafting; and an interview with Amy Brenneman.
    This link leads to this issue in the online viewer.
    Click the button on the page to download the 11.4MB PDF.
    Or right/control-click this link and choose to download.
    Note: I did not create that website and do not do the magazine layout.
    [Funny: When I interviewed for this, the publisher realized he had my GoLive Bible.]
  • Valley Life magazine - contributing writer
    • Beau Bridges, profile - Jan/Feb 2008
    • A Weekend in Laguna Beach - Sept/Oct 2007
      My first non-computer writing since 1989, this is a return to travel writing.
      (I wrote about visiting NYC and world travel back in the late '80s.)


Writing About Mac & Web (Only 1993 - present shown here)

Speaking Engagements

  • MacRadio — The Mac Night Owl LIVE: The Night of Panther
  • Various seminars at Macworld Expo east and west for several years.
  • Macworld Live, broadcast from Expo show floor, January 1998 - July 2001 (event ended)
  • Various seminars at the annual MacFair LA 1995 - 1998
  • User Group presentations in various locations, covering many topics
  • Computer Radio - KSKA FM 91.1 in Anchorage, July 1999
  • Other radio shows local to LA as well
  • World Without Borders chats, multiple "appearances"

(Fuller listing)

Other Macintosh Related Positions

Computer Solutions Coach, Since 1994
Recommend equipment and software and MacOS solutions for businesses and individuals. Train users in proper, creative, efficient use of equipment and programs. Create forms, databases, mailings and other tools. Here's a list of partial list of past and present clients:

  • Universal Studios: many divisions, training in basic Mac, FileMaker, Word, & Excel
  • Wells Fargo: training in basic Mac, & Word
  • FedEx: Two FileMaker databases including a National Sales Database
  • FatBurger: databases in AppleWorks
  • a Santa Monica Blvd bookstore: sales and customer database (still in use since 1994)
  • Khera - clothing design: all facets of Mac support
  • Magic Bob Weiss: website design & maintenance. I created this site 1997-1999. Interestingly, this does so well for Magic Bob that he doesn't want the updated design I offered him.
  • Digital Media Marketing Organization (DMMO): website design, writing & maintenance
  • Divorce: the musical website
  • MacGathering™ event, website with online registration. This is my own event. I created the event, the logo, the press releases, the FileMaker Pro databases, and the website.
  • Full Fashions For Less, retail clothing website (no longer up)
  • San Gabriel Macintosh User Group website (now done by someone else as a blog)
  • David W. Streets ~ Fine Art Gallery & Contemporary Art & Photography Gallery on Santa Monica Blvd in Beverly Hills. Updated David's initial design July 2009 to make the site work better for him on the web.
  • Barbara Lazaroff - the woman who designed Spago and a bunch of other brilliantly designed restaurant. Barbara also does home design. There's no one quite like Barbara. Now she has a site on which to share her designs, discoveries, and philanthropy.

Project Coordinator, United Jewish Appeal/Western Region
Originated and produced Great Ideas, a creative exchange to decrease redundancy and increase creative efficiency for 29 Federations.
Designed format and materials.
Handled all production.

Macintosh Instructor, Signal Hill Elementary School
Created unique family-oriented program to make the Mac a comfortable tool for parents.
Used ClarisWorks to introduce business skills; incorporated English literacy and more

Other Positions

  • Palm Evangelist, June-September 2003
    Participating in a test program for Palm, I regularly visited Staples, Best Buy, Office Depot and Office Max as the Palm Expert to help customers learn about the various Palm Handheld devices. Placed signs in each store to let them know when I’d be there. Often arrived to find customers waiting. Wrote custom tutorials to show and teach the Macintosh user's experience with the PalmOS, posting them on this website to help potential clients and fellow program participants.

  • Computer sales, SOS Computers, LA
    Specialized in broadcasting & graphics. Loved and sold many Amiga computers due to it’s excellent ability to suit broadcasting needs. Sold the Apple IIgs to home users. Sold DOS clones, and then Macintosh computers once I realized their power.

  • Computer sales, Inacomp Computers, Costa Mesa
    Sold Macintosh, IBM, and Compaq computers, depending upon the customers’ primary needs.

  • Authoring, Editing, & Layout, Lakeshore Learning Materials, R&D Dept
    Edited teacher's guides to ensure teachers could follow the projects with their own students.
    Contributed to various projects.
    Wrote guides on my own.

  • Substitute Teacher
    Obtained at California certification (CBEST) to teach as a sub in various school districts in the Long Beach and Orange County areas. Taught all subjects and levels of public schools from kindergarten to high school psychology, specializing in art, English, and computers; was a Preferred Sub at several schools.

    My favorite teaching tool were photos of my world travels. I used them to engage children to show them how the things they were learning, such as fractions, really will matter in the real world. The photos and discussions also showed them a world existed outside of their closed world and that they were welcome in it and could seek it. Happily, parents and staff told me they felt I really did help change some lives for the better.

  • Software Instructor/Demonstrator, Prodigy Services
    Familiarized people with Prodigy's features in sales/education environments.

  • Program Coordinator, Syosset High School
    Developed and implemented daily programs as alternative to subs.
    Researched and arranged unique events and speakers.
    Facilitated internships and externships.
    Taught students to handle responsibilities.

  • Public Relations Specialist, UJA-Federation, NYC
    Helped create thematic events, awards, educational programs.
    Created/produced audio, video, audio-visual programs.
    Set up some of these shows and other visual exhibits at the locations of events.
    Scheduled and maintained equipment. Redesigned libraries, scheduling, and payment systems.
    Designed recording studio.

Other Job Experience (Sales, Broadcasting)

  • Department Manager, A&S Department Stores, Manhasset, NY
    (Managed the Santa Claus photo studio.)
  • Department store clerk and cashier, Fortunoff, Westbury, NY
    Deborah Shadovitz as an engineer at WFSB-TV
  • Engineer, CBS affiliate WFSB-TV, Hartford, CT
  • Various freelance video production positions in New York City
    (Most interesting moment: stage managing Phil Donahue for a NAPTE event.)
  • Printed circuit board assembly, summer job, Melville, NY
  • Various summer jobs working on assembly lines, in shipping, and doing secretarial and switchboard, NY

Most Unique Life Experience

Traveled much of the world for 3 years. Stayed with families. Visited schools, TV stations, and businesses. Wrote travel articles and did slide presentations. I even drew up a business plan for a Turkish boat owner/captian - on a napkin.
Prior to this, I did some other travelling such as a month in Israel/Egypt and another trip to Europe.)
You can see my entire travel section — Intro, Resources and Photos — via the menus on the left.


  • Adobe Certified Training Provider, GoLive
    (for previous versions)
  • Adobe Certificate Expert (ACE), GoLive
    (for previous versions)
  • CBEST (California Teacher's Credential)
  • Sales certifications from and Compaq & Apple Computer
  • Certificate programs for video editing and computer sales/usage proficiency.
  • NABET (Nat'l Assoc of Broadcast Engineers & Technicians) local 15, NYC, awarded 1981
  • BA Communication Studies & A/V Production: State University of NY, Oswego
  • 3rd Class Radio Broadcasting License (NYC, achieved in 10th grade)

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