Makenzie O'Connor



Allegheny College, Meadville, PA

Bachelors of Science (BS) in Global Health and Middle Eastern Studies

Thesis: Childhood Development and Art Therapy  

Related Coursework: Epidemiology, Psychology of Intergroup Conflict, Conflict Photojournalism, Health Psychology, Global Health Transitions

School for International Training, Amman, Jordan

Semester Study Abroad (Fall 2014) in Health and Community Development and Arabic Language Immersion

Thesis: Perceptions of People with Disabilities: Benefits of Art for Individuals with Special Needs

Related Coursework: Healthcare Systems and Policy in Jordan; Health, Environment, and Community Development; Research Methods and Ethics



Mak.O Designs, Pittsburgh, PA, 2016 – present

Graphic Design, Branding, Artwork

·      Cohesive branding services, business development, and consulting

·       Logo design, web design, poster design, merchandise design, photography, custom illustrations, and album artwork

Hatch Art Studio, Pittsburgh, PA, 2017 – present

Art Teacher

·     Work alongside other teachers to create a welcoming environment that seeks to inspire creative thinking, develop artistic skills, spark curiosity, and promote an imagination

·     Teach art classes, creative workshops, camps, and open studio for children

The Guider Group, Pittsburgh, PA, 2017 – present

Solutions Specialist

·      Utilize entrepreneurial background and knowledge of design and consumer behavior to help customers grow across multiple disciplines

·       Responsibilities include graphic design for print and web materials, content writing, social media marketing, and content system design and creation

Urban Tree, Pittsburgh, PA, 2018 – present

Sculpture Assistant, Web Design, Marketing

·       Provide marketing services including email design, event promotion, and web design updates

·       Assist artist, Jason Boone, with his wood sculptures; sanding, drilling, burning, and wire wrapping wood.

Root Health, Pittsburgh, PA, 2017 – 2018

Design Consultant, Web Design, and App Ideation

·       Consulted the business and development team and provided a global health and human behavior perspective

·       Designed and built the landing page for the Root Health Coach App and designed app mockups

Graphic Design, August 2014 – 2016

Independent Contractor

·       Create and design promotional materials and web applications

·       Develop custom products by integrating client needs, knowledge of target audience, and experience

Cheeckwood Estate & Gardens, Nashville, TN, Fall 2016 – Spring 2017

Art Teacher, Project Coordinator, and Designer

·       Facilitated nature themed art classes for toddlers and their caretakers

·       Assisted in event planning and project development and created corresponding design materials

ModerNash, August 2014 – 2016

Kitchen Designer

·       Worked on new build projects as well as remodels to create intentional kitchen designs that catered to the specific needs of the homeowners

·       Responsibilities included taking measurements at the construction site, developing architectural drawings and realistic mockups of the kitchen, and choosing materials alongside the customer

Isabell’s Painted Gardens LTD, McKean/Edinboro, PA, 2008 – 2016

Co-Owner, Horticulturist, Planner, and Photographer

•    Conducted tours, coordinated, planed, and executed all events from start to finish

•    Advertised the venue through online social media, online directories, and conferences and tradeshows

•    Physically design and build the venue structures and gardens

•    Complete landscape design and construction, planting of trees, shrubs, and perennials

•    Provide decorating and floral arrangements for brides and clients

Allegheny College Senior Thesis, Meadville, PA, August 2015 – May 2016

Researcher and Program Creator

·       Researched child development and translation of childhood experiences throughout the lifespan

·       Developed creative solutions to prevent long term health impacts of negative or traumatic experiences/stressors

·       Designed healing art program and produced 50 page thesis

Allegheny College, Meadville, PA, August 2015 – May 2016        

Community Advisor

·       Led a team of Resident Advisors in promoting the highest quality of life for residents and led weekly check-in and planning meetings

·       Monitored the physical state and emotional climate of residential area

·       Confronted inappropriate/negative behavior in a constructive manner

·       Respond to emergency situations while following related duty and crisis protocols

·       Managed building budget and expenditures 

Thomas Merton Peace and Social Justice Center, Pittsburgh, PA, May 2015 – August 2015                   

Anti-Drone Warfare and Environmental Justice Intern

·       Organized events to bring awareness of local, national, and international peace and social justice issues to the public

·       Raised awareness, collected signatures, and spoke with city council members to pass a city council resolution on drones

·       Wrote articles in monthly newspaper publication

School for International Training, Amman, Jordan, August 2014 – December 2014        


·       Examined impact of regional conflicts on healthcare systems and determinants of health in Jordan

·       Applied for and received IRB approval

·       Researched healing benefits of art therapy for individuals with special needs alongside local university professor

·       Interviewed parents of children with special needs

·       Created, distributed, and collected survey from which data was analyzed in SPSS

Orient Spirit Development, Amman, Jordan, August 2014 – December 2014                   

Student Aid and Activity Leader

·       Coordinated art activities for students and adapted activates to student’s particular skill level

·       Encouraged students to explore their creativity with beadwork, paint, origami, mosaic, woodwork, illustration, sewing, and other crafts

 Flashstarts Startup Accelerator, Cleveland, OH, May 2014 – August 2014

Social Media and Design Intern

·       Collaborated with entrepreneurs to build strong social media presence

·       Designed and produced promotional materials using Adobe software

·       Developed client relationships and marketed product to best reach target audience

Community Care Network, Meadville, PA, August 2013 – May 2014                  

Health Coach

·       Conducted weekly/biweekly home visits for Meadville Medical Center patients with chronic health issues

·       Assisted patients in slowly and effectively making behavioral changes to improve long term health, well-being, and happiness

·       Ensured all prescribed medications were understood by patients and were being taken properly

·       Connected patients with community partners and health resources



Computer: SAS, Microsoft Office Suite, LaTeX, Adobe Creative Cloud Suite, SPSS, WordPress

Foreign Language: Beginning Arabic and Spanish

Interpersonal: Experience working with children, young adults, and elderly. Individuals with special needs. International experience. Leadership and teamwork.

Certifications: CPR, Emergency Response, Nonviolence Training, Teaching Assistant, Resident and Community Advisor



·       Hello Neighbor - Mentor

·       Allegheny Cross Country & Track – 4 Year Team Member, All Conference

·       Introduction to Global Health, Allegheny College – Teaching Assistant

·       Allegheny College Website – Administrator

·       Grounds for Change Coffee Shop – Board Member and Volunteer

·       General McLane Student Government – President