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Vernon M.

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  • Joined March 2016

Leveraging psychology and systems theory, I build healthy community participation and growth.

  • Beloit, WI, United States
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Vernon M.
Beloit, WI, United States



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I served as a Presbyterian pastor for 3 years. My focus was on community redevelopment. I then joined FatWallet, a large deal site, as a moderator. I recently became the Community Manager. All in all, I have 14 years of experience with community.

Work history

FatWallet, Inc
Community Manager
As the Community Manager of a large deal site, I am responsible for assisting in the re-visioning process and future forum community strategy.
FatWallet, Inc.
Moderator/Community Specialist
As a Moderator of a large deal site, I was responsible for monitoring member interactions and building relationships with forum community members.
Second Congregational Church
Interim Assistant pastor
As the Assistant Pastor at a large church, I led standard congregational programs, as well as helped the Senior Pastor work the congregation through significant conflict.
Blackhawk Presbytery
Community Development/Re-Development Probe
I evaluated the LaSalle/Peru (IL) area for the possibility of congregational development.
First Presbyterian Church of Ladd, IL
Student Pastor
This occurred in tandem to the Development Probe. While a Student Pastor, I worked with the congregation to grow the number of regular participants from 17 to 50 in two years.
All About Dogs, Inc
Remote Office Administrator
All About Dogs is a force-free dog-training company. As the part-time office administrator, I am responsible for individual client inquiries, promotional e-mails, and Facebook page.
Puppy Tutor
I am a modern, science-based dog trainer. My methods are force-free and pain-free. My mission is to make quality dog training both accessible and affordable.



University of Dubuque Theological Seminary
Master of Divinity
Eastern Illinois University
Master of Arts (History)
Eastern Illinois University
Bachelor of Arts (History)
Parkland Community College
Associates in Science (Secondary Education)



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Not seeking work


  • Available during business hours, evenings, and weekends


  • Can work 10hrs per week
  • Can commit to 1-3 months


Industries I love

Advertising & Marketing Animals & Pets Ecommerce Education Gaming Philanthropy

What I read

Books on community management, dog training, theology, a member of the Feverbee online community for community managers

Side projects

Evolving Christian Faith Network (own project); modern, science-based dog training; volunteering at local rescue

Ideal team

I prefer smaller teams, so startups appeal to me. I can work with larger teams, as well. I like collaborative environments that still allow me enough room to create my own agenda.