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1999-2004 Degree - Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum & Instruction from the Teaching & Leadership Department of The University of Kansas: Lawrence, Kansas. (Research on "Time to Teach" using quantitative and the Delphi technique for analysis.) Minor in Music - Dr. John Stephen's Chairman of Vocal Department.

2000 Experience -  Attended and performed in an intensive study of vocal technique as applied to the literature for active singers the Daniel Ferro Vocal Program of the Juilliard School of Music: Chianti, Italy. (The session was by audition only and consisted of repertoire from Italy, Germany, and France: the mornings were dedicated to repertoire from a specific country in the form of arias and art songs there was one morning session dedicated to Jazz taught by Robert Kopelson of the Juilliard School of Music; in the afternoons private lessons with vocal professors - Giovanni Reggioli (Assistant Director for the Met and vocal coach on Italian Arias) - Robert Kopelson (Accompanist at Juilliard and a teacher of American Art Song) - Janice Harper-Smith (Graduate of Juilliard, Assistant Director for the Daniel Ferro Program and a Vocal Coach for Robert Smith)- Patrick Visseq (from Paris France a French Chanson and Arias specialist and an accompanist) - Jan Philip Schulze (German Lieder specialist and an accompanist) - Italian diction classes with Alessandra Molletti; the evenings consisted of live concerts performed by the students throughout the Tuscan region.)

1996 Certification - Advanced Teen Training and Counseling Certification from the University of Missouri: St. Louis, Missouri. ( In lieu of Parents As Teachers.)

1995-1998 Certification -  Child Development Certification from the University of Missouri: St. Louis, Missouri. (In lieu of Parents As Teachers.)

1995 Certification - Denver II Certification from the Parsons Hospital: Parsons, Kansas. (In lieu of Parents As Teachers.)

1994 Certification - Parents As Teachers Certification from the University of Missouri: St. Louis, Missouri.

1988-1990 Degree - Master of Music from Pittsburg State University: Pittsburg, Kansas. (Vocal instructor Margaret Theunemann.)

1976-1980 Degree - Bachelor of Science in Music from Southwest Baptist University: Bolivar, Missouri. (Dean Dr. Duncan Couch.)


Presently- Consultant, Web Designer, Book Keeping/Accounting, Vocalist, Accompanist, Vocal Instructor, and Piano Instructor.

1992-Present AX&P Inc.: Independence, Kansas (Manage all accounting and keep oil/gas production records.  Manage website )
Atikokan Energy, LTD: Austin, Texas (Treasurer, Book Keeper)
Consolidated Gas & Energy, Inc.: Los Angeles, California (Keep oil/gas production records and accounting.)
Criteria Petroleum,  Corporation: Neodesha, Kansas. (Treasurer)
(Internet sites, spreadsheets, long and short-term analyses, charting, database, accounting, and book keeping.)
Prelude Management - Troubleshooting, Vocal and Piano Instruction
Valley Candleworks: E-Commerce site

2002-2003 Fine Arts Department Chair for Independence Community College: Independence, Kansas.

2000-2003 Vocal and Choral Instructor for Independence Community College: Independence, Kansas.

2000 Cobalt Boats: Neodesha, Kansas. (Consultant and web builder for instructional manual. Ten years tax abatement. Grants for Industries in Kansas. Proposals written on job turnover, environment emissions for new boat, and large truck licensing for 50 states and two Canadian Provinces.)

1989-2000 Vocal Adjunct Faculty for Independence Community College: Independence, Kansas

1999 Choral Instructor 7-12 and K for USD 461: Neodesha, Kansas. (Consultant filling in for an emergency situation.)

1993-1998 Substitute Teacher K-12 for USD 447: Cherryvale, Kansas and USD 461: Neodesha, Kansas. (Granted emergency certification.)

1994-1998 Parent As Teacher Educator: Greenbush, Kansas.

1991-1992 Executive Secretary in Credit Card Securities Commerce Bank: Kansas City, Missouri.

1988 Choral and Vocal Instructor at Independence Community College: Independence, Kansas. (Fall semester filling in for an emergency situation.)

1983-1990 Choral Director (Radio Broadcast, five choirs, orchestra, traditional services.) First Baptist Church: Independence, Kansas.

1981-1982 Spanish Teacher 7-12: Stockton, Missouri.


Phil Lowell, Ph D - Chairman of the Board for Atikokan Energy (One of the companies I am responsible for all accounting records, title Treasurer.): 504 Ladin Lane, Lakeway, Texas 78734 . 512/608-9882

Phil McKnight, Ph D - Teaching and Leadership Department at the University of Kansas (Dr. McKnight was the Chairman of the Department when I was working on my Ph D very supportive of the art's and religious studies.): Joseph R. Pearson Hall. 1122 West Campus Road, Room 408. Lawrence, KS 66045-3101. 785/864-9679

Michelle Hollenbeck - Principal at USD 261: 1900 W. 55th St. South, Wichita, Kansas 67217. 316/554-2333

Mary Ann Williams - Graduate Student Records Coordinator School of Education of the University of Kansas. Joseph R. Pearson Hall. 1122 West Campus Road, Room 217. Lawrence, KS 66045-3101. 785/864-4510.


1958-Present Spanish - Grew up in a Spanish-speaking home. Husband speaks Spanish.
1962-1973 Italian - Lived in Milan, Italy.  Went to an Italian public school K-2 grades.  Attended the American School of Milan 3-8 grades.


Honors and Awards
2004/2002/2001 Only woman in the history of Kansas to sing for the Kansas House of Representatives - The Lord's Prayer
2003-Present International Honor Society and Professional Association in Education Pi Lambda Theta - through Stanford University.
1990-Present Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society - through Pittsburg State University.
1990 The Graduate Studies and the Graduate Student Association Recognized Excellence of Teaching - through Pittsburg State University.

Web Sites Researched and Programmed by Ruth
AX&P, Inc. 

Cobalt Boats 

Consolidated Gas & Energy

Representative Frank Miller - Newsletters, questionnaires and donation link.

Doctor Block, MD Internal Medicine: Managed his website with three radio broadcasts, weekly newsletter, and seasonal updates.

Valley Candleworks - E-Commerce site.

Roles Played
Carmen in Carmen, Fiona in Brigadoon, The Main Old Maid in Old Maid and a Thief, Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia.

Soprano in Elijah, (under the direction of Leonard Slatkin) Soprano in Messiah, Alto in Messiah.  Over 65 art songs repertoire in English, Italian, French, and German.  Over 20 jazz pieces mostly music from 30's and 40's.

Directing Experiences
Choral Mixed Chorus, Madrigal Singers, Show Choir (which I choreographed), Musicals - Sound of Music, Little Mary Sunshine, Annie, Honk Jr. and many church cantatas with set building, live animals, and costuming.

Artistic Experience
Oil on Canvas - Title of pieces: New Beginning, Unnecessary Rain, The Broken Reed, Morning Flower, Evening Begonia and One Must Learn the Ropes to Catch the Wind (A painting of an old sailing ship with all of its ropes. I painted this for my choirs in Neodesha to show them the importance of learning music theory.  It now resides in Dr. Lowell's home.).

Piano Accompanist for Regional and State Contests 1976-present