Washington, DC 20024 — USA
Mobile: +1-443-336-5497


Freelance Indexing and Consulting Services. I write back-of-the-book style indexes with Cindex™ and Index-Manager (Idx) software in English, French, and Spanish. I embed indexes with InDesign and MSWord, and I tag with HTML or XML. I provide related consulting services for metadata, indexes, and legal cases.


American Geriatrics Society (AGS); American Association of Blood Banks (AABB); American Institute of Mathematics (AIMath); Aperture Foundation, Aptara, Bill of Rights Institute; Brill; Bookbright Media; Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co.; Cengage Learning; Center for Basque Studies; Elsevier; Foley & Lardner, LLP; Georgetown University Press; Health Professions Press; Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE); International Parliamentary Union (IPU); Johns Hopkins University (JHU); LexisNexis; Library of Congress; National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA); Naval Institute Press; Onward Publishing; Oxford University Press; Plural Publishing; Rodale Publishing; Spi-Global; United Nations; U.S. Federal Reserve; U.S. House of Representatives; U.S. Pharmacopeia; University of California (UC); Weldon Owen; Wiley; Yale University Art Gallery


Over 1,700 titles indexed to date. Subject areas indexed include:
art — biography — clinical medicine — economics — education — health care — history — linguistics — maritime studies — mathematics — nursing — political science — religion — social science — technology — contemporary affairs


  • American Medical Writers Association (1995-); Secretary, Mid-Atlantic Chapter (1999)
  • American Society for Indexing (1990-); Chair, Washington, DC Chapter (1995-1996); Chair, Web Committee (1996-1997); Editor, The Capital Indexer (1997-2000); Teller (1998); Secretary (1998-1999); Chair, Nominating Committee (1999-2000); Chair, Wilson Award Committee (2000-2001); Editor, Key Words (2000-2006, 2016); Order of the Kohlrabi (2002-2018); International Representative (2007-2018); Exam Reviewer, Training in Indexing Course (2007-2013); Chair, Hines Award Committee (2008-2009); Vice-President/President-Elect (2011-2012); President (2012-2013); Chair, Publications Committee (2014-2017); Hines Award (2017); Chair, Digital Publications Indexing (DPI) Special Interest Group (2022-)
  • European Medical Writers Association (2018-)
  • Institute of Certified Indexers (2010-); Founding Member
  • National Information Standards Organization (NISO) Criteria for Indexes (Z39.4) Working Group Co-Chair (2019-2021); This working group’s output, ANSI/NISO Z39.4 Criteria for Indexes was approved by ANSI on July 12, 2021 and published by NISO on July 14.
  • Society for Technical Communication (1995-2010); Judge, Washington, DC Chapter Technical Publications Competition (1995, 1996, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013); co-Editor, A to Z: The Newsletter of STC’s Indexing SIG (1997-1998); Judge, International Technical Publications Competition (2004, 2005, 2006, 2011); Certificate of Achievement In recognition for attaining the grade of Senior Member (2006)
  • Textbook & Academic Authors Association (2014-); President’s Award (2021); Member, Committee for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (2021-)
  • World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) EPUB 3 Working Group Virtual Locators Task Force (2021-)


Dictionary of International Biography
National Register’s Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals
Who’s Who in America
Who’s Who of American Women


Applied Indexing Instructor:
1999-2012 (USDA) Graduate School, USA

Certificate of Appreciation for 10 years Outstanding Service, September 2006

Certificate of Appreciation for 5 years Outstanding Service, September 2001

“… big “Thanks” for being such a great teacher… I truly appreciate you hanging in there with me… I always felt that you really did look over every one of my lessons (and final exam) carefully. The detailed feedback you provided on each lesson made me feel a little [like] an Oxford University student with my own private tutor in indexing!

Thanks again for your patience, knowledge, sense of humor, and, most of all, time. I will highly recommend the Applied Indexing course to anyone interested in really finding out what it is like to be an indexer!”

“What I found most valuable about the course was my instructor’s excellent and detailed feedback.”

“Thank you for guiding me.”

“Thank you for your patience and your guidance.”

“Thank you for all your advice and tips on concepts and readers’ needs.”

“Thank you for pointing me in the right direction!”

“Thanks again for your help and encouragement.”

“Thank you for your careful tutelage.”

Basic Indexing Instructor:
1996-2012 (USDA) Graduate School, USA
Computer and Digital Video Teacher / All School Technology Support:
2005-2011 Key School, Annapolis, MD

“Pilar was a committed and engaging teacher of students and colleagues, an energetic and passionate advocate for the integration of technology with teaching and learning, an adventurous spirit, willing to try, and help others to try, new things, and finally, a creative, calm and patient problem solver.”

Assistant Librarian:
2000-2005 Key School, Annapolis, MD
Associate Indexer:
1989-1993 M. L. Coughlin, Editorial Services
1983-1986 Annapolis, MD
1983-1989 Mathematics, Junior Great Books, English as a Foreign Language, adult education courses
Spring, 1987 Qué pasa
U.S. Embassy, Madrid, Spain
Computer Supervisor:
Spring, 1987 Washington Irving Cultural Center
Madrid, Spain
1984-1985 La Fuente, A Design Collaborative
Santa Fe, NM
Library Clerk:
Summer, 1985 Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, Washington, DC
Research Assistant:
Summer, 1979 Middle East Bureau, The Washington Post
Cairo, Egypt


National Science Foundation Minority Graduate Fellow, Mathematics, University of California at Berkeley, and Mills College, Oakland, CA, 1987-1989
St. John’s College, Annapolis, MD and Santa Fe, NM, B.A. Liberal Arts, May 1986