Communications professional with experience providing public relations, writing, and editing services to agencies, companies, organizations, and individuals; a proven track record in developing and implementing public relations strategies, media placement, and special events planning and promotion; writer and editor for numerous CDC projects, television, newspapers, and magazines, trained public speaker, photographer.
• Experience in healthcare communications with the CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO), the Georgia Dept. of Human Resources’ Division of Public Health, and other healthcare-related organizations and facilities including the Atlanta chapters of the American Kidney Foundation and the Multiple Sclerosis Society
• Achieved positive local, state, and national coverage for the Georgia Department of Human Resources (DHR)
• Planned and executed numerous book signings with authors ranging from President Jimmy Carter, Charles Frazier (COLD MOUNTAIN), actors Michael Palin, Charlton Heston, and Ossie Davis & Ruby Dee, historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, Cokie Roberts of NPR, photographer William Wegman, and numerous others
Independent Consultant 2011 - present
Public relations consultant, writer, and editor. Recent clients include Roost Gifts & Décor, singer Kathy Christensen, Books Again, and the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, three- and two-month contracts, respectively, with the Art Institute of Atlanta and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Div. of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity), and contributor (writing & photography) to Decatur-Avondale Estates PATCH (http://decatur.patch.com/). I also substitute teach with the City of Decatur (GA) Schools.
Assistant Director of Communications, The Art Institute of Atlanta & The Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur 2006 – 2011 (department eliminated effective 2/2/2011)
Responsible for media relations, writing, and editing, handling special events, wrote bi-monthly online, in-house newsletter, published through the MailChimp program, oversaw and executed media for opening of Decatur campus.
Public Relations Manager, Office of Communications, Georgia Department of Human Resources
Responsible for media relations, special events and projects, writing, editing, and other related communications efforts. Worked with all divisions of the agency, including Public Health, Aging Services, Mental Health, and Family & Children Services.
Director of Communications, Chapter 11*, The Discount Bookstores
Responsible for all events planning, promotion, and public relations for the locally-owned chain of 13 bookstores; oversaw production of all advertising and promotional materials; worked with individual stores to determine effective ways to boost sales and consumer awareness; initiated and followed through on execution of special projects and regular appearances on WXIA-TV's "Peachtree Morning." Created first corporate newsletter.