Work History

Work History
Jun 2010 - Present

Marketing Specialist

Eagle Communications

A member of a three person team responsible for strategic communications for a broadband services company (Internet, Telephone, Cable Television).

Graphic design, web design, web 2.0, campaign planning, event planning, public relations and e-mail marketing are just a few things that I do in my day-to-day responsibilities. Eagle Communications offers broadband services in 30 communities in Kansas and Colorado.

Provide communications/public relations/marketing support for corporate team, including CEO.

Aug 2005 - May 2010

Assistant Professor of Communication Studies

Fort Hays State University

Responsible for instruction of:    COMM 100 - Fundamentals of Oral Communication

   COMM 128 - Mass Media in a Free Society

   COMM 129 - Elements of Photography    COMM 208 - Communication & the Information Society

   COMM 345 - Desktop Publishing (Adobe InDesign CS3)

   COMM 635 - Multimedia Production (Utilizing Apple's iLife and iWork software)    COMM 642 - Crisis Management & Strategies

    COMM 655 - Advertising    COMM 657 - Advertising Management & Media Analysis    COMM 658 - Advertising Campaign Design & Analysis    COMM 680 - Advertising Design    COMM 680 - Special Event Planning    COMM 680 - Creating Infographics

   COMM 680 - PR for the Arts and Entertainment

   COMM 680 - Creating Infographics

   COMM 680 - Special Event Planning

   COMM 680 - Branding• Worked with students in developing various communication skills including verbal and nonverbal communication, leadership, listening and presentation skills.• Prepared and delivered lectures, developed exams, facilitated structured learning exercises and critiqued speeches.• Taught in a multi-media environment including audio, video, on-line and Microsoft PowerPoint presentations. • Instructed students in publication design and use of desktop publishing equipment and software.

Aug 1999 - Aug 2005

Director

Dodge City Convention & Visitors Bureau

Responsible for marketing the area’s attractions to tourists, convention planners, business travelers, group tour operators and travel writers.     •Supervised Visitor Information Center staff.    •Worked as a liaison between attractions, hotels and businesses to provide economic development through tourism.     •Developed and maintained websites.    •Secured funding for new events and attractions.    •Attended tourism and retail trade shows, representing the community and region.      •Member of various recruitment committees.    •Developed and maintained Convention & Visitors Bureau annual budget.    •Served on various community, regional and state committees

Jul 1997 - Aug 1999

Public Information Coordinator

USD 443 - Dodge City Public Schools

Responsible for all communication/marketing strategies in public school system.     •Served as chief communication officer and adviser for Board of Education and school administration.     •Organized successful $45.5 million bond election campaign to build a new high school and provide improvements to other schools in district.     •Served on district strategic planning team.

Education

Education
Aug 1995 - May 1997

Master of Science

Fort Hays State University

Thesis Topic: Effects of Rhetorical Sensitivity on Customer Satisfaction in a Retail Environment

Graduate Teaching Assistant - Department of Communication

Responsible for instruction of:    COMM 100: Fundamentals of Oral Communication    COMM 130: Reveille Yearbook    COMM 345: Desktop Publishing and Publication Design    COMM 548: Public Relations

Aug 1988 - May 1993

Bachelor of Arts

http://www.fhsu.edu

Editor of Reveille yearbook, 1992-1993

Reporter for University Leader student newspaper

Graduated Cum Laude

Skills

Skills

Web 2.0

iLife and iWork software

Leadership

Served as a department head in city government, supervised 10 staff members, served on various community and state committees.

Macintosh OSX operating system

Media Relations

Worked with a wide variety of state-wide media for various organizations. Experienced in crisis communication, election campaigns and pitching feature stories.

Public Presentations

Experienced in public presentations for a wide multitude of audiences. Proficient in Powerpoint, Keynote, iDVD, iMovie and Quicktime authoring programs.

Advertising Design

National award winning advertising writer and designer.

Professional Organizations

•Kansas Professional Communicators•National Federation of Press Women•Try Southwest Kansas tourism marketing coalition - founding member•Kansas Cattle Town Coalition - founding member•Kansas Cowboy Hall of Fame - founding director•Dodge City Rotary Club•Travel Industry Association of Kansas - former board member•National Tour Association•Lambda Pi Eta Communication Honorary•Fort Hays State University Alumni Association - current board member•Kansas School Public Relations Association - former board member•National School Public Relations Association

Honors and Awards

•First Place 4-Color Advertisement - National Federation of Press Women - 2007•First Place 4-Color Advertisement - Kansas Professional Communicators - 2007•2003 Kansas Tourism Award of Merit - Kansas Department of Commerce

Community & State Involvement

•Kansas Leadership Center KCLI Facilitator training•Leadership Hays Facilitator - 2012 to present•Leadership Hays 2011 Graduate

•USD 326 - Logan Technology & Curriculum Committee•Fort Hays State University Quality Champions Committee•Hays Hurricanes Swim Team Parent Advisory Board•Hays First United Methodist Church•Kansas Governor’s Gaming Committee 2003-2004•Kansas Brand Image Task Force•Dodge City 2001 All-America City Delegation - Team Leader•Dodge City Area Chamber of Commerce - Board of Directors•Dodge City/Ford County Development Corporation - Board of Directors•Boot Hill Museum - Board of Directors•2000 Leadership Dodge Graduate•Boot Hill Gaming Legislative Committee•“Fly Dodge” Marketing Committee•Dodge City’s International Council of Shopping Center’s tradeshow team•Dodge City USBL Legend Basketball Development Committee•Dodge City Image Campaign Committee•Downtown Dodge, Inc. - Board of Directors•Dodge City Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassador•USD 443 Local Option Budget Election Campaign Committee•Kansas School Public Relations Association - Former Board of Director•Kansas Teachers’ Hall of Fame - Former Board of Director•KBSD Channel 6 Community Advisory Board•Dodge City First United Methodist Church Sanctuary Choir

Summary

A communications/marketing professional with expertise in the Broadband Industry, K-12 Education, Tourism and Web 2.0.

A native Kansan, I appreciate the midwestern lifestyle and believe it is one of the best places to raise my children. I believe we can all communicate in this complex, high-tech world to establish relationships for better companies, schools, tourism destinations and non-profit organizations. My skills in advertising, public relations and social networking put me one step ahead of your competitor.

As an early adopter of technology, I believe that we all can benefit from the tools that the internet and mobile devices provide our society.

Photography

Multimedia

Video Production/Writing/On-Air