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Jan 2001Jan 2005


Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College

Concentration: Political Communication

3.555 GPA

Research Assistant for Dean John Maxwell Hamilton

Conducted Research at the federal Library of Congress for Hamilton's book Journalism’s Roving Eye: A History of American Foreign Reporting

Link to Graduate School/Electronic Thesis Available at:

Title: Mammary Malfunction: A Comparison of Breastfeeding and Bottlefeeding Product Ads with Magazine Article Content



Italy Summer Abroad Program for LSU

Work experience

Jul 2005Apr 2009

Coordinator of External Relations & Communications

LSU College of Education Office of Public Affairs
  • Created and planned year-long centennial marketing campaign that included advertising, branding, print/online materials, special event promotions, and video production
  • Developed, implemented, and managed unit marketing strategies and publications for alumni, donor, and media relations, development, and recruitment of faculty, students, volunteers, and advisory board members
  • Created, edited, assigned, photographed, and designed an annual average of $30,000 in marketing products and communication materials
  • Managed marketing, public relations, and communications department that included full-time staff, professional interns, and student workers
  • Represented university at education and wellness events and meetings to expand community education efforts about healthy lifestyle initiatives and educational programs
  • Wrote, edited, assigned, and/or pitched 177 news releases and feature stories
  • Worked with award-winning cinematographer to produce high definition videos
  • Coordinated off-location media visits and media training for faculty, staff, and students
  • Managed 3,000 page, custom-designed Web site
Dec 2004Jul 2005

Executive Assistant to Director

LSU Center for Computation & Technology (CCT)
  • Planned extensive international weekly travel, managed director’s accounts, and organized meetings with various academic and governmental constituencies
Jan 2003Jan 2003

Knight International Fellowships Intern

International Center for Journalists
  • Participated in summer training program for 12 fellows sent to 15 different countries and designed Web site content and accompanying foreign language training publications

Coordinator of Corporate and Alumni Relations

LSU Department of Geology & Geophysics
  • Worked extensively with Oil & Gas Industry personnel and corporations for recruitment of executive speakers, placement of graduate students, and funding of fellowships and research grants
  • Restructured corporate and alumni relations by organizing/hosting events in collaboration with organizations such as AAPG (American Association of Petroleum Geologists) and GCAGS (Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies) in cities such as Austin, Colorado Springs, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Lake Charles, New Orleans, San Antonio, and Shreveport
  • Created expositional marketing campaign for industrial and academic conferences

Assistant Marketing Director

Simon Property Group
  • Member of regional mall management team for the largest public U.S. real estate company operating from five retail real estate platforms: regional malls, Premium Outlet Centers®, The Mills®, community/lifestyle centers, and international properties
  • Collaborated with retail managers and marketing directors on annual marketing campaigns and special events to increase property visits and achieve revenue targets
  • Prepared press kits for media visits and coordinated live broadcasts 
May 2009Sep 2009

Elementary Education Teaching Practitioner

Louisiana Resource Center for Educators
  • Gained experience in remediation teaching, classroom management, positive behavior support, special education, and student engagement

Fitness Instructor

LSU, Gonzales Health Club, AIM Fitness
  • Taught fitness classes at various locations, including Gonzales Health Club; AIM Academy; LSU Sports & Recreational Complex
  • Taught both low and high-ability age levels ranging from elementary to senior citizens in small, medium, and large groups

Publications: Magazines, Annual


Malcolm Aldridge

Bonita Picou

Flo Ulmer

The Bill Rodman Production Shoppe

2220 Oleander StreetBaton Rouge, LA  70806

Anthony Mumphrey

William Dickinson

John Hamilton

Advertising, Marketing & Promoti


Design: Brochures


Areas of Interest   Advocacy Groups Non-profit Organizations Education  Policy Social Marketing Campaigns International Trade Issues Opinion Journalism Influence of Advertising on Editorial Content Corporate Globalization Global Interdependence Child Protection  
Market Analysis Audience Targeting Promotional Events Promotional Products High-visibility Event Management Media Buying Target Market Publishing Media Relations Donor/Investor Relations Visual Identity/Branding Large-format event peripherals, posters, signs, banners, and other publications
Public Relations
Event Management & Promotion Media Relations Consumer/Donor Relations Visual Identity & Branding Comprehensive, cohesive communication plans Strategic Planning  
Historical Preservation/Family Lineage Photojournalism Concept Photography Commercial-use Photography   Preferred equipment: Digital SLR cameras Familiarity with Canon Rebel XT, Xsi, XTi  
Video Production
Theme setting Storyboarding Organizing production schedules Scouting backdrop locations Pre-production interview coaching Conducting interviews On-location management Editing footage Coordinating B-roll Linking footage with B-roll  
Editing, Interviewing, Publishing
Business & Technical Writing
News Releases Media Kits Research Reports Annual Reports Newsletters Reports to Funding Agencies Grants & Proposals Business Plans Mission Statements Internal & External Marketing Legal: Settlement Requests Issue Management Crisis Management   Advertising Copy for Advertisements Copy for radio/television spots Scripting for advertising/marketing plans and campaigns
Adobe Creative Cloud & Marketing Cloud Product Suites
 Professional-level fluency and experience in most suite products and versions dating back to CS3 onward to the Adobe Creative Cloud Series, including but not limited to: InDesign, Photoshop, After Effects, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Contribute, Fireworks,    Acrobat 9 Pro, Forms (creation and editing), Flash, Professional Soundbooth,  Premiere Pro. Additional Software Knowledge including: Final Cut,  Pages, Keynote, Numbers, iPhoto, iMovie, iWeb, Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, Access, Publisher, PowerPoint

HD Video Production



Certified Professional Aerobics Instructor

Aerobics & Fitness Association of America (AFAA)


After 10 years of working in public affairs, marketing, and communications, I hope to use my experience and graduate-level education to generate legislative, financial, and constituency support. I also hope to use my knowledge of non-profit advocacy, recruiting, photography, public speaking, and training to expand awareness and foster opportunities for development through education, engagement, media relations, and outreach activities.

Additional Hardware & Software Knowledge

Digital Photography

  • Nikon D90
  • Canon Rebel T4i
  • Canon Rebel T1i
  • Canon Rebel Xsi
  • Canon Rebel XT
  • Canon EOS Digital Rebel

Final Cut Digital Film Editing & Production

Adobe Creative Suite

  • InDesign
  • Photoshop
  • After Effects
  • Illustrator
  • Dreamweaver
  • Contribute
  • Fireworks
  • Acrobat Pro

Apple iWork & iLife

  • Pages
  • Numbers
  • Keynote
  • iPhoto
  • iWeb
  • iMovie
  • iDVD

Microsoft Office

  • Word
  • Excel
  • Access
  • PowerPoint
  • Outlook
  • Publisher








Dogs: German Shepherds

Computers & Software

Travel: Italy