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Summary

I am a recent from National University with a both a bachelors and masters degree in Strategic Communications.  There have been many assignments and projects that I've participated in some way on.  I've been interested with public relations and campaign operations yet maintained my journalistic roots.  The virtual campaigns that I've used throughout getting my degree have been both diverse in their content and execution.  

Having worked on the communications staff for the Iowa Senate Democrats writing public releases and creating video packages for radio and television come second nature to me. Ever since the creation of Facebook and Twitter integration both platforms into a campaign is a must. I am also a published author and journalist. I was the managing editor,

I have worked on the communications staff for the Iowa Senate Democrats.  I am able to create advertising campaigns with a social media twist.  I am also a published author and journalist. I was the managing editor, student-government reporter and a member of the editorial board of the Des Moines Area Community College student newspaper, The Chronicle.

As a student, I helped lobby the Iowa legislature for additional funds for Iowa's community colleges.  My colleagues and I helped develop DMACC’s associate of liberal arts journalism track.

My philosophy is simple: I believe as a communicator everything starts with writing.  Having the right strategy is important, but the execution is more valuable than ever.  It’s a given that we now live in a social media age… it’s embedded in everything we do, and it is my job to ensure the success of a company through great writing and social media.

Everything Starts with Writing

Work experience

Jun 2005Present

Media and Journalism

I was the managing editor for the Des Moines Area Community College student newspaper, The Chronicle. I also sat on the editorial board and was the student government reporter.  As a member of the editorial board, I was selected to write the Chronicle's first-ever endorsement for a presidential candidate in 2004. It was probably the most fun I've had as a reporter.  Below is what I consider some of my best work.

I've done layout (mainly with Adobe InDesign) work for the Chronicle and for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Mapleton 12th Ward, in Mapleton, Utah.

I also am a photographer and editor taking photos for the Chronicle and for the Iowa State Senate. As part of my photography interest, I know Adobe's Photoshop and Apple's iPhoto and Aperture very well. I've also done work with video and have extensive knowledge in Apple's Final Cut Pro and iMovie.

In 2006, I was on-air talent and producer for KDRA Drake University's local radio station in the 7 p.m. slot

Jun 2004Present

Strategic Communications Specialist

I've been a clerk and other administrative positions for various local units of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Jobs included counting tithing, editing membership records, assisting in local auditing, and any other tasks as requested.  

Aug 2003Jan 2005

Writer

Author

In addition to the articles written for The Chronicle here, are my published works:

"An Unpatriotic Act," The Skunk River Review (A DMACC Publication)

Review of The Extreme Searcher's Internet Handbook, The Serials Librarian

JetBlue Ad Campaign

This is a Jetbule Ad Campaign for my National University Advertising Class

Las Vegas PSA

PSA for a my audio advertising class

Professional Presentations

These are presentations that I did for National University's Advertising Classes

PR Strategies

This is my PR strategy plan for a crisis at the fictional Princeton Plainsboro Hospital involving Dr. Greg House.

Education

20022005

Associate of Arts

Des Moines Area Community College

As a student ambassador, I lobbied the Iowa State Legislature with other students from across the state for additional funding for community colleges.

I maintained a 4.0 GPA and was on the dean's list as well as the president's list.

DMACC Chronicle News Stories

These are some of the important stories I wrote for the DMACC Chronicle

Video Resume

My Video Resume

Other News Stories Portfolio

These are stories I wrote for Drake University

Essays

These are essays I've written for several advanced English courses at DMACC

Drake KDRA Radio Scripts

These are scripts that I wrote as a producer of KDRA

Professional Association Memberships

Amateur Radio Relay League

The American Political Science Association

Phi Theta Kappa

LDS Democrats

LDS Social Media

Nationwide Alumni and Associates