Work History

Work History
Mar 2009 - Present

Consultant

Carol Mowen Communication & Public Relations

I have provided consulting services to the National School Public Relations Association, Rockville, MD. In addition, I've provided pro bono communication and PR support to Trinity United Church of Christ, Waynesboro, PA; the United Way of Washington County Board of Directors, Hagerstown, MD; and the Greencastle-Antrim Band Boosters, Greencastle, PA.

Aug 2007 - Mar 2009

Senior Associate

National School Public Relations Association

Responsibilities/Accomplishments:

  • Wrote weekly e-newsletter ("NSPRA This Week") and wrote/edited two monthly print publications (NSPRA's Network and the Principal Communicator)
  • Coordinated, formatted, or wrote weekly "tip sheets" for the "NSPRA This Week" e-newsletter
  • Provided editorial assistance for three new Association publications (Diversity Scenario Collection, Complete Crisis Communication Manual for Schools, 3rd Edition; and PR Research Primer)
  • Coordinated content, design, and direct mailing of the new product catalog (2008)
  • Coordinated information to chapter leaders and organized chapter leader audio and web-based conferences
  • Worked on the Website redesign for NSPRA and then regularly updated content
Apr 2004 - Apr 2008

Chapter Leader

Chesapeake Chapter of NSPRA
  • Currently serve as the chapter's APR Counselor (Accreditation Chair) for 2009-2010
  • Served the Chesapeake Chapter of NSPRA as president/ president-elect and as secretary for two terms.
  • As president, established an APR Counselor role on the CHESPRA Executive Board, served as the editor for the regular CHESPRA COMPASS e-newsletter, implemented new chapter awards programs.
Apr 2001 - Jul 2007

Public Information Officer

Washington County Public Schools

Responsibilities/Accomplishments:

  • Managed internal and external communications on behalf of the Superintendent and Board
  • Coordinated major events, such as the annual Celebration of Excellence honoring students and the annual Celebration of Service honoring employees, on behalf of the Superintendent and Board
  • Coordinated multiple public information requests with assistance, as needed, from chief legal counsel
  • Created 140th Anniversary Celebration, including marketing and public relations activities
  • Provided full-service communications support to multiple school system departments and 43 schools
  • Trained administrators on various communication strategies to improve communication with parents and stakeholders
  • Managed media relations, including interaction with local, state, and national media outlets
  • Developed an employee appreciation program
  • Developed the Communication Connectors initiative to create a “PR linkers” group
Aug 1996 - Apr 2001

English Teacher/Literacy Resource Teacher

Washington County Public Schools

Taught 7th grade English at Springfield Middle School, then served as Springfield's first Literacy Resource Teacher. Taught the required Maryland State Department of Education reading course for WCPS and served on the WCPS English-Language Arts curriculum writing team to develop the Scope and Sequence for middle school language arts.

Education

Education
1985 - 1986

MA

Skills

Skills

MS Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.

Content Management Platforms

Digital photography

Summary

Communication consulting and editorial services available for schools, nonprofits, churches, and businesses. Fees based on options that address your needs. Editorial and consulting services include support in the following areas:

  • Write/edit materials to communicate with internal and external stakeholders (newsletters and e-newsletters, web content, annual reports, brochures, Fact Sheets, etc.)
  • Deliver training programs in Media Relations, Strategic Communication Planning, Customer Service, and Crisis Communication to increase the capacity of current staff to manage communication and public relations activities for the organization/business.
  • Develop and implement strategic communication plans that meet organizational needs.
  • Counsel organizational leaders regarding specific communication/PR issues.

Email me at carolmowen@comcast.net or call 717-977-1454 to set up a meeting to discuss services that will strengthen communication and support for your organization or business.

Interest

Theatre, music, literature, philosophy.

Certifications

Certifications

Accredited in Public Relations

Universal Accreditation Board
1996 - 2011

Advanced Professional Certificate in Secondary English

Maryland State Department of Education