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Work experience


SOC Enterprises
  • Assisted variety of employees with disabilities to send e-mails teaching them to solve problems independently 
  • Planned and facilitated four art lessons
Aug 2009Present

Program Coordinator

Girl Power

•Implemented programming, to assist and educate eight middle school girls every Tuesday •Restructured program by responding to girls’ assessment and creating seven areas of program focus •Enlisted 20 college students to delegate various tasks and run programming in their areas of interest

Jan 2009Present

Head Orientation Assistant

Wittenberg University

•Conducting selection of orientation assistants consisting of application/interview process •Working with administration and outside venders to organize new student days •Facilitating training for orientation assistants

Mar 2008Present

Senior Class President

Student Senate

•Plan class activities to bring diverse students to support philanthropic class projects such as canned food drive for Second Harvest Food bank (raised 200 pounds in 2008; doubled to 400 pounds in 2009) •Voting representative at monthly faculty meetings

Aug 2010Present


Director of Government, Corporate and Foundation Relations of Wittenberg University
Jun 2010Present


Best Buddies Virginia
  • Planned charity event with five local vendors to increase awareness and funding
  • Created outreach to 100 local civic organizations for potential sponsorship and to establish relationships
  • Wrote letter to send to civic organizations to ask for donation
Jan 2008May 2010


Bayley Alumni

•Leading efforts to start “community foundation”; researching grants and other funding sources •Meeting with various community foundation heads to gather ideas for community foundation

Aug 2009Apr 2010

Team Recruitment Chair

Colleges Against Cancer
  • Planning Relay For Life Kick off for 30 participants; recruited 6 teams captains and 52 students to participate
  • Recruited 29 teams, raising $17,000 (raising $9,000 more than previous year)
Nov 2009Feb 2010

Junior Service Project

Community Service Scholar
  • Coordinated philanthropic food and clothing drive for homeless with expected turnout of 75-100 people
  • Facilitated efforts to establish relationship between constituents and those they serv
  • Targeted community organizational leaders, who are committed to service, encouraging them to participate by making monetary donation
Jun 2009Aug 2009

Development Intern

Columbus Museum of Art
  • Planned and implemented special event for up to 300 influential donors
  • Worked with outside management consultant analyzing museum, marketing and improving targeting techniques 
  • Managed distribution of museum donations to approximately 150 + to non-profit organizations
Sep 2008May 2009

Advocacy & Public Relations chair- Colleges Against Cancer

Colleges Against Cancer
  • Liaison between the American Cancer Society and the University
  • Developed articles for The Torch to educate Wittenberg community about health related issues
  • Youngest member to lobby representatives regarding legal and health issues
  • Captain of 2008 Relay for Life team for cancer research, raised $1,000 through letter campaign
Jan 2008Apr 2009

Project Leader

Survivor Africa
  • Organized event, including logistics and PR, for 200 students and community members raised $60,000for projects in Lesotho, Africa;
  • Spoke to student organizations and Rotaract members; raised $10,000
May 2008Aug 2008

Program Leader at Recreation Unlimited

  • Taught adaptive art class to students and adults with cognitive and physical disabilities that represent 14 physical and developmental disability groups
  • Planned programming to participants that offered them a setting that did not discriminate Managed 60 counselors to ensure campers' daily needs of medicine, hygiene, and dietetics were addressed
  • Supervised night affairs of 195-acre camp cleaning up events and lock down at the end of each day


Traveling, Meeting new people, Networking, Community Service


Find possible internships and job leads for after graduation in May 2011

Computer Skills

  • Microsoft Excel
  •  Power Point
  • Raiser’s Edge (database)

Honors/ Awards

  • 2010 Rotary Student of the Month
  • 2010 Champion Community Service Award 


Wittenberg University 

Bachelor of Arts

August 2007- Present

Springfield, OH

Major: Communication

Minor: Political Science

Georgetown University

The Fund For American Studies

Summer 2010

Washington DC

Institute of Philanthropy and Voluntary  Association


  • Fundraising
  • Event Planning
  • Special Events
  • Community Engagement
  • Donor Research

Study Abroad

  • Lesotho, Africa (2008)

  worked with HIV/AIDS orphans; increased understanding of African culture and issues

  •  Belgium, England, France (2006)                       

Selected to participate in month long trip to visit important various monuments of wars


Heather DeSantis is a Senior Communication major and Political Science  minor at Wittenberg University. Set to graduate in May 2011. She is extremely interested in the non- profit sector, public policy,  advocacy, and politics. After graduation she plans to move to Washington DC to intern at Capitol Hill. She plans to pursue a Master's degree in Public and Health Administration and hopes for experience traveling over seas through service opportunities.


  • Senior Class President
  • Head Orientation Assistant

Previous leadership positions:

  • Alpha Delta Pi Vice President
  • Panhellenic Delegate
  • Advocacy Chair for Relay For Life
  • Team Recruitment Chair Relay For Life