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Work experience

May 2013Present

Sports Travel Program Coordinator

Greater Johnstown Convention and Visitors Bureau

Promoting and supporting sports tourism and public relations in the Greater Johnstown area. Logistics and volunteer coordination for Polkafest and Thunder in the Valley, two events owned by the Johnstown CVB..

Aug 2010Apr 2013

PRSSA Secretary and Account Member

Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Create the Social Norms video
  • Create flier for Flight 93 Memorial and Horse Show
  • Create brochures and fliers and plan events on campus
  • As secretary-type agendas and take notes at the semi-monthly meetings
Dec 2011Dec 2012

Student Writer

University Media Relations
  • Write and send news releases
  • Collect news clips
  • Interview and write profile stories
May 2012Aug 2012

Special Events Intern

Greater Johnstown Convention and Visitors Bureau

Help with implementation of Polkafest 2012Help with implementation of Thunder in the Valley 2012Office duties: answering the telephone, mail out visitors guides, greet visitors, fill merchandise orders and other duties as assignedCreate, stuff and mail May and July newslettersInventory 2011 and 2012 official merchandise

Oct 2004Jul 2010

Football Operations

Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Event planning; two annual golf outings and annual football banquet.
  • Liaison between football and compliance officer and between coaches and parents
  • Write athletic scholarship forms and national letters of Intent
  • Hire and supervise work-study students; student payroll
  • Travel advance and travel logistics for all away games; transportation, meals, hotels, meeting space
  • Prepare game-day play sheets, meeting notes, rosters
  • Assist with in-game operations
  • Coordinate logistics related to pre-season camp; rooms, meals, athletic trainers, schedule, meeting space
  • Manage daily schedule
  • Troubleshoot and resolve issues as they arise
  • Partner with sports information department, athletic trainer, video crew, equipment manager and Foundation for IUP to ensure efficient collaboration
  • Off-season support with site selection for upcoming away games
  • Support head coach with continuous process improvement and creating efficiencies

Education

Skills

Presentation Making
The bid process begins with my creating a Power Point presentation and submitting it. I may then be asked to make the presentation in person. I may also be asked to attend the site visit to the venue.
Sales
As sports travel program coordinator for Cambria County, I sell the assets of the area and the particular venue that I am submitting a bid. Currently, I have a 67% success rate of bids won vs bids lost.
Microsoft Office
Word Excel Access Power Point Outlook
Writing
Features News releases Civic stories Newsletters Brochures PR campaign
Event Planning
While in football operations, I organized and executed two annual golf outings and an annual football banquet Organized and executed welcome-back dinner for the Non-traditional Undergraduate Student Advocacy Team summer 2011 Participated in the journalism admission program, selling the program to prospective students Logistics co-coordinator and volunteer coordinator for Thunder in the Valley, the fourth largest motorcycle rally in the country. Event coordinator for Polkafest. Event coordinator for the Allegheny Adventure XFEST.
Youth Mentoring
Publisher
Brochures, newsletters, posters and program booklets.
AP Style
Social Media
Facebook, Twitter, VisualCV, Wordpress Blog, LinkedIn, Google+ and Hootsuite.
Interpersonal Communications
Public Speaking

References

Mary Greb

I worked closely with Mary in planning the IUP Football Awards Banquets.

Wally Stapleton

I worked closely with Wally in planning the IUP Football Alumni Golf Outings.

Kathy Brewer

Kathy was my direct supervisor at The Center for Health and Well-Being in the Health AWAREness division.

Michele Papakie

I have known Michele for three years. She was my professor, and she is the adviser for PRSSA.

Michelle Fryling

I have known Michelle for about seven ears.  She was my supervisor at IUP's Media Relations office where I was a student writer.

Jim Zalno

Jim, and his brother Ron, were my supervisors when I worked at Zalno Jewelers in Clearfield, Pa. I worked there for 3 years in sales.  

Lou Tepper

Head football coach at IUP from 2006-2010.

Coach Tepper was my direct supervisor in Football Operations at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  

Certifications

Jul 2008Present

Certificate of completion in TVPrep 0224

John Casablancas Modeling & Career Center

Interest

Event planning, acting, football, golf, bowling, horseback riding and NASCAR racing

Acting Experience

I was hired as Sleeping Beauty for a girl's 4th birthday party.

I was the lead female role in a TV commercial for Allegent Federal Credit Union filmed and produced in Wexford, Pa. 

I was an extra in the movie "C Me Dance" filmed and produced in Pittsburgh.

I have done several grand-opening promotions for Rite Aid stores across Pennsylvania and Ohio as the spokesperson for Cosmetic Promotions.

Summary

• A highly accomplished, results-driven public relations professional with more than 10 years of event planning/management and fundraising experience• Proven track record of consistently meeting and exceeding goals and deadlines• Extensive experience in football operations at the collegiate level

Custom

  • Dean's List fall 2010 through spring 2013
  • Virginia A. Deem Scholarship
  • IUP Women's Club Book Scholarship
  • Provost Scholar fall 2012
  • Graduated summa cum laude