Summary

  • Productive and resourceful professional with nearly eight years of experience in health communication, public education and digital marketing for the nonprofit/NGO sector.
  • Creative thinker with experience utilizing new and emerging media to reach and connect with patients and families.
  • Master of Public Health graduate with a passion for finding innovative solutions to challenges in health and health care.
  • Proven leader with background in supervising staff, volunteers, programs, campaigns, and fundraisers and a reputation for exceeding goals.
  • Relationship-focused student and professional with experience learning and working in diverse, multidisciplinary teams.

Education

Education
2013 - 2015

Master of Public Health, Global Health & Health Disparities

Colorado School of Public Health
  • 4.0 / 4.0 GPA
2004 - 2008

Bachelor of Arts, International Communication

Franklin University Switzerland
  • Focus in Media Production
  • Graduation with Highest Distinction, 3.8 / 4.0 GPA
  • Dean’s List, 2004-2008

Communications & PR Experience

Work History
Nov 2011 - May 2015

Community Relations Coordinator

Donor Alliance
  • Led strategic distribution of health information concerning organ and tissue donation by managing and growing the organization's digital presence.
    • Launched Donor Alliance’s social media presence, building a highly-engaged network of +18,000 followers across Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube in less than four years.
    • Managed three organizational websites and associated content.
    • Initiated creation and distribution of an infographic depicting organ and tissue donation statistics. This infographic garnered more than 250,000 unpaid Facebook impressions in April 2013 alone and has been used and replicated industry-wide.
  • Assisted with planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of health communication and social marketing campaigns including Donate Life Colorado, Donate Life Wyoming, and Recycle Yourself Colorado
  • Managed the Transplantation Science program, a community program educating middle and high school students in Colorado and Wyoming about organ and tissue donation and transplantation.
    • Hired, trained, managed and scheduled a staff of nine program educators.
    • Implemented tools and processes for collecting qualitative and quantitative data for program evaluation.
    • Spearheaded successful expansion to Wyoming in 2012.
    • Doubled program reach in less than two years; Transplantation Science now reaches +10,250 students annually throughout the two-state area.
  • Spearheaded grassroots education and community outreach in Colorado and Wyoming, coordinating an average of five events per year to reach new audiences.
    • Achieved an estimated 500,000 impressions through community events in 2014.
    • Led the creative launch of Recycle Yourself Colorado at Denver Comic Con, a comic and pop culture convention, resulting in a record number of on-site donor registrations.
  • Engaged local businesses to support donation through Workplace Partnership for Life, a national campaign through the Health Resources and Services Administration.
Jan 2009 - Dec 2013

Board Member

Colorado Healthcare Communicators
  • Member of Colorado Healthcare Communicators, an association of communications professionals in health care.
  • Gold Leaf Co-Chair, Board of Directors, Jan 2012 – Dec 2013
    • Led a six-person team to plan and execute CHC's Gold Leaf Awards, a competition and awards ceremony recognizing excellence in health-care communication and CHC’s largest annual event and fundraiser.
    • Achieved record-breaking number of entries, attendees, sponsors, and revenue in 2012 and again in 2013.
    • Launched a fully electronic judging system in 2013.
  • Marketing Co-Chair, Board of Directors, Jan – Dec 2011
    • Promoted CHC’s events and programs through email marketing, newsletters, website, and social media.
    • Launched and managed the sponsorship and advertising program.
  • Gold Leaf Committee Member, Feb 2009 – Dec 2011
Jan 2011 - Sep 2011

Communication and Special Event Consultant

American Transplant Foundation
  • Contracted to transition to a new executive director.
  • Planned and executed Team Transplant 2011, a cycling fundraiser, raising +$64,000 and achieving a record for net earnings.
  • Also responsible for all duties of the outreach and external affairs coordinator (below).
May 2008 - Sep 2010

Outreach & External Affairs Coordinator

American Transplant Foundation
  • Launched and built the Foundation’s social media network of +11,000 supporters on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
  • Created and executed the Foundation’s communications, including website, newsletters, email marketing, annual reports, media materials, and social media.
  • Assisted with developing new and managing existing programs including the Community Outreach & Education, Multicultural, Patient Assistance, and Volunteer Programs. 
  • Recruited, trained, managed, and retained 85 new volunteers who donated +2,000 hours, an in-kind value of +$43,500. 
  • Planned and executed the Foundation’s fundraisers, raising a combined $440,000 at events.
Jan 2008 - Apr 2008

Communications Intern

American Transplant Foundation
  • Communicated with supporters, donors, and board members about projects and fundraisers.
  • Assisted with email marketing, website management, volunteer recruitment, and events.
  • Hired full time as of May 1, 2008.

Global & Public Health Experience

Certifications
Oct 2015 - Nov 2015

Program Evaluation Consultant

The Keiskamma Trust, Hamburg, South Africa
  • Developed an evaluation plan for the new Masilime Gardening & Nutrition Program, an intervention designed to increase food security while providing psychosocial support for local families. This plan enables staff to collect reliable data, allowing for program adjustments and greater impact.
    • Worked with staff to develop a logic model and plan a pilot program, group interview and pre-post questionnaire instrument to collect quantitative and qualitative data on program outcomes.
    • Developed process documents and an evaluation guide to aid staff in implementation.
    • Researched and provided recommendations for further program improvement.
  • Led efforts to improve monitoring and evaluation of the home-based care program, in which +60 community health workers follow up with HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and chronic disease patients in rural villages using a CommCare mobile health (mHealth) application to direct and record visits.
    • Programmed the mobile application to improve patient data collection and reporting and reflect current Department of Health standards for antiretroviral therapy.
    • Built and deployed a new psychosocial referral system allowing community health workers to automatically flag and refer cases to the psychosocial team for follow up, increasing efficiency and patient care.
    • Led staff training on CommCare fundamentals and reporting, helping increase the data team’s capacity and self-sufficiency.
Sep 2015 - Oct 2015

Mobile Health Intern

Dimagi, Inc., Cape Town, South Africa
  • Attended training and collaboration meetings with Dimagi staff to learn how to use CommCare, a customizable, open source mHealth platform that supports frontline workers, and to help design, implement, and maintain highly-tailored applications for public health organizations working in low-resource settings.
    • Designed and tested the Android portion of a new application for HIV treatment defaulter tracing for the Small Projects Foundation.
    • Researched and compiled recommendations for improving Dimagi’s training modules and help site in order to better introduce CommCare to new users and organizations and improve user experience.
  • Produced a demonstration video and corresponding blog post about the ILSGateway Truck Driver mobile app, an application tracking shipment of essential drugs for Tanzania’s Ministry of Health and Social Welfare. The video and summary have been used for business development in Sub-Saharan Africa and across Dimagi’s social media channels.
May 2015 - Jun 2015

Intensive Study of Public Health Services in Cuba

Colorado School of Public Health, Havana/Cienfuegos, Cuba
    • Met with experts and toured doctor’s offices, polyclinics, hospitals, medical schools, and national research institutes as part of intensive master’s course on the Cuban health system.
    Jan 2015 - May 2015

    Eat Well @ Work Campaign Planning & Evaluation

    Larimer County
    • Worked with the human resources department for Larimer County to plan, implement and evaluate a workplace wellness campaign for +1,200 county employees as a service-learning project for the Advanced Community Nutrition Program Planning and Evaluation course.
    • Created the Eat Well @ Work healthy break room campaign complete with logo, comprehensive newsletters and supporting signage to complement Larimer County’s Wellness Program incentives during National Nutrition Month.
    2014 - Present

    Interviewer, Outbreak Investigation

    Colorado Integrated Food Safety Center of Excellence
    • Volunteer for the Colorado Integrated Food Safety Center of Excellence, a coalition aiming to improve food safety and prevent foodborne disease by fostering collaboration among academia, government, and industry:
      • Assisted the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's Communicable Disease and Epidemiology Section with phone interviews for a cohort study investigating an outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E.coli outbreak in July 2015.
      • Trained by The Colorado Integrated Food Safety Center of Excellence in outbreak response interviewing techniques in 2014.
    Oct 2010 - Dec 2010

    Earthquake Relief Volunteer

    All Hands Volunteers, Léogâne, Haiti
    • Volunteered to support safe water and sanitation, transitional school construction, and rubble removal projects in Léogâne, Haiti following the January 2010 earthquake.
      • Constructed and distributed biosand water filters to provide families and community members with improved drinking water sources.
      • Built transitional schools with safe water and sanitation to allow children to return to a structured, safe learning environment.
      • Helped families return home from internally displaced persons camps by assisting with demolition of unsafe buildings and removal of rubble from properties.
      • Assisted other NGOs with time-sensitive projects, such as preparing chlorine for distribution during the cholera outbreak.
    • Re-launched the organization’s Facebook and Twitter profiles following rebranding.
    • Created a fundraising and community outreach toolkit to allow international volunteers to raise money from their network before, during or after their volunteer experience.
    2015 - Present

    Committee Member

    Colorado Veterans Administration’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)
    • Unaffiliated community committee member to provide public oversight of the Denver VA's use of animals in research studies.
    • Responsible for reviewing research protocols and ensuring compliance with Federal guidelines.
    2014 - 2015

    Member

    Colorado Public Health Association
    2014

    Member

    Wyoming Public Health Association