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Associates in Arts

·Graduated Cum Laude

Bachelor of Arts

·Completed six month on-the-job public relations internship at local pr firm

·Dean’s List Honor Roll

Aug 2009May 2011

Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership

Lewis University

Capstone Project - Yoga as a Stress Management Tool in a Corporation. 

This graduate program is firmly focused on the human-side of the workplace and draws from the disciplinary areas of Psychology, Sociology, Political Science and Communications.  

Work experience

Aug 2009Present

Workforce Solutions Advisor

University of Phoenix - Illinois Campuses

  • Responsible for developing strategic, long term partnerships with c-level executives, department heads, and management primarily focused on the healthcare industry.
  • Successfully lead departmental meetings with engaging discussions resulting in positive, professional development for employees.
  • Prepare, present and implement customized client solutions which support client’s business strategies and needs.
  • Mentor new Workforce Solutions Advisors to support their professional development.
Sep 2007May 2009

Communications Specialist

HealthSystems of Illinois, nfp

·Facilitated external communications with approximately 300 hospitals state-wide

·Developed new education plan for hospital community and successfullyiimplemented quarterly Web training seminars

·Led monthly, program specific Web services training sessions

·Troubleshot incoming program questions on a daily basis

·Developed corporate communications projects (i.e. corporate brand strategies, Web site, and e-newsletter)

Jan 2006Sep 2007

Public & Community Relations Specialist

University Medical Center of Southern Nevada

·Managed media relations on daily basis

·Voluntarily managed a yearlong, 12 person committee with strategic implementation of events and budget and conflict resolution among team members.

·Maintained community relationships and successfully implemented community partnership programs

·Facilitated crisis communication on a community basis (i.e. events during the CEO’s termination.)

·Oversaw daily tasks for intern

Sep 2004Dec 2005

Community Outreach/Media Relations Representative

Nathan Adelson Hospice

·Supervised all media relations increasing public relations savings of more than $800,000

·Implemented internal employee communications by implementing employee newsletter

·Created community outreach programs and participated in community affairs

·Maintained business relationships with such organizations as Veterans Affairs and state representative offices

·Planned events and lecture series with National speakers

Jul 2003Aug 2004

Associate Account Executive

Preferred Pubic Relations & Marketing

(Promotion from Public Relations Coordinator, July 2003 - April 2004)

·Created strategic public relations & marketing plans for entertainment clients

·Implemented and supervised college internship program

·Maintained media relations with local and national media

·Supervised photo shoots with clients

·Facilitated grand opening events



A professional communicator with a diverse background in public relations, corporate communications, and business development. Holds a track record of leadership development with aspects of mentoring and coaching and adult development strategies.Skilled at implementing communications plans and successful marketing initiatives.


Brian Gee, (Co-worker)

Corporate Education Liaison, University of Phoenix

“I have the pleasure of working on the same team with Kristina who is a "natural" business professional. She has the vision to recognize opportunities where others would falter and create a positive synergery when working with clients. Her passion to be successful shows in all aspects of her work and she is an huge asset to any organization.”

July 28, 2010, works directly with Kristina at University of Phoenix

Jessy Malek, (Co-worker)

Corporate Education Liaison, University of Phoenix

“Kristina is a true leader, team player, and mentor. She is dedicated to helping everyone around her reach success by sharing best practices, training, and mentoring others. Kristina’s natural leadership skills and work ethic drive her and those around her to success. I have personally benefited from working with Kristina because she is always helping me reach new heights by sharing her experiences and best practices with me and by helping me to overcome any hurdles I face. Kristina is an excellent colleague and leader.” June 15, 2010, works directly with Kristina at University of Phoenix

Carole Fisher, (Superior)

Executive Vice President, Planning & Administration , Nathan Adelson Hospice "Kristina worked with Nathan Adelson Hospice from September 2004 to December 2005. In her role as Public Relations and Community Outreach Coordinator she did an outstanding job promoting the organization. Kristina has excellent communication skills and brings passion and enthusiasm to her work!" February 17, 2010, managed Kristina indirectly at Nathan Adelson Hospice

Bob Johannessen (Superior)

Corporate Director of Communications Louisiana Health Care Review

“Kristina is an outstanding communications professional who is deadline-oriented, detailed, a strong team player, makes good decisions, is creative and exhibits good judgement. She will be an asset to any company or agency that chooses to make her a member of their team.” May 19, 2009 managed Kristina indirectly at HealthSystems of Illinois

Holly Silvestri (Superior)

President The Ferraro Group (formerly impress communications)

“When Kristina worked for my old PR firm, she was an asset to the company. She was organized, detail-oriented and great with client relations. She was persistent and a goal-achiever. I am happy to recommend her.” June 3, 2009 managed Kristina at Impress Communications


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