Summary

Dynamic, results-oriented professional with a passion for public relations with the ability to support organizational goals and initiatives.  Bilingual public relations graduate with excellent communication and writing skills.  Enthusiastic team player with critical thinking and problem solving skills.

Completed a Master of Arts from California State University San Bernardino (CSUSB) in Communication Studies and worked on original research for a master's thesis called:  Like us on Facebook: A social media campaign's effect on relationship management outcomes for a nonprofit organization.

Here's what you'll find on this portfolio:

  • Previews of "A Closer Walk" TV Docuseries
  • Press Releases
  • Media Placements
  • Copywriting
  • Magazine Writing
  • Publication Design
  • Photography

Education

Education
Sep 2009 - Jun 2012

Master of Arts

California State University, San Bernardino

Completed a Master of Arts in Communication Studies at CSUSB.  For my thesis, I worked on original research about how organizations can use social media to initiate, maintain, and nurture public relationships. 

  • 4.0 GPA
  • Thesis: Like us on Facebook: A social media campaign's effect on relationship management outcomes for a nonprofit organization. 
  • Presented at Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities convention (San Diego, CA 2010) a paper written based on qualitative research about public relations service learning courses.
  • Presented at National Communication Association (Orlando, FL 2012) in panel titled "Cyberactivism and Political Change in the Arab World," the paper: "Riding the Social Media Wave: Cyberactivism and the Global Public Sphere" written with Dr. Ahlam Muhtaseb, California State University, San Bernardino. 
Aug 2004 - Dec 2008

Bachelor of Science

Southern Adventist University
  • Graduated Cum Laude
  • Earned a French minor
  • Earned a Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Certification

Related Coursework:

Public Relations Campaign, Fundamentals of Advertising, Public Relations Technique, Publication Editing, Publication Tools and Techniques, Public Relations Principles & Theory, Magazine and Feature Article Writing, News Reporting, Writing for the Media,

Leadership: 

  • Alpha Mu Gamma (Language Honors Society) President (2007-2008)
  • Latin American Club Vice-President (2007-2008); Public Relations Officer (2005-2007)
  • SonRise (University Easter Pageant) casting director
  • Southern Accent newspaper copy editor

Volunteerism

  • La Paz de Dios (nonprofit organization) translator
  • National Philanthropy Day
  • Children's Discovery Center, Chattanooga
  • Life Care Center, Collegedale

Awards

  • Student of the Year Award, Society of Adventist Communicators (2008)
  • Who's who among students in American universities and colleges (2008)
  • Full Member Alpha Mu Gamma

Work History

Work History
Nov 2014 - Present

Associate Director for Communication

ADRA International 

Developing and implementing strategic public relations plans. Fostering relationships with the media, internal staff, and network partners such as TOMS Shoes. Writing press releases, pitching stories, and seeking earned media. Working internationally to produce a television documentary series, “A Closer Walk,” from concept to completion including marketing and distribution. Producing organizational Annual Report & other publications. Writing for web and print publications including web, social media, feature articles. Representing the organization at conventions and Network events.

Oct 2013 - Nov 2014

Communication Specialist

ADRA International

Working on internal and external agency communication, media, and public relations strategies and initiatives. Coordinating the production for "A Closer Walk," ADRA's television show. Assisting in the ongoing development of a strong media list. Leading internal communication efforts including "Lunch & Learn." Create and deliver press releases and other media relations content and corporate content. Contribute to social media calendar. Work on creative and compelling content. Seeking out and managing media placement

Sep 2012 - Sep 2013

Business Communications Assistant

Miami HEAT (The HEAT Group)

Pitching and writing story ideas for Tipoff magazine, and serving as the magazine's editorial assistant. Proofreading Tipoff magazine, press releases, media advisories, feature articles, etc. Tracking broadcast media (TV/Radio) coverage of all HEAT Group business and sponsored related initiatives, promotions and events and creating reports. Assisting Business Communication Manager with assembling materials for Tipoff and keeping up with internal and printer deadlines. Attending events and keeping a log of media who attend. Escorting media when and where applicable. Updating MiamiHEATPR.com. Assisting with other administrative tasks as necessary. 

Jan 2013 - Jun 2013

Adjunct Professor

Miami-Dade College

Teaching basic communication courses (including public speaking) to a diverse group of community college students. Creating lesson plans, exams, and using a variety of pedagogical strategies. Delivering lectures and conducting class discussions about class material.

Sep 2009 - Jun 2011

Teaching Assistant

California State University San Bernardino

Teaching public speaking skills to a class of 32 college students through a variety of pedagogical tools including discussion, lectures, and activities.  Preparing an American with Disabilities Act compliant syllabus and making it and other materials available via Blackboard.  Critiquing student presentations and providing feedback on speech delivery and techniques.

Apr 2009 - Aug 2009

Communication Intern

Florida Conference of SDA

Producing the summer issue of Florida Focus, Conference Magazine.  Working on miscellaneous projects in Spanish, English, and French

Oct 2004 - Dec 2008

Writer

Southern Adventist University

Writing press releases, news stories, feature stories, radio announcements for internal and external publications.  Tracking the University’s media coverage and prepared reports. Editing faculty newsletter, Factor. Acting as an editorial assistant for the University's alumni magazine, Columns.

May 2008 - Aug 2008

Outreach and Media Relations Intern

Friendship Ambassador's Foundation

Building relationships with local media outlets and promoted the Annual Youth Assembly at the United Nations through traditional public relations techniques and social media outreach.  Aiding in event planning for the Annual Youth Assembly at the United Nations and a night of culture and music: International Youth Night.

Oct 2008 - Jan 2008

Communication Intern

Alumni Awards Foundation

Helping in planning and researching various aspects of the Annual Golf Tournament and Gala.  Assisting with donor relations and media relations tasks.  Updating organization website.

Certifications

Certifications
Dec 2008 - Present

National Certification in Nonprofit Management/Leadership

Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (formerly American Humanics)

Photography

Publication Design

Portfolio

Recommendations

Please email nlopezthismon@gmail.com for a list of contacts. 

"Natalia showed excellent skill in gathering information for putting together most all of an issue of the Florida Conference magazine, Florida Focus---the issue in which we reported on the five values that comprise our office's new mission statement. She helped bring a young adult perspective to the information, very much appreciated by administration, and I particularly enjoyed collaborating with her on designing the magazine pages with her material"

- Lee Bennett, Associate Director of Communication, Florida Conference of Seventh-day Adventists managed Natalia indirectly at Florida Conference of Seventh-day Adventist.

"During the past three years, I have worked with Natalia as her teacher, academic advisor, and work supervisor.  In all these different scenarios I have found Natalia to be a talented and outstanding student and young adult.  As a student, she is very quick, responsive and diligent.  Natalia has developed into a good and diverse writer, being talented at news as well as creative writing.  She also has the unique distinction of pursuing a professional certificate in nonprofit management and leadership through American Humanics, Inc., of Kansas City, MO. 

As a young adult, Natalia is equally outstanding.  Her international background and her bilingual skills guide her toward service in diplomatic careers.  Also, Natalia's desire to serve humankind, and her sensitivity to the suffering of others makes her a woman of compassion, and wisdom.

I highly recommend Natalia Lopez-Thismon to you. I believe she will be an outstanding employee.  Natalia will be a success at anything she attempts."  -T. Lynn Caldwell. Former Associate Professor in the School of Journalism and Communication at Southern Adventist University

"I have observed Natalia's office skills, work ethic, and organization, and her interactions with colleagues, clients, and the media.  From May through August, Natalia worked on a variety of tasks for our 5th annual Youth Assembly at the United Nations.  Working on this Assembly required skills for a wide variety of logistical and communication tasks under the guidance of the Assembly Project Director.  Natalia showed excellent communication skills as part of the FAF team, coordinating with other interns and staff while balancing independent tasks.

Natalia's tasks during the internship included writing, sending, and following up press releases, creating and editing the media database, writing and maintaining the event's blog, maintaining and editing other social media outreach techniques such as discussion boards and bulletins on Nexodex.  She helped to organized a press conference at the United Nations on August 12.  She was also involved in outreach through other social media tools such as Facebook and MySpace.  Her job also involved designing and creating outreach material for the Youth Assembly event. 

I recommend Natalia without reservation as I believe she is a valuable asset to any workplace." -Patrick Sciarratta, Member, Executive Committee, NGO UNDPI and Executive Director Friendship Ambassadors Foundation