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In May 2011, I earned my Bachelor's degree in Communication Studies with a concentration in Public Relations and Organizational Communication from Longwood University in Farmville, VA.  I'm a hardworking individual with persistence and patience to see a project through to the end.  

Work experience

Jul 2011Present

Administrative Assistant

United Way of Roanoke Valley

  • Coordinate front office duties and schedules with a second Administrative Assistant
  • Worked closely with former Communications Manager on various marketing projects and events
  • Facilitated the content migration from one website platform to a newer one
  • Update organization’s website and maintain currency for beneficiaries, donors, and other online visitors
  • Coordinated with a designer and printer to assemble a quarterly newsletter for United Way
Jan 2011May 2011

Team Leader

mbrace Charity

  • Used a variety of interviewing skills to recruit for and organize a professional event planning team
  • Lead a team of students to plan, host, and implement a charity fundraiser for a local youth baseball league
  • Kept donors and participants updated on mbrace's fundraising progess using Facebook and Tumblr
  • Raised over $320 by executing a sports-themed fundraiser with more than 50 participants and donors
Aug 2010Apr 2011

Public Relations and Event Planning Intern

Longwood Center for the Visual Arts
  • Used a variety of strong writing skills to create press releases,correspond with donors, publicize gallery events, and complete an annual report
  • Assisted in planning and raising money for the biennial 2011 Gala Art Auction
  • Utilize strong interpersonal and persuasive proficiency to correspond with sponsors and event attendees 
  • Learned and used writing skills to create professional press releases
  • Used organizational and time management skills to schedule the release of press releases to various news outlets
  • Practiced positive brand identity by promoting educational events for the LCVA
  • Solicited Gala sponsors for donations to a silent auction
Mar 2005Aug 2010

Assistant Manager

Little Dipper Cafe
  • Operated within fast-paced, high-stress environment
  • Identified customer needs and provided excellent customer service
  • Maintained store inventory
  • Independently responsible for opening and closing operations of the Café
  • Trained two recent high school graduates in Café policies and procedures
  • Used efficient time-management skills to serve customers quickly
  • Utilized problem-solving expertise to manage various restaurant complications
Mar 2009May 2010

Administrative Assistant

Longwood University Office for University Advancement

  • Entered sensitive and secure information regarding alumni and current students into a computer database system
  • Maintained confidentiality concerning information about current students and peers
  • Assisted the Office of Alumni Affairs in compiling information for class reunions by decade


Aug 2007May 2011

Communication Studies

Longwood University

Graduated Magna Cum Laude with an overall GPA of 3.7


Public Relations Aptitude
High marks and recommendations in all public relations courses including: Public Relations, Applied Organizational Communication, Crisis Communication, and Organizational Communication.  Ability to produce professional press releases, media pitches, crisis responses, and company audit reports.  
Social Media Competence
Created a unique voice and persona for personal blog as well as professional blog.  Knowledge and personal use of social media tools such as Blogger, Twitter, Facebook, and Linkedin.
Event Planning Expertise
Currently working on two events:   LCVA Biennial Gala Art Auction: The Longwood Center for the Visual Arts receives no state or federal funding.  The black-tie affair includes a silent auction, as well as food, beverages, and live music, to fund its educational programs which serve a 7,000 square mile area in Southside Virginia.  The last gala netted an atonishing $87,000 in February 2009.  A charity event created, funded, and completed by a team I am leading called MBRACE.  Our organization will attempt to create an event to raise money to send participants in local Challenger Baseball team to Virginia Beach in May.  Challenger Baseball League is a team for youth with disabilities that encourages them to be active with their peers, even despite the physical and mental obstacles they may face. 
Verbal Dexterity
Utilization of  both interpersonal and professional verbal skills.  Completed Public Speaking course as well as various speech-intensive courses, including Advanced Spanish 320.  Understanding of a variety of different speeches, from persuasive to commemorative.
Written proficiency
Ability to produce strong, thorough, and well-organized material that is both accessible as well as scholarly, whenever appropriate.  Achieved high marks on both word processed and handwritten manuscripts throughout educational career.  Possess a variety of different writing skills from academic papers, to creative writing, press releases, and other professional and non-professional types of writing.  Proficient in both Spanish and English.  See attached writing samples.



Excellence in Communications Scholarship Award

Longwood University

President's List

Longwood University

Dean's List

Longwood University