Sarah Zaenger

Sarah Zaenger

Community Service

Public Relations Society of America Member

Puget Sound Chapter, 2008- Present, Seattle, Washington

Public Relations Student Society of America Member

Capital University, 2003-2006, Columbus, Ohio

  • Co-founded and Firm Director of PLUS PR, a student-run PR firm
  • Acquired and managed firm's first clients

Worthington International Friendship Association Executive Board Member

City of Worthington, 2003-2006, Worthington, Ohio

  • Traveled as a member of the Sayama, Japan delegation in 2003
  • Collaborated with community members and city council to organize overseas delegations and special events

Children's Hunger Alliance Event Coordinator

A Taste To Remember, 2005 and 2006, Columbus, Ohio

  • Chaired entertainment and decor committee for annual fundraiser
  • Created unified theme through coordination of in-kind donations

Riverside Methodist Hospital Recreational Therapy Program Coordinator

Activity Angels, 2005-2006, Columbus, Ohio

  • Presented monthly and recruited volunteers
  • Developed program materials including session guidelines and evaluation forms 
  • Upgraded patient service and improved unit satisfaction rating

Goal Statement

Conscientious PR professional with international experience building brands, educating communities, connecting, coordinating and empowering.

Interests

Global health, hiking, biking, international travel and international development.

Reputation management and image campaigns, message development, disease awareness building, focus groups and messaging sessions, Web research and competitive analysis.

Work History

Work History
Jan 2009 - Present

Associate

Shiftpoint Strategies, Inc.
  • Consults with clients on media relations opportunities and social media plan development
Jun 2006 - Jul 2008

Community Health Volunteer

U.S. Peace Corps
  • Chaired and led first Peace Corps Armenia Public Relations committee
  • Initiated community meetings at the American Embassy and nationally
  • Raised awareness of the organization in 12 communities to more than 600 participants
  • Trained volunteers and their Armenian counterparts in areas including the process of project design and community development strategies 
  • Edited materials for classroom, community, media and Peace Corps administrative assignments, including editing online materials for Sourcio Internet firm and CARD newsletter
  • Designed lesson plans, updated and revised as needed, conducted classes and seminars
  • Conducted Public Information Officer duties representing the Peace Corps with local and national media and officials
  • Prepared press releases and conducted radio, television and print interviews in English and Armenian
  • Conducted community needs assessments through focus groups and surveys
  • Led participatory management meetings to develop priority rankings for community improvements
  • Secured developmental grants to provide for community improvement projects
  • Initiated, organized, staffed and led three national summer camps and two clubs
  • Participated in administrative and board leadership activities including presentations at new volunteer trainings
Jan 2006 - May 2006

Communications Intern

Fahlgren Mortine Public Relations
  • Researched and created media lists and editorial strategies
  • Wrote external Web site copy and personnel press releases
Jun 2005 - Sep 2005

Corporate Communications Intern

Worthington Industries
  • Formatted and designed internal communications materials for annual health fair and volunteer drive
  • Drafted and dispatched company press releases to local and national media outlets
Jun 2004 - Aug 2004

Program Coordinator

Pharmaceutical Horizons, Inc.
  • Coordinated communications with pharmaceutical company to develop community education programs
  • Promoted outreach events to local media and throughout city
May 2003 - Aug 2003

Job Coach

Greenleaf Job Training Services
  • Trained developmentally disabled high school students in hospitality and retail job tasks
  • Recorded progress, fulfilled weekly reports and monitored student satisfaction

Education

Education

Bachelor of Arts

Capital University

GPA: 3.91/4.00

Honors/Affiliations:

  • Collegiate Fellow Recognition Award
  • Capital University Battelle Achievement Scholar
  • Phi Beta Delta Beta Mu Chapter, Honors Society for International Scholars

Skills

Skills

Microsoft Office

Armenian Language

Spanish Language