Work experience

Work experience

Public Relations Assistant & Webmaster

2001 Special Olympics World Winter Games Alaska
Develop media kits, write and distribute news releases; serviced media center. Press Assistant Liaison Services (PALS) coordinator – recruited, scheduled, and trained 40 volunteers from across the U.S. for work with local, national, and international media.  Program has subsequently been implemented into all World Games competitions. Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg coordinator - liaison between Games Organizing Committee and law enforcement officials from across the U.S., promoted ceremonies across Alaska to generate awareness of the second largest sporting event in the world in 2001.

Webmaster. Developed online content and posted to web using Cold Fusion and Dreamweaver.

Feb 2003 - Mar 2009


Anchorage Chamber of Commerce

Chief operating officer of $1million organization with a board of 27 directors, eightemployees and multiple contractors.

Development and implementation of communication plans, strategic messaging and brand development and launch. Direct sales, marketing and communication efforts, including local, state and national advocacy.Explored and developed online social media tools, including Twitter, Facebook, and internal video blog for business development.

Advanced objectives as spokesperson, responding to local, state and international media.

Firm understanding national, state and local affairs on issues ranging from affordable health care coverage, passage of local smoking ban in public areas, land-use code, among others.Responsibilities of all committees to include, Executive, Finance, Accreditation, State and National Affairs, Business & Economic Development, Military, Transportation, and Program.

Initiated all contract negotiations, managed team and evaluated vendor performance.

Orchestrated most significantmembership growth, from 1,137 in 2003 to 1,300 in 2009, through targeted sales efforts and effective retention strategies.

Fiduciary responsibility; every year grew annual budget beyond stated goals of board of directors. Built and strengthened donor relationships by effectively tracking and communicating organization’s performance.

Demonstrated flexible management style by responding to the changing dynamics of new board chairperson and members every 12-months.

Dramatically improved staff professionalism and decreased turnover with team meetings, coaching sessions, work plans and regular evaluations.

Launched multiple innovative programs, including ThinkAhead in partnership with Red Cross and ConocoPhillips to ensure businesses are prepared when disaster strikes.

Developed and executed own succession plan, resulting in minimal operational disruption, including zero staff turnover during four-month transition to new president.

Recognized by U.S. Chamber of Commerce with four-star accreditation - first to receive distinction in Alaska and among fewer than 200 nationally.

May 2001 - Mar 2003

Sole Source Contractor


Kraft Foods/Oscar Mayer Alaska special event planning and execution: Alaska State Fair and “Giant Vegetable” promotions

Team Power Sports Motorcycle Show for Impact PR: media planning and story pitching

Anderson Trucking Service ICE:brochure copy editing

KD/PR Virtual:administrative

Jan 2002 - Feb 2003

Communications Director/Program Development Coordinator

Anchorage Chamber of Commerce

Increased awareness of the Anchorage Chamber in the community as a business organization through creation of communication plan, and successful implementation and execution of strategic messaging in external sources: web, print, television and radio; and internal sources: weekly electronic newsletter, monthly printed newsletter, annual resource guide & membership directory, and script development.

Staff manager for significant event committees; i.e., coordinated all logistics for Military Appreciation Picnics that included 100 volunteers feeding more than 8,000 soldiers and families in limited timeframe; liaison to City of Lights committee, sponsorship solicitation; coordinated public kick-off ceremony, orchestrated volunteers, adhered to budget constraints.

1995 - 2001

Administrative Assistant, AAA Four Diamond Restaurant Server, Hostess, Buser, Retail Sales

Utilized superb customer service skills to achieve company goals in a variety of seasonal positions while attending school full-time