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Dear Suzanne:As a Valhalla resident who just received her newsletter in the mail last night, I can't tell you how proud I was that you work for me and produced such a fabulous document. Everything about it -- from the dozens of winter concert photos to the beautifully written story about the student basketball player from Nigeria -- was just superb. My personal favorite was your story about the man who plays Santa Claus, and your "spoiler alert" halfway through, warning readers that you were about to reveal the identity of Santa.  I loved that touch! I know how hard you have been working in Valhalla, and I'm also fully aware of the fact that you provide them with so much more, in terms of attention and patience. Your writing talent amazes me every day, and you help to inspire me. Again, thanks so much.Evelyn McCormackDirector of CommunicationsSouthern Westchester BOCES


~ Excerpted from performance reviews ~

Writing & Editing Skills:

—“gifted writer with superb observational skills”

—“a fine reporter, writer and editor… expert in the application of AP Style”

—“the best (writer) in our department”

—“has done a superb job of publishing newsworthy stories on the bank’s progress toward strategic goals”


—“irreproachably responsible… never failed to meet a deadline”

Relationship-Building Skills:

—“immediately had an impact…staff quickly bonded with her… cultivated valuable sources”

—“treats all people at the bank with respect and thoughtfulness”

—“expresses genuine interest in her colleagues and her acquaintances”

Staff Development / Management Skills:

—“does a wonderful job of motivating and directing”

—“a caring, sensitive supervisor who helps her staff realize their full potential”

—“fosters a pleasant, cooperative atmosphere”

Juggling Priorities / Making Decisions:

—“very efficient in balancing competing claims on her time and resources… decisive in undertaking actions and quick to adapt”


Evelyn McCormack

Dr. Clement Ceccarelli

Christine Opferkuch


  • Award of Honor for Excellence in Writing for Valhalla School District Budget Newsletter from New York School Public Relations Association, 10/2012.
  • Award of Merit for "Tools of the Trade" newsletter from the New York School Public Relations Association, 10/2011.
  • Award of Honorable Mention for Excellence in Writing from the National School Public Relations Association for story "Just Your Average Teenage Girl," 7/2011.
  • Award of Merit for Excellence in Writing from the National School Public Relations Association for story "Nurses Make It All Better," 7/2010.
  • Honored with "President's Award" eight years in a row for editorial content--the highest employee award given by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, 1999-2007.
  • Commended three times for superior editorial content in the Ragan Report's "What's Working in Organizational Publications" column, 04/1999, 11/2000, 12/2000.

Measurable Results

Work experience

Other positions:

Associate Editor, TravelAge Magazine

Business Reporter, The Brandenton Herald

Stringer, New York Times


PR Writer, Public Information Office

Southern Westchester Board of Cooperative Educational Services

Non-profit educational organization providing services and programs to school districts and students in the region.Direct public relations initiatives for corporate and school district clients. Manage the editorial content, design and distribution of quarterly newsletters, press releases, promotional calendars and special interest publications. Develop online content, including text, photos and videos. Work closely with school superintendents on public information plans, budget information plans and trends and issues in public education. Cultivate effective relationships with local press in coverage of topics of interest to the education community. Confer with production, graphic design and web design personnel to coordinate production of all communications materials. Responsible for client support, budgets and vendor relationships.

  • Writer/editor/photographer for four quarterly education newsletters: Tools of the Trade, American Dreamer, Connections, and Voyages, the newsletter for the Valhalla School District.
  • Produce 16+ quarterly print newsletters per year, plus hundreds of online articles.
  • Cover 50+ events throughout the year and produce digital content for corporate and school district websites.
  • Enhance corporate online visibility by initiating daily use of Web 2.0 tools, including Facebook, Twitter, slideshows and videos.
  • Create custom articles, newsletters and other communications for clients that drive awareness of the quality of educational services and student experiences provided.
  • Manage projects, including calendars, budget newsletters, brochures and press releases.
  • Consult with internal and external clients on communication projects and content development.
  • Routinely secure online and print story placements, increasing local media coverage 100%.
  • Wrote and published two state and national award-winning features about students facing special challenges (American Dreamer) and two state and national awards for best newsletter (Voyages and Tools of the Trade).


Cozy Pets

Start-up boutique company dedicated to providing high-quality in-home pet care.

  • Researched the local pet care market and pricing.
  • Developed company concept, website content and marketing materials.
  • Applied advertising strategies to grow client base to 25 in the first year.

Managing Editor, Internal Communication

Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Central Bank of the United States with 3,000 employees in New York and New Jersey.Managed a team of six employees and supported the institution's internal communication mission by producing the quarterly employee magazine, The Fed, and overseeing the corporate intranet site. Drove editorial strategy, ensuring coverage of a full range of stories on business, policies, strategies, Town Halls, conferences and events. Developed story ideas, assigned stories, managed all aspects of editorial content, design and production. Worked with subject matter experts on articles. Secured reviews and approvals. Responsible for internal client support, budgets and vendor relationships.

  • Served as Editor of the quarterly employee magazine and content manger of the corporate intranet site.
  • Developed and managed institution's first formal employee intranet site and electronic communications system to distribute company news and critical information. Significantly drove access to timely news while improving efficiency and internal communication.
  • Completely revamped outdated employee magazine to cover relevant, newsworthy stories that reinforced strategic goals and more effectively met the needs of modern-day employee demographics.
  • Developed  corporate communications strategies and programs for internal clients, including project time lines and deliverables.
  • Developed a brand identity, including a distinctive style and tone, for all company communications.
  • Honored with "President's Award" eight years in a row for editorial content-the highest employee award given by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, 1999-2007.
  • Commended three times for superior editorial content in the Ragan Report's "What's Working in Organizational Publications" column, 04/1999, 11/2000, 12/2000.

Special Projects Director

Incentive Magazine

Monthly publication for incentive meeting planners. Circulation: 40,500.

  • Wrote, edited and produced 24 annual promotional supplements and advertorials to accompany the monthly publication.
  • Expanded supplement base by creating, writing, editing and producing incentive strategy program guides and promotional travel guides for New Zealand, Indonesia and the Scottish Convention Bureau.
  • Traveled globally on reporting assignments.


Universidad de Salamanca

Bachelor of Science

University of Florida

New York University-SCPS