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Summary

Opportunities in life have given me the chance to travel, learn and explore dreams. Along the way, I gained skills including social media management, writing for different audiences, researching a variety of topics, how to provide high quality guest services and always thinking about the big picture. 

Work experience

Dec 2012Present

Information Center Coordinator

Town of Frisco

Working at the Information Center, not only am I responsible for responding to visitor inquiries via phone, e-mail and in person, providing the highest quality guest service and retaining reliable knowledge of all tourism and non-tourism related activities and topics, but I am also a key member to the Marketing Department. Acting as a liaison between the Marketing Department and visitors I write and create content for a quarterly newsletter that is sent to over 5,000 potential visitors and create daily content for Town of Frisco’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. I also help with editing a variety of material, brainstorming marketing ideas and researching products and vendors for events. 

May 2011Oct 2011

Event Staff

Town of Frisco

In this position I prepared for large and small public events happening in a variety of locations by being trained in portable stage set-up and take-down, solving problems quickly and efficiently and flexing with event and event attendees needs.

Sep 2008Dec 2010

Gallery Attendant

Crossman Gallery

Through this position I created Facebook and Twitter profiles for the Gallery, and was responsible for the overall safety of the gallery, exhibition set up, take down and all other aspects of exhibitions.

Jan 2009May 2010

PR Assistant

University of Wisconsin - Whitewater

In this position I had to the opportunity to be involved in numerous activities from planning events (i.e. Nov. 2, 2009 Carillon Bell Dedication), to writing weekly radio talking points regarding University Center topics and events, to researching and writing historical summaries.

Dec 2009May 2010

PR Intern

Zizzo Group Advertising + PR

As a Spring PR Intern I was granted exposure to a number of different clients. I participated in drafting and editing news releases, pitch notes, compiling media lists using Cision, distributing releases, pitching and following-up on media calls, client media materials development, appropriate client and team meetings, conducting basic research,  and drafting, editing and posting social media content.

Jun 2009Aug 2009

Summer Intern

Woman Made Gallery

As a summer intern at WomanMade Gallery in Chicago, IL I had the opportunity to work closely with multiple artists during set up and take down of shows. I also gained experience in categorizing/archiving work; as well as researching relevant media and contacts for an upcoming exhibit.

May 2009Aug 2009

Summer Intern

Zeppos & Associates

Throughout the summer, I was provided the opportunity to work on a variety of projects for multiple clients. Assignments included pitching local media, writing Web site features, assisting with research for the account staff, planning and implementing media deliveries, helping to facilitate media spokesperson training, creating media lists and more.

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Michael Flanagan

“Tasha is a student worker in the Crossman Gallery and has done a good job of being reliable and helpful in this position. She is very punctual and is good at providing information about exhibits to visitors while assuring security for valuable objects on display. She is also in the process of setting up social networking functions for the gallery to increase our visibility.” October 15, 2009

Evan Zeppos

“Tasha was a great addition to our team at Zeppos & Associates. She was eager to learn and get involved in client projects, and she was a valuable asset and demonstrated the ability to work independently and as part of a team. Tasha was involved in a number of different projects, and she helped draft fact sheets, message points, web copy and news releases for our clients. With every project, Tasha was confident, professional and detail-oriented. She was reliable and organized and handled all tasks with energy and enthusiasm. Tasha also started to demonstrate leadership skills as she became more familiar with our clients. I would recommend Tasha to any potential employer” October 18, 2009

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Skills

Multi-tasking
PR agency internships coupled with other committments and four years of highly involved activity at UW-Whitewater have taught me not only to see the big picture, but to balance a heavy work load and prioritize competing projects.
Social Media
Through class experience, personal use, the Crossman Gallery, my internship with Zizzo Group Advertising + PR and my position at the Town of Frisco I have gained knowledge on how to incorporate social media into a public relations plan.
Focus Groups
As a PR Assistant at UW-Whitewater I was responsible for recruiting students for a series of Dining Service focus groups during Spring of 2009.  During these focus groups, I was also responsible for taking extensive notes.  In Fall 2009 I again was responsible for taking detailed notes during a different series of focus groups.
Adobe Programs - especially Photoshop
I have used Photoshop to create graphical artworks, posters and flyers.  Also, I have used other Adobe programs like Illustrator and InDesign to create posters material.