Work History

Work History
Jan 2013 - Present

Communications Adjunct Instructor

Wake Tech and Johnston Community College

I am teaching basic communications courses at local community colleges. Topics include:

  • Public speaking
  • Boardroom etiquette
  • Strategies to overcome communication anxiety
  • Creating engaging PowerPoint presentations
  • Ethics
  • Self-talk
  • Social media etiquette
  • Non-verbal communication
  • Communicating for career success
  • Mediated communications theories
Jan 2014 - Present

Communications Adjunct Instructor

Campbell University

I'm teaching Writing for the Mass Media. It encompasses writing across multiple media including news (radio, television and print), blogs, Twitter, and writing for podcasts and video/television. A fun course with a lot of different applications. 

Mar 2008 - Sep 2011

Team Leader of Creative Team and Public Relations

Baptist State Convention of North Carolina

I worked with video production, graphic design, and web design and upkeep. For the last two years of my tenure, I oversaw the public relations department in addition to serving as liaison to the Council on Christian Life and Public Affairs Committee. I also served as the organization-side producer for three annual meetings and "called the show" for these events. Our team won more than 20 national awards for graphics, video and print while I served as team leader—very talented team! I was smart enough to let them run!

Jun 1990 - Jun 2011

Freelance video producer/writer/on-camera narrator

Gigsby Communications

As a freelance communications specialist, I produced videos for large corporations and small non-profits. Some of my clients were:

  • GlaxoSmithKline (various videos. on-camera spokesperson, conference moderator)
  • IBM (writer and host of a series of national teleconference trainings)
  • Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (video and audio producer for 15 years, co-host of monthly video magazine) 
  • Environmental Protection Agency (on-camera co-host for quarterly training program)
  • Division of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (writer and video producer for statewide ad campaign)
  • Christian Action League of NC (writer/video producer)
  • LifeCare Pregnancy Center (writer/video producer)
  • Shepherd's Theological Seminary (writer/video producer)
  • Jobs for Life (writer/producer for several videos)
  • NCSU's Big Event
  • North Carolina News Network
  • Boys Scouts of America
Nov 2004 - Jun 2007

Director of Communications

Family Policy Council of North Carolina

I assisted lobbyists in researching issues and I wrote for the statewide "Family" magazine. I produced and edited a video series entitled, "Family Policy Perspectives" which took an in depth look at twelve public policy issues and featured interviews of nationally recognized spokespeople in each segment. I was interviewed and served as a spokesperson on several radio and television programs.

1985 - 1990

Radio news reporter and anchor

WRAL-FM and the NC News Network

I worked at various radio stations doing news, but the last one was WRAL-FM and the North Carolina News Network. I covered news conferences and events, wrote news stories and newscasts, and anchored newscasts for both entities.

Education

Education
Aug 2008 - Present

MS

North Carolina State University

NC State's Masters in Communication is research- and theory-based with good practical application on creating communication and public relations campaigns and a strong emphasis on social media. A member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society at North Carolina State University (4.0 GPA).

1978 - 1982

BA

UNC-Chapel Hill

I was a officer of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes group at UNC-CH for three years. I was also a member of the Varsity Fencing Team.