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January 2018Present

Senior Communications Specialist

University of North Texas - Transportation Services
  • Communications
    • Conceptualize, write and edit content, including social media, press releases, web content, correspondence and announcements in a consistent tone and style, ensuring copy is strategic, accurate and concise
    • Self-edit print and online copy and edit copy of student employee and coworkers
    • Keep up with trends and methodology using a variety of training methods
    • Work under pressure to create communications and content strategy plans for department initiatives and events, while meeting all deadlines
    • Coordinate and design larger projects, including signs for garage and a 40-page departmental annual report
    • Develop and maintain relationships with key stakeholders, including student media
    • Supervise a student assistant
    • Work with other communication specialists and URCM toward common goals
    • Ensure all work coordinates and integrates with division and institutional strategy
    • Redesign and update department website
  • Design and Photography
    • Take photos and videos for social media posts and publications
    • Create infographics for social media
    • Design flyers, posters, advertisements and other graphics projects
  • Social Media
    • Monitor social media throughout the day and respond to questions, following University policy
    • Coordinate the daily Facebook and Twitter messaging using Hootsuite and content calendars to plan and schedule posts in line with the overall strategy
    • Track social media analytics to determine best strategies and refine messages
    • Provide monthly social media reports to the Director of Transportation Services and the Associate Vice President of Information Services
June 2016Present

Library Information Specialist

West Florida Public Libraries
  • Marketing
    • Conceptualize and design marketing materials and graphics, including posters, flyers, brochures, bookmarks, social media posts and handouts for seven library branches, maintaining a unified marketing strategy
    • Coordinate timely release of information in press releases, web content, copy for promotional material and reports regarding a variety of programs from seven branches, while determining and following appropriate style guidelines
    • Coordinate with Escambia County Community and Media Relations to ensure cooperation and consistency with overall county image
    • Keep library director informed on necessary facts for press interviews
    • Manage all social media channels and content for West Florida Public Libraries, including livestreaming of events
    • Coordinate with Escambia County Community and Media Relations and web designer to redesign, modernizing the look and coordinating with the overall county image
    • Photographing events, editing photos and stock photos and graphics and ensuring they meet all standards for use in web, social media and print marketing materials
    • Record, edit and post videos of events
    • Testing out new programs and sites such as Canva, PicMonkey, Storify, Library Aware and Picasa and evaluating their possible use for WFPL
    • Work with vendors to ensure quality and timely printing of bookmarks, staff shirts and other materials
    • Assist media by coordinating interviews with appropriate library staff and serving as a spokesperson for the library to print, online and television media
    • Participate as a member of Escambia County’s emergency management Public Information team during emergency activations
  • Outreach
    • Coordinate library participation in outreach events, such as festivals and community fairs, including evening, weekend and holiday events
    • Assist Children’s Librarian with outreach among schools
    • Respond to and research comments and suggestions made by citizens regarding library participation in community events
    • Act as liaison with community groups and businesses
  • Programs
    • Plan, market and execute large events within the libraries at least four times per year, including an appreciation dinner for 200 people
    • Market and assist with multiple smaller events at seven branches
Sep 2015June 2016

Office/proposal assistant/Supply technician

  • Managed petty cash and purchasing of office supplies
  • Acted as the point of contact for building rental company, repairman, and other services
  • Assisted in writing technical documents, such as proposals, past performances, and sources sought
  • Kept track of opportunities throughout stages of proposal writing and acquisitions
  • Assisted with human resources paperwork during hiring, termination, promotions, and lateral moves
  • Performed supply management for contract on Eglin Air Force Base
May 2014Sep 2015

Public Safety Reporter

Northwest Florida Daily News
  • Researched and prepared stories, largely focused on matters of public safety, but also including government, local events and human interest features
  • Worked with alternative storytelling formats to inform and entertain while making sometimes difficult information accessible to the general public
  • Met deadlines, multi-tasking and prioritizing multiple stories at once to ensure they each get done in a timely manner
  • Served as a positive spokesperson for the newspaper, interacting with a diverse public at crime scenes, events and on the telephone
  • Handled stressful or sensitive interviews with understanding and patience
  • Created and developed art and graphic ideas, as well as additional materials to accompany main stories
  • Photographed events, crashes, fires and other public scenes
  • Assisted in social media efforts by tweeting and contributing to the organization's Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages
  • Coordinated efforts in a weekly crime publication
Oct 2010May 2014


Beaver Dam Daily Citizen
  • Found and wrote stories related to courts and crimes
  • Covered court cases using public records and attending hearings
  • Developed, wrote and copy edited news and features
  • Took photos for features and news stories
  • Created and administrated the Facebook page and other social media efforts and policies
  • Assisted editors with page layout
  • Recorded, edited and uploaded videos in connection with stories
Jan 2008May 2010

Photography Editor

The University Leader
  • Took, edited and assigned photos
  • Oversaw all web and print photography
  • Trained, supervised and coordinated staff photographers
Jul 2007May 2010


  • Checked out and bagged customer's items
  • Returned merchandise
  • Performed moneygram transactions
  • Handled customer complaints
Aug 2009May 2010

Community Service Learning

Fort Hays State University
  • Community Service Learning, 2010
    • Poker Stroll Campaign, Chestnut Street District
    • Worked on background information, situation analysis and core problem
  • Watershed On Wheels Project, 2009
    • Created PR kit for Watershed on Wheels
    • Wrote backgrounder, fact sheet, press release, public service announcement, and sheet music for a jingle
  • Crisis Plan, 2009
    • Class Project, Brookville Hotel
    • Researched and created a full communication crisis plan for Brookville Hotel
Aug 2007May 2010

Director's Assistant

Fort Hays State University Opera Theater
  • Assist the director of the opera in taking notes
  • Convey stage directions
  • Set the stage
  • Work with actors and crew to ensure production runs smoothly
  • Oversee backstage operations
Jun 2008May 2009

Front Desk Clerk

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites
  • Took reservations
  • Assisted guests in the check in/check out process
  • Dealt with complaints
  • Redesigned both the banquet menu for the sales department and the menu for the on-site restaurant
  • Designed and organized the monthly newsletter.
Jun 2004Jul 2007

Circulation Clerk

Great Bend Public Library
  • Helped patrons find materials
  • Checked books in and out
  • Did minor computer software repair
  • Shelved books
  • Ordered Inter-Library Loans
  • Worked with the children and young adult programs
May 2006May 2007


Interrobang, Barton County Community College
  • Assigned stories to everyone
  • Edited stories for grammatical errors, length, and/or abusive or offensive language
  • Hired and fired staff and trained new people
  • Created layout of the newspaper, sent it to print, and distributed the newspaper
May 2006Aug 2006

Student Employee

BCCC Communications Department
  • Wrote press releases
  • Interviewed people and took pictures
  • Worked with video equipment and archived files
Jan 2006May 2006

Entertainment Editor

Interrobang, Barton County Community College
  • Created layout for the entertainment pages
  • Took pictures, wrote movie and music reviews, advice column and horoscopes
  • Organized a random call in section
  • Edited reviews, horoscopes, call-ins and advice


Aug 2007May 2010

Bachelor of Arts, Communications

Fort Hays State University
Aug 2004May 2007

Associates of Arts, Music and Journalism

Barton County Community College


  • Wisconsin Public Health Association 2013 Media Award
  • 2013 Golden Gavel Certificate of Commendation