Biography

As associate director of public relations, I direct the design and branding of all college external print and electronic communications, advertising and related marketing materials. I direct production of print materials and oversee the College’s graphic identity to ensure consistent branding, design and style, in support of strategic communications marketing initiatives. I assist the director in creation of marketing strategies and communications plans for key constituents including institutional advancement and admissions. I serve as editor and art director of college alumni magazine and provide design and content support for the college website. I served Emory & Henry as director of publications from 1997 until 2013, when I was promoted to associate director of public relations. While continuing as director of publications, my position was elevated to a supervisory level for PR assistants and work study employees and I perform the duties of director in his absence. 

Before coming to Emory & Henry, I served as associate director of a non-profit serving 13 counties, where I worked for 11 years, and spent three years as public relations specialist for DMV's traffic safety program which served the 16 counties in Southwest Virginia. In both of these positions, I was the public relations and media representative, promoting education on public safety issues. I organized regional media and educational events, worked with local media in developing public service announcements and produced safety-related newsletters. In addition, I lead regional volunteer committees and served on state-wide committees for EMS and traffic safety, and wrote and administered grants.

I am gratified to have received numerous awards for design from international design and journalism organizations, as well as the E&H Maiden Award in 2011 and two staff Blue & Gold Awards. I am a member of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), the University and College Designers Association, the Depot Artists’ Association and the E&H College Community Club. I am on the editorial committee for the regional arts publication, A! Magazine, and was recently appointed as the United Way Campaign representative for Emory & Henry College.

Educational Background

Bachelor's degree with double major in Journalism and Art, cum laude

East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN

 

Continuing education in creative writing, photography and public relations.