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Results-focused education and communications professional motivated by helping underserved youth reach their college and career dreams. Collaborative leader with strengths in communications, corporate and community partnerships, program directing and media relations. Inspired by working with people dedicated to elevating the lives of young people across the globe.

  • Written and verbal communications skills
  • Copyediting and proofreading
  • Media Relations
  • Program Directing
  • Community Relations
  • Development/fundraising
  • Researcher
  • Partnership development
  • Social Media
  • Collaborative Leadership
Director of Programs and Online Content, 04/2018 - Current
Advisor Group La Vista, NE,

Program Director

  • Oversee college and career readiness programs at 12 low-income middle and high schools in New York, Texas, Georgia, Vermont and Massachusetts.
  • Responsible for the implementation of programs and delivery of services focused on the four strands of CFES-GEAR UP: building academic skills, fostering essential skills, supporting pathways to college and career, and providing comprehensive mentoring.
  • Supervise College and Career Fellows in the delivery of services to students as the CFES-GEAR UP liaison to schools, teachers, parents, volunteers, and partner programs.

Communications, Media and Development

  • Lead a communications team responsible for writing op-eds, press releases and other content worthy of national media placement, including a forthcoming book by Routledge.
  • Other duties include social media, website content, marketing and development outreach and relations to potential funders interested in helping first-generation college students realize their postsecondary dreams.
  • Produce and host live webinars on education-based topics featuring members U.S. Congress, governors, college presidents, coaches, state education leaders and corporate heads.
Senior Communications Specialist, 03/2003 - 04/2018
Lee Enterprises, Incorporated Twin Falls, ID,
  • Produced high-quality written and virtual content on faculty research, administrative initiatives, alumni, students, events and other news for the main website, social media channels, alumni magazine and other university publications.
  • Media placements included The New York Times, Boston Globe, NPR, CNN, C-SPAN, ESPN, Inside Higher Ed, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Hechinger Report, The Wall Street Journal and other local, regional and national news outlets.
  • Worked with department communications officers to develop story ideas, write, edit and pitch to media. Produced content for development and major gift officers as part of the UVM’s $500 million Move Mountains campaign.
Bureau Chief/Government and Education Reporter, 10/1998 - 02/2003
Lee Enterprises, Incorporated Bristol, CT,
  • Won multiple Associated Press awards for feature writing and coverage of local and state government, K-12 and higher education, business and sports for 40,000-circulation daily newspaper in South Georgia.
  • Duties included writing, researching, editing, photography and promotion.
Sports Reporter, 09/1996 - 09/1998
The Barre-Montpelier Times Argus City, STATE,
  • Covered high school and college sports, wrote features, edited, and took photos for daily newspaper in Central Vermont.
  • Won multiple awards as staff member of "New England's top small newspaper" according to the NE Press Association.
Teacher Certification (Aide), 09/1996 - 06/1997
Randolph Union High School City, STATE,
  • Worked with "at-risk" youth and taught English courses as part of the Vermont State Teacher Certification Peer Review licensure program
Editor and Publisher , 09/1993 - 08/1996
Reidel's Roundball Review City, STATE,
  • Owned and operated national high school basketball recruiting publication focused on the top 1,000 prep players in the nation including Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, Allen Iverson and other future NBA all-stars
  • Produced bi-monthly publication with information used by The Boston Globe, Basketball Times, Atlanta-Journal Constitution, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Blue Ribbon Basketball Yearbook and other major publications.
  • Helped lower-ranked prep players find JUCO and small college matches to further their education through athletics
Sports Reporter, 01/1991 - 08/1993
The Albany Herald City, STATE,
  • Covered local high school and college sports for 40,000 circulation daily newspaper
  • Contributed to layout and design of daily sports section
Education and Training
Doctor of Education: Educational Leadership And Policy Studies , Expected in 05/2018
The University Of Vermont - Burlington, VT,
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Master of Science: Public Administration, Expected in 06/2006
University Of Vermont - Burlington, VT
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Bachelor of Arts: Journalism And English, Expected in 01/1990
University Of Massachusetts Amherst - Amherst, MA
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Activities and Honors
  • Herman B. Meyers Excellence in Doctoral Policy Research Award
  • Five Associated Press Awards for government education, business, sports and feature writing.
  • Vice President, Staff Council, University of Vermont
  • Provost Search Committee, University of Vermont
  • First 1,000-point scorer at Vergennes Union High
  • Arden T. Slack Award for contributions to school and community life

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School Attended

  • The University Of Vermont
  • University Of Vermont
  • University Of Massachusetts Amherst

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  • Director of Programs and Online Content
  • Senior Communications Specialist
  • Bureau Chief/Government and Education Reporter
  • Sports Reporter
  • Teacher Certification (Aide)
  • Editor and Publisher
  • Sports Reporter


  • Doctor of Education
  • Master of Science
  • Bachelor of Arts

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