Experienced Communications Specialist, Photojournalist, and Grant Writer. Expertise includes: crisis management, client relations, media development, web and print content, public speaking and special project/event management. Exceptional interpersonal and intuitive skills from creative concept to final design product.
Best Color News Photo of the Year (1998) "Guatemala: The Killing Fields"
Best News Feature of the Year (Second Place, 1999) "Death of a Sheep Herder: A Border Killing"
United States Naval Reserve, Honorable Discharge, Photojournalist
(Active duty stations: CHINFO, Pentagon; and Naval Training Center for Public Affairs and Photography)
Woman of the Year (Business & Professional Women)
International Press Correspondent and Photographer (Eastern Europe, Middle East, Germany, and Latin America)
Target Intelligence Analysis (private contractor and federal government) -- wrote in-depth analysis and contingency plans including Indian Ocean region and Middle Eastern countries. Also provided technical analytic support to U.S. military and private contractors, involving domestic and international travel.
Established effective working relationships with clients, government officials and media representatives. Devised optimal communications strategies to reach target national and international audiences. Evaluated advertising and promotion programs for compatibility with public and media outreach. Created or served as adviser on content for client and military annual reports, as well as implementing grant opportunities within the public, private, and federal sector.
Developed and implemented communication strategies and information programs.Wrote and edited periodicals, web content and PowerPoint presentations. Planned and publicized events, including negotiating international conferences and designing promotional materials. Edited and distributed press releases and contacts to media outlets, securing positive coverage in multiple publications.Established effective working relationships with clients, government officials and media representatives. Edited and revised grant applications to secure funding from the government, state, county, and private sector.
Developed and implemented communication strategies and religious information programs, including translations from Croatian into English. Directly responsible for publishing, editing, photography, design, and overall content for four books published during this period. Duties involved an international audience, multi-cultural relations, as well as facilitating regional conferences, workshop, and multi-media events in the United States.
Responsible for all public information and health education within a 40-county Middle Tennessee region. Managed crisis communications, securing media articles and editorials in support of federal, state, and local health efforts. Arranged and coordinated conferences on a regional and national level, including an HMO and Indian Health Conference for North Carolina and Tennessee. Wrote newsletter marketing copy and presentation materials for special projects.Established effective working relationships with clients, government officials and media representatives. Created content, design and publishing for the agency's annual reports.
Merit Scholarship Award (2011, 2012, 2013)
Recipient of Imagination Grant for Middle East Peace Efforts (2013)
Independent graduate research on establishing a clinical paradigm that would determine potential religious and cultural violence.
Distinguished Scholar William Griffin Fellowship for Middle East Studies; Contributing editor to Sewanee Theological Journal. Wrote and secured a grant that funded two regional Middle East conferences on peace efforts, involving separate visits and lectures from the Israeli consul general and Palestinian Ambassador to the United States. Coordinated all media, venues, security and conference design for events.
Undergraduate studies included religion and philosophy. Organized, designed and served as editor of first campus newspaper, "The Circuit Writer." Wrote a 2004 grant to the United Nations that resulted in funding for two regional conferences, involving the Israeli Consul General, and the Palestinian Ambassador to the United States. Graduated cum laude, recipient of annual (2005) Academic Merit Award in History of Western Civilization, and President's Honor Society.
All graduate course work completed from 2009-2011. (3.85 GPA)
Thesis Topic: Pathology of Religious Terrorism
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