Dependable and mature individual with a record of accomplishments in a variety of occupational fields, including 12 years in higher education writing, editing and media relations. Detailed oriented with expert written and oral communication skills with emphasis on accuracy. Demonstrated strong work ethnic and ability to stay on task in deadline driven work environment. Successful team player who can readily adapt to change as well as work independently. Committed to excellence in product and service.
"Jody and I would like to thank you for the wonderful profile article you wrote about me for the spring issue of Los Arcos recently. You did a wonderful job capturing my life story and introducing me to the community."
Dr. Robert S. Nelsen, former President, The University of Texas-Pan American, April 2010
"I have read your report of the Health Disparities Center at the most recent issue of Los Arcos. It was elegantly drafted and presented. I am grateful that with your professional input and help we can further publicize and promote the image of the Center. Thank you so much for the fabulous work you have done."
Dejun Su, Ph.D., former director, South Texas Border Health Disparities Center, May 2011
"Gail, great story about a very interesting professor (Dr. Deborah Cole). You did a wonderful job!"
Janice Odom, former Associate Vice President for Development, The University of Texas-Pan American, December 2009
"You are a gifted writer."
Dr. Russell Skowronek, professor, Anthropology and History, The University of Texas-Pan American, December 2014
Research, develop, write and edit stories, articles, advisories, and other materials for release to external media outlets and for use on University website, print and online publications and social media sites; serve as principal contact for incoming communication from media; meet with professional and administrative staff to gather and assemble information for publications or communication materials and to plan media and public affairs events such as news conferences, ribbon cuttings, etc.; organize and address communication between the University and outside news agencies including promotion of news coverage of major announcements, providing experts for media requests and establishing and maintaining collaborative efforts between the media outlets and the University to promote faculty, students, and programs; assist in development of integrated marketing plan and materials including the production of ads and promotional materials working in coordination with marketing; assist director in development and assessment of yearly strategic plan and goals and in the implementation of special projects; assign and oversee the work of student interns and work study students; assist in development and implementation of plans to address crisis communication; upload and post stories, photos and cutlines to UTPA website using Cascade software; serve as one of several University administrators on the UTPA Facebook page and Twitter account and implement strategic use of those accounts, as planned or needed; assist in development and implementation of plans to address crisis communication situations including hurricane preparedness; develop, implement and oversee partnerships with media outlets for ongoing programs and news spots; work with Dean of Students to coordinate and implement weekly Profile in Excellence Program with the Monitor; develop ideas and content with Publications Editor for official University magazine Los Arcos; and represent the Director in her absence at University Council, Commencement, and other University-related committee meetings.
Established a part-time, two-person satellite office of a Columbia, SC based non-profit foundation serving six SC counties. Responsibilities included: identification and coordination of opportunities for multi-partner projects in the areas of the Foundation mission (historic preservation, conservation, and trail development) and dissemination of information and membership solicitation including public speaking, press release and mailing preparation, and provision of education and technical assistance to citizens and governmental entities. Specific accomplishments included initial research for development of regional trail plan and establishment of the Florence Rail-Trail Committee and procurement of $450,000 in grants for a targeted Florence area trail project.
Research and planning projects in Florence County, SC and seven incorporated areas within the County. Specific responsibilities included: coordination and preparation of comprehensive plan for county; provision of technical expertise in areas of responsibility to other planners, governmental entities, and citizens including flood plain identification and management; service as census liaison to the county; and research, interpretation and enforcement of subdivision development and other land use regulations; conduction of field inspections and evaluations in response to requests and complaints and preparation of staff reports to the Planning Commission.
Performed professional planning duties for the County and the municipality of Springfield, IL and other jurisdictions as contracted. Specific duties included: city and county subdivision review, provision of technical assistance to requests concerning subdivision and other land division regulations; comprehensive land use planning including the physical survey of land use, research and analysis of data (participated in the creation of the land use plan for Chatham, IL and the update of plans for Springfield and Williamsville, IL.); compilation and analysis of U.S. Census data and responding to requests for demographic information; research and planning for development of a countywide greenway and trail plan; maintenance of Neighborhood Association Program contact list and map; development of a process for street name changes and responding to inquiries to change street names; responding to requests for flood plain information; and updating both City and County Government Guides.
Responsibilities included insurance underwriting risk management for two or more sales districts (50+ agents) for the purpose of improving growth and profit objectives for new and in-force personal lines of insurance. Progressed from underwriter trainee to district underwriter in 13 months. Received Allstate's Good Hands Award for outstanding job performance in 1980. Received District Quarterly Underwriting and Texas Underwriter of the Year awards in 1983 for outstanding job performance. Completed Insurance Institute of America courses and Dale Carnegie Course (named outstanding student).
Responsibilities with this five county, state-designated region included providing technical assistance and information to communities in qualifying for state and federal grants and assistance. Conducted economic research, grant application preparation, and the compilation of state and federal laws and programs in booklet form for use by local government officials. Published the "Economic Development Administration Program Guide" for 1976.
Assisted the director of this city government department in preparing presentations aimed at attracting business and industry to the city. Wrote press releases and drafted monthly and annual reports for the Indiana Department of Commerce. Helped compile and design a Guide to New Albany. Department received the 1974 Jaycees Good Government Award.
3.4 cumulative GPA
Knowledge of Microsoft Office, Cascade software, Photoshop, Facebook, Twitter, Meltwater, LinkedIn
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