*Self-motivated professional with ability to manage, engage, consult and communicate with individuals, team members, vendors and decision-makers at many levels.
*Excellent organizational skills resulting in consistent accomplishment in multi-task, detail-oriented, deadline-driven environments for over 25 years.
*Proven capacity for effective message development to affect targeted audience opinion while faithfully representing the entity.
Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Publisher, Access, PowerPoint)
Microsoft Production Suite (Premiere, Illustrator, Photoshop)
Adobe (Acrobat, Photo Deluxe)
Impart Media relations training to subject Matter Experts
Strategic Communications as pre-emptive crisis message development
April 2013 to CurrentPublic Affairs Specialist
Produce effective multi-platform products and communication plans for use by District Command and leadership developed for targeted audiences (Chain of Command, local workforce, partners, industry, media, and public meetings) for a variety of projects and programs, including Knowledge Management and FUSRAP (Formerly Utilized Sites Remediation Action Program).
Discern implicit information from meetings and interviews in order to identify communication needs at a variety of internal/external levels and develop products or services in solution, including videos, press releases, media strategy and PowerPoint presentations.
Develop and execute internal campaigns for District efforts and observances.
Provide proofreading and technical editing services as part of the Public Affairs Office team for all communications tools produced by or for any branch or section of the District, including review for content, grammar, message, and branding.
Develop and produce messaging products for use across many media channels, working closely with the Social Media specialist.
Organize Public Affairs electronic files for ease of access and recovery after District's network server transfer, including development of procedures to capture future files.
US Army Corps of Engineers - St. Louis DistrictApril 2009 to Current
Premier video editing bootcamp.
Advanced Excel training.
JAG Fiscal Law.
Workplace-related training (Sexual Harassment; Personally Identifiable Information; Terrorism Awareness; Personal Security; Suicide and Substance Abuse Awareness).
April 2009 to April 2013Editorial Assistant
Develop written and visual presentations with/for Branch Chief, archaeologists, sociologists and archivists in the branch including technical editorial review for content, grammar, message, and branding.
Support acquisition and processing of data in the proposal and initial execution of the district Knowledge Management mission.
Promote an active communications environment to increase branch efficiencies.
Support specifically for these project teams, among others: Veterans Curation Program: support to initial openings; student appreciation product design and production for 3 national locations African Burial Ground (NY): production and assembly of multiple sets of collections catalogs Editorial reviews for manuals for several Districts Additional responsibilities taken in this period: 60 days Acting Admin Assistant to Archaeology Branch 2 120-day assignments as Program Analyst to Construction Branch 2 120-day assignments as Outreach specialist to Public Affairs including STEM efforts and the FUSRAP program Ad-hoc district teams relative to Internal Employee Surveys, public meetings for high-profile topics, Strategic Initiatives, and Space Utilization.
FedEx Kinko'sJanuary 2008 to April 2009Freelance Editor
Peters At Its Best published 2009.
A history of the development of the City of St.
Peters, MO through modern times.
The Bitter Divide published 2013.
Media Magic Public RelationsMay 1985 to December 2007Customer Service Specialist
B2B Sales) Consultative Sales Manage and implement Corporate-directed Sales programs to businesses within service areas for three locations.
Coordinate direct communications among multiple clients to clarify and secure bids.
Monitor products through final production, including final proofreading.
Identify opportunities to up-sell and cross-sell local and national products and services.
Progression from Political Account Manager to Commercial Marketing Director Daily Project Management with responsibility for budget execution functions including quotes, negotiations, billing, logistics, communications, data analysis & acquisition, client interface, and subcontractor negotiations.
As many as 14 political campaigns running to the same Election Day, working with many levels of office holders and campaign staff simultaneously.
Provide photography, graphics, content and editing for brochures, literature, magazine formats, calendars, radio, television, newspaper advertising and outdoor signage.
Database management for extrusion of desired target audiences from large voter databases, and further enhancement of general messages for subgroups.
Identify trends, distinguish facts and traits as they may help or hamper a campaign for candidates, office holders, committees and private entities in elections and public relations campaigns throughout Missouri.
Develop spending strategies for multiple candidates and ballot issues from school board level to congress.
Member of management teams with as many as 20 collaborators.
Managed as many as 100 volunteers & paid staff, occasionally working side by side.
Designed, implemented and interpreted surveys for phone, fieldwork, and focus groups.
Responsible for all aspects of event planning including site selection, amenities, decoration & signage, entertainment, budget development and implementation.
Provide added value for clients' resources to allow the widest range of options within their budget and time frame.
Often offered alternatives to maintain integrity of event themes while adjusting to budget considerations with aesthetic guidance and practical advice.
Coordination of public & private events such as rallies, static displays and parades including 20 years as Event Coordinator for Civil War Living History Weekend in St.
Sizes of events have reached up to 1,500 participants and tens of thousands of spectators.
Lindenwood UniversityMay 1985B.A: Mass CommunicationsSt. Charles, MOMass Communications