A highly talented and accomplished event management professional

Education

Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication, minor in Journalism-Public Relations

Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX, June 2006

Master of Science in Nonprofit Management

Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio, TX, December 2014

Professional Experience and Employment

Freelance contributor

  • South Sound Talk- Tacoma, WA- February 2015-current
  • Army Wife 101 Blog- March 2015-current
  • CityView Lifestyle Magazine- Fayetteville, NC- July 2014-November 2014
  • Anvil Herald Newspaper- Hondo, TX- October 2013- April 2014

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United Way of Pierce County- Tacoma, WA- August 2011- August 2013

Senior Campaign Relationship Manager

  • Managed 110 key accounts during campaign season, fostered relationships with top 25 loyal givers and key investors, led teams of volunteers to host giving campaigns, spokesperson to local organizations and businesses on giving opportunities, increased number of Premier Partner businesses annually, led the two-week intensive training program to the Loaned Executives

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Fayetteville-Cumberland County Chamber of Commerce, NC- March 2008- May 2011

Events Manager

  • Managed 10+ signature corporate events with increased total net profit annually, designed and implemented a sponsorship packet to top investors, solicited sponsors and negotiated ongoing giving to key stakeholders, formed and led event committees, managed annual budgets to include an increased total net revenue plan, marketed and promoted signature events, communicated the organization message as liaison for chamber radio/TV interview shows. Annual events included golf tournament, luncheons, award dinner and luncheons, luau, auctions, holiday events, Ft. Bragg government contracting trade shows, conferences, business-to-business trade shows.

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Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX- August 2006- April 2007

Admissions Counselor

  • Recruited incoming students to the university while actively working toward retention of new and current student population, spokesperson to incoming students at conferences and to student/parent groups, representing the university at events/ college fairs, planned and implemented the community college conference.

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SHSU Student Services, Huntsville, TX- August 2005-August 2006

PR/ Event Coordinator

  • Assisted in the development of the 1stDiversity Leadership Conference, drafted press releases, media kits, designed graphics and layout of promotions, secured donations and led ongoing fundraising.

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Frost Bank, San Antonio, TX- Summer 2003, 2004, 2005

PR/ Marketing Internship

  • Assisted Director of Marketing with Character of Texas Expedition Campaign, drafted news releases, conducted market research of college student customers, led meetings, actively sought retention of summer customers.

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Valero Energy Corporation, San Antonio, TX- August 2002-June 2003

PR/ Marketing Internship

  • Assisted Director of Public Relations with Annual Valero Texas Open golf tournament, planned/designed layout of Annual Report, edited intranet pages, drafted press releases and media lists.

Extracurricular and Volunteer Activities

  • Committee member/Volunteer, Family Readiness Group- JBLM
  • Attendee, In Gear Career- Dupont, WA
  • Leadership Committee, Project U Young Professionals group- Tacoma, WA
  • Formation Committee,1st Fayetteville Young Professional program- Fayetteville, NC
  • Team Captain on event committee,Walk to Defeat ALS in Fayetteville and Tacoma ‘08, ‘09, ‘10 and 2011
  • Active member,Fayetteville Public Relations Alliance
  • Active volunteer.Arts Council, Dogwood Festival and International Folk Festival
  • Diversity Educator/Ambassador,Students on a Quest for Unity and Diversity
  • Speaker, Minority Recruitment and Retention in Education Conference
  • Vice President,National Communication Association for Sam Houston
  • President,Lambda Pi Eta- National Honor Speech Society
  • Founder, Military Wives and Girlfriends Club-Support group
  • Special Events Director,Public Relations Student Society of America

Awards and Honors

  • Volunteer, JBLM
  • Certified Tourism Ambassador/Facilitator, Fayetteville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Ambassador,Orange Key – SHSU Student Ambassador
  • Member,Golden Key Honor Society
  • Recipient, Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges 2004
  • Certified, Multicultural Awareness Ambassador
  • Recipient, National College Deans List
  • Head Drum Major, Sandra Day O’Connor Panther Band, 400 + members