I currently work as the Director of Public Affairs & Engagement for the City of Webster Groves, MO.
I have more than 15 years of experience in public relations and communications for nationally focused non-profits and international corporations. Prior to working in public relations, I worked as a television news producer in central Missouri and as a 24-hour news producer in Austin, Texas.
Director of Public Affairs & Engagement,
City of Webster Groves
May 2021 to present
In this position, I work in support of the City’s communications, public engagement, and government affairs functions. Working closely with the City Manager, I develop and execute strategies on activities and issues important to the city.
I manage the City’s printed, electronic, and social platform communications, marketing, branding, and media relations efforts and ensures alignment with City’s strategic communications plan. I also monitor state, federal and regional government legislation and activities, developing legislative programs and coordinating activities with other public and private sector entities.
Director of Community Engagement,
August 2017 - April 2021
In this position I worked to foster a mutually beneficial relationship between Webster University and the City of Webster Groves. I also developed and implemented a strategic institutional brand campaign with an advertising budget of more than$70,000 to raise awareness of positive attributes of the University to the community and higher-education industry. I also coordinated the planning and execution of a three-day diversity & inclusion conference, which draws more than1,000 attendees from across the region.
Associate Director of Public Relations,
January 2013 - August 2017
I was hired as a Media Relations Officer and promoted to Associate Director in December of 2014. In this role, I served as one of the primary points of media contact for the University. I helped manage the main social media accounts of the University. I also assisted in crisis communications.
Media Relations Specialist,
DuPont Nutrition & Health
January 2011 - December 2012
I developed and implemented public relations efforts for two global marketing campaigns. I also assisted in the development and implementation of global media plan for organization
Media Relations Manager,
American Dietetic Association
December 2005 - June 2010
I helped develop and implement overall strategic national media plan for organization and also fielded and managed day-to-day media inquiries. I created and managed the Association's social media accounts. I also selected, trained and managed group of 30 national media spokespeople throughout the U.S.
Public Relations Coordinator,
Academy of General Dentistry
May 2003 - December 2005
I created and implemented effective national and local media relations campaigns and handled media queries from national and local media outlets and coordinated interviews with AGD spokespeople.
Texas Ophthalmological Association
December 2001 - February 2003
I coordinated membership needs for more than 700 Ophthalmologists in Texas and assisted in planning and execution of meetings and seminars for the organization.
Time Warner Cable News
June 1999 - December 2001
I produced and wrote local, national and international news stories for broadcast in award-winning Non-stop News at 9 program. I oversaw production and editorial material for more than five hours of news programming a day. I also developed internship program and managed interns.
August 1998 - June 1999
I produced, wrote and edited 6 p.m. & 10 p.m. newscasts.
Microsoft Office Suite
Various Content Management
SILVER AWARD /
Collegiate Advertising Awards
STUDENT LIFE HALL OF FAME
GOLD AWARD /
MA, Communications Management
I graduated Webster University with departmental honors.
BA, Broadcast Journalism
During my time at Webster University, I served as the President of the Student Government Association for two years. I received the Student Life Hall of Fame award for my undergraduate leadership work.