Worked in the public affairs field for a Defense Department agency and the U.S. Army for more than 18 years, and have undergone extensive public affairs and journalism training. Previous jobs have been challenging and made good use of my skills and creativity.
• Member - National American Legion Press Association
• Communications Officer and Webmaster, Tri-Cities Multiple Sclerosis Support Group, Colonial Heights, VA (March-August 2003)
Defense Finance and Accounting Service-Columbus Corporate Communications, Columbus, OH, Aug. 2003-Dec. 2006
Supervisor: Larry Icenogle, (614) 693-6605
• As a public affairs specialist, responsible for providing Corporate Communications support for the DFAS Commercial Pay business line. Primary duties include writing articles and shooting photographs for publication for the DFAS web-based "By All Accounts" and the Central Ohio federal employee publication "Columbus Federal Voice." Serve as special events action officer on as-needed basis. Monitor media/public perceptions about DFAS and its Commercial Pay activities.
Fort Lee, VA Public Affairs Office, Feb 1998-Aug. 2003
Supervisor: Sandra Ellis (804) 734-7451
• As a public affairs specialist, provided support in all areas of Army PA activities as part of the installation Public Affairs Office staff, to include Media Relations, Community Relations and Command Information. Primary duties centered around Media Relations, to include responding to queries; coordinating/conducting interviews with key personnel and organizations; preparation of media releases and alerts; escorting media representatives during installation visits; conducted media training for units and organizations; preparing materials and broadcast schedule for installation closed-circuit television channel; and maintaining an archive clip file used for monitoring media/public perceptions about the installation and the Army as whole. Represented office at installation-level staff meetings and event coordination meetings.
Hopewell Publishing Company, Hopewell, VA Feb 1997-Feb 1998
Supervisor: Rebecca Isom, (804) 733-8636
• General assignments reporter for daily newspaper, The Hopewell News; and editor for weekly military-oriented newspaper. Responsible for conducting interviews, writing articles and shooting photographs, layout and design of publication(s). Coverage included city government, law enforcement, health-related issues, education and religion. Attended City Council and School Board meetings.
U.S. Army, July 1987-Feb 1997
• Successfully served as a journalist and newspaper editor for three publications. Also served in a variety of leadership positions ranging from squad leader to platoon sergeant and public affairs office noncommissioned officer in charge. During military tenure, served as editor of a newspaper named the best in the U.S. Army Pacific three years in a row. Recognized as highly skilled journalist a number of times during military service.
U.S. Army Public Affairs Officer Course, Fort Meade, MD Sep-Dec 1998
• Course covered all aspects of military public affairs, to include the conduct of media relations, community relations and command information programs.
Public Affairs Supervisor Course, April 1994
• Course covered Army policies and procedures, Army regulations covering media relations, community relations and command information, as well as supervising public affairs employees
University of Maryland, Far East Division, Kadena Air Force Base, Okinawa, Japan, 1991-1992
• General studies: English, History, Humanities, and Speech
Intermediate Photojournalism Course, Fort Harrison, IN, May-June 1990
• Course covered advanced photography techniques, film processing, photo essays, and creative effects
Basic Journalist Course, Fort Harrison, IN Sep-Dec 1987
• Course covered all aspects of introductory journalism: news, features, sports and accident reporting; newspaper layout and design; basic photography and film processing; and overview of Army regulations governing public affairs
Olean High School, Olean, NY, 1987 Graduate
• General studies, with emphasis on NY Regents study in English, History and Biology; creative writing; graphic arts; and art instruction in design, painting and sculpture
• 2003 Commander's Award for Civilian Service
• 2002 U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Keith L Ware Journalism Competition, 3rd Place, Civilian Journalist of the Year
• 1994 U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Keith L Ware Journalism Competition, Honorable Mention, News Writing
• 1991, 1992, 1993, Editor, Coral Courier, U.S. Army Pacific Keith L Ware Journalism Competition, 1st Place, Army-authorized newspaper
• 1992 U.S. Army Pacific Keith L Ware Journalism Competition, 2nd Place, News Writing
• 1992 U.S. Army Pacific Keith L Ware Journalism Competition, 2nd Place, Commentary/Editorial Writing
• 1991 Department of the Army All-Army Photography Contest, 3rd Place for Creative Effects
• 1989 U.S. Forces Command Keith L Ware Journalism Competition, 1st Place, News Writing
• Working knowledge of basic HTML authoring & web page creation
• Still and digital camera operation
• Flatbed scanner operation