Writer, editor, web manager and photographer with 12+ years of experience in public relations for higher education.
Clemson Tiger at heart, Georgia Bulldog by trade:
Clemson University captured my heart, and it was there I earned my first bachelor's degree, in economics — truly a fascinating social science — with a minor in creative writing.
I moved to Athens in 1999, entering a master's program in magazine journalism at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. Magazines perfectly encompass my passions for writing, editing, design and photography.
After a three-year fling in the world of in-house marketing (and retail management — yikes!) for a local pet store, I began working in public relations for higher education in January 2004. While working full-time at the University, I also completed a second bachelor's degree in fine arts with a concentration in photography.
I currently am the public relations and marketing coordinator for the University of Georgia's Office of International Education, which oversees study abroad, immigration services and international partnerships — all of which are woven into the fabric of work and study at UGA. UGA ranks 11th among four-year research institutions in the U.S. for study abroad participation.
UGA students, as well as international faculty and staff, are the lifeblood of the Office of International Education. My job is to discover their stories and share them with our campus and our stakeholders, showing the positive impact of our campus's globalization efforts.
Previously, I worked for the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine from March 2005 to May 2015, as part of an active and successful external affairs team comprised of public relations professionals, development officers, and a director of alumni relations/special events.
My role was to spread the word about cutting-edge research, medical procedures performed in few other places around the country, success stories of patients who beat the odds, and of course about our amazing veterinary, master's and Ph.D. students!
With the external affairs team, we raised $29 million toward building a new teaching hospital and academic building complex, while also raising millions of dollars each year toward scholarships, professorships, research and other programs for the CVM.