Washington, D.C. ▪ January 2019 – present
Washington, D.C. ▪ December 2016 – January 2019
Defenders of Wildlife
Plan and implement strategic communications campaigns for Defenders of Wildlife nationally, as well as media strategies for the Northwest, Alaska, and Rockies & Plains regional offices, and the national Coexistence program. Develop and enact crisis communications plans when necessary. Design a multimedia editing suite and organization-wide multimedia storybank. Create start-to-finish multimedia, involving capturing and editing photos/video/audio. Write press releases, media advisories, talking points, fact sheets, and articles for the magazine and blog. Conduct media trainings for staff and outside partners. Build relationships with reporters and coalition partners. Organize press and outreach events.
SCIENCE AND SOCIAL MEDIA NEWS FELLOW
Arlington, Va. ▪ June 2016 – December 2016
Collaborated with the NewsHour and the National Science Foundation to develop media campaigns for news outlets on the best ways to create science content for wide audiences (digital and broadcast). Currated stories on multiple platforms, including Facebook/Facebook Live, Snapchat, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, web, broadcast, and others. Stories included mass extinction from deforestation, a multi-part series on science in the Olympics and videography of coral on the ocean floor.
CONSERVATION MEDIA RELATIONS DIRECTOR
Saint Joseph's University
Philadelphia, Pa. ▪ January 2012 – May 2015
Managed a team of 26 graduate and undergraduate researchers in the care of endangered and extinct-in-the-wild species in five endangered species laboratories. Organized multimedia press packages on initiatives of the scientists in the laboratories, international non-profits, and the local community. Promoted the conservation work through local news outlets and social media. Conducted independent scientific biodiversity research published in a peer-reviewed journal.
FREELANCE SCIENCE COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST
WHYY The Pulse
Philadelphia, Pa. ▪ June 2014 – June 2016
Worked with a 10-person team to cultivate a national audience for the Philadelphia-area public media show. Optimized the press kit for all content by The Pulse, in particular for promotion on social media platforms. Developed source relations with leaders in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).
PUBLIC OUTREACH MENTOR
Philadelphia, Pa. ▪ August 2013 – January 2014
Norristown, Pa. ▪ September 2008 – August 2011
Led teams of over 50 young adult volunteers in the development and execution of conservation events and care of the zoos' collections. Organized press events, promotional programs, and outreach in the local community to broaden and diversify the audience of the zoos' work. Supported the zoos' missions of conservation through development of education campaigns and live presentations.
DIGITAL NEWS ASSOCIATE
Philadelphia, Pa. ▪ May 2014 – October 2014
Developed original content for the online platforms of NBC News national and its local affiliates. Managed the Digital News Desk when the editors were short staffed. Actualized critical information for breaking news events using only social media. Cultivated source relations and currated information for exclusive content, including a multimedia series on a missing soldier in Alaska for online and broadcast.
Keller Communications Inc.
Philadelphia, Pa. ▪ January 2008 – present
Produce and edit digital videos for a diverse clientele, ranging from small family businesses to large pharmaceutical companies. Collaborate with production teams ranging from two to twenty people. Assume whatever production roles (director, producer, videographer, editor, writer, narrator, on-air talent, etc.) needed to complete a video with the highest quality in the shortest time possible.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Producer/editor/videographer/
(8+ years experience); communications consultant, all-female robotics programs; Certified to handle all wildlife (birds, reptiles, mammals, fish, insects)
AFFILIATIONS: New York Women in Communications (Scholar); Society of Professional Journalists (former Board Member); Society of Environmental Journalists; National Association of Science Writers; D.C. Science Writers Association; Association of Zoos and Aquariums; Public Relations Society of America
2015 NEW YORK WOMEN IN COMMUNICATIONS SCHOLAR
REGIONAL TOP STUDENT SERVICE ORGANIZATION FOUNDER
SIGMA TAU DELTA
INTERNATIONAL ENGLISH HONORS SOCIETY
SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH HONORS SOCIETY
ALPHA EPSILON DELTA
PRE-HEALTH HONORS SOCIETY
ALPHA SIGMA NU
JESUIT HONORS SOCIETY
HONORS STUDENT RESEARCHER
MARILYN LAURIE SCHOLAR
HOWARD HUGHES MEDICAL INSTITUTE RESEARCH GRANT
SIGMA XI GRANT
COLUMBIA JOURNALISM SCHOOL New York, N.Y. ▪ May 2016
Master of Science, Focus: Science, Environmental & Health Journalism
Coursework in multimedia package development, source cultivation and content creation (writing, social, photo, video, audio). Actualized breaking news in three of the world's top media markets (New York, Philadelphia and D.C.). Highlights include stories on climate change, water contamination, a multimedia master’s project on the lives of zookeepers, and a one-man band produced/shot/edited documentary on the science behind art conservation and restoration.
SAINT JOSEPH'S UNIVERSITY Philadelphia, Pa. ▪ May 2015
Bachelor of Science in Biology, University Honors Degree, Cum Laude
Departmental Honors Thesis, Minors: Journalism and Animal Studies