As a communications professional for more than a decade, I’ve had the privilege of working across a wide variety of platforms, reaching a diverse range of audiences.
I’ve written, edited and designed news and entertainment for a suburban newspaper. I’ve developed web and public relations copy for a communications and design firm. I’ve given presentations on social media strategy at conferences and assisted clients in content development.
Recently, I wrote, edited and programmed pieces for a national sports website and its related college team sites across the country, and served as communications director for an interactive marketing agency in downtown Nashville.
Currently, I’m in the process of launching East South, a strategic communications consultancy. I’ve also served as an adjunct instructor in the College of Media and Entertainment at Middle Tennessee State University, where I focus my teaching in new media, writing and strategy.
But let’s not get too bogged down in resume details.
In my career, I’ve told many stories other than my own. Some have been heartwarming; others heartbreaking. I’ve met some outstanding people and I’ve collected more media credentials from sporting events than I care to count.
Here is some of the work that gives me the most pride, or at least some interesting stories to tell at parties and networking events.
- In the weeks after Sept. 11, I worked with a fantastic team of fellow students at Robert Morris University to produce the ground-breaking “America Talks” documentary. The piece won multiple awards and helped launch a new center for documentary study at the university. I also appeared on the CBS Early Show in 2002 to discuss the piece.
- The first major national story I covered was a norovirus (sometimes referred to as the “cruise ship virus”) outbreak at a small K-12 school in the greater Pittsburgh area. Dozens of students were sickened over a couple of days, forcing the school to be closed for nearly a month. After spending a week walking through the building while it was being disinfected, I still to this day wash my hands every chance I get.
- Speaking of, um, staying clean, I wrote and edited website copy for a portable toilet supplier, too.
- I save a small corner of my office for a Bronze Telly Award for a web video I shot, edited and produced in a 24-hour period on the Hurricane Katrina Benefit Concert at Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh.
- I worked on a successful social media campaign where I wrote Twitter and Facebook content on behalf of a company’s cartoon character mascots.
And I’m sure that’s just the beginning of many more stories yet to be told.
Originally from Western Pennsylvania, I earned a B.A. in Communication (with emphasis in corporate communication and media production) and an M.S. in Organizational Studies and Leadership, both from Robert Morris in Pittsburgh.
I am very active in the BarCamp and PodCamp communities, recently serving as marketing coordinator for both BarCamp Nashville and PodCamp Nashville. I also was the event chairperson for PodCamp Nashville 2014, which drew nearly 300 attendees.
Previously, I was a member of the organizing committee for PodCamp Pittsburgh, where I also had the opportunity to present sessions in 2009, 2011 and 2012. I presented at PCPGHX in August 2015, the 10th anniversary of the event.
I am the co-founder of a new “unconference” focusing on the digital creative community, Craft Content Nashville. Our first event was held in April 2015 and was an overwhelming success. We’re already planning for our 2016 event, to be held in April of next year. I’m also a member of the advisory team for the new Music City Code event held in August 2015.
You can also find me as a contributing writer and webcaster at the sports blog Draft Day Suit. (Because just like many athletes and coaches, it’s tough to step completely away from the game.)