What was your career path to your current position?
A few weeks after I graduated from Harding in December 2009, I started working on my master's degree and working with the Community Connect Foundation as the Project Coordinator for the Foundation's Statewide E-Government Project. As project coordinator, I worked with high school teachers to connect social studies and government students with elected officials at the county and local levels to develop sustainable, informative and professional websites for every county and incorporated municipality in West Virginia.
A few months later, I was contacted by Beyond Marketing, an integrated marketing and communications agency in Wheeling, West Virginia and the agency where I completed my college-required internship, to join the team as a communications specialist for a local two hospital health system. In this role, I oversaw all public relations, marketing and advertising functions for the organization, developing marketing plans for various community education events and hospital programs and services, and led all media relations and crisis communications efforts.
Two years into my role at the hospital, Beyond Marketing hired me as part of its full-time staff which allowed me to expand my communications experience in to a number of different industries including government agencies, sports and entertainment, community non- profit organizations with an emphasis in healthcare communications.
After a few months, I took an Account Executive position with Charles Ryan Associates, the largest (and only women owned) integrated communications agency in West Virginia located in Charleston - our state's capital city. At CRA, I balanced the integrated communications, branding and advertising needs for a variety of different accounts including those in the tourism, entertainment, workers' compensation and oil and natural gas industries.
A little over a year into my time at CRA, I was recruited to join Governor Earl Ray Tomblin's communications team as Deputy Press Secretary. Eight months later, I was promoted to Press Secretary. During my time in the Governor's Office, I had the honor and privilege of crafting critical messaging to advance the governor’s initiatives through day-to-day media outreach and crisis communications. I also served as the primary speechwriter for the governor's annual State of the State address.
In July 2016, just a few months before the end of Governor Tomblin's final term in office (he is limited after serving two consecutive terms), I moved to the City of Brotherly Love and joined the Karma Agency's public relations team as an Account Supervisor where work with B2B clients in the pharmaceutical, nutraceutical and chemical spaces.