About Me

jak0106b.jpgMore than 25 years into a career in communication and public relations, I think that the greatest value I bring to my work is an interest in always learning about the new “thing.” I enjoy finding ways to make new technologies help organizations to accomplish their most basic tasks—to connect with the people that they serve and to thrive.

I started this blog to learn more about blogging and to develop a repository for myself and others to view some statistics, articles and information I have found helpful.

More About Me

I have worked in strategic communication and public relations since 1986. I have worked for General Motors, International Paper, Fairfax County Public Schools, Arlington Public Schools, and Balance Interactive. I am currently director of public relations for American Public University System.

During my time with Fairfax schools, I developed and implemented the school system’s public Web, intranet, and Keep in Touch e-mail system. At Balance Interactive, I was the first employee and grew the company to 30+ strong. I was chief operating officer and led the efforts to create effective online strategies for clients.

In 2006, I earned the Accredited in Public Relations (APR) professional credential. I have a BA in Communication from the State University of New York at Buffalo. I am an elected delegate for the PRSA National Capital Chapter.

When not learning or researching new ideas to help clients, I enjoy spending time with my family. I am also the webmaster and active in youth ministry at Burke Presbyterian Church.

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