My mission is to empower people and organizations through beautiful communications that really work.


Kennesaw State University, Atlanta, Georgia 
Master of Public Administration

Kennesaw State University, Atlanta, Georgia 
Master of Arts in Integrated Global Communication

Berry College, Rome, Georgia 
Bachelor of Arts in Communication


Adobe Creative Suite

Microsoft Office

publication design

communication theory and strategy

video production

Proficient with Mac and PC platforms.


pre-press production

international travel

digital photography

Associated Press style writing and editing

donor relations

Experienced and capable in managing multiple projects and clients effectively

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French language & culture

Baking and cooking

All things space


Book club



2014 – present
Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia
Communications Manager
-- Lead and manage strategic communications in support of overall efforts associated with establishing and maintaining effective relationships between the Institute and key constituencies within local, state and federal governments.

-- Manage high-level external affairs involving community, state, and federal stakeholders.

-- Develop and manage strategic communication outreach efforts to government and community leaders through the use of targeted correspondence and personal contact.

-- Oversee communications efforts for meetings and large-scale stewardship events to build support for Institute legislative and policy priorities.

-- Preserve Georgia Tech's public image via print and web resources ensuring adherence to design standards.

-- Advise campus colleagues on potential strategies and efforts to interact effectively with government and community leaders and ensure that messaging to leaders is consistent.

-- Assist with recruitment and placement of Georgia Tech students in association with the Georgia Legislative Internship and the Federal Jackets Fellowship.

-- Compose correspondence, presentations, and talking points for executive leadership including the President of Georgia Tech.

Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia
Senior Graphic Designer
-- Developed and managed all in-house creative services for the Office of Government and Community Relations.

-- Lead, directly and through project management efforts, in the development and production of print and online communications materials for use in publications and other visual presentations.

-- Established priorities based availability of resources and design requirements.

-- Prepared designs, artwork and other visuals in support of client needs and consistent with design standards.

-- Determined required resources, scheduled and made other required production arrangements.

-- Procured services of outside vendors and contractors where required which included negotiation of rates and fees.

-- Maintained ongoing awareness of graphic design industry trends and developments.

2009 – 2014
Laura Means graphic design, Atlanta, Georgia
Freelance Graphic Designer
-- Worked alongside non-profits, businesses, and individuals to maximize their impact through effective communication.

-- Clients included: FaithBridge Foster Care, Chick-fil-A Wellness, WinShape Foundation, 268Generation and many others in the private and public sectors seeking to improve the human condition in their communities and around the world.

-- Concept and design projects such as wedding invitation suites, DVD packaging, wedding albums, graduation announcements, graphics for social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.

-- Engage with vendors for pre-press, proofing and final production of print materials.

2010 – 2014
The Mission Society, Norcross, Georgia
Graphic Designer
-- Provided all in-house creative services, working primarily with the departments of communications and development

-- Art directed and designed magazine publication for print and interactive version for web.

-- Designed and produced event branding and materials for annual major donor gathering.

-- Traveled internationally to coordinate video production.

-- Collaborated with department members for communication strategy.

-- Maintained visual identity across photo, video, print and web platforms.