My journey at William & Mary started at the age of three. As a native of Williamsburg and graduate of the Williamsburg Campus Child Care Center (located on the historic campus), W&M has served as a second home for me for most of my life. Throughout my childhood years you could find me rolling down the small hills bordering the Sunken Garden or pretending to run a meeting in the conference room of the Office of Public Affairs (now the Office of Strategic Initiatives). While I made the ultimate decision to leave my hometown to pursue a degree in Communication at Virginia Tech (Go Hokies!), I didn’t stay away for long and returned to W&M during my summer breaks to work as an intern in the Office of University Relations (now University News & Media).
After graduating, I had my sights set on a job at W&M. After months of frequenting the employment opportunities website, I was thrilled to find a position in the Communications Office at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science in Gloucester Point. I joined the VIMS Communications team in 2012 as a Public Relations and Web Specialist where my main responsibilities included serving as the Institute’s webmaster, managing and implementing its social media sites, writing press releases highlighting the accomplishments of the faculty, staff, and students at VIMS, and contributing to the Institute’s marketing and advertising efforts.
Throughout my years at VIMS, I worked closely with the Creative Services team (now University Web & Design) so when the opportunity to join the team and return to W&M presented itself, I jumped on it. In many ways, coming back to work at W&M felt like coming home.
Content is my Specialty
As a writer, I have written hundreds of stories on topics such as Antarctic research, student internships at the White House, the prevalence of women in abusive relationships on college campuses, and so much more. My favorite stories to write are those about people. I find no matter how many stories I write everyone has a different story to tell, and I often feel uplifted and/or inspired after each interview.
As technology and social media continue to evolve and their importance continues to surge, my focus has spread from the content of the stories I write to the stories I tell on the web and through social media. Whether I am writing content for a website, social media, or print, my ultimate goal is to create engaging and informative content for our audiences.
I live in New Kent County with my husband Randall, our daughter Parker and our dogs. While I spend most of my professional life on a computer, I like to spend all of my spare time outdoors. My favorite activities include running, hiking and stand-up paddle boarding, but most of the time you can find me out on the Chickahominy River enjoying time with my family on our boat.