Job: Northern Region Information Officer

Organization: Alaska Dept. of Transportation & Public Facilities (ADOT&PF) in Fairbanks

Home Town: Portland, Oregon

Favorite Song: Today’s favorite is “La Pistola y el Corazon” by Los Lobos

Education: In 2005, completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Colorado College in Colorado Springs

How does PRSA membership assist you

I didn’t have an education or background in public relations when I began working in the communications office at ADOT&PF. Meadow Bailey, APR, and general PR rockstar, suggested I join PRSA shortly after I started that position. Since then, PRSA has been an instrumental resource for me by providing training, educational opportunities, inspiration, and connections with other Alaska communicators. These opportunities have helped me to be more intentional about my work and to understand the importance of planning, research, and tracking results.

I especially enjoy traveling to Anchorage for CommEx and the Aurora Awards. The professional development and networking opportunities offered by those events, in addition to the local monthly luncheons, have improved the work I do and the service I can offer Alaskans through my job.

Have you volunteered or otherwise been involved in your local PRSA Chapter?

I have not volunteered for PRSA yet. However, I was given the opportunity to give a presentation at the Fairbanks monthly luncheon with my tremendously talented coworker and PRSA member, Danielle Tessen, about a social media video series we produced.