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Communications Consultant

Vandergrift, Pennsylvania, United States
November 03, 2018

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Teresita K. Kolenchak

**** ******* ******, ***********, ** 15690

724-***-**** (home) - - 724-***-**** (cell)


Over 35 years of varied writing, editing, and proofreading experience in technical fields, journalism, and public relations. Highly proficient in creating and managing databases, creating and implementing marketing budgets and communication plans, overseeing staff and schedules, performing research, and designing presentations.

Specific Technical Skills

Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office, WordPerfect, DOS, HTML, Various CMS, Visio, SQL Databases, MAC, PC, Skype, Photography, Writing, Editing, Proofreading, Audio/Video Transcription, Research, Process Documentation, Social Media, Pay-Per-Click Advertising, SEO, Speech Writing, Technical Writing/Editing, Training

Primary Work Experience

Communications Consultant/Technical Writer, Various Clients; 1982 – Present

Reconcile invoices totaling $12 million with rosters for cyber/charter schools; create new processes and procedures to streamline system; work with multiple departments and outside buildings to coordinate efforts.

Implement advertising plan for client website to bring in revenue.

Provide public relations, marketing, web support, and writing/editorial support.

Interact with media, administration, faculty, students, community, and government agencies.

Work with technology department to plan and document processes for website upgrades and revamps.

Maintain and update websites; manage content.

Take and edit photos used on websites, in newsletters, and by local media.

Design, provide content, and maintain files for e-newsletters, e-mail blasts, press releases, newsletters, programs, presentations, speeches, etc.

Create, record, script, edit, and narrate video projects.

Create promotional materials.

Develop social media strategy; oversee and post content for client social media accounts.

Provide branding recommendations and maintain consistency.

Provided guidance, editorial comment, proofreading, and content editing/rewrites for graduate/doctoral students, book/writing projects, scripts, etc.

Covered municipal/school district meetings, conducted interviews, and wrote stories for major newspapers.

Clients included medical, manufacturing, media, education, nonprofit, etc.

Public Relations/Web Design Coordinator, Penn Hills School District, Pittsburgh, PA; 2005 – 2009 (Contractor; 2009-2018)

Provided public relations, marketing, and web support.

Interacted with media, administration, faculty, students, community, and government.

Produced press releases, newsletters, programs, presentations, speeches, etc.

Maintained and updated website; managed content.

Took and edited photos used on website, in print newsletters, and by local media.

Implemented, designed, provided content, and maintained all responsibility for e-newsletters, e-mail blasts, and print projects.

Marketing Communications Coordinator/Administrative Assistant, II-VI Incorporated,

Saxonburg, PA; 2004 - 2005

Performed marketing research for sales efforts, prepared/implemented budget for department, assisted with marketing plans, and planned/oversaw departmental work schedule.

Managed graphics production.

.Oversaw and assisted in preparing technical sales manual and prepared graphics presentations.

Created/revised web site material, and performed writing and editing tasks, including press releases, literature, catalogs, audio script, and technical papers; co-produced on-hold messages.

Worked with advertising vendors to purchase ads and adhere to production schedules.

Oversaw pay-per-click and SEO campaigns.

Served as administrative assistant to the Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

Director Alumni Relations/PR, St. Joseph High School, Natrona Heights, PA; 2002 - 2003

Wrote and produced web page material, alumni newsletter, press releases, brochures, annual report, and other PR-related materials.

Updated/maintained alumni website.

Oversaw students producing campaign video; provided support to video production staff.

Worked on campaign materials.

Performed digital/video photography tasks.

Technical Editor/Information Specialist/Word Processor, IT Corporation, Monroeville, PA; 1986 - 2001

Performed editing, proofreading, and writing tasks on proposals, prequalification packages, SOQs, annual reports, marketing literature, sales documents, web page, video narrative, and financial statements.

Performed data searches, organized information, and wrote/tailored resumes/project descriptions.

Created and maintained project description database; investigated, wrote, updated, and entered information into system.

Monitored CBD notices for potential projects and distributed leads to appropriate individuals.

Served as Corporate Format Committee Chairperson, responsible for researching, writing, and revising extensive format manual for use across company.

Trained staff on software, systems, and procedures.

Additional Experience

At-Home Transcriptionist, Sargent’s Transcription Service, Johnstown, PA; 2015

Temporary Confidential Secretary to the Superintendent, Penn Hills School District, Pittsburgh, PA; 2011

Freelance Writer, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh, PA; 1988-2005/2009-2010

Administrative Assistant/Studio Assistant, Confidential, PA; 2003

Temporary Administrative Assistant/Public Relations Support, Travelers Aid Society, Pittsburgh, PA; 2002

Temporary Administrative Assistant, Red Cross, Pittsburgh, PA; 2001

Freelance Writer, Valley News Dispatch/Tribune-Review, Tarentum/Monroeville, PA; 1985 - 1988

Team Sales Associate, JC Penney Company, Lower Burrell, PA; 1984 – 1986

Assistant Museum Curator (Summer Internship), Indiana County Historical Society, Indiana, PA; 1984

Graduate Assistant, History Department, IUP, Indiana, PA; 1983-1984

Production Assistant (Summer Internship), Evening Magazine/KDKA TV, Pittsburgh, PA; 1983

Freelance Scriptwriter, Morven Medical Films, Rochester Mills, PA; 1982


M.A., History; Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA; 1984

B.S., Communications Media; Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA; 1983 (Summa Cum Laude)


Member, National Association for the Self-Employed

Acts 34, 114, and 151

Act 126 Mandated Reporter Training

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