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Public Affairs Specialist

Chula Vista, California, United States
December 10, 2018

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Chula Vista, California 91913-8354

VETERAN INFORMATION United States Citizen and Navy Veteran (30% disabled)


Public Affairs/Relations

Crisis Communications


Media Training

Event Planning

Broadcast Journalism

Speech Writing

Public Speaking

Radio/TV Broadcast Operations

Media/Community Relations

Communication Planning

Secret Security Clearance (2011)

Writing Press Releases

Expert in MS Office/Adobe Creative Suite/Final Cut Pro

Nikon DSLR Proficiency


United States Department of Veterans Affairs La Jolla, California March 2015

MyHealtheVet Communications Assistant

A work study/volunteer position at the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System working with the Public Affairs staff in a customer service role assisting veterans with access to the healthcare website (

United States Navy San Diego, California 1995-2015

Journalist/Mass Communication Specialist

Extensive experience in public relations in a fast-paced, detail-oriented, mission critical environment. Highly motivated and effective communicator, translating complex ideas clearly and concisely across all organizational levels. Expert in developing strategic communication plans, utilizing surveys, industry best practices, qualitative metrics and open source research reports to support policy objectives. A professional at establishing and maintaining cooperative relationships with representatives of community, consumers, employees, political officials, military leaders, media, and public interest groups both foreign and domestic.

Assistant Public Affairs Officer

Naval Medical Center San Diego, San Diego, California (September 2009 – February 2015)

Demonstrated seasoned leadership and exceptional drive by brilliantly excelling as Public Affairs Officer when the position was gapped. Supervised more than 20 enlisted and 32 civilian personnel in two departments; consistent mentorship directly resulted in command media exposure more than doubling in photographic, video graphic and editorial submissions. Conducted periodic reviews of the organization's website and social media accounts to ensure current organizational message alignment; compliance with public affairs requirements; and that programming and links are functioning properly. The marketing initiative reached a broad spectrum of audiences such as the general public, state and local government agencies, internal audiences, partner nations, and community groups through means of community relations and social media.

-Awarded Honorable Mention 2013 Russell Egnor Navy Media Award for Emerging Media Technologies

-Awarded Honorable Mention 2012 Thompson-Ravitz Unit Award for Special Events/Projects in Public Affairs

-Awarded the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal for outstanding service

Enlisted Manager

Naval Public Affairs Support Element West, Coronado, California (April 2007 -- July 2009)

As the Command Leading Petty Officer, performed a leadership role with responsibilities in the administration, supervision and training of 75 enlisted personnel; including their professional and personal growth. As a Public Affairs and Visual Information expert, presented the Navy story to audiences internally and to many external audiences through a variety of media. Wrote and produced print and broadcast journalism news and feature stories for military and civilian newspapers, magazines, television and radio broadcast stations.

Assistant Public Affairs Officer

Fleet Activities Okinawa, Kadena Air Base, Japan (March 2005 -- March 2007)

The command Webmaster, editor reporter, and photographer for command's monthly newsletter Windjammer. Reestablished the command website, coordinating with 11 departments and other Naval commands, assisting in providing updated on-island information and relocation assistance for military and Department of Defense families. Photographed more than 10,000 digital images with some being published online in "Navy News" and


various media publications in local command newspapers and websites. Supported all studio photographic and video functions for the island’s 25 tenant commands. Scripted command holiday safety commercials for on-island

cable service. Assisted deployed patrol squadron with restructuring and updating command website. Responsible for maintaining digital dark room equipment and software totaling more than $10,000.

-Awarded First Place 2007 Project Good Neighbor Community Service Flagship for Medium Overseas Command

-Awarded Chief of Naval Information Merit Award as Third Place 2005 for in the Magazine Category: Windjammer

Command Public Affairs Officer

Naval Air Reserve Whidbey Island, Oak Harbor, Washington (February 2002 – February 2005)

The Managing Editor of the Northwest Islander newsletter and Webmaster of the command website. Assisted Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Public Affairs Officer in issuing press releases and media advisories, developing advertising plans for print and broadcast media and assisted in putting together the mishap response plan for the base Air Show. Directly in charge of the administration and coordination of the Air Show Joint Information Bureau and was the sole media point of contact. As Command Webmaster, reviewed and updated the redesign of the command's website. As writer and editor, single-handedly oversaw the production of the quarterly release of the command newsletter. Wrote various articles and took more than 500 film and digital images, some of which were featured in the base newspaper. Coordinated and held Public Affairs media scenarios for unit commanding officers and basic training for assigned unit personnel becoming Public Affairs assistants. Created a database of programs and standard operating procedures for the Reserve units to create their own Public Affairs programs, saving the Navy of both money and time.

Enlisted Public Affairs Manager

USS Nimitz (CVN 68) Norfolk, Virginia & San Diego, California (March 1999 – February 2002)

Edited the ship's newspaper, developed information products, maintained website, wrote and edited articles, took pictures, coordinated media and community relations events. Leader of award winning ship's news publication having worldwide distribution and a ship’s crew circulation of 2,800. Penned 47 news and feature articles; edited three different news products for the ship. Electronically sent the Nimitz News Online newswire to the crew and to more than 1,500 additional opt-in subscribers. These cutting-edge communications tools solved the toughest challenges faced in overhaul. Edited 80 web newspapers and eight familygrams, getting essential command information to more than 1,000 families and marketed stories to more than 100 crewmembers' hometowns. Built and inspired an effective team achieving excellence. Ability to motivate, organize and develop others utilizing leadership and teambuilding skills. Implemented an exceptional training program, which resulted in 100 percent advancement of junior Journalist petty officers. Trained junior personnel in newsprint production and web design for the ship's web page. Temporarily Assigned as Staff Journalist/Photographer on USS Deyo (DD 989) Norfolk, Virginia (May 2000) and USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Norfolk, Virginia (November 2000).

-Awarded Chief of Naval Information Merit Award: First Place 2000 for Web-based publication: Nimitz News Online

-Awarded First Place 1999 Thompson-Ravitz Unit Award for Community Relations in Public Affairs

-Awarded Honorable Mention 1999 Thompson-Ravitz Unit Award for Internal Communication in Public Affairs

-Awarded First Place 1999 Project Good Neighbor Community Service Flagship for Large Afloat Command

-Awarded First Place 1999 Armed Forces Information Service Thomas Jefferson Award for excellence in print journalism for best Web Publication in the Department of Defense: Nimitz News Online

-Awarded Chief of Naval Information Merit Award: First Place 1999 for best Web-based Publication

-Awarded Chief of Naval Information Merit Award: Third Place 1999 for Military Funded Newspaper: Nimitz News

Navy Journalist

Naval Air Station Meridian, Meridian, Mississippi (February 1996 – February 1999)

Gathered facts and wrote articles for publication in civilian and Navy communities; prepared stories for hometown news outlets; wrote feature articles on naval personnel and activities; gathered facts, writing, editing and proofreading news for radio and television outlets; prepared layouts for command civilian enterprise newspaper - The Skyline; wrote and produced weekly radio program; set up and/or conducted tape recorded interviews; edited video and audio tape for radio broadcasts; wrote spot announcements for local radio; coordinated special events; maintained public affairs and research files. Photographed and recorded events for publication and historic documentation and for accident/incident investigations; operated and maintained a variety of state-of-the-art still and video cameras; operated computer-based Macintosh graphics software and Quark Xpress desktop publishing systems; created original visual information displays and graphics; conducted interviews; marketed stories to internal and external audiences; performed many of the functions of a public affairs officer and was the acting Public Affairs Officer in her absence.



Awarded the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal for many hours teaching, coaching and mentoring youth in Meridian, Mississippi, Fort Monroe, Virginia, San Diego, California, Oak Harbor, Washington and Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan.

As the Leading Volunteer Income Tax Assistant at Naval Medical Center San Diego, California for three years, led, taught, and supervised more than 120 volunteer tax preparers. Directly reviewed and validated more than 6,600 federal and state returns obtaining $9.5M in tax refunds and saving more than $900,000 for military families in preparation fees. Launched a straight-forward advertising strategy which led to a substantial increase (23 percent) of returns filed, the largest increase at any site in Navy Region Southwest. Awarded two Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medals for site successes.

Participated as a Major League Baseball 2016 All-Star Game Volunteer in San Diego, California. As customer service professional, assisted thousands of people in making their All-Star Fanfest experience the best possible as well as a participant in the rehearsal ceremony in Petco Park as a stand-in for the AL starting catcher.


-Master of Public Administration (MPA) in Government Management, Devry University, San Diego, California (March 2015 – October 2017)

-Bachelor of Arts in History, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington (August 1986 – December 1990)

-Journalist ‘A’ School, Basic Broadcaster ‘C’ School (July 1995 – January 1996) and Advanced Electronic Imaging ‘C’ School (May – July 2000) at Defense Information School, Fort George G. Meade, Maryland

-Internal Revenue Service Certified Volunteer Tax Preparer/California State Tax Preparer, San Diego, California



Work well with others



Work well under pressure

Enjoy helping others

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