Graduation Year: 2006, 2016
Major:Journalism (bachelor’s) and communication management (master’s)
Occupation, Company: Director, Public Affairs, Temple University
Describe your current occupation and if applicable, how was Temple the launchpad for your current position?
I oversee a team of five staff and help direct university-wide public affairs functions, including internal news content, external media relations, executive communications and issues management/crisis communications. My education at Temple has been indispensable for my career path, first as a newspaper reporter and then in public relations roles at Temple.
Why do you support Temple University and serve on the Klein Alumni Association Board?
I serve on the Klein College alumni board to give back to the school that changed my life personally and professionally. I see every day the transformational impact Temple and Klein College have on students, and I hope to do my part to help Temple students achieve their goals and to deepen connections within the university’s vast alumni network.
What excites you about the Lew Klein College of Media and Communication?
Dean Boardman’s leadership of the school has been incredibly exciting to watch. From hiring incredible faculty to securing major gifts and implementing a wide variety of curricular innovations, the college is clearly on the move.
What advice could you give someone looking to become more engaged with Klein College?
Engagement does not have to be time-consuming or a long-term commitment. It can consist of a one-time volunteer opportunity such as helping students prepare for a career fair or speaking to a class. There are a variety of ways to get involved, and they’re all rewarding.
What was your favorite memory while a student at Temple?
I spent four years working at The Temple News, the student-run newspaper, and those memories and relationships will last a lifetime. I learned so much about teamwork and leadership during my time at the student paper.
Describe KLN students in one word