Professional History

September 2015 - Present

Washington County Economic Alliance -  Greenville, MS

  • Executive Director | July 2019 - Present

  • Deputy Director | October 2018 – July 2019

  • Project Manager | September 2015 – November 2018

March 2014 - September 2015

City of Greenville, Mayor's Office - Greenville, MS

  • Executive Assistant to the Mayor | March 2014 – September 2015

August 2008 - May 2012

English Instructor

  • Cape Fear Community College, Wilmington, NC | 2011 – 2012

  • McNeese State University, Lake Charles, LA | 2008 - 2011

July 1997 - November 2001

United States Air Force

  • Aerospace Maintenance - Crew Chief, KC-135

 

Educational History

Learning and Living

2016 - 2018

Certificate, University of Oklahoma

Economic Development Institute

August 2008 - May 2011

Master of Fine Arts, McNeese State University

MFA in Creative Writing - Emphasis in Poetry

August 2008 - May 2011

Master of Arts, McNeese State University

MA in English

August 2006 - May 2008

Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of North Carolina, Wilmington

BFA in Creative Writing - Emphasize in Poetry. Minor in Religious Studies.

 
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Skills

Communications

From speaking engagements with local high schools to Rotary Club to City Council meetings, clear and concise messaging to diverse audiences are valued and a must.

Rural Development

Living in the Mississippi Delta has given me a set of tools and a new outlook for community development in rural areas that highlight breaking down silos and implementing unique collaborations and community engagement.

Creative Marketing

Working with small budgets have assisted me and my teams to produce professional in house content for both traditional and social media with a focus on telling "Our Story" to gain momentum and garner community support.