My career in communications began right out of college (Rock Chalk Jayhawk) in the corporate advertising world. Fifteen years later, I went out on my own as a freelancer. It was then that I had the opportunity to design the newsletter for the Alzheimer’s Association - Heart of America Chapter. That newsletter was my segue to a full time position as Director of Communications.
Although there are differences between corporate America and the non-profit world, similarities do exist. In the world of communications, regardless of the end user, it has always been my goal to make sure the public is informed with reliable, accurate information and to empower people with knowledge to make their world a little easier to navigate. As Director of Communications, I continue working on that same goal so that everyone in the communities we serve knows they can turn to the Heart of America Chapter for the critical support and care those with Alzheimer’s disease and their families need.
When I’m not doing communications work, you might find me planning chapter fundraisers or special events, but one of my favorite parts about my job is telling the stories of those affected by this disease. I am most grateful for the individuals who allow me to come into their world and get a glimpse of their lives, meet their families, and their caregivers. These brave souls are willing to share their stories so that the next person diagnosed with Alzheimer’s begins their journey with less stigma than the one before. No one should go through this journey alone. I am most honored knowing that these people trusted me with their personal stories and I look forward to communicating their messages with the goal of increasing Alzheimer’s concern and awareness in the communities we serve.