Media Relations and Publications Manager for both the Institute of Gerontology and the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute for Child & Family Development
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Media Relations and Communications
Institute of Gerontology (IOG)
Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute for Child & Family Development (MPSI)
A. Write and edit IOG and MPSI Biannual Reports
B. Writing and editing with deadline and budget adherence for:
1. IOG Transitions Newsletter (two per year)
2. Newly launched Imprints Newsletter for MPSI (two per year)
3. Assist with writing/editing of Healthier Black Elders Newsletter (two per year)
C. General writing, editing and proofing of IOG and MPSI marketing and development materials
D. Post on social media for IOG and MPSI accounts, primarily Facebook and Twitter
II. Media Relations and Public Awareness
A. Contact print and broadcast media to increase awareness of IOG and MPSI
B. Write and distribute press releases and human interest stories on IOG and MPSI faculty, alumni and donors
C. Field and follow-through on media requests, including broadcast appearances
D. Garner publicity for HBE, Art of Aging and Giant Step Teen Conference annual public events
E. Post publicity on IOG and MPSI websites
III. Fund-Raising and Development
A. Write grant proposals for MPSI
B. Liaison with IOG and MPSI BOV members and individual donors; plan alumni events
C. Create marketing materials
D. Write IOG and MPSI annual appeal letters
IV. Conference Planning and Organization
A. Major responsibility for MPSI Giant Step Teen Conference and separate Community Luncheon
1. Executive committee member
2. Steering Committee member
3. Appeal letters and fund-raising
4. Research tabulation
5. Media coverage
B. Secondary responsibility for MPSI Healthier Urban Families CE conferences
1. Write promotional materials
2. Assist with organization
C. Assist as needed in any aspect of event planning and execution for IOG Art of Aging Successfully, Healthier Black Elders Health Reception, and Issues in Aging
Society of Professional Journalists
The International Women's Writing Guild
National Association for Gifted Children
Editor-in-Chief, Transitions Newsletters, spring and fall of 2006 - Present.
Editor-in-Chief, Institute of Gerontology and Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute Biannual Reports, 2006 - Present.
"Experts in Aging" monthly column, Mature Advisor Magazine, continuously from November 2006 through March 2008.
"Portraits of Homelessness,"
"Experts in Aging" feature article, Mature Advisor Magazine, October 2006.
"Care Gifting: The Gift of Providing Care for a Loved One," Michigan Women's Forum, August 14, 2006.
"Artistry, Compassion Inspire Escape from Homelessness," Life@Wayne, July 18, 2006.
"Back on Track," Michigan Women’s Forum, October 2005.
"The Aging Brain," Senior Advocate, Fall/Winter 2005.
"Depression in Elderly May Predict Stroke," Senior Advocate, Fall/Winter 2005.
BOOKS AND CHAPTERS
How to Survive Your Adolescent's Adolescence, with Kolodny, R; Kolodny, N. and Bratter, T. (Little Brown, 1984). Approximately 40,000 copies of this non-fiction book sold throughout the
"Sexuality in Everyday Life" and "In Vitro Fertilization: The Birth of Louise Brown," in Textbook of Human Sexuality, Master, W.; Johnson, V. and Kolodny, R. (Little Brown, 1982).