Non-Profit Communications Panel

This panel consists of four professionals from a variety of Columbus non-profits. They will share the story of what led them to pursue non-profit communications. Learn the ups and downs of working at a non-profit and take a behind the scenes look at jobs in the non-profit sector. Have all of your burning questions answered. If you are passionate about a career in non-profit communications this panel is not to be missed.

Panelist Bios:

Susan Slater

Susan’s first internship was with Hospice of Wayne County and she’s been passionate about nonprofit public relations ever since. For five years Susan served as the Communications Specialist for the Ohio Optometric Association. In 2008, she accepted the position as Public Relations Coordinator for Columbus Speech & Hearing Center. As a one-man marketing team, she’s responsible for all The Center’s PR efforts; she initiated and monitors all social media and Web site content, serves as editor of The Center’s bi-monthly e-newsletter, and coordinates volunteers, special events, fundraisers. Susan has also held leadership roles within the Central Ohio PRSA chapter.

Christina Christian

Christina is a PR practitioner turned social media strategist with a vision of social good in social media. Her past work in pairing traditional and digital communications led her to Mid-Ohio Foodbank where she helps the organization build its presence and discover new opportunities in the digital space. Through social media tools such as Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Flickr, Christina has helped the Foodbank increase its visibility among potential donors, volunteers and supporters as well as bring attention to the issue of domestic hunger. Her experience includes media relations, event coordination, marketing and promotions.

Stephanie Houck

Stephanie is the director of special events for the Arthritis Foundation, Central Ohio Chapter. She plans, promotes and executes three annual special events, as well as assists on multiple other fundraising events, to support the foundation’s programs and services in Central Ohio. In addition to special event fundraising, Stephanie also manages and updates the chapter’s Web sites and social media sites. Stephanie is a member of the Central Ohio PRSA Chapter, serving on the liaison committee. She graduated from Otterbein in 2008 with a degree in public relations.

Kimberly Gormley

Kimberly has been a member of the Ohio College Access Network (OCAN) for nearly five years and was hired as Director, Marketing and Communication in January 2007. She coordinated a successful launch of the statewide, multi-media and grassroots KnowHow2GO campaign and works with community-based member programs to implement the student-friendly social marketing campaign in targeted areas across Ohio. Kimberly has also worked in communications for the Central Ohio Regional Professional Development Center (CORPDC). She earned her bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Public Relations from Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism.


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