Welcome to my website. Please allow me to introduce myself. I am a passionate and compassionate communicator and educator who is currently a lecturer at the University of Florida's College of Journalism and Communications. When I'm not teaching, I volunteer and use my PR skills to make a difference in areas that I'm passionate about as a writer and activist:
Advocacy to help improve the lives of kids and adults living with autism, living and thriving with Type 1 diabetes, and other health-related topics.
Community building and intercultural communications.
PR and communications
As a communications professional with over 20-years of practical experience, I have honed my skills in understanding audiences and matching those with the needs of an organization or individual client. I developed and am currently teaching two courses at UF - Intercultural Communications and Public Relations' Strategy and Messaging - which ask students to use the core knowledge that universities can provide with practical, real-life workplace application.
Prior to working for UF, I worked in leadership roles in the communications and fundraising field, mainly in the non-profit sector for organizations based in New York, New Jersey, and Tel Aviv. I was the senior communications manager for the CPA Exam, which is developed at the AICPA in Ewing, NJ, from 2012 to 2015. I worked in a leading role on a number of exciting projects while I was there, including international testing, a massive research project known as a practice analysis, and the creation of award-winning communications materials.
Before the CPA Exam, I was the Director of Marketing and Development for the Jewish Federation in Princeton, New Jersey from 2008 to 2011 where I initiated their online strategy and organized major events, including a mission to Israel. I was also a communications manager and grants administrator for Foundations, Inc. from 2005 to 2007, working on education reform projects in Pennsylvania. I worked in Tel Aviv, Israel for NGOs focused on peace-building efforts between the Israelis and Palestinians from 2002 to 2005, and for the Israeli Consulate in New York as their Director of Community Relations from 1995 to 1997.
Writer and social activist
I have been active in the community since childhood, whether heading up a food drive or organizing fundraising events. Most recently, I have been actively engaged in local advocacy issues helping kids with autism transition into the public school system AND working with our local school district on ending anti-Semitic incidents in our public schools. I also serve as a board member of my local synagogue, was the Vice President of Public Relations for my local Hadassah chapter, and was the campaign chair for my university Jewish Federation annual campaign.
I hold a Master's degree in Middle East Studies from New York University and a another Master's in Teaching from Columbia University's Teachers' College. I completed my Bachelor's degree in 1994 at Georgetown University and am bilingual in English and Hebrew.
I moved to sunny Gainesville, Florida in 2015 with my husband and two kids.