Master of Arts Degree in Journalism, 2009, Regent University
Master of Arts Degree in History, 2006, University of Scranton
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Modern Languages—Italian, 2003, University of Scranton
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Modern Languages—French, 2003, University of Scranton
Women in Leadership Certificate, 2017, Cornell University
Diploma in Social Media Marketing, 2016, The Shaw Academy
Diploma in Blogging and Content Marketing, 2016. The Shaw Academy
Six graduate credits in Communications, 2007, Marywood University
Nine graduate credits in Italian, 2004, The Catholic University of America
Italian immersion program, 2001, Middlebury College
French immersion program, 2000, Université Laval
Regent University Academic Scholarship, 2007
University of Scranton Graduate Assistantship Full Scholarship, 2004
University of Scranton Joseph G. Brunner Award for Excellence in Foreign Languages, 2003
University of Scranton Presidential Scholar, 2003, 2002, 2001
National Italian American Foundation Gift of Discovery Program Award Recipient, 2002
University of Scranton Loyola Scholarship Recipient, 1999
The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, Scranton, PA: 2015-Present
Director of Marketing and Communications
Responsible for the management of the Chamber and its affiliates’ brands in the Greater Scranton community, including helping to generate positive media coverage for the Chamber and its affiliates, helping to grow the Chamber’s online presence and helping to strategize, deploy and manage all facets of communications for the Chamber and its affiliates.
Times-Shamrock Communications, Scranton, PA: 2011-2015
Editor of The Abington Suburban, a weekly newspaper with a 7,000-person circulation focusing on the Abingtons, located in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania. Also responsible for publishing items to the newspaper's website as well as linking the newspaper with various social media outlets, including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Won second place in the 2014 Pennsylvania Women’s Press Association Excellence in Journalism Awards for headlines. Also co-edited weekly newspaper The Triboro Banner and edited monthly newspaper A Pocono Country Place. Was also the company’s Special Sections Editor and was responsible for creating and producing content and layout for the various special sections inserted into the Scranton Times -Tribune, including Today’s Woman, Working Class, The Great Northeast Job Fair, How-To Guide and more.
Times Leader Scranton Edition/ Go Lackawanna, Scranton, PA: 2009-2011
Wrote articles for a weekly newspaper focusing on the city of Scranton, Pa. and surrounding areas. Articles centered on features including cultural events, local elections, and personality profiles. Won five Keystone Press Awards for my work as well as three Pennsylvania Women’s Press Association Excellence in Journalism awards.
The Villager, Moscow, PA: 2007-2009
Editor of a weekly newspaper with a 2,000-person circulation in the North Pocono region of Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania. Responsible for writing articles, taking pictures, designing pages with Quark and InDesign and transforming them into PDF files, designing and updating the newspaper’s website, and hiring/managing staff. Newspaper won its first two Keystone Press Awards in its 50-year history under my editorship.
The Triboro Banner, Scranton, PA: 2006-2007
Wrote articles for a weekly newspaper focusing on the boroughs of Old Forge, Taylor, and Moosic, Pennsylvania. Articles centered on municipal meetings, interviews with notable local politicians, and on featured events in this area.
The Abington Suburban, Scranton, PA: 2006-2007
Wrote articles for a weekly newspaper focusing on the Abingtons, located in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania. Articles centered on municipal meetings, interviews with notable local politicians, and on featured events in the Abingtons area.
CampaniaSuWeb.it, Naples, Italy: 2002-2006
Wrote articles for an online newspaper dedicated to the region of Campania in Southern Italy. Articles focused on the lifestyle of Campanian immigrants to the United States and were published online in both Italian and English.
Other Relevant Professional Experience
Lackawanna College, Scranton, PA: 2013-Present
Adjunct instructor of history and journalism at a two-year college in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Taught American History to 1865 both in class and online as well as World History and Social Media Journalism courses.
Freelance Writer/Editor: 2010-Present
Edited several full-length books including non-fiction work as well as novels. Wrote press releases and biographies for notable area musicians and have worked with PreMediaGlobal as an independent contractor editing Italian textbooks for college use. Magazine articles written have appeared in "Celebrate Life" magazine as well as "Pennsylvania" magazine.
Lackawanna County Courthouse, Scranton, PA: 2004-Present
Interpreted court testimony from Italian and French into English for cases regarding worker’s compensation, wrongful death, and medical malpractice lawsuits.
Department of History, University of Scranton, Scranton, PA: 2004-2006
Responsible for assisting department professors with research and course preparation. Involved with preparing departmental guidelines for term papers and essays as well as the translation from Italian and French into English of articles to be published in an encyclopedia.
2014 Pennsylvania Women’s Press Association Excellence in Journalism Award
Second Place for Headlines (Statewide)
2012 Pennsylvania Newspaper Association Keystone Press Award
First Place for News Feature Story (Division 5)
Second Place for Ongoing News Coverage (Division 5)
2012 Pennsylvania Women's Press Association Excellence in Journalism Award
Third Place for Interviews/Profiles (Statewide)
Honorable Mention for In-Depth Story (Statewide)
Honorable Mention for General News Story (Statewide)
2011 Pennsylvania Newspaper Association Keystone Press Award
First Place for Ongoing News Coverage (Division 5)
First Place for Online Special Project (Division 5)
2010 Pennsylvania Newspaper Association Keystone Press Award
First Place for Online Special Project (Division 8)
Honorable Mention for General News (Division 7)
2010 Pennsylvania Women’s Press Association Award
Second Place for Online News (Statewide)
2009 Pennsylvania Newspaper Association Keystone Press Award
Second Place for Ongoing News Coverage (Division 8)
Lackawanna County Library System
Facilitator, "On the Same Page"
Facilitator of book discussions throughout all member libraries of the Lackawanna County Library System for the annual "On the Same Page" book choice.
The Scranton Cultural Center
Host, “The Menu”
Volunteer host of a local television show dedicated to showcasing local restaurants and chefs. My role is to help facilitate the chef's presentation by asking relevant questions and keeping the conversation flowing in front of a live audience. "The Menu" is a monthly show and airs on Electric City Television (ECTV) in Scranton, PA.
SIAMO: The Italian-American Heritage Society of Northeastern Pennsylvania
SIAMO's goal is to preserve the Italian-American heritage through publicly-accessible activities, such as art and photography exhibits, reading clubs and Italian language meetups. SIAMO is also responsible for maintaining the Sister City relationship between Guardia dei Lombardi, Italy and Scranton, PA, USA.
Honor Society Memberships
Mu Rho, National History Honor Society
Phi Alpha Mu, National Social Science Honor Society
Alpha Mu Gamma, National Foreign Language Honor Society
The Italians of Lackawanna County. Charleston: Arcadia Publishing, 2018. (Forthcoming)
Dunmore. Charleston: Arcadia Publishing, 2012.
The Italians of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Charleston: Arcadia Publishing, 2004.
Dual citizenship: United States and Italy
Relevant skills: AP Style, MLA Style, APA Style, HTML, Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Flash, QuarkXPress, Adobe InDesign, Adobe InCopy