Before joining iHeartMedia as an Account Executive, I served as the City of Hattiesburg Mayoral Public Relations Director for Johnny DuPree, the first African –American mayor of the city. I am also the CEO of C-Mode, LLC, a communications consulting agency. My 26 years of experience includes Crisis Management; Broadcast, Print and Interactive Media; Marketing and Public Relations, Media Relations, Speech and Grant Writing; Fundraising; and Creation of Community-Driven Initiatives. My instincts have secured the 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, and TWO 2017 Mississippi Municipal League Excellence Awards for my community along with the 2015 and 2017 U.S. Conference of Mayor’s Most Livable Small City in America Awards. I’m also the recipient of the 2015 Sales and Marketing Pine Belt Professional Award; recognized as a 2015 Pine Belt Inspiring Woman; 2010 Wesley Strong Woman; and featured in Arthritis Today National Magazine.
I began my career at age 17 as a writer for my local newspaper-the Enterprise Journal- before entering college at the University of Southern Mississippi. While pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Communications at Southern Miss, I interned at WDAM-TV where I was educated in the art of News Producing and Reporting. Upon earning my Bachelor of Arts degree, I became a television news producer WCBI-TV, WLBT-TV, and 16 WAPT-TV. I also produced at KTRK-TV in Houston, Texas. It was ranked number one and listed among the top 10 journalism markets in the nation at the time.
Upon my return to Mississippi, I returned to print media-Hattiesburg American-before landing a job in Public Relations with my Alma Mater. I next created Chinika.com which was home to stories of survival and unimaginable tests of the human spirit. This venture afforded me the opportunity to interview legendary actors including Actors Danny Glover and Susan Lucci, whom I interviewed while taking cover from an approaching tornado.
While I’ve been blessed with tremendous opportunities, the challenges I’ve overcome have been my greatest accomplishments. My story is one of “Becoming an Overcomer.” I have overcome the trauma of my father’s domestic abuse and suicide; sexual assault; the loss of a child, loss of a marriage; loss of my career as television news producer during my prime; Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyalgia. Yet, I am still standing. It would be an honor to share my experiences to inspire women to continue on their paths to success as an “Overcomer” not a survivor.