Communications & Media Specialist

From small-town Georgia (by way of New York and a few military bases with my family), I am a 2017 graduate from the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!) with a Master of Arts degree in journalism and media. I relocated to the Sunshine State!


During my time in Athens, I honed my interests in media relations with Athensmade, Better Georgia, the Georgia Department of Economic Development, and various projects within the community. My work has been featured in Buzzfeed, Explore Georgia, and a variety of literary journals.


Throughout my two-year assistantship at UGA, I was responsible for almost one thousand undergraduate students (Introduction to Public Relations) and acted as the lead researcher for a Brazilian PR firm through a university partnership.


My undergraduate career focused on nonprofit work including media relations for the Boys and Girls Club of the Chattahoochee Valley and Bridges Autism Learning Center.


I am extremely passionate about film (currently loving this), Snooty the Manatee (and all snoots, in general), collard greens, copyright law, and the No Straw Please Movement. Blessed with the curse of curiosity and a Nascar-drive to create, I am here to help in any way possible.


I am currently available for freelance including editing, designing, media-ing, and general consulting. *Please keep in mind that I do have a full-time job, so turn-around time is limited to weekends.* I'd love to help you with recent grad resumes, wedding invitations, or social media plans. I offer discounted rates for non-profit organizations, especially animal rescues and educators. 

"A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds...

adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall. Speak what you think now in hard words, and to-morrow speak what to-morrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said to-day.
 — 'Ah, so you shall be sure to be misunderstood.' — Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson


Hi, I'm Van.

Jill-of-all-trades, media fanatic, and Oxford Comma advocate.