Results-driven, strategic public relations advisor. Possess extensive experience at a public relations agency and in internal and external business communications, media relations and reporting. Provide sound counsel enhancing the awareness and reputation of an organization, while serving its communications and public relations needs.
Before changing careers to public relations and business communications, I worked for nine years at three newspapers in the Pacific Northwest - The Western News in Libby, Montana; The Observer in La Grande, Oregon; and the Union-Bulletin in Walla Walla, Washington.
I graduated from the University of Montana, where I studied journalism and history. I was born and raised in Montana. Adopted by two loving parents, Betty and Ed Van Tighem, I grew up with my younger brother, Ted, in a typical middle-class family. My parents were active in the deaf community as my mother was deaf and a teacher at the Montana School for the Deaf and Blind and my father, who was hard of hearing, attended MSDB.
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