Hear from our very own about what steps they took after graduation, and how they got to where they are today!
Our guest panel includes: Traci Speir from MPRM, Carlos Gaona from Weissman/Markovitz Communications, Jennifer Heinly from JNJ Consulting, and Cathi Douglas from our very own Titan Magazine.
Cathi Douglas, APR, has 22 years of experience in public relations and more than a decade of experience in newspaper and magazine journalism. An award-winning writer, editor and public relations professional, she is the founding editor of Titan, the magazine of Cal State Fullerton. The 11-year-old magazine has been recognized nationally for its outstanding editorial content and design.
Prior to her work with her alma mater, Douglas was director of public relations for Chapman University.
Douglas has worked as senior account manager for Amies Communications and as an editor and reporter for the Los Angeles Times, the Orange County Register, and the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. She is accredited in public relations by PRSA and holds the distinction Advanced Toastmaster Bronze from Toastmasters International. She is a past president of PRSA’s Orange County chapter and was recognized with the organization’s Distinguished Service Award.
Douglas earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Cal State Fullerton in 1980. She was chosen the Communications Department’s Undergraduate Student of the Year.
Carlos is currently the Media Relations Coordinator at Weissman/Markovitz Communications, where he collaborates with the Senior Publicist, VP of Television, and VP of Film to execute award campaigns for films and television shows. Some of the projects WMC is currently working on include, Breaking Bad, Mad Men, Justified, Sons of Anarchy, The Walking Dead, HUGO, The Adventures of Tin Tin, and Young Adult. Carlos is also a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, The Entertainment Publicists Professional Society, Public Relations Society of America and the Hispanic Public Relations Association. Follow him on twitter @karlosgaona.
Traci Speir is an Account Assistant at MPRM Communications, working in film, television corporate, and digital media and technology. She majored in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations and a minor in Radio TV Film at California State University Fullerton. For three years was involved in PRSSA and has served on the Executive board for two years and co-directed the 2011 CSUF Regional Activity. She has worked closely with the Newport Beach Film Festival, the Special Events department at the Disneyland Resort and most recently the Grammys.
Jennifer Heinly has nearly 20 years of experience in public relations and marketing, including an MBA. Current and past clients include those in the real estate, health care, legal, high tech, publishing, construction/engineering services, sports marketing, insurance and financial service industries.
Heinly’s current areas of expertise include media relations, news release/article writing, and public relations/marketing planning. Her clients have been featured in USA Today, NY Times, LA Times, Money Magazine, Fast Company Magazine, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Business News, Money Magazine and Gannett News Service.
While working for several advertising and public relations agencies in Southern California and Denver, Heinly’s account experience included computer peripherals and software, telecommunication, electronic components, state government, non-profit, travel, education, and medical.
Heinly is on the executive committee for the Independent Practitioners Alliance Section of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), and past president of the International Association of Business Communicators, Colorado Chapter.
Heinly holds a master’s in business administration from Pepperdine University, Malibu, Calif., and a bachelor’s in communications from California State University, Fullerton, Calif.