Saturday, July 19, 2014

Lights, camera, action!

It’s Arrival Day here at Girls Nation 2014 and before the posts, tweets, and hashtags start flying and the flash bulbs popping, take a moment to meet the ladies behind the keyboards and cameras—this year’s ALA Girls Nation Public Relations Staff!

Stacy Poca: Digital Dynamo & Social Solutionist. Our Public Relator-in-Chief, Stacy Poca, comes to us from the American Legion Auxiliary’s national headquarters in Indiana where she works as the Creative Communications Specialist. Stacy joined the ALA National Headquarters staff in 2012 and is serving her third year at ALA Girls Nation. Stacy's background includes nearly 15 years of experience working with nonprofits and higher education. This week she will be working on a take-home photo memory book for the senators and serve as our primary on-site and phone press contact. Stacy manages to do all of this while jogging, constantly—she truly is a jog-photography specialist!

Kendall Madsen: Big Shot Photo Taker. Kendall is our resident photo perfectionist. Back home in Costa Mesa, California, she runs a professional photography and graphic design business (when she’s not surfing, of course). Kendall is in the right place at the right time, every time. Throughout the week you will see her perched on railings, climbing monuments, and peaking behind secret service to get the best shot possible of our senators in action. Kendall will also be working on the take-home photo memory book and will lead the social media etiquette and education effort for the week. Keep your eyes peeled for the rare photo with her in the frame; she won’t be difficult to spot sporting her bright pink press hat!

Dana Thoreson: News Hound & WannaBe Senator. Dana joins the team from Devils Lake, North Dakota, where she works as a special education kindergarten teacher. She has been a member of the American Legion Auxiliary since she was 2 years old! She is currently the North Dakota Girls State Director and has been involved in the ND program for 14 years and director for the past six. This week she will be crafting press releases, fielding media requests and handling all of our guest speakers. Unfortunately the PR Staff has to share her with the Girls Nation Choir but she will without a doubt bring both of her roles into harmony.

Mia Lincoln: Token Youth & Videologist. It’s Mia’s first year on the PR Staff but it’s not her first Girls Nation rodeo. Mia attended Girls Nation as one of the senators from California in 2008 and returned as a JC in 2010 and Dean of JC’s in 2012. While the glitter decorations and sparkly cape days are (mostly) behind her, the PR Staff felt it needed to bring in some of that millennial talent. Mia will help with press releases, create an end of the week memory video, and interview the senators about their experiences over the course of the week. She will also be working on something ALL millennials are innately good at—social media and blogging—because omg lol #GirlsNation is totes amaze.

Tune in to all of our social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and of course, this blog) for entertainment and updates throughout the week.

Technical note: We will negotiate posting certain photos in exchange for ice-cream, coffee, and chocolate, but mostly ice-cream.

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