Director of External Relations and Corporate Communications, RF Central Office
Communications, Public Relations, and Customer Service
Mentoring: Erinn McDowell, SUNY Upstate
Why I want to be a Mentor:
"At this stage of my career, I find I get the most fulfillment from helping others. I was fortunate to be a mentor in the first mentor-protege program at RF central office. I found the experience to be extremely rewarding. Mentoring provides an opportunity to share experiences and to learn, recalibrate, reassess, and separate periodically from the day-to-day. As much as I hope my protege may have benefitted from our time, I know I did. I have had a similar experience since joining the board of directors for SUNYCUAD and have helped to structure their mentoring program. Helping to advance the success of others is a meaningful path to self-success."
"I joined the RF in May 2010 following 16 years in the cable television industry. I have over 25 years of experience in public, government, customer, and media relations. As Director of External Relations and Corporate Communications I work with the RF's Leadership Team to present and communicate the role of the RF and to promote SUNY research and innovation, I work closely with SUNY System Administration and the 30 state-operated campuses on matters relating to RF business, and serve as the RF's records access officer responding to state and federal Freedom of Information requests, and as the RF's spokesperson responding to the media. I also provide guidance to other RF functions with their communications needs. As Vice President of Government Relations & Public Affairs for Time Warner Cable's Albany Division, I directed communications, government relations and public affairs strategies in cable territories in upstate New York."
"When asked to reflect on my philosophy of giving I regularly recall an extremely fulfilling experience that brought together two completely un-related and un-acquainted community organizations for the mutual benefit of all. As a member of the board of directors of the Empire State Youth Orchestra and a committee member at Wildwood Programs, a non-profit group serving people with learning disabilities, neurological impairments, or autism, I worked in conjunction with the music therapy director at Wildwood and the jazz ensemble at EYSO to arrange a performance at Wildwood. The result was both eye and ear opening watching and experiencing the reactions and interactions of the Wildwood students as well as the pride of the ESYO jazz performers, who saw first-hand the powerful and therapeutic effect that music can have, and for some, likely opened up an awareness of careers in music beyond performing. Creativity breeds thoughtful and success."
Commitment to Diversity:
"Over the course of my career I have worked closely with diverse groups as an involved community citizen, voluntarily serving on boards and committees of various organizations including Albany Senior Services, Empire State Youth Orchestra, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and AIDS Council of Northeastern New York. In my 7 years at the RF I have successfully advocated for and witnessed the recognition, promotion and professional development of each member of my team."