Tell us a little about yourself and your work.
I am a graduate of Dinwiddie County High School and hold a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Randolph-Macon College. My career began working with at-risk youth in a residential setting. I came to work for Dinwiddie County in 1997, where I continued working with youth through Court Services, the Virginia Juvenile Community Crime Control Act program and eventually the Department of Comprehensive Services. It was here that I began working with and writing grant proposals to fill unfunded program needs.
Currently, I am a member of the County Administrator’s Leadership Team which allows me to work closely with all county departments. In addition to writing grant proposals, I assist the County Administrator in handling public relations for Dinwiddie County — writing press releases, managing the county’s social media presence, and ensuring that the county website is up-to-date.
What do you love about your job?
What I find most rewarding about my work is seeing and hearing responses to the information that is disseminated. All too often we, as citizens, have a negative perception of ‘government’. There are a lot of great things going on in Dinwiddie County and we are so very blessed to have leaders that genuinely have the County’s best interest at heart. I find it very satisfactory to be able to share some of this information with the public and then hear people discussing it in everyday conversation.
I feel the county’s social media presence has been one of my greatest achievements in this role and had the biggest impact on the community. Launched in July 2012, our Facebook page as almost 2300 “Likes” — and while this is not uncommon in the world of Facebook, it is certainly an achievement for the county! What is even more impressive is the fact that the Dinwiddie County Facebook page is one of the first places citizens go to find out what is happening in the county. From road work and traffic delays to awards and achievements received by staff and citizens to school closings, citizens find the information fresh, helpful, and interesting to follow.
Dinwiddie also has a beautiful new website that provides a wealth of information and access to a variety of on-line services — check it out at www.dinwiddieva.us.
How are you leveraging ConnectVA?
While we’ve been a user for several years, Dinwiddie County is new to using ConnectVA to share information out. We are finding more and more that dissemination to a wider audience yields significantly better results. There is so much we want to share about our Dinwiddie County — and ConnectVA allows us to do this with individuals and organizations that would otherwise not be reached.