I have always been a story-teller. Since the days when I
was a young child with an overly vivid imagination, I have loved to
tell stories. Through the written word, film, photo and video, my life’s
work has been to share stories that move people. Move them to laugh, to
cry, to act, to react, to grow in knowledge and in power. This love of
story-telling has led me to a lifetime of weaving words and images to
communicate with millions of viewers, hundreds of colleagues and
handfuls of friends.
Born and raised in Chicago, I grew up in one
of the best news towns in the industry. I started my broadcast
journalism career at WFLD/Fox 32 News while still attending Loyola
University. I made the jump from the #5 station in the market to #1
broadcaster -- WLS/ABC 7 News. There, I learned to sharpen my journalism
skills and transform them into a story-telling art form that would lead
me down a winding road through four local TV newsrooms over a span of
In between my news tours of duty, I managed to
dedicate ten years of public service to the City of Chicago as head of
media relations at the Chicago Transit Authority and then as deputy
press secretary to Mayor Richard M. Daley. I returned to the TV news
business, but as newsrooms around the nation were shrinking, my news
staff position was eliminated. However, with the changes in the economy
and in the news industry, I realized it was time to reinvent myself and
find a new story-telling setting.
I had never really considered
working in higher education. Then DePaul University was the answer to my
prayers – literally. Within months of being laid off and praying to
find a new job, I was offered a temporary position at DePaul in 2011 to
use my skills and experience to tell the university’s stories in new and
compelling ways. In January 2012, I was hired as a permanent addition
to the Office of Public Relations and Communications as a writer and
video producer, where I continue to serve as a coordinator of visual
content, producer and writer. For the past two years, I have served on
the President’s Diversity Council and have recently been named among the
2017 DePaul Women’s Network Women of Spirit and Action Award
recipients. Throughout all of this, I have stayed true to my faith,
myself and my passion to tell stories.Why DePaul?
is like no place I have ever known. Nowhere else have I woken up each
work day with such a sense of conviction, passion and determination --
knowing that with every story I write, produce or photograph, I am
sharing DePaul’s mission and St. Vincent’s vision. I am regularly
charged with crafting stories about the students we serve, the faculty
who teach, the administrators who run the operation, the alumni who have
gone on to do good, and the donors who provide financial support. I’ve
written stories about our roots and our mission, and the Vincentians who
are our direct connection to St. Vincent de Paul and St. Louise de
Marillac. As the number of Vincentian priests dwindles and the number of
Vincentians in formation fades, it becomes ever more significant to
chronicle these stories so our Vincentian history lives on. I hope to
continue to find new stories to share about DePaul’s mission and the
extraordinary people and ways we fulfill our mission every day.Why VMI?
Working at DePaul has given me a hunger to learn more about St. Vincent de Paul.
the Vincentian Mission Institute I hope to come to understand how the
ideas of a man who dedicated himself to serving the poor almost 400
years ago, still resonate with us today and have left a life-long
imprint on thousands of students, faculty, staff and alumni who have
made DePaul their home.
I hope to learn more about St. Louise and
how she was key to implementing St. Vincent de Paul’s mission to help
the poor, the orphaned and those living on the margins of society.
Through what I do at DePaul, I hope to bring her story out through the
many contemporary women of our campuses.
Simply put, I want to learn more about our history so I can tell more stories in our future.
through the VMI, I want to reach an understanding of how to be a better
Catholic; how to reconcile the Catholic teachings I was brought up on
with the faith I hold now; how do other Catholics accomplish this; and
why does it seem simpler, more genuine and more welcoming to those of
other faiths, or lack thereof, for our university to be Vincentian
versus very, very Catholic. I feel to have these topics and questions
addressed by a cross-section of fellow higher education colleagues from
St. John’s and Niagara Universities would give me greater perspective
and understanding, while strengthening my zeal to share more stories
about DePaul University and our mission, especially as we move forward
in a new era, led by our first lay president.