Wendy Van Hove

Wendy Van Hove
1 Citadel Drive, Camp Hill, PA  17011
wendy.vee@verizon.net     (717) 979-5159

Intelligent and determined Public Relations/Communications professional whose forte’ is to provide media knowledge, create beneficial connections, solve problems, and contribute to the success of those around me.

Relevant Experience

Jan  2005   RoadsideWonders.net
Present      Camp Hill, PA
Owner, Writer, Blogger, Copy Editor, Photographer

Design, develop, edit, and create content for roadsidewonders.net

  • Document my own travels (and post guest features) that highlight vintage and modern travel locations, architecture, and also intriguing local and international festivals and events
  • Develop relevant and themed content and use social media to attract readers
  • Interact with other travel-focused content producers to share content and leverage similar audiences
  • Respond to blog comments, reader emails, and leverage social media activity to ensure meaningful reader interaction

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April 2007  WVH Communications
Present      Camp Hill, PA
Owner, Writer, Business Development

Established my own business to assist institutions (primarily Farm Credit Associations) with the creation, editing, and polishing of financial reports and association communications.

  • Assist Farm Credit managers in several regions with creation and formatting of board member, producer/member, and public financial materials
  • Collaborate with social media teams to write copy for various social media campaigns promoted across traditional websites, social media, and email
  • Assist with local and national media relations when necessary

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AgChoice Farm Credit ACA/ Country Mortgages
Mechanicsburg, PA  + 10 statewide branches
Communications/Public Relations

As the communications lead for the Business Development Department, I was responsible for managing marketing initiatives and public relations for a specialized lending institution with statewide exposure with an over $900mm portfolio

  • Editor of quarterly glossy Leader magazine
  • Content creation, solutions management, and daily updates for agchoice.com
  • Annual Report and Board Member Communications materials
  • Lead contact for employee PAC contributions, charitable initiatives, and outreach
  • Legislative, Agricultural Industry, and Media contact for organization
  • Solely in charge of trade show booth appearance, materials, and staffing
  • Participated in regional and national financial and agricultural conferences

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Highmark Blue Cross and Pennsylvania Blue Shield
Camp Hill, PA
Electronic Communications Project Manager  ** Contract Position               

  • Coordinated & facilitated design, development, testing, and documentation of electronic communications projects (both internal and external)
  • Evaluated ideas & conceptual designs and provided feasibility recommendations
  • Managed the delivery and support of projects
  • Established and maintained a common point of contact for requests, bug tracking, testing, and quality control
  • Created and edited electronic efforts by Highmark partners and company-owned subsidiaries

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ICSA/ ICSALabs (formerly International Computer Security Association)
Carlisle, PA
Public Relations/Web Content Coordinator

As Public Relations/Web Content Coordinator, I worked on a daily basis with major print and broadcast media (i.e., ComputerWorld, NetworkWorld, Washington Post, New York Times, CNN, ZDNet, etc.) as well as with computer industry professionals to promote the establishment of internationally accepted security criteria. I collaborated closely with marketing department associates to analyze data, create collateral material and perform other marketing-related tasks.  Responsible for revamping and creating materials for ICSA.net’s Intranet and Internet website (icsa.net – now icsalabs.com)

  • Created press releases for domestic and international distribution
  • Served as intermediary between ICSA technology experts and print & broadcast media
  • Collaborated with Marketing Department on brochures, advertisements and sales collateral materials
  • Created content for corporate website
  • Edited white papers and other technical materials
  • Responsible for Sales Department Updates, FAQ’s and internal newsletter
  • Worked closely with Silicon Valley Public Relations firm to promote and position ICSA both domestically and internationally
  • Created trade show material and staff ICSA.net booth for major events

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Education:

Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, PA

BA – Communications/Public Relations
GPA 3.8

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Special Skills & Training:

  • Proficient in MS Office Suite. Corel PaintShop, Corel VideoStudio, Net Objects, ACT Database, SalesLogix Database and other common software
  • Familiar with graphics software and video creation
  • Lawrence Ragan Public Relations Conference, Chicago, IL
  • American Management Association Interpersonal Skills, New York, NY
  • Credit Union Futures Course, Chicago, IL
  • Effective Management Course, Youngstown, OH
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