Lauryn Escobar is a social media marketer, digital media strategist, community manager and copywriter for Liberty Tax Service. Escobar has over five years of experience in the media including press release writing and distribution, freelance journalism for sports, website copywriting, and feature article writing for local publications and student newspapers in her hometown, and is currently completing her Master’s in Communication from Drexel University. Escobar believes building a better community begins with assisting the nonprofits that make a difference in the everyday lives of individuals.
Sandy Farnan is a technical communications specialist for the Project Management Institute, a not-for-profit, membership association serving more than a half a million project professionals worldwide. She specializes in technical documentation and training, online learning, and organizational communications with a focus on making technology and project management understandable and accessible to the general audience. Since earning an Master of Science in Technical Communication from Drexel University in 2010, Farnan has worked as an adjunct professor of communications at Drexel, Neumann University, and Penn State Brandywine.
Jennifer James is currently a technical writer at Unisys, a worldwide IT company located in Malvern, PA. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from West Chester University in West Chester, Pennsylvania and she is also a student at Drexel University earning her Master’s in Scientific and Technical Communication. James has experience in freelance content and search engine optimization (SEO). She also has an interest in online media and blogging and had a piece entitled “Family Trees and Racial Identity” published on Huffington Post in May 2013. James completed a grant writing internship at the Please Touch Museum for their educational outreach programming for low-income neighborhoods in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Katy Meert is an Associate Content Strategist at Elsevier in Philadelphia, PA, overseeing content acquisition for pathology, orthopaedics, endocrinology, and cardiology print and electronic texts. She received a BA in Professional Writing and Creative Writing from Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN, in 2009 and an MS in Publications Management from Drexel University in 2014. She is a member of the Society for Scholarly Publishing, and in 2014, she attended the SSP annual meeting as an Early Career Travel Grant recipient. Katy’s volunteer experience includes copyediting documents for Philadelphia Magic Gardens and Valley Youth House.
Holly Norris is a 2013 graduate of Drexel’s Master of Science in Communication program. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a concentration in Rhetorical Studies from Villanova University in 2010. Currently, Norris works for a law firm in Radnor, Pennsylvania and provides assistance to attorneys and paralegals by formatting and editing legal documents. Norris has previous experience working with nonprofit groups in the Philadelphia area, including website editing services for an organization that supports recently released inmates in an effort to end violence in communities.
Hillary Sabetta currently works as a social media specialist at Tosoh Bioscience. She received her Bachelor’s in Communication with a concentration in Corporate and Public Relations, as well as her Master’s in Scientific and Technical Communication at Drexel University. Sabetta specializes in digital content strategy and is an advocate of STEM education. She also has experience working with nonprofit organizations, such as Philly Keyspot and iPraxis. Sabetta previously worked with eMoney Advisor and Janney Montgomery Scott.
Amanda Smith is a contract closeout specialist for SAIC. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in International Studies: European at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon, and graduated with a Master's in Publication Management from Drexel University in 2012. She has previously worked at Republic Bank where her duties included reviewing collateral property reports and maintaining department manuals. Her volunteer work includes the Free Library of Philadelphia, and she resides in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Since earning an MS in technical communications from Drexel University in 2013, Marco has worked as a developmental editor at a local medical publishing company. He has also written a number of white papers for a medical technology corporation. Currently, Marco is striving to begin a successful freelance technical writing and editing career.
Bill Valerio is an administrator in Drexel University’s Modern Languages Program. He has been a member of the Drexel community since 2002. He completed his undergraduate studies in literature and writing/publishing, and recently graduated with a master’s degree in publication management. He has worked to develop communications for UC Green and the Cornelia de Lange Syndrome (CdLS) Foundation.
Erica Zelinger is a communication specialist in the Pennoni Honors College at Drexel University. She has worked as a writer, editor and content director for newspapers, magazines and a destination marketing firm. She freelances for various tourism clients including visitpa.com for whom she wrote “Made in PA: Peek behind the packaging on one of Pennsylvania’s factory tours.” Zelinger’s first assignment for Drexel Edits was to edit a grant proposal for Ivan " Pick" Brown Memorial, Inc., a nonprofit organization serving youth, teens and the elderly in South, Southwest and West Philadelphia communities.