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Kyla T.

Morris
PO Box 670183
Chugiak, AK 99567

cell: (541) 255-5513


email: kylatmorris@gmail.com

Education:
University of Oregon; Eugene, Oregon
Bachelors of Science in Journalism with an emphasis in Public Relations
Gonzaga University; Spokane, Washington
Masters of Arts in Leadership and Communication

Graduated: Spring 2010

Expected Graduation: Fall 2017

Experience:
The CIRI Foundation, Anchorage, Alaska
April 2013 - Present
Program Officer
Responsible for overseeing individual scholarship and grant program
Responsible for continued development and implementation of strategic communications
plan
Responsible for overseeing communications including print material, social media, website,
event booths, etc.
Assists in budget planning, overseeing budget, and reviewing monthly financial statements
Manages external contract for online application system
Manages team members in conjunction with President/CEO
Responsible for developing and maintaining effective relationships with community and
organizational leaders
Southcentral Foundation, Anchorage, Alaska
July 2010 - April 2013
Public Relations Specialist II
Manage communications and public relations needs for assigned departments
Responsible for the management and execution of several projects simultaneously
Responsible for reporting on organization communications and events to leadership,
including information for board reports
Manage multiple corporate events
Supervisor and mentor for department interns
Responsible for assisting in department annual planning, execution of personal development
plan, and providing quarterly updates on personal development plan tasks
Record, update and manage tasks using PR Request database
Support Public Relations Department in project organization and management
Knowledgeable in strategic communications
Communication representative for various corporate committees including SCFs
Fundraising Committee and Customer Service Committee
First Alaskans Institute, Anchorage, Alaska
June 2007-Sept. 2007
Participant in Leadership Development Intern Program
Met with influential native leaders and historians to gain perspective on leadership skills and
roles within the Alaska Native community
Researched Native values, cultural protocols, and history to understand the importance of
Native leadership

Collaborated with intern program members to develop and improve leadership skills among
Alaska Native program participants

Cook Inlet Region, Inc., Anchorage, Alaska


June 2007-Sept. 2007
Public Relations/CIRI Golf Classic Intern
Organized letter and phone recruitment campaign to increase donor, player, and volunteer
participation in CIRI Annual Golf Tournament
Collaborated with CIRI public relations team to develop themes and key messages for Golf
Classic and Calcutta Dinner
Assisted with sponsor signage to ensure appropriate branding at golf event
Fundraising efforts resulted in $102,200 in donations for Alaska Native organizations
Organized giveaways, participated in theme development and implementation, recruited
volunteers for Texas-themed pre-tournament dinner and fundraising event
Organized entertainment, catering, and giveaways, created and distributed electronic
invitations for the 2007 CIRI employee picnic
Membership & Awards
ARISE Communication Committee
2013 -Present
Communication Volunteer - Alaska Innocence Project
2012 - Present
Member of the Public Relations Society of America
Fall 2009 Present
2010 Recipient of Southcentral Foundation Honoring Our Successes Award
2012 Recipient of Southcentral Foundation Living Our Values Award
2012 Recipient of Public Relations Society of America Aurora Award
Skills and Abilities:
Ability to manage, develop and implement staff work plans
Ability to manage various projects for multiple departments and programs
Ability to manage and coordinate large scale events including managing event leads and
volunteers, securing funding, managing event budget, coordinating with partnership
organizations, preparing and securing contracts, and preparing all event communications
Ability to build, foster and maintain working relationships with partnership organizations and
key contacts
Excellent customer service and organization skills
Ability to identify areas for improvement and implement improvement work plans
Proficient in Microsoft Office, Adobe Office and InDesign Creative Suite
Understanding of strategic development and application of social media tools and tactics
including blogging, microblogging, social networks
Knowledgeable in the use of Adode InDesign to create print material, including fliers,
brochures, postcard, and various other print pieces as needed
Ability to write various pieces including letters, articles for publication, print material, press
releases, blog posts, Facebook posts and Twitter posts
Familiar with AP Style