Melissa McKenzie is PAMP’s Marketing and Communications Manager. Her job involves social media, marketing and communications.
“I handle all marketing and communications efforts including developing the PAMP voice, developing/updating marketing collateral, social media and social media analytics,” says Melissa. “I also work with the board working on the communications plan and creating graphics.”
Overhauling the Facebook/social media pages (we're now on Twitter and Instagram as well) was a fairly big undertaking and continues to be a work in progress for Melissa. She's always open to suggestions from members as far as what they'd most want to see on our page. Her goals for the future are creating a social media community where PAMP interacts with members and gets some great conversations started about all things PAMP.
“One of the really great things about working with PAMP is being able to work with other parents,” Melissa says. “As the mom of an infant, sometimes it's hard to get out and do things, but working with people who completely understand all of the struggles and difficulties that come with being a first (or second) time parent is great. I love talking to members and learning about their wants for PAMP, and I hope to get out to more events in the near future. It's always nice to know that no matter what you do, your kid(s) are welcome.”
Melissa lives in Santa Clara with her husband and son. Her husband, Phil, is a paramedic, paramedic preceptor and field training officer for Santa Clara County EMS. Their son Colin is almost one year of age. “We also share our lives with four different four-legged furballs who have adjusted quite well to having an infant around,” she says.
1. What is the last non-kid movie you saw? In the theater? It was when I was pregnant and I went with two friends to see How to Be Single. At home, the last blockbuster movie I watched was Deadpool, but the last non-Hollywood film was an ESPN 30-for-30.
2. Are you a Bay Area native or transplant? I am a transplant. Phil and I moved up here from the Orange County area of Southern California in 2010 after I was offered a job at a local newspaper.
3. What’s at the top of your to-do list? For PAMP, it's thinking about the 2017 communications outreach and marketing plan. Personally, it's finding the time to get outside more and being more active -- something that I completely lost during the latter half of my pregnancy and the past 7 months.
4. Who is your favorite Sesame Street character? Oh my gosh. We're not at the TV stage yet, so I honestly have no idea which characters are still part of the show. I remember, as a kid, loving the old Cookie Monster, but I know he's become more health conscious since my childhood. I have to be honest though, even though I watched Sesame Street I was really more of a Mr. Rogers Neighborhood and Reading Rainbow kid.
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