English (North American), Spanish (Latin American)
Mexican, North American, Spanish
Middle Aged, Senior, Teen, Young Adult
Audiobooks, Business, Documentaries, Educational, Internet, Movie Trailers, Podcasting, Radio, Telephone, Television
Chief of Communications and Spokesperson for the Rhode Island Department of Health 2004 to 2008. Daily appearances as expert on TV, radio, webcasts and multimedia presentations during this period.
Trainer for the CDC course: "Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication", and "Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication by Leaders for Leaders".
Spanish - Mexico (native speaker)- neutral accent | high socioeconomic status accent | appropriate for luxury products/ educational topics.
Frequent oral presenter in conferences - various topics.
Master of Science in Health Communications- Tufts University/Emerson College
Voice training with Adalberto Santamaria (Mexico City) 1982 to 1988
From Dr. David R. Gifford, MD, MPh, Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health:Rhode Island Department of Health
"Maria Elena had an exemplary understanding of public communication. She would provide me with invaluable feedback on my interactions with the media. She also was very skilled in dealing with the media and an effective spokesperson for the Department. Having interacted with many Public Information Officers, she is amongst the very top".
From Michael Maynard, Director, Public Information, Office of the Governor -- Rhode IslandRhode Island Department of Health
“Maria was an outstanding communicator for the Department of Health - she was able to tranlsate complex issues (many of which were emotionally-charged) into ways that were understandable to the general public. She was a strategic thinker who could develop plans and then put them into action. She understood the importance of open communications with all stakeholders and had the respect of journalists and her colleagues alike.”
Edward D'Arezzo, Assistant Director of Health, Rhode Island Department of Health (colleague)Rhode Island Department of Health
“I always found Maria to be hard-working and conscientious with exemplary interpersonal skills. Maria demonstrated her excellent communication skills as the Public Information Officer for the RI Department of Health. She was always calm under pressure and her message was clear and concise. This was evidenced when she served as the PIO during several public health emergency responses.”
Jane Bruno, Vice President, Marketing and Communications, Lifespan Health SystemRhode Island Department of Health
“Maria Elena is a skilled public affairs professional. She possesses excellent written and verbal communication skills. Maria Elena is detail-oriented but always sees the big picture. She is a strategic thinker and works to build consensus among various stakeholders. I highly recommend her for a position in the public relations and communication field.
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