Public Relations and Editorial Portfolio

Book Publicity


“How Latino Culture Is Transforming the U.S. — press release

“How Latino Culture Is Transforming the U.S. — Progressive Grocer Magazine


Children, Family and Community Issues


Many Families Seek Fewer Material Gifts at Holiday Time – Associated Press

Dealing with Emotional Cutoffs  — Chicago Tribune

Couples Turn Reading into a Joint Venture — Christian Science Monitor

Stepparenting – How To Successfully Blend a Family — Bride’s Magazine

Ten-year-old Girl Helps Fund Cure for Rare Disease       Chicago Parent       American Girl Magazine

Chicago Fights Gun Violence (City of Chicago, Department of Family and Support Services)  — Chicago Tribune

Top Toys for Kids — The Best Report

Toys for Kids with Disabilities (Anixter Center) Parents Magazine


Food, Cuisine and Hospitality


British Food invades the U.S. — North Shore Magazine

Gourmet Grocery Stores Gain Popularity in Chicago’s Northern Suburbs  North Shore Magazine




Saint Anthony Hospital, a Catholic Community Hospital, Breaks Away from Resurrection Healthcare To Become Independent

Innovation in Fighting Hospital-acquired Infections (Northwestern Memorial Hospital) Wall Street Journal

Best Hospitals in U.S. (Northwestern Memorial Hospital) U.S News & World Report

Northwestern Memorial Hospital Introduces Digital Mammography in Chicago (media release)

Infertility Treatments Help Many Fulfill Their Parenting Dreams (Northwestern Memorial Hospital) community newsletter

Individual with Disabilities Savors Independent Living  (Anixter Center) Chicago Tribune Magazine

Spina Bifida – First Independent Housing Option in Midwest for Independent Living (Anixter Center) Chicago Sun-Times and media materials

National Lekotek Center Lekotek/Toys for Kids with Disabilities — Daily Herald

National Lekotek Center (Toys for Kids with Disabilities) — Parents Magazine

Saint Anthony Hospital (Chicago) Expands — Health Progress Magazine

Coverage of Mental Health — PR Week


Home and Design


How to Hire an Interior Designer — Consumers Digest Magazine

“I Can Be an Interior Designer” children’s book

Chicago-area Interior Designer (Diana Gourguechon Interior Redesign) Emphasizes “Green” Approach — CTW Features Syndicate


Nonprofit Organizations/Advocacy


Better Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities (Anixter Center) Chicago Tribune

Annual report sample pages — Anixter Center

Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Anniversary (Anixter Center)  — Springfield Journal Register (Illinois)

New School-based Health Center Opens in Chicago (Heartland International Health Center) Chicago Tribune

Heartland International Health Center Wins GE $250,000 Grant (press release)

Million Mom March (against gun violence)  —   Chicago Tribune       Newsweek

Heifer International sponsorship brochure 


Small Business


Professional Organizer Assists Homeless Shelter (Optimal Organizing) — Evanston Review

Chicago-area Interior Designer (Diana Gourguechon Interior Redesign) Emphasizes “Green” Approach — CTW Features Syndicate

Jeweler Beth Russo (Beth Russo: Jewelry as Art) Metro West Daily News, Boston, MA

Wilmette Debuts Schedule of Holiday Events (Wilmette Chamber of Commerce)


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