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Faith-based nonprofit names director of PR
A former U.S. Army Reserve officer with more than 20 years of experience in public affairs is the new public face of a nonprofit.
Bethany Christian Services in Grand Rapids said last week that it has named Jennifer Gradnigo its new director of public relations.
In her role at the adoption agency, Gradnigo will oversee public relations for the corporate office and its 39 branches in 16 countries.
“Collectively, her broad experience and proactive approach to public relations will be an asset to the marketing team and to Bethany as a whole,” said La’Leatha Spillers, senior director of marketing, Bethany Christian Services.
Gradnigo said she’s “always wanted to work for an organization that advocates for children.”
“Bethany has considered every situation where a child could be vulnerable and has set up a support system to help that child,” Gradnigo said. “Our ultimate goal, for every child, is a family.”
Public affairs background
Most recently, Gradnigo was a senior counselor at SeyferthPR in Grand Rapids.
Previously, she served as a public affairs officer for the U.S. Army Reserve for more than 20 years and was the deputy director of the Coalition Press Information Center during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
She also acted as the state military liaison for U.S. Senator Kay Hagan, worked as a senior director of regulatory and technical affairs for the Corn Refiners Association and as a VP of public affairs for Porter Novelli, a national public relations firm.
She is a member of Inforum, the Michigan chapter of Women in Defense and West Michigan PRSA.
Gradnigo holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations with a minor in Spanish from Michigan State University’s James Madison College and a master’s degree in technology and environmental management from University of Maryland University College.