Ramona Russell has been in the marketing, public relations and social media fields for over 20 years. After obtaining her bachelor’s degree in communications and before starting her own business, she was a communications director for a start-up non-profit that provided after school arts programs for disadvantaged children, where she garnered continuous media coverage, increased enrollment by 500 percent and landed a $100,000 construction donation. Ramona then became the marketing director for a metropolitan chamber of commerce, where she was not only a speechwriter, but created large scale, multimedia campaigns for several high-profile events promoting regional business.
After the loss of her 28-year-old sister, Liz, from a brutal and lengthy battle with breast cancer, Ramona created a company to honor her sister’s memory. Uptown Liz was an online marketplace that featured products from companies whose profits supported charitable endeavors. The business had over 100 press mentions, 300,000 page views a month on the website, thousands of dollars raised for non-profit organizations and retail products created by well-known companies in her sister’s memory.
Currently, Ramona helps businesses and organizations with public relations and social media strategy. She is also a community advocate who writes about public heath and safety, works closely with law enforcement—and on legislation—and raises money for charitable causes. She is passionate about mental health, animal rescue and anything to do with children.
Thoughtfulness, loyalty and sarcasm are my love languages. And a handwritten note.
I was named after my paternal grandmother, whom I never met because she died of breast cancer at the age of 42 years old.
My writing “career” started at a little desk in my room—which I wanted instead of a bike—where I wrote a play about two, female mice detectives in the sixth grade, for which I won a state-wide writing competition.
My family has a few military war veterans I’m very proud of.
I was a nanny in college and one of my greatest joys is being an Auntie. A close second might be going Code 3 (lights and sirens) on a police ride along.
I ran marathons for ten years, which I think you have to be a little bit crazy to do.
I believe you should always leave things better than how you found them.
My two favorite quotes are from from Winston Churchill. “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” And, “If you’re going through hell, keep going.”
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