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Hi! I'm a native Oak Ridger and proud to be from East Tennessee! I have great family and friends and have been blessed with a wide variety of work experiences over the years. My favorite was serving as District Director for Congressman Zach Wamp (TN-03) who is now running for Governor of our great state!!

Profile Summary:
University Research Liaison Knoxville, TN
Political Contact/Community Relations Knoxville, TN
Political Contact/Community Relations Knoxville, TN
Project Management Specialist - SAIC Knoxville, TN
Certified Trainer/Administrative Knoxville, TN
More About Me
I love sports, especially football! I have two beautiful sons (nearly grown) and am happiest near the mountains. There's no place more beautiful than the living in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains! Hiking, gardening, design and music are my passions other than my extended family.
Work Experience:
I've worked in the Federal workforce for nearly 30 years (wow!) and have a wide variety of experience with contractors, federal agencies and political offices. My strengths are public relations, networking and team building. I know how to recognize the right people and put the teams together for the "hot" projects! I also love a high priority project with a deadline!!
Education:
Graduate of Oak Ridge High School 1980
Bachelor of Science, Tusculum College
Associate of Science, Roane State Community College
Organizations / Affilations:
Linda A. Ponce is located in Knoxville, TN and has the following skills: University Research Liaison, Political Contact/Community Relations, Political Contact/Community Relations, Project Management Specialist - SAIC, Certified Trainer/Administrative
Consulting, Training, Communications, Government / Politics, Services
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My Skills

University Research Liaison

Category: Government / Politics
Description
Responsible for the strategic planning and outreach efforts to major research universities in order to indoctrinate staff on the benefits of OSTI federated science databases. Familiar with academia structure and research program needs to identify federal resources that could support university scholar programs. Establish collaborative relationships with universities and libraries in order to address needs and implement DOE-OSTI tools to assist in the advancement of science research. Represent OSTI at national library and technology conferences to promote DOE science resources.

Served as OSTI’s lead spokesperson with partners and stakeholders to make DOE’s scientific and technical information more visible, used, and recognized. Established relationships with other Federal agencies, departmental elements, national laboratories, regional and local entities, and professional organizations to identify potential areas of collaboration and develop cooperative initiatives. Developed strategies for communications and outreach plans for OSTI and in conjunction with the Office of Science Communications Office; coordinate the development of presentation materials and tools to effectively reach target audiences and stake holders.
Relevant Education / Credentials
BS Tusculum College 30 years experience in Oak Ridge federal work environment 6 years District Director for Rep. Zach Wamp TN-03
Years Experience: 4

Political Contact/Community Relations

Category: Government / Politics
Description
Responsible for the daily management of the Third Congressional District, Oak Ridge District Office. Manage staff assistants and interns providing guidance and oversight for constituent casework and public relations. Provide comprehensive project management for a wide variety of federal programs and community projects to maximize success through strategic planning, identification of proper resources, and timely response. Help facilitate community economic development projects by identifying funding sources, tracking progress, following up with agency contacts through completion and strategic planning for press events and community relations. Highly successful in the planning and management of large meetings/events through detailed hands-on management, identification of marketing angles and media interest, and dogmatic pursuit to complete specific action items to attain the goal of maximum return for the event. Y-12 Communications Council Member, East Tennessee Economic Council Ex-Officio Board Member, and Congressional office representative on Tennessee Valley Corridor Summit Board. Key successful public events include the Tennessee Valley Corridor Summits 2000-2005, Chickamauga Lock Forums, Third District Agriculture/Tobacco meetings, 2003 Homeland Security Briefing, Normandy Medal ceremonies and community “town hall” meetings. Utilized a highly creative approach coupled with strengths in coordination, organization and managing desired resources to effectively provide high-impact presentations. Designed, developed and marketed public relations materials representing major manufacturing programs and community impact. Products included technical exhibit materials, public forums, high-level management, and international presentation modules, public relations videos, marketing brochures and fact sheets. Provided government relations guidance and contacts.
Relevant Education / Credentials
BS Tusculum College 30 years experience in Oak Ridge federal work environment 6 years District Director for Rep. Zach Wamp TN-03
Years Experience: 6

Political Contact/Community Relations

Category: Government / Politics
Description
Responsible for the daily management of the Third Congressional District, Oak Ridge District Office. Manage staff assistants and interns providing guidance and oversight for constituent casework and public relations. Provide comprehensive project management for a wide variety of federal programs and community projects to maximize success through strategic planning, identification of proper resources, and timely response. Help facilitate community economic development projects by identifying funding sources, tracking progress, following up with agency contacts through completion and strategic planning for press events and community relations. Highly successful in the planning and management of large meetings/events through detailed hands-on management, identification of marketing angles and media interest, and dogmatic pursuit to complete specific action items to attain the goal of maximum return for the event. Y-12 Communications Council Member, East Tennessee Economic Council Ex-Officio Board Member, and Congressional office representative on Tennessee Valley Corridor Summit Board. Key successful public events include the Tennessee Valley Corridor Summits 2000-2005, Chickamauga Lock Forums, Third District Agriculture/Tobacco meetings, 2003 Homeland Security Briefing, Normandy Medal ceremonies and community “town hall” meetings.
Relevant Education / Credentials
BS Tusculum College 30 years experience in Oak Ridge federal work environment 6 years District Director for Rep. Zach Wamp TN-03
Years Experience: 6

Project Management Specialist - SAIC

Category: Services
Description
Utilized a highly creative approach coupled with strengths in coordination, organization and managing desired resources to effectively provide high-impact presentations. Designed, developed and marketed public relations materials representing major manufacturing programs and community impact. Products included technical exhibit materials, public forums, high-level management, and international presentation modules, public relations videos, marketing brochures and fact sheets. Provided government relations guidance and contacts.
Relevant Education / Credentials
BS Tusculum College 30 years experience in Oak Ridge federal work environment
Years Experience: 7

Certified Trainer/Administrative

Category: Government / Politics
Description
Provided administrative support for a variety of organizations ranging from assembly production areas to environmental management. Coordinated and tracked milestone and objectives data, compliance issues, activities data, and environmental regulatory compliance documentation. Specialized career development included certification as a Kepner Tregoe facilitator, Career Planning instructor, and Job Task Analysis. Scheduled, coordinated, and provided sole source facilitation for United Way training session for over 500 individuals and served as a New Employee Orientation Instructor for several years.
Relevant Education / Credentials
BS Tusculum College 30 years experience in Oak Ridge federal work environment
Years Experience: 10