Ameerah C. Palacios, APR, MBA was tapped to lead communications for Roxbury Township School District in fall 2012, bringing an established background in nonprofit management, business consulting and multi-media communications. Prior to that, she lead the corporate communications for one of the nation’s prominent non-profit providers of senior living options and services that empower seniors and their caregivers, joining St. Andrew’s Resources for Seniors System in 2011.
In addition to staying well-read on the latest business news and issues affecting public relations and marketing professionals, she writes on topics related to corporate communications, public relations, marketing and business. She enjoys the ever-changing media landscape, looking for the best resources and practices in the field to provide to others looking for the same answers. Follow her tweets.
Ameerah is a member of the Public Relations Society of America and earner her Accreditation in Public Relations credential in November 2013. She is also a member of the NJ School Public Relations Association , National Association of Black Journalists, and National Black MBA Association. She is a former member of the Radio Television News Directors Association and the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.
Ameerah is the product of an entrepreneurial environment and comes from a family where being in business is the norm.
Desiring to expand her business knowledge even further, Ameerah enrolled in a Master of Business Administration program at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York. Being there added to her professional repertoire such valuable skills as nonprofit management and fundraising, accounting, project supervision and strategic management. She graduated cum laude with her MBA in 2009.
She later transitioned to being an educator when she was invited to be an Adjunct Instructor at Schenectady County Community College. There, Ameerah taught governmental accounting and in 2010 was featured in the book, “How to Master Online Learning,” published by Peterson’s. Ameerah was a news producer at TV station WNYT-NBC in Albany while she completed her MBA, later reporting for an upstate New York newspaper. As a business reporter, Ameerah daily on business issues within a six-county region in upstate New York for The Daily Gazette, writing on all things business, including banking, real estate, retail, health insurance, the Internet, e-commerce, bankruptcy court and federal civil court cases.
Ameerah achieved her education in media and communication while attending the prestigious School of Journalism and Broadcasting at Western Kentucky University (WKU) in Bowling Green, Kentucky, where she graduated from the Honors Program cum laude in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication and a minor in Asian Studies.
Ameerah studied abroad in Japan and England while at WKU, becoming multi-lingual and learning about newsgathering practices from an international perspective with classes in news analysis, politics, and film.
As a reporter for the on-campus PBS-affiliate NewsChannel 12, Ameerah placed first in a TV news competition sponsored by the Kentucky Associated Press. A proud Hilltopper, Ameerah participated in several on-campus committees and leadership groups, including a journalism-centric organization for students of color, WKU Minority Communicators.
In her senior year, Ameerah produced and hosted public affairs TV show “New Horizons” for the Bowling Green Human Rights Commission.
Ameerah first full-time media position after college was as a business reporter for the Bowling Green Daily News, also serving as a radio anchor and reporter for the newspaper’s broadcast arm, WKCT-AM. She built a specialty in small business reporting, focusing on farmers and innovative entrepreneurs, and making inroads in diverse communities, including black and Hispanic business circles.
Community leaders nominated Ameerah as a Bowling Green Human Rights Commission Young Woman of the Year in 2006. Ameerah was later recognized in 2007 with the WKU President’s Award for Diversity, an honor for contributing exemplary leadership and achievement in advancing diversity at WKU and the local communities served. In 2008, Ameerah was recognized as the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Kentucky Small Business Journalist of the Year for her “Focus on Business” column which was published weekly in the Bowling Green Daily News.
In addition to her interests in media and business, Ameerah is an avid volunteer. She uses her skills and talents to give back to the community and to help nonprofit organizations. She has done marketing and public relations, fundraising, and volunteer work for nonprofit organizations such as the Tandem Initiative in Louisville, Kentucky, the St. Vincent Home for Children in St. Louis, Missouri, and Taylor Chapel A.M.E. Church in Bowling Green and First Israel A.M.E Church in Albany. She was also both a mentor and tutor for First Israel A.M.E. Church’s after school tutorial program. In her spare time, she is a mentor to aspiring media professionals both in the community at-large and internationally.
Ameerah is available for public speaking and hosting opportunities.
For PR, marketing and business consulting opportunities she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org .