Melina Danko, MS

Center for Excellence in Disabilities (CED)
West Virginia University
959 Hartman Run Road, Research Park
Morgantown, WV 26505
Phone: 304-293-4692
Email: [email protected]
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Last Updated: February 22, 2022

Melina Danko

Leadership Administrative Staff: Communications Officer
Primary Activity Coordinators: Information/Dissemination
Specialty Resource Contacts: Dissemination/Public Relations Manager
Project/Program/Clinic Contacts: Family to Family Project Director
Discipline(s): Journalism
AUCD Council Membership: Community Education Directors' Council



Manager, Dissemination/Public Relations, Center for Excellence in Disabilities (CED) at West Virginia University

June 2004 - Present

•· Initially joined CED in 2004 as an Information Specialist, was promoted to Public Relations/Dissemination Coordinator then Manager as a result of strong contributions.

•· Develop, implement and manage a comprehensive communications plan for CED, working with the director, programs and other WVU departments as necessary, including the identification of key goals, target audiences and action items to reach key goals

•· Oversee all marketing and communication activities for CED and its programs including print, media, web and social networking.

•· Manage professional staff including one web designer and one graphic designer.

•· Increased dissemination numbers in spite of budget cuts by implementing new online technologies resulting in increased web traffic by 23%.

•· Chaired national workgroup of dissemination coordinators in CED network with members representing disability organizations from 27 states.

•· Editor/writer of quarterly newsletter distributed to 9,000 clients, agencies and families.

•· Conduct recruitment, intake, tuition waivers, orientation and evaluations for approximately 15-20 CED graduate trainees.

•· Coordinate planning, logistics and marketing of conferences, trainings and meetings both in state and nationally