Leah Ann Miller
605-670-0901 ● leah.at.miller@gmail.com

Program Director ● Communications Specialist ● Event Planner

Relevant Experience Highlights

Dynamic leader with management experience in program development, event execution and marketing. Strong organization and communication skills. Strengths also include relationship management and team building.


Graduated August 2012      University of South Dakota                        Vermillion, SD         
BA in Business Administration
GPA 3.9/4.0
Dean’s List, Honors Program

Professional Employment History

Program Director
June 2014 – Present                            Serve South Dakota                            Sioux Falls, SD

Create and implement training and technical assistance plans to fulfill strategic iniatives of program development.  Oversee grantee reporting and performance evaluation to assess the impact and effectiveness of programs.  Lead outreach initiatives through social media, television, radio and event development to recruit participants and host organizations and increase brand awareness.   Direct the request for proposal process including timeline development, application review logistics, ranking and recommendation submission and clarification process with the Commission. Work as a liason between the Corporation for National and Community Service and Serve South Dakota subgrantees.  Provide technical assistance in budget development for the Commission and AmeriCorps programs to ensure effective planning. 

Community Director
Jan 2013 – June 2014                     March of Dimes Idaho Chapter               Boise, ID

Organized five statewide events that met or exceeded the established fundraising goals of $100,000+. Developed strong networks within the local community to grow prospects for event sponsorships and volunteer opportunities and increase March of Dimes visibility to ensure revenue generation. Supervised and provided leadership to volunteer committees to ensure committee members were fully supported in accomplishing tasks required for successful events. Prepared and maintained accurate records/data to evaluate cost-effectiveness, profitability, and public awareness of events and mission/program activities. Worked with media to publicize mission/events. Developed a successful business plan using the March of Dimes core business tactics.

General Affairs Manager
July 2012- Jan 2013                  South Dakota Nonprofit Association              Vermillion, SD

Worked on management, marketing, and fundraising initiatives for a board-run quasigovernmental association that helped nonprofits optimize their business practices. Coordinated and executed three annual conferences and numerous national days of service including managing all travel arrangements, event contracts and technical operations, soliciting sponsorship, recruiting and organizing programming, and overseeing all event marketing. Maintained statewide calendar and databases and internal/external policy manuals

Public Engagement Coordinator
Sep 2010 – May 2012               USD Dakota Days Committee                       Vermillion, SD

Developed, organized and marketed new events encouraging community involvement in the University’s homecoming celebration. Annual student activity programs were attended by 350-500 people and exceeded fund-raising goals. Coordinated technical services and directed University and community leaders during the planning and execution of one of the largest campus celebrations in the state. Wrote and presented proposals to the City Council and effectively led a team of twenty-five volunteers, managing a budget of $2,000.

Awards & Recognition

2012    Beta Gamma Sigma Fraternity – The highest recognition a business student in an AACSD accredited school can receive

2007    Congress Bundestag Ambassador –Selected and sponsored by US Congress to study and attend meetings as Ambassador to German government and educational enterprises

Special Training

2015    National Disaster Response Training (Shepardstown, WV)
2014    Spontaneous Volunteer Training (Omaha, NE)
2013    Mastering the Basics of Fundraising through Special Events (Phoenix, AZ) 
2013    Prospecting and Making the Sponsorship Ask (Boise, ID)
2013    Board Recruitment, Orientation and Activation (Las Vegas, NV)
2013    How to Sell the Mission (Boise, ID)
2012    AmeriCorps National Program Development Training (Washington, DC)
2012    Empowering the 21st Century Volunteer Leader (Sioux Falls, SD)
2009    Professional Use of Empathy and Compassion (Boise, ID)

Professional References

Aimee Ladonski    
Executive Director, Serve South Dakota   
605- 659- 4021 aimee.ladonski@gmail.com                                                                                         

Denise Brennan           
State Director, March of Dimes Idaho
208-991-6538 dbrennan@marchofdimes.org                  

Steve Ward
Director of Academic & Career Planning, University of South Dakota
(605) 670-1220  steve.ward@usd.edu

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