Clarion alumnus takes on new position as communication director

An esteemed and accomplished figure within the field of communication, Sean Dreher credits his experiences at Clarion University to his broad background and knowledge in the professional world.

A native of Wexford, Pa., Dreher graduated from Clarion in 2006, majoring in communication and minoring in the Honors Program.

While attending Clarion, he served as News Director, anchor and reporter for WCUB-TV, copy editor for The Clarion Call, tour guide and administrative support staff with the Office of Admissions and was a member of The Public Relations Student Society of America.

Outside of the Department of Communication, Dreher helped his intermural inline hockey team in back-to-back-to-back championships as goalie.

Recently, Dreher has taken on the position as the communication director at the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, where he handles communication and marketing needs for events and initiatives.

While based in the Pittsburgh office, Dreher also does work for the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association in Toledo, Canton and Youngstown, Ohio; as well as Johnstown and Altoona, Pennsylvania.

His role may include anything from preparing press releases and fielding media inquiries for upcoming events to working with newspapers, television and radio stations to promote events, as well as national awareness campaigns including National Wear Red Day, Stroke Awareness Day and National Healthy Eating Day, among others.

As part of the planning process for those activities, he collaborates closely with their development staff to craft the speeches for event chairs, emcees and honorees.

Additionally, Dreher creates multimedia presentations, coordinates social media campaigns and works with heart and stroke survivors to emphasize the lifesaving mission of the AHA/ASA: To build healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke.

“Regardless of what I’m doing on any particular day, the best part, unquestionably, is knowing that in some small way I’m helping to make a difference. Heart disease and stroke are the nation’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers, respectively, and being part of the effort to help more people live longer, healthier lives makes every day meaningful,” Dreher said.

He went on to say, “The best advice I can give students is to be involved in as many activities as possible. Be well rounded. Seek out different opinions, and be open to them.”

He advised, “Entering the work force is daunting and intimidating, but be willing to work hard. Your first job is unlikely to be your dream job, but if you enter each day willing to do what others won’t or can’t, people will notice. You will eventually find yourself in that ideal position.”

Dreher’s favorite memory at Clarion was getting to know people who have become lifelong friends. “It was incredibly daunting to come to a new place as a freshman and know no one, but the relationships built over those four years include people I now consider family.”

While he is busy achieving professional goals, from time to time, Dreher enjoys looking back at his memories spent at Clarion University.

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