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Barbra Rodriguez
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brodriguez@wildflower.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 24, 2008

Wildflower Center Names New Development, Media Relations Directors

AUSTIN, Texas– A development expert and a media relations expert with a decade of experience in their fields have joined the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin.

Terry Quinn has spent more than 10 years in professional fundraising at Austin area nonprofits and other organizations, and has extensive volunteer experience. Barbra Rodriguez has a decade of media relations experience in higher education, with the past five years at research colleges of The University of Texas at Austin.

A Texas native, Quinn most recently spent five years as advancement director of Trinity Episcopal School. Her accomplishments include overseeing a multi-million dollar capital campaign and successful annual fund campaigns.

As a senior executive of the school, she also helped guide strategic planning, helped create the budget and developed novel communication vehicles. In addition, Quinn had the opportunity to interact with Lady Bird Johnson, the Wildflower Center’s founder and a supporter of Trinity Episcopal School.

“Lady Bird’s graciousness and deep commitment to conservation were contagious,” Quinn said, noting that her goal at the Wildflower Center is to help its supporters envision the best ways to continue conserving and sustaining our native landscapes to fulfill Lady Bird’s mission.

Quinn, who holds a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from The University of Texas at Austin, also has held previous positions as development director of Seton Cove, and as the marketing and development manager of LifeWorks Alliance of Youth & Family Services.

Rodriguez previously served as the media relations representative for the engineering college at The University of Texas at Austin, facilitating media interviews and preparing press releases, online and print articles. Prior to that, she was director of publications and media relations at the university’s natural sciences college.

She earned a certificate degree in science communication from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a master’s degree in cell and molecular biology from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Rodriguez spent her first five years in media relations at the medical school.

A photo of Quinn is available upon request to brodriguez@wildflower.org.

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