Saturday February 16, 2013

BRATTLEBORO -- Melissa Gullotti of Dummerston recently joined 18 other community members in serving on Youth Services’ board of directors. The non-profit youth-serving agency is celebrating its 40th anniversary of helping Windham County children, youth, and families thrive.

The board and staff are looking forward to tapping Gullotti’s nearly two decades of marketing communications and publicity background.

"Melissa’s extensive experience in the public relations and marketing realm will be very beneficial to not only Youth Services’ efforts to get our message out but ultimately to help us better serve our youth and their families," said Barbara Gentry, president of the board. "We are grateful to Melissa for her service to our community through her participation on the board."

As the Director of Communications for the nonprofit Windham Foundation, Gullotti’s charge is to promote not only the Foundation, whose mission is to promote Vermont’s rural communities, but also to promote its mission-driven businesses including the Grafton Inn, Grafton Village Cheese and Grafton Ponds Outdoor Center. She also serves as a freelance publicist to select clients, including U.S. Olympic snowboarder Elena Hight.

Gullotti’s career background includes working as the public relations director for Mount Snow resort as well as director of media relations at ESPN where she oversaw all publicity efforts for the X Games brand and events.

The mother of two has volunteered her publicity and marketing skills to such local projects including the Brattleboro Memorial Hospital annual clambake and the Harris Hill Ski Jump marketing and public relations committee.

Gullotti has a bachelor of arts degree in Communication Studies from Emerson College and a certificate in Nonprofit Management from Marlboro College.

To learn how to get involved with Youth Services or to refer a youth for assistance, visit wwwyouthservicesinc.org or call 802-257-0361.