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From Assistant to Chief of Staff: LVC Alum Publishes Her Path

Jennifer Wetzel Neidig graduated from Lebanon Valley College and now works for the PA State Nurses Association

They say communication is the key to any healthy relationship, and Jennifer Wetzel Neidig ’02 could not agree more. 

Wetzel Neidig, an English communications graduate, is the true wizard behind the curtain. Having entered LVC as an early education major, Wetzel Neidig struggled to find her calling until her experience as a student worker for LVC’s Marketing and Communications Office. 

While working for the office, Wetzel Neidig credits several staff members for helping her grow and learn as a professional.

“Kelly Alsedek, retired director of publications, provided the foundation for my publishing and editing skills,” said Wetzel Neidig. “I learned about leadership and communications from Tom Hanrahan, director of campus communications, and I was inspired by the energy and insight of Jasmine Bucher ’97, M’11, P’14, P’23, director of educational technology.”

While still a student worker at the College, Wetzel Neidig landed an internship with the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General in the press department during her senior year. 

“My internship with the Attorney General’s press office began the day after the September 11 attacks,” said Wetzel Neidig. “It was ‘baptism by fire’ as I was immediately tasked with drafting a press release on gas gouging, communicating with law enforcement, and reviewing sensitive speeches.”

With the experiences gained from her campus job and internship, Wetzel Neidig accepted a position with an international publisher right after graduation. She stayed with the company for six years before accepting the role of communications director with the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA). From there, Wetzel Neidig gained further experience in event planning, publications, and social media management. 

Recently, Wetzel Neidig was promoted to PSNA’s chief of staff, where she serves as the liaison between staff, directors, and the CEO. 

“I enjoy playing a supporting role to the registered nurses of PA because I admire their commitment to serve our most vulnerable populations,” said Wetzel Neidig. “Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I have witnessed nurses coming out of retirement to organize blood drives or volunteer in call centers. Their commitment reminds me why I am so proud to work for PSNA.”

Looking to the future, Wetzel Neidig is excited to work with recent LVC grad Noah Logan ’20, who accepted a government relations position at PSNA. As for personal goals, Wetzel Neidig continues to explore advanced degree options as she considers her next step in her professional journey. 

“As I’ve continued in my career, I’ve been impressed with the reach of LVC’s alumni network—educators and administrators in our school district, coaches on my son’s Little League teams, leaders in our State Capitol, clergy in local places of worship—the list keeps growing,” said Wetzel Neidig. “It demonstrates the strength of the LVC experience!”

 

-- Parker Gallagher, Marketing & Communications Student Assistant