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Communication Alumni Profile: Kellie Bentz, National and International Disaster Relief Director

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Uploaded on Nov 11, 2011

Alumna of the Year Award -- Following Kellie's graduation from the College as a Communication major, she embarked on a journey of community service with the HandsOn Network in Atlanta, GA. When Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, Kellie answered the call for help and became the founding executive director of HandsOn New Orleans. She worked around the clock to build facilities to house 100 volunteers per night and involved these volunteers in more than 400,000 hours of service. Within two years, these facilities housed over 4000 volunteers from around the world.

Kellie's father calls her the "Master of Disaster" and today she assists disaster relief efforts, not only in New Orleans but nationally and globally with the ultimate goal of building more resilient communities.

In the past year, she has coordinated volunteer opportunities for people who want to give of their time, hearts and hands to help the people of Haiti and when she was called to inform her of this award, she was on the phone to Japan asking how she could be of help.

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