Heather Davis Epkins
Heather Davis Epkins, PhD, serves as the Communications Director for the Governor’s Coordinating Offices as part of Maryland Governor Larry Hogan’s Administration. For more than 20 years, she has served as the strategic communications lead for local, state, and federal government (on Capitol Hill), corporations, associations, and nonprofits. She has experience as a journalist and has taught for the University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins, and Towson, among others.
She earned a BA in Journalism (Virginia Tech), Master of Mass Communication on a full fellowship (Louisiana State University), and PhD in Communication (University of Maryland, College Park) using the $35K in scholarships earned from competing for Miss America as Miss Maryland. She was awarded a START (Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism) Center Research Fellowship to continue her groundbreaking work on how Washington, D.C. national security reporters make meaning of terrorism information disseminated by the U.S. government, publishing several peer-reviewed pieces, and presenting in Europe and Ireland. Heather serves as a board member for the Public Relations Society of America Chesapeake Chapter, is a classical pianist, and volunteers for various organizations in her community.