STEPHANIE (PARRILLO) VERNI has been writing since she penned very bad poetry in middle and high school, tormenting boys with horrible, mushy, rhyming words. She realized then that writing would always be a way of life for her, for better or for worse.
The product of a very normal upbringing with two loving parents and a younger brother, she studied Mass Communication as an undergraduate at Towson University, and then continued at Towson to receive her master’s degree in Professional Writing. In her sophomore year of college, she began working part-time for the Baltimore Orioles in public relations, community relations, and Orioles Productions, where she fell in love with professional baseball. Helping to plan the move from Memorial Stadium to Camden Yards was a thrill; afterwards, helping coordinate the 1993 All-Star Game, Cal Ripken’s 2131 Celebration, and then the back-to-back playoff years in 1996 and 1997 under then manager Davey Johnson, were some of the highlights of her career working in the sport. Her full-time jobs were that of Assistant Director of Community Relations and then Director of Publishing. She cites serving as the editor of the Cal Ripken Commemorative Publication as the pinnacle of her career in baseball.
Concurrently, she also served as an adjunct professor at several community colleges until she segued into full-time teaching at Stevenson University in the Business Communication department where she presently serves as an associate professor. In 2011, while teaching full time, she went back to school and earned an MFA in Creative Writing from National University in San Diego. She teaches feature writing, magazine writing, public relations writing, advertising, sports communication, professional communication, interpersonal communication, and travel writing. She also serves as the internship preparation instructor and the advisor to Dynamic PR, the public relations club. She and her colleagues, Dr. Leeanne Bell McManus and Chip Rouse, wrote a textbook entitled Event Planning: Communicating Theory and Practice which was published by Kendall-Hunt Publishing in January 2016.
A fan of living near the water, Stephanie resides in Severna Park, Maryland, a community outside Annapolis, Maryland, with her husband, two children, and two extremely noisy, but cute, parakeets.
For more information about Stephanie and to see more samples of her work, follow her blog, Steph’s Scribe, at stephsscribe.com.