Alumni Stories: Katie Vermilyea

Katie Vermilyea (BA/MA ’08) now works as Education Coordinator at the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, where her primary responsibilities include deal with the various aspects of educating the public about America’s “first national pasttime”–harness racing.

“I oversee all of our children’s programming, from school tours to monthly children’s workshops,” Katie says. In addition to providing guided tours to the general public and special needs visitors, she also puts her writing concentration to work. “I create all of my department’s brochures, flyers and press releases that markets my department to the public.”

Katie’s first task at the Museum was to help edit and lay out their latest publication, “A Drive to Win,” which recognizes drivers and trainers within the industry who overcame personal and professional obstacles to achieve success. She also assisted in the creation of the companion traveling exhibit that tours Museums and fairs across North America.

“This spring, I worked with our director and one of our trustees to organize an Equine Job Fair. I have provided assistance with internship placement within the industry and helping to inform the public about opportunities within the harness racing industry.” Katie also represents the Museum at horse shows and area events.

“I consider it a true accomplishment to have helped usher the Museum into the digital age,” Katie says. She established and maintains the Museum’s blog, Whinnies from the Winner’s Circle, as well as a Facebook fan page. Recently, she put the Museum on Twitter.

“It’s really a great opportunity to take a non-profit organization and a sport that is preserved in time and bring it to a 21st century audience.”

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