The Naval Aviation Museum Foundation (NAMF) is excited to announce Carmela Cook, a member of the 2017 Inweekly Rising Star class, as its new Director of Marketing and Public Relations.
Cook is a Pensacola native and graduate of the University of West Florida with a BA in communications focusing on public relations and marketing. In 2021, Cook earned her master’s with a focus in business administration and marketing from Chadron State College.
“We’re excited to have Carmela be a part of our team and know that she was the right choice to lead our organization’s marketing and communication efforts,” said Cindy McCalip, Vice President of NAMF.
Cook’s marketing and PR career started when she interned in marketing and communications for the Council on Aging of West Florida and then worked as a Communications Specialist at Covenant Hospice of Pensacola.
In 2013, Cook began working at Baptist Health Care (BHC) as a public relations specialist -developing press releases and articles, managing social media for BHC, and working with local and national media outlets. In 2016 she was promoted to the Corporate Service Line Marketing Manager at Baptist – leading marketing campaigns and branding strategies for the organization for more than five years.
“I am excited to grow my knowledge and skillsets with the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation, said Cook. “I’m happy to be able to work on promoting the Naval Aviation Museum and the Flight Academy – both of which are such incredible assets for our community.”
Cook has been a member and served on various local boards, committees, and associations over the years, including the Florida Public Relations Association, Baptist Health Care Women’s Board, United Way Marketing Committee, and AAF Pensacola.
In her spare time, Cook enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cooking, volunteering, and being active outdoors.