Debbie Nelson

About Debbie Nelson

Debbie Nelson is the founder of DNA Creative Communications, a marketing and public relations firm in Greenville, SC. She holds a AB degree from Smith College, a MHSA from the University of Michigan and an MBA from The Citadel. Connect with Debbie on

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DNA Creative Communications Welcomes Meg Ried as Intern

DNA Creative Communications, LLC (DNA) welcomes Meg Ried, of Naperville, IL, as intern. Ried, a recent graduate of Clemson University, received her B.A. in Communication Studies with a minor in advertising and emphasis in public relations in December 2009. She is a member and former Vice President of Public Relations Student Society of America […]

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Dana Morgan of DNA Creative Communications Presents to SCANPO Group in Columbia

Dana Morgan, of DNA Creative Communications (DNA), recently presented to the South Carolina Association of Non-Profit Organizations (SCANPO) in Columbia, S.C. The educational workshop focused on how non-profits can utilize social media tools to promote their organization, reach a new demographic and generate donations.

Morgan conducted an interactive learning session entitled, “Moving at the Speed of Light: Keeping […]

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DNA Announces 2010 LIVE HERE/GIVE HERE Program

DNA Creative Communications is now welcoming applications for its 2010 LIVE HERE/GIVE HERE campaign.  The program is a way for DNA to partner with a local nonprofit each year to help make a difference by donating services to support that organization’s annual campaign.  Projects can include any combination of DNA’s advertising, branding, public relations, […]

By |January 7th, 2010|Blog, Press Releases|Comments Off on DNA Announces 2010 LIVE HERE/GIVE HERE Program

Whitney Howell Presents to the North Greenville Chapter of the Student Marketing Association

DNA Creative Communications account executive Whitney Howell recently presented to the North Greenville Chapter of the Student Marketing Association (SMA).  The SMA connects students to the real world through educational and networking opportunities, while preparing them for the work place.  The meeting held on November 17, 2009 at North Greenville University was an opportunity […]

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Ballpark Budgeting for Special Events

When starting to plan a special event, the task in front of you can seem daunting. Even if you are a seasoned planning pro, each event takes its own identity, and it can feel like you are starting from scratch.

One of the most difficult and often most limiting factors for an event is the […]

By |November 15th, 2009|Blog, Non-Profit Resources, Tips|Comments Off on Ballpark Budgeting for Special Events

Debbie Nelson Appointed to Greenville Transit Authority Planning Committee

DNA Creative Communications’ Principal, Debbie Nelson, has recently been invited to serve on the transit planning initiative committee for the Greenville Transit Authority. Along with other well-respected leaders from the Greenville community, Nelson will participate in the planning effort to be coordinated by URS Corp.

The purpose of this committee is to develop a transit […]

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Debbie Nelson Participates in AAAA Seminar at Wake Forest

DNA Creative Communications’ Principal, Debbie Nelson, recently attended the American Association of Advertising Agencies’ (AAAA) Professional Development Seminar held at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. This seminar entitled, “Agency 2.5: How Agencies are Transforming for the Future,” explored the necessary changes agency professionals must make in order to deliver solutions to clients […]

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DNA Speaks at 2009 South Carolina Cancer Alliance Annual Meeting

DNA Creative Communications account executive, Whitney Howell, recently presented at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the South Carolina Cancer Alliance (SCCA). The SCCA is a state-wide coalition with more than 1,000 organizations and individuals focused on reducing the cancer burden in South Carolina. The annual meeting held on October 23, 2009 in Columbia, South […]

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The Sponsorship Tango

PUBLISHED IN GREENVILLE BUSINESS MAGAZINE IN OCTOBER 2009

By Laura Haight

First there’s something that just catches your eye. Then there’s that feeling that you share something special. Eventually, you come together and – with luck – find your needs fulfilled. Romance? No. But it is about passion.

“We do sponsorships for things we feel passionate about,” […]

By |October 15th, 2009|Blog, Strategy, Tips|Comments Off on The Sponsorship Tango

Begin with the End in Mind

PUBLISHED IN GREENVILLE BUSINESS MAGAZINE IN OCTOBER 2009

A good formula for a successful event starts at the very beginning. It’s important to take the time to develop a clear concept of what your event is and what it should do for your organization or company. Simply having identified goals can save you a lot […]

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DNA Creative Communications Welcomes Melissa Mabry as Intern

DNA Creative Communications, LLC (DNA) welcomes Melissa Mabry as intern. Mabry, a recent graduate of Furman University, received her B.A. in History with a concentration in Women/Gender Studies in May 2009. She is a member of Furman’s Senior Order and a recipient of the 2009 American Legion Award, Who’s Who Among American College Students […]

By |September 3rd, 2009|Blog, Press Releases|Comments Off on DNA Creative Communications Welcomes Melissa Mabry as Intern

Dana Morgan and Whitney Howell Present at Greenville Chamber’s Nonprofit Alliance

Dana Morgan and Whitney Howell, of DNA Creative Communications (DNA), recently presented at the Greenville Chamber’s Nonprofit Alliance meeting. Approximately 40 people attended the presentation that focused on the utilization of social media by nonprofit organizations.

Morgan and Howell conducted a session entitled, “Becoming E-literate in a Social Media World,” in which they addressed the […]

By |August 4th, 2009|Blog, Press Releases|Comments Off on Dana Morgan and Whitney Howell Present at Greenville Chamber’s Nonprofit Alliance

DNA Creative Communications Welcomes Lauren Knight as Intern

DNA Creative Communications, LLC has added Lauren Knight, of Greenville, SC, as an intern. Knight, a student at the University of South Carolina, is working toward a B.A. in Business Administration. She will graduate in May 2010 and is a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta honor society.

Knight’s responsibilities at DNA include writing press […]

By |June 30th, 2009|Blog, Press Releases|Comments Off on DNA Creative Communications Welcomes Lauren Knight as Intern

DNA Welcomes AAF Minority Intern

DNA Creative Communications (DNA) recently added London Whitson of Greer, as a summer intern. Whitson just graduated from Riverside High School and will attend USC-Upstate in the fall. She developed an interest in communications and advertising while on the yearbook staff at Riverside. Whitson was selected as an intern through the Minority High School […]

By |June 22nd, 2009|Blog, Press Releases|Comments Off on DNA Welcomes AAF Minority Intern

DNA Participates in Greenville Chamber’s GROW Expo

DNA Creative Communications (DNA) recently participated in the Greenville Chamber’s GROW Expo, highlighting small business and entrepreneurship. Held at the Carolina First Center, the Expo featured approximately 140 exhibitors stationed at individual booths, offering participants and attendees a unique networking and educational experience. The event also featured several area business leaders speaking on a […]

By |May 20th, 2009|Blog, Press Releases|Comments Off on DNA Participates in Greenville Chamber’s GROW Expo

DNA Creative Communications Wins Four Matrix Awards

DNA Creative Communications recently received four Matrix Awards from the Association of Women in Communications (AWC). The Matrix Awards luncheon was held at the Giatu Restaurant in the Greenville Marriot. Ellen Norman, president of the AWC Upstate Chapter, presented the awards.

Debbie Nelson, Principal, received the award in the Single Printed Piece, 4 or More […]

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Dana Morgan and Whitney Howell Present at SCANPO Annual Nonprofit Conference

Dana Morgan and Whitney Howell, of DNA Creative Communications (DNA), recently presented at the South Carolina Association of Nonprofit Organizations’ (SCANPO) 12th Annual Nonprofit Conference in Spartanburg. Approximately 400 people attended the three-day event, which offered various sessions focused on the conference theme, New Ways of Thinking: Collaboration, Change, Results.

Morgan and Howell conducted a […]

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Riverside High Student Shadows at DNA

Georgia Garrett, a Greer resident and senior at Riverside High School recently job shadowed at DNA Creative Communications.  Riverside offers a program that gives students the opportunity to experience careers that they are developing interest in.  While at DNA, Georgia attended a client event and learned about writing press releases, copy editing and other […]

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Debbie Nelson Attends United Nations as a Member of INSPIRIT Sustainable Design and Promotion Group

Debbie Nelson, principal of DNA Creative Communications, recently attended the 6th European Union (EU) United Nations-Procurement Seminar, held at the United Nations (UN) Headquarters in New York City.

Nelson attended the seminar as a member of INSPIRIT Sustainable Design and Promotion Group, which was established in 2008. INSPIRIT International Communications is a Brussels-based company which […]

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DNA Employee Graduates from Furman Connections Program

Dana Morgan, Account Manager at DNA Creative Communications (DNA), recently graduated from Furman University’s Connections Women Leadership Program for women leaders in the Upstate. Morgan joined a select, diverse group of approximately 30 other women in the Upstate for six events, including an orientation and kickoff presentation, a luncheon/lecture/discussion series on issues confronting women […]

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DNA Participates in Greenville Chamber’s Opportunity Program

Emily Kosa, Account Executive at DNA Creative Communications (DNA), recently completed the Greenville Chamber of Commerce’s Opportunity Greenville program. The six-week series gave members a comprehensive view of the inner-workings of Greenville, with a particular focus on government, economy, culture and history. Each session featured various community leaders, who gave presentations and fostered discussion […]

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Debbie Nelson Presents at South Carolina Annual Environmental Conference

Debbie Nelson, founder of DNA Creative Communications (DNA), presented at the 19th South Carolina Annual Environmental Conference, hosted by the Water Environment Association of South Carolina (WEASC) and the South Carolina Section of the American Water Works Association (SCAWWA). The five-day conference, held at Kingston Plantation in Myrtle Beach, offered concurrent technical sessions covering […]

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DNA Employee Presents at J.L. Mann High School

Whitney Howell, Account Executive at DNA Creative Communications, recently made a presentation on behalf of the American Advertising Federation (AAF) for J.L. Mann students interested in the advertising field.

Howell spoke to the students about AAF’s Diversity Internship program, a two-week summer program that allows students to explore their interest in advertising, as well as […]

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DNA Creative Communications Welcomes Pat Spears

DNA Creative Communications, LLC welcomes Pat Spears as Bookkeeper. Spears is responsible for accounts payable and accounts receivable. She also handles the agency’s payroll and financial tracking.

Spears comes to DNA with 30 years of combined experience in office management, accounting and bookkeeping. Prior to joining DNA, she worked in the Accounting Department at Coates […]

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Debbie Nelson Presents to FastTrac GrowthVenture

Debbie Nelson, founder of DNA Creative Communications (DNA), gave a presentation to FastTrac GrowthVenture participants at the Greenville Chamber of Commerce. FastTrac GrowthVenture is an entrepreneurial program that assists new business developers in evaluating their current business framework, and determining the changes needed to improve performance and grow the business.

 Nelson’s presentation addressed marketing strategies […]

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