As director of the Communications & Public Affairs department, Strevel is responsible for leading public communication strategies, crisis communications, media relations, community affairs, and the development of strategic messaging for all city departments. The city’s communications department serves as a hub for other city communications with the goal of promoting accessibility for the community using all forms of communication platforms. Prior to joining the City, Strevel was a communications manager in higher education. She enjoys spending time with her husband, contributing to her community, and volunteering as a leader in her church.
Sam Hankins, Communications Specialist
Sam is responsible for writing and publishing internal and external communications to our staff, media, and the public, including news releases, blogs, columns, newsletters, and other content. Sam works with each department to help draft and edit written content and determine opportunities to publish news to the media, promote achievements, and distribute relevant information to the public in a timely manner. Prior to joining the City, Sam worked as a copy editor for print publications. In her spare time, she enjoys acting and writing for theatre, and she is pursuing an online master’s degree in Spanish translation and interpretation.
George Partida, Videographer
George is responsible for working with the Communications & Public Affairs director in collaboration with other departments, community partners, and vendors to produce quality media projects to educate citizens about the activities and services of the City. This role manages the City of Victoria municipal television channel, Vtv15, including the production of its original content. George manages and creates audio podcasts, radio programs, and other creative video outlets. Prior to joining the City, George worked for Faith Family Church as its media and television director. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife of 10 years and his church family.
Shane Blucher, Videographer/Multimedia Specialist
Shane is responsible for supporting the needs of the City of Victoria municipal television channel, Vtv15, and creates audio podcasts, radio programs, graphic design, and other creative video outlets. Prior to joining the City, Shane worked for UHV as a creative services manager. In his spare time, he enjoys golfing, exercising, billiards, and good conversation and humor.
Adrian Gonzalez, Digital Media Specialist
Prior to joining the City, AJ worked as a videographer and media director for multiple organizations including Triumph in Truth Ministries and The Playlist Films, where he won multiple awards including Best Music Video and Music Video of the Year. He is from Victoria, a musician and passionate about films and fitness. He is married to a beautiful wife and father to two handsome boys: a 7-year old and 6-week old newborn.