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Ilyan Cantu

Marketing Communication | Advocacy and Philanthropy Community Relations

A Passionate advocate, skilled marketer, and effective communicator with an impressive history of building community outreach programs,  driving advocacy initiatives, developing messages that inspire, and delivering communications that break through. Known for consistently demonstrating strategic vision and effective follow-through in diverse challenges. Track record of efficiently managing projects, establishing lasting partnerships, growing organizational visibility, and creating powerful communication tools.   Offering a record of progressive responsibility as a communications specialist in non-profit, healthcare,  governmental, and higher education environments.

Work experience

Dec 2015Present

Marketing Manager / Communications Coordinator

Dow Healthcare / Excellence ER
  • Facilitate and nurture strong relationships with local organizations and key individuals.
  • Coordinate programs, events, and conferences by arranging for facilities and caterers, issue invitations, coordinate speakers, and control event budget.
  • Develop all organizational and marketing materials in both English and Spanish
  • Manage public relations efforts by promoting activities, programs, major events and projects to local media markets.
  • Coordinate with the operations team to ensure the delivery of quality services and correct protocol implementations.
  • Oversee and execute all social media campaigns.
  • Respond to press and user inquiries submitted through social media.
  • Implement and manage social media platforms.
  • Develop weekly reports of marketing activities and status of current initiatives.
  • Schedule weekly meetings with management to track progress and discuss priorities.
  • Organize and implement the transference of information to/from ER staff.
Sep 2015Dec 2015

Executive Assistant - Chief Executive Officer

Dow Healthcare / Excellence ER
  • Effectively gathered resumes for reviews, scheduled candidates for interviews, processed new hire files. 
  • Established and monitored multiple project timelines to ensure milestones were met.
  • Acted as custodian of corporate documents and records.
  • Developed project status reports and executive summary presentations in MS PowerPoint and MS Word.
  • Developed communication plans, org charts, workflow diagrams and business requirements and ensured their execution.
  • Provided all travel coordination (international/domestic) support for business meetings/trips.
  • Prepared itineraries, transportation arrangements and expense reports.
  • Successfully managed heavy calendar coordination.
  • Handled documentation regarding partnership negotiations for multiple locations.
  • Developed records such as agenda, notices, minutes, and resolutions for corporate meetings.
  • Acted as custodian of corporate documents and records.
  • Conducted market surveys and industry studies to identify the need/demand for possible ER services and locations as well as new clientele.
May 2015Aug 2015


Ventanilla de salud -Consulate General of Mexico
  • Formed professional relationships via health fairs, wellness programs, and disease prevention workshops and screenings.
  • Provided culturally appropriate health education, screenings, and referrals to community health services to immigrant families in need.
  • Delivered daily health presentations to visitors of the consulate.
  • Organized and participated in various health fairs.
  • Implemented and managed social media platforms.
  • Managed calendar of organizational and community events.
  • Created advertising material for monthly health fairs. 
  • Created and managed marketing material in both English and Spanish.
Nov 2011May 2015

Administrative Assistant

Administrative Services - TAMUCC
  • Provided administrative support to the Executive Director of Administrative Services.
  • Greeted and directed appointments, vendors and office visitors
  • Served as a source of information and promoted various outreach programs to the campus community.
  • Provided all travel coordination (international/domestic) for business meetings, prepared itineraries, transportation arrangements and expense reports.
  • Arranged conference rooms and facilities for meetings as required.
  • Formatted visual presentations for speeches and meetings.
  • Filed documents to maintain an organized and efficient office environment.
  • Assisted with risk management procedures, payroll, and procurement.
Jan 2009Aug 2010

Receptionist/Medical Assistant

Dental Atlantida
  • Demonstrated customer service through greeting patients, answering questions regarding medical treatments, creating files for new patients and handling cash transactions.
  • Maintained social media, created charts, developed spending reports, scheduled and confirmed appointments.
  • Provided oral health education for patients and caregivers as directed by the dentist.


Aug 2015

Bachelor of Science in Health Science

Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Minor in Biology

Key Skills

  • Languages: Spanish, French, Turkish
  • Media and Public Relations
  • Community Outreach
  • Project Coordination
  • Policy Development
  • Marketing and Transcultural Strategies
  • Event Planning and Promotion
  • Networking and Fundraising
  • Budget Management
  • Inter-Agency Collaboration