About Us

The Office of Media and Public Relations, which is part of the University Relations and Communications division, oversees media relations, internal and external communications.

Anna Billingsley

Associate Vice President for University Relations
Eagle Village Executive Offices, Suite 300
(540) 654-1686

Marty Morrison

Director of Media and Public Relations
Eagle Village Executive Offices, Suite 300
(540) 654-2287

Marty has spent more than three decades in journalism. She began working at the Petersburg Progress-Index, but spent the majority of her career at The Free Lance-Star where she held numerous positions, including education reporter, feature writer, and food editor. Before coming to Mary Washington in August 2007, she worked as a freelance writer and a public information officer at Germanna Community College. A native of North Carolina, Marty received a bachelor’s degree in English from East Carolina University.

Erika Spivey

Assistant Director of Media and Public Relations
Eagle Village Executive Offices, Suite 300
(540) 654-1274

Erika is a 2011 graduate of UMW’s first class of the College of Business. With a background in business administration and an internship in event planning, Erika launched her career in the President’s and Event’s offices at UMW, coordinating communications and event initiatives before joining the Media and Public Relations team. She is currently working on master’s degree in Public Relations and Corporate Communications at Georgetown University.

Melina Downs

Media Manager
Eagle Village Executive Offices, Suite 300
(540) 654-1055

Melina graduated from Mary Washington in 2006 with an English degree. She worked as a reporter for the U.S. Army and as a freelancer covering general news stories and writing features before returning to the university in 2008. She also has two children, ages 4 and 6, and completed her master’s in education at UMW  in 2015.