Joya Helmuth

Communications Director

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Joya Helmuth was appointed communications director at Notre Dame International in September 2016. Since early 2014, Helmuth was the outreach and training associate director at the Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development, where she managed all communications as well as the education and training division. The Division’s projects included the USAID | Notre Dame Global Development Fellowships; the Mandela Washington Fellowship at Notre Dame, flagship program of the U.S. Department of State's Young African Leaders Initiative; the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative, also a U.S. Department of State program; and a new USAID partnership with Balkh University, Afghanistan.

From 2010 to 2014, Helmuth worked as a trainer for Apple, Inc. in Mishawaka, Indiana and Cupertino, California. She has over 15 years of entrepreneurial experience as the owner of Spark Design Studio in South Bend, providing full-service graphic design, marketing, and branding services to local and regional clients. During a concurrent four-year tenure as the owner of retail store Spark Fine Stationery, she co-founded ShoLo Independent Business Alliance, Inc., a nonprofit advocacy organization for local business.

Helmuth has actively supported the local community, including various board and committee positions for local National Public Radio station 88.1 WVPE, Indiana University South Bend's Center for Sustainable Future, and the South Bend Symphony Orchestra, in addition to serving as a consultant to area business owners. She holds a B.A. from Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Illinois, and expects to graduate with a master of science in communications from Purdue University in June 2017.

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