Elizabeth Candello feels it is a communicator’s greatest responsibility to inform and serve the public effectively, which is what she strives to teach students in the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at the Washington State University Vancouver campus.

In 2004, she graduated from the University of Oregon in Eugene with a bachelor’s degree in history, and two years later, she received her master’s degree in journalism and mass communication.

Candello then spent nearly eight years in the communication industry, working for Waggener Edstrom Worldwide in tech public relations and public affairs before becoming an educator and lecturer. In 2015, she earned her doctorate from Arizona State University in journalism and mass communication.

Since 2014, she has been on faculty at the University of Portland and at the WSU Vancouver campus, where she teaches Writing in Communication, Health Communication, and Public Speaking. Her research and teaching focuses include information literacy among minority groups and the use of social services for those living below the federal poverty line.

In the summer of 2015, Candello founded a non-profit organization in Portland, Oregon, called Live.Treat.Heal.Repeat. The organization serves 50 low-income families by providing them with toiletries, which are prohibited for purchase using SNAP, also known as food stamps.

Her goal is to continue to grow the non-profit to become the go-to community-toiletry bank.

Bio authored by Madeline Braun, Class of 2019