LPI Welcomes Communications Specialist Chelsea Lenamond

May 11, 2022

Chelsea contributes selfie

Chelsea contributes a selfie to the photo gallery in the LPSC virtual environment.

The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) recently welcomed a new Communications Specialist, Chelsea Lenamond. Chelsea will be helping with LPI’s weekly Planetary News newsletter, website updates, and posting to LPI’s social media accounts. Chelsea is a graduate of Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, and majored in public relations. With a variety of experiences and skills, she is already contributing to sharing lunar and planetary science with our audiences.

Read LPI’s interview with Chelsea Lenamond to learn more.

LPI: Why did you choose to pursue a career in communications?
CL: I have always loved writing, editing, and reading! My passion for communications was really sparked whenever I started taking journalism classes in high school when I learned the basics of news writing, editing, and design. I then became a news writer for the daily newspaper at Texas Tech. I chose public relations because I love sharing all the fun stories within an organization! The prevalence of social media in our lives has made it so much easier to stay connected with your audience and share stories with even more people. It’s fun to keep up with social media trends and develop new ways to get messages out to your audience.

LPI: What are you looking forward to bringing to your role here from your past experiences?
CL: I am excited to work on LPI’s social media pages! Instagram is especially fun because there is so much you can do between posts and stories. It is really exciting for me to share important updates with our audience, whether planetary news, updates from our staff scientists, upcoming seminars, or anything else.

Chelsea walking to a lighthouse

Chelsea exploring Portland Head Light in Maine in September 2021.

Chelsea and her dog, Rey

Chelsea and her dog, Rey, cheering on the Houston Astros during the 2017 World Series.

LPI: What are you most looking forward to in your new role?
CL: I love how welcoming the planetary science community is! Everyone at LPI – and everyone I met at this year’s LPSC – has been extremely friendly. I have always thought space was interesting (because who doesn’t?!), but I’m especially excited to spend more time diving into the news from space and keeping up-to-date with everything.

LPI: Which USRA value do you most identify with and why? (Passion, Partnerships, and Professionalism)
CL: Passion! It is so important to dive into what you’re working on fully. It makes such a difference to my overall well-being when I can work on projects and topics I’m passionate about.

LPI: What kind of hobbies or interests do you have outside of work?
CL: Outside of work, you can generally find me on my patio with my dogs, Archer and Rey, and a book. I love reading, keeping up with the Houston Astros, traveling, and visiting breweries with my husband and friends. I also train and compete in powerlifting, which has been a fun challenge!

Chelsea holding a medal

Chelsea after placing second in her weight class at the USA Powerlifting East Texas Open on May 7, 2022.

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