Folks I Admire: Ana Visneski
Around this time last year, I had the privilege of meeting one of the most impressive people I’ve come to know in my 35 years on this planet: Ana Visneski.
Ana is a goddamn hero. That’s a word we use too lightly in this day, but she is that in the classic sense: someone who rises to seemingly insurmountable challenges for the common good and benefit of others. She’s a public affairs officer in the United States Coast Guard. She’s saved lives, both on the ground and as a search and rescue controller — her stories of those times are awesome in the classical sense of the word. And she’s a celebrated expert in crisis communication, which is among her many specialties.
If you want to know more about her story from her own words: this is from an interview published on November 14th, 2012 in the Unicorn in Uniform blog.
She’s pursuing her Masters in Communication in Digital Media, and continually works on projects and writes for blogs, including:
- Her blog, digitalnoms.com, where she writes about games, comics, food, feminism, and many other topics.
- Her articles in Flip the Media, the University of Washington blog by MCDM students.
Ana has also done work in the geek community, including being GeekGirlCon 2013’s social media manager.
Oh, and she did this little thing called have a massive panel at SXSW about crisis communication. Have a listen.
Let me get to the point:
If you’re working on a game or book or something, and it involves the modern military or ships, get to know her.
If you’re interested in crisis communication and disaster response, get to know her.
If you’re interested in the evolving nature of digital media, so is she. Get to know her.
(But, you know, don’t be a creepy leech about it.)
Ana is fucking awesome. For more about this awesomeness, you can check out the links above and also follow her on Twitter: @oceanbound.
To close on a personal note, I find it really interesting to talk with her, because she makes me feel like I’m completely unqualified to speak about anything. Her expertise, the people she knows and has met in her life, her crazy experiences — she’s one of the two people I know who has stories about being stationed in Antarctica — combined with the times when the world wants to push her down for being a woman, being in the military, or whatever other bullshit…well, she’s got more damn fire in her than twenty of me, and I’m not exactly a pushover. I have no idea how this sounds coming from a civvie, Ana, but I goddamn salute you.