Orlana Darkins Drewery is a public relations and event planning professional serving as the Director of Communications & Advertising at Mount Ararat Baptist Church and Editor-In-Chief of “The Mount,” Pittsburgh’s Christian Lifestyle Magazine.
A renowned media professional who held key positions with several local organizations, Orlana used her skills and passion for the city to co-create an organization dedicated to promoting the positive sides of Pittsburgh. The Penn State University graduate entered the field of communications with the New Pittsburgh Courier and would move on to work in public relations with Ketchum Public Relations as well as with Sheridan Broadcasting Corporation (WAMO 106Jamz).
After founding The Darkins Group, a communications and event planning company in 1994, Orlana and her husband established The Shyne Awards Foundation in 2007, that serves as an umbrella for the organization’s signature event “The Shyne Awards,” a premiere awards ceremony that celebrates the positive achievements made by young adults, and “The Shyne Network,” a promotional media & communications company.
The Shyne Network (formerly The Darkins Group) is also known to coordinate many of the city’s major events and has brought numerous A-list superstars to Pittsburgh. Performing artists booked by The Shyne Network include: Gospel artist and Grammy winner, Fred Hammond; Grammy winner and superstar, Fantasia; nine-time Grammy winner, John Legend; and Grammy winner, Esperanza Spaulding, just to name a few.
In 2011, she was instrumental in bringing urban music back to Pittsburgh with WAMO100 where she worked as the Director of Marketing and Special Events. In addition, Orlana is the host and producer of Mount Ararat Baptist Church’s online promotion announcement program “Mount TV,” she’s the Producer & Host of The Shyne Network Radio Show heard every Sunday at 6:30 AM and from 9:30 AM to 10:00 AM on WAMO100, she also provide voiceovers for radio commercials and promotional videos for businesses, organizations and churches locally & nationally.