Board Directory

San Diego Board Members – 2018/19

President:  Robynn Rockstad-Rex

Robynn Rockstad-Rex works on a variety of organizational change programs at Qualcomm as part of the Employee Communications & Engagement team. She recently moved to San Diego from Paris, France, where she was the Director of Communications and Programs for the International Brain Research Organization, where she managed events, member communications, public relations and grant programs for the world’s largest neuroscientist member organization. Previously, she was the worldwide Director of Communications for the Automation Business of AREVA T&D (now GE), which was also headquartered in Paris. Robynn graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with a B.A. in Communications and earned a Certificate in Integrated Marketing Communications from the University of Washington. Her personal mission is to help people improve their lives through gaining access to education and the arts. Read her member profile.

VP, Finance: Jan McGinn

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Marketing Project Manager

With a broad background in marketing, communications, human resources and operations, Jan McGinn understands how to connect a company’s message to its audience. Previously at ICW Group, a San Diego-based insurance carrier, she managed large-scale projects, including launching a new brand, promotional campaigns and events. Prior to that, she managed Human Resources, with an emphasis on benefits and internal communications. Jan earned a B.S. in Human Resources from the University of Michigan-Dearborn and has also earned the Certified Employee Benefits Specialist designation. An avid community supporter, she volunteers for Boy Scouts and within the Scripps Ranch community. On the weekends, she enjoys camping, cycling and hiking with her husband.

Past President: Kate Griffin (nee Hardman), ABC

Director, Employee Communications, Qualcomm

Kate Griffin is a director of employee communications at Qualcomm, where she is the communications lead for Qualcomm’s corporate functions and emerging businesses. She also has oversight for Qualcomm’s news intranet, and strategic and leadership communication initiatives. Prior to joining Qualcomm, Kate worked for Sony Electronics and Trident Communications, a global agency specializing in internal communications. Over the course of her career, Kate has managed a diverse range of strategic, change management, creative and editorial initiatives. In 2010, she became an Accredited Business Communicator. She is the winner of two Gold Quill and two Silver Quill awards, and in 2013, was named to San Diego Metro’s 40 under 40. This is Kate’s second stint as President of IABC/San Diego, having led the chapter during the 2013-14 board year when it won Mid-Sized Chapter of the Year at IABC’s Chapter Management Awards. She has served on the San Diego board for the past eight years, and just completed two years as a Chapter Advocate on IABC’s Pacific Plains Regional Board. She holds a BA in English and History from the University of York, England. In her spare time, Kate enjoys traveling, sailing, listening to live music and being a foodie. Read her member profile.

VP, Communications: Liz Neely

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Senior Employee Communications Specialist, Qualcomm

Liz Neely is a Senior Employee Communications Specialist at Qualcomm, where her responsibilities include writing articles, editing copy and managing the editorial calendar for the company’s internal daily news site, as well as providing communications support to various enterprise and business initiatives. Prior to joining Qualcomm in 2012, Liz worked as an investigator for firms specializing in complex civil litigation, including securities fraud, antitrust and consumer fraud class actions. Liz’s background is primarily in journalism, and she spent more than a decade as a reporter writing stories for online and print publications including The San Diego Union Tribune, The Ventura County Star and an electronics industry trade publication based in Silicon Valley. She holds a BA in Journalism and History from Humboldt State University. She also attended the University of Minnesota and has a professional certificate in digital and social media from SDSU’s College of Extended Studies. Outside of work, Liz enjoys traveling, listening to live music and rooting for the winning-challenged Padres. Read her member profile.

VP, Marketing/Social Media: Erica B. Nettles

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Senior Strategy Management Consultant, Booz Allen Hamilton

Erica B. Nettles is a senior strategy management consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton.  She currently serves on the company’s community partnership team and serves as chair of the African-American forum. Recently, she was selected as one of 60 women worldwide to participate in the Executive Program for Women Leaders at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. The seasoned consultant has a background in politics, working on Capitol Hill and serving as a political producer for a major news network. As a journalist, she has contributed to numerous outlets, which include Time Warner, CBS and NBC News. Nettles was selected as a New York Times Fellow at U.C. Berkeley for an intensive institute on immigration. Erica is a member of the Junior League, Women in Defense, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Erica regularly volunteers with a Washington, D.C.- based organization called IMPACT, which engages young minority professionals between the ages of 18 and 40. 

VP, Finance: Anna Davison

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Vice President, Corporate Communications and Investor Relations, Bridgepoint Education

Anna Davison is Vice President of Corporate Communications and Investor Relations for Bridgepoint Education. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing public and media relations, employee communications, and investor relations, as well as developing an enterprise communication strategy and contributing to the organizational strategic planning process. Anna’s experience includes extensive work in strategic communications, public relations, media campaigns, brand messaging, executive consulting, crisis communications, social media, and intranet management. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family, sailing, paddle-boarding, yoga, running, and attempting to meditate. Read her member profile.

VP, Administration: Mark Carpowich 

VP, Programming & Events: Tomy Gysi 

VP, Membership: Christina Hastings

Director, Recognition, Sarah Bilyeu

SVP, Community Relations and Business Development, San Diego County Credit Union

Sarah Bilyeu is the Senior Vice President of Community Relations and Business Development at San Diego County Credit Union. In this role, she is responsible for defining and implementing the organization’s overall community relations and business development strategy. This includes overseeing the coordination of strategic relationships with local companies and community organizations and SDCCU’s more than 35 branch locations in San Diego, Riverside and Orange counties. Previously, she was the Communications Specialist at Bridgepoint Education, where she was responsible for developing and managing multiple complex internal and external communications initiatives to support key business goals. She led the internal communication initiative supporting the national brand advertising campaign for one of Bridgepoint’s academic institutions, Ashford University, which won her a 2013 IABC Gold Quill Award for Brand Communications. Bilyeu also served on the Corporate Communications team at The UPS Store and worked as a News Reporter, Producer and Editor for San Diego’s KOGO AM 600. An avid volunteer, she served five years managing Public Relations efforts for Fruit of the Soul, an annual event benefiting Monarch School and A Reason to Survive. Bilyeu holds a BA in Journalism and Political Science from San Diego State University and an MBA in Marketing from Ashford University. In her spare time, she enjoys laughing, traveling, exercising, sailing, eating, and spending time with family and friends. Read her member profile.

Director, Sponsorships: Chantal Ramirez

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Online Marketing Specialist at JC Resorts

Chantal is currently working for JC Resorts on supporting online marketing initiatives and web updates, planning and managing social media campaigns, managing JC Resorts’ online reputation listings, and creating and launching brand email campaigns. Prior to working at JC Resorts, Chantal was a PR Specialist at Crowdfund Mafia, where her responsibilities included crafting media lists, monitoring PR activity and facilitating media relations. In her time at Crowdfund Mafia, she also helped with campaign management where she oversaw different aspects of project management including PR, web design, client relations, and online marketing. Previously, she served as a Public Relations Associate at Fidelitas Development where she helped plan and execute marketing strategies, social media outreach, and content development. She has a bachelor in Journalism with an emphasis in Media Studies from San Diego State University.  In her spare time, Chantal enjoys exercising, traveling, the outdoors and listening to live music.

Director, Events: Katie Knott

Corporate Communications Manager, Prometheus Laboratories

Katie Knott is Manager of Corporate Communications at Prometheus Laboratories, a Nestlé Health Science Company. In this role, she is responsible for developing and executing corporate communications strategy to advance the Prometheus brand promise and reputation to internal and external stakeholders.

Prior to joining Prometheus, Katie served as the Internal Communications Specialist at Hologic, a leading global healthcare and diagnostics company, where she was responsible for driving internal global corporate communications strategy designed to enhance employee engagement across locations. Katie also served as Senior Corporate Communications Specialist at AMN Healthcare where she was responsible for executing strategic internal and external communications initiatives designed to enhance thought leadership and positive brand recognition. She began her career in New York City with a variety of roles in public relations and corporate communications. Katie has a BA in Communications from Fordham University and is currently pursuing an MBA at the University of San Diego.

Director of Special Interest Groups: Dave Flynn ‎

Marketing and Communications Manager, Scripps Health

Dave Flynn is a corporate communications manager with Scripps Health. Among his various duties, Dave provides support and oversight for the company’s print and e-publications to its 15,000 employees. Additionally, he is responsible for developing and executing comprehensive communications around the organization’s strategic objectives. Prior to his tenure with Scripps, Dave worked in television as a writer, producer and on-air broadcaster. He earned a B.A. in Communication Design from Chico State University. Outside of work, Dave enjoys watching the Padres, reading and spending time with friends and family. Read his member profile. 

Director, Communications: Kathleen Park

Director, Social Media: Brandee Beiriger

Open Board positions for the 2018-2019 board (starts July 1, 2018):

Would you like to be a part of this award-winning team? The following board positions are open for the upcoming board year:

Director of Membership

  • The Director, Membership supports the VP of Membership on activities including member promotions, and recruitment and retention programs
  • Maintains membership lists in Constant Contact for member and non-member messaging
  • Supports initiatives to welcome new members
  • Assists in development of membership promotions
  • Assists in development of membership marketing materials
  • Trains successor

Director of Brand/Design

  • The Director of Brand oversees the artistic design of all marketing collateral.
  • Reports to the VP of Communications, and works closely with VP of Marketing & Social Media to ensure brand materials are consistent and visually appealing across all communications.
  • Creates and develops promotional material for IABC events and promotions across all channels, including web, social, email and print.
  • Creates custom graphic elements.
  • Develops design solutions to elevate awareness of IABC/San Diego initiatives.
  • Trains successor

Contact sandiego-info@iabc.com to learn about these opportunities.