San Diego Board Members – 2019/20
President: Jan McGinn
Independent Consultant / Buyer
With a broad background in marketing, communications, human resources, operations and now purchasing, Jan McGinn understands how to connect a company’s message to its audience. As an independent consultant she works as a personal-shopper for businesses – finding exactly what they need, from supplies to computers. Previously, she chaired the Scripps Ranch Civic Association’s Membership/Fundraising and Community Fair committees. Prior to that, at ICW Group, a San Diego-based insurance carrier, she managed large-scale projects, including launching a new brand, promotional campaigns and events. She also has 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 within the Scripps Ranch community. On the weekends, she enjoys camping, cycling and gardening with her husband.
Past President: Robynn Rockstad-Rex
Senior Communications Consultant, Kaiser Permanente
As a member of Kaiser Permanente’s National Communications team, Robynn provides communications consultation, planning and implementation to support the organization’s major change-management initiatives within its Membership Administration division. Previously, she worked on a variety of change management and employee engagement projects at Qualcomm. Robynn moved to San Diego four years ago after a decade in Paris, France, where she most recently had served as the Director of Communications and Programs for the International Brain Research Organization, a global alliance that promotes diversity and cross-regional collaboration to accelerate the progress of scientific research. Robynn graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington, with a B.A. in Communications, and she earned a Certificate in Integrated Marketing Communications from the University of Washington. She has a passion for helping people to be extraordinary, and for leveraging neuroscience research to improve the effectiveness of communication. Read her member profile.
VP, Communications: Jayanti Menches
A dynamic communications leader and strategic business partner, Jayanti Menches has built a career in marketing communications, employee engagement, media relations, crisis communications, branding, advertising, corporate social responsibility and reputation management. Jayanti relocated home to San Diego a few months ago and is currently searching for a new opportunity in the area. Most recently Jayanti was the head of communications for WSP USA, a global engineering and professional services firm based in New York City. She established an integrated communications team and directed marketing communications, media relations and employee engagement for a firm of 7000 plus employees in 100 locations across the U.S. Jayanti also worked as the director of marketing at Triple Canopy, a global security and risk management company headquartered in the Washington DC metro area. Prior to joining the firm, Menches lived and worked in Hong Kong managing multiple projects as a communications consultant. Before moving overseas, she worked in Northern Virginia as marketing communications manager for Teleglobe, a global telecommunications company. She also managed communications at defense contractor TRW, acquired by Northrop Grumman. Jayanti earned a master’s degree from San Diego State University and has a bachelor’s from the American University in Cairo, Egypt.
VP, Finance: Anna Davison
Associate Vice President, Corporate Communications, AMN Healthcare
Anna Davison is Associate Vice President of Corporate Communications for AMN Healthcare, the nation’s largest healthcare staffing and workforce solutions company. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing client communications, public and media relations, and employee communications. Anna’s experience includes extensive work and expertise in strategic communication planning, 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, scuba diving, paddleboarding, yoga, running, and attempting to meditate. Read her member profile.
VP, Membership: Christiane Hoffman Frank
Bio coming soon.
VP, PR & Marketing: Kacy Vega
Director of Internal Communications for UC San Diego Library
Kacy Vega is the Director of Internal Communications for the UC San Diego Library and has a diverse background working in the public sector. She has developed communication and outreach strategies in areas such as internal communications, family literacy, international education, and academic advising. Her particular interests in the field of communications include: science communication, intercultural communication, and digital media and marketing trends. She holds a Master of Education degree from Grand Valley State University and is currently pursuing a certificate in Digital Media Content Creation through UC San Diego Extension. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, running, reading, kayaking, and searching for whales and dolphins along the San Diego coast.
VP, Programming & Events: Xóchitl de la Cerda
Xóchitl is a knowledgeable Marketing and Event Management expert and strategist with extensive professional experience that includes strategic planning, event management, project/program management, marketing operations, brand development/management, and relationship building/cultivation. As the Marketing & Events Director for THE LOT, she helped generate $3M+ in additional revenues for the company by the successful execution of events. She designed and executed a wide variety of events, many benefiting non-profit organizations, and provided leadership and strategic oversight for all branding, creative direction, partnership development, integrated marketing, communications, and PR strategies for the company, ensuring strong and consistent messaging and brand positioning. Xóchitl has recently started her own consulting company focused on digital marketing and design. Her specialty is building brand stories and unique experiences from the ground up, weaving creativity, design, analytics, forward-thinking marketing strategy and event planning into the projects and events she manages. Prior to working at THE LOT, she worked for DoubleTree by Hilton and Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas. She graduated from San Diego State University and has an MBA with an emphasis in Marketing.
Director, Recognition, Liz Neely
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.
Director, Sponsorships: Chantal Ramirez
Online Marketing Specialist, 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
Manager of Internal & Executive Communications, Collins Aerospace
Katie Knott is Manager of Internal & Executive Communications at Collins Aerospace. In this role, she is responsible for working with senior leaders to build and execute robust, strategic internal communication plans to increase employee awareness of key messages and business initiatives.
Prior to joining Collins, Katie served as the inaugural Manager, Corporate Communications at Prometheus Laboratories where she was responsible for introducing the function and leading the implementation of strategic internal and external communications. Before joining Prometheus, she served as the Internal Communications Specialist at Hologic, a leading global healthcare and diagnostics company, where she drove internal global corporate communications strategy to enhance employee engagement across locations. Katie also served as Senior Corporate Communications Specialist at AMN Healthcare where she executed 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 an MBA with a concentration in Managerial Leadership from the University of San Diego. Read her member profile.
Director, 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, Social Media: Michelle Mowad
Communications Specialist, San Diego County
Michelle Mowad is a communications specialist with San Diego County. In her role, she develops, coordinates and communicates information about the County to the media, residents and employees. Prior to joining the County, she worked as an award-winning journalist, content creator and social media manager. Her work has been featured on ABC’s World News, ESPN SportsCenter and the Huffington Post. She self identifies as a news buff, podcast enthusiast and meme fanatic with a mild addiction to Reddit and social media analytics. Connect with her on LinkedIn.
Director, Communications/Website: Lauren Levenson
Marketing Specialist, Breg
Lauren currently works as a Marketing Specialist at Breg. In her role, she supports various communications and marketing initiatives including internal communication campaigns, content creation, social media, and market research. Prior to joining Breg, she worked at Zovio as a Corporate Communications Specialist, focusing mainly on internal communications. She graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University with a B.S. in Marketing in 2016 and an MBA in 2017. In her spare time, Lauren enjoys surfing, snowboarding, line dancing, and golfing.
Open Board positions for the 2019-2020 board (starts July 1, 2019):
Would you like to be a part of this award-winning team? The following board positions are open for the upcoming board year:
- The Vice President of Administration serves as the chapter’s secretary and general record keeper
- Prepares monthly board meeting agendas, and takes and distributes monthly board meeting minutes
- Assists the President in maintaining the board roster and IABC/San Diego Board User Manual
- Works with VPs to create procedure documentation for each role
- Maintains chapter repository for all files and digital assets
- Maintains all chapter papers, records, and archives, including the chapter bylaws, as needed
- 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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to learn about these opportunities.