IABC San Diego Announces Incoming Officers for 2016-2017 Board of Directors

10 Aug 2016, by Kate Hardman, ABC in IABC/SD News, Press Releases

News Release

For Immediate Release


Anna Davison

President, IABC San Diego
P: 858-395-5847

 IABC San Diego Announces Incoming Officers for 2016-2017 Board of Directors

SAN DIEGO, CA (August 8, 2016) — The San Diego Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) is pleased to announce its 2016-2017 board of directors.  Board terms for the upcoming year began on July 1, 2016. IABC San Diego is a membership-based trade association for business communicators who live or work in the San Diego area.

Among the communications professionals who comprise the board is Anna Davison, serving her first term as president of IABC San Diego.  Davison is vice president of corporate communications and investor relations for Bridgepoint Education, where 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. She has over 15 years of communications experience including extensive work in strategic communications, public relations, media campaigns, brand messaging, executive consulting, crisis communications, social media, and intranet management. 

“I am honored to serve as the president of the IABC San Diego Chapter and work with a team of exceptional communicators representing different industries,” said Davison. “The board is extremely excited about this next year, and we look forward to providing learning and development, networking, and career enhancement opportunities that connect, inform and engage communications professionals in the greater San Diego area.”

The following IABC San Diego board members will support Davison in providing resources to local communications professionals:

Kate Hardman, ABC, President-Elect
Kate Hardman is a senior manager of employee communications at Qualcomm, where she is the communications lead for strategy communications, as well as overseeing internal communications for Qualcomm’s corporate groups and emerging businesses. Prior to joining Qualcomm, she worked for Sony Electronics and Trident Communications, a global agency specializing in internal communications. Over the course of her career, Hardman 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’s40 under 40. Hardman is past president of IABC San Diego where she has served on the board for the past seven years. She also serves on IABC’s Pacific Plains regional board as a chapter advocate. Hardman holds a BA in English and History from the University of York, England.

Sarah Bilyeu, Past President
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 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. Bilyeu holds a BA in Journalism and Political Science from San Diego State University and an MBA in Marketing from Ashford University.

Heidi Everly, Vice President, Marketing/Social Media
Everly is a senior corporate communications specialist for AMN Healthcare. In this role, she is responsible for managing the company’s intranet, writing a variety of internal and external communications, and developing engaging social media content. Previously, she was the marketing and online community specialist for Mission Federal Credit Union, where she played a vital role in expanding the credit union’s social reach through marketing campaigns. Everly holds a BA in English from San Diego State University and a certificate in Advanced Social Media from the University of San Francisco.

Alison Winkler, Vice President, Communication
Alison Winkler is currently the corporate communications partner for MedImpact Healthcare Systems where she manages daily operations of communications programs and develops strategies to enhance knowledge sharing and engagement within the organization. Previous to joining MedImpact she held marketing, sales and communications positions for both public and private organizations. Winkler also has practical business experience as a startup co-founder and owner of education-related franchises. She holds several certifications including User Experience Design, Project Management Professional designation, and a Lean Six Sigma Greenbelt. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a Masters of Communication from the University of Southern California.

Justin Carey, Vice President, Membership
Justin Carey is a business development officer for San Diego County Credit Union.  In this role, he is responsible for developing and managing the credit union’s relationships with its corporate partners to increase SDCCU’s membership base. In addition to partnering with local HR leaders, Carey aims to play a key role in bettering the financial health of his community by educating individuals on financial literacy. His prior experience includes working in sales operations for the Better Business Bureau serving San Diego, Orange, and Imperial Counties – where he focused on educating San Diego business owners on local, state, and federal advertising regulations; giving business owners in a variety of industries helpful insight on how to help implement ethical marketing practices. Justin also worked as a business banking specialist for Wells Fargo Bank. Justin came to San Diego to attend San Diego State University and holds a BA in Economics.

Robynn Rockstad-Rex, Vice President, Programming & Events
Robynn Rockstad-Rex is the volunteer director of marketing and social media for Education First, a nonprofit organization that provides college scholarships to low-income youth. In this role, she is boosting the organization’s online presence and leveraging social media to enhance the effectiveness of fundraising programs. She has 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 all events, online and print publications and public relations for the world’s largest neuroscientist member organization. Previously, she was the worldwide director of communications for the Automation Business of AREVA T&D (a global CO2-free energy company), which was also headquartered in Paris. Rockstad-Rex graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with a B.A. in Communications and earned a Certificate in Integrated Marketing Communications from the University of Washington.

Jan McGinn, Vice President, Finance
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. McGinn earned a B.S. in human resources from the University of Michigan-Dearborn and has also earned the Certified Employee Benefits Specialist designation.

Sheila Garcia, Vice President, Administration
Sheila Garcia is a communications manager for Cox Communications. In this role, she is responsible for internal communications for employees in California. She develops and implements communications strategies and manages a wide variety of communications tools to support open communication throughout the organization. Prior to working at Cox Communications, Garcia was a senior communications officer for the San Diego County Employees Retirement Association and a marketing coordinator at the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System. She has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Communication from UCSD and SDSU, respectively.

Chantal Ramirez, Director, Web Content
Chantal Ramirez is a recent graduate of San Diego State University holding a BA in Journalism with an emphasis in Media Studies. She is a key player in her role at Bank of America as a Customer Service Representative by providing outstanding customer relations and increasing sales for financial center significantly. Previously, she served as a public relations associate at Fidelitas Development where she helped plan and execute marketing strategies, social media outreach and facilitating media relations. Prior to joining Fidelitas Development, Chantal worked for Mosaic Sales Solutions, where she promoted brand awareness for clients by executing consumer and B2B events, retail visits, digital, PR and social strategies.

Christine Infante, Director, Member Retention
Christine Infante is vice president, communications for Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute (SBP) in La Jolla, CA. She is responsible for all internal and external communications, and brand development and management. Prior to joining SBP, Infante was a senior consultant for Towers Watson in communications and change management; vice president of communications for Invitrogen; head of west region communications for Towers Perrin; head of west region communications for Watson Wyatt, and manager and editor for Pacific Bell/Pacific Telesis. She earned a BA degree in English from Carnegie Mellon University.

Liz Neely, Director, Special Interest Groups
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, Neely worked as an investigator for firms specializing in complex civil litigation, including securities fraud, antitrust and consumer fraud class actions. Neely’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 TribuneThe 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.

Nolan Sundrud, Director Sponsorship/Development
Nolan Sundrud, ABC, is a director at ROI Communications, an employee communication and engagement agency. For more than 23 years, he has provided strategic thinking, expert counsel, and creativity to organizations in the manufacturing, retail, health care and human resource industries. His internal communications work for Toyota earned PRWeek’s 2015 Best Internal Communications Campaign of the Year, and a 2015 Gold Quill for Change Communications. After business hours, Sundrud teaches communications theory in the University of Denver’s on-line master’s program.  He holds a degree in Public Relations from Brigham Young University and an MBA from Colorado State.

Erica Butler, Director, Events
Erica Butler 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. Butler is also the founder and chief executive officer of EB Media Group, LLC, a creative communications agency. 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. Butler was selected as a New York Times Fellow at U.C. Berkeley for an intensive institute on immigration. She is a member of the National Press Club, Women in Defense, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Denise Tanguay, Director, Brand/Design
Denise Tanguay, APR, is director of workforce communications for Scripps Health, where she develops and manages internal communications and brand projects for 15,000 employees in the San Diego region. She has more than 20 years of experience in marketing communications and PR roles, specializing in creative campaign development, messaging and publicity to engage audiences toward action. Tanguay has a background in the arts and also teaches communications courses at Scripps Health, San Diego State University and at national conferences.
IABC San Diego has many exciting programming and networking events planned for 2016-2017. To learn more about the chapter’s learning and development, networking, and career enhancement opportunities, or to join and become an IABC member, visit IABC San Diego at http://sandiego.iabc.com/.

About IABC


Setting a standard of excellence since 1970, the International Association of Business

Communicators (IABC) includes thousands of members from around the world, representing many of the Global Fortune 500 companies. IABC serves professionals in the field of business communication, bringing together the profession’s collective disciplines. We deliver on the Global Standard in communication through our educational offerings, certification, awards program, resource library, an online magazine and annual World Conference.


The IABC San Diego chapter serves as a vibrant resource for career growth, professional development, networking, mentorship and channels for local communications professionals. Members have exclusive access to information, tools, resources and services that provide ideas and solutions for the business communications issues communicators face today and will face tomorrow.