IABC/San Diego Announces Incoming Officers for 2017-2018 Board of Directors

31 Jul 2017, by Kate Hardman, ABC in IABC/SD News, Press Releases

News Release
For Immediate Release

Kate Griffin, ABC
President, IABC San Diego

 IABC/San Diego Announces Incoming Officers for 2017-2018 Board of Directors

SAN DIEGO, CA (July 27, 2017) — The San Diego Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) is pleased to announce its 2017-2018 board of directors.  Board terms for the upcoming year began on July 1, 2017. 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 Kate Griffin, ABC, serving her second term as president of IABC/San Diego, and her eighth year on the chapter’s board of directors.  Griffin is senior manager of Employee Communications for 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. Griffin has more than 17 years of communications experience working across 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 IABC Gold Quill and two Silver Quill awards, and in 2013, was named to San Diego Metro’s 40 under 40.

“IABC has had a significant impact on my career development and I am excited to be able to give back to the profession and San Diego’s communications community through my role as IABC/San Diego president,” said Griffin. “We have a strong board of talented communicators brimming with ideas to help solidify our position as the association of choice for communicators in the greater San Diego area.”

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

Robynn Rockstad-Rex, President-Elect
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.

Anna Davison, Immediate Past President
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.

Sarah Bilyeu, VP, Programming & Events
Sarah Bilyeu is the Senior Vice President of Community Relations and Business Development at San Diego County Credit Union, where 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, was a member of 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 was awarded an IABC Gold Quill for Brand Communications. She holds a BA in Journalism and Political Science from San Diego State University and an MBA in Marketing from Ashford University.

Sheila Garcia, VP, Membership
Sheila Garcia is a communications manager for Cox Communications. In this role, she is responsible for internal communications for employees in California. Sheila 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, Sheila 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.

Heidi Everly VP, Marketing/Social Media
Heidi Everly is a Marketing Manager for AMN Healthcare. In this role, she is responsible for supporting service lines, creating direct marketing campaigns and managing digital and offline lead generation programs. Previously, she was the Senior Corporate Communications Specialist at AMN, responsible for managing the company’s intranet, writing a variety of internal and external communications, and developing engaging social media content.

Liz Neely, VP, Communications
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.

Jan McGinn, VP, 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. Jan earned a B.S. in Human Resources from the University of Michigan-Dearborn and has also earned the Certified Employee Benefits Specialist designation.

Laura Harvey, VP, Administration
Laura Harvey is the internal communications and human resources director for San Diego Special Events, a hospitality, catering and event production company in North County, where she leads the HR team and administers employee communications to the company’s desk and non-desk workforce.  Prior, Laura was the editor of Daily Word® magazine, the second highest circulating spiritual print magazine in the US (circ. 1 million). As editor, Laura led the production of the bi-monthly magazine, directed its social media presence, and served as the publication’s representative. Laura is also an occasional blogger for HuffPost contributing articles on mindful living and she freelances as a writer, editor and social media marketer for clients in a variety of industries. Laura has a Bachelor of Liberal Arts with a Communications minor from the University of Kansas City, Missouri.

Chantal Ramirez, Director, Web Content
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.

Erica B. Nettles, Director, Events
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.

Katie Knott, Director, Membership
Katie Knott is the Employee Communications Specialist at Hologic, a leading global healthcare and diagnostics company. In this role, she is responsible for driving internal global corporate communications strategy designed to enhance employee engagement across locations. Key areas of responsibility include intranet management, executive leadership communications, content development, change management and community relations initiatives. Prior to joining Hologic, Katie 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.

Dave Flynn, Director of Special Interest Groups
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.

IABC San Diego has many exciting programming and networking events planned for 2017-2018. 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 https://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.