John Clemons, ABC, APR, ChairJohn G. Clemons, ABC, APR, IABC Fellow, is senior manager of communication and training at Walmart. He has worked for several global, Fortune 500 companies including Raytheon, Marriott International and AT&T in senior and executive management roles. John also served as the Interim Executive Director of IABC in 2012. John has won Gold Quill and other awards for his strategic work in internal communications, employee engagement, writing, and development of innovative internal programs.
Ruth Kinzey, Vice ChairPresident of The Kinzey Company and a 35-year communication veteran, Ruth Kinzey is a reputation strategist, author, professor and speaker. She is a College of Charleston Communication Advisory Council Executive Advisor and teaches communication in Rutgers University’s graduate program. Her books include Using Public Relations to Promote Your Nonprofit Organization and Promoting Nonprofit Organizations: A Reputation Management Approach.
Cheryl Carr, ABCCheryl Carr, ABC, is co-founder and chief operating officer of Carr Marketing Communications in Williamsville, New York, outside of Buffalo. She has more than 30 years experience in providing strategic communication counsel to clients that have included healthcare, financial services, nonprofit organizations and other industry sectors. In the past 15 years, she has worked on a number of communications projects centered on the topic of elder care and aging.
Christine ElmerChristine Elmer is a senior corporate communications practitioner with more than 20 years’ experience in public and private sector organizations. She is currently the director of marketing and community relations at Cabrini Health, a large, nonprofit, private healthcare service in Melbourne, Australia. She leads branding, corporate communications, issue management, media relations, internal communication, community participation and stakeholder relations.
Paul Ladd Paul Ladd is senior correspondent for World Christian Broadcasting. An award-winning journalist, he has worked in both broadcast and print media. Paul was appointed Director of Communications for the Tennessee Department of Human Services, serving during the administration of Governor Don Sundquist. He is a member of IABC Nashville, where he has served in various roles, including two terms as chapter president.
Melyssa Prince, ABCMelyssa Prince, ABC, has worked in the business and marketing communications field for more than 15 years. Her career includes employment with JP Morgan Chase Bank, American Mensa and a Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary where her teams earned awards for several advertising campaigns. Melyssa has also worked as a freelance writer, editor and adjunct lecturer. She was named Communicator of the Year by the IABC Dallas Chapter in 2012.
Stephen WelchStephen Welch splits his time between working three days a week at Dialog Semiconductor and doing other portfolio work. At Dialog, he leads the internal communication function and also works on other HR projects. His other work includes serving as mentor to the board of the IABC U.K. chapter, developing leadership communication training programs for a small consulting firm in the U.K., and acting as ad hoc adviser to the governments of the U.K. and Cyprus on communication issues.
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Natasha NicholsonNatasha Nicholson is director of content for IABC and the executive editor for CW.
Jessica Burnette-LemonJessica Burnette-Lemon is CW’s senior editor.