Meet Your New Slate of Officers for IABC Houston 2012-13
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Mary Hardin-Francis is the owner of Hardin-Francis Enterprises, LLC, a marketing communication firm with clients in multiple industries throughout Texas. With over 25 years of communications experience, Mary won a Bronze Quill in 2012 and Silver Quills for work in 2011. Mary brings management, communications and marketing experience to her position as IABC Houston President. She has served on the Board as Secretary and President-elect and began her volunteer experience in 2009 by creating the website for the IABC Southern Regional Conference.
Elaine W. Krause has LOVED her year as president of this remarkable organization, working with a great Board and another on the way. Mainly, she's off to pursue new business opportunities providing technical content for local energy and petrochemical companies. Elaine is excited to see several younger members join the leadership team at IABC Houston and hopes the trend will continue.
A regular, active member of IABC Houston, Becky Myers will serve as the 2012-2013 Secretary. Becky is an experienced communication professional with a background in journalism, government, corporate and and small/medium-size business sectors. She owns Magnolia Sky Communications, Inc., a public relations firm that strives to strengthen the presence and enhance the images of its clients.
Vice President of Finance
Another returnee to the IABC Houston Board is Kathryn Butcher, VP for Public Relations with the Association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans (AAMA). She was VP for Marketing and Communications with Neighborhood Centers Inc., and for many years Vice President of Community Relations with Wells Fargo. Kathryn returns to the VP Finance position she held a few years ago. We missed her and are happy to bring her back again!
Vice President of Marketing
Tina Robison had a busy and productive first year on the Board of IABC Houston, as Director for Corporate Outreach, implementing a new series for senior communicators. She brings a unique perspective to internal communications by providing decision-driven, fit-for-purpose solutions for Chevron. Tina has been involved with the chapter for close to three years, beginning with the 2009 Southern Region Conference. In her new role she hopes to broaden the reach of IABC Houston to communicators across the city.
Vice President of Member Services
Nicole J. Pickens returns to the Board for a second year, serving last year as Director of Internal Communications. She is a Business Process Optimization Advisor at Chevron, and focuses on the continued improvement and simplification of facility management and real estate services. Nicole's previous employers include Fleishman-Hillard and Texas A&M University (Whoop!). She was on the planning committee for the 2009 Southern Regional Conference and has served as an officer for the Houston Association of Black Journalists.
Vice President of Professional Development
As an independent business owner, Alise Isbell provides instructional design services on any topic and delivers instructor-led training courses. After earning her master's degree in Business Communication, she formed Write Wise Communications, LLC. Alise brings that wealth of experience for a second term as VP Programming for IABC. She believes in supporting professional organizations like IABC and enjoys working with others and learning more about communications.
Thomas Baen returns to the Board to build and strengthen the IABC Houston Sponsorship program. Thomas is a Marketing Analyst for Academy Sports + Outdoors. He spent last year as IACB Houston's VP of Marketing and has worked with IABC Houston on measurement and analytics. He also volunteers with the American Red Cross and Boy Scouts of America.
Bronze Quill Co-chairNative Houstonian Anne Mrok-Smith, AICP, has spent her career in advertising and public relations, as well as transportation and air quality public outreach planning and programming. Anne made a major contribution to IABC Houston by serving as 2012 Bronze Quill Co-chair. Her planning expertise, event knowledge and attention to detail helped to ensure a successful Bronze Quill Awards Gala and she is continuing in this position with her vision and professional acumen to make the 2013 Houston Bronze Quill even more memorable.