Mark Evans (IABC Austin) is the owner of On The Point Communications, LLC, which specializes in public relations, crisis communication, social media and corporate communications. Mark is a more than 25-year veteran of the public relations/strategic communications industry and advises clients on a wide variety of topics, including messaging, issues management, marketing/communications program development and digital/social media strategy. He also teaches business communications at Texas State University and The University of Texas at Austin, and previously taught media writing at Texas A&M University. He holds a master’s degree in science & technology journalism and bachelor’s degrees in biology and journalism from Texas A&M. Mark is a longtime member of the IABC. He has served as an appointed member of the IABC Academy Committee, which oversees all education and certification programs for the international association. He is a past president of the Austin chapter and co-chaired the IABC Southern Region Conference that was held there in October 2014. He has served the Southern Region as a Chapter Services Director for Texas, the VP for Region Development, and the Vice Chair.
David MacDonald (IABC NC Triangle) has more than two decades of professional communications experience. He is currently Manager of Corporate Communications at Martin Marietta in Raleigh, North Carolina, David began his career as a newspaper reporter and editor at the Harrisonburg Daily News-Record in Virginia. He went on to serve as Assistant Director of Communications with the North Carolina Bar Association, Director of Communications with UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Information and Library Science and, since July 2005, has worked at the corporate headquarters of the nation’s second-largest producer of construction aggregates. A Massachusetts native, David earned his bachelor’s degree in English at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, and his master’s degree in Journalism/Public Relations at UNC–Chapel Hill’s School of Journalism and Mass Communications. A member of the NC Triangle IABC chapter since 2009, David’s leadership roles have included Chapter VP of Finance, Chapter President, Past President, and Southern Region Chapter Services Director and VP of Leadership Development.
Shelley Nelson, MBA, (IABC Phoenix), brings more than 15 years of professional experience in strategic marketing planning, community involvement and marketing communications for nonprofits, small businesses and Fortune 500 companies. Her passion lies in Corporate Social Responsibility—seeing people experience a brighter future than they may have imagined and corporations embrace their role as good corporate citizens. Shelley loves creating marketing and communications plans that bring new and established audiences closer to the organization’s mission. She uses the power of storytelling to drive awareness and response as well as boost donations, move products and sell out events. In her free time, Shelley enjoys gardening, decorating and swimming. She has previously held an Adjunct Faculty role at Arizona Christian University.
Rick Bogren, ABC | VP, Finance/Treasurer
Rick Bogren, ABC, (Member-at-Large) is an editor and science writer with the title of professor with the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center. Before joining LSU in 1998, he spent eight years with the University of Illinois College of Agriculture as a media/communications specialist. Earlier positions in the industry included advertising and marketing communications positions with a start-up agricultural biotechnology company in Champaign, Illinois; the agricultural division of Sohio Chemical Company in Lima, Ohio; a valve manufacturing company in Decatur, Illinois; and an agricultural chemical trade association in Peoria, Illinois. He has a bachelor’s degree in magazine journalism from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, and an MBA from the University of Dayton. Rick has been an off again-on again member of IABC since 1972 and continuously since 1992. While a member of IABC New Orleans, he was a board member and treasurer for 17 years and concurrently president for one year. He was active in attempting to reinvigorate the chapter after Hurricane Katrina until it was dissolved in 2019. Rick has earned several-writing and editing awards from ACE – Association for Communication Excellence in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Life and Human Sciences; the National Agricultural Alumni & Development Association; the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE); and IABC Bronze Quill and Silver Quill competitions.
Lynda Holder (IABC Barbados) is the Manager of Marketing and Corporate Communications for the Barbados Transport Board. This is her second term as the Southern Region VP for Chapter Services. She served as VP of Finance, President-Elect and President of the Barbados Chapter. During Lynda’s tenure as President, the Barbados Chapter received a Chapter Management Award of Excellence. A member of IABC since 2008, Lynda has worked with other chapter members to engage communications students and ensure high standards for the future of the profession locally. She has also volunteered services to various small businesses and NGOs who do not have communicators on staff and are unable to afford this service. A native of Barbados, Lynda holds a Masters in Business Administration, a Diploma in Management from the University of the West Indies and certificates in Public Relations and Information and Communication Technology.
Jennie L. Lamb (Brazos Valley IABC) is Creative Manager, previously a graphic designer, at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM), where she’s worked since 2007. She develops and provides strategic design, communication, and marketing advice, content and project management for superiors, fellow communicators and clients. She is responsible for the CVM Website, assists with email marketing efforts and social media administration and provides art direction, design and production coordination for a variety of print and digital media. Most of her 20+ years as a professional communicator have been in support of science in higher education. She regularly guest lectures about her career and visual communications in Journalism classes at Texas A&M University, speaks about graphic design at professional communication conferences, and enjoys supporting non-profits with freelance and pro bono graphic design work. An active IABC member and volunteer leader since 2010, Jennie has served as President, President-Elect, VP Finance, and Awards Chair for Brazos Valley IABC. She was the 2013 and 2016–2019 Southern Region Silver Quill Awards Director and her work was the catalyst for the role to become a VP position on the Board in 2019–2020. She has also served IABC International as a member of the World Conference Program Advisory Committee (2016–2017), the Credentials Committee (2016–2018), and the Ethics Committee (2017–2019). Jennie holds a Bachelor of Journalism in Media Studies degree from The University of Texas at Austin. Her work has been recognized with multiple IABC Bronze and Silver Quill Awards and by the Houston Society for Technical Communication. In 2016, IABC Southern Region named her Communicator of the Year. In 2018, Sharon Hunter, SCMP, honored Jennie with the IABC International Chair’s Award.
Jordan Nagel (IABC Houston) is a communications professional with 15 years of experience in developing and implementing communication strategy with an emphasis on employee, leadership and executive communications. A fourth-generation Texas oil and gas employee, Jordan has a passion for working in the energy industry for large global organizations. For the last 12 years, Jordan has worked for BP in the Upstream segment. She is currently responsible for all internal and external communications for BP’s digital and technology efforts. Jordan earned her bachelor’s degree and Master of Business Administration from the University of North Texas, which allows her to bring a unique perspective to communication and coaching for the executives she supports. Jordan served as the President, President-Elect and VP Finance for the IABC Houston chapter, VP Finance for Southern Region, and has received Bronze, Silver and Gold Quill awards for her work with BP.
John Harris (IABC Houston) is a communication strategist and business writer. He is a past president of both IABC Houston and IABC Austin and this is his second term as Southern Region VP of Region Development. He has worked in public relations since 1991 and earlier spent 15 years as a newspaper reporter and editor. In PR, he has worked in the public and private sectors, and in both the agency and corporate sides of the business. In his last full-time role, he was a senior VP at Houston First Corporation, working for 10 years in corporate communications and public affairs. Houston First operates the city’s convention and entertainment facilities and promotes Houston as a tourism destination. John has counseled or written for the City of Houston, Austin Energy, the Houston Firefighters’ Relief & Retirement Fund, the Lower Colorado River Authority, Dell Inc., Compaq, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of St. Thomas, Novo Nordisk and Centura Health, among others. For Houston’s Joint Hurricane Housing Task Force, he served on a team that helped move several thousand families evacuating from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita into transitional housing in three months. The work won Silver Quill and Bronze Quill awards from IABC and an Excalibur Award from the Public Relations Society of America. John holds a bachelor of journalism degree from The University of Texas at Austin.
Alison Shuman | VP, Awards
Alison Shuman (IABC South Carolina) is a corporate communications coordinator II for Farm Bureau Insurance, a leading provider of auto, home and life insurance in South Carolina. Prior to joining Farm Bureau Insurance in 2007, Shuman was the scholastic press manager for the South Carolina Scholastic Press Association (SCSPA) and the Southern Interscholastic Press Association. She was also the assistant director of the Carolina Journalism Institute. Alison is an active member of the IABC South Carolina chapter, AAF of the Midlands and the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter Society of South Carolina (CPCU/SC). She has held numerous board positions including president with IABC/SC and CPCU/SC and currently serves as a member-at-large with IABC/SC and a director with CPCU/SC. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in advertising and a minor in retail from the University of South Carolina. During college, Alison participated on the third-place national J. Carroll Bateman Competition Team known as Palmetto Solutions and the third-place national DMEF Echo Competition team for the ING Orange Savings campaign “Green Grass. Blue Sky. Orange Savings.” A native of Columbia, South Carolina, she attended Irmo High School and was the editor-in-chief of The Stinger newspaper. In 2000, Shuman was recognized as SCSPA’s Journalist of the Year. She currently lives in downtown Columbia.
Patrick Cobb | Past Chair
Patrick Cobb (IABC South Carolina) is the Communications and Voter Engagement Director for AARP South Carolina, a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization for people 50 and over. In this role since 2001, he manages AARP South Carolina’s communication strategies and voter engagement activities—a true political junkie. Patrick was honored with AARP’s Community State & Nation Award for Excellence in Communications in 2016. He earned a BS in Communications/Public Relations at Appalachian State University (Go Apps!) and completed a Mini MBA from Clemson University (Go Tigers! He likes schools with national championships.) Patrick served as the 2015 President of the IABC South Carolina chapter and has been active as a board member serving in numerous leadership roles at the chapter and regional levels. He is also a 2016 graduate of Leadership South Carolina.