David MacDonald, MA, (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.
John Harris (IABC Austin) is a communication strategist and business writer. He is a past president of both IABC Houston and IABC Austin. He has worked in public relations (PR) 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.
Mark Evans, MS, SCMP, (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 previously served the Southern Region as a Chapter Services Director for Texas, the VP for Region Development, Vice Chair, and Chair.
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, MBA, 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.
Board Member Bios
Linda Wesley, CMP, (IABC Central Oklahoma) is passionate about helping small businesses and nonprofits better tell their story through strategic communications plans and consistent content and messaging. Prior to starting StoryPath Communications in 2014, she held positions with a corporate relocation firm, a K-12 school district, and a public health state agency. Her experience includes communications strategy, website content development, print publications, writing, editing, social media, and internal communications. She has served on IABC boards in Central Oklahoma (Secretary, VP of Membership, President and Past President) and in St. Louis (Bronze Quill Chair).
Jennie L. Lamb (Brazos Valley IABC) has 20+ years of experience as a communication professional—mostly in support of science in higher education. Currently, she is the Creative Manager for web and digital communications at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, where she’s worked since 2007. She develops and provides design and communication strategy, content, and project management for superiors, fellow communicators, and internal clients. She speaks in classes and at conferences about her career path and design and enjoys supporting non-profits with freelance and pro bono work. An active IABC member and volunteer leader since 2010, she served in several board positions, including president, for the Brazos Valley (Texas) chapter, and previously served as the Southern Region’s Silver Quill Awards Director. For IABC International, she has served on the Credentials, Ethics, and Program Advisory Committees. 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. In 2016, she was named IABC Southern Region’s Communicator of the Year, and in 2018, she received the IABC International Chair’s Award.
Jordan Nagel, MBA, (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.
Don Klausmeyer, ABC, (IABC Dallas) is the owner of Don Klausmeyer Communications, a writing and consulting practice specializing in health care and technology B2B marketing content and corporate internal communications, especially employee benefits. Don began his IABC career as chapter secretary for the now-defunct IABC Wichita chapter and has called IABC Dallas his professional development and networking home since the early 1990s. He’s been an IABC jack-of-all-trades, including Bronze, Silver, and Gold quill judge more times than he can remember, accreditation portfolio and exam evaluator, and president of IABC Dallas. He’s also held most leadership positions within the chapter and has the reputation of throwing one heck of a networking event.
Mary Hardin Francis (IABC Houston) is President of Hardin-Francis Enterprises, LLC, an integrated, creative, strategic marketing communication agency that has been the recipient of multiple Bronze and Silver Quill Awards. Working with a large number of clients in various industries for more than 25 years, the firm specializes in branding, web design and development, internet marketing, advertising, and project management. Mary was a partner at Eventions, an event-planning company, and Director of Media Relations for the Houston Public Library System prior to founding Hardin-Francis. She also taught in the Visual Communications Department at Lone Star College and provides marketing communications services to charitable organizations in Houston. Mary has been involved with the Southern Region since she created the website for Align ’09, the regional conference held in Houston. Since then, she’s supported the region as Conference Director and Silver Quill Awards Director multiple times and recently served as Southern Region Chair. She is an IABC Houston past president and remains active in the local chapter. A native Houstonian (one of the few left still living there), Mary is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a Journalism degree and Marketing specialization.
Alison Shuman, CPCU, ARe, ARM, AINS, AIS (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 in 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.