Executive Board

Serving the Southern Region of IABC

Our Vision

We share the vision to see professional communication at the heart of every organization.

With more than 250 years of experience and expertise in communication, marketing and public relations across diverse fields ranging from energy to government, finance, education, healthcare, manufacturing and human services, we’ve produced award-winning work for agencies, corporations, small businesses and nonprofits.

But we don’t stop there. We’ve also served on local IABC chapter boards leading them to thrive with proven strategies that effectively lead, sustain and grow chapters.

Executive Board

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Chair

John Harris (IABC Austin) is a communication strategist and business writer. He is a past president of IABC Houston and IABC Austin—and has served as VP of Region Development and Vice Chair for IABC Southern Region. He has worked in public relations since 1991 after 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, Compaq, 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...

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Vice Chair

Jordan Nagel, MBA, (IABC Houston) is a communications professional with more than 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 worked for BP in the Upstream segment, where she was 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 Past President, President, President-Elect, and VP of Finance for the IABC Houston chapter, VP of Finance and VP of Leadership Development for Southern Region, and has received Bronze, Silver, and Gold Quill awards for her work with BP.

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Immediate Past Chair

David MacDonald, MA, (IABC NC Triangle) has more than three decades of professional communications experience. Currently senior internal communications strategist at First Citizens Bank in Raleigh, North Carolina, Dave began his career as a 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 Manager of Corporate Communications with Martin Marietta. A Massachusetts native, Dave 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, Dave’s leadership roles have included Chapter VP of Finance, Chapter President and Past President, and Southern Region Chapter Services Director, VP of Leadership Development, Vice...

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VP Administration

Jennie L. Lamb (Brazos Valley IABC) is a veteran communication professional with more than 25 years of experience, mostly in support of science in higher education. 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 and small businesses 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 IABC chapter, and previously served the Southern Region as Silver Quill Awards Director and VP of Communications. For IABC International, she has served on the Credentials, Ethics, and Program Advisory Committees. Jennie holds a Bachelor of Journalism in Media Studies...

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VP Finance

Kellie Keyes Davie, APR, SCMP (Member-at-Large) is an entrepreneur and award-winning executive who delivers organizational and marketing growth across businesses and industries, from national consumer brands to local, nonprofit organizations. She is the Managing Director and Founder of Keycom, a lifestyle marketing and public relations agency based in Nashville. An alumna of the University of Tennessee, she holds a Bachelor of Science in communication, with an emphasis in public relations. Kellie is the first professional in Tennessee to hold an APR from PRSA and an SCMP from IABC simultaneously. She is the recipient of multiple professional leadership awards in her home state, as well as IABC Bronze and Silver Quill Awards. She previously served as the VP of Communications and Awards at the chapter level, and IABC Southern Region as the Email Director within the Communications portfolio.

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VP Communication

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. She serves as the VP of Finance for the IABC Phoenix Chapter and previously served as the IABC Southern Region Secretary/VP, Administration.

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VP Chapter Services

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).

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VP Region Development

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.

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VP Leadership Development

Allyson Ward Neal, MA, (IABC Houston) is an experienced communications leader who uses digital strategies to achieve the corporate goals of major corporations, particularly in the energy sector. She’s adept at developing digital strategies and strategic communications plans that integrate video, social media, the web, photography, online publications, and virtual Teams Live engagements to align with strategic objectives. She has served companies such as bp, CHRISTUS Health, and Chevron Corporation. Allyson presented an IABC Southern Region SPARK presentation, has served on the board of IABC Houston, the IABC International Program Advisory Committee, and as the Social Media Director within the Communications portfolio for IABC Southern Region.

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VP Conference

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...

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VP Awards

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...

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Past Chair & Certification Director

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...

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We look forward to meeting you.

  • At the Southern Region, we create community for more than 900 members, hundreds of chapter leaders and 21 local chapters.
  • Please reach out with questions, successes and challenges. We would love to hear from you.

Contact John Harris, Chair