Our Board

IABC Edmonton 2018-19 Board of Directors

 

The men and women of IABC's Edmonton board come from all levels and backgrounds, sharing a love for business communication and a belief that professional development should be exciting, inspiring, and fun.

Our volunteer board is voted on annually at the annual general meeting. Make sure you come out! It’s a great time, and your vote is important. The board leadership is a trinity role, with an individual serving one year as executive vice-president, one year as president, and one year as past president.

If you have a general inquiry for the board, contact us.

And be sure to check out our Board Update for the latest board or chapter news.


Executive Board

 

President - Amanda LeNeve, CMP | 780-233-9396 | @Leneverade

2018 - 2019

Amanda works at EPCOR as the manager of corporate communications where she and her courageous team work hard everyday to protect and enhance the EPCOR brand! Now in her fifth year on the IABC Edmonton board, Amanda can often be heard talking about the meaningful connections and relationships she's made through her board involvement.

Outside of work and IABC, you can find Amanda talking about her love of food and wine on the Tomato Radio podcast
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Vice President - Megan Thorburn | 780-686-2986 | @MegPR

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By day, Megan manages stakeholder and digital engagement for AGLC, leading a dedicated and talented team of individuals and leveraging over a decade of experience in journalism, communications, issues management and stakeholder relations. By night, she is Vice President of IABC Edmonton -- IABC’s 2018 International Chapter of the Year (have you heard?).

Megan joined the board in 2014 to network, learn and grow as a communications professional – and she is proud to say the experience has given her so much more.

 

Past President - Maya Filipovic | 780-293-2488 | @MayafilipovicPR 

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Maya puts her passion for media relations, issues management and crisis communications to work in her current role with Edmonton Fire Rescue Services. She has been with the City of Edmonton for many years, leading communications in a number of areas, including environmental strategies, urban planning, roadway maintenance, downtown parking and more.

Now in her ninth year on the IABC Edmonton board, Maya has had the opportunity to work in several portfolios. She credits IABC Edmonton for expanding her skillset in communications and leadership, as well as developing many close friendships. Maya has received several Capital Awards over the years and was named Member of the Year in 2014. When she is not IABC-ing and putting out fires (just kidding, she leaves that to the pros), you can find her touting her furbaby all over the city.
 

 

Senior Director, Administration - Hilary Anaka | @hilaryanaka

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Hilary Anaka is the principal of Anaka, a newly-formed communications and event consulting company in Edmonton. Prior to striking out on her own, Hilary led communications and community investment for Finning Canada for more than eight years and spent five years at the Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation. A certified Communications Management Professional, she is passionate about eradicating corporate speak - watch out synergies and laser focus - and is proud to be an IABC Edmonton board member and mentor.

 

Senior Director, Finance - Nicole Monaco, CM | 780-910-5561 | @NicoleLMonaco

Nicole Monaco

A marketing leader with 15 years experience working in Canada, the US, and Europe, Nicole leads audience engagement and channel strategy, business impact campaigns and brand building to help organizations take their marketing and communications to the next level. Nicole is designated a Chartered Marketer by the CMA and is thrilled to be part of the 2018-19 IABC Edmonton board. Originally from Toronto, Nicole has called Edmonton home since 2013 where she enjoys the community, cultural and commercial activities that are unique to our city.

 

Senior Director, Programming - Suzanne Pescod | 780-904-2885 | @suzqpd

Suzanne

Suzanne Pescod is the Marketing and Communications director with the Ronald McDonald House in Edmonton. Her previous experience in marketing and communications has included working for the construction and oil and gas sectors, as well as a couple of years working in the world of professional sports. Some of Suzanne’s most fun experiences include speaking at conferences around the province and she loves to moderate a great panel full of bright ideas! Suzanne is an active advocate for all things related to #YEG.


Senior Director, Marketing and Communications - 
Alexandra Hryciw | 780-271-4641 | @AlexandraHryciw

Alexandra Hryciw

A born and raised Edmontonian, Alex has a great love for her city and community. She is the Communications Advisor to Mayor Don Iveson, and the Senior Director of Marketing & Communications for IABC Edmonton. She has a passion for the digital landscape and the way in which social media is impacting the communications world. Alex has an affection for all things #YEG. When you can pull her attention away from her phone, you can always find her out and about in the city.


Senior Director, Membership - 
Romany Rzechowicz, CMP | 587-434-4960 | @RomanyJane

Romany Rzechowicz

A relative newcomer to Edmonton, Romany is Communication Advisor, Change Management with the Government of Alberta. A chance encounter with the finance side of annual report production more than a decade ago revealed a passion for communication, which led to an MA in Editing and Publishing, and roles in editing, marketing, digital communications and now change management.

Romany is the current Chair of the IABC Ethics Committee, and has previously served on the IABC Canberra Board in Australia. This is her first year on the IABC Edmonton Board.

 

Senior Director, Sponsorship - Terese Brasen | 780-919-2858 | @TereseBrasen

Terese Brasen

Terese is the senior communications strategist at Focus Communications. She is an accredited communicator and a member of the international Blue Ribbon panel, which judges IABC’s Gold Quill awards. Her 40-year communications career has included marketing and campaign communications, change communications and employee engagement. She has published extensively in magazines, won numerous awards, written myriad speeches, created content for websites, edited and taught at MacEwan University.

Terese holds a master’s degree in creative writing from Cedar Crest College in Pennsylvania. Outside of work and IABC, she writes fiction and creative nonfiction.

 

Senior Director, Volunteers - Rachelle Tedder | 780-292-6363| @comms_grl

Rachelle Tedder

Rachelle Tedder is the Senior Director of Enterprise Communications at Servus Credit Union. She is a writer at heart with a passion for people-centric decision-making and a budding interest in change management. Rachelle enjoys meeting new people, learning about new technology in the communications and workplace fields, and tries really hard not to break the interweb. Intranets and employee engagement are Rachelle’s latest areas of focus at work. Outside the office you’ll find her at the side of a soccer pitch cheering on her favourite player, her 10-year old son, or at a local farm watching her older son horseback riding. When not being Mom, Rachelle will be at a local market, coffee shop, cafe or shop supporting local entrepreneurs and businesses buying way too much jewelry, clothes and delicious coffee treats. Look for Rachelle on LinkedIn, Twitter or IABC’s Hub and say hello today!

 

Leadership Committee

 

Director, Sponsor Relations - Karen Gill | 780-932-1983 | @PRKaren

Karen Gill

Karen Gill is the Corporate Communications Officer at the City of Fort Saskatchewan. She’s a wearer of many hats at work, with her duties ranging from social media strategy to media relations and campaign development.She enjoys working where the action is, and thrives in fast paced environments. Karen joined the board to make meaningful connections and continue to grow with her profession.

 

Director, Jobline and Email Marketing - Hiba Kamal-Choufi | 780-994-6669 | @hibakchoufi

Hiba Kamal Choufi

Hiba is a communications professional with extensive experience in writing, social media, and research. She previously worked with large organizations, including the University of Alberta, the United Nations Association, Shaw TV, and Schlumberger Canada.

Hiba is currently a freelance writer with passion for digital media and exploring how online platforms can transform the communications industry. As she completed a master's degree in communications and Technology from UAlberta, Hiba studied the impact of Twitter on Canadian journalists. She also holds a graduate degree in International Relations and Bachelor of Journalism from Beirut, Lebanon.

Hiba’s journey with IABC started as a volunteer coordinator in 2017. While she enjoyed her role working with volunteers, she’s excited about joining the IABC Edmonton board as a Director, Jobline and Email marketing.

 

Director, Content - Laura Konsorada | 780-919-5276

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Laura Konsorada is the marketing manager at DevFacto Technologies, an IT consulting and product company. She is responsible for everything from brand management to marketing programs to communication strategy and loves being part of the fast-growth tech sector here in #YEG. Laura joined the IABC Edmonton board to learn from and network with our city’s finest communication professionals. When she’s not IABC-ing, Laura can usually be found running or biking in the river valley with her large (and cute!) fur baby.

 

Director, Website - Katelyn Blakely | 780-220-7578 | @katyblakely

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By the end of 2018, Katelyn should have a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in hand from NAIT where she studies marketing. Inspired by her love of adventure, Katelyn had unique opportunities to study and work abroad, learning about international business and the tourism industry. Katelyn aspires to pursue a career in these industries and continue exploring how communication connects travellers around the world.

 

Director, Social Media - Katie Fitzgerald | 780-920-1044 | @Katie_Fitz12

Katie Fitzgerald

Katie is a fourth year Bachelor of Commerce student at the University of Alberta with a major in Strategic Management & Organization and a minor in Marketing. Her interest in marketing stems from her love of being creative and finding new and intriguing ways to tell stories. She has a passion for photography and videography and is constantly looking to improve her skills. When she is not working on the next social media post for IABC YEG, she is either planning wish enhancement activities with the Make A Wish Foundation or taking her dog, Scooby, for long runs.

 

Director, Visual Media and Design - Michael Liu | 780-3340-7950 | @MikeyinYEG 

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Michael loves words and images. He draws on his diverse experience in corporate and visual communications to help clients connect with audiences and share their stories. As director of visual identity, Michael designs visual assets that promote awareness for chapter initiatives and build consistency for our brand. He has volunteered with IABC since 2014, first joining the board in 2015.

As communications specialist with the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), Michael develops internal communications to support NAIT’s strategic priorities in health and safety, capital projects, facilities and transportation. Michael’s previous experience includes working in public affairs at Dow Canada and in economic development at Strathcona County.

When not working, Michael enjoys hiking, photography and travelling.

 

Director, Member Relations - Sabra Saleh | 780 - 863 - 6566 | @sabrasaleh

Sabra Saleh

Sabra Saleh is a Senior Communications Advisor at EPCOR. In her role, she spends her time engaging and working with over 700 employees in Drainage Services. Sabra has over 15 years experience in communications and a passion for writing and telling an authentic story. She is an enthusiastic global citizen who has worked with organizations in the private, public and non-profit sectors locally and internationally. As a new member of IABC Edmonton Board, Sabra looks forward to networking with her peers in the communications industry and meeting new ones. In her free time, Sabra frequently volunteers for the Africa Centre in Edmonton and the Zanzibar Association for Youth Education and Empowerment, a non-profit youth organization based in Tanzania.   

 

Director, Student Development - Rebecca Isbister | 780-246-3253 | @RebeccaIsbister

Rebecca Isbister

Rebecca is a recent graduate of MacEwan University’s public relations program and is currently working as a junior communications advisor for the Government of Alberta. Within her first year as a student member, Rebecca felt not only welcomed, but appreciated as a communications professional and felt determined to give further as an official IABC leader.

As director of student development, she offers first-hand experience to help students make the most of their IABC membership and serve as ambassador to future communications professionals.

When not writing up a storm, Rebecca can be found in the middle of a book, on a hike or out of the country.

 

Director, Member Research - Elizabeth Gusnoski | @egusnoski

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Elizabeth Gusnoski is a senior consultant with nForm User Experience, where she brings order and efficiency to big messy websites and intranets, and helps clients make effective use of their digital investments. Before turning to consulting, she spent over a decade wearing many hats on in-house web communications teams. Elizabeth is returning for her second year as the Director, Member Research, and is excited to continue establishing research practices to better understand how IABC Edmonton can better serve its members. When not working, Elizabeth can be found exploring Edmonton’s trails and parks.

 

Director, Mentorship - Elizabeth Tadman-Kickham | 780-221-5461 | @Creative_Betty

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Elizabeth Tadman-Kickham is a marketing and communications professional with experience in government, non-profit, freelance and the private sector. For the past six years, she has worked for Strathcona County’s Recreation, Parks and Culture department. Elizabeth is a proud volunteer and community builder who has been a Big Sister for over eight years. Because of her experience with Big Brothers Big Sisters and her past work experience coordinating a mentorship program for The City of Calgary, Elizabeth is ecstatic to join the IABC Edmonton Board as Director, Mentorship.

Director, Certification - Michelle Spring | 780-242-8504

Michelle is a Senior Communications Advisor with EPCOR working on the Drainage team and has more than 20 years experience in communication roles in a variety of industries.  Michelle has a Bachelor of Physical Education, major in Sport Psychology and a Master of Arts in Communication and Leadership and holds the Communication Management Professional designation. Certification through IABC has been very rewarding for Michelle and she has a passion to share information and encourage others to see the benefits of certification both as an individual and for the recognition and advancement of our professional association in Edmonton.

 

Director, Events - Amanda Zirk | 780-782-8856| @a_n_zirk

Amanda lives by the motto “Life is about people, not stuff.” While studying at MacEwan University, she joined IABC to meet like-minded industry professionals. She is currently the Communications and Development Coordinator for Cornerstone Counselling Centre, a non-profit that provides professional mental health services to all Edmontonians. In her role, Amanda has the privilege of connecting with donors and planning exciting fundraising events- a perfect blend of her marketing and public relations experience. In her free time, you can find Amanda exploring downtown, swimming, or spending time with family and friends.

 

Director, Professional Development - Danelle Fash | 780-918-9346

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Danelle holds a deep love for all things digital marketing, and calls upon that passion in her role as Marketing Manager at Testfire Labs, to tackle everything from establishing new brands and launching new products to advertising and web design. Danelle joined IABC to connect with and learn from like-minded people who nerd out over marketing and communications as much as she does. In her downtime, you can find Danelle scoping out the newest restaurants in YEG, or cuddled up with her dog, Murphy. 

 

Director, Capital Awards - Elizabeth Bunney-Lakoseljac | 780-236-1008 | @e_lako

Elizabeth Bunney Lakoseljac

Elizabeth focuses her event planning experience, passion for all things writing and leadership skills in her day job at All Weather Windows. As the company's sole communications professional, Elizabeth has experience in all facets of the business including internal and external communications, strategic planning, community investment and marketing events. She was an IABC volunteer on the Capital Awards committee for 3 years prior to putting her experience into action as Director. A born and raised Edmontonian, Elizabeth loves exploring the city and experiencing all that it has to offer!

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Board photos were taken by - William Au Photography