The Getalong Gang

Keeping it fresh

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. These kind folks contribute their expertise and keep our organization fresh and relevant to people at all stages of their careers.

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.

For more specific questions, feel free to email board members directly. They’re all just regular people—as regular as we business communicators can be—and are always happy to help.

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

IABC Edmonton 2016-17 Board of Directors

Executive Board

Angela Saveraux


Angela puts her creativity, strong writing skills and leadership ability into action at Canadian Western Bank as senior manager, corporate communications. She takes great delight in planning and executing interesting, relevant internal and external communications, as well as overseeing the organization’s community investment program. Angela is incredibly proud to have joined IABC Edmonton’s board of directors back in 2013. After learning the ropes in the administration and professional development portfolios, Angela signed on for a three-year leadership role because her involvement with IABC brings her passion for learning, together with her interest in advocating for the communications profession and meeting new (incredible!) people. When she’s not guiding the activities of the chapter, you’ll find her practicing yoga, strolling in the river valley, visiting a locally-owned restaurant or planning her next adventure abroad.

Vice President
Maya Filipovic

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Maya works for the City of Edmonton and has led communications in a number of areas including environmental strategies, urban planning, snow clearing, downtown parking, and most recently fire. Her passion is media relations, issues management and crisis communications, which she has been able to develop even more in her recent roles. Now in her seventh year on the IABC Edmonton board, you can say that Maya has drank the “IABC Kool-Aid”. Maya is moving into the President's role next year, and is eager to put all that she has learned in her board tenure into action. Maya has won many Capital Awards and in 2014 was named Member of the Year by IABC Edmonton. When she is not IABC-ing and talking about potholes and fires, you can find her touting her furbaby all over the city.

Past President
Barbara Marcinkoski

Biography forthcoming...

Senior Director, Administration
Carla Putnam Kerr

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Carla works at the City of Edmonton, where she tackles complex communications issues related to the drainage system. A long-time IABC Edmonton volunteer, Carla has been on the board since 2010 in a variety of roles. Currently, Carla is the senior administration director, which is a fancy way of saying she runs the back end of the chapter and ensures that the board can do its job efficiently and effectively.

Senior Director, Finance
Megan Thorburn

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By day, Megan manages stakeholder relations for the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission, leveraging over a decade of experience in journalism and both private and public-sector marketing and communications. By night, she is senior director of the finance portfolio with IABC Edmonton – a concerted effort to expand her skillset and prove her high school math teacher wrong. Megan joined the board to network, learn and grow as a communications professional – and she’s proud to say the experience has given her so much more.

Senior Director, Programming
Amanda LeNeve

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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 name! Amanda joined the IABC Edmonton board three years ago after being one of those wall-flower members for many years — and she’s never looked back! After board roles in communications and professional development, Amanda is now the senior director of programming, which encompasses the areas of special events, certification, professional development, mentorship and Capital Awards — another courageous and committed team! Their aim? Make sure local members (and potential members alike) have meaningful opportunities to learn from and connect with others working in our fast-paced, ever-changing field.  

Senior Director, Marketing and Communications
Erika Barootes

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As a member of the Public and Government Affairs team at EPCOR, Erika is responsible for helping to share the EPCOR story and ensuring the internal and external messages align. This is a combination of brand journalism and calendar planning, which as a lover of process, is a perfect fit for Erika. As a relatively new member of IABC, Erika has found a home on the communications and marketing team. As the senior director, Erika works with her team to support board initiatives that promote events and create marketing campaigns to highlight the benefits of being a part of IABC.

Senior Director, Membership
Colleen Foster, ABC

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Colleen is a strategic, results-oriented, accredited senior professional with more than 20 years of experience in communications and change management including 11 years in senior leadership roles supporting executive teams. She is currently an independent consultant in communications and change management. Colleen has been an active member of IABC for 25 years and has previously served on the Edmonton, Canada West Region and International Boards of Directors. She believes that the true value of membership is in the long-lasting relationships and friendships that come with active involvement and has returned to the IABC Edmonton Board to re-connect with local colleagues. Colleen has received several communication awards including Gold Quill, Silver Leaf and Capital Awards. In 2003, she was named Member of the Year by IABC Edmonton.

Senior Director, Sponsorship
Kris Berezanski

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Kris is entering his fourth year with the City of Edmonton’s Media Relations team. If you’ve seen the City post on social media, Kris likely had something to do with that. Before working with the City, Kris worked in public relations for the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. When not at work Kris enjoys horror movies, reading and sampling fine whiskeys from around the world. This is Kris’ first year on the IABC board.  

Senior Director, Volunteers 
Crystal Komanchuk

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Taking a project and making it stronger is Crystal’s forte. Since joining the board in 2013, her highlight has been reviving the mentorship program. She’s on the board to empower others to learn and grow in communications. Crystal is a communicator for registered nurses (RNs) in Alberta at CARNA, where she is responsible for communications planning and execution, managing several budgets and events, and promoting the unique role of RNs. She is also the lead on sponsorship activities, visual identity and an annual awards program and gala. In her free moments, she can be found trail riding or competing in showjumping.

Leadership Committee

Director, Jobline
Sabrina Licata

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Sabrina Licata is a marketing professional for Oilers Entertainment Group. She started volunteering with IABC Edmonton in 2015 as an event reporter and is now the director of Jobline. She is grateful for all the wonderful people she has met because of IABC. When she isn’t glued to a computer screen, she spends her time practicing hot yoga and sipping on a chai latte from Remedy Cafe.

Director, Social Media
Alexandra Hryciw


A born and raised Edmontonian, Alex has a great love for her city and community. She is the social media advisor to Mayor Don Iveson, and the director of social media for IABC Edmonton. Alex understands how to drive online engagement and tackles complex issues daily, finessing them into 140 characters for social media communications. 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.

Director, FYI Newsletter
Laura Konsorada

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
Marjorie Henderson

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Biography forthcoming...

Director, Brand and Visual Media
Michael Liu

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Michael Liu is a communications professional with a diverse background. As communications specialist at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), Michael helps to plan and execute communications strategies to help clients achieve their business goals. His previous experience at Dow Chemical Canada and Strathcona County provides him with a broad understanding of corporate, internal and operational communications. Michael has been an avid volunteer with IABC Edmonton since 2014 and enjoys giving back to the profession. His hobbies include hiking, travelling and taking long walks in Edmonton’s beautiful river valley.

Director, Member Relations
Colleen Nuc

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Colleen is the Executive Producer at Hoopla Media, a boutique video production company located in the heart of Edmonton’s trendy car mechanic district. With a background in corporate, commercial and documentary storytelling, Colleen has produced hundreds of videos around Alberta, and has had the opportunity to work with some amazing companies and organizations. Colleen joined the IABC Edmonton board for the chance to hang out with the cool kids in marketing and communications and learn from the best of the best in the city. When she’s not working with moving pictures or IABC, Colleen can be found walking her boston terrier, Walter, in the river valley or binge watching series on Netflix.

Director, Student Development
Alison Richards

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Passionate for non-profit, Alison works as the communications coordinator at Food Banks Alberta. Her position involves anything from managing social media and website content to helping with various administrative tasks. After volunteering with the IABC Edmonton mentorship program last year, Alison became the director of Student Development to promote the good word of IABC. She loves being a part of the energetic & engaging group of IABC Edmonton board members. On the weekends you can find her at Elm Cafe fueling Edmonton’s caffeine fix.

Director, Member Research
Karen Gill

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Karen Gill is a communicator with a passion for visual arts and community. Her diverse background and love of the public relations world has taken her career from the fast paced world of the film festival circuit to land of community engagement. Her background in content marketing and event planning led her to volunteer on the IABC Capital Awards committee and ultimately join the board as director of Member Research. She’s a five year member of IABC, and an Oilers fan always on the hunt for exciting new projects and discovering some of #YEG’s hidden gems.

Director, Mentorship
Crystal Komanchuk

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Taking a project and making it stronger is Crystal’s forte. Since joining the board in 2013, her highlight has been reviving the mentorship program. She’s on the board to empower others to learn and grow in communications. Crystal is a communicator for registered nurses (RNs) in Alberta at CARNA, where she is responsible for communications planning and execution, managing several budgets and events, and promoting the unique role of RNs. She is also the lead on sponsorship activities, visual identity and an annual awards program and gala. In her free moments, she can be found trail riding or competing in showjumping.

Director, Certification
Carmen Palamarchuk

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Biography forthcoming...

Director, Capital Awards
Suzanne Pescod

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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. Suzanne is currently a member of the IABC board and has been organizing the Capital Awards for the past three years. You can also find her speaking at various events about the awesome world of marketing and communications. Suzanne is an active advocate for all things related to #YEG - as she loves this city and can’t wait to see what it can do now and in the future!

Director, Events
Adriana Amelio

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Adriana Amelio is a communications coordinator with the City of Edmonton, specialising in social media. Her experience includes project management, print and digital marketing, social media management and communications strategy for Edmonton Public Schools, Cash Mob Edmonton, The Yards Magazine and over three years of volunteering with IABC Edmonton. In her current role as special events director, Adriana plans the various networking and mixer style events for Edmonton’s communications community and IABC members. When she’s not online vigorously hashtagging, you can catch Adriana at local events, spinning, or at the park with her beloved chiweenie Fred.

Director, Professional Development
Nikki van Dusen

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Nikki heads the marketing and communications team at the Art Gallery of Alberta, and teaches PR and digital media courses at both the University of Alberta and MacEwan University. She also sits on the University of Alberta Alumni Council. This is her first year on the IABC board after 11 years of membership. She recently received her APR accreditation. In between all of that, she reads, plays Bioware video games, and runs herd on Mollydooker, her labradoodle.