Our Board

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Connie feick

President

For 20 years I’ve worked in various marketing and communications roles at EyeMed Vision Care, the nation’s fastest growing vision plan and part of the global EssilorLuxottica organization. In my current role as Senior Manager of Provider Engagement, I’m responsible for the teams who engage with eye doctors from around the country.

IABC continues to be an invaluable resource and connection for me as a professional communicator. It’s given me access to countless education and network opportunities.


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jackiedra wilson

Immediate Past President

Two of the best things about being a member: IABC focuses on business comms – not just one discipline – and I get to volunteer with some of the most energetic, passionate, professionals in the communication field. IABC gives me the opportunity to keep learning throughout my career and meet new people at local, regional and national events. Plus, national events include members and stakeholders from around the globe.

I’ve been a member since 2013, joined the Greater Cincinnati Chapter Board in 2017, and was elected president of the Chapter in September 2019 serving a two-year term. It was an honor to lead the chapter during my role as president.

Our chapter did not miss a beat even with the many challenges that occurred in 2020; this is thanks to the great volunteers who serve as board members for Greater Cincinnati, as well as the members, sponsors, and stakeholders who continue to be engaged.

Now, I continue my involvement both at the chapter level and the region level. The Heritage Region gives me an opportunity to give - and receive - knowledge and continued coaching from a variety of communication professionals that I can implement in my career and for the chapter.. 


JOE BOBBEY

Vice President, Finance

I've recently retired after 15 years as a senior consultant with a focus on change management and communications, helping clients and their stakeholders adopt new technologies and business processes. Prior to that, I managed communication teams that supported companies as they navigated challenges with strict regulatory requirements, changing markets, and economic downturns.

I have a long history in leadership with the IABC Greater Cincinnati chapter, including VP-finance and past president. I'm also currently a member of the IABC International Professional Development Committee, which sets strategy for IABC’s educational offerings to members and non-members.   


TERRI WELLMAN

Vice President, Membership Engagement

My professional focus is marketing and communications in healthcare. I’m a big believer in the value of communication for successful relationships. I also believe in access to quality healthcare services. My work is a wonderful – albeit challenging – combination of the two.


Now, more than ever, we need to be intentional about how we spend resources, with our time being one of the most valuable. IABC is my answer for intentional professional development. Involvement with the Greater Cincinnati Chapter has supported my career advancement, particularly strategic development.

My husband and I now live in downtown Cincinnati, after raising our two children in Anderson. 


white woman with short hair, big earrings, and glasses.Kari E. McLean

 Vice President, Communications & PR

I've been an IABC member since 2004, first in Chicago and now with the Greater Cincinnati area. I enjoy working with our chapter to help with meetings and promoting our Chapter activities, especially our new DEI resource pages

My IABC involvement is wide-ranging and includes serving as an IABC awards evaluator at the local, regional, and international levels. I served on the Heritage Region's Silver Quill committee as the 2021 Silver Quill Evaluation Manager and in 2022 as the Silver Quill web pages editor. I was a member of the 2021-2022 IABC Foundation Grant Selection Task Force, and am serving again this year.

Currently, I am serving as a member of the 2022-2023 Program Advisory Committee (with IABC Greater Cincinnati member, Teresa Zumwald) helping to plan the IABC World Conference in Toronto, Ontario. 

I’m proud to have won the Chicago Chapter's Karen Utterback Volunteer Award. I was the recipient of the Heritage Region scholarship for the 2019 IABC World Conference in Vancouver. 

Professionally, I am Senior Manager, Content & Marketing with New York City based-employee activation firm, Integral, owner of the Integral Employee Activation Index, which came about as a result of a connection made during the 2019 IABC World Conference.

I believe in the magic of IABC!  


REGINA CARSWELL RUSSO

Member-at-Large

Regina spent more than two decades as a broadcast journalist before working in public relations and marketing for nationally and internationally recognized cultural arts institutions. Helping institutions increase their media exposure resulted in record-breaking attendance and confirmed for Regina that if you can get people to LISTEN and FEEL, they will ACT.

That became the founding principle of RRight Now Communications, which she launched to help people, businesses, and organizations get control of their message.

Along the way, she was profiled in Ebony Magazine, Cincinnati Herald, Cincinnati Enquirer, and honored with a C-Suite Marketing Award from the Cincinnati Business Courier, and is a two-time Emmy nominee.

Regina is a 2022 YWCA Career Woman of Achievement, and Board Trustee with the Cincinnati Opera.


Jessica's PortraitJessica Canterbury

Social Media Manager

Sharing stories and human connections is the name of my game. I have done this the past 15 years in various venues: the local alt-weekly CityBeat, international art magazines published by F+W Media and now at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

I drive the social media channels for the chapter. 


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Pat Frey, ABC

Senior Board Member
Sponsorship Chair

Pat has held numerous roles on the Greater Cincinnati IABC Board, including chapter president. On the region level, she has served as a chapter liaison, scholarship chair, and as Chair of the IABC Heritage Region Conference from 2015-2018.

She retired as Director of Communications for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, but continues to remain active in IABC. Pat is now the region’s certification chair and continues as the region board’s liaison to the regional conference. She enjoys helping people make connections.


white woman with bob haircut & bangs, wearing glassesJoy Lovejoy, ABC

Senior Board Member 
Communications Committee Member

As a Senior Board Member, Joy shares her insights and expertise as a chapter leader.

Joy has held a number of roles at the Heritage Region level and was a Member of the Executive Board at the International Level. Additionally, Joy served as an Accreditation Exam Grader for many years. 

 

 

 


headshot of woman with curly hair and blue eyesTeresa Zumwald

Senior Board Member 

I’m a speechwriter, speech coach, executive communications consultant and three-time corporate history book author at Zumwald & Company, LLC, established in 1989. Since 2012, my speeches have won 20 awards including 13 Cicero Speechwriting Awards from Vital Speeches of the Day.

I recently collaborated as the writer of a business book, authored by an executive, that was published in 2020. I earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from The Ohio State University and later trained under an international speechwriter and speech coach. My company is a certified Women’s Business Enterprise by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).

An IABC member since 1995, I have served in numerous roles at the local chapter level and, most recently, the international level as a member of the World Conference Program Advisory Committee (PAC) for 2020-2021 and now for 2021-2022.


past presidents

The IABC Greater Cincinnati Chapter was founded in 1979 and members have benefited from the efforts and dedication of many communicators over those years. We’d like to thank and recognize the most recent chapter presidents for their past service. If anyone would like to add updated information, please let us know.

  • Jackiedra Wilson
  • Teresa Zumwald
  • Connie Ruhe
  • Joe Bobbey
  • Donna Grummich
  • Mev Wilson
  • Rita Perkins
  • Deb Rieselman
  • Pat Frey
  • Bonnie Smith Kavanaugh
  • Joy Lovejoy