Our Board

Connie feick


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.

sara jackson

Vice President, Programs

Sara joined the Greater Cincinnati Board to plan programs based on the survey feedback the Chapter Board received in June 2023. 

She joined Park National Bank in July 2022 as their new Internal Communications Director. Prior to her role at Park, Sara co-founded the tech startup, Cerkl, a company that modernizes the employee experience by automatically personalizing content and messages based on each individual’s interestsand schedule, significantly driving engagement among your audience.

Beginning her career in sports marketing and having various experiences in the public and private sector, Sara is passionate about using data, forward thinking solutions and cross-channel coordinated communications and touchpoints to enhance the employee experience, culture, and internal communication strategy.


Vice President, Finance

I've 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.   

Robbie Jennings Michels

Vice President, Membership Engagement

I am a connector. I’ve been honored to promote some of our region’s top civic assets, from the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, and Southwest Ohio Workforce Council, along with many other job creators large and small. My experience gives me a unique lens through which I’m able to connect people and organizations to their vision of success.

As a marketing communications professional, I can attest to the value of developing both strategic partnerships and salient, informed messaging to attract and retain talent, business, and funding.

Membership in IABC offers a professional platform for practitioners to spark connections and ideas, hone skills, harness the power of communications channels, maintain relevancy – and build new relationships.

I have three decades of marketing and communications experience for the region’s civic assets, as well as large and mid-size firms. I've served as VP, Corporate Communications at Fifth Third Bancorp; VP of Marketing at the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber; Corporate Sponsorship Director at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden; Director, Client Experience at Astute Solutions; and Marketing & Development Director at Starfire Council of Greater Cincinnati.

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.

I served as a member of the 2022-2023 Program Advisory Committee (with IABC Greater Cincinnati member, Teresa Zumwald) helping to plan the 2023 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!  

Jessica's PortraitJessica Canterbury


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. 

kayann rutter


As the Director of Marketing & Communications at Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, I wear many hats while developing and executing strategic, integrated marketing & communication campaigns for the nation’s 6th largest Girl Scout council. That’s why I find so much benefit in IABC— no matter what the project I’m tackling, there’s another IABC member who can offer guidance and support. I love sharing ideas, connecting the dots, and making amazing things happen!

I’m a long-time IABC member, having held leadership roles on the board of IABC Columbus. When I moved to Cincinnati in 2016, I was still serving as AVP of Marketing at United Way of Central Ohio in Columbus, pioneering working by Zoom from the guest room (before we all had to!) As I began meeting people around town, I found many welcoming and helpful people at IABC Cincinnati, and I’m so pleased to now be working with the board as a Member-at-Large.

(Board note: we're pleased too!) 



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. 

Pat Frey Headshot

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. 




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