Meet the Mentors

Anne Lasseigne Tiedt, APR

Anne Lasseigne Tiedt, APR

Principal and Co-Owner, Momentum Public Relations, LLC Anne Lasseigne Tiedt grew up working summers at the Port of Brownsville Shrimp Boat Basin. It was there she learned how to work smarter, not harder, to achieve what you want in life. She’s taken this lesson and...

Barbara Springer

Barbara Springer

Barbara has over 30 years of professional experience working for software and hardware technology companies, including Intel, Dell, Novell, SAS Institute and several start-ups. She has extensive experience with system engineering, training, customer...

Christine Moline

Christine Moline

Communications and Organizing Strategist, Dashboard Priorities Christine is a strategic consultant with experience in project management, public relations and copywriting for marketing communication. She currently serves clients with editing and operations management....

Clarisa Ramirez

Clarisa Ramirez

Clarisa is the Digital & Social Media Lead of Austin Board of REALTORS®  Clarisa is a multimedia journalist who has worked as in-house as a professional storyteller for both national and local nonprofits. Before joining the Austin Board of...

Erin Huddleston

Erin Huddleston

Assistant Director, UT Austin McCombs School of Business - Erin is a strategic professional whose experience spans public relations, marketing, social media, fundraising, program management, event planning, and community outreach.  She is currently the Assistant...

Gina Helfrich

Gina Helfrich

Gina Helfrich, Ph.D. Communications Director and Program Manager for Diversity & Inclusion NumFOCUS Gina has over 10 years of professional communications experience spanning nonprofits, technology, higher education, and entrepreneurship. She is an expert in...

Jan Gunter

Jan Gunter

Communications and Community Relations Director, The Salvation Army, Austin Area Command - Jan is an ENFJ (for those familiar with Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) and is passionate about connecting with others. With a work ethic developed in the family...

Jane Baxter Lynn

Jane Baxter Lynn

Principal, JBL Strategies; Women Communicators of Austin Career Services Mentor Program Leader Jane is an experienced strategic planner, facilitator and professional communicator.  She has spent three decades in global, national and regional communications, marketing...

Jennifer Stayton

Jennifer Stayton

"Morning Edition" Host, KUT 90.5 FM - Jennifer is a native Austinite with over 20 years of experience as a radio broadcaster. She has worked in both public and commercial radio as a host, newscast anchor, interviewer, news reporter, DJ, producer, writer, editor, news...

Julie Tereshchuk

Julie Tereshchuk

Editor-in-Chief, Texas Lifestyle Magazine In 2002, Julie took a leap off a cliff, landed intact, and has gone on to become an award-winning freelance magazine writer and book editor. In November 2014 she took on her current role as Editor-in-Chief of Texas Lifestyle...

Julie Wickert

Julie Wickert

Principal, True Story Communication - Julie is a longtime communications professional with a technical writing background and a knack for capturing the essential marketing messages and the stories that substantiate them. She has extensive experience in proposal...

Karen Aroian

Karen Aroian

Aroian Editorial Through the years, Karen Aroian has had the good fortune to work in New York and Boston with some of the country’s best writers and editors. In 2012, after eight years as an editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Karen Aroian founded her own writing and...

Kate McKerlie

Kate McKerlie

Communication Director, Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing Kate McKerlie, MSSW, MPH is currently the Communications Director at the Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing at the University of Texas at Austin, Steve Hicks School of Social Work....

Lisa O’Neill

Lisa O’Neill

Principal and Founder, Breakaway Public Relations Lisa O’Neill, principal and founder of Breakaway Public Relations, has more than 25 years experience in public relations and integrated marketing with a focus on clients in hospitality, travel and non-profit sectors. A...

Katie Pariseau

Katie Pariseau

Director of Learning & Development, TrendKite - Katie has been lucky enough to work for boutique advertising agencies as small as 10 to GSD&M with 600+ employees. She's also worked in MarCom roles at Dell and AMD, and in Sales Enablement at AMD and startups...

LuAnn Glowacz

LuAnn Glowacz

Freelance/Contract Executive Ghost Writer & Editor, WordCove - LuAnn has mastered the art of working from home in her pajamas, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. After 15 years in agencies and in non-profit, technology and healthcare PR, she decided to slow...

Margaret Barry

Margaret Barry

Owner and Principal, Exit 6 Communications Margaret is an award-winning marketing strategist whose entire career has been in marketing for nonprofit organizations. Before moving to Austin, Margaret led marketing strategy and implementation for five top business...

Mary Ann Roser

Mary Ann Roser

Founder and chief, Roser Prose, LLC. After a decades-long journalism career in Kentucky, Washington, D.C., and Texas, Mary Ann transferred her writing, editing and interviewing skills to Roser Prose, LLC, a communications consulting company she created in mid-2016....

Mary Anne Connolly

Mary Anne Connolly

Founder/Chief Creative, MACMedia - Mary Anne has spent nearly 20 years in journalism – the first 10 in New York as a production associate for ABC News’ 20/20 and John Stossel Specials; then as a newsmagazine producer for FOX News at FOX Files and the Fox News Channel....

Maura Thomas

Maura Thomas

Founder and Chief Trainer at RegainYourTime.com - Maura is an international speaker and trainer on productivity, attention, and effectiveness for clients such as the American Heart Association, Honeywell, Dell, and L’Oreal. She is a TEDx Speaker, founder of...