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 applied it to more than 20 years of communications experience, all logged in Austin, Texas…

Barbara Springer

Barbara Springer

Veteran Communications Professional. Barbara Springer 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 service/technical support, marketing, business development, event planning, strategic alliances and account management…

Clarisa Ramirez

Clarisa Ramirez

Digital & Social Media Lead, 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 REALTORS® , she was the Founder and Principal of Small Coffee, a boutique PR and marketing agency that worked with small businesses…

Elizabeth Green

Elizabeth Green

Marketing & Communication Manager, Susan G. Komen Greater Central & East Texas. Elizabeth Green is the marketing and communication manager at Susan G. Komen Greater Central and East Texas, which serves 58 counties. In her eight years in the field of marketing and communications, she has always had a wide range of responsibilities, though her comfort zones are graphic design, writing and editing, and communications strategy…

Gina Helfrich

Gina Helfrich

Program Officer for Global Technology, Internews. Gina has over 10 years of professional communications experience spanning nonprofits, technology, higher education, and entrepreneurship. She has spent the past five years working to make technology better serve the needs of vulnerable and marginalized people…

Jan Gunter

Jan Gunter

Communications Specialist & Realtor. Jan Gunter 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 beekeeping business, she values networking and collaboration plus using the resources at hand to accomplish next steps…

Jane Baxter Lynn

Jane Baxter Lynn

Principal, JBL Strategies. Jane Baxter Lynn is an experienced strategic planner, facilitator and professional communicator. She has spent three decades in global, national and regional communications, marketing and non-profit management, and has a wealth of contacts and resources worldwide…

Jennifer Stayton

Jennifer Stayton

“Morning Edition” Host, KUT 90.5 FM. Jennifer Stayton is a native Austinite with nearly 30 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 assignment coordinator, delivery and speech coach, intern supervisor, and (briefly) salesperson…

Julie Tereshchuk

Julie Tereshchuk

Editor-in-Chief, Texas Lifestyle Magazine. In 2002, Julie Tereshchuk 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 Magazine, a quarterly print and daily online publication…

Julie Wickert

Julie Wickert

Principal, True Story Communication. Julie Wickert 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 management and writing (RFP responses). Her career spans work for Fortune 500s, startups and nonprofits…

Karen Aroian

Karen Aroian

Founder, Aroian Editorial. Karen 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 editing boutique, Aroian Editorial…

Kate McKerlie

Kate McKerlie

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. Her mission is to make information clear and kind. Kate directs TXICFW’s communications by managing the team who maintains the institute website, e-newsletters, promotional print materials, and social media platforms…

Lani Rosales

Lani Rosales

COO at The American Genius (news network for entrepreneurs + SMBs), Co-Founder of the Big Ass Social Happy Hour (monthly networking event), and Founder of ADJ (Austin Digital Jobs – wild, massive Facebook Group) as well as the newly added RDJ (Remote Digital Jobs)…

Lisa O’Neill

Lisa O’Neill

Lisa 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 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Lisa began her career on the east coast working at agencies, in-house and ultimately running her own PR consultancy in Boston. Her diverse PR background ranges from marketing and community relations for a weekly newspaper group to luxury clients and health and wellness…

LuAnn Glowacz

LuAnn Glowacz

President, 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 down—for her family’s sake—and focus solely on executive ghost writing and editing…

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 & Chief, Roser Prose, LLC Mary Ann Roser  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...

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...

Nicole Basham

Nicole Basham

Content Marketing Strategist, Monkee-Boy Web Design Full Funnel Digital Marketing Nicole Basham has worked in the nonprofit, public, and private sectors, as well as being self-employed as a freelancer. She is currently the content marketing strategist at Full Funnel...

Raye Elizabeth Ward

Raye Elizabeth Ward

Principal, Chrysanthemum Marketing -  Raye’s career is rooted in the pioneering days of technology public relations. It spread through public policy (privacy), e-commerce, natural resources (water), public-private partnerships and education. A fifth-generation Texan,...

Reesa Woolf, Ph.D.

Reesa Woolf, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer, SPEAK LIKE a TED TALK Reesa is a TED Talk Trainer who prepares executives and ESL Speakers for leadership. She has worked with corporate leader executives and technology & sales departments in executive development and influential...

Roberta Coffin

Roberta Coffin

Principal, Scripta Communications A creative strategist and demand generation specialist who thrives on challenges, Roberta Coffin has an extensive agency background and experience in both B2B and B2C marketing, primarily in housing, real estate, construction,...

Sandra Kleinsasser

Sandra Kleinsasser

Owner and Editor-in-Chief, WriteAustin.com - Sandra is a veteran journalist who left the news business after 30 years to reshape a career that needed some fresh air. Now, she is a freelance editor and writer who enjoys crafting success stories, blogs, newsletters and...