Council of Regions

Role of the Regions

The Regions are designed specifically to safeguard the links between members, Chapters, Regions, and the IABC Executive Board. IABC’s Regions will at a minimum, fulfill the roles that are outlined in the IABC Bylaws:

  1. Serve as the coordinating body for activities, needs, and issues within the Region
  2. Provide support and services for Chapter leaders, and take ownership of Members-at-Large within Regions
  3. Produce annual plan to promote Region growth
  4. Consolidate issues from Regions, communicate them to the Executive Board, and provide feedback and information on issues under consideration by the Executive Board
  5. Serve as the link among members, Chapters, Regions, and the Executive Board through the participation of Region Chairs in IABC’s Council of Regions and their interaction with an Executive Board liaison
  6. Provide a forum for sharing best practices among Chapters in the Region
  7. Select a representative to serve on the IABC Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee meets at LI to select Vice-chairs, Directors-at-Large and Trustees for the IEB and IABC Foundation.
  8. Elect a Region Chair and appropriate leadership

Regions serve the following principal constituencies:

  1. Chapter leaders. Regions serve chapter leaders by facilitating the exchange of information, ideas, and resources throughout their Regions, and by providing leadership training.
  2. Members of the Region. Regions serve their members by developing the communication, leadership, and management skills of Chapter and Region leaders; representing member interests at other levels of the Association; and promoting professionalism through programs offered in Chapters, in their Region, and in conjunction with other IABC Regions.
  3. IABC Executive Board and the Association at Large. Regions serve the IABC Executive Board and the Association at large by encouraging Chapter and Region leaders to take part in policy development at all levels of the Association; ensuring a timely and consistent flow of information and ideas between Regions and the IABC Executive Board; and helping to identify a pool of qualified, dedicated leaders to serve the interests of the Association at large.


Ginger Homan_2017Ginger D. Homan ABC – ChairGinger Homan, ABC, is founder of Zia Communications, a firm specializing in campaigns to change behaviors, build communities and transform thinking. Her award-winning communication model has been used by foundations and corporations to grow brands and align cultures. Ginger served as a director on the International Executive Board from 2014-2017 and as IABC Secretary/Treasurer from 2015- 2017.  She was the Director of North American for the IABC Accreditation Committee and served in several roles on her local chapter board. Ginger is a recipient of the 2016 IABC Chairman’s Award, the IABC Tulsa chapter’s John Hartman Professional Communicator of the Year and Leadership Tulsa’s Paragon Award for board service with the American Heart Association. Her work has been recognized by the IABC Gold Quill program, the Society of Marketers of Professional Services and the Public Relations Society of America.

Alex_Malouf_200x200_pixelsAlex Malouf | Alex is the incoming Chair for the EMENA Region. Based in the United Arab Emirates, Alex holds the position of Corporate Communications Manager for the Arabian Peninsula at Procter & Gamble. A journalist by training and with a cultural mix that is both European and Arabic, Alex’s expertise spans communications and media, public relations and marketing for both multinationals in the energy, technology and FMCG space as well as several Gulf-based government institutions.

Ben_012Ben Shaw | Ben has worked in media and public relations for close to 20 years and uses his experience to help clients plan and execute their communications programs; from developing strategy and content through to distribution, engagement and assessment. As well as helping oversee global operations at SE10, Shaw is also actively involved with campaigns on several of the company’s accounts. Having started as a junior editor with a construction publishing house in the 1990s he worked his way up to an editorship position before leaving journalism in 2002 to co-found SE10. Based in Singapore, Shaw is also responsible for growing SE10’s Asian operations, which opened for business in 2013. He is a member of both the International Association of Business Communicators and the Institute of Public Relations for Singapore. He has a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and Architecture from the University of Leeds in the UK.

Carol Allers_HeadshotCarol Allers ABC, APR | Carol is a Professional Communication Specialist with more than 20 years’ experience in internal and external communication and is recognized internationally as a crisis communication specialist. Carol hails from the Eastern Cape in South Africa and studied through the University of South Africa (UNISA). She holds the position of Issues and Crisis Communication Manager at Eskom.  Carol is the current President / Chair of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Africa Region and a professional member of the Public Relations Institute of South Africa (PRISA).  She is an ABC (Accredited Business Communicator of the IABC) and an APR (Accredited Public Relations Practitioner).  She has represented Eskom at a number of international associations in her capacity as a communication specialist.   She has a keen interest in community work being a founding member of the Klipheuwel Schools Trust and a previous director of a child welfare society.   Carol is a keen golfer and loves exploring new places.

Catherine DucharmeCatherine Ducharme  | Catherine is a career communicator who brings 25+ years of corporate, marketing and employee communications leadership experience with organizations across a range of sectors.  She is also an entrepreneur, having run two successful communication companies.  Currently, Catherine is a senior communications/PR recruitment consultant with Smart, Savvy + Associates, a search company that specializes in finding communications, marketing and sales talent. Known as a connector, relationship builder and networker, Catherine is an avid speaker and mentor.  She is the past president of IABC’s British Columbia chapter and is currently serving on the IABC Canada West Board.

Tim Tuck headshot_2017Tim Tuck ABC | Tim is the Chair of the IABC’s Canada East Region Board of Directors (2017-18) and is Past-President of the IABC Golden Horseshoe Chapter (2013-14).  He received his accreditation in 2006.  Tim joined the faculty of Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada in 2007, following a 22-year career in journalism and corporate communications. He is the Program Coordinator/Professor in the college’s Public Relations Graduate Certificate Program. Tim’s communications career has taken him through the worlds of entertainment, sports, and municipal government. He enjoys spending quality family time with his wife and their four children and their families, including two granddaughters.

Mary Bogan BMary Bogan | Mary has helped organizations with marketing, communications, and training challenges for over 20 years. She has worked for corporations, advertising agencies, small companies, and owned her own marketing communications consulting company for 12 years. Within the last 15 years, Mary has worked primarily for technology-based organizations. She has also worked with corporate IT Departments developing and implementing internal communications programs. She has been an adjunct professor at both Wilmington College and Sinclair Community College, teaching Marketing Courses and Business Writing. Mary has been active in the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) for over 15 years. In that time, she was a board member of IABC Dayton and served as its president for three years. She has served on IABC’s Heritage Region Board as Professional Development Director, Finance Director, Director-Elect, Region Chair, Past Chair, and Chair-Elect again.

Mary H Francis_2017Mary Hardin Francis | Mary is President of Hardin-Francis Enterprises, LLC, a strategic marketing communication agency that has worked with clients in various industries for over 25 years and has been the recipient of multiple Bronze and Silver Quill Awards. Prior to founding her firm, Mary was a partner at Eventions and Director of Media Relations for the Houston Public Library System. She also taught Visual Communications at Lone Star College and provides marketing communication for Houston charities. Mary is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a Journalism degree and Marketing specialization. Her involvement with the Southern Region began when she created the Align ’09 region conference website. She has served the region in a number of positions and is an IABC Houston past president.

Simms_M_2814_HiResMichelle Simms | Michelle is a communications director for Kaiser Permanente, one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans that serves 11.8 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Since joining the organization, she has held several roles and currently directs communication for the organization’s National Compliance, Ethics & Integrity Office. Prior to Kaiser Permanente, she worked for major corporations in the petroleum refining and aerospace and defense industries. Michelle holds a master’s degree in business organizational management from the University of La Verne and a bachelor’s degree in technical publications from San Jose State University.

IABC staff liaison:
Micayla Felicion-Davin, MBA – Chapter Relations Manager