Foundation committee

What is the IABC Foundation?

The mission of the IABC Foundation is to generate resources to fund and support strategic initiatives in line with IABC’s mission and to demonstrate the power of professional communication as a force for good in business and society.


SABoydFinal2017Sherry Boyd – Chair | Sherry A. Boyd was named IABC Chapter Leader of the year in 2016.  A member of IABC Colorado’s board of directors for the past five years, Sherry also served as event director for the 2015 Southern Region Conference in Denver. She works as a contract corporate journalist and editor. Sherry has held leadership roles in corporate communication, marketing, public relations, publishing, media production and meeting planning during an international career of more than four decades. During her tenure heading marketing and global corporate communication for a building materials manufacturer, Sherry received the McGraw-Hill Award of Excellence in Integrated Marketing.

Craig Fleisher_HeadshotCraig S. Fleisher, Ph.D. – Vice Chair | Craig is Chief Learning Officer, Aurora WDC, Madison, Wisconsin. A strategy adviser to C-suite executives of numerous global blue-chip brands, and one of Google’s top-cited international authors in several communication fields, he has produced fourteen books including the Handbook of International Corporate and Public Affairs (Sage, 2017). Twice a business school dean, MBA director, endowed university research chair/Professor, President of international professional associations, and scholarly journal editor, he is an IABC 500-Club and Canadian Who’s Who member. A frequent keynote/plenary speaker, executive program leader, expert panelist and workshop facilitator, Craig has contributed to events in nearly 50 countries.

Meg Muigai Edwin
| Meg Muigai is a Tanzanian strategic communications and media relations specialist, specializing in strategic media relations and coordinating Pan-African communications. She has over 12 years, experience building a huge portfolio in managing client communications among high level media across Pan African and local (Tanzania) outlets in print, broadcast and online spectrums. She has worked with clients in the corporate, agriculture and extractive sectors in Tanzania such as BG Tanzania (now Shell), TradeMark East Africa(TMEA), fastjet, Acacia mining, PanAfrican Energy Tanzania, Songas, Diageo, The Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT), Tanzania Chamber of Minerals and Energy (TCME) among others. Her journalism background provides a vast network of media contacts in Tanzania and globally. Meg is a recent Chevening alumni 2015/16, she holds an MSc in Corporate Social Responsibility and Energy from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland. She has been awarded a Chevening gold award in recognition of over 75 volunteering hours with UK charities such as Dreams Come True charity, Marie Curie, Barnados Scotland, Oxfam, Trees for Cities.

jan-head-close-up-shot-iabc-2015Jan Graves | Jan Graves is a Canadian communication and development specialist and director of fundraising for the Bruce Trail Conservancy. Jan joined IABC in 1990, and is a past president of IABC/London and was the founding president of IABC/Golden Horseshoe. She is a past director of the Canada Eastern Region and sat on the IABC Executive Board. A member of IABC’s former social responsibility committee, Jan has volunteered for the IABC Foundation and co-chairs the Gift of Communication initiative. Jan received the 2011 Lifetime Friend Award from IABC Foundation.

Stacy Hollowell_headshot 2017Stacy Hollowell ABC | Stacy is a seasoned communications strategist with experience in global B2B, B2G and B2C initiatives.  She served four years on the IABC Dallas Board of Directors, three as VP of Programs, designing and executing award winning professional development programs and special events, and one as VP and Secretary. Her diverse marketing and communications career accomplishments include the launch of an aviation team, which deployed baggage security screening equipment at all 438 US and Territory airports following 9/11, fostering a marketing alliance with The Walt Disney Company, leading the marketing communications team for a major greenfield project with MGM MIRAGE, and building a marketing and communications team for an independent healthcare services company. She specializes in translating technical subjects and information from disparate sources into clear, concise, benefit-focused deliverables.   As executive coach and counsel, Stacy works across all levels of an organization to arm presenters with material and delivery skills to maximize audience impact.   She is a strong advocate of employee engagement, believing the strength and sustainability of an organization comes from an empowered and participative workforce. She holds an MBA in Strategic Leadership from the University of Dallas.

Sue Heuman Headshot 2017Sue Heuman ABC | Sue was accredited in 1995 and has spent 35 years in corporate communications and consulting. Sue has been a member of IABC for 30 years. She is a long-time IABC volunteer at the local and international level, including a term as Accreditation Director of Examinations, Chair of the Global Chapter Relations Task Force, and as Chair of the Global Communication Certification Council. She is the co-owner of Focus Communications in Edmonton, Alberta; a boutique agency serving all sectors.

Karen Read-Updated headshot 2017Karen Reid, M.A., CVA | Karen Reid, founder and principal of Kaber Communications, specializes in the integration of communications into the social sector. Employing education techniques and empowerment, Karen increases engagement by creating innovative volunteer programs, building teams and strengthening productive working relationships across all levels and functions. She holds a Master’s degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and is certified in Volunteer Administration. Karen currently is VP-Volunteer Recruitment and Recognition for IABC Dallas and a past president of IABC New Jersey. In 2016, she received the 2016 IABC Dallas Pegasus Award, presented by the chapter president in recognition of outstanding service and dedication to IABC Dallas.

Leanny N_HeadshotLeanne Nyirfa, ABC | Leanne is a communication consultant with more than 20 years’ experience serving clients in the government, corporate and non-profit sectors. Leanne’s expertise includes strategic communication planning, issues management, and media relations training.  She is also a contracted spokesperson for Canada’s electoral agency, Elections Canada. Leanne is Past President of IABC Saskatoon, and currently sits as Senior Delegate on her Chapter Board. Active in her community, Leanne mentors young women through the Edwards School of Business at the University of Saskatchewan, and serves on the Board of Directors of Saskatchewan’s largest conservation agency, an appointment by the Province of Saskatchewan.

IABC Staff Liaison: 
Kirsten Peterson, Governance & Foundation Manager