Academy Committee

Alice 2016 croppedAlice Brink, ABC, IABC Fellow – Chair | Alice is an internationally recognized communications consultant. Her firm, A Brink & Co., works with businesses and non-profits to clarify their messages and communicate them in ways that change people’s minds. Her clients have included Shell Oil Company, Sysco Foods, and Noble Energy. Prior to launching A Brink & Co. in Houston in 2004, Alice honed her craft both in corporate settings (including The Coca-Cola Company, Conoco, and First Interstate Bank) and in one of Texas’ largest public relations firms, where she led the agency’s energy and financial practices. Alice has been active in IABC for more than 30 years, including serving as chapter president, district director, and Gold Quill chair. She is the incoming chair of the IABC Academy.
Judith-Sparkes_S2Judith Sparkes, BA, MBA, ABC – Vice Chair | Judith Sparkes is a seasoned professional with a passion for delivering strategic communication that adds value to organizations. Currently a Director of Communications at Suncor Energy, she has over 20 years’ experience working in a variety of sectors –government, non-profit and corporate – and disciplines within Communications and Human Resources. Judith’s contributions to the Communications profession include volunteering on and serving as president of the Calgary IABC chapter.  She has been guest speaker, lecturer and presenter at various conferences and currently instructs in Mount Royal University’s continuing education faculty in the Public Relations Certificate program.
AllisonMacKenzie300Allison MacKenzie MBA, MA Comm, ABC – Past Chair | Allison MacKenzie is a results-oriented communicator with more than two decades of experience facilitating effective strategic communication between organizations and their stakeholders. Her extensive portfolio includes work in nonprofit, for-profit, government, education and fund development. Allison is currently an associate professor in public relations and communication at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta.
Mark Evans HeadshotMark Evans | Mark is owner of On The Point Communications, LLC, which specializes in public relations, crisis communication, social media and corporate communications. He is a 25-year veteran of the public relations/strategic communications industry and advises clients on a wide variety of topics, including messaging, issues management, marketing/communications program development and digital/social media strategy. He also teaches business communications at Texas State University and previously taught media writing at Texas A&M University. He holds a master’s degree in science/technology journalism and bachelor’s degrees in biology and journalism from Texas A&M.
Saima SharifSaima Sharif ABC | Saima is the Co-founder and Director of Crimson Communicare LLP – India’s first Integrated Internal Communications Agency. She has twenty years of experience in managing Corporate Communication for diverse industries – process, chemicals, fertilizers, durables, industrial and service sectors. She was earlier heading Corporate Communications at Chambal Fertilisers and has also been associated with organizations like Su-Kam and Bry-Air (Asia) amongst others.  An Accredited Business Communicator, Saima is also Director-at-Large at IABC Asia-Pacific Board.
Karen Traboulay_headshotKaren Traboulay | Karen is the Senior Internal Communications Advisor – Strategic Communications at York University, Ontario Canada. Karen leads the communication efforts for pan-University initiatives to advance the University’s strategic priorities. Prior to joining York University, Karen held a number of senior positions with various organisations such as, The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care, Canada Health Infoway, CIBC and Ingram Micro. Karen regularly makes presentations on strategic communications and employee engagement. In addition to her ABC accreditation, she earned an M.B.A from the University of Southern California and a B.A. from McMaster University.
Tamara Gillis ABC Elizabethtown PA chapter at the IABC 2011 World Conference San Diego CA June 2011

Tamara Gillis, Ed.D., ABC, FRSA, IABC Fellow | Tamara is a communication consultant and professor at Elizabethtown College. She has served as faculty at Royal Roads University, Semester at Sea, and on special projects in Swaziland and Namibia. Her professional experience and research includes work in change management, corporate sustainability, organizational design, and the impact of new media. She is a Page Legacy Scholar of The Arthur W. Page Center, a Lifetime Friend of the IABC Research Foundation, an IABC Fellow, recipient of the Ernest R. McDowell Award for Excellence in Public Relations, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts.


MICHAEL_NORD_LIMichael Nord – IEB Liaison | Michael Nord, Principal Consultant with The Fifth Business, lives in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and works in London, where he facilitates and steers strategic large communications projects in blue-chip companies across the globe. He has previously worked for Philips, Belkin, IAVI, PR-agencies and the Danish Government. Michael was co-founder of the Dutch IABC chapter in 2007 (the year he joined IABC), and is currently Chair of the Nomination Committee for the EMENA region. He chaired EuroComm 2015 and supported EuroComm 2016 and 2017. He has served on PACs, and sit on the taskforce for global sponsorships. Michael is a member of the Programme Advisory Board for Offshore Energy.
IABC Staff Liaison: 
Stephanie Doute CAE, Executive Director