Listee Features — Communications

Valerie Schneider


An expert in persuasion, much of the work of Valerie L. Schneider, PhD, was always related primarily to teaching or learning. She chose communications as her teaching field because it conveys concepts and skills crucial to success in most professions and relational situations. She began her professional career as the director of forensics and drama and a teacher of English and history at Montello High School in Wisconsin in 1963, remaining in these roles for a year before joining the University of Florida in Gainesville as a speech instructor from 1966 to 1968 and assistant professor of speech from 1969 to 1970. Dr. Schneider then transferred to Edinboro University in Pennsylvania from 1970 to 1971, and served East Tennessee State

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Ann-Marie Bartels


After focusing exclusively on public relations, Ann-Marie Bartels, AAP, first joined the Mid-America Payment Exchange in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1987 as public relations director, serving in this position for one year before moving up the ranks to communications director from 1989 to 1995. From there, she continued to serve in various other roles such as vice president from 1995 to 1998, president from 1998 to 2000 and president/chief executive officer from 2000 to 2009. Currently, Ms. Bartels serves as the chief executive officer of EPCOR since 2009. Ms. Bartels began her career as the public relations director of Showtime Inc. in St. Louis in 1976, remaining in this position for two years before becoming the public relations coordinator of

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Overseeing the management of long-term relationships within her company, Teresa M. Barber has served as director of marketing and strategic communications with IMS ExpertServices since 2018. In this role, she works with big law firms and outside counsel for Fortune 100 and 500 companies that engage in or are handling commercial disputes, litigation or are working on patents matters protecting IP. They will identify the best possible potential expert witness ensure they are conflict free, that they have the credentials needed and provide those options to attorneys, litigators or inside counsel, later managing them throughout the process. Ms. Barber also takes care a lot of the standard marketing functions, supporting advertising, promotions, public relations, graphic design and branding. Prior to

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Every day, Kim Trainor Davis strives to live by her motto, “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” That’s why she chose a career in writing and communications. She has harbored a passion for the field since the sixth grade and, in her eyes, becoming a journalist would grant her the opportunity to get paid to learn. Ms. Trainor Davis proceeded to earn a Bachelor of Arts in journalism at Texas Tech University in 1988. She spent the next five years building her rapport and garnering experience in the industry. Eventually, however, Ms. Trainor Davis decided to take a leap of faith and start her own communications firm. Nomiss Communication was

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In pursuit of her passions, Barbara L. Lobron dedicated much of her life to her career. She started as a reporter and writer for the Camden Courier-Post right out of college, and really fell in love with the industry. Ms. Lobron worked hard to solidify her place after that. Her efforts led to her advancement through roles like editorial assistant of Medical Insight Magazine, managing editor of Camera 35 Magazine, associate editor for U.S. Camera/Camera 35 Magazine Annual, account executive for Bozell & Jacobs, and freelance editor for Word Woman, as well as to her growing interest in photography. Ms. Lobron’s next positions, copy editor of Camera Arts Magazine, editorial coordinator of Popular Photography Magazine, and associate editor of Sony

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Judith Marlane


Very self-driven, Judith Marlane has always wanted to excel. She attended the High School of Performing Arts as a dance major, and threw herself into her studies. Dr. Marlane would leave the house very early so she had time to practice before school, learn from masters of the craft like Robert Joffrey during the day, and take extra classes at Carnegie Hall of Lessons at night. All of her dance, theater, and music training combined into an exciting and fruitful career in the performing arts. One of Dr. Marlane’s first professional position was producer, writer, and broadcaster for Channel 13, WNET, in New York. Her aptitude quickly caught the attention of her peers, propelling her to roles like president of

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Backed by nearly four decades of experience with print, television, and digital media, Monica F. Gerard-Sharp is well-known throughout the communications industry. She started her career by redesigning The Chemical Engineer, the publication of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, after which she became the youngest sub-editor of the TV Times. Her success in these roles propelled her to positions like press officer at the United Nations, editor of “Everyone’s United Nations,” board representative of The USA Network, and business manager, financial analysis manager, officer, and assistant treasurer of Time Inc. (now Time Warner Inc.). During this time, Ms. Gerard-Sharp also set strategies for new media and digital ventures for HBO and ATC, and tested new technologies and cable services in

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Backed by expertise in communications and management, Mary Devon O’Brien is thriving as the commissioner of the Essex County Tax Board and as the president of Anamex, Inc. She started the former position in 2008 and the latter in 1995, and really loves her work. Ms. O’Brien appreciates that both draw heavily on her past experiences. In tax hearing appeal cases, she has to follow the law, be fair to everyone, and try to ensure that no one suffers. In the service organization, the highlight of her work is with the eyeglass recycling program. At the beginning of her career, Ms. O’Brien served the Defense Communications Division ITT as a program administrator, a manpower controller, a manager of cost and

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Interested in newspaper journalism since high school, Susan Miller began by working for her community papers. Ultimately, she spent more than 40 years in the field. During this time, Dr. Miller made an international name for herself as being the first person to discover and document the gap in women’s readership of U.S. newspapers. The papers were losing female readers more rapidly than men, and this trend was discovered in many other countries as well. She became an international authority on increasing women’s readership, speaking widely and contributing numerous articles to professional journals. Dr. Miller earned a Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University in 1966, a Master of Science from Columbia University in 1969, and a PhD from Stanford University

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Steadfast in her mission of uncovering and distributing knowledge, Deborah S. Rieselman is passionate about telling stories in a way that makes people want to read them. She developed an interest in writing and journalism in high school, and went to college during the Watergate scandal. The impact of that story was very inspirational to her; she wanted to affect lives in a similar matter. Ms. Rieselman’s first step toward achieving her goals was becoming the managing editor of Record Newspapers in 1979. She stayed there until 1984, at which point she advanced to the positions of assistant director, digital executive editor, and editor of UC Magazine. Today, Ms. Rieselman parlays this experience into her roles as the owner of

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