Magazine article Communication World

Welcome the 2001-2002 Research Foundation Board

Magazine article Communication World

Welcome the 2001-2002 Research Foundation Board

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Tamara Gillis, ED.D., ABC, is assistant professor of communication and director of student publications at Elizabethtown College (Pa.) and owner of Wordsmiths, a communication consultancy. She has also held a number of positions in community relations and public relations for associations, educational institutions and hospitals.

She has participated in international education and communication projects in Namibia (Africa) and Russia. Current areas of interest include media literacy.

An IABC member since 1986, Gillis has held a number of offices in IABC/ Harrisburg and in U.S. District 3, including district director in 1998-99.

Gillis has a bachelor's degree in English and a master's degree in communication studies from Shippensburg University (Pa.). She earned her doctorate in administration and policy studies from the University of Pittsburgh.

Vice Chairman

Warren E. Bickford is director of communication and public education for the Saskatchewan Department of Justice. Previously, he was communication advisor and acting executive director of communication and public information for the Saskatchewan Department of Health. From 1992 to 1996, Bickford was on the senior management team of the Regina Health District as director of public affairs.

Bickford has served in a number of volunteer leadership positions, including president of IABC/Regina; director of Canada District 1; director, Children's Health Foundation of Saskatchewan; director, Regina Volunteer Information and Training Centre; director, Regina South Rotary Club; vice president of the Health Care Public Relations Association of Canada; and representative to the Prime Minister's National Forum on Health.

Past Chairman

John J. Gerstner, ABC, is manager of electronic communication for Deere & Company, Moline, Ill. In 1996, Gerstner was named to lead the launch of John Deere's web site and create an enterprise-wide strategy for Deere's intranet, JD Online, now a key communication and HR tool for 20,000 employees representing eight divisions in 10 countries.

Gerstner has received more than 50 communication awards during his career, including 13 IABC Gold Quills. In 1992, he received the IABC U.S. District 4 Director's Award. In 1994 he was named IABC/Iowa Communicator of the Year.

Gerstner has served on the IABC executive board and is a frequent speaker and workshop leader on the Internet, intranets, organizational writing, photography and editing. He also contributes articles to Communication World.

Gerstner recently completed a special assignment to produce a John Deere coffee table history book. He has also launched a new web site for intranet information sharing at


Shelley J. Griewahn is a consultant in Arlington, Va. Formerly she was practice leader for the communication unit of Towers Perrin in Rosslyn, Va., where she was responsible for strategic planning, project management and implementation in a variety of areas.

Active in IABC since 1981, Griewahn has been a member of two chapters and served on the U.S. District 3 board. She has held a number of leadership positions in IABC/Washington, including president. She also served on the IABC/Philadelphia board.

In her tenure in Washington, a "twinning" program, connecting IABC/Washington and IABC/London as twin chapters, was instituted.

Griewahn received her bachelor's degree in communication from The College of Wooster.

Stephanie M. Griffiths is the senior partner of Material Assistance, Johannesburg, SA, an organisational development and applied communication practice.

Before founding Material Assistance 10 years ago, Griffiths worked in communication, human resources and organisational development with the Star, South Africa's leading daily newspaper, and edited various consumer and financial journals within the Barlow Rand Group. …

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