Meet the speakers for the 2023 Communication Directors Institute in Denver, Colorado, July 12-14.
See the schedule.
Public Relations Account Executive
The Abbi Agency
Victoria Barnett is a Public Relations Account Executive at The Abbi Agency. Her experience as a broadcast news producer and digital marketing executive at KRNV and KRXI give her valuable insight into modern journalism trends. Victoria leverages those insights to secure compelling news coverage for her clients, enhancing their brand reputations.
Vice President, Strategic Communications
Greater Capitol Area Association of REALTORS®
Christine Barnhart, an award-winning communications leader, joined GCAAR as VP, strategic communications in 2020 and also oversees DCAR’s communications. Previously, she led corporate Medicaid marketing for a national health care company, worked as a marcom consultant and for a business association. An Accredited PRSA member, Christine is past president of PRSA Maryland and an active community volunteer.
President and CEO
Edge of Your Seat Consulting, Inc.
Pamela Benson Owens is the President and CEO of Edge of Your Seat Consulting, Inc and is also serving as the CEO of Six Square. For 25+ years Pam has owned Edge of Your Seat Consulting, a unique consulting firm that is dedicated to assisting for-profit, nonprofit, and faith-based entities. The major focus of Edge of Your Seat Consulting, Inc., is to provide methodologies that help manage perceptions and narratives about complex and challenging issues with courage and strategic passion.
Pam leverages humor and honest storytelling to create memorable and applicable strategies for sustainable and substantive change. She serves the community in a variety of capacities with the intentional motive of building a stronger and more equitable community.
Pam serves on several non-profit boards, is the co-chair of the Black Fund a partnership with Austin Community Foundation, joyfully serves on the faculty of the Center for Nonprofit Excellence at Austin Community College, is often a guest lecturer at institutions of higher learning and thrives on the opportunities her consultancy work paves the way to assist organizations to be stronger by navigating the nuances of organizational culture.
She is a proud Texas A&M Aggie where she earned a degree in Journalism and a certification in Diversity Education and completed her graduate work at St. Edward's University with a master’s in human services with a concentration in Conflict Resolution/Mediation. Pam has also completed coursework at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, a certification in DEI from Cornell, is a self-professed book nerd and lifelong learner, and has most recently launched a new business with all four members of her family called 4 The Culture Coffee- an online coffee shop that directs a percentage of the proceeds back to BIPOC nonprofit organizations in the Central Texas region. She resides in Austin with her spouse, Arlyn, and two exceptionally amazing kids, Preston, and Allyson.
Janice Carpio-Hernandez, APR, is the Vice President of Communications & Marketing for the San Antonio Board of REALTORS® which currently serves over 14,000 members. Prior to SABOR, Janice spent years leading communication efforts in school districts and non-profits. She also worked in television news as a reporter, anchor and weather caster.
Sacramento Association of REALTORS®
Mason Stiles Chapple has over 13 years of digital and grassroots marketing. The majority of my experience comes from being the marketing director for Wayfair for almost eight years. I am now focused on leveraging my experiences and education in my new role!
President, Colorado Association of REALTORS®
REALTOR®, The Evolution Group powered
by Keller Williams Downtown Denver LLC
Natalie Davis is a dedicated REALTOR®, national speaker, and business success coach committed to inspiring real estate professionals and organizations to become an intentional industry thought leaders.
With her passion for leadership and service, Natalie has worked with associations and brokerages to facilitate strategic and business planning, while also teaching various business, professional, and personal development courses, including the NAR At Home with Diversity and Implicit Bias Override Courses. She is a Ninja Coach and Mastery for Associates Guide for Ninja Selling, helping agents across the country build an evergreen business.
In 2023, Natalie serves as the President of the Colorado Association of REALTORS ® (CAR), following her previous roles as the National Association of REALTORS ® Member Services Liaison in 2022, 2016 Chair for the Fort Collins Board of REALTORS®, interim CEO for the Fort Collins Board of REALTORS®, and Board of Director for the local, state, and national Association of REALTORS®. Natalie has also volunteered on various committees with both the Fort Collins Board of REALTORS® and the South Metro Denver Association of REALTORS® (SMDRA).
Natalie's dedication to the industry has been recognized through numerous awards, including the Colorado Young Professional of the Year Award (2016), Colorado Association of REALTORS® Distinguished Service Award (2016 & 2021), Fort Collins Board of REALTORS® Rookie of the Year Finalist (2012), and Young Professional of the Year (2014).
With her expertise and leadership, Natalie Davis is a true inspiration to real estate professionals and organizations alike.
Prior to serving as NVR CD, Eckles served as the Managing Editor and Sports Editor for the Sparks Tribune for 18 years. The Oregon native is a University of Idaho graduate and avid sports fan.
Vice President of Operations
Sierra Nevada REALTORS®
I came to the Association after 25 years in retail, where I focused on new business development and crisis management. I started my career with the REALTOR® community in January 2019 and have served in a variety of positions during this time. I currently serve as Vice-President of Operations for our recently restructured Association for a team of 10 who serve more than 3,500 members in Northern Nevada. Part of my duties include the overall communications of the Association. I work directly with the CEO to ensure that Association communication strategies support our mission and vision and align with the directives of NAR. I recently became a first-time homebuyer, so my spare time is spent on home projects. Currently we are re-landscaping our property to create a pollinator garden.
East Tennessee REALTORS®
Jeff is the Communications Director for East Tennessee REALTORS® (formally Knoxville Area Association of REALTORS®). He handles all the Association’s multimedia needs, including but not limited to, videography, photography, graphic design, website, and social media. He also organizes all community involvement initiatives for the association. Outside of East Tennessee REALTORS®, Jeff owns his own marketing company, photography company, and is the President-elect for the Knoxville Chapter of the American Marketing Association.
Deputy Director of Communications
Austin Board of REALTORS®
Danielle Hammett is the Deputy Director of Communications for the Austin Board of REALTORS® and the ACTRIS MLS, as well as the 2023 Chair of the National Association of REALTORS® Communications Directors. In her role at ABoR, Danielle leads all marketing and communications initiatives across the organization and directly oversees strategy and programs for the ABoR Foundation, ABoR Global, and ABoR Studios. A fifth-generation Central Texan, Danielle combines her passion to keep Central Texas a great place to live and work with her 10+ years of public relations and strategic communications experience.
Consultant & Facilitator
Lara Hollers Consulting
Lara Hollers is an award-winning communicator, speaker, and consultant based in Austin, Texas. Over her more than 25-year career, she has worked on practically every side of communications—from leading in-house creative teams to serving a diverse portfolio of clients.
Longleaf Pine REALTORS®
Emily Hroblak is the Communications Coordinator for the Longleaf Pine REALTORS® serving eastern North Carolina. She has been working for the last three years on creating seamless and sustainable marketing that helps grow engagement and member connectivity.
Chief Growth Officer
Pennsylvania Association of REALTORS®
Kevin Juliano is the chief growth officer for the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors®. In his role, Kevin is responsible for managing the technology infrastructure of the association, member engagement and marketing of the association and the institutionalization of the data collection and analysis.
Director of Marketing Technology
Ward Lowe has worked in marketing and communications in the REALTOR® organization for 23 years. He's gone from writing hard-copy newsletters and faxing them to members to leading the strategy and development of all digital media efforts for Texas REALTORS®.
Molly + Co. and Indestructible PR®
Public relations expert Molly McPherson knows how to handle a crisis. Molly served in the external affairs office at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) where she introduced the agency's first digital media efforts in response to the public backlash from the Hurricane Katrina response. As Director of Communications for the Cruise Line International Association in Arlington, Virginia, Molly handled the official media responses to maritime security during the 9/11 attacks and the norovirus outbreak on cruise ships in 2002. Molly is the host of the Indestructible PR Podcast, bestselling author of the book Indestructible: Reclaim Control and Respond with Confidence in a Media Crisis, and creator of a popular TikTok account that makes PR crises easy to follow and easy to avoid. This year she was Adweek's Creative Visionary Award Winner as the Careers Creator of the Year.
Director of Communications
Kristi Olds is the Communications Director and CTR.tv Host for CT REALTORS®, the largest trade association in Connecticut. Kristi is an award-winning journalist, having spent nearly 20 years as a local TV reporter and anchor. She joined CT REALTORS® in 2018 and now oversees the association's content creation, outside partnerships and media relations.
Senior MLS Communications Specialist
Austin Board of REALTORS®
Caitland Orlicz is the Senior MLS Communications Specialist for the Austin Board of REALTORS®. She's been in the REALTOR association industry for ten years, previously serving as the Communications at Commercial Services Director at the Knoxville Area Association of REALTORS®.
Director of Communications
California Desert Association of REALTORS®
and East Valley Association of REALTORS®
Justin Paige is the Director of Communication for both the California Desert Association of REALTORS® and East Valley Association of REALTORS®, two associations based in southern California with 3,500 and 2,500 members respectively. He has two dogs. They're awesome.
Director of Social Media
Houston Association of REALTORS®
Cristina Schaefer is the Director of Social Media for the Houston Association of REALTORS®, Host of the HAR On The Move Podcast, and Host of the award-winning Member Focus Monday Facebook Live Show. In addition to managing marketing campaigns and day-to-day activities of all HAR social media accounts, Cristina travels for speaking engagements and conducts a variety of classes where she gets to share her passion for technology tools and social media marketing with REALTORS® all over Texas. In her "spare time," Cristina can be found volunteering with the Arthritis Foundation and making memories with her husband Bill, and daughter Cadence.
Senior Communications Specialist
Austin Board of REALTORS®
Shelby Sharron is the Senior Communications Specialist for the Austin Board of REALTORS® and previously worked at the Portland Metropolitan Association of REALTORS® as their Communications Specialist.
Director of Communications
Greater Lehigh Valley REALTORS®
Mallory Siegfried was appointed E-Communications Specialist for the Greater Lehigh Valley REALTORS® in 2013. Her title was changed to Director of Communications in 2020. She previously worked as the local editor of Nazareth Patch, as a news assistant with Northampton Community College, and as a reporter for The Bethlehem Press.
Vice President of Public Affairs
The Abbi Agency
Owen Truesdell brings more than a decade of public affairs and communications experience to his role as The Abbi Agency’s Vice President of Public Affairs. An expert at connecting the dots between policy and public perception, Owen builds comprehensive communications strategies that position his clients for success.
KTK Partners & Tangilla
Jeff Turner specializes in helping technology startups understand and navigate the complexities of the North American real estate market. He is also an internationally recognized speaker on topics at the intersection of technology trends and human behavior.
As founder & CEO, Jeff led the digital media firm, J.J. Grace, onto Inc. Magazine’s list of the 500 Fastest-Growing Companies. He entered the real estate space in 2002 with his founding of the Real Estate Shows virtual tour platform. Since that launch he has served as a Founder, President, or CEO of multiple real estate technology companies, including Australia-based RealSatisfied, acquired by Placester in 2016, and Immoviewer, a world leader in virtual tours founded in Potsdam, Germany.
Jeff is currently a partner at KTK Partners (Tangilla), Entrepreneur In Residence for Second Century Ventures and its REACH accelerator, and is a strategic advisor to real estate technology startups in France, Germany, Sweden, and Australia.
Vice President of Communications
Charleston Trident Association of REALTORS®
Meghan is the VP of Communication for the Charleston Trident Association of Realtors in Charleston, SC. She leads their communications team to implement data-driven communications initiatives to the Association's membership base of over 7,000. Born and raised in Orange County, California, Meghan moved south to study Communications at the College of Charleston where she fell in love with the city and its endless roster of top-notch restaurants. She currently lives on Johns Island with her sons and springer doodle puppy.
Chief Marketing Officer
Austin Board of REALTORS®
Kelea coordinates operations across the Austin Board of REALTORS® and the ACTRIS MLS, pushing professionalism, innovation, and agility across all facets of the organization. She ensures that ABoR's programs, benefits, and services enhance the personal and professional well-being of its 20,000+ members and propel their businesses forward. Through her experience as a real estate broker/owner and working with home builders and real estate education providers, Kelea applies her wealth of industry knowledge in multiple leadership roles at the local, state, and national levels. Locally, Kelea serves on the Boards of Directors for Creative Action and the Austin Ed Fund and is a mentor for the Young Women's Alliance Austin chapter. She also serves on the Texas Real Estate Commission's Education Committee and the Leading Edge Advisory Board for the National Association of REALTORS®.