Meet Our Board

John Hastings

John Hastings

President

Job Title: Founder and Chief Pencil Sharpener, Sharp Point Communications
# of Years as an IABC Member: 2
Best thing about being an IABC member:  Access to an incredibly pool of resources and colleagues.  IABC members can get smart in a hurry on all communications topics.
Favorite Quote:  “There is no such thing as good writing, only good rewriting.”  Attributed to many, appreciated by all of us.
John Twombly

John Twombly

Past-President

Employer: St. Louis Children’s Hospital/BJC HealthCare
Number of Years as an IABC Member: 25
Best thing about being an IABC member: Connecting with others, accessing resources and learning new things
Favorite Quote: “Be fired with enthusiasm, or you’ll be fired with enthusiasm.” -Vince Lombardi
Christina Knott

Christina Knott

Secretary

Job Title: Communications Specialist, Concordia
Number of Years as an IABC Member: 3
Best thing about being an IABC member: Networking with other IABC members and attending the luncheons – I always walk away with a new idea or something I learned.
Favorite Quote: “The meaning of life is nothing very special really. Try to be nice, avoid eating fat, read a good book every now and then, get some walking in, and try to live together in peace and harmony with all people.” – Monty Python
Mary C. Foshage

Mary C. Foshage

VP of Marketing

Job Title: Digital Communications, SSM Health
Number of Years as an IABC Member: Volunteer for 1 year, Member for 2 years
Best thing about being an IABC member: Getting connected to people, ideas and energy in St. Louis and from around the world.
Favorite Quote: “Don’t let the Muggles get you down.” – Ron Weasley

Gwendolyn Lanzer

Gwendolyn Lanzer

Co-VP of Professional Development

Job Title: Corporate Communications Consultant, SunEdison, Inc.
Number of Years as an IABC Member: 8
Best thing about being an IABC member: The community. Whatever your communications issue, question or need, an experienced professional is always available to help.  IABC means family.
Favorite Quote: “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin
Jim Phelan

Jim Phelan

VP of Finance

Job Title: Director of Global Public and Media Relations, Siemens

Number of Years as an IABC Member: 3

Best thing about being an IABC member: Networking, Learning

Favorite Quote: The best things in life aren’t things.

Mary G. Wilson, ABC

Mary G. Wilson, ABC

Director

Job Title: Senior Communications Manager, HD Supply Waterworks
Number of years as an IABC member: 25
Best thing about being an IABC member: The diversity of communicators, which through this incredible organization, I’m regularly provided with opportunities to engage with them. I feel fortunate to have developed so many lasting relationships with communicators across the globe, and that was possible because of being an IABC member.
Favorite quote: “We navigate our whole lives using words. Change and improve the words and I believe we can change and improve life.” Martin Firrell, Writer, Public Artist
Patrick Donovan

Patrick Donovan

Director

Job Title: Manager, Interactive Communication and Technology – BJC HealthCare
# of Years as an IABC Member: 4
Best thing about being an IABC member:  Meeting new people and learning from them
Favorite Quote: “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” – Steve Jobs