Board of Directors


Kathryn Stokes
Strategic Affairs Officer
Mississippi Department of Employment Security
P.O. Box 1699
Jackson, MS 29213-1699
(office) 601-321-6526
(fax) 601-321-6004
(Term expires Spring 2018)



Chris O’Neil 
Chief of Media Relations
Office of Safety Recommendations and Communications
National Transportation Safety Board
Washington, DC
(office) 202-314-6133
(Term expires Spring 2018)


Donna M. Harris
Public Information Representative
U.S. Postal Inspection Service
P.O. Box 555
New York, NY 10116-0555
(office) 212-330-3344
(fax) 212-330-2154
(Term expires Spring 2017)

Immediate Past President

John S. Verrico
Chief of Media Relations, Science & Technology Directorate, Department of Homeland Security
Washington, DC
(office) 202-254-2385
(fax) 202-254-6175
(Term expires Spring 2018)

Executive Director/Secretary

Beth Armstrong, MAM, CAE
Executive Director, NAGC
201 Park Washington Ct.
Falls Church, VA 22046
(office) 703-538-1787
(fax) 703-241-5603

Competitions Director

Sabra J. Brown
Chief, Strategic Communication
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Department of Defense
(First Term, expires Spring 2018)

Membership and Volunteer Director

John Nixon
Marketing & Communications Manager
Austin Parks & Recreation Department
City of Austin, TX
Office: 512-974-2464
(First Term, expires Spring 2018)


Communications Director

Scott Thomsen
Senior Strategic Advisor
Marketing and Communications Division
Seattle City Light
Seattle, WA
(office) 206-615-0978
(cell) 206-200-9614
(First Term: expires Spring 2017) 

Marketing Director

Wendy Wagner-Smith
Senior Writer-Editor
Office of Financial Research
U.S. Department of the Treasury
717 14th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
Phone: 202-927-8427
(Second Term: expires Spring 2017)

Education Director

Maria VanderKolk
Communications Manager
City of Arvada
8101 Ralston Road
Arvada, CO 80002
(office) 720-898-7507
(cell) 720-203-2221
(First Term: expires Spring 2017)

Professional Development Director

Bethany Hornbeck
Marketing and Planning Administrator
Pittsburgh, PA
(cell) 412-680-8600
(First Term: expires Spring 2017)