Meet the Pros

AWC-SA holds its annual Meet the Pros event every February.

Join us on Feb. 15, 2018, at San Antonio College. RSVP today! 

$5 cash / $6.25 credit card. Pay at the the event.

We give students and working professionals in the communications field a chance to network one-on-one.  

Scheduled Panelists:


Join us Thursday, Feb. 15 at San Antonio College.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Event begins at 6 p.m.

San Antonio College
1819 N. Main
Nursing & Allied Health Complex, Room 218

(Building is located at the south end of campus. Parking will be available in lot 23, accessible from N. Main Ave. at W. Park.)

2018 Panelists

 

Charlie Cooper/KENS 5

Charlie Cooper is a multi-skilled journalist at KENS 5. Although she’s originally from Rhode Island, she has a heart for San Antonio where, in her opinion, the people are as warm as the weather. Life has taken Charlie to many unexpected places. Born in Monrovia, Liberia, Charlie and her family fled to the United States to escape a civil war. One of her favorite things to do is listen. She can spend hours listening to stories about where people have been and where they’re going. It’s what keeps her in tune with her family’s history and heritage, the world around her and what gives her perspective. Prior to making San Antonio her home, Charlie has also lived in New York, Washington, D.C., Virginia and South Africa. Some of her most memorable experiences include working for ESSENCE Magazine in New York and volunteering with a mobile clinic in South Africa providing basic health care to those in the greatest need. She’s an alumna of the University of Rochester and Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications.

Mary Dixson, Associate Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning Services for The University of Texas at San Antonio
Mary Dixson, Associate Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning Services for The University of Texas at San Antonio

Mary Dixson currently serves as associate vice provost for Teaching and Learning Services for The University of Texas at San Antonio. She leads faculty development efforts to promote teaching excellence across the university. She has more than 15 years of higher education administration experience.

She has been an author, manager and Principal Investigator on a variety of grants. She has 20 years of experience teaching communication courses at various colleges and universities. She is published in the Journal of Communication, Presidential Studies Quarterly, and Political Communication, and has presented at numerous conferences.

In addition to her academic experience, Dixson has been employed in sales, recruiting, public relations, project management and executive leadership in educational, private and nonprofit sectors. She has been a writer and editor for San Antonio City Pages Magazine. She holds a certification in nonprofit management from the University of Texas at Austin. She consults with organizations and individuals on communication skills and team building.

Dixson earned a bachelor’s degree from Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill., a master’s of arts in Speech Communication from Texas A&M, College Station, and a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of Texas, Austin.

She is also a lucky wife, a devoted, if sometimes frazzled mother, an avid gardener, and a slow runner.

Erika Grimm
Erika is vice president of partnership marketing for Quarter Moon Productions. For 21 years prior, she worked in television ad sales with KENS 5 where she launched the lifestyle show Great Day SA, ExCEL Award program and was instrumental in various community projects.

Erika Grimm, formerly the local sales manager of Time Warner Cable/News in San Antonio, today Erika is vice president of partnership marketing for Quarter Moon Productions. For 21 years prior, she worked in television ad sales with KENS 5 where she launched the lifestyle show Great Day SA, ExCEL Award program and was instrumental in various community projects.

Before starting her career as an account manager with the San Francisco Independent Newspaper Group, Erika earned a Bachelor’s in Communications with an emphasis on Radio, Television and Film from the University of Houston. In the late ’90s, she moved to work as an account manager with the San Antonio Express-News, where she received four Sales & Marketing Achievement Awards from the publisher.

Erika is a former president of the professional chapter of the Association for Women in Communications, leading the team to win national awards and has been recognized with the Maggie Cousins Headliner Award, the highest honor our local chapter can bestow on one of its members.

Currently Erika is also president of the San Antonio Media Alliance, a chapter of Alliance for Women in Media and is active in several other area non-profits.  She is married to her husband of 21 years and has 2 teenage girls, 17 and 13 along with her other 2 furry kids….one English Bulldog, Samantha Daisy, and one French Bulldog, Penelope.

Jeffrey Heinke President/Creative Director Jeffrey Heinke Design

Jeffrey Heinke is President/Creative Director at Jeffrey Heinke Design. He established Heinke Design in 1993. It’s been his pride and joy for more than 25 years. (BTW: That’s 175 in dog years).

He is a graduate of the University of Iowa with a BFA degree. Jeff spent over 15 years as a newspaper designer/manager and art director. Apart from overseeing the direction of graphic and photography departments, he also re-designed several newspapers across the nation.

Jeff left the newspaper industry to start his own company, offering a mix of creativity with a common-sense approach to business and communication — treat clients the way you wish to be treated. The result: countless satisfied customers and successful projects, plus a sense of pride for doing things the right way.

The JHD staff has over 40 years of design experience and expert knowledge. His company is known for being motivated, creative, versatile and proud of their ability to deliver visually stunning and technically sound solutions to businesses of all shapes and sizes.

His company lives by a simple mission:  
We create to communicate. We help our clients communicate their business by developing well-designed brands that convey their message clearly across multiple platforms. Let our imagination and talent enhance your marketing vision.

Joey Palacios
Joey covers city hall for TPR.

Joey Palacios was born and raised in San Antonio. Joey joined the Texas Public Radio newsroom in October of 2011. Joey graduated from Roosevelt High School and obtained an A.A.S in Radio-Television-Broadcasting from San Antonio College in 2010.

Joey started his broadcasting career  in 2007 at KSYM-90.1 FM as a DJ and later became Program Director of the station. After graduation, he interned at  KTSA-550 AM and was hired as a reporter covering elections, breaking news, and the 2011 legislative session.

For TPR, Joey covers a variety of general assignments including: breaking news, local school districts, higher education, police, fire, capital improvement, non-profits, health care, community issues and local politics. Joey has also had several stories aired on NPR national newscasts.

When not working, Joey enjoys biking, hiking, cooking, and socializing.

Anita Uribe Martin is director of community relations for University Health System, a nationally ranked hospital.
Anita Uribe Martin is director of community relations for University Health System.

Anita Uribe Martin  is director of community relations for University Health System, a nationally ranked hospital.

Her current responsibilities include implementing a strategic community relations program designed to gain exposure and enhance the reputation of the Health System and key service lines while supporting the mission, vision and values of University Health System.

She was formerly specialist for governmental relations and external affairs at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas, San Antonio. Her responsibilities included media relations, assisting to develop public policy initiatives related to manufacturing/workforce and advocating with state, regional and national governments and representatives of the company in the business community on public affairs issues.

Anita has worked in the public affairs industry for 20 years. Prior to Toyota, Anita was director of Diversity Development and Community Relations for Bartlett Cocke General Contractors. While at Bartlett Cocke General Contractors, Anita managed all aspects of public relations, media relations, including social media implementation and managed historically underutilized business (HUB) procurement for state projects.

Anita, a San Antonio native, earned a bachelor of arts degree (double major in speech and mass media) from Houston Baptist University.  She and her husband Keith make their home in San Antonio, Texas. They have one daughter, Isela.

Marcy Meffert, San Antonio Express News columnist
Marcy Meffert currently writes the Elders Express column for the San Antonio Express-News S.A.Life section.

Marcy Meffert currently writes the Elders Express column for the San Antonio Express-News S.A.Life section.currently writes the Elders Express column for the San Antonio Express-News S.A.Life section. She has more than 50 years experience as a volunteer and community leader in professional, civic, church, Girl Scouting, and USAF women’s groups and 40 years as a columnist and staff or freelance writer for weekly and daily newspapers in San Antonio and New Orleans, local and national magazines, and books.

Her humor columns have been in San Antonio papers and syndicated internationally, She also wrote MADAM MAYOR How I Learned to Love Government and Hate Politics in 10 Intriguing Years. Marcy’s family lived in Leon Valley from 1992 to 2010; and off and on in San Antonio for 20 years.

Meffert served as a councilmember (4 years) and mayor (6 years) of Leon Valley, as chairman of the Alamo Area Council of Governments Board of Directors (AAGOG) for 2 one-year terms, chaired the Greater Bexar County Council of Cities and Texas Municipal League (TML) Region 7; also served in other TML offices and committees, including the Small Cities Advisory Committee. Also served on the VIA Board as chair/representative of the SA VIA cities. She served on the AACOG Criminal Justice Advisory Committee, the Northside Education Foundation (NEF) Board (Grants committee) and is the founding chair emeritus of  Los Leones Student Arts Festival, a partnership of  the City of Leon Valley, NEF, and Northside School District.

After attending the 1995 4th World Conference on Women in Beijing, China, as a special observer, she spoke at various events with the “Beijing Five” local women who also attended, gave numerous solo speeches about China, and wrote about it in her syndicated column, which has been published in the U.S., Canada and India. She was the keynote speaker, on “Re-Inventing Your Self,” at the Southern Academy of Periodontology’s annual conference in Florida; a Providence High School (San Antonio) and Northside ISD elementary schools’ Career Days speaker, and has been the “elected official” speaker for four AACOG courses for newly elected officials and presenter at Texas Municipal League.

MADAM MAYOR How I Learned to Love Government and Hate Politics in 10 Intriguing Years is available by sending $15 (incl. Tax, P&H) to: Marcy Meffert, PO Box 680262, Leon Valley TX 78268.

Christina Jovanna Olivarez is an event + social media strategist and founder of The Social Butterfly Gal, LLC.
Christina Jovanna Olivarez is an event + social media strategist and founder of The Social Butterfly Gal, LLC.

Christina Jovanna Olivarez is an event + social media strategist and founder of The Social Butterfly Gal, LLC.

She created her event + social media strategy business in 2015 with a mission to help local businesses + lifestyle brands strategize & generate a buzz online.

Christina has worked one-on-one with brands such as San Antonio Fashion Awards, Yelp San Antonio and has conducted social media strategy efforts & workshops for local businesses. She is based in San Antonio but has worked with businesses from all over the country. She has a bachelors degree in Mass Communication-Electronic Media from Texas State University and has worked in the Public Relations/Digital Media industry for more than five years.

Anne Peters, executive director of communication, Office of the President, UTSA
Anne Peters, executive director of communication, Office of the President, The University of Texas at San Antonio

Anne Peters is the executive director of communications for the Office of the President at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She has more than two decades of experience in marketing and communications for higher education, with strengths that include web site development, social media, project management, branding, strategic planning, team leadership, e-communications, public presentations and program design. Prior to her current position, Anne served as director of communications for the UTSA Libraries, and as director of marketing for Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, Vt.

 

Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje has been a reporter for more than 20 years

Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje, social services reporter at the San Antonio Express-News, has been a reporter for more than 20 years. She began her career as a calendar listings/file clerk at the now-closed San Antonio Light, where she went on to write for the Sunday magazine She then spent eight years writing features for the Houston Chronicle. She returned to her hometown in 2001 as a columist and feature writer at the Express-News. She’s been covering issues the affect marginalized populations for the last several years. She holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in English from the University of Texas at San Antonio and has won a number of local, state and national journalism awards during her time as a reporter.

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