BOD Press Release 7.2.14

July 8, 2014

Contact: Nancy Skidmore
Chapter Administrator
(248) 546-5490

IABC Detroit Announces 2014-2015 Board of Directors

DETROIT – July 8, 2014 – The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Detroit, a leading nonprofit organization that provides professional development and networking opportunities for all areas of organizational communication, announced its 2014-2015 board of directors at the 33rd annual Renaissance Awards ceremony held June 26. The term runs from July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015. All board positions are voluntary.

“We have an ambitious agenda planned to help Metro Detroit communicators connect,” said Alexandra Hichel, the chapter’s president and a web developer/designer for University of Detroit Mercy’s College of Liberal Arts & Education. “IABC both at the chapter and the international level provides  tremendous resources for anyone who works in communications at corporate, nonprofit and independent levels. With organizations becoming more lean, IABC fills a need for affordable professional development.”

The 2014-2015 IABC Detroit board is as follows:

  • President: Alexandra Hichel, University of Detroit Mercy, College of Liberal Arts & Education (Detroit, Mich.)
  • President Elect: Debbie Reinheimer, Reinheimer PR & Marketing (West Bloomfield, Mich.)
  • Immediate Past President: Eric Longs, Eclipse Creative (Ferndale, Mich.)
  • Senior Delegate: Gary Spondike, Pitch Black Media (Pleasant Ridge, Mich.)
  • Career Outreach: Dan Saad, DJS Communications (Royal Oak, Mich.) and Sean Patrick, independent practitioner (Commerce Township, Mich.)
  • Program Marketing: Debra Salem, ASG Renaissance (Dearborn, Mich.)
  • Digital Media: Jaclyn Klein, St. Mary Mercy Livonia (Livonia, Mich.)
  • Student Relations: Andrea Kenski, Franco Public Relations Group (Detroit, Mich.)
  • The Galley (Newsletter): Laura Heidrich, NTEA (Farmington Hills, Mich.)
  • Webmaster: Renee Ratliff, CareTech Solutions (Troy, Mich.)
  • Membership: Karen Cashin, Ernst & Young (Detroit, Mich.)
  • Program Development: Cynthia Shaw, Kresge Foundation (Troy, Mich.); Lillian Lorenzi, Credit Union One (Ferndale, Mich.) and Michael Raveane, Meritor (Troy, Mich.)

About IABC Detroit
IABC Detroit is one of the largest chapters of the 13,000 member International Association of Business Communicators, connecting more than 170 professional communicators to the people, resources and knowledge necessary to advance their communication careers in the Metro Detroit area. The chapter holds monthly professional development programs and networking opportunities; is building a career outreach/job referral service; and hosts an annual awards program. Internationally, IABC offers an accreditation program. For more information, contact Nancy Skidmore, chapter administrator, at (248) 546-5490/ and visit us at,, and Twitter @DetroitIABC .