2019 Board of Directors
PresidentKaty Wagnon works as a public relations and communications manager at Washington Trust Bank. She is passionate about being involved in the community and helping it thrive both through her work at Washington Trust and in other aspects of her life. In addition to her work at Washington Trust, Katy is a board member of the Communities in Schools of Spokane County, an organization that focuses on school dropout prevention. Katy graduated from the University of Idaho with a degree in broadcast journalism.
Tesia Hummer serves as the manager of Donor Recruitment, Marketing & Communications for Vitalant’s North Division, and thoroughly enjoys her role in ensuring a safe and ample blood supply for the Inland Northwest and beyond. Through this, she manages communications with various external stakeholders including public relations efforts, working with patients to share the impact of blood donations in their lives, and managing Vitalant’s Washington and North Dakota call centers. Tesia is completing her Masters in Strategic Communication at Purdue University and previously received her undergraduate degree in Communication with an emphasis in Broadcast Production from Washington State University. She enjoys spending time with her husband, two dogs, and too many cats while preparing for the arrival of her first child in September.
Kirsten Carlile works as the Philanthropy & Partner Experiences Director for Child’s Play Charity. She is a graduate of University of Montana in Business Administration with an emphasis in Leadership & Marketing and a Masters Degree from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in Philanthropy & Development. Her passion to connect the community with an organization’s mission is her strong suit. She helped tell the story of our local children’s hospital and pediatric programs for many years. With 17 years at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals she wore many hats including but not limited to media relations, cause marketing & special events. Her creativity and love for social media helped Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital land some of the top social media campaigns for the entire Providence system.
Heather Alexander serves as Senior Director of Marketing and Strategic Communications for Goodwill Industries of the Inland Northwest. She is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in Communications and International Relations. Heather has spent the last 24 years serving small to large nonprofit and government organizations with their marketing and public relations needs. Her favorite part of her job is telling the stories of lives changed. Her passions include her family, youth ministry, camping, reading, and a nice quiet run.
Student Relations Chair
Elizabeth Kennedy was born and raised in Spokane, Washington and has always had a passion for serving her community. She holds a BA in communications and a certificate in leadership from Eastern Washington University. She is currently teaching within the communications department at Eastern while completing her Masters of Science in Communication with a focus on technological and cross-culture communication. Elizabeth stumbled into Public Relations while working for a small locomotive parts company. It was here that she realized that her background in social science and her ability to connect with others made her feel like a natural in navigating the landscape of Public Relations. This discovery landed Elizabeth in graduate school where she has worked to complement her research heavy background with practical communication and PR experience.
I’m the local communications manager for Spokane and Eastern Washington at the Washington Hospitality Association. A former newspaper reporter, I’ve officially leaped into public relations. I hold a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Eastern Washington University.
The Public Relations Society of America has helped me learn about my new position and career in public relations. The webinars online are relevant to what I am doing, and meeting other professionals has helped me grow my network.
Jennifer Ferrero, APR
Past PresidentAs an entrepreneur, communicator and public relations professional, Jennifer Ferrero, APR, of Switch Up Consulting, has worked with hundreds of Washington’s top companies over 18 years, including aerospace and advanced manufacturing, workforce development and community colleges. As a professional consultant, she develops strategic public relations plans and marketing tactics with measurable results.
She is a Toastmaster and is striving for Distinguished Toastmaster, the highest award in the international organization.