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IABC/Pittsburgh Executive Board 

The IABC/Pittsburgh board of directors is made up of volunteers passionate about helping area communicators better themselves and their workplaces. Please feel free to reach out directly to any board member with questions about IABC or if you would like to become more involved in the chapter. Each board position welcomes volunteers for committees and special projects. Put your skills to use – and reap the benefits that becoming a visible part of a worldwide organization, with a local touch, can have on your professional life.

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IABC Pittsburgh

PO Box 23082

Pittsburgh, PA 15222-6082

IABC/Pittsburgh 2018-19 Executive Board & Committee

  • Theresa Card, Chair Membership Committee
  • Alison Conte, Finance Committee
  • Mary Cvetan, Professional Development Committee
  • Beth Geisler, Membership Committee
  • Jacob Gnieski, Marketing Communications Committee
  • Megha Pai, Chair, Marketing Communications Committee
  • Bryce Walat, Marketing Communications Committee

Theresa Card

Theresa has worked in the communications field for nearly 30 years and has specialized in employee benefits and HR communications since 2004. 

In her role as communications consultant for American Benefits Consulting, Theresa works with clients to develop strategic communication and  change management plans for health care, wellness, retirement and other benefits and for HR initiatives.
This is Theresa’s second tenure on the IABC/Pittsburgh board. She is a past president, treasurer and Golden Triangle Awards chair. 

“When I previously served on the board, I was fairly new to the corporate world.
I learned so much as a member and from my board positions, not only about business communication but also about leadership. I came back to IABC and to the Pittsburgh board in early 2018 because I missed the excellent networking and professional development opportunities that IABC provides. At any IABC event, you’ll meet interesting people with diverse jobs and backgrounds. It’s fulfilling – and fun! – to be with others who share the common goal of advancing our profession and their role in it.” 

Alison Conte

Alison Conte, a former journalist and published author, led her own freelance writing company for many years.
She was also employed at Sewickley Valley Hospital, Ketchum public relations, and Duquesne University before joining the marketing department of Highmark Health in 2013.She has been a member of IABC/Pittsburgh for 14 years, as chair of the awards program, membership, treasurer, and president.

"The programs at IABC/Pittsburgh are like master classes in communications and a great way to keep up with trends," said Alison. "Plus, the friends I've made through the chapter have always been a lifeline for me, exchanging tips on jobs and projects.They are also the people I turn to for a reality check when life gets crazy. Serving on the board has led to many interesting leadership opportunities."

Mary Cvetan

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Beth Geisler

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Jacob Gnieski

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Megha Pai

Megha Pai is an Assistant Account Executive at Havas PR, where she utilizes her writing, content creation, and media relations skills supporting a variety of  B2B and B2C clients. Megha is also an award-winning writer. Her creative writing has appeared in ROUTE 30: POEMS, STORIES, AND ESSAYS (Littleburg Press), the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pressure Gauge Journal, and more. 

Megha received the 2013 Gerald Stern Poetry Prize and the Fall 2013: Lexicon Journal Poetry Prize.
She was also nominated as Best Local Poet for the Pittsburgh City Paper’s Best of Pittsburgh 2017.

Megha graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with bachelor’s degrees in English Writing and Political Science. She received her MBA from Duquesne University.

Bryce Walat

Bryce Walat has almost 19 years' experience in the business, professional, and technical communication fields, serving organizations ranging from Fortune 500 companies tolocal startups and nonprofits, including the Software Engineering Institute, Concurrent Technologies Corporation, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Five Star Development, RAM Software Systems, IMPAQT/Merkle, Highmark Health, Direct Energy, and SAP Ariba. 

He has been a member of IABC/Pittsburgh since 2012, serving as Vice President of Electronic Communications and the Marketing Communications Committee.

"IABC Pittsburgh gives me a chance to meet fellow business communications professionals and learn how to up my professional game as a business communications professional."

Mary Cvetan

Co-Vice President, Marketing

A full-time freelance writer since 2000, Mary works with a wide variety of clients, with a special focus on health care, insurance and higher education. Prior to launching her business, she served as the media spokesperson and marketing manager for Jefferson Hospital/South Hills Health System. Mary has served on the board of IABC/Pittsburgh since 2003, including terms as Co-President, Vice President of Professional Development, Vice President of Membership and Co-Chair, 

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