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Public Relations Advisory Board

bailey pr boardGreg Bailey, APR

Greg Bailey, APR, is an independent public relations practitioner. He has experience in all areas of public relations, including strategic planning, public affairs, media relations, social media and crisis communications. Previously, he was a founding partner of Katcher Vaughn & Bailey Public Relations and began his PR career at Atkinson Public Relations after more than 15 years in journalism at the Nashville Banner and Nashville Business Journal. Bailey is an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and a past president of the Nashville chapter. He is a member and past president of the Rotary Club of Nashville and has served on several community nonprofit boards.


 Pam_BrownPam Brown

Pam Brown is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) and an Associate Certified Coach (ACC). A Certified Fundraising Executive since 2002, Brown is a past president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Nashville Chapter, and was named the chapter’s Fundraising Professional of the Year in 2007. She’s an experienced public speaker and has given numerous presentations about fundraising, media relations and “the coach approach.” She serves as development director of FiftyForward, an organization dedicated to helping adults 50+ in Middle Tennessee live longer, more fulfilling lives through innovative programs and services.
In her “other career” as a professional life and career coach, Brown has been described as the “possibilities coach” because she excels in helping her clients discover the possibilities that await them. She is particularly effective in helping clients envision the lives they really want, then assisting them in creating strategies to achieve goals.


 brewerprboardTrey Campbell, APR
Mr. Campbell is the Communications Manager for the Southwestern Company, the nation's oldest direct-selling company. Campbell oversees the areas of PR, media relations, PR/ethics training, promotions and customer service. He is also involved in marketing, research and recruiting. He is very active in charitable, social and professional organizations in the Middle Tennessee community as a member of the Public Relations Society of America, the Nashville Area Junior Chamber of Commerce and Toastmasters International. He has won numerous awards for his efforts in the community and his achievements in the field of PR.


Jacqueline CavnarJacqueline Cavnar, MBA

Jackie Cavnar is the front face and managing director of Mary Beth West Communications’ new Nashville office, where she develops client relationships throughout Middle Tennessee and informs business-savvy strategies for a host of agency campaigns. She leads the MBWC team in a senior operations capacity to ensure efficiencies and impact that directly benefit clients. To that end, Jackie also works closely with the Client Service team to ensure that clients are satisfied through and through, and her career experience on the operations side helps connect MBWC’s focus with tangible results that clients need and expect. 
Jackie joins Mary Beth West Communications with more than 20 years’ experience in strategic communications and organizational management. With an MBA from Lipscomb University, Jackie’s most recent posts over the past decade have included serving as chief operating officer of The Rural Partnership; as a physician recruiter for LifePoint Hospitals; and as a healthcare market analyst for Decision Resources Group.
Currently an adjunct faculty member in public relations at Western Kentucky University, Jackie serves on the board of visitors for the University of Tennessee College of Communication & Information, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communications in 1994. She is a past president of the Nashville Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and is an active sustainer of the Junior League of Nashville. Jackie and her husband Steve reside in Brentwood with daughter, Stephanie.


jenalockethomas Jena Locke Thomas

Jena Locke Thomas is president and partner of The Andrews Agency leading full-service public relations efforts in the restaurant, development and non-profit industries. She also has a great deal of event management experience including creative event development and event marketing for a variety of clients including business summits, grand openings, regional festivals and citywide community events. Jena currently serves on Belmont University’s PR Department Advisory Board and YWCA of Nashville and Middle Tennessee Junior Board Committee, and she is a founding member of both the Nashville Public Library Foundation’s Next Chapter Society and the Friends of the Food Bank Steering Committee for Second Harvest Food Bank. She was named as one of Nashville’s Top 30 Under 30 for her professional and philanthropic accomplishments and as a finalist for the Nashville Emerging Leaders Award in the Public Relations category.


Paula LovelDana Coleman

Dana Coleman is vice president, Lovell Communications Inc. Coleman has more than 25 years of communications and issues management experience in both the public and private sectors, including public relations agency, state and local government, corporate and not-for-profit experience. She leads account teams for clients in sectors that include healthcare, education, retail and professional services. 
Before joining Lovell, Coleman was director of communications management for Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen from 2007 to 2010. In this role she managed communications issues and leveraged opportunities for the governor in coordination with agencies across state government. Prior to serving in the governor’s office, she was director of communications for the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation from 2005 to 2007. 
From 2000 to 2005, Coleman led agency account teams at KVBPR. Before that, she served as the first press secretary for former Nashville Mayor Bill Purcell and communications director for his mayoral campaign. In healthcare she has managed marketing and communications for a physician practice-management company, a publicly held home healthcare company, a behavioral health company, and a not-for-profit medical center. She also worked for several years for the commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Education. 
Coleman received her bachelor of science degree  in communications from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and is a graduate of Leadership Brentwood. She currently serves on the boards of Komen Central Tennessee and Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary and is a former member of the Tennessee Environmental Council board.


Leigh Marie Lunn Crystal Ghassemi

Crystal Ghassemi, APR is an award-winning communications and public relations practitioner. She currently serves as the director of public relations for Dollar General Corporation where she oversees all external communications for the major discount retailer.  Previous experience includes communication leadership roles in the political, hospitality, tourism, financial, agency and education sectors.  Ghassemi is an adjunct instructor at Belmont University and previously served as an adjunct instructor at the University of South Alabama.  
Ghassemi earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in mass communications from the University of South Alabama where she was also a member of the NCAA Division I women’s golf team (Go Jaguars!). She earned a Certificate of Business Excellence from Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management. She is an active member of the Public Relations Society of America’s Nashville chapter and was named one of PR News’s People to Watch in 2013.


Olivia GagnonOlivia Gagnon

Olivia Gagnon is communications consultant for New York City-based agency, FiComm Partners, a public relations firm that works in the financial services and independent advisor sectors. At FiComm, Olivia works with independent financial advisor and financial technology clients to position them as experts via mainstream national print and broadcast media, speaking engagements and contributed expert commentary. Previously, she worked at Nashville-based Seigenthaler PR (now DVL Seigenthaler) as account coordinator.
Gagnon attended Belmont University and graduated in 2012 with a BA degree in public relations and a minor in international business. She served as vice president of PRSSA and executive director of Tower Creative Consultants, Belmont’s student-run PR firm. Her experience includes corporate and agency PR roles at companies such as Bridgestone Americas Inc., Essential Broadcast Media and the Ferrell McDaniel Company. She can be contacted at


Travis ParmanTravis Parman

Travis Parman, APR, is Vice President, International Operations Communications, for Renault, based in Paris, France. Parman has earned his stripes – nationally and internationally – across a number of industries in the corporate communications world. His more than 20-year career includes local, regional and national campaigns for companies in aerospace, defense and government, automotive, consumer banking, home building and healthcare.
Currently, he oversees the global communications teams at Renault in the Asia-Pacific, Eurasia, Europe, Africa-Middle East-India and Americas regions. He joined Renault on a foreign-service assignment from sister company, Nissan. The bulk of Travis’ career is in the automotive industry with General Motors where he ultimately led the Northeast Region PR office in Manhattan and supported the company’s bankruptcy crisis communications.
Education: Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications from University of Tennessee at Knoxville (public relations sequence of journalism); Master of Science, Communications Management, Syracuse University.
Professional memberships and offices held include Public Relations Society of America, PRSSA national president emeritus and former PRSSA national professional adviser, Belmont University College of Communications Board of Visitors, Western Kentucky University adjunct professor in international and intercultural public relations, and National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association.
Special Awards or Honors include PR Week “40 Under 40” award and UT Accomplished Alumnus Award.
His hobbies/special interests/research include his Master’s Capstone project focused on optimizing diversity communications.


Greg PillonGreg Pillon

Greg serves as the Director of the Office of Communications at Belmont University. The department oversees all internal and external communication needs of the university as well as media relations and crisis communications.  Photography services and all university copy services are also managed by the division. Greg has served as co-chair of Belmont’s staff affairs council, the staff representative on the university’s budget team and chair for the financial and physical resources committee for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) re-accreditation process.  He played a significant role in Belmont hosting the 2008 Town Hall Presidential Debate.  Greg is an active member of Belmont’s Strategic Marketing Team and the Welcome Home initiative which is dedicated to increasing Belmont’s racial and ethnic diversity. Greg has served as an adjunct instructor at Belmont for 10 years teaching “Broadcast News” and "Introduction to Public Relations." Previously Greg held the position of Senior News Producer at WKRN-Channel 2 (1994-2000) and Associate Producer at WSMV-Channel 4 (1993-1994)   Other leadership roles include:
  • Tennessee College Public Relations Association – Served as TCPRA president (2008 and 2009) and received the 2009 Charles Holmes Award recognizing service and dedication
  • Lake Park Homeowners Association – Served as LPHA president (2004-2008) and Vice President (2009-persent)       
  • Nashville Swim League (representing 28 swim clubs and nearly 2-thousand summer swimmers ranging from ages 3 to 18) serves as President of League



Keith Miles Keith Miles

Keith Miles joined MP&F in 1995 after careers in journalism and politics, becoming a partner in the firm in 1998. Keith specializes in technology, media relations, grassroots organization, strategic planning and governmental relations, and provides leadership and direction to the firm’s digital product – mp&f/d. 
Keith’s clients cover financial services, real estate development, infrastructure, retail and manufacturing. He has consulted on grassroots organizing and government relations support for companies like FirstBank, Tennessee Bankers Association, Tennessee Road Builders Association, Mountain States Health Alliance, Metro Nashville Planning Department and Republic Services. 
Prior to joining MP&F, he served eight years as press secretary and state coordinator for former U.S. Senator Jim Sasser and previously wrote for the Nashville Banner, Johnson City Press, Kingsport Times-News and other publications. 
His civic involvement includes serving as a member of the board of directors for The Housing Fund. Keith is a member of the Public Relations Society of America and Counselors Academy, and he has served on advisory committees for the communications departments at Middle Tennessee State University, Belmont University and East Tennessee State University. 
Keith has been a contributor to national and regional publications, including The American Banker and Southern Exposure. He is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). Keith is active on the social media scene, maintaining several blogs and websites devoted to photography and music. 
He and his wife, Cindy, reside in Nashville. He is a 1980 journalism graduate of East Tennessee State University.

robertsprboard Ronald Roberts

Ronald Roberts is chief executive officer at DVL Seigenthaler. Roberts coordinates the agency’s day-to-day operations as well as overseeing staff assignments and managing several agency client accounts. He is certified in crisis communications management via the Institute for Crisis Management and participates in extensive crisis management and quick response situations for various clients. He is a key leader in meeting and event management for the agency, providing planning and floor direction for large meetings and special events such as Bridgestone/Firestone annual team meetings – 2002-2008, Jack Daniel’s national distributor meetings – 2007, Saturn Homecoming ‘99 Homecoming Caravans, and Blockbuster RockFest ‘97.
Prior to joining DVL, Roberts was an assistant director of public relations at Middle Tennessee State University, later moving to the Mass Communications faculty. He has also worked as assistant producer at The Nashville Network prior to his tenure at MTSU.
 Roberts currently serves on several boards including: Citizens Bank & Trust, Rotary Club of Nashville (board of directors, sergeant-at-arms), Nashville Sports Council (executive committee, PR chair), Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee (executive committee, marketing chair), 100 Black Men of Middle Tennessee, Nashville Downtown Partnership (board of directors), Leadership Nashville (Class of 2004 -- class representative to board).