Public Relations Advisory Board
Greg Bailey, APR
Mr. Bailey is a founding partner of Katcher Vaughn & Bailey and leads the firm's public affairs practice. He also directs strategic planning activities for all firm clients, focusing on development of public relations programs that align with a client's business goals. Active in the Nashville chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, he has won awards for new media, community relations campaigns and a range of collateral materials. Prior to moving into public relations, Bailey spent 13 years as a print journalist.
Trey 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 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.
Jena Locke is vice president of The Andrews Agency, leading PR and marketing efforts for restaurant, development and automotive clients. Prior to joining The Andrews Agency in 2013, Jena was a consultant at Hall Strategies with expertise in media relations, special events and social media. Jena is a Belmont University graduate with a degree in public relations, and she supplemented her courses with internships at the Onion and Katcher Vaughn & Bailey PR. Outside the office, Jena is the vice president for the Nashville Public Library Foundation’s Next Chapter Society and is also a founding member of the Friends of the Food Bank Steering Committee for Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. Jena has been named one of Nashville’s Top 30 Under 30 for her professional success and philanthropic involvement.
In 1988 Paula Lovell founded Lovell Communications, an award-winning national PR and crisis communications firm that has represented businesses and organizations nationwide. Lovell has 30+ years of experience in public relations, marketing communications and crisis management for hundreds of companies ranging from start-ups to mature companies planning IPOs to publicly-traded companies and not-for-profit organizations.
Lovell has personally guided clients in diverse industries including education, transportation, banking and finance, professional services, hospitality, construction and real estate, manufacturing, insurance, technology, and retail. She developed the firm’s healthcare division in 1998 and it has provided crisis and strategic communications support to more than 1,000 hospitals and health providers as well as nursing homes and rehab facilities, behavioral health centers, biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, national accrediting organizations, insurance companies, managed care organizations, home health and hospice providers, ambulatory surgery centers, healthcare technology companies, social service agencies, revenue enhancement companies, medical device manufacturers, disease management specialists and individual physician practices.
Under her leadership, Lovell Communications has earned numerous awards and recognition for its work in reputation management and repair, branding, media relations, direct mail, technical writing, sales materials and collateral development, social media, interactive marketing, website development, issues management, creative events, employee relations and crisis management.
Lovell lectures at national conferences, universities and professional organizations. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2015 Women of Achievement Award from the YWCA; the 2013 Spirit of the Chamber Award; the 2013 Hercules Award from PRSA – Nashville chapter; the 2012 Tennessee State University Women of Legend and Merit Award; the 2007 Spirit of Free Enterprise Award from Junior Achievement; the 2007 Career Communications Achievement Award from the International Association of Business Communications; the 1997 Woman Business Owner of the Year by NAWBO Nashville, as well as many other accolades.
Leigh Marie Lunn
Leigh Marie has been on both sides of the public relations fence —corporate and agency—and across both Atlantic and Pacific oceans. During the corporate phase of her career with a company considered a world leader in providing services to libraries, she traveled constantly to attend conferences or make presentations to regional offices. Her passport pages are full of stamps from trips to London, Frankfurt, Berlin, Paris, Madrid and destinations as far away as Taiwan. Her home base was Birmingham until she decided she had enough frequent flyer miles.
So the Brentwood Academy graduate returned to her family roots to settle down in Nashville and settle into the agency phase of her career as vice president and director of public relations at Gish, Sherwood and Friends. Her valuable contributions earned her a well-deserved promotion to head of the department within three years of joining the agency. Once she sufficiently recovers from the years of jet lag, Leigh Marie would still like to see Australia. For now, she’s enjoying being near her parents and nephews and singing in her church choir.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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
Dan MacDonald is senior director of corporate communications at Dollar General. He is the former vice president of community and corporate relations at Bridgestone Americas. He worked as a broadcast journalist for 18 years, including stints at WCCO-TV in Minneapolis, WTVF-TV and WKRN-TV in Nashville. He has worked as an assistant professor of journalism at Middle Tennessee State University and has bachelor's degree in international relations from Michigan State University and a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University.
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.
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).