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Meet the 2019-20 Board

 Joanne Kozlowski – President      

My involvement with IABC Regina started when I first moved to the Queen City 20 years ago. As a young communication professional, that volunteer experience introduced me to a wealth of resources and networks to build my career. I am happy to return for my third term on the board and excited for the opportunity to continue to strengthen our IABC Community. 

My passion is strategy development, identifying opportunities and finding solutions to organizational challenges. My career path has taken me from the non-profit sector to the university setting and, currently, municipal government. 

Outside of work, when I'm not travelling, you can usually find me at one of Regina's many great local restaurants.



Kate Abel - Incoming President

After earning a diploma in Public Relations from MacEwan University and completing an internship for a not-for-profit organization in Edmonton, I was offered a six-month term position in communications for the Government of Saskatchewan. This meant I'd have to move to Regina - temporarily, I thought - and nearly four years later, I'm still here! I've worked in four different ministries and am currently at the Ministry of Trade and Export Development. This is my fourth year on the IABC/Regina board, and I feel very lucky to have the chance to learn from and work with all the talented and skilled Regina communicators who serve on this board and participate in our local IABC chapter.

Outside of work, I spend my time listening to music, eating as much delicious food as possible, participating in long-haul video game marathons and watching terrible B-movies - all of which I prefer along with the company of my friends and a bottle of wine.

I hope you'll follow all of our IABC/Regina happenings on Twitter and Facebook! @iabcregina



Regan Halbert, CMP –  Outgoing President

My passion for marketing and communications began at an early age, and I’ve always enjoyed brainstorming and coming up with unique ways to coordinate advertising campaigns, branding initiatives and social media strategies. 

I graduated from the University of Regina with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, Certificate in Economics and a Masters Certificate in International Business. My corporate experience includes serving as Marketing and Communications Administrator of Harvard Developments Inc.,  working as a Marketing Consultant for the Government of Saskatchewan.

Embracing the opportunity to continuously learn, and share new experiences is what I am all about! This is my sixth year serving on the IABC/Regina board, and I’m looking forward to networking with chapter members at PD events and through our social media channels. If you haven’t already done so, be sure to follow us on Twitter at @iabcregina.


Paula Kohl ABC – Chair, Certification

Paula is happy to be involved with IABC/Regina again, this time as Certification Chair. She previously held board positions from 2005-2008 and was a mentor in the 2014 Mentorship Challenge. Paula achieved her Accredited Business Communicator designation in 2011.

Paula currently holds the position of Director of Communications, Marketing and Strategy with Evraz Place. Prior to this, Paula led an award-winning team of communicators at SaskPower as their Manager of External Communications

A good TV show paired with popcorn and full-bodied Malbec are Paula's true pleasures in life. Her latest venture outside of work is piano lessons. With absolutely no knowledge of music, Paula is proving that you can teach an old dog new tricks.

      Matt Geiger - Co-Vice President, Communications

As a new recruit to the IABC Regina board, it is such an honor to join this thriving community of communications professionals and help share our collective story.

With over a decade in the marketing industry under my belt, I’ve focused my time on the art of visual communication and becoming a ‘one-man ad agency’ who is truly passionate for the areas of branding, design, and being able to craft any story in a creative package. In my current role as Marketing and Communications Administrator for Harvard Developments Inc., I am blessed to play a lead role in building the brand, communication, and marketing strategies behind some of Western Canada’s premier real estate projects. Prior to this, I was part of the Regina Pats Hockey Club where I was in charge of the team’s marketing, sponsorship and community efforts, and I am also entering my fifth year serving on the Board of Directors of the Regina Red Sox.

When I’m not at the office or the ballpark, my time is usually spent at the lake, building something in the garage, or hiking a trail with my trusty canine comrade, @rookie_thelabrador.

I’m a firm believer that all communications issues can be solved over a cold beer or hot coffee - so if you’re ever looking to talk anything marketing, communications or sports, feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn or mgeiger@harvard.ca. First round is on me!

          Sheena August - Co-Vice President, Professional Development

I studied at the University of Regina and have a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in English and Linguistics and a Certificate in Public Relations. I have worked in communications and stakeholder relations in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Coincidentally, the focus has been on infrastructure—pipeline, railway, housing, and schools, so I am quite at home in my current role as the communications manager for the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan.

I am looking forward to finding out how we can support you. Seeking more contacts? Feeling like some fellowship? Needing a forum for discussion? We have some irons in the fire but can always use more ideas! Email me and let me know at saugust@sasktel.net.

      Shalyn Rousseau - Co-Vice President, Membership

I am honoured to be on the board for the Regina Chapter of IABC as the VP for Membership. I am very new in the communications field and I am excited to take part in IABC.

I graduated from the University of Regina with my B.A. with a double major in Political Science and Religious Studies back in 2015. I am an alumni of the Saskatchewan Legislative Internship Program and I am currently taking courses for my Certificate in Public relations through the University of Regina’s Centre for Continuing Education. I will complete my certificate in the Winter 2019 semester. I have worked for the Ministry of Social Services for two years and began my current position as Research and Information Management Analyst in December 2017. I knew I wanted to work in the human services Ministries for a while as providing the best services for the most vulnerable sectors of our society is very important to me.

A friend of the family once told me “never walk past a door to opportunity” and I have taken those words to heart ever since. My interest in communications began in the summer of 2014 when I was a summer student for the Regina Downtown Business Improvement District. I worked under their communications officer and was very intrigued by her passion and the work she did. I met another friend, Kaitlyn Abel, who works in the communications field a couple years later and she definitely helped seal my decision in taking this career path. 

Brett Kitchen  - Co-Vice-President, Technology

I’ve been lucky enough to spend a lot of time exploring the world, meeting some amazing people in places few ever get to visit. My curiosity for the world  is matched only by my desire to help share the stories of the people an places that surround us in the digital age.

I currently work as a Marketing and Social Media Consultant for the Ministry of Trade and Export Development (TED) where I provide marketing and social media support to TED, Energy and Resources, and Immigration and Career Training.  Prior to that I worked as an account supervisor at Brown Communications, and was the Marketing and Communications Manager at the Regina Symphony Orchestra.  I have a business degree from the University of Regina and know a bit of Mandarin from my time at China Jiliang University in Hangzhou.


I am extremely thrilled to be joining the IABC Regina board and help us share our story!


Alyssa Leippi - Co-Vice President, Technology
Director of Finance
Jorge Colin - Harvard Property Management Inc
Mentorship Chair, Anna Willey, ABC, MC, IABC Fellow