Elizabeth A. Jones

Communications Strategist | Captain, U.S. Navy, Retired

Elizabeth Jones is a communications strategist with extensive executive leadership in the public, private, and government sectors. Her specific expertise includes strategic communications, media training, crisis communications, government relations, executive and employee communications, and marketing. Beth has provided global strategic communications counsel for leading companies in a numerous industries throughout the U.S., Asia, Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East. She has prepared hundreds of executives for interviews with media outlets, including CNN, CNBC, Today Show, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, 20/20, and others.

Beth retired as a Captain in the U.S. Navy after serving 23 years of active duty and Navy Reserve service, including assignments as Director, Press Operations, Office of the Secretary of Defense in the Pentagon; Director, Secretary of the Navy’s field public affairs office in New York City; Director, Navy Public Affairs Center, Norfolk, VA (the world’s largest Navy base); and Commanding Officer of the U.S. Navy’s Media Training Team. She served as spokesperson for numerous, high-visibility operations, events, and multinational training exercises, working with Navy SEAL, SEABEE, aviation and Marine Expeditionary Units at sea aboard aircraft carriers, submarines and other warships.

In civilian life, she has served as Chief Communications Officer/Chief Marketing Officer for a $350 million global product testing company serving the consumer products, food and health sciences sectors; as Vice President, Communications for a private equity group whose portfolio includes a leading financial services company and an NBA basketball team; and in a senior communications role for a leading maker of personal finance software.

Beth has received two Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) “Silver Anvil” national awards; three International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Gold Quill Excellence Awards; three International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Silver Quill Excellence Awards; 15 IABC and PRSA regional awards and 11 MARCOM awards.

An alumna of Texas A&M University, the University of Oklahoma, and St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN, Jones holds an MBA and undergraduate degrees in Marketing and Management. She earned an APR accreditation from the Public Relations Society of America.

Jeff Carr

President | Griffin Communications Group

Jeff Carr is the president of Griffin Communications Group. He leads the agency’s day-to-day operations in support of all client accounts, including strategic planning, client and team counsel, and campaign execution. He joined the firm in 2010 to lead the development of an international aerospace practice, overseeing the planning and execution of strategic communications programs and projects for clients such as Virgin Galactic, Blue Origin, Sierra Nevada Corporation, Orbital ATK, Inspiration Mars Foundation, the Coalition for Space Exploration, and other key industry accounts.

Jeff has more than 33 years of government and corporate communications, and public relations experience, 22 of which were spent serving in key management roles, overseeing a wide spectrum of strategic communications resources and programs.

He served 13 years at United Space Alliance (USA) as director of communications and public relations. As a primary spokesperson for USA, Jeff managed all aspects of its strategic communications, including media, community, and government relations; marketing communications; and advertising. During his NASA career, Jeff worked as director of public affairs and as news chief at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. As a special assistant to the NASA Administrator, he provided critical transition support during the early months of the Clinton Administration. He also served a press liaison for the Astronaut Corps, and as the “Voice of Mission Control” for more than 40 Space Shuttle missions.

David Waters

Owner | David Waters Productions LLC

David Waters is an award-winning freelance producer, videographer, and editor based in Florida. David has more than 20 years of experience reporting, producing, shooting, and editing stories for national television clients, including CNN, PBS, Science Channel, NBC, CBS, and BBC. He has served numerous national corporate clients such as Boeing and Lockheed Martin. David worked as a national Space Shuttle spokesperson at the Kennedy Space Center, and as the County Emergency Management spokesperson for hurricanes and other emergencies in Florida. He used his expertise in the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti to establish emergency communications used by United States and British aid groups, and military personnel.

David’s versatility in photography and video production stem from his many years as an senior television reporter in Orlando, where he produced daily stories for the station and several stories weekly for a 24 hour local news channel and CNN.

David has been honored by the International Ava Awards, which recognizes outstanding work by creative professionals in videography and film editing. He has a B.A. in Motion Picture Technology from the University of Central Florida, a nationally recognized film school.

Kimberley Nahas

Communications Consultant

Kim Nahas has nearly 25 years of experience in public affairs and media relations, executive and corporate communications programs and planning, and strategic crisis communications. In addition, she has extensive experience in broadcast production services, marketing, and stakeholder communications as well as executive media training and community relations.

Kim currently serves a senior publicist for NASA’s Astronaut Appearances Office. She develops and delivers comprehensive communications strategies, public appearance plans, and messaging campaigns to support NASA’s astronauts. She previously worked as the senior communications manager for CVR Energy, where she developed and executed the strategic communications plans for the largest business upgrade in company history. She provided internal and external communications support following a refinery explosion in 2012.

Wendy A. Owen

Strategic Consultant

Wendy Owen has an impressive communications career spanning more than 30 years. She began her career on the agency side working in public relations, advertising, and branding. Eventually she made the move to corporate communications where she worked for both Fortune 50 companies and privately held enterprises. Wendy’s areas of expertise include media relations, internal communications, crisis management, advertising, branding, marketing and community outreach among others.

Mengo Carr

Communications Consultant

Mengo Carr brings more than 30 years of experience coordinating executive-level and major program management processes for a complex engineering and operations organization. She has extensive experience in news operations, and corporate and government public affairs. Mengo has been on the front line of major media campaigns, events, and crises at the heart of the American space program.

Mengo currently works for The Boeing Company’s Space Exploration Leadership Team in Houston, TX and Huntsville, AL in logistics management for the Space Launch System program. Her experience includes leading key executive projects, and notably led the development and execution of the winning application for the 2006 Malcom Baldridge Award for Business and Performance Excellence for the Space Exploration Division.

In her previous position with United Space Alliance, Mengo led all administrative planning and implementation for the Space Shuttle Upgrades Program, supporting a national government/industry initiative to extend the life and improve the safety of the Space Shuttle.
She also worked at the NASA Johnson Space Center, leading the administrative support team for the Office of Public Affairs. She served on the front line of the NASA Newsroom during dozens of Space Shuttle missions, coordinating the dissemination of news, information, and imagery. Mengo was a trusted member of the astronaut support team overseeing training and pre-launch activities at the Kennedy Space Center’s private crew quarters.

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