Monday, February 24, 2014

This program was moved from March to April due to inclement weather. Topic: “The Virginia War Memorial - 10 to 60 in 11 years”
Date: Thursday, April 3
Speaker: Jon Hatfield, Executive Director, Virginia War Memorial Foundation
Time: 11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Cost: $25 for members and full-time students; $30 for non-members
Location: Virginia War Memorial Foundation, 621 S. Belvidere Street, Richmond, Virginia 23220
Register by Tuesday, April 1

About Our Speaker
Jon served in the US Army in Alaska, Germany, and Korea and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the Army Reserves with 24 years service. After several years as a state employee, he became the Memorial’s first employee on July 1, 1997.  During the past sixteen years, several educational programs, including the award-winning Virginians at War documentary videos for the classroom, have been developed to honor veterans and instill patriotism. The Memorial’s educational programs are being used in schools statewide.

To accommodate education program growth, the Memorial completed the 18,400 square foot Paul and Phyllis Galanti Education Center in September 2010. The Memorial is currently preparing to build Phase II of its Master Plan that will expand the Shrine of Memory to house the Global War on Terrorism Memorial, increase parking, and enlarge exhibit and education spaces. Jon is an active member of the American Legion, Military Officers of America Association, Military Order of World Wars, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Rotary International and Ruritan National. He and his wife Donna make their home in Chesterfield County.

View the trailer for "Into Battle," which will be shown at the April Program and Luncheon.


Friday, November 1, 2013


Topic: “Virginia Lottery's 25 Years of Contributions to the Commonwealth”
Date: Thursday, December 5
Speaker: Paula Otto, Executive Director, Virginia Lottery
Time: 11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Cost: $25 for members and full-time students; $30 for non-members
Location: Owens & Minor, 9120 Lockwood Blvd. Mechanicsville, VA 23116
About Our Speaker
Paula Otto was part of the Virginia Lottery long before the first ticket was sold in 1988. She was a member of the original group of people who worked to build the Lottery from scratch. As the Lottery’s first Director of Public Affairs, she was instrumental in shaping and protecting the Lottery’s public image.

In 1997 she left the Lottery to accept a faculty position at Virginia Commonwealth University, eventually rising to the position of Associate Director of the School of Mass Communications. Eleven years later she was tapped to lead the Lottery as Executive Director in its 20th birthday year – and beyond. Otto was reappointed by Governor Bob McDonnell in 2010.

With the unique experience of having been there at the start, Ms. Otto understands how the Lottery occupies a place in Virginia’s infrastructure that straddles a line between government and business. Since taking over as Executive Director, she has fostered strategic planning and the use of technology to optimize the amount of revenue the Lottery raises for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. She and the Lottery’s 260 full-time employees take great pride in maintaining the Lottery’s reputation for integrity, innovation and fun.

Ms. Otto grew up in Arlington, Virginia. She graduated with a degree in journalism from West Virginia University and earned a master’s degree in public communication from American University. She worked as a television news reporter and anchor in West Virginia and later with WTVR-TV in Richmond before joining the Lottery.

Otto is active with several community groups including the boards of the Virginia Voice radio reading service and the Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Otto also volunteers with Bon Secours Hospitals. She and her husband live in Hanover.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

November Program, Luncheon and Tour

Topic: "The Challenges of Marketing a Best Kept Secret"

Date: Thursday, November 7

Anita Waters, Director of Public Relations and Marketing of the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen

11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Cost: $25 for members and full-time students; $30 for non-members

Location: PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE IN LOCATION FOR THIS EVENT: Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Road, Glen Allen, VA 23060

Register: Register at by Tuesday, November 5


“The Challenges of Marketing a Best Kept Secret”
Join us at the beautiful Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen for our November Program which will include a tour, lunch anda presentation by Anta Waters, Director of Public Relations and Marketing of The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen.
About Our Speaker

Anita Waters has been the Director of Public Relations and Marketing of The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen since April 2004. Prior to serving in this position, Anita served on the board of Directors.

Prior to coming to The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, Anita worked as Marketing Manager at S&K Famous Brands Menswear Corporate Headquarters and at Eskimo Pie Corporation where she managed product packaging design.

Anita graduated from Bridgewater College with a B.A. in Fine Arts, and she earned an M.B.A. from the University of Richmond.

In her free time, Anita enjoys running and biking as well as volunteering as an assistant coach for Sports Backers Marathon Training Team.

Anita also enjoys building and decorating dollhouses. Several of her dollhouses have been displayed at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens
during the GardenFest of Lights.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013


Topic: “Live From New York: Lessons Learned from the 2013 IABC World Conference”

Date: Thursday, October 3

Speaker: Larand Lancaster, Vice President of Communications, IABC/Richmond

Time: 11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Cost: $25 for members and full-time students; $30 for non-members

Location: Owens & Minor, 9120 Lockwood Blvd. Mechanicsville, VA 23116

Register at by Tuesday, October 1

“Live from New York: Lessons Learned from the 2013 IABC World Conference”

It was summer, it was IABC, and it was New York!

IABC offers a number of professional development opportunities to communicators from all over the globe throughout the year, and for Larand Lancaster, the 2013 IABC World Conference was one such opportunity that became one of the most memorable experiences of her career.

Join us as Larand shares her experiences from the conference - the people she met, the advice she got from the taxi driver, the celebrities she saw and the knowledge she gained from the sessions at the 2013 IABC World Conference in New York City.

About Our Speaker
Larand Lancaster is a native of Richmond, Virginia. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Communications and a bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts from Virginia Tech.

Larand also has completed graduate coursework in Digital Media and earned a certification in Strategic Communication Management.

Larand Lancaster has been a member of IABC/Richmond for nearly four years and currently is the Vice President of Communications for the chapter. Larand’s primary role is to create communication campaigns to promote IABC/Richmond activities and events through e-mail, the IABC/Richmond web site, local media and social media and through developing relationships with other professional organizations. During her time on the IABC/Richmond board, Larand served as a judge on a Silver Quill Award judging committee.

During her career, Larand has worked in the marketing, public relations and human resources departments of organizations in various industries, including non-profit, the arts, the private sector and public agencies to develop communication products that maximize the use of technology.
Larand has experience in strategic communication, print publication management, web site management, branding and identity campaigns and graphic design for internal and external audiences.

Currently, Larand works at a state government agency where she is responsible for employee communication, the intranet and digital signage.

In her free time, Larand enjoys creative writing, all things media (movies, television, etc.), trying new restaurants, keeping up with new technology and relaxing with family and friends.