From time to time we track down a member of the IABC Lincoln and ask a few questions so you can get to know him or her better. Here is our conversation with Teresa, who is the 2015–2016 Past President and Co-Coordinator.
IABC: Who is your current employer and what is the principal business of the company?
Teresa: I joined the Lincoln Community Foundation (LCF) in January 2016. Prior to that I worked at Lincoln Benefit Life (LBL) for 28 years, overseeing employee communication, media relations and community relations, including charitable giving, sponsorship and employee volunteerism. That background benefits my role at LCF, a nonprofit helping donors who share a common interest—improving the quality of life in our community—create a collective, charitable impact. The Foundation also identifies current and emerging issues, channel resources to address our community’s needs, and help Lincoln prepare for the future.
IABC: Tell us a little bit about what you do?
Teresa: I’m the Marketing Coordinator for LCF, directing the communication functions for community engagement activities, including Prosper Lincoln (please visit www.prosperlincoln.org!). I also assist with overall Foundation marketing.
IABC: Why did you first join IABC?
Teresa: Because Marcia White said I should! Seriously, I didn’t know about IABC until I met Marcia and she asked me about my job at Lincoln Benefit. That was 25+ years ago and I’ve enjoyed the monthly professional development meetings with my local peers.
IABC: What part of communication are you most passionate about and why?
Teresa: I really enjoy writing and editing. I try to use storytelling, even edited down to a sentence or two, to make it memorable. My mother was an English teacher and published poet, so she influenced my creativity and attention to detail. I’m told I have an “eagle eye” … I even see typos and punctuation errors on billboards when I’m driving!
IABC: In what area of communication do you have the most experience and why?
Teresa: That would have to be written communication. But I’ve also coordinated Town Hall meetings, events/celebrations, research projects, videos and more—my role at LBL covered a lot of territory. My new job has given me some challenges that are exciting for my personal growth, including social media and website curation.
IABC: What do you like to do for fun?
Teresa: In the summer I golf with girlfriends and in the winter my husband and I snow ski with friends in the Cornhusker Ski Club. Both are individual sports that challenge me, but I get to do them with others. We also love to travel and try to plan 2-3 non-ski trips a year.
IABC: Tell us a little bit about your family.
Teresa: My husband is Todd Ingram—he works in IT at Continental Group (formerly Veyance/Goodyear). We have a “furry” kid, Coco, who was a 2-time shelter pup at a young 14-months when we adopted her in 2013.
IABC: How long have you lived in Lincoln?
Teresa: I’ve lived in Lincoln longer than I lived in my hometown of Kearney. I moved here after college, in 1984.
IABC: Is there anything else you’d like to share with the Lincoln IABC membership?
Teresa: I have a lot of friends in our IABC chapter and gained leadership skills due to my membership, mainly because I volunteer on the board. If you want to get to know your peers better and grow professionally, please say “yes” when asked to serve the association!