Volunteer Staff

Social Media Team

We have an amazing social media team that helps drive Social Media Club reputation and awareness. They support our global organization-wide program to define strategy and best practices for social media engagement across the full spectrum of member experiences. Be sure to follow, like, pin and watch them on TwitterFacebookLinkedInGoogle+, YouTube  and Pinterest.

Meet our Social Media Directors: 

Naomi Assaraf (@nassarafis a Technical Marketing Consultant for large enterprises and a mentor for startups. She focusses on ROI growth through: SEO, Ads, E-mail and Social Influencer campaigns. She’s worked with clients like Interscope Records, NBC, The GRAMMYs, Electronic Arts, and Institutional Venture Partners. Naomi’s known for her marketing creativity, and accountability by constantly A-B testing different variables in order to optimize growth in a measurable way. 

Stephanie Werneke (@Mos_Stephanite) is a social media evangelist. She’s drawn to connect with people and understand their behaviors so when it comes to social media trends, this girl knows what is going on! Her experience ranges from working with corporations to start-ups but is passionate about helping brands get started with social media by defining effective strategies. When she isn’t “connected” you can find her reading up on new design trends, exploring the Bay Area and seeking out the best dougnut shops around.

Meet our Social Media Team:

Betsy Pass (@betsybug) is an ATLien, returned Peace Corp Volunteer and lover of all things social media. Professionally, she has worked in the world of accounting (no, she’s NOT an accountant!) for 13+ years. Recently she switched to the world of finance and now works for a Register Invesment Advisor and is learning the joys of compliance! She enjoys traveling, reading, working out, watching TV w/ her hubby and secretly wants to save the world. You can learn more about her at here.

Brian Foley (@bfoley82is a freelance sports writer with speciality in covering lacrosse and collegiate baseball. He has been the CEO of College Baseball Daily (@CB_Daily) since it is was founded in 2005 where it started as a blog and became an industry leader. Visit him here.

Javier Espinoza Rodriguez (@rodriguez247) With a background in Graphic Design, Javier has been in the Marketing field since 2002. In 2010 he was responsible for starting the Social Media department at MPP Marketing Group Inc. and is now the Social Media Strategist for all of MPP’s clients. Most of his knowledge comes from attending conferences hosted by Canadian Marketing Association. An avid reader and techie. He joined SMC March 2014.

Jason Roberts (@jason_ ) works as the Salesforce Administrator in the marketing department. He got his start in social media back in early 2008 when he joined Twitter, and he joined his local SMC chapter April 2010. Jason has also done contract work with Talklaunch, an agency located in Denver, Colorado.

Kunal Mathur (@thekunalmathur) is a digital marketer specializing in social media marketing. He works in a US-based multinational company and handles social media team and projects in his current role. He is a HootSuite Certified Professional and recently authored a book, Instant Social Media Marketing with HootSuite. Kunal is an expert in social media listening, reputation management, competitive assessment and analysis, and lead generation. He enjoys playing cricket and chess and is a philatelist.

Melissa Rosen  (@melissaqrosen) is passionate about using social tools at work, building employee communities, community management, and connecting people. For the past four years, Melissa has been an enterprise community manager at a Fortune 500 company. Helping people find a better way to get work done is always the highlight of every day. As an Enterprise Community Manager, she is the “face” of her internal employee community. Melissa believes in leadership by example, and strives to “walk the walk” by using best practices to launch and grow new communities. This entails providing relevant content via blog posts, status updates, & job aids, and consulting with business partners to coach and drive adoption. Building communities that connects employees with the right people, tools, and information is incredibly rewarding. In addition, leading community Advocates is a particular passion of Melissa’s because she is inspired by their enthusiasm and willingness to devote time to our efforts.

Vicky Harinski (@vic_cianci) Vicky is a project analyst from the software implementation world. She has a wide eye enthusiasm for social media and web development looking for the opportunity to transition into this field. As with media, she is a blogger developing her voice. She is a Registered Yoga Teacher 200 hours working on her Pilates and Hula Hoop certification. This relieves her guilt for her love all things chocolate and ice cream. Visit her at here.

Editorial Team

We have a great team of entrepreneurs, developers, small business owners, PR and marketing professionals, journalists, and students publishing original content daily on the Social Media Club blog.

Our team provides valuable educational content including interviews, how-to’s, and case studies. Our contributors reflect SMC’s global community with bloggers from France, Israel, India, Singapore, Canada, and the United States.

Follow the team on this Twitter list and connect with them via the hashtag #SMClub.

Meet our Editorial Director: 

Katy Wellhousen (@katywellhousenstarted the social media department for one of the largest advertising agencies in the outdoor space, and has experience with clients in areas ranging from oil and natural gas to gourmet cookies. She specializes in helping clients develop campaigns that connect with their target audience and enjoys maintaining the delicate balance that is community management for hot-button industries. She was introduced to the power of social media when she created a satirical Twitter account in spring 2011 that grew to boast over 100k followers, and decided to pursue a career helping brands take advantage of this power.

Katy has an MS in strategic communication and a BS in journalism, and having previously served as a proofreader for an advertising agency, she feels she has the clout to make an argument against the Oxford comma and double-spacing after the end of a sentence. When she isn’t correcting her Facebook friends’ grammar, she’s watching New Orleans Saints football or enjoying a good brunch.
Meet our Editorial Team:
Audrey Rochas (@TrendSetting) is a digital strategy consultant. A digital native, she launched her first website in 2000 and has stuck to the web industry since then. After having worked for an agency specialized in e-reputation monitoring, she went back to school as a professor while working for her own clients. Audrey founded Creative Slashers at the end of 2013 in order to develop training and consulting to help companies get digital. Serial globe-trotting, she travels as much as possible to find new ideas and challenges.

Audrey Schroder (@audreyschroder) works for electronic cigarette company Vapor4Life. In February 2013, she joined the SMC Chicago board. Audrey enjoys learning about best practices in business and the digital world, exploring Chicago and writing reviews on Yelp.

Chelsea Hickey (@ChelseaRhane) is a digital marketing strategist, specializing in social media and email marketing. With a background in Journalism, Fast Casual Foodservice, and Brand Advocacy; she is well versed in community management, content marketing, and brand advocacy. Chelsea enjoys consulting for businesses that are eager to grow word of mouth marketing and their digital presence. She is the Digital Marketing Manager at Zuberance, a leading brand advocacy company that powers ongoing advocate marketing programs for consumer and business brands. Chelsea is working on launching the SMC Virginia Beach chapter.

Craig Yaris (@craigeyaris) via his company, Social Ribbit, is passionate about getting your business found in the digital space. He’s presented to organizations and companies of all sizes including the National Association of Professional Women, Small Business Development Corp., and SCORE Long Island. A continuing education lecturer at Hofstra University, Craig helps small business owners begin their journey through social media, teaching hands-on courses in Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+. In addition, Craig is a Constant Contact Authorized Local Expert and Accredited Solutions Provider. On the side, Craig is a contributing author and board member for Digital Ethos and a founding board member and current President of SMC Long Island.

Cynthia Johnson (@CynthiaLIVE) is the Director of Social Media Marketing for Ranklab Interactive, a marketing agency in Santa Monica, CA.  She spends her days running social audits, creating strategies, and implementing viral campaigns for her clients in a variety of industries.  You can also catch Cynthia’s weekly Twitter chat, #TheSMGirl, on Mondays at 1 p.m. PST, where she discusses social media marketing and PR. Cynthia enjoys surfing, hiking, and yoga. She is also an avid traveler and you can learn more at @CynthiasTravels.

Ethan Parry (@EthanParry3) is an undergraduate student in public relations. As a PR practitioner, Ethan loves establishing relationships with key industry leaders and anything that is social media related. He is particularly interested in the effects that social media have on youth. When Ethan is not on Twitter, Facebook or Google+, he loves to travel, take pictures, and spend time outside.

Jeannie Walters (@jeanniecw) is the Chief Customer Experience Investigator and Founder of 360Connext, a customer experience consulting firm. She has more than 15 years of experience helping companies improve retention, employee engagement, and overall customer experience. Jeannie is the Chicago lead for the Customer Experience Professionals Association (CXPA) and a member of Faith Popcorn’s Talent Bank. Along with serving as CEO, she writes for several publications and blogs, as well as speaks for audiences globally, including as a 2012 TEDx speaker. As a member and speaker for the CEO organizations Vistage International, she was Member of the Year in 2007. Jeannie lives outside of Chicago with her husband and two young sons.

Jennifer Gilreath Hanford (@jennghanford) is the owner and managing director of j+ Media Solutions, helping small businesses and professionals grow through social and content solutions. She enjoys writing and contributes regular articles to SteamFeed, ME Marketing Services, and FIT Medical Weight Loss Centers. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, baking and pinning on Pinterest.

Jessy Davis (@_jessydavis) is a marketing and public relations professional with experience in branding, promotion, and social media strategy. She currently serves as Communications Chair for the Chicago Creative Collective and is on the Young Professionals Network Committee for the PRSA Chicago chapter. When she’s not tweeting or blogging, you can find Jessy traveling to a new adventure, skiing, or scuba diving.

Joe Yeager (@JosephMYeager) is the social media administrator for Premier Dental, a leading manufacturer of professional dental products in a B2B environment, as well as the social media blogger for Calkins Media, which operates three newspapers in the greater Philadelphia area. Joe is also an adjunct faculty member at Philadelphia University. Most importantly, he is married to his wife, Denise, and they have a beautiful daughter, Maddie. As a concerned parent, Joe has focused on keeping children safe online and has created a Facebook page to provide parents with news, tips and advice.

Karynn Ikeda (@ktikeda) is a social media strategist turned event producer. After working for a digital agency in New York City, Karynn moved back to her native California and, in 2013, she started working on events for SF New Tech, Mobile Monday, AngelHack, FailCon, and the Lean Startup Conference. Devoted to the idea of connecting people for a better tomorrow, Karynn seeks to connect real space with digital space and can be regularly found live tweeting events in the tech and startup community.

Katy Schamberger (@katywrites) is a Kansas City-based freelance writer, editor, blogger, and author. She weaves together experience as a journalist, magazine editor, and chief content officer to deliver compelling copy that excites and inspires action. She writes about her favorite topic, Kansas City, for a variety of websites and publications. Other topics of interest include commercial real estate, urban redevelopment, digital marketing and technology. Because Katy knows the power of the written word (and has seen it in action), she also speaks about and consults on content creation, blogging for business, and content marketing. Her first book, a travel guide called Moon Kansas City, was published in 2010. Stop by and check out a collection of Katy’s latest work at katyschamberger.com.

Kunal Mathur (@thekunalmathur) is a digital marketer specializing in social media marketing. He works in a US-based multinational company and handles social media team and projects in his current role. He is a HootSuite Certified Professional and recently authored a book, Instant Social Media Marketing with HootSuite. Kunal is an expert in social media listening, reputation management, competitive assessment and analysis, and lead generation. He enjoys playing cricket and chess and is a philatelist.

Laurent Blondeau (@Evidencesx) is a social media citizen and business development professional. He blogs about innovation, social business, management, strategy , and collaborative initiatives. Laurent holds an Executive MBA from HEC Business School and lives in France. His blogs include Evidencesx’s World and Buzzed-In Log.

Lisa Coleman (@CityHealthChick) is a strategic business program manager consultant with expertise in digital, strategy/planning, and marketing. Her passion is healthcare. She has worked broadly across healthcare as well as blogs about the intersection of public health, business, and consumer technology. It is Lisa’s hope through her work to support busy city dwelling professionals in improving their health. In her free time, she enjoys reading, yoga, documentaries, traveling, and volunteering in the community as it relates to animals as well as the free library. She travels between Philadelphia and Washington, DC.

Melissa De Witte (@MelissaDeWitte) is a media marketing consultant with an Master’s degree in Media, Culture & Communication from New York University & a BSc in Sociology from the London School of Economics. Her work experience includes advertising at the Financial Times, handling social media for international fashion retailer Monsoon Accessorize, and managing online editorial at Park Slope Parents. Melissa was also a teaching assistant in the media department at NYU & worked with its Senior Vice Provost on an award-winning documentary film.

Melissa Kerwin (@melissa_kerwin) is a social media analyst, specializing in paid social media and social media advertising for sports and entertainment clients. Her background in economics provides a unique perspective on analysis and consumer behavior, along with mastering campaigns to deliver revenue generating results. Melissa has worked with a wide range of high profile clients including Feld Entertainment, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, MetLife Stadium, The Fox Theatre Atlanta, The Franklin Museum, and The BB&T Atlanta Open.

Melissa Pont (@melissapont) is a Social Marketing Manager at SaleAMP, an online marketing agency located in Austin, Texas, and a blogger for Social Ice Cream. She enjoys film photography, kayaking at Lady Bird Lake, and going on adventures with her puppy Olive.

Michael Lis (@mikeylis) is an experienced business leader with a track record of starting social media projects for Aria Resort and Casino, MB Financial Bank, and Nike. He is the founder and thought leader behind social media agency SPECK Media with offices in Chicago and Las Vegas. Michael educates companies on how social media strategy can help with marketing, branding, product co-creation, customer support, and crisis management.

Mireille Massue (@Mireille10) is re-entering the workforce after a lengthy sabbatical from a position as VP of International Training. She has a marketing degree with a background in organizational learning, and online learning. Mireille was an associate producer for television during her career and is interested in ‘hands on’ corporate education, combining the areas of broadcasting, technology and education to create healthy creative learning environments (think Pixar Studios) where people can participate in their own learning through conversation and collaboration.

Mordecai Holtz (@mordecaiholtz) is currently an independent social media consultant where he helps companies and non-profits leverage the power of engagement via a host of social media platforms. His passion for bridging social good and social media has helped his clients boost their online brand recognition and awareness. When Mordecai is not engaging on Twitter or Facebook, you can find him either writing on his blog, running, or taking care of his 5 amazing children.

Paul Tucker (@PaulAndTucker) is a communications coordinator for the Carpet and Rug Institute, the trade association for the carpet industry. Paul’s work at CRI includes managing their blog, maintaining the organization’s social media presence, and traveling to industry tradeshows. His background is in writing, which started at a small town paper and turned into a career in public relations. Paul is always trying to learn the latest in business trends and social media strategy. Paul has a BA in Communication Studies from Carson-Newman University. His chief interests include golf, racking up frequent flyer miles, and cowboy boots.

Rachael Genson (@rmgenson) is a public relations professional at INK. For the last several years, she worked in the technology industry helping clients create a connection between their brand and their consumers. Her focus is on mobile and consumer electronics, but Rachael has experience in many B2B and B2C sectors, and has worked with a variety of companies from the startup to the billion dollar global corporation. Rachael is passionate about writing, and can often be found sharing stories on her personal blog or through her Twitter account. When Rachael has a moment to unplug, you can find her digging into a good book or exploring all that her hometown of Austin, Texas offers.

Richard Wong (@richardwwc) is the founder of Singapore-based social media agency GisMo ConneXion Services. He is also a Trainer with Econsultancy in Singapore and Malaysia for their Social Media and Online PR courses. With 20+ years of corporate and entrepreneur experience, Richard has extensive market exposure from North to South Asia and in-depth knowledge on corporate operations across multiple industries.

Robin Smothers (@robinmarie) is a digital marketing and communications strategist for the Minneapolis Park Board. Prior to joining the Board in 2012, she worked as a consultant for more than 15 years, helping non-profits, government organizations, and school districts gain the public’s attention, spark conversations, and drive community engagement to promote and improve their organizational missions. Robin holds a MPA in Community Engagement and a BA in Journalism. She’s an avid walker and reader — but has yet to master doing both at the same time.

Shikha Pakhide (@shikhashikz) is a marketing professional with rich experience handling lead generation activities across the globe with a strong bent towards international marketing. She sees herself more as a community developer and loves to experiment new ways on how to keep the community alive.

Syed M. Raza (@syedmraza) is a social media strategist for Evolven Software and is the person behind the @Evolven handle. An editorial team member since 2010, Syed also serves on SMC’s global observation observation team.