Kara Kienzler serves as director of production services for the Illinois Association of School Boards. She has been a member of AWC-Springfield since 2005, serving in several board roles, including Scholarship Chair, VP Finance, VP Programs, co-VP Membership, President-Elect, President and currently as Immediate Past President.
What role does communication play in your day-to-day and overall strategic responsibilities at work? My role at the Illinois Association of School Boards is to oversee the association’s visual image, aid in marketing the association and its products/services and ensure that all materials are produced in a timely manner. We produce a wide variety of print and electronic materials for distribution to use by our members. While my responsibilities lie mostly in the design and production of these materials, I work with staff on projects from concept to final product, using my knowledge of writing and communications best practices to offer recommendations on message, format and distribution.
Why did you join AWC? To network and keep up with the latest communications trends and technologies
How has being a member of AWC benefited you professionally? I have a great network of peers I can reach out to if I’m looking for suggestions/recommendations on a product/service/vendor for my organization. I am able to offer support and knowledge to my coworkers. I have sought references from AWC members for my own career advancement and referred others.
Favorite AWC memory? In 2013, our chapter hosted the national conference and several of our chapter members, including myself, received Clarion awards. Seeing the photo of our group holding out our awards always brings a smile to my face.
Personal details? Married to Brian Kienzler with two beautiful kids, Katelyn (7) and Max (4)