NC3C Elects as President Town of Chapel Hill Communications Manager
CHARLOTTE, NC -- The NC City and County Communicators (NC3C) elected Town of Chapel Hill Communications Manager Catherine Lazorko as NC3C President during its 10th annual conference held April 5-7, in Charlotte.
Lazorko has worked in public relations and marketing for municipalities and universities for more than 20 years. She joined the Town of Chapel Hill in 2004, and has held previous communications director positions at the NC State University College of Design and UNC-Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science. While in New Mexico, she was a news writer and alumni editor for NM State University, and the public information officer for the City of Las Cruces, NM.
A Philadelphia native, Lazorko is a veteran newspaper reporter with positions at the El Paso Times, Las Cruces Sun-News and Abilene Reporter-News. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Texas at El Paso and a master’s degree in English from NM State University.
At the annual conference, local government communicators shared innovative practices for managing communication channels and new messaging, including podcasts and social media. They discussed ways to increase public engagement, and advance trust and transparency in government. As traditional media shrink, online government channels are becoming direct lines of communication with residents.
“Communication lies at the heart of good governance, transparency and accountability,” Lazorko said. “Today we have more direct access to the public than ever before. NC3C is committed to enriching two-way communication systems that allow governments to interact and engage to enrich people’s lives.”
NC3C Executive Board members are Dana Kaminske, president-elect and communications and marketing manager for the City of Hickory; Rebecca Carter, vice president and public information officer for Mecklenburg County; Joni Powell, secretary and director of public affairs and communications for the Town of Holly Springs; Rick Mercier, treasurer and communications manager for the Town of Garner; Tameka Kenan-Norman, executive committee member and public affairs manager for the City of Rocky Mount; Kasia Faryna Thompson, executive committee member and communications and outreach manager for Cabarrus County; and Max Taintor, executive committee member and videographer for Buncombe County. Glenn Hargett, assistant city manager of communications and community affairs for the City of Jacksonville, serves as NC3C past-president.
About NC3C – The purpose of NC City & County Communicators is to encourage professional development and networking among local governmental communications professionals. The organization was formed in March 2007 and is made up of government professional communicators from around the state. For more information, www.nc3c.com.