Brenda Jones Barwick, APR
Brenda, President of Jones PR, is a rarity – especially in America’s heartland. She has 35 years of public relations experience at the highest levels in Washington, D.C. politics, European diplomatic relations and with Fortune 500 companies.
In Washington, D.C., Brenda was a writer in the White House West Wing for President Ronald Reagan Administration, who later appointed her to the Foreign Service. She served at the American Embassy in Switzerland coordinating ambassadorial-level diplomatic events and developing public outreach initiatives to advocate free enterprise and democratic principles. During President George H.W. Bush’s term, Brenda served on a Presidential Commission at the U.S. State Department that advised the President on foreign aid structure.
After 15 years in Washington, D.C. and Europe, Brenda became Vice President of Public Relations for the Southwest’s sixth largest advertising agency, Ackerman McQueen, where she planned and coordinated campaigns for the Dallas Cowboys and Six Flags.
Joshua Harlow is the Senior Vice President of Jones PR overseeing the production of The Oklahoma 100. As a marketing professional, he has worked with free-market nonprofits and advocacy organizations at both the state and local level, and has a background that includes content marketing, campaign management, grassroots/events management, strategic communications, media relations and training, direct-mail production and fundraising.
Joshua graduated from Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri where he was Student Body President and continues to serve on the College Alumni Council. While an undergraduate, he served as a temporary-hire and honor intern at the White House, Federal Communications Commission and Department of Labor. Most importantly, Joshua is husband to Jenna and father to Walker. He spends his time off combining his passion for family and running across the state!
Taylor Ketchum serves as Director of The Oklahoma 100. She is a leading content marketing expert who uses her experience and knowledge of online media and social media to develop an effective messaging strategy for each issue while overseeing the long-term production of The Oklahoma 100.
Taylor graduated from Oklahoma Christian University with a B.S. in Mass Communications, Public Relations & Advertising. During her free time, Taylor enjoys reading, crafting, sewing and helping her husband who coaches soccer at a local high school in OKC. The two have a daughter, Selah Grace, and are expecting their second daughter in February.
Deby Snodgrass currently serves as the Oklahoma Secretary of Commerce and Tourism in addition to her duties as Executive Director of the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. Snodgrass is responsible for 32 state agencies, boards and commissions in addition to her duties as Executive Director.
Snodgrass has more than 30 years experience in marketing and public policy in the private sector. Prior to accepting the Executive Director’s post at the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department, Snodgrass served as Senior Director of Public Affairs for Chesapeake Energy. In that role, she developed and executed strategic political and public policy initiatives, managed both state and federal political action committees and monitored federal, state and local issues. She has been a frequent guest speaker and has taught policy and strategy at various national and international venues.
Nicona Lane serves as a weekly contributor for The Oklahoma 100. As a communications professional, she has worked with a number of clients in the private and public sectors at a local and state level.
She graduated from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia with a B.S. in Marketing in 2017. While at GMU, Nicona worked at an integrated marketing and public relations firm just outside of D.C. She holds a professional background in marketing, social media, public relations and nonprofit work. Personally, she is actively involved with several nonprofits, loves to travel and enjoys spending time with her family.
Ashley Ross serves as a Weekly Contributor of The Oklahoma 100. She is a content marketing specialist who produces editorial and social content, assists in the planning of each issue and keeps her eyes and ears open for intriguing stories happening in Oklahoma.
Ashley graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a B.A. in Strategic Communications in 2017. When she has down time, she enjoys attending concerts, hiking, traveling and catching up on Netflix.
Kristen Giroux serves as the coordinator for Oklahoma’s innovative online publishing platform, The Oklahoma 100. She works diligently to create interesting and news-worthy content from all around the state of Oklahoma to be featured in each issue of the Oklahoma 100. Additionally, Kristen coordinates the Oklahoma 100 social media strategy and editorial calendar.
Kristen graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a B.A. in Strategic Communications fall of 2017. On her free time, Kristen enjoys reading, running with her two dogs and trying new brunch places.
Meaghan Hatch serves as a weekly contributor to The Oklahoma 100. She holds a professional background in communication with experience supporting corporate and commercial clients. She specializes in content creation and social media and is always on the lookout for impactful stories to include in each issue.
Meaghan graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a B.A. in Professional Media in 2017. During her free time, she enjoys volunteering at her church and spending time with her friends and family.