Kathy Francis, a public relations professional with over 25 years of journalism and communications experience, has accepted the position of Senior Director of Communications for the Presbyterian Mission Agency of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
The Senior Director of Communications will serve an organization-wide strategic and leadership role and be responsible for a team of 24 communications specialists. Overseeing Presbyterian Mission Agency communications strategies, plans, messages, and materials communicated through a variety of media, Kathy will report to the Executive Director and serve as a member of the Leadership Cabinet.
Kathy comes to the Presbyterian Mission Agency from Doe-Anderson, a national branding advertising and public relations agency in Louisville, where she served as vice president/account supervisor in the public relations division, counseling clients in strategic planning, crisis communications and media relations, along with other communications needs. Her clients included Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Kentucky’s Health Benefit Exchange, which has been continually lifted up as one of the most successful examples of the Affordable Care Act in action, bridge projects in Kentucky and Indiana, and other Louisville projects like St. Xavier High School, Wayside Christian Mission and The Healing Place.
“We were seeking a strategic leader who brought both passion and conviction to this position. I am excited to say that Kathy does this and more,” said Linda Valentine, Executive Director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency. “She is a servant leader who brings tremendous experience and gifts to this new position. I am excited to work with her as we share the good news of Jesus Christ.”
Kathy transitioned into public relations following 20-plus years in journalism. She worked as a producer for both WLKY and WHAS television stations in Louisville, and as a writer/producer for CNN in Atlanta. In 1990, she helped launch a start-up television news operation at WDRB in Louisville, where she was later named director of news.
“I’m excited to join the Presbyterian Mission Agency team and to help tell the inspirational stories of mission and ministry,” said Francis. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to put my faith into action.”
With a strong commitment to community service, Kathy serves on the board of directors for the faith-based non-profit, Hand in Hand Ministries, and has taken part in numerous immersion trips to Appalachia, Belize and Nicaragua with the non-profit. She also serves on boards for the local chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and for Assumption High School.
Kathy is a native of Louisville, a graduate of the University of Louisville with a bachelor’s degree in communications. She is married and has two children. Kathy will be joining the Presbyterian Mission Agency effective January 6, 2014.