I am president of Pelzer Communications Resources Inc., an Evanston, Illlinois-based communications consulting firm specializing in interpersonal communications and crisis preparedness.
I have worked in agricultural communications for the past 35 years. As a college student at The Ohio State University, I ran a booth at the Ohio State Fair that communicated about integrated pest management to help protect beneficial insects. I later worked for the University of California Extension Service helping farmworkers in California form and manage their own marketing co-ops. I picked crops on farms in California and Israel, while studying comparative cooperative systems. I was an educational aids editor for National 4-H Council, and an award-winning editor for FarmFutures and Agri-Finance magazines. Starting in the 1990’s, I worked as an industry communications specialist for the National Live Stock and Meat Board, and then for Dairy Management Inc. as a communications trainer to help farmers, veterinarians, food safety experts and dietitians tell their story – and agriculture’s story – to the public.
I’m proud to have worked for people in agriculture, and continue to espouse their core values of hard work, integrity, innovation, continuous improvement and community service.
I love traveling, training and volunteering, both in the U.S. and in Latin American countries. In early 2016, I worked at a wild animal refuge center in Costa Rica, and also helped remove barbed wire fencing from abandoned ranches in southern Arizona to help protect antelope and mule deer.
I have two beautiful adult sons, one a political journalist in Ohio, and the other a high school physics teacher in Brooklyn, who now has a beautiful baby girl, my granddaughter.