Conference Speakers



Dave Thompson, APR has spent the past 16 years responding to daily crises for the Oregon Department of Transportation, including winter storms, road-closing crashes, landslides, mudflows and now, a total solar eclipse. He is currently the Public Affairs Program Manager, overseeing ODOT’s spokespersons spread around the state.

Dave spent 20 years in broadcast news working as science reporter, business reporter, producer and anchor. His reporting took him to Bosnia during the 1990s war and to Romania after the overthrow of Ceauşescu.

Dave earned a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Colorado and an M.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Toronto, Canada. He earned his Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) in 2009.



Les Kodlick is a corporate communications consultant serving clients in a variety of industries.

Before private consulting, the general served in the Air Force for almost 30 years, retiring from the Pentagon as the Director of Public Affairs. He was the service’s top spokesman, responsible for the Air Force’s entire communication operation, and led a career field of 5,500 Airmen and civilians.

A leader in strategic communication, planning, and executive training, he has successfully led organizations, businesses and corporations through product launches, branding initiatives, budgetary challenges, natural disasters, environmental issues and major crises.

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Lisa Jones has a B.A. in Communications from the University of Colorado and offers a broad PR background, and extensive media relationships to assist her clients in telling their stories and reaching their target audiences.

Lisa is also an adjunct faculty member at Flathead Valley Community College (FVCC) where she provides customized training for businesses in conjunction with FVCC’s Workforce Training Center.

Her crisis communications experience has spanned decades, having received the Montana Governor’s Award for “Partnership of the Year” for her leadership with the 2003 Wildfire Media Relations Task Force. 

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Jason Mudd is an Emmy Award-winning, PRWeek “Rising Star," accredited public relations practitioner, speaker, author, and entrepreneur.

He is a trusted adviser and dynamic strategist for some of America’s most admired brands. Since 1994, he's worked with American Airlines, Budweiser, Dave & Buster’s, H&R Block, Hilton, HP, Miller Lite, New York Life, Pizza Hut, Southern Comfort, and Verizon.

He founded Axia in July 2002. And when he's not doing PR, he's playing trivia with his wife, tolerating his teenagers, and working on his stand-up material.