Anne Keene has enjoyed a career across all disciplines of the communications sector, including work as a radio news and television documentary researcher; press secretary and speechwriter in both Congress and the Bush '43 administration; and account management roles in both the public relations agency and client side of communications. A talented writer who excels at telling clients' stories and relating to the media, Anne leads the message development, writing and media outreach aspects of Crossnore Group's client engagements. A journalism graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Anne has served as a Governor of Texas appointee to the Texas Historical Records Advisory Board and The Texas Library and Archives Foundation. She is also the author of narrative nonfiction features and books including, The Cloudbuster Nine: The Untold Story of Ted Williams and the Baseball Team that Helped Win World War II, a national CASEY Award finalist for "Best Baseball Book of the Year."
Bergan Casey brings more than 20 years of experience to the Crossnore team, managing public relations and public affairs information campaigns. She is an expert planner and manager of client resources and relationships and values collaborative approaches to problem solving. Through her own communications firm, Bergan has managed non-profit and corporate clients like the Headliners Foundation of Texas, Austin Community Foundation, Texas Cultural Trust Council and Scott & White Healthcare System. Her particular skills include media relations (traditional and social), storytelling, writing and editing, event planning, design and implementation. Earlier in her career, Bergan was an account executive with Christian-Hubble Media & Communications in Austin, and worked for the public relations firm, Rowland Worldwide in London, followed by several years with Selz/Seabolt Communications in Washington, D.C. Bergan is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and holds a Master of Public Affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs.
Liz Howard brings more than 20 years of project management, marketing and fundraising experience to Fortune 50 organizations, start-up environments and nonprofit organizations. Liz recently worked at the Long Center for the Performing Arts where she increased membership by 250 percent in her first year. Over her career, Liz has successfully sold and managed multi-million-dollar corporate sponsorships, designed large training and VIP events, led fundraisers, developed go-to-market strategies and conducted focus groups. At Dell Inc., she held roles in Marketing, Operations and Human Resources, was a leader in Dell's diversity and winning culture initiatives, and Dell's first women's networking group. Liz is a graduate of the University of Tennessee with an MBA in Business. She is the current President of Austin Artists Project, a board member of the statewide Texas Library and Archives Foundation and a member of the Women's Symphony League.
Greg Talley leverages more than two decades of experience in government agencies, non-profit associations and trade organizations to work on behalf of Crossnore Group's corporate and association clients seeking to build community relations outreach activities and cohesive public affairs programs. He is a principal in his own firm as well, which specializes in coalition campaigns and community relations activities. He has worked for U.S. Senators from Louisiana and Texas, as well as for a Texas governor. Greg has also served as president of a Texas insurance trade group. Greg earned a Bachelor degree from Louisiana Tech.
Russ Keene was a cofounder of Crossnore Group in 2008 and retired from the firm in spring 2022. Throughout his 35-year career Russ has advised clients in the energy, healthcare, transportation and nonprofit sectors. Before consulting with Crossnore, Russ was previously employed by two Fortune 500 companies, several federal and state trade associations, and a leading global public relations firm. He attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he currently serves on the athletic department's Longhorn Foundation Advisory Council and Moody College of Communication's Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life Advisory Board and is an elected member of the University of Texas' System Chancellors Council Executive Committee. He is available from time to time to support client needs.