Executive Committee

Deborah Roebuck, President
Kennesaw State University

Deborah RoebuckI have been an active member of Association for Business Communication since the late 1980s. At that time, I was working on my doctorate at Georgia State University, and Dr. Jean Voyles, a long standing member of ABC, was hosting the national ABC conference. She put me to work on that conference; and after that conference, I was “hooked” on ABC. I have rarely missed a national conference since my first conference in Atlanta. Throughout the years since receiving my PhD, I have enjoyed participating in the international and regional conferences.   I was honored to chair the SE Regional Conference in 1993 and 2011. Currently I am the second VP, part of the Leadership team for SE Region, member of the MBA SIG group and the AACSB liaison group, and serve on Editorial Review Boards of the International Journal of Business Communication and Business and Professional Communication Quarterly. I have been a member of the Student Writing Committee; the Publication Board, where I served as the Chair for five years; and the MBA SIG group, where I also served as Chair for five years.  

ABC has been a part of my life for almost 30 years, and I believe that demonstrates my loyalty and passion for this organization. I want others to understand our interdisciplinary field, to realize that our high quality journals are excellent outlets for their publications, and to help grow our organization internationally. I welcome the opportunity to listen to your concerns, to represent you and our organization with enthusiasm and pride, and to work 110% as your Second Vice-President. I am humbled and honored to serve you in this leadership capacity and believe that together we can make this great organization even greater.

At Kennesaw State University (KSU), I am a Professor of Management; I teach undergraduate and graduate courses in Organizational Communication, Ethics for Managerial Decision Making, Managerial Coaching, Women’s Leadership Lab, Reinventing Business Leadership, Organizational Behavior, and Managing Organizations. Before returning full time to teaching, I served as Executive Director of the Siegel Institute for Leadership, Ethics, and Character, Chair of the Department of Leadership and Professional Development, and Director of Programming for the Executive MBA Programs.

My first article was published in “The Bulletin,” which became Business Communication Quarterly. Since that first article, I have published approximately 40 articles in scholarly journals and proceedings, authored four editions of my Prentice Hall text book, Improving Business Communication Skills, and published the first edition of Communication Strategies for Today’s Managerial Leaders with Business Expert Press. My presentations on business and organizational communication, ethical leadership, and coaching have carried me to regional, national and international conferences. I have taught in EMBA programs in Romania, Finland, and Singapore. With former KSU President Dr. Betty L. Siegel, I helped convene the first and second Oxford Conclave at Oxford University in England, which was designed to bring together university presidents, faculty and students to explore the changing role of higher education in global ethical issues. In March of 2008, I was invited to be the international speaker for a Human Resources Conference held in Bucharest, Romania. In March of 2009, under the Auspices of the First Lady of Egypt, H.E. Mrs. Suzanne Mubarak, I was one of six international speakers at the First International Conference on Women, Leadership and Social Justice.

I am privileged to have been honored in the following ways: 

    • 2014 Best Paper for World Review of Business Research, International Business Research Conference (January 13, 2014)
    • Clarice Brantley Service Award for the Southeast Region, Association for Business Communication (March 9, 2013)
    • Distinguished Member Award, Association for Business Communication (October 26, 2012)
    • Outstanding Article of the Year 2011 Business Communication Quarterly, Association for Business Communication (October 21, 2011)
    • 2010 Best Paper Award at International Conference on Learning and Administration in Higher Education
    • 2007 Distinguished Alumni for Hannibal LaGrange College Award
    • 2007 Writer of the Year Award by the National League of American Pen Women
    • Research and Service Award from the A.L. Burruss Institute of Public Service
    • Outstanding Business Educator Award from Beta Tau Chapter of Delta Pi Epsilon
    • Outstanding Service Award from Lockheed Georgia Management Association
    • Service awards from the Student Government Association and The Committee on Services for Students with Disabilities
    • Two time finalist for the Distinguished Teaching Award at Kennesaw State University
    • 1999 Coles College Teacher of the Year


Lisa Gueldenzoph Snyder, First Vice President
North Carolina A & T State University

Lisa G. SnyderLisa Gueldenzoph Snyder, Ph.D., is a Professor and the Chair of the Department of Business Education at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, NC. She also serves as the Graduate Coordinator for the Master of Arts in Teaching in Business Education program and teaches courses in business communication, computer applications, and e-commerce. She earned her B. S. in Business Education from Northern Michigan University, her M.Ed. in Business Education from Bowling Green State University, and her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Bowling Green State University. She has served ABC as the convention proceedings editor and the chair of the Employment Opportunities Committee. She received ABC's Meada Gibbs Outstanding Teaching Award in 2011 and has published in both the BPCQ and IJBC. Lisa is coauthor of Business Communication: Polishing Your Professional Presence (Pearson Prentice Hall).


Marcel Robles, Second Vice President
Eastern Kentucky University

Marcel Robles

Marcel Robles, Ph.D., is a Professor of Corporate Communication in the College of Business and   Technology at Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) in Richmond, Kentucky. She has been an active member of the Association for Business Communication since 2002. She regularly attends the national, southwest, and southeast conferences; and she attended the international Cape Town Regional Conference in South Africa in 2016 and intends on the Ireland Conference in 2017.

Robles served as President, Vice President/Program Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer for the Association for Business Communication-Southwestern United States (ABC-SWUS) for four years as an ABC-SWUS board member. She has also been the Program Chair for the Association for Business Communication-Southeast (ABC-SE) Region Conference and served on the ABC Board of Directors for three years before becoming Second Vice President. Additionally, she served on the ABC Teaching Committee for eight years and chaired the ABC Ad Hoc Finance Committee. Dr. Robles received the Outstanding Teacher Award from the ABC-SW US region in 2004 and was awarded the Spirit of ABC Award at the international conference in 2011.

Robles teaches managerial report writing, professional communication, introduction to business, and MBA business research and communication. Additionally, she conducts seminars in organizational communication for Kentucky State Law Enforcement Executives and for Middle Managers from companies such as Tokico, Hitachi, Sherwin-Williams, and NACCO Materials Handling Group.


James Dubinsky, Executive Director
Virginia Tech University

James DubinskyJames M. Dubinsky is an associate professor of Rhetoric and Writing at Virginia Tech, and the Chair of the newly formed Virginia Tech Veterans Caucus. From 1998 until 2007, he was the founding director of the Professional Writing Program in the Department of English. Under his leadership, the program grew to 11 courses with over 210 students. In 2008 he became the founding director of the Center for Student Engagement and Community Partnerships (CSECP). From 2008-2010, Jim served as chair of the board of directors for the YMCA at Virginia Tech and from 2008-2009 as president of the Association for Business Communication. He has received college-level awards for both teaching and outreach and the first university award for the scholarship of teaching and learning. Jim is the author/editor of Teaching Technical Communication: Critical Issues for the Classroom and has contributed articles to journals ranging from Technical Communication Quarterly to the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning. His research focuses on the scholarship of teaching, combining historical, rhetorical, and qualitative methods to study the connections of experiential learning and reflective practice. Jim also served as the  faculty advisor for the Sustainable Food Corps (five years) and for WUVT-FM (http://www.wuvt.vt.edu), the campus radio station, for 10 years. He hosted a radio show—the New River Sampler every Friday morning between 7 and 9 a.m. , for 12 years, featuring folk, folk-rock, bluegrass, and blues. He and his wife Robyn live in Roanoke, VA and have five children, ages 18-27.


Bertha Du-Babcock, Past President
City University of Hong Kong

Bertha Du-BabcockDr. Bertha Du-Babcock is Associate Professor at City University of Hong Kong. She served on the Board of Directors-At-Large from 2007 to 2009 and as the Vice President for the Asia and the Pacific Region from 2009 to 2014. She received the Distinguished Member Award in 2010, the Kitty O Locker Outstanding Researcher in 2008, the Meada Gibbs Outstanding Teaching Award in 2004, the Outstanding Article Award in the International Journal of Business Communication in 2007, and the Outstanding Article Award in the Business & Professional Communication Quarterly in 2001.

Du-Babcock’s research has been directed towards theory development and teaching innovations in intercultural business communication. Her articles have appeared in: Journal of Business and Technical Communication, Iberica, Management Communication Quarterly, International Journal of Business Communication, Business & Professional Communication Quarterly, Journal of Asia-Pacific Business, Journal of Asia-Pacific Communication, Intercultural Communication Studies. She is the co-author (with M. E. Guffey) of the Asian Edition of Essentials of Business Communication. She co-edited a special issue on Business and Professional Communication in Asia for the Journal of Business and Technical Communication.

Du-Babcock is an editorial member for MCQ, IJBC, BPCQ, GABC, and ATTW book series, as well as serving as guest reviewer for five other international journals. She is a Research Proposal Assessor for Australian Research Council, PhD thesis External Examiner for universities in Australia, Hong Kong, and India, and course examiner for managerial communication for universities in Hong Kong.