Anne Keene has enjoyed a 25-year 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 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 planning/outreach aspects of Crossnore Group's client engagements. She specializes in marketing for universities, healthcare and senior living media with a focus on wellness, winning national industry awards for creative concepts. Her 2018 book The Cloudbuster Nine: The Untold Story of Ted Williams and the Baseball Team that Helped Win World War II unveils the untold story of a World War II Navy baseball team manned by major-league players and fighter pilots. Keene was nominated among 12 authors as a CASEY Award finalist for "The Best Baseball Book of the Year" for 2018 with Audio Book being released on November 27th. A journalism graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Anne has served as a Governor of Texas appointee to the nine-member Texas Historical Records Advisory Board dedicated to the preservation of the state's archives and documentary heritage. She currently serves on the board of the Friends of the State Library and Archives of Texas, is an adviser to Off Assignment, a literary travel magazine, as well as Texas Our Texas, a PBS-supported organization that explores and illuminates the storied history and culture of Texas.
Russ Keene's expertise includes public affairs advocacy strategy, corporate positioning and media relations. Russ joined Crossnore Group in summer 2008 after leading the Austin office of global public relations firm Burson-Marsteller for five and one-half years. At Burson, and before joining Burson at the Washington-based international business advisory firm Kissinger-McLarty Associates, Russ advised some of the country's leading brands on business development, communications and government relations strategy. Russ' earlier career included communications and government relations positions in Texas and Washington with Aetna, American Gas Association and Enserch Corp. He has held management positions in attorney general, gubernatorial, state legislative and presidential campaigns. He attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he today is a member of the university's athletic department's Longhorn Foundation Advisory Council and the Advisory Board of the Moody College of Communication's Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life.
Bergan Casey brings 20 years of experience to the Crossnore team, managing public relations and public affairs information campaigns. Through her own communications firm, Bergan has managed non-profit and corporate clients like the Headliners Foundation of Texas, Texas Cultural Trust Council and Scott & White Healthcare System. Her strengths include media relations, writing and editing support, event planning, and strategic communications planning. Earlier in her career, Bergan was an account executive with Christian-Hubble Media & Communications in Austin and she worked in London for public relations firm, Rowland Worldwide, followed by several years with Selz-Seabolt Communications in Washington, D.C. Bergan is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and also holds a Master of Public Affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs.
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.