Director of Public Information and Civic Engagement
Cora joined the City of Springfield in January 2012 after an 18-year tenure with Mercy Health. She became the City’s first Public Information Director to also be responsible for civic engagement. She leads the City’s 12-person multimedia communication team, which produces award-winning television, print and digital communication, and small and large-scale community events, such as the Birthplace of Route 66 Festival. She helped launch several large civic engagement projects, including the City’s multi-year Community Listen / Zone Blitz and more recently Give 5, a “civic matchmaking program.” At Mercy, she served in many communication roles, including being responsible for media and public communication for Mercy’s north central region. As such, she served as one of the primary spokesperson’s following the Joplin, Missouri tornado in 2011. Cora had served St. John’s Health System in similar public relations roles since 1993, focusing for two years on health plan communication and employer relations. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Drury University.