On the eve of the start of the New Year, Johnson County Manager Hannes Zacharias announced Friday, Dec. 28, the selection of Nancy Mays as director of public affairs and communications for the Johnson County manager’s office.
Mays is the former executive director of communications for DineEquity Inc. for Applebee’s worldwide in a career spanning 15 years of private sector experience in brand management, strategic communications, media relations, and Internet/social media management.
“We think Nancy is a great choice. She will lead our work in developing the Johnson County government brand and unify our public outreach efforts to be more effective and transparent,” Zacharias said. “We look forward to her contributions as an integral part of the county’s leadership and communications team.”
She begins her Johnson County duties on Jan. 14, 2013.
“As a native, I’m thrilled to work on behalf of Johnson County,” Mays said. “I look forward to joining the team in its mission to serve the area’s residents.”
Mays was a member of the Senior Leadership Team at Applebee’s for the past three years and was director of corporate communications for H&R Block where she worked from 2001-2009. Prior to that, she was director of corporate the communications manager for the College of Agriculture and National Resources at the University of Missouri-Columbia and Washington University in St. Louis.
She has also been a reporter for the Topeka Capital-Journal and worked at Coffeyville Journal and at The Daily Journal in Caracas, Venezuela. She is a proficient Spanish speaker.
Mays is a graduate of the University of Kansas with bachelor’s degrees in journalism and Spanish literature and a master’s degree in English from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She is a graduate of Bishop Miege High School.
A resident of Lenexa, Mays and her husband, Keith, have four children – one is a student at KU, another is enrolled at the University of Montana-Missoula, and two are at home and attend Shawnee Mission Northwest High School and Trailridge Middle School.