Joyce Aboussie is the CEO and Owner of Aboussie & Associates. In 1986, Aboussie established Telephone Contact Incorporated, a voter contact, telemarketing and direct mail firm. Telephone Contact Inc. and Aboussie & Associates have represented Fortune 500 companies, cultural and entertainment institutions, national polling firms, universities, national corporations and labor organizations. Joyce Aboussie was National Political Director for Congressman Dick Gephardt, and worked with Congressman Gephardt at the top of his political organization for nearly 30 years.
Aboussie served as Chairperson of ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Board of Directors. She was the first female Chairperson ever to be elected and has been on the board since 1983, when she was the youngest person ever to be asked to join the National Board of Directors and Governors. Headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee, St. Jude is now the largest health care charity in the nation. The St. Louis Business Journal honored Joyce as one of the “Most Influential Business Women.” TheSt. Louis Post-Dispatch recognized Aboussie in their “25 Most Influential St. Louisans” article. She has been named by both St. Louis Magazine and theSt. Louis Business Journal as one of “40 people under 40” who make a difference in St. Louis.
Shonagh Clements, General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Administration, brings to TCI her legal background and extensive experience in political consulting, including local, state, and national campaigns. Shonagh graduated from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota with a B.A. in Urban Studies, and went on to graduate from Northeastern University School of Law in Boston with her J.D. While working as an attorney she became involved in St. Louis and Missouri politics, eventually working for the Gephardt for President Campaign. Before joining TCI, she spent several years running her own law and political consulting practice. With more than ten years of experience, Shonagh knows how to manage winning political campaigns, build coalitions and organize grassroots efforts to support corporate and legislative endeavors, develop and oversee initiative petition efforts, counsel clients concerning political legal issues from compliance to finance, and craft and execute strategic communications campaigns, including earned and unearned media components.
Mark Kellam, Chief Information Officer, brings extensive experience in the field of information technology to Telephone Contact. A native of St. Louis and graduate of Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, he has worked as a systems analyst and data management expert for three decades. Mark has a broad background in both computer technology and community organizing. Immediately prior to coming to work for Telephone Contact Inc., he spent two years as a senior systems analyst at the University of Missouri, where he was instrumental in the University’s successful efforts to computerize many of its recruitment, outreach and advising processes. He has been both a policy and technology consultant to dozens of political campaigns and non-profit organizations.
Thomas Bloom, Project Administrator, is a graduate of Saint Louis University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Economics. Before working for Telephone Contact Inc., he managed compliance for Claire McCaskill’s 2012 Senate campaign. He brings expertise in information technology, data management, and community organizing to the team.