CSD is pleased to welcome Diane Kline as the new executive director of CHARACTERplus. She joined the organization on July 8, 2013, and will collaborate with Liz Gibbons until Gibbons retires this fall.
Prior to her role at CSD, Kline was the marketing director for the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission (RAC), the largest funder of the arts and culture in the region. At RAC, she created ArtsZipper.com, a St. Louis region cultural calendar, and developed DART, the Database of the Arts, a collaborative direct marketing effort which has resulted in more than $1.5 million of increased sales of tickets and cultural institution memberships.
During her marketing career, Kline has experienced the diverse sides of the profession, working as a writer/producer for KTVI, as an account director at Edelman Public Relations, a writer/editor at the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, and promotions director at American Express Incentive Services. She also worked at Maritz in marketing and communications.
Named the Nonprofit Professional of the Year in 2011 by the Community Service Public Relations Council of St. Louis, she also has been nominated for a national Emmy Award and has won three regional Emmy Awards. She has received a Bronze Quill Award from the International Association of Business Communicators; and a Missouri Broadcasters Association Award in Public Service Announcements. In addition, KTVI received a Missouri National Education Association Horace Mann Award through an initiative Kline ran called Great Expectations.
Kline earned her B.S. in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she was a member of Mortar Board.