Meet a Member: Diane Walters

Things are pretty busy this week for Diane Walters and the rest of the Alaska Professional Communicators team. NFPW members from around the country are traveling to Anchorage for the annual NFPW conference and pre and post conference tours. The activities begin this weekend. Diane and her team have been hard at work for months putting the final details together to host an outstanding communications conference. I have enjoyed seeing Diane at several national conferences and appreciate all her efforts to make NFPW and APC a success. Meet another unique and unbelievable NFPW member I am pleased to call a friend.

Name: Diane Walters

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Diane Walters

City and State: Anchorage, Alaska

Affiliate and leadership positions: Alaska Professional Communicators. Too many leadership positions to count, but at various times, president, 1st vice-president, secretary; currently immediate past president, treasurer, conference co-chair, and contest coordinator. Co-chair of the NFPW conference in Alaska.

Years a Member of NFPW: 33 years

Tell us a little about you:

I moved to Alaska in 1965 when I was eight years old. My dad was active duty military. He retired, we liked Alaska, so we stayed. In 1984 my husband and I moved to Germany, stayed eight years and came home with the cliché items: two kids, a grandfather’s clock and a cuckoo clock among many other things. While in Germany I worked as a public affairs specialist at two Army installations. Since returning to Alaska in 1992, I have been working as a writer-editor for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Alaska District. I like to read, fish, camp, hike, cross country ski and travel.

Any career advice to share?

Try to pick a career you are passionate about and enjoy doing. Always try to find something new to learn about your career field so you can continue to grow.

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Diane Walters on the right with her daughter, Jessica.

Which talent would you most like to have?

I’ve always wanted to be a tap dancer. I’m a big fan of Gene Kelly and Fred Astair.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

I love living in Alaska though I wouldn’t mind living in Germany again for a few years.

What book are you reading?

Ken Follet’s Edge of Eternity, book three in his Century Trilogy.

What would surprise people to learn about you?

Probably that I’m very introverted. It is something I have been working on.

Why is your affiliate and NFPW important to you?

I’ve made great friends though my affiliate and met people I probably wouldn’t have met. NFPW is important to me for the same reason, especially since I’ve started regularly attending the national conference. It’s great fun seeing a lot of the people every year.

Ways to follow you on social media:

I do have a Facebook Page. Thank you to everyone who has ever posted to my timeline, otherwise there wouldn’t be much there.

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