Eric Ward, Communications Director
Eric Ward serves as TDEC’s Communications Director and as a spokesman for the department. Ward helps the department communicate complex environmental issues to its many stakeholders across the State of Tennessee. He also manages owned media strategies and internal communications efforts for the department.
Ward has extensive communications experience in corporate, government and agency environments. Prior to joining TDEC, he worked with clients in various industries while at Kentucky-based Peritus Public Relations and leading Tennessee PR agency McNeely Pigott & Fox. Clients include Intrepid College Preparatory Charter School, the City of Franklin, Joseph Ribkoff (Canada), Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, NAACP, Hyde Family Foundations, Nashville Public Education Foundation, Moody Nolan, Tennessee Hospitality Association, oneC1TY, Cantina Laredo, and the U.S. Department of Labor's Job Corps program. He also worked with leading Tennessee CPA firm KraftCPAs, helping draft proposals for potential audit, internal audit, tax and IT consulting business, and worked to enhance the company's online presence.
Ward serves on the NashvilleRBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) board of directors, where he played a key role in the organization’s recovery from the Nashville floods in May 2010. His efforts helped the organization land a feature story on ESPN’s hit show E:60, which aired during primetime.
Ward graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in Integrated Strategic Communication.
Kim Schofinski, Deputy Communications Director
Kimberly Schofinski is the Deputy Communications Director for the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. Schofinski develops social media content, news releases and internal communications for the department. A native of Michigan, her passion for service began at nonprofits that work to create a healthier and more equitable food system. Schofinski earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism while at Western Michigan University, where she also interned with the Natural Resources Conservation Service and National Public Radio. She worked in Grand Valley State University’s Office of Sustainable Practices while earning her master’s degree in Communications. Upon moving to Nashville in May 2015, she joined the Public Relations Society of America, where she serves as co-chair of the public service committee.