Katie Hellebush, CAE
Katie Hellebush founded Hellebush Consulting, LLC to provide innovative solutions for association management and government affairs for profit and not-for-profit organizations across industry sectors.
Her work is rooted in her experience in association management and government relations, successfully advocating on a wide array of legislative and regulatory policy issues at the local, state and federal level.
Over the last ten years, Katie has worked with associations across industry lines and in varied capacities. From hospitality to agriculture to healthcare to chambers of commerce, Katie has developed a passion for working with associations and has taken on the challenge of developing skills and learning the tools necessary to accomplish the task. She has worked with financial, membership, and communications systems as well as social media and web platforms; Katie continues to learn new technology to support ever changing client needs.
Katie is an active member of the Virginia Society of Association Executives (VSAE) and American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). She has earned her Certified Association Executive (CAE) and serves VSAE as Co-Chair of the Association Management Company (AMC) Shared Interest Group.
Previously as Vice President of Government Affairs at Alliance Group, Katie led association management and government relations. Specifically, Katie served as the Executive Director of the Virginia Grain Producers Association, Director of the Virginia Wine Council and Legislative Consultant to the National Association of Social Workers – Virginia.
Prior to joining Alliance Group, Katie served as the Director of Government Relations for the Virginia Hospitality and Travel Association (now Virginia Restaurant, Lodging & Travel Association) and Government Relations Assistant for the Virginia Chamber of Commerce.
Outside her work, Katie is an active member of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. Katie enjoys spending time in her garden, running, cooking and exploring all things Richmond. A graduate of the University of Richmond and a native of North Carolina, Katie has made her home Richmond, Virginia.
Caley White Crawford
Caley Crawford brings almost fifteen years of experience in the federal government relations and project management space to Hellebush Consulting.
Caley started her career on Capitol Hill working for a number of congressmen from Georgia to California. Her experience on “the Hill” gave her a unique perspective of the federal government. Following her time in the halls of Congress, she moved to the private sector to work with a niche government relations firm, specializing in specialty crop agriculture. Since moving to Richmond, she has remained a contractor with the government relations firm in DC working on such issues as food safety, the Farm Bill, trade, taxes, water rights and quality, Endangered Species Act to name a few.
Originally from Georgia, Caley has a deep passion for the University of Georgia Bulldogs and all things red and black. Majoring in agriculture economics opened the door to a career in public policy and a deep love for U.S. agriculture.
Outside of work, Caley is married to Andrew and is a mom to three rambunctious kids – Harry, Annie and Palmer. When not working or “mom-ing”, she loves spending time with her family and friends, playing tennis, and reading books of all kinds. Even though born and raised in Georgia, she is proud to call Richmond home and looks forward to raising a family in the Commonwealth.
Helen Ames launched Honu Digital Marketing Services to provide marketing management and consulting services to small brands and businesses. Her vision has steadily grown to incorporate larger brands and associations across the United States.
Helen Ames brings experience in digital marketing and creating and executing social media strategy plans. She produces content for a variety of social media platforms, and ensures that messaging is consistent. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts in English and a Minor in Marketing from California State University, Long Beach, she moved to Richmond where she serves on the Communication Board for Friends of the James River Park System running their Facebook page. Helen received her Social Marketing Certification through Hootsuite, an online social media management tool. She has also earned her Inbound Marketing Certification through HubSpot, an inbound marketing and sales software and customer approach. Through these programs, Helen monitors social media feeds for engagement and day to day analytics as well as develops ways to increase sales and memberships for clients.
When she is not working as a social media guru or staying up-to-date on the latest digital marketing trends, Helen explores all the history and local coffee shops Richmond has to offer.