Judy Keane, who directed media relations and strategic communications for Arizona State University, is moving to the US Conference of Catholic Bishops as director its office of public affairs.

judy keaneThe Washington-based Conference, which operates on a $180M-a-year budget, is the face and voice of the Catholic church hierarchy in the US. Louisville Archbishop Joseph Kurtz is the current president.

Keane was spokeswoman, communications advisor and day-to-day crisis lead for ASU, in addition to social media and content duties. At the UCCB, she reports to chief communications officer James Rogers, who joined last year.

Like Rogers, Keane has a healthcare PR background as she was public information officer and communications manager of Maricopa Integrated Health System and manager for the Mayo Clinic Arizona. She started out in TV news in Phoenix.

Keane takes up the Conference post on Sept. 12.

She is the author of "Single and Catholic: Finding Meaning in Your State of Life" (Sophia Institute Press 2016).