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2015 PRSA Board of Director Applicants

Nominating Committee to Meet in Chicago to Make Selections

The following PRSA members have submitted applications to the PRSA 2014 Nominating Committee for review and consideration for the 2015 PRSA National Board of Directors. The Nominating Committee will choose nominees for open positions during its Aug. 1–Aug. 3 meeting in Chicago, Il. The nominees, along with any petitioned candidates, will be presented at the PRSA Leadership Assembly prior to the PRSA 2014 International Conference on Oct. 11 for approval.

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Blake D. Lewis III, APR, Fellow PRSA
Principal and Senior Consultant
Lewis Public Relations
Dallas, Texas

Mark W. McClennan, APR
Senior Vice President
Waltham, Mass.

Jane E. Dvorak, APR, Fellow PRSA
JKD & Company, Inc.
Lakewood, Colo.
Marisa Vallbona, APR, Fellow PRSA
CIM Incorporated
San Diego, Calif.

Kelly J. Davis, APR
Public Relations Director
Riggs Partners
West Columbia, S.C.

East Central District
Richard J. Batyko, APR, Fellow PRSA
Regional Marketing Alliance of Northeast Ohio
Cleveland, Ohio

Timothy S. Penning, Ph.D., APR
Associate Professor
Grand Valley State University
Allendale, Mich.

Sonja Popp-Stahly, APR
Director, Digital Media Communications
Eli Lilly and Company
Indianapolis, Ind.

Kenneth P. Service, APR, Fellow PRSA
Vice Chancellor for Communications
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pa.

Mid-Atlantic District
Sid Bridge, APR
Manager of Corporate Communications
Harbor Group International, LLC
Norfolk, Va.

Janet E. Kacskos, APR, Fellow PRSA
Director of Communications
Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Millersville, Pa.

Northeast District
Patricia M. Burgio, APR
Director of Communications
Lancaster Central School District
Lancaster, N.Y.

JoAnn S. LeSage Nelson, APR
Vice President, Client Services
Pierce Communications
Albany, N.Y.

Jackie A. Lustig, APR
Director, Corporate Communications
Alere Inc.
Sudbury, Mass.

Tri-State District
Ken Hunter, APR
President & Lead Strategist
The PowerStation | Communications
Hillsborough, N.J.

Lea-Ann O'Hare Germinder, APR, Fellow PRSA
Germinder & Associates, Inc.
New York, N.Y.

Western District
Richard G. Clancy, APR
Senior Director, Public Relations
Covario, Inc.
San Diego, Calif.

Todd A. Cooley, APR
The Todd Cooley Company
Santa Ana, Calif.

Mary E. Schmidt-Krebs, APR
MESA Integrated Marketing, Inc.
Carlsbad, Calif.

Director At-Large
Jenifer R. Daniels, APR
Chief Strategy Officer
Charlotte, N.C.

Joyce Lofstrom, APR
Senior Director, Corporate Communications
Chicago, Ill.

Janice A. Luongo, APR
Director, Marketing Communications/Public Relations
Progress Medical/PMSI
Tampa, Fla.

Dan C. McFadden, APR
Director of Communications & Business Development
Arkansas Children's Hospital
Little Rock, Ark.

T. Garland Stansell, APR
Chief Communications Officer
Children's of Alabama
Birmingham, Ala.

Comment Letters Concerning Applicants
Members of the Society and other interested individuals are encouraged to send comment letters for candidates to the Nominating Committee. The deadline for submitting comment letters on behalf of candidates is 5 p.m. on Tues., July 8, 2014, in the time zone in which the letter writer resides.

Candidates by Petition
Article VII, Section 5 of the PRSA Bylaws provides: Nominations may also be made by petition by at least 10 Leadership Assembly delegates and filed with the secretary of the Society at the PRSA Headquarters at least 30 days prior to the annual meeting (Sept. 11, 2014) of the Leadership Assembly. Immediately upon receipt of any such nominations, the secretary shall send a notice of such nominations to all members.

See the process timeline for additional details about the nominating process.  

General Information

For questions about the process, please contact Donna Jonas at PRSA Headquarters at 212-460-1403 or

Please note that Nominating Committee deliberations are confidential. Each committee member signs a confidentiality pledge and agrees that no information about the discussions, deliberations, decisions or votes can be disclosed at any time.


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