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PRSA 2019 Board of Directors Applicants

PRSA National Board of Directors and the National Nominating Committee to Meet in New York to Make Selections

Four PRSA members have submitted applications for Executive Officer positions to the Board of Directors and 18 PRSA members have submitted applications for director positions to the 2018 Nominating Committee for review and consideration for the PRSA 2019 National Board of Directors.



T. Garland Stansell, APR
Chief Communications Officer
Children’s of Alabama
Birmingham, AL


Todd Cooley, APR
Todd Cooley Company
Long Beach, CA

Ronele M. Dotson, APR
RAD Strategies Inc.
Reno, NV


Jo Ann S. LeSage Nelson, APR
Vice President, Client Services
Pierce Communications
Albany, NY

Board of Directors

East Central District

Richard J Batyko, APR, Fellow PRSA
Senior Vice President Marketing, Communications & Development
Team NEO
Cleveland, OH

Ralph Joseph Davila, APR
Director, News & Community Content
United Way of Greater Cleveland
Cleveland, OH

Mid-Atlantic District

Ellyn J Pollack, APR, Fellow PRSA
Chief, Promotions Branch, Center for New Media and Promotion
U.S. Census Bureau
Washington, D. C.

Samantha Villegas, APR
South Riding, VA

Northeast District

Jane N. Law, APR
Communications Manager
New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority
Bedford, NH

Kevin Patrick Kane, APR
Corporate Communications Special Projects Manager
Excellus BlueCross BlueShield
Rochester, NY

Tri-State District
No Applicants
*PRSA Bylaws, Article VII, Section 4(c). If there are no candidates for a District director position by the initial application deadline, the Nominating Committee has the authority to convert that position to an at-large position for this nomination cycle.

Western District

Sara Spaulding, APR, Fellow PRSA
PIO/Communications Manager
City of Wheat Ridge/Wheat Ridge Police Dept
Wheat Ridge, CO

Paula L. Pedene, APR, Fellow PRSA
Senior Communications Specialist/Owner
Veterans Health Administration/Paula Pedene & Associates
Scottsdale, AZ

Michelle Olson, APR
General Manager, Scottsdale Office
Scottsdale, AZ

Director At- Large

Errol Cockfield
Senior Vice President for Communications
New York, NY

Tricia M. Farwell
Associate Professor
Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, TN

Cathy Morley Foster
Morley Foster Consulting
Moraga, CA

Scott Fraser
Fraser Communications Group
North Scituate, RI

Anthony Hicks, APR
Director of Public Relations
Shelby Residential & Vocational Services
Memphis, TN

Carolyn Covey Morris, APR
Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer
QMobius, Inc.
Dallas, TX

James Michael Shackelford
President and Chief Executive Officer
SomaComm Inc.
Dallas, TX

Ana Toro, APR, Fellow PRSA
Program Director
Atlanta, GA

Monica Ackerson Ware, APR
Integrated Association Solutions
DeWitt, MI

View Applicants’ Photos and Bios
Note: You will need to login to view candidate bios. If you need help with your PRSA login contact Donna Jonas at or at (212) 460-1403, who can assist you.

Candidate Interviews and Selections

The Board of Directors will choose nominees for open officer positions during its June 10 meeting in New York.

The Nominating Committee will choose nominees for open director positions during its June 23–24 meeting in New York.

The nominees, along with any petitioned candidates, will be presented for approval at the PRSA Leadership Assembly prior to the PRSA 2018 International Conference on Oct. 6.

Comments on Behalf of Applicants

On May 7, the PRSA Board of Directors and the Nominating Committee will begin accepting comments on behalf of applicants. All members of PRSA and other interested individuals may provide comments about applicants via the online comments form. PRSA no longer accepts letters by mail or email. The deadline for submitting comments on behalf of all applicants is Tuesday, May 29, 11:59 p.m. in the time zone the comment writer resides.

Submit Comments

Note: You will need to login to submit comments. If you do not have a MyPRSA login, you may set up a new account, or contact Donna Jonas at or at (212) 460-1403, who can assist you.

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 (Oct. 6, 2018) of the Leadership Assembly. Immediately upon receipt of any such nominations, the Secretary shall send a notice of such nominations to all members.

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

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