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PRSA Announces 2019 Officer and Board Director Nominees

Chief Communications Officer of Children’s of Alabama T. Garland Stansell, APR, Nominated as Chair-Elect

The nominees for 2019 officer positions are: chair-elect, T. Garland Stansell, APR, chief communications officer, Children’s of Alabama, Birmingham, Alabama; treasurer, Ronele M. Dotson, APR, president, RAD Strategies Inc., Reno, Nevada; and secretary, Jo Ann S. LeSage Nelson, APR, vice president, client services, Pierce Communications, Albany, New York.

The six individuals who were nominated for the open director positions on the PRSA Board of Directors are:

East Central District
Richard J Batyko, APR, Fellow PRSA, senior vice president marketing, communications and development, Team NEO, Cleveland, Ohio

Mid-Atlantic District
Samantha Villegas, APR, president, SaVi PR, South Riding, Virginia

Northeast District
Jane N. Law, APR, communications manager, New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority, Bedford, New Hampshire

Western District
Michelle Olson, APR, general manager, Scottsdale office, Fingerpaint, Scottsdale, Arizona

Director At-Large (Converted Tri-State District Director position)
Ana Toro, APR, Fellow PRSA, program director, ICF, Atlanta, Georgia

Director At-Large
Errol Cockfield, senior vice president for communications, MSNBC, New York, New York

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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