PRSA Announces 2020 Officer and Board Director Nominees

The nominees for 2020 officer positions are: chair-elect, Michelle Olson, APR, head of PR Group, Fingerpaint;
treasurer, Michelle Egan, APR, Fellow PRSA, chief communications officer, Alyeska Pipeline Service Company; secretary, Amy Coward, APR, Fellow PRSA, vice president, public relations, Prisma Health Midlands Foundation. These officer nominees currently serve as directors on the 2019 board, representing the Western, North Pacific and Southeast districts, respectively.

Current chair-elect, Garland Stansell, APR, chief communications officer, Children’s of Alabama, was confirmed as the 2020 PRSA chair at the PRSA Leadership Assembly in 2018. PRSA Chair Debra Peterson, APR, president of Comm365, will be the immediate past chair in 2020.

The individuals who were nominated for the open director positions on the PRSA board are:

Midwest District
The Nominating Committee has not put forth a nominee from the Midwest District. Qualified candidates may enter their names on the ballot by filing a petition.* (see Candidates by Petition section below)

North Pacific District
Scott Trotter, APR
, senior director of communications, Utah Valley University

Southeast District
Denise Hill, Ph.D., APR, assistant professor of strategic communications, School of Communications, Elon University

Southwest District
Heide Harrell, APR
, director of marketing and business development, Rose Law Firm Sunshine District

Sunshine District
Angela Walters Eveillard, APR
, strategic communications officer, Hillsborough Community College

Director At-Large
Jorge Francisco D’Garay
, president & CEO, MXUS Public Relations

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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 PRSA Headquarters at least 30 days prior to the annual meeting of the Leadership Assembly, which takes place on Oct. 19. Immediately upon receipt of any such nominations, the Secretary shall send a notice of such nominations to all members.

To run by petition for the Midwest District Director or another position, applicants must submit either:

PRSA accepts qualifying petitions sent electronically to nomcomm@prsa.org no later than 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, September 19, 2019, in the time zone in which the petitioner resides.

If the member running by petition did not go through the Nominating Committee process, they shall complete the same application used by others in the process that year and it shall be provided to all delegates.

Begin the Board of Directors Application

2019 Leadership Assembly

The 2019 Leadership Assembly will take place on Saturday, Oct. 19. 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.

Following Assembly elections, successful candidates will join these incumbent members on the 2020 board:

East Central District
Rick Batyko, APR, Fellow PRSA, executive director, marketing and communications, YMCA of Greater Cleveland

Mid-Atlantic District
Samantha Villegas, APR, senior consultant, Raftelis

Northeast District
Jane Law, APR, director of communications/communications manager,  New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority

Western District
Should Michelle Olson, APR, be voted chair-elect, the Western District position would become vacant for 2020. Per the bylaws, Article 5, Section 3, the unexpired term may be filled by the board. A call for nominations from members who hold their APR and reside in the Western District will open after the Assembly.

Director At-Large
Errol Cockfield, senior vice president, communications, MSNBC and NBC News

Director At-Large
Ana Toro, APR, Fellow PRSA, independent consultant, A. Toro Business Relations

For questions about nominations by petition or any additional information, contact Alison Davis at alison.davis@prsa.org or call (212) 460-1403.