PRSA 2020 Board of Directors Applicants

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

The application process is complete with nine PRSA members submitting applications for Executive Officer positions to the Board of Directors, and 20 PRSA members have submitted applications for Director positions to the 2019 Nominating Committee for review and consideration for the PRSA 2020 National Board of Directors.


Felicia Blow, APR
Associate Vice President for Development and Comprehensive Campaign Director 
Hampton University
Hampton, Va.

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

Michelle Olson, APR
Head of Public Relations
Phoenix, Ariz.

Michelle Egan, APR, Fellow PRSA
Chief Communications Officer
Alyeska Pipeline Service Company
Anchorage, Ala.

Jo Ann LeSage Nelson, APR
Vice President, Client Services
Pierce Communications
Albany, N.Y.

Joseph Abreu, APR
Communications Manager
Clerk of the Circuit Court, St. Lucie County
Fort Pierce, Fla.

Amy T. Coward, APR, Fellow PRSA
Vice President, Public Relations
Prisma Health Midlands Foundation
Columbia, S.C.

Samantha Villegas, APR
Chantilly, Va.

Mary Beth West, APR, Fellow PRSA
Senior Strategist
Independent Consultant
Maryville, Tenn.

Board of Directors

Midwest Director
Christina Gayman, APR
Director, Public Relations
Hy-Vee, Inc.
West Des Moines, Iowa

North Pacific District Director
Jacque Coe, APR
Public Relations Manager
Washington Hospitality Association
Olympia, Wash.

Taraneh A. Fultz, APR
Senior Field Marketing Analyst
Cambia Health Solutions
Portland, Ore.

Helyse Markham, APR
Finance & Administration Director
Sierra Nevada Job Corps Center
Reno, Nev.

Scott P. Trotter, APR
Senior Director of Public Relations
Utah Valley University
Orem, Utah

Southeast District Director
Jessica M. Graham, APR
Fionix Consulting LLC
Indian Trail, N.C.

Judith “Elyse” Hammett, APR
Vice President, Marketing and Communications
Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta
Atlanta, Ga.

Denise Hill, Ph.D., APR
Assistant Professor
Elon University
Elon, N.C.

Lauri-Ellen Smith, APR
Director, Community Relations
City of Pascagoula
Cat 5 Crisis Communications, Inc.
Pascagoula, Miss.

Southwest District Director
Heide Harrell, APR
Director of Marketing and Business Development
Rose Law Firm
Little Rock, Ark.

Sunshine District Director
J.W. Arnold, APR, Fellow PRSA
PRDC Public Relations
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Angela Walters Eveillard, APR
Strategic Communications Officer
Hillsborough Community College
Tampa, Fla.

Director At-Large
Y’Anad Burrell
Glass House Communications
Oakland, Calif.

Jorge Francisco D´Garay
MXUS Public Relations
Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico

Stephanie Ann French, APR
Manager, Provider Communications
Passport Health Plan
Louisville, Ky.

Allyson Johnson, APR
Account Manager
Fishers, Ind.

Karen Naumann, APR
Vice President
Susan Davis International
Washington, D.C.

Faye Pantazopoulos
Creative Director
//South County Tourism Council
Charlestown, R.I.

Gemma Puglisi
Assistant Professor
American University
Washington, D.C.

Natasha Vuppuluri
Director, Global Marketing
Zeno Group
Chicago, Ill.

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Candidate Interviews and Selections 

The Board of Directors will choose nominees for open Executive Officer positions during its June 8 meeting in New York.

The Nominating Committee will choose nominees for open director positions during its June 22–23 meeting in New York.

The nominees, along with any petitioned candidates, will be presented for approval at the PRSA Leadership Assembly in San Diego, CA, on Oct. 19, prior to the PRSA 2019 International Conference on Oct. 20-22.

Comments on Behalf of Applicants

On May 6, the PRSA Board and 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 Monday, June 3, 11:59 p.m. in the time zone where the comment writer resides.

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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.

The 2019 Leadership Assembly will take place on Saturday, Oct. 19. All petitions must be submitted by Wednesday, September 19, 2019 for consideration. 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.

For questions about setting a new account, logging into MyPRSA, submitting comments, nominating by petition or any additional information, contact Donna Jonas at or call (212) 460-1403.