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Michelle Olson, APR, Elected 2021 PRSA National Chair

Mosaic Headshots Panel representing the 2020  National Leadership nominees

PRSA, the nation’s leading professional organization serving the communications community, announced the individuals elected to its 2020 Board of Directors at the 2019 PRSA Leadership Assembly in San Diego.

A public relations veteran with more than 30 years of experience, Michelle Olson, APR, was elected as chair of PRSA for 2021. Olson, who runs the Scottsdale, Arizona office of Fingerpaint, a New York-based integrated marketing firm with offices in four states, will serve as chair-elect in 2020. She has served as a director representing the Western District since 2017.

The below candidates were elected to the following board positions:

Officers (one-year term):

  • Chair-elect – Michelle Olson, APR, General Manager, Fingerpaint (currently serves as director representing Western District)
  • Treasurer – Michelle Egan, APR, Fellow PRSA, chief communications officer, Alyeska Pipeline Service Company (currently serves as director representing North Pacific District)
  • Secretary – Amy Coward, APR, Fellow PRSA, vice president, public relations, Prisma Health Midlands Foundation (currently serves as director representing Southeast District)


Directors – District Representatives 
(two-year term):

  • Midwest District – Jacqueline K. Clark, MPA, APR, Fellow PRSA, regional manager of government and public affairs, LafargeHolcim North America
  • 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 – Angela Walters Eveillard, APR, strategic communications officer, Hillsborough Community College

Directors At-Large (two-year term):

  • Jorge Francisco D’Garay, president & CEO, MXUS Public Relations

They join incumbent board members returning for 2020:

  • Chair – T. Garland Stansell, APR, chief communications officer, Children’s Hospital of Alabama
  • Immediate Past Chair – Debra D. Peterson, APR, president, Comm365
  • Director, East Central District – Rick Batyko, APR, Fellow PRSA, executive director, marketing and communications, YMCA of Greater Cleveland
  • Director, Mid-Atlantic District – Samantha Villegas, APR, senior consultant, Raftelis
  • Director, Northeast District – Jane Law, APR, director of communications/communications manager, New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority
  • Director At-Large – Errol Cockfield, senior vice president, communications, MSNBC and NBC News
  • Director At-Large – Ana Toro, APR, Fellow PRSA, public affairs officer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention