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Public Affairs and Government Section Leadership


Judith E. Webb, APR
Executive Vice President
International WELL Building Institute
New York, NY



Rachael A. Gibson
Deputy Administrative Officer
Santa Clara Valley Water District
San Jose, CA


Immediate Past Chair

Rick Callender, Esq.
Chief of External Affairs
Santa Clara Valley Water District
San Jose, CA



Paula Pedene, APR, Fellow PRSA
Paula Pedene and Associates
Scottsdale, AZ


Members At-Large

Barbara A. Burfeind, APR+M, Fellow PRSA
Director, DIMOC
DoD – Defense Media Activity
Ft Meade, MD

Jennifer N. Day, APR
Great Lakes Regional Coordinator
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Ann Arbor, MI

Brook DeWalt, APR+M, Fellow PRSA
Chief of Public Affairs
U.S. Strategic Command
Omaha, NE

Janelle M. Guthrie, APR, Fellow PRSA
Communications Director
Washington State Employment Security Department
Tumwater, WA

Lauri-Ellen Smith, APR
Cat 5 Communications, Inc.
Jacksonville, FL

Melanie Brown
Public Affairs
State of Michigan
Farmington Hills, MI

Dr. Joe Trahan, APR, Fellow PRSA
President / CEO
Trahan & Associates
McDonough, CA

Jennifer Elting
Senior Public Information Specialist (PIO)
Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District
Cleaveland, OH

Jane Groff
Community Relations Manager
City of Maryville
Maryville, TN

Lori Croy
Director of Communications
Division of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration
Jefferson City, MO