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August 01, 2011

PRSA Nominating Committee Selects 2012 Nominees for Leadership Positions

NEW YORK (Aug. 1, 2011) — The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Nominating Committee today announced its nominees for PRSA’s 2012 leadership positions.
Completing the nomination process, the committee, led by 2009 PRSA Chair and CEO Michael G. Cherenson, APR, Fellow PRSA, selected 11 candidates for officer, open board and assembly delegate-at-large positions. The nominees will stand for election by a vote of the PRSA Leadership Assembly Oct. 15 at the PRSA International Conference in Orlando, Fla.
“I’m pleased and excited to announce this year’s nominations for the PRSA Board of Directors,” said Cherenson. “We’re fortunate to have identified an exceptional group of individuals who are leaders not only of PRSA, but of the broader public relations profession, both in their local markets and nationally. I congratulate this select group of professionals, salute their vision, leadership and dedication, and look forward to the many contributions they will make in advancing our members and the public relations profession.”
The nominees for 2012 officer positions are: chair-elect, Mickey G. Nall, APR, Fellow PRSA, managing director, Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide, Atlanta; treasurer, Kathy Barbour, APR, communications manager, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Fla.; and secretary, David C. Rickey, APR, senior vice president, communications, Birmingham Business Alliance, Birmingham, Ala.
The committee also nominated eight individuals for open PRSA Board of Directors and PRSA Assembly-at-Large positions, as follows:
Director, At-Large
Jane E. Dvorak, APR, Fellow PRSA,
president, JKD & Company Inc., Lakewood, Colo. 
Director, At-Large
Diane Gage Lofgren, APR, Fellow PRSA,
senior vice president, brand strategy, communications and public relations, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Inc. and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, Oakland, Calif.
Director, At-Large
Mark W. McClennan, APR,
senior vice president, Schwartz Communications Inc., Waltham, Mass.
Director, At-Large
Elizabeth A. Pecsi, APR, Fellow PRSA,
director, executive communications, Unisys Corp., El Cajon, Calif.
Assembly Delegates-at-Large
Janet C. Hart, CFEE, APR, vice president, public relations and communications, Better Business Bureau of Southern Piedmont, Charlotte, N.C.
Kurt A. Wise, Ph.D., APR, associate professor and chair, public relations department, Quinnipiac University, Hamden, Conn.
International Assembly Delegates-at-Large
Peter J. Codella, II, APR, CEO, Codella Marketing LLC, Woods Cross, Utah.

Quentin Alistair Langley,
lecturer, London Metropolitan University, Woking, United Kingdom.
In addition to nominations made by the PRSA Nominating Committee, nominations also may be made by petition signed by at least 10 PRSA Leadership Assembly delegates and filed with the secretary of the Society at the PRSA Headquarters at least 30 days prior (i.e., by Sept. 16, 2011) to the annual meeting of the Leadership Assembly. Immediately upon receipt of any such nominations, the secretary shall send a notice of such nominations to all members.
For more information on petitioning for a ballot position, send a request to the Nominating Committee.
Incumbent Directors
Rounding out the roster of PRSA leaders are incumbent members of the board:
PRSA Chair and CEO Rosanna M. Fiske, APR, program director and associate professor of public relations and advertising, Florida International University School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Miami.
PRSA Chair- and CEO-elect Gerard F. Corbett, APR, Fellow PRSA, CEO and founder, Redphlag LLC, San Bruno, Calif.
Stephen D. Iseman, Ph.D., APR, Fellow PRSA, professor, Ohio Northern University, Ada. Ohio.

Steven Lewis Grant, APR, senior manager, public relations, National Education Association, Washington, D.C.
Debra D. Peterson, APR, director, external communications and community relations, CenturyLink Inc., Overland Park, Kan.
Kirk Hazlett, APR, Fellow PRSA, associate professor, communication, Curry College, Milton, Mass.
Geri Ann Evans, APR, president, Evans PR Group, Longwood, Fla.
Joseph E. Cohen, APR, group vice president, MWW, East Rutherford, N.J.
Marisa Vallbona, APR, Fellow PRSA, president, CIM Inc., La Jolla, Calif.
Susan Walton, APR, associate professor, communications, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.
PRSA is the largest professional organization serving the U.S. public relations community. With a mission to “advance the profession and the professional,” PRSA provides news and information, thought leadership, continuing education and networking opportunities; sets standards of professional excellence and ethical conduct; and advocates for the business value of public relations and greater diversity among public relations professionals. Based in New York, PRSA comprises 112 local Chapters; 14 Professional Interest Sections that focus on specific industries and practice areas; and the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), which is active at more than 320 colleges and universities.

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