PRSA Leadership Assembly Approves PRSA Nominating Committee Selections at Annual Meeting in Atlanta
ATLANTA, Nov. 7, 2015 – The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA)’s Leadership Assembly voted today to elect Jane Dvorak, APR, Fellow PRSA, chair of the Society for 2017. Dvorak, an individual public relations practitioner, will serve as PRSA’s chair-elect on the national Board of Directors in 2016.
The Leadership Assembly, a group of more than 300 delegates representing PRSA’s Districts, Chapters, Sections and student society, voted to ratify the PRSA Nominating Committee’s selection of Dvorak to lead the organization beginning Jan. 1, 2017. The Assembly meets annually immediately prior to the PRSA International Conference.
“There is great opportunity ahead for PRSA and I’m honored to have been selected to help move the Society at this higher level,” said Dvorak. “As PRSA’s membership now spans multiple member sectors, we have a great opportunity to bring relevance at many levels and throughout a career. I’m eager to help drive this process with such a committed group of volunteers and staff, all ensuring that public relations remains vibrant and vital to our businesses and associations long into the future.”
In addition to Dvorak’s appointment, several other candidates selected by the Nominating Committee were elected to the PRSA Board of Directors today for two-year terms beginning in 2016. The new board members are:
- Treasurer: Deborah A. Silverman, Ph.D., APR, Fellow PRSA, associate professor of communication, SUNY Buffalo State, Buffalo, N.Y.; and
- Secretary: Anthony W. D'Angelo, APR, Fellow PRSA, senior manager, communications, ITT Corporation, Seneca Falls, N.Y.
- Director, Midwest District: Joyce A. Lofstrom, APR, senior director, corporate communications, HIMSS, Chicago, Ill.;
- Director, North Pacific District: Ronele M. Dotson, APR, president, RAD Strategies Inc., Reno, Nev.;
- Director, Southeast District: Amy T. Coward, APR, Fellow PRSA, vice president, public relations, Palmetto Health Foundation, Columbia, S.C.;
- Director, Southwest District: Sam James Morrey Sims, APR, director of public relations & marketing, US Fleet Tracking, Edmond, Okla.; and
- Director, Sunshine District: Bonnie P. Upright, APR, senior vice president, Olympus Foundation Management, Orange Park, Fla.
- Don Hale, vice president for public relations and marketing communications, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Ga.
- Chair: Mark W. McClennan, APR
- Immediate-Past Chair: Kathy Barbour, APR, chief communications officer, Acosta Sales & Marketing, Jacksonville, Fla.
- Sonja Popp-Stahly, APR, director, digital media communications, Eli Lilly and Company, Indianapolis, Ind.;
- Janet E. Kacskos, APR, Fellow PRSA, director of communications, Millersville University of Pennsylvania, Millersville, Pa.;
- JoAnn S. LeSage Nelson, APR, vice president, client services, Pierce Communications, Albany, N.Y.;
- Lea-Ann O'Hare Germinder, APR, Fellow PRSA, president, Germinder & Associates, Inc., New York, N.Y.; and
- Todd A. Cooley, APR, principal, The Todd Cooley Company, Santa Ana, Calif.
- T. Garland Stansell, APR, chief communications officer, Children's of Alabama, Birmingham, Ala.
For more than 30 years, Dvorak has driven communication programs that have produced outstanding success. She helps organizations gain new focus and direction through integrated communications with energy, creativity and impact.
“I’m happy to have the opportunity to announce Jane’s election as 2017 PRSA National chair,” said Kathy Barbour, APR, PRSA 2015 National chair. “Jane is a strong and experienced leader. She has the experience to maintain the continuity that will drive the Society’s success and the foresight to help take the Society into the future. Her personal success implementing integrated communication programs makes her the perfect choice to lead the Society as the profession continues to evolve. I look forward to her tenure as chair and seeing her visions for PRSA come to fruition.”
Dvorak has coined herself a “consultalancer;” a term reflective of her ability to provide her clients with strategic planning, messaging, publication development, special events management, crisis communications and organizational imaging, among other services. She has broad experience in industries ranging from trade associations, education and agriculture to engineering, healthcare and service providers that has included counsel with Applewood Plumbing Heating & Electric, Rocky Mountain Agribusiness Association and eThos Electric Car Share. Dvorak has also aligned with several of the largest nonprofits including: CASA of Jefferson/Gilpin Counties, Zarlengo Foundation, Tennyson Center for Children, Boys & Girls Clubs, American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society.
Dvorak holds a bachelor's degree from Colorado State University. She was inducted into the PRSA College of Fellows in 2010 and she currently serves as the 2015 PRSA National treasurer, and has previously served the as a director on the PRSA National and PRSA Foundation boards, 2007 National PRSA Delegate At-Large, 2006 PRSA Western District Chair and 2003 president of the PRSA Colorado Chapter.
Dvorak has received a number of awards for comprehensive campaigns, collateral materials, event planning and corporate imaging pieces. Dvorak is a 2011 PRSA Silver Anvil winner, received the PRSA Colorado 2015 Grand Gold Pick and Small Business Award, was named the 2012 Swede Johnson Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and is the PRSA Colorado Chapter 2013 Mentor of the Year.
About the Public Relations Society of America
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 110 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 340 colleges and universities.
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