Committees


Accreditation

The Accreditation Committee sponsors the chapter’s APR preparatory course, which is offered both as a study mechanism for the APR Exam and as a valuable professional development opportunity for all members. The Accreditation Committee also publicizes new APRs through PRofiles and targeted media and assists with PRSA's Accreditation Maintenance Program.

Committee chair:

Kara Allison, APR
kallison@hullinc.com

Development

The Development Committee oversees the fundraising efforts of the chapter. The committee administers a sponsorship program that involves and recognizes the business community in its support of the organization. The committee also maintains a contact/donation database and coordinates in-kind donations between committees and businesses.

Committee chairs:

Diane Hurd
dianeh@cmabuildstrust.com

Gayle Saunders
gayle@thesaunderscompany.com

 

 

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Masters Program

The Masters Committee works in conjunction with other committees, such as Professional Development and Programs, to develop events for practitioners who have held PRSA membership for 10+ years.

Committee chairs:

Julie Theado
jtheado@columbuslibrary.org
Jeanne Tranter
jtranter@trantercommunications.com
 

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Membership

The Membership Committee coordinates member recruitment and retention activities. This includes facilitating efforts to recruit new members, assisting potential members through the application process, serving as a liaison between the chapter/member and PRSA headquarters to resolve issues, as well as tracking and reporting membership results to the board (new members, dropped members, reinstated members).

Committee chairs:

Jenn Cartmille
jenncartmille@gmail.com

Mindy Justis
mindyjustis@gmail.com

 

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New Pros

The New Pros Committee is committed to helping young professionals (five years experience or less) build relationships, seek career guidance, gain industry knowledge, network and pursue professional development opportunities. The Committee gears its programming and events toward new graduates and those who are jumpstarting their public relations careers.

Committee chair:

Laura Jackson
ljackson@oxiem.com

Lindsey Hobbs
lindseybhobbs@gmail.com

 

 

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News

The chapter’s e- newsletter, PRSA Matters, communicates upcoming events, programs and policies. The newsletter is distributed twice monthly to each member of the PRSA Central Ohio Chapter. If you need to receive the e-newsletter via fax or postal mail, please e-mail our News Committee at 

Committee chairs:

Andrew Johnson
news@prsacentralohio.org

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PRism Awards

The PRism Awards Committee promotes participation in the chapter’s annual awards program. The committee selects a theme, plans the PRism event, works with the facility, reviews PRism Award criteria, arranges entry judging, prepares the "Call for Entry" mailing, arranges entries for display, publicizes PRism winners through PRofiles and targeted media, and coordinates reciprocal judging of another chapter's entries.

Committee chairs:

Molly Osmon
mollyosmon7@gmail.com

Lindsay Stout
stout@hamiltonparker.com

centralohioprismawards@gmail.com 

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Professional Development

The Professional Development Committee coordinates and promotes professional development programs (three/year) for PRSA members. Programming focuses on issues appealing to the interests of a wide range of practitioners. The committee secures facilities and speakers and publicizes these programs to members and media.

Committee chair:

Betsy Way
betsy.l.way@gmail.com

Nina Bressau
ninabressau@gmail.com


 

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Programs (Luncheons)

The Programs Committee plans and implements PRSA monthly programming. The committee secures noteworthy speakers from a variety of fields to address members on pertinent topics, coordinates all arrangements with facilities, works with Member Services and Membership to implement special themes in conjunction with certain meetings, and distributes an evaluation form.

Committee chair:

Katie Thomas
kthomas@ohiodc.org

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PRSSA Liaison

The PRSA Central Ohio Liaison Committee serves to connect the professional society with local student members of its para-professional organization, PRSSA. Within central Ohio, five institutions are supported by PRSA. These institutions include Capital University, Ohio University, Ohio Dominican University, Ohio Northern University, The Ohio State University and Otterbein College.

In its liaison role, the committee provides professional development, internship and mentoring opportunities, offers assistance with PRSA associate membership and assists in the planning and execution of an annual public relations conference.

Committee chair:

Heather Bartman
heather.bartman@fahlgren.com

 

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Public Relations

The Public Relations Committee serves as a resource arm for all other Chapter committees. Through media relations efforts, the committee publicizes member achievements, chapter activities and announcements, committee projects, and the public service value of PRSA. The committee also works to enhance the image of PRSA members by securing member-authorized articles for PRofiles and other pertinent trade and business media.

Committee chairs:

Alisa Agozzino
a-agozzino@onu.edu

Sarah Eski
sarahceren@gmail.com

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Career Center (Jobs)

The chapter’s Career Center Committee researches available public relations/communications/marketing positions, works with the Web site committee to get those positions posted on a weekly basis and responds to requests for additional information from members and temporary subscribers. The Referral Services Committee also promotes the Referral Service to area headhunters, companies, associations and government agencies, with the goal of providing information on available job opportunities to as many members as possible.

Committee chair:

Alyssa Smith
alyssa.smith@fahlgren.com

 

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Website

The chapter’s website committee is responsible for gathering content for the chapter’s website and maintaining it, as well as developing new ways to market the site to members, nonmembers, students and businesses.

Committee chairs:

Kevin Smith
kevinterrysmith@outlook.com

 

Kristen Vitartas

kvitartas@oprs.org

webmaster@prsacentralohio.org

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