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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.

Susan Alyse Bowers Fortner

Committee Chair

Bowers PR LLC


The Communication Committee publicizes chapter activities and announcements, programming, member achievements and thought leadership. The committee is responsible for the chapter newsletter PRSA Matters, website and social media.

For Newsletter (PRSA Matters), blog or social media posts, send inquiries to: [email protected]

Lexie Digby

Committee Chair


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.

Diversity & Inclusion

The Central Ohio Chapter affirms diversity as a smart business practice. It is through awareness, education and positive recognition of the differences among people in the workforce that we can begin to recognize the uniqueness in everyone, valuing the contribution that each can make and create an inclusive work environment where awareness of, and respect for, those of diverse groups. For this reason the Board of Directors established a Diversity Committee.The Central Ohio Chapter’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee has three primary objectives:

  • To raise awareness of diversity as a smart business strategy within the membership of the Chapter, prospective members, and students.

  • Increase active participation in the Chapter by diverse public relations practitioners, prospective members, and students. Encourage participation with Chapter leadership.

  • Increase outreach to diverse students to encourage their participation in the public relations profession, in the society and to pursue their APR.

Jamaal R. Bell

Committee Co-Chair

Central Ohio Transit Authority

Joshua Hartley

Committee Co-Chair


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.

Elizabeth A. Watkins

Committee Co-Chair

Beth Watkins Communications LLC

PRism Awards

The PRism 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.

Joshua Hartley

Committee Chair


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.

Laura Marie Baird

Committee Co-Chair


Shelby L. Bradford

Committee Co-Chair

Inspire PR Group

PRSSA Liaison

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

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.

Brian Hammel

Committee Chair

Fahlgren Mortine