Committees – Chairs & Contact Info
The Advocacy Committee works with PRSA National to research, track and speak out about current issues impacting the profession, its principles and reputation. This group monitors legislative, regulatory and public policy issues and promotes the PRSA Code of Ethics.
- Nance Larsen, APR, Fellow PRSA, (907) 350-6360
The Accredited in Public Relations (APR) credential is the profession’s only national post-graduate certification program. It measures a public relations practitioner’s fundamental knowledge of communications theory and its application.
The PRSA Alaska Chapter Accreditation Committee works to publicize value in achieving APR status, recruits candidates for the exam, arranges readiness review panels and provides study opportunities.
- Past President: Heather Cavanaugh, APR, Alaska Communications, (907) 632-3808
The Auroras honor comprehensive public relations campaigns that successfully communicate a message using a variety of tools, programs and components. The Awards of Excellence recognize exemplary design, creation and production of a single public relations tool.
Volunteers are needed to coordinate the award banquet and to arrange award judging.
- Heidi Embley (with Josh Niva, Lincoln Garrick and Heather Marron), Embley Communications, (907) 351-0968
Supporting the PRSA Alaska Chapter through sponsorship provides your company with the opportunity to target your message and brand exposure to local communications and public relations professionals.
Volunteers are needed to solicit door prizes, silent auction items and more. The Fundraising Committee is a fantastic opportunity to establish new professional contacts.
- Josie Wilson, MBA, HDR Alaska, (907) 644-2030
PRSA is the world’s largest advocate for public relations and communications professionals. As a member of PRSA Alaska, you learn skills to advance as a professional and network with fellow communicators from across the state.
The Membership Committee works to communicate the value of PRSA Alaska membership and to engage existing members. Volunteering on the Membership Committee allows you to get involved in the local chapter and network with public relations professionals while ensuring the local chapter offers the highest standard of services statewide.
- Christine White, R&M Consultants, (907) 646-9694
- Angela Gonzalez, First Alaskans Institute, (907) 441-9228
PRSA Alaska Mentor Program
Do you want to take your career to the next level? Are you facing a challenging workplace dilemma? PRSA Alaska’s Mentor Program can provide the guidance you need to achieve your career-related goals.
Whether you want to strengthen your resume or solve a challenging work-related problem, mentors can provide a fresh perspective by sharing their knowledge, skills and expertise with their matches.
If you are interested in being matched with a mentor or becoming a mentor, sign up today at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/M5DXTPL
PRSA Alaska Chapter provides an estimated 10 lunches and/or professional development seminars annually. The Program Committee works to ensure the chapter continues to provide the highest-quality programming, including tools and tactics for local communicators to grow as professionals.
PRSA Alaska members can volunteer to provide programming ideas, venue coordination, professional development seminar coordination and more.
- Anchorage: Julie Hasquet, Chugach Electric, (907) 717-9619
- Fairbanks: Carla Browning, APR, University of Alaska Fairbanks, (907) 474-7778
PRSA Alaska strives to be the leading organization of public relations professionals and communicators in the state. The Publicity Committee works to make this happen.
PRSA Alaska members can volunteer to work on PRSAalaska.org, the chapter’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, event registration and newsletters, write news releases and more. Put your own professional skills to use to benefit PRSA Alaska.
- Laci Michaud, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, (907) 351-9217
- Stephenie Wheeler, Alaska Railroad, (907) 382-3327
The PRSA Alaska Chapter is committed to assisting local students advance their education in public relations and communication through the University of Alaska Anchorage’s Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) Chapter.
If you are a college undergraduate considering a career in public relations or communications, PRSSA can help expand your knowledge of public relations and provide access to professional development opportunities.
PRSSA has more than 10,000 members at 303 colleges and universities, including the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA).
- Natalie Lowman, APR, ConocoPhillips, (907) 263-4153
- Jennifer Thompson, Thompson & Company, (907) 561-4488
Diversity & Inclusion
The Diversity Committee is one of Alaska Chapter’s newest committees. The PRSA National Diversity and Inclusion Committee has defined its role with regard to diversity and inclusion as follows: To champion diversity of thought, cultures, disciplines, ideals, gender, disabilities, sexual orientation and age in order to develop an inclusive Society. By reaching and involving members who represent a broad spectrum of differences, we will encourage and educate members about the benefits of a diverse profession by providing professional development, knowledge and support to help them succeed in public relations. A couple goals of the committee are to include one program around the topic of diversity and work with other committees to help meet the goals of diversity and inclusion for the Alaska Chapter.
The Board Development committee works to identify and nourish chapter leaders and illustrate opportunities to lead in the chapter and beyond. Committee members must be senior members of the chapter who have served in leadership positions, preferably as president. Responsibilities include: ensuring the path to leadership is populated with potential leaders; informing members of the chapter about potential leadership opportunities; and helping the chapter president and committee chairs fill leadership positions with chapter members.
- Brooke Taylor, APR, Prince William Sounds Regional Citizens Advisory Committee, (907) 301-3784
- Michelle Renfrew, APR, University of Alaska Fairbanks, (907) 474-5337
PRSA Alaska’s annual conference.
- Meadow Bailey, APR, Alaska Dept. of Transportation & Public Facilities, (907) 451-2240