Get Connected      Get Informed      Get Involved                            January 2016

Meet Your 2016 Chapter Board

The votes are in and work has already begun! Leading the Chapter will be Daniel Dunne, APR, Erickson Living, a long-time PR professional who served on the board last year (read his letter below) and has been actively involved in chapter programming. He is joined by a great cast:

Kelly Stoll, AECOM (Treasurer)

Courtney Benhoff, Abel Communications

Claudia Ciolfi, Chesapeake Employers Insurance

Jennifer Kellar, APR, AECOM

Emily McDermott, Nevins & Associates

Jeffrey Davis, APR, J. Davis Public Relations, LLC

David Harrison, Harrison Communications
Assembly Delegates

Anita Brightman, APR, A. Bright Idea

Kenneth Smith, APR

Jeffrey Davis, APR, J. Davis Public Relations, LLC

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Coming in February – Happy Hour with your New Board. And read a letter from your president below.
PS: Check out our calls for volunteers who want to play a role (small or large) in developing chapter programs. Click here to learn more.
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APR Candidate Group Seeking APRs

We are looking for current APRs to help with our Readiness Review Prep Session on February 23, 2016. APRs will play the role of panelists and provide feedback to help our candidates fine tune their presentations. Please contact Jennifer Kellar, APR if you are interested or would like more information.

Meeting with Mentors/Readiness Review Dry Run Breakout Sessions
When: Tuesday, February 23, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: Chesapeake Employers Insurance, 8722 Loch Raven Blvd., Baltimore, Md. 21286
Thank you in advance for your willingness to assist with this effort. We greatly appreciate your time. Volunteering in this capacity is a great way to earn points toward maintenance of your own accreditation!

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Letter from the President

Happy New Year 2016! It’s an honor and a privilege to serve as your newly elected president. Throughout my communications career in Baltimore, PRSA-MD has been an important part of my life. Those who have served in chapter leadership and volunteer positions have helped me grow personally and professionally, including in my current role as Director of Communications at Erickson Living. As a result, my passion for supporting the chapter has continued to grow, especially as it provides the perfect platform for connecting with others and investing in their success – which is so rewarding!  
Before fully transitioning into 2016, it’s important to note the success the chapter enjoyed last year under the leadership of co-presidents Jeffrey Davis, APR, President, J. Davis Public Relations, and David Harrison, President, Harrison Communications. Both led the chapter with selfless service during a very important time in its history, routinely focusing on ways to support its goals of serving as a resource and networking forum for Baltimore’s public relations community. Special thanks are also extended to the 2015 Board of Directors, Assembly Delegates, and other volunteers for their ongoing commitment to serve and educate professionals in the field of public relations.
This week, membership has approved a new board of directors and a pool of volunteers who will work to organize and manage the chapter’s programs and services. I am excited to share that Emily McDermott of Nevins & Associates has accepted appointment as an At-Large Director to the board.
One of my greatest takeaways last year from serving on the chapter’s board and achieving PRSA’s Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) was a clearer understanding regarding how the future is now when it comes to building meaningful relationship in the PR profession. For me, the waiting to be more involved with the chapter ended when others pointed out the organization’s needs and how serving would enhance my professional network and communication industry insights. Well, those voices were right on the mark and proved to me how rewarding chapter membership can be by investing today in ourselves and others.           
If you're looking to develop a renewed zeal for this profession or further your skills and connections in the local PR community, then please remember there are a variety of ways to get involved, network and make a difference in our community.    
In the near future the board will be holding a kick-off meeting to set the year’s agenda of events and activities. In addition, planning is also underway to announce a Winter Happy Hour and Installation Celebration, where you will have the opportunity to meet and greet your 2016 Board as well as network with other chapter members.

I look forward to an exciting year that not only drives value for members, but also expands the chapter’s benefits to further meet your needs. I’d love to hear your thoughts…please feel free to send your ideas via email to:
Daniel R. Dunne, APR
PRSA-Maryland Chapter
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2016 Chesapeake Conference Planning has begun

We're conducting a survey to help us plan the 2016 Chesapeake Conference!

Want to share your opinion? Just click on the button below!

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Members Barry List and Jennifer Strohm Earn APR

Congratulations to Barry List and Jennifer Strohm who recently earned the APR designation from PRSA.

Barry is the associate communications director for Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS).

Jennifer is senior health communications manager for ICF International.

Barry and Jennifer participated in the APR Study Group led by Jennifer Kellar, APR.

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Ray Bowman 
Bethani Edwards 
Tanea Jackson  
DeQuendre Neeley-Bertrand     
Lindsay Sappington 
Natalie Shuster 
Lindsay Silverberg 
  PR News
Kacie Stubb 
  Ciena Corporation
Julia Watkins 
David Windt 
Caitlin Wolf 

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Member News

Jodi Swartz has joined global communications and marketing firm Weber Shandwick as senior VP of its digital practice in Baltimore. Read full release.
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Like Us Today and Get Social with PRSA-MD


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Interesting Tweets


@JeffHurt: 9 Strategies to Re-Energize When You Feel Lazy via @thetimedoctoruk

@VisualThesaurus What's the Euphemism of the Year?
And a cool infographic on social media in 2016

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Maximize Your Membership
Tip #68

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