December 2014  

From the PRSA Board

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Board News

2015 Board and Committee Members

Board President

Lori Vodraska

President -Elect

Kristin Sunde, APR

Past President

Christine C. Jensen, APR


Kelley Crosbie


Danielle West

Program chair

Jillian Sievel

Program chair-elect

Dick Tremain, APR


Ann Thelen


Pat Howard, APR


Kelly Bruhn, APR


Darin Leach, APR

Delegate #1

Jeanine Mixdorf, APR

Delegate #2 (Ethics)

Shawne Ungs, APR

Public Relations

Amanda Byers, APR

Social Media

Nicole Scilingo


Courtney Shaw and Hillary Gebert

Job Network & Technology

Erica Turner, APR


Laura Sprague

Professional development/Social

Abby Delaney

Drake Liaisons

Adam Lackey and Teresa Roof, APR

Iowa State Liaisons

Rob Schweers, APR and Keely Coppess, APR

Simpson Liaisons

Allison Hay, APR and Jillian Sievel

University of Iowa Liaison

Jeff Huggins, APR

UNI Liaison

Jamie Thomassen

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APR News

Next Session of APR Prep Courses Starting Saturday, January 17

An eight-week course to help candidates prepare for the Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) readiness review and written exam is starting on Saturday, January 17.  The courses will be held each Saturday through March 7 from 8 a.m. to noon at Drake University’s Meredith Hall, Room 104.  Each Saturday session is led by one or more APRs from our chapter and will cover specific sections of the exam such as public relations planning, crisis management, business literacy and more.

The APR program is designed for public relations professionals with more than five years of experience and is a tremendous professional development opportunity offered by the national PRSA organization and the Central Iowa PRSA Chapter.

Please contact Dr. Kelly Bruhn, APR, at to learn more about the APR program and the 2015 session of prep courses.

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Member Promotion

Membership Program Extended

Due to the overwhelming popularity and strong demand for our Black Friday offer (e.g., FREE Chapter, FREE Section and Waived Initiation), the holiday offer will remain open through Monday, Dec. 15.

Great membership offers!

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Upcoming Learning Opportunities

Upcoming Events


 Upcoming Webinars

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New Members


Richard C. Lewis, Interim Director, News Media Relations, University of Iowa

Emily Mae Perry


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Milestone Anniversaries

In each issue of this newsletter, we recognize Central Iowa PRSA Chapter members who are celebrating milestone PRSA anniversaries that month. A special congratulations goes to the following individuals who will celebrate an anniversary this month:

10 years
Cindy R. Cunningham, APR, Marketing Communications Manager, UnityPoint Health

5 years
Chris Verlengia, Sponsorship Manager, Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield

1 year
Pamela Johnson, Director, Consumer Communications, National Pork Board
Jennifer Bloker, Communications & Public Information Manager, Waverly Light and Power
Laura J. Sprague, Director of Communications, Johnston Community School District
Jen Sorenson, Communications Director, Iowa Select Farms

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Job Opportunity

Looking for a New Challenge?

Check out the PRSA job board on our website. The Central Iowa PRSA Job Bank includes a variety of opportunities for PRSA members and other public relations professionals.

If your organization is interested in posting a position, rates are $25 for member postings and $50 for non-member postings. Members can also post unlimited jobs for an annual cost of $100. For posting your job or getting Job Bank questions answered, contact Dick Tremain.

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