Archive for Southwest Florida Chapter

Congratulations, Jessica Walker, APR, CPRC

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Congratulations to Jessica Walker, APR, CPRC who recently received the designation of Certified Public Relations Counselor (CPRC). Earning the CPRC designation distinguishes senior members of FPRA who have demonstrated understanding and mastery of core public relations principles and practices and have been certified to act as public relations counselors.

Jessica Walker

Jessica Walker, APR, CPRC
Southwest Florida Chapter

Walker is the marketing and public relations manager for Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Company. She has 16 years of public relations experience with various organizations and is an active community volunteer with organizations like FPRA, Women In Business (Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce), Rotary Club of Fort Myers South and the American Cancer Society. In 2013, the state association of FPRA named her President of the Year.

Certification is a unique, second tier credential offered exclusively to FPRA members. Candidates must have previously earned their APR and have ten or more years experience in the field of public relations. Though it is a second tier credential, it is not APR 2.0. This exam is a subjective exam that requires candidates to draw from their experience to solve problems and present solutions. Earning the CPRC credential involves passing a written exam (16 essay questions) and an oral exam (presentation of a public relations program or project). Currently, there are 110 CPRCs in Florida.

Congratulations, Betsy Clayton, APR, CPRC!

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Congratulations Betsy Clayton, APR, CPRC who recently received the designation of Certified Public Relations Counselor (CPRC).

Certification is a unique, second tier credential offered exclusively to FPRA members. Candidates must have previously earned their APR and have ten or more years experience in the field of public relations. Though it is a second tier credential, it is not APR 2.0. This exam is a subjective exam that requires candidates to draw from their experience to solve problems and present solutions. Earning the CPRC credential involves passing a written exam (16 essay questions) and an oral exam (presentation of a public relations program or project).

Earning the CPRC designation distinguishes senior members of FPRA who have demonstrated understanding and mastery of core public relations principles and practices and have been certified to act as public relations counselors. Currently, there are 109 CPRCs in Florida.

Betsy Clayton

Betsy Clayton, APR, CPRC
Communications Director
Lee County
Southwest Florida Chapter

In her role as communications director for Lee County, Betsy coordinates internal and external communications and media relations for the organization of 20-plus departments and 2,500 employees. Previously, she served as Lee County Parks & Recreation waterways coordinator, which involved assisting travel writers and environmental journalists who reported on Lee County’s Calusa Blueway Paddling Trail. Clayton also was a newspaper reporter at The News-Press and Florida Weekly in Fort Myers and at newspapers in Oregon, California and Washington, D.C. She is a graduate of the University of Oregon School of Journalism.

About CPRC

To earn the CPRC credential, candidates must have 10 years of experience in the field; have earned the first tier of accreditation, the Accredited in Public Relations (APR) credential; successfully completed a verbal presentation; and passed a five-hour written exam.

For more information on Accreditation and Certification, as well as any available chapter or State Association rebates, please contact your local Accreditation and Certification Chair or Laura Byrnes, APR, CPRC, VP Accreditation/Certification at lbyrnes@carersourceclm.com.

 

 

Congratulations New CPRC’s!

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Congratulations to the following public relations professionals who recently earned their CPRC.

Certification is a unique, second tier credential offered exclusively to FPRA members. Candidates must have previously earned their APR and have ten or more years experience in the field of public relations. Though it is a second tier credential, it is not APR 2.0. This exam is a subjective exam that requires candidates to draw from their experience to solve problems and present solutions. Earning the CPRC credential involves passing a written exam (16 essay questions) and an oral exam (presentation of a public relations program or project).

Earning professional certification in public relations and receiving the designation of Certified Public Relations Counselor (CPRC) from the Florida Public Relations Association:

 

Holly Boldrin

Holly Boldrin, APR, CPRC
Director of Public Relations
Priority Marketing of Southwest Florida
Southwest Florida Chapter

 

 

 

 

 

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Melissa Cofta, APR, CPRC
Marketing and Public Relations Account Manager
Priority Marketing of Southwest Florida
Southwest Florida Chapter

 

 

 

 

 

 

About CPRC

To earn the CPRC credential, candidates must have 10 years of experience in the field; have earned the first tier of accreditation, the Accredited in Public Relations (APR) credential; successfully completed a verbal presentation; and passed a five-hour written exam.

For more information on Accreditation and Certification, as well as any available chapter or State Association rebates, please contact your local Accreditation and Certification Chair or Laura Byrnes, APR, CPRC, VP Accreditation/Certification at lbyrnes@carersourceclm.com.

 

 

Joe Curley Rising Leader Award Class of 2016

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Congratulations to the winner of the Joe Curley Rising Leader Award - Rhonda Leiberick, APR from the Central West Coast Chapter!

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Congratulations to the entire Joe Curley Rising Leader Class of 2016!

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Liz Anderson Jacksonville Chapter

 

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Corrie Benfield Tampa Bay Area Chapter

 

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Lauren DeIorio Ocala Chapter

 

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Angelica DeLuccia Morrissey Space Coast Chapter

 

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Erin Igram NW Florida Coast Chapter

 

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Erin Knothe Dick Pope/Pol County Chapter

 

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Cindi Lane, APR Volusia/Flagler Chapter

 

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Rhonda Leiberick, APR Central West Coast Chapter

 

Zoe Linafelt

Zoe Linafelt Capital Chapter

 

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Joey Mazzaferro Gainesville Chapter

 

Vianka McConville

Vianka McConville Orlando Area Chapter

 

Nicole Stacey

Nicole Stacey Pensacola Chapter

 

Congratulations new APRs!

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Congratulations to the following public relations professionals who earned professional public relations accreditation and received the designation of Accreditation in Public Relations (APR):

 

Francesca DonlanFrancesca Donlan, APR
Communications Manager
Lee County Visitors & Convention Bureau
Southwest Florida Chapter

 

 

 

Dayna HarpsterDayna Harpster, APR
Editor of Expressions Magazine
WGCU Public Media at Florida Gulf Coast University
Southwest Florida Chapter

 

 

 

Jenn PetionJenn Petion, APR
Director of Community and Government Relations
Partnership for Strong Families
Gainesville Chapter

 

 

 

Scott SchroederScott Schroeder, APR
Vice President of Operations
Liquid Creative Studio
Gainesville Chapter

 

 

 

Tiffany WhitakerTiffany Whitaker, APR
Director of Business Development and Client Services
Pushing the Envelope, Inc.
Southwest Florida Chapter

 

 

 

Accreditation is offered through the Universal Accreditation Board (UAB) to members of participating organizations, including FPRA. Though five years of public relations practice was previously required, ALL members are eligible regardless of years of experience. However, the objective, multiple-choice, computer exam does test a variety of knowledge, skills and abilities, so members interested in seeking accreditation need to be prepared in a variety of skill areas.

For more information on Accreditation and Certification, as well as any available chapter or State Association rebates, please contact your local Accreditation and Certification Chair or Ryan Gerds, APR, CPRC, VP Accreditation/Certification at rgerds@rtix.com.

PR2D2′s “Tour of Chapters” Video

FPRA’s very own PR2D2 visited all 15 chapters this past year. Check out the video highlighting his journey.

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Doris Fleischman Award Recipient

Congratulations to this year’s Doris Fleischman Award recipient, Kara Winton, APR, CPRC of the Southwest Florida Chapter.

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Winton has been an integral part of her chapter’s accreditation process for the past six years and has served as chair for the past five of those years. For those who don’t know, an accreditation chair is inherently an unsung hero position. It requires a tremendous undertaking and time commitment with 10 weeks of three-hour weekly study sessions as well as readiness reviews and answering nonstop questions from candidates in the process.

Winton’s commitment to FPRA and the PR profession are unwavering, shown by her countless hours spent preparing to lead APR study sessions, setting up readiness reviews, calling on candidates and even setting up mini reviews for candidates who have completed the review sessions, but need a little encouragement to move forward with the readiness review or exam. She not only leads the process but is personally invested in each and every candidate, often calling them to offer a word of encouragement or providing extra support in study materials or sessions.

She is always there to answer questions, meet to discuss anything public relations related and more. Under her leadership, accreditation flashcards and a video have been developed. According to her chapter president, this individual consistently goes above and beyond, exudes PR professionalism and is the queen of AP Style.

Currently an adjunct professor of public relations at Florida Gulf Coast University, Winton has been a member of FPRA since 2000. She not only encourages others; she leads by example. Since joining FPRA, she has received her APR, CPRC and Master’s degree in public relations.

 

About the Doris Fleischman Award

FPRA’s Doris Fleischman Award is intended to honor the unrecognized contributions an individual member has made to the public relations profession and/or to FPRA. In essence, this is an “unsung” hero award intended to reward that individual who consistently provides support and assistance to the Association.

The award was established to honor the achievements and contributions of Doris Fleischman, business partner and wife of Edward L. Bernays, the “father” of public relations. It honors those FPRA members who, like Ms. Fleischman, make contributions to the field of public relations through consistent, tireless efforts. It is meant to honor a member for his/her “behind the scenes” work and FPRA volunteer efforts that often go unnoticed by chapter members.

Presidents’ Luncheon Chapter Awards

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Congratulations to this year’s President’s Luncheon Award Winners!

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Chapter of the Year
Gainesville Chapter (Amelia Bell, APR, CPRC – President)

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Chapter President of the Year
Andi Mahoney, APR (Northwest Florida Coast Chapter)

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Florida Public Relations Association President’s Award for Accreditation & Certification
Southwest Florida Chapter (Heidi Taulman, APR – President)

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Florida Public Relations Association President’s Award for Communications
Capital Chapter ( Jan Dobson, APR, CAE – President)

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Florida Public Relations Association President’s Award for Community Service
Dick Pope/Polk County Chapter (Amy Wiggins – President)

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Florida Public Relations Association President’s Award for Financial Management
Ocala Chapter (Jennifer Lowe – President)

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Florida Public Relations Association President’s Award for Image Awards
Northwest Florida Coast Chapter (Andi Mahoney, APR – President)

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Florida Public Relations Association President’s Award for Image Awards
Pensacola Chapter – Gordon Paulus, APR – President)

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Florida Public Relations Association President’s Award for Leadership Development
Orlando Area Chapter (Kerry Martin, APR – President)

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Florida Public Relations Association President’s Award for Membership Development
Gainesville Chapter (Amelia Bell, APR, CPRC – President)

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Florida Public Relations Association President’s Award for Professional Development
Space Coast Chapter (Tessa Friederichs – President)

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Florida Public Relations Association President’s Award for Special Event Planning
Central West Coast Chapter (Melissa Link – President)

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Florida Public Relations Association President’s Award for Student Development
Southwest Florida Chapter (Heidi Taulman, APR – President)

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Florida Public Relations Association President’s Award for Most Improved Chapter
Jacksonville Chapter

Congratulations to all the winners!

Rising Leader Nominees

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Congratulations to the nominees for the 2015 Joe Curley Rising Leader Award, who will all be recognized at annual conference in August! Here is the second group of members of this year’s class – the remaining members will be featured in July!

 

EMcClainElaine DeIorio McClain, Marion County Board of County Commissioners
Ocala Chapter

From her chapter’s nomination: “In her budding career in public relations and FPRA membership, Elaine has demonstrated the highest commitment to the profession with her keen judgment, strategic approach and attention to cost-effectiveness.”

 

 

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Julie Hall, AAA
Orlando Chapter

From her chapter’s nomination: “She is a go-getter, an engaged board member and an absolute pleasure to work with – a mix of qualities that gives her incredible potential in our Association.”

 

 

 

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Pensacola Chapter

From her chapter’s nomination: “In her second year as a professional member, Brandi joined the board and quickly took an active role as VP-Networking. She has scheduled numerous events and promoted them on the chapter’s Facebook page and Twitter. She attended Annual Conference and has represented the chapter at a State board meeting.”

 

 

TWhitakerTiffany Whitaker, Pushing the Envelope
Southwest Florida Chapter

From her chapter’s nomination in her words: “I am committed to representing and growing our industry through my involvement in FPRA and the community as well as serving the company I work for and my clients.”

 

 

BCrisafulliRebecca Crisafulli, McBride Marketing Group
Space Coast Chapter

From her chapter’s nomination in her words: “Leadership is a personal passion and FPRA has provided me with opportunities to lead at all levels.”

Congratulations to the following public relations professionals who earned their APR or CPRC in September of 2014.

Accreditation is offered through the Universal Accreditation Board (UAB) to members of participating organizations, including FPRA. Though five years of public relations practice was previously required, ALL members are eligible regardless of years of experience. However, the objective, multiple-choice, computer exam does test a variety of knowledge, skills and abilities, so members interested in seeking accreditation need to be prepared in a variety of skill areas.

Earning professional public relations accreditation and receiving the designation of Accreditation in Public Relations (APR):

 

Holly Boldrin
Holly Anne Boldrin, APR
Public Relations Manager
Priority Marketing
Southwest Florida Chapter

 

 

 

 

Deb Jonsson
Deborah Jonsson, APR
Public Relations Manager
Avow
Southwest Florida Chapter

 

 

 

 

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Jennifer Olivier, APR
Public Relations Manager
Florida Presbyterian Homes, Inc.
Dick Pope/Polk County Chapter

 

 

 

 

Certification is a unique, second tier credential offered exclusively to FPRA members. Candidates must have previously earned their APR and have ten or more years experience in the field of public relations. Though it is a second tier credential, it is not APR 2.0. This exam is a subjective exam that requires candidates to draw from their experience to solve problems and present solutions. Earning the CPRC credential involves passing a written exam (16 essay questions) and an oral exam (presentation of a public relations program or project).

Earning professional certification in public relations and receiving the designation of Certified Public Relations Counselor (CPRC) from the Florida Public Relations Association:

 

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Heidi Otway, APR, CPRC
Vice President, Director of PR and Social Media
Salter>Mitchell
Capital Chapter

 

 

 

For more information on Accreditation and Certification, as well as any available chapter or State Association rebates, please contact your local Accreditation and Certification Chair or Lanette Hart, APR, CPRC, VP Accreditation/Certification at Lanette.Hart@me.com.