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The Maryland Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America helps public relations and communications professionals stay connected professionally and personally. As part of the nation’s largest and foremost organization of communication professionals, PRSA Maryland offers networking, training, resources and support that help our members practice public relations at the speed of communication.

Being part of a national organization of more than 21,000 professional and student members from all practice areas enhances your local connection. Members include individual practitioners and communication professionals from private businesses, nonprofits, PR/ad agencies and government.

PRSA Maryland

574F Ritchie Highway, #271

Severna Park,  MD 21146

Phone: 443-283-8060

Email: info@prsamd.org

Fax: 410-544-4640

PRSA Maryland’s Mission  and Vision Statement:

Mission: To make communications professionals in the central Maryland area smarter, better prepared and more connected through all stages of their career.

Vision: PRSA Maryland provides a meaningful member experience that educates, inspires, guides, and galvanizes a diverse community of ethical, strategic communications professionals.


Presenting the 2022 Board of Directors (effective 1/1/2022).

Click here to view list of past presidents.


Emily McDermott

Senior Account Director, Abel Communications


A public relations practitioner with more than 16 years of experience, Emily’s expertise in public and media relations, marketing, branding, and social media strategy lends to her passion of providing integrity-based, topnotch service to clients.  She enjoys interpreting complex issues for internal and external audiences with the goal of fostering understanding of and building support for clients’ priorities and missions. 

As senior account director at Abel Communications, Emily guides client strategy, oversees teams, and contributes to the firm’s marketing and business development efforts.  Over her career, she has worked for both PR agencies and non-profit organizations in both Baltimore and Atlanta.

Emily is a proud graduate of Appalachian State University in North Carolina having earned a bachelor’s degree in public relations. She is a graduate of Notre Dame Preparatory School. Emily serves on the board of directors for Public Relations Society of America, Maryland Chapter (PRSA MD), is a member of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, and volunteers with Thread, Inc. in Baltimore.


Renata Allen, M.B.A.

Director, Scheduling & Events, Baltimore City Community College


Renata Allen currently serves as the Director of Scheduling & Events for Baltimore City Community College (BCCC). In this capacity, she is integral to all internal and external campus events. Prior to joining BCCC, she served as the Operations Director at the American Small Business Alliance and served at the Baltimore Convention Center in several capacities. In both roles Renata has managed various corporate, non-profit and government events from inception to completion.

She has managed event planners, sales departments as well as marketing and graphic design teams to ensure successful events. She actively led a team through brand redesign for HBCU Career Development Marketplace. She also oversaw the successful HBCU Career Development Marketplace conference that received sponsorships from several Fortune 500 companies such as Home Depot, AETNA and Goldman Sachs.

Renata is action-oriented with a strong ability to communicate effectively with all levels of teams and stakeholders. She is a results-oriented, client-focused, high performing professional with 15+ years in the event planning and project management industry; servicing events with up to 30,000 attendees.

A native of Baltimore City, Renata received her Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management from Morgan State University and Masters of Business Administration in Entrepreneurship and Marketing from the University of Baltimore.

Renata enjoys travelling, taking walks outdoors, watching movies and spending time with her family.


Jana Duckett, Ph.D.

Morgan State University Department of Strategic Communication | Assistant Professor and PRSSA Chapter Advisor


Jana Duckett is a practicing academic with experience in public relations, digital communication, and social media marketing. Before joining the faculty at the School of Global Journalism and Communication at Morgan State University, she gained a diverse skills mix working as a producer and community affairs lead at WAVY TV 10 and Fox 43, a social media and search engine optimization analyst, an editor at Beliefnet, and most recently as the associate director of digital marketing and communications at The Catholic University of America.

She is passionate about mentoring students and inspiring their drive for research, curiosity, inventiveness, and excitement for using data to solve complex creative problems while also emphasizing the importance of maintaining a tech-life balance. She enjoys anything chocolate and spending her free time with family, friends, or a good book.

Research Interests: polymedia theory, social network theory, big data analysis, cloud protest, and media effects



Tyanna L. Collins, MBA, Director

Marketing Communications Manager, ChristianaCare



Tyanna Collins is a Marketing Communications Manager for ChristianaCare, one of the country’s most dynamic health care organizations. She has over 20 years of professional experience and spent the first half of her career in the field of educational publishing when she was employed with the International Literacy Association. She eventually went back to her roots after accepting her current role in health care communications. Tyanna holds a bachelor’s degree in communications, a minor in English, and an MBA. In addition to her degrees, she also earned her crisis communications certification from PRSA in 2019.

Tyanna enjoys volunteering time and resources toward causes for which she is passionate. She supports the Women’s Heart Alliance in their fight for equity in cardiovascular research, treatment, and prevention. She also donates personal hygiene and childcare supplies to local organizations that support homeless single mothers and senior citizens. In her spare time, Tyanna enjoys event planning, singing in church and at weddings, traveling, and spending quality time with family and friends.

Laurie Farrell, Director

Owner and President, Mission Street Communications

Laurie is a seasoned PR professional with more than 15 years of experience in the field. Her practice offers public relations counsel for a select number of clients across a variety of industries, including nonprofits and trade associations, construction, healthcare, government agency, advocacy groups and small businesses. Services include communication plans, executive communications, brand positioning and messaging, writing and editing, media relations, social media, special events, content strategy, and issue/reputation management.

Laurie has been active with PRSA MD during her career most recently being the program chair of the highly successful PRSA Maryland Virtual Conference, “Navigating the Next Normal” in September.

Teri O’Neal, APR, Director

Director of Public Relations, A. Bright Idea



Teri O’Neal, APR, serves as the director of public relations for A. Bright Idea Public Relations and Advertising, a full-service agency serving government, commercial and nonprofit clients across the country. With nearly 25 years of experience as a public relations professional, she holds extensive experience in strategic communications planning, internal communications, public relations, crisis communications, marketing, media relations, social media, government relations and community outreach. Prior to her career at A. Bright Idea, Teri spent nearly a decade spearheading communications for Harford County Public Schools, a local public school system with nearly 40,000 students and 5,000 employees. She began her career working for the American Lung Association of Maryland. She wore many hats in that organization, ultimately serving as the director of education, promoting and implementing asthma education, indoor air quality and smoking cessation programs throughout Maryland.

A 2007 graduate of the Harford Leadership Academy, Teri enjoys giving back to her community through organizations such as the American Cancer Society, Harford County Education Foundation and Harvest Christian Ministries. Teri holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications from Towson University and proudly earned her Accreditation in PR (APR) in 2021. She is a loving wife and mother of two young men and her small-but-mighty puppy, Tucker.

Andre Riley, MA, APR, Director


Bio coming soon!

May Robinson, M.A., Director

Public Relations Lecturer, Towson University



May Medallada Robinson is a public relations lecturer at Towson University, who teaches principles of public relations, public relations writing, and public relations campaigns courses to undergraduate students. She is the faculty adviser of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)’s Towson chapter. Additionally, Robinson provides communications audits, public relations and communications plans, and other public relations consulting and training for nonprofits, social impact organizations, and racial justice and healing organizations. A seasoned professional with more than a decade of industry experience, she has worked with a variety of public relations and digital marketing agencies, nonprofit organizations, start-ups, healthcare organizations, and other small businesses and large corporations. Robinson’s experience includes strategic communications planning, event planning, digital marketing, public relations writing and content development, social media strategy and campaign development, and media relations.

Robinson has been involved with the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) since 2012. She piloted an award-winning public relations program for Black and Brown high school students in San Diego through PRSA’s San Diego/Imperial Counties chapter. In addition to her work with PRSA Maryland, Robinson is also involved with Montgomery County Racial Equity (MORE) Network, the Black Brown Coalition for Academic Equity and Excellence, Washington Women in Public Relations (WWPR), and serves on Alpha Xi Delta’s National Council as a national vice president.

Robinson values authenticity, wholeheartedness, and treating people as people first. Work/life balance, family, self-care, mental health and wellness, and cultivating genuine relationships are important to her. When she isn’t working, she enjoys spending time outdoors, traveling, listening to audiobooks and podcasts, eating tacos, and exploring the Baltimore/D.C. area and local events with her husband, three toddlers, and her mom.

Robinson received a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication: Public Relations and Advertising from Towson University. She earned her Master of Arts in Communication and Leadership from Gonzaga University.

Kelly Stoll, APR, Director


Kelly is a communications professional with a proven record of success in challenging and diverse roles with increasingly progressive responsibilities. Throughout the course of her more than 25-year career, she’s worked in almost every facet of the communications and marketing fields: community involvement, public relations, marketing, strategic planning, facilitation, training, media relations, special events planning, and multiple-project coordination.

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism/Public Relations from West Virginia University and is Accredited in Public Relations (APR) by the Universal Accreditation Board. She actively participates in her local Toys for Tots campaign each year and finds joy in volunteering with a bulldog rescue.

Danita Terry, MSA, Director

Director of Marketing & Communications, Girl Scouts of Central Maryland


Danita Terry has served as the Director of Marketing and Communications for Girl Scouts of Central Maryland (GSCM) for the past 17 years helping to raise awareness of the organization and the many ways its members make contributions to communities across the central Maryland region. Her team’s efforts were formally recognized by the Summit International Creative Bronze Awards for GSCM’s 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 Annual Reports, as well as their Silver Award for the 2009 Great Adventures summer camp booklet. in addition, her Marcomm team received a 2018 PRSA Maryland Best in Maryland award for its public relations efforts for the 25th anniversary celebration of GSCM’s Girl Scouts Beyond Bars program.

Prior to working for Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, Ms. Terry worked for B’nai Brith International where her first magazine article was published in the International Jewish Monthly. She worked for the D.C. City Council as a legislative aide; the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) as an assistant to the Executive Branch lobbyists and writer for AIPAC’s publication, the Near East Report. She also worked for the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). At NAIS she served as their publications manager, wrote feature articles for their magazine, Independent School, and participated in extensive multicultural/DEI training.

Ms. Terry is Vice President of the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center (MWHC) Board of Directors. She has organized and facilitated fundraising programs in support of MWHC: The Power of the Women’s Vote and A Salute to Maryland’s Black Women Legislators. In addition, she was a member of PRSA Maryland’s Annual Conference Committee (2019, 2020).

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