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Finding your place in PRSA Maryland

We’re pulling together our 2020 leadership who will in turn be tapping a cadre of members in one-time, short-term and half-year roles. We’d love to help you find your place in PRSA Maryland, whether it’s a being a member of the writers pool, a quick role as an event greeter or blog writer, or role on one of our committees.

There are many reasons to opt into a volunteer role with PRSA Maryland, including

  • Acquiring new skills.
  • Honing current skills – skills-based volunteering (Experteering is the word MovingWorlds uses) offers an opportunity to build leadership skills as you apply your skills to new environment. Strong leaders can think quickly and adapt to new situations.
  • Building your network – contacts and references.

Check out Volunteering for your association has benefits for more.

And we’ll make it easy to help you learn more:

1 – Complete our simple poll

Create your own user feedback survey

2 – Ask for a call from our membership/volunteer chair, Erika Murray at info@prsamd.org.

3 – Give us a call at 443-283-8060

Letter from the 2017/18 President Claudia Ciolfi

It has been my privilege to serve as president of PRSA Maryland Chapter for the past two years. This honor has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my career. I’ve enjoyed working with the board of directors and chapter volunteers to better serve our members’ needs.

Together, we have expanded our professional and networking programs, increased member engagement, strengthened our connections with area PRSSA chapters, increased membership, and attracted a record-number of APR candidates; nine of whom are scheduled to sit for the APR exam in 2019.

Additionally, I have witnessed numerous members take their next steps in their careers by tapping into our network. It’s what I call channeling the “Power of PRSA.”

While I’ve enjoyed leading the chapter in 2017 and 2018, it’s time to hand over the reins. I’m pleased to announce that the 2019 president of PRSA Maryland Chapter will be Lisa Brusio Coster, president of Coster Communications, Ltd.

I know Lisa will continue to build on our successes and lead our chapter to new heights.

Thank you PRSA Maryland Chapter members, sponsors, and volunteers for supporting me and the board of directors for the past two years. I hope you will continue to lend us your support in 2019. Together we will unify, strengthen, and advance the public relations/communication profession and professional.


Claudia Ciolfi
President, PRSA Maryland Chapter
2017 and 2018


Lisa Brusio Coster Elected Board President of PRSA Maryland Chapter

The Maryland Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA Maryland) is pleased to announce Lisa Brusio Coster, president of Coster Communications, has been elected president of the chapter’s board of directors effective January 1, 2019.

Coster has been a member of PRSA since 1995. She has been involved with the Maryland chapter in multiple leadership capacities over the years, including sitting on the 2018 board of directors, chairing the 2017 Best in Maryland Awards and Gala, and co-chairing the annual conference in 2004.

“It has been a pleasure to serve this last year and I look forward to taking the helm in 2019. I will miss working with those leaving the board and thank them for their dedication to PRSA MD: Kelly Stoll, treasurer, AECOM; Dan Dunne, APR, Fellow PRSA, Erickson Living; Tracy Imm, APR, Maryland Insurance Administration; and Cathy Nyce, Maryland Auto Insurance.”

The 2019 PRSA Maryland board of directors consists of:

Ken Smith, APR
Christine Barnhart, APR
Immediate Past President
Claudia Ciolfi, Chesapeake Employers Insurance

Courtney Benhoff, Erickson Living
Jeffrey Davis, APR, Van Eperen
Dianna Fornaro, APR, Chesapeake Employers Insurance
Emily McDermott, Van Eperen
Debra Schindler, MedStar Health
Lauren Walbert, Sandy Hillman Communications
Phillip Yerby, Weber Shandwick

Assembly Delegates
Jeffrey Davis, APR, Van Eperen
Ken Smith, APR

Click here for bios.

About PRSA Maryland
The Maryland Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA Maryland) 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 to assist members in practicing public relations at the speed of communication. For more information, please visit www.prsamd.org.


Take PR leadership skills to next level

Leadership training. Building your network. Boosting professional skills. Having fun.

These are promises we will deliver on when you say “Yes!” to volunteering for PRSA Maryland. Just ask any of our current Board members and they will share with you outcomes like developing skills leading to promotion, new positions, new clients, new friends and fun.
We’re forming the 2019 Board and committees and so we’d love to hear from you. Positions currently open:

  • President – guide the board in serving members’ needs
  • Secretary – officer position to assist in leading the board
  • Membership Chair – welcome new members, meet other PR pros
  • Communications Chair – guide the chapter’s communications and marketing
  • Conference Chair – guide the planning and hosting of the Maryland PR Conference
  • Mentoring Chair – guide the chapter’s mentoring program
  • New Professional Chair – guide the planning and activities to meet new professional’s needs
  • Volunteer Coordinator – connect members to chapter volunteering & engagement
  • And seats on all committees including Best In Maryland, Mentoring, and APR

Plus, we’ve have openings for blog writers, social media posters, program hosts, Coffee With hosts, awards judges, PR writers and more.
Let us know you are interested by completing this quick survey or send us email right now at info@prsamd.org
If now isn’t the right time for you, we are always interested – just let us know what you’d like to do and when you are available – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PRSAMDGetInvolved.

Daniel Dunne, APR, elected into the PRSA College of Fellows in 2018

Congratulations to PRSA Maryland Chapter Board of Directors member Daniel Dunne, APR, Fellow PRSA. Dan was recently elected into the prestigious PRSA College of Fellows in 2018.

Dan will be officially welcomed into the College along with 10 other inductees at a special ceremony and dinner on Oct. 6, in Austin, Texas.

Check out this interview that delves into his PR career.

Congratulations, Dan!

Learn more about the PRSA College of Fellows by clicking here.

Thank You to Our Chapter Sponsors

Thank You to Our Chapter Sponsors