Each year, PRSA Maryland Chapter installs a new board of directors and member volunteers who work together to ensure the Chapter achieves its mission, plans professional programs, and grows membership. Today, the Chapter is pleased to present you with the slate for the 2020 board of directors for your review. Click here for full bios.
- Lisa Brusio Coster, M.A., President, Coster Communications
- Ken Smith, APR
- Christine P. Barnhart, M.S., APR
- Jeffrey A. Davis, APR, Managing Partner, Van Eperen
- Dianna Fornaro, APR, Senior Communications Specialist, Chesapeake Employers’ Insurance Company
- Dr. David Marshall, Professor and Chair, Department of Strategic Communication, Morgan State University
- Emily McDermott, Account Supervisor/Project Manager, Van Eperen
- Debra Schindler, Regional Director of Media and Public Relations, MedStar Health
- Lauren Walbert, Vice President, Sandy Hillman Communications
- Phillip Yerby, Group Manager, Weber Shandwick
Assembly Delegates serve as 1) the Chapter’s representatives at PRSA Leadership Assembly, and 2) liaison between the Society and Chapter.
- Cathy E. Nyce, Director, Marketing and Communications, Maryland Auto Insurance
- Kenneth Smith, APR
PRSA Maryland Chapter members: Voting for the 2020 board of directors will commence on November 25 via Survey Monkey. Please watch your inbox for your chance to vote.
We continue to accept nominations for the board of directors, specifically a vice president and president-elect. This is a great opportunity to steer the Chapter into the future. If you are interested in holding a leadership position within PRSA Maryland, please contact Lisa Brusio Coster at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are also seeking volunteers to chair or be part of a committee. Not sure why you should volunteer? Finding your place in PRSA Maryland will answer a few of your questions. You can also click here to take a simple poll.
Brush up on Leadership Skills with Quick Start Training – Free Registration for the First to Respond
Aspiring chapter leaders are cordially invited to this year’s PRSA Mid-Atlantic District (MAD) “Quick Start” leadership program, taking place on Saturday, November 2, in Towson. The program – registration link here – is designed to help strengthen emerging and upcoming Chapter leaders through meaningful, practical content. And, Quick Start enables unique networking experiences with fellow leaders from around the region. Meet your peers, offer advice and take home some fresh, winning ideas to your Chapter.
Agenda & Featured Speaker
The day of “Quick Start” is full of only useful content, including roundtable discussions about how to turn some of the challenges we all face into opportunities. Attendees will have the chance to share and receive thoughtful feedback on just about any PRSA-related topic, from successful programming approaches, to recruiting committee members, to leading a volunteer board.
The event’s featured speaker is Ken Jacobs, a long-time PRSA ICON and PRSA Counselors Academy speaker who focuses on leadership and empowering team members – including those in a volunteer setting. His column on leadership appears regularly in PRSA’s Strategy & Tactics, and he has written on leadership development, executive coaching and agency management for PR News. Ken has coached and helped leaders, from C-suite executives to managers, achieve and surpass their goals. We’re lucky to have him at the 2019 Quick Start.
Event Location & Details
The event will be held, November 2, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Sheraton Baltimore North, 903 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson, 21204.
Each chapter receives one complimentary registration to the event (including lunch). Registration for additional attendees is $20. For more information, contact Mike Gross at 856-866-0411, ext. 117, Mike@AKCGfirm.com or visit the Quick Start website.
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
2 – Ask for a call from our membership/volunteer chair, Erika Murray at email@example.com.
3 – Give us a call at 443-283-8060
In April, we put the call out for volunteers to help judge the Agriculture Relations Council Golden ARC Awards. These volunteers not only heeded the call but went above and beyond to get it all done.
A HUGE THANK YOU TO:
Christine Barnhart APR
Lisa Brusio Coster, Coster Communications, LTD
Malissa Carroll, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
Rebecca Ceraul, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
David Curley, Sandy Hillman Communications
Jeffrey Davis APR, Van Eperen*
Laurie Farrell, Mission Street Communications
David Harrison, Harrison Communications
Shawn Herne, Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation, Inc.
Ashlene Larson, Planit*
Tia Malloy, Conteur Communications*
Allison Skipper Mayer APR, Maryland Department of Commerce
Kaitlyn McCoach, Weber Shandwick
Amanda Wolfe, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
Phillip Yerby, Weber Shandwick*
*Special TX to Jeff Davis, Ashlene Larson, Tia Malloy, and Phill Yerby for taking on extra entries at that last minute!
What’s next? Celebrating our Best in Maryland Awards! Call for Entries is open now! Click here for more information on how to get your entries in today!
This month, we caught up with volunteer David Harrison. David is the 2019 Best in Maryland Chair (a position he’s held twice before) and a past board member and chapter president.
In his day job, David is principal of Harrison Communications, specializing in overall communications strategy, earned, social and owned media primarily for professional associations.
When and why did you first join PRSA?
I joined when I was new to the field in 2000, primarily for networking.
What do you enjoy most about being a board member or volunteers?
When I first chaired BIM in 2015, we saw an opportunity to rejuvenate the program and encourage new people to become active in the chapter. I have since served on the board and as president. This year, I’m excited to chair BIM again and we have a new twist on the event that’s going to make it fresh and fun. BIM is the one opportunity we all have every year to celebrate the holidays, reflect on the great work of our PR community and connect with each other.
How did you become your own boss?
Going out on my own was a professional passion I wanted to pursue. I wanted to be entrepreneurial, and I just jumped into the cold water. That was 12 years ago, and I’m very happy.
What do you love most about the PR field?
Every once in a while, you really can cause positive change. An example is a project I recently worked on with Abel Communications for the Wayland Baptist University women’s basketball team, the Flying Queens. Our goal was make the program more visible as they pursued enshrinement in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Our work has been credited with helping to achieve that goal; I’m excited that the team will be enshrined later this summer.
How do you define success?
I separate personal and professional success. Professional success is everything that it indicates: career growth and financial goals. Personally, it’s about feeling good about who you are, being a strong spouse, parent, family member and friend.
Who inspires you?
David Letterman. He’s naturally funny, incredibly gifted, but also – admittedly — flawed. He is constantly evolving and improving himself. Clearly, his life’s ambition was to host the “Tonight Show,” but when it didn’t happen, he found a new path.
What’s one thing – either industry-related or not – you learned in the last month?
How to throw an axe! (see photo)
What’s something about you (a fun fact) that not many people know?
I’ve never met a microphone I didn’t like. I served as the “voice of god” at an association conference, and I love the stage production aspect of conferences.
What’s the last book you read?
The biography, Shout!: The Beatles in Their Generation by Philip Norman. I found it fascinating.
Where did you grow up and where would you like to retire?
I grew up in Pikesville (MD) and I would like to retire at a beach. TBD – I can’t even think about it!
If you had to eat one meal every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?
A 24-hour Las Vegas buffet