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Lend Your Talents to PRSA MD. Join The PRSA MD Board. We Need You!

Dear PRSA MD Members:

The application process is now open for the 2022 PRSA MD Chapter Board of Directors. These positions will provide leadership to our chapter starting January 2022.

Click here to access the application link:


Serving our local chapter as a board member is a great opportunity to make a difference in this profession that we all love while at the same time highlighting your leadership skills.

As a board member, you will help guide the professional development events for the year for our members and work to ensure that the chapter enjoys successful operations.

Recruitment for the 2022 Board is open to all PRSA MD Chapter members. If you are interested in board service and are not currently a PRSA member, you are allowed to join PRSA national and the local chapter to be eligible.

No prior board experience is required.

We just need people who love the profession, who are ethically centered, and who want to see our members succeed in the world of work.

You can find more information about the positions and roles here:


Application deadline: Friday, September 24, 2021.  

If you have any questions about the board positions, requirements, and/or the selection process, please contact 2021 PRSA MD President David Marshall at david.marshall@morgan.edu

We thank you in advance for your interest in this service opportunity to the profession and hope you will consider applying to become a member of the PRSA MD  Board of Directors.

PRSA MD Nominating Committee

PRSA MD Sponsorship Opportunities

For nearly 60 years, PRSA Maryland has taken great pride in helping our 300+ members stay connected professionally and personally, providing training, resources, support and access to the latest industry trends as well as an annual professional development conference and Best in Maryland awards gala.

To support our members’ continual growth in their field, PRSA MD provides multiple sponsorship opportunities that allow businesses and organizations to connect with Maryland’s PR and communications influencers and decision makers. Our sponsorship opportunities are fully customizable, giving you the freedom to interact with our members in a way that best aligns with your business goals.

Review all of our current sponsorship opportunities here.

Don’t see a sponsorship level that meets your unique needs? Contact PRSA MD board member Laurie Farrell at laurie.farrell2715@gmail.com – she’ll be happy to work with you to develop a package that best showcases your brand!

Museum of Public Relations Tour Reminds Maryland Chapter of First Woman President

A press kit premiering the movie “Dumbo,” a stereograph, Edward L. Bernays’ wooden in-box and

Virginia H. Pie, APR (Photo: C-SPAN’s coverage of American Red Cross leadership and others during a news conference about workers with AIDS in the workplace, April 19, 1988)

history-making PR artifacts and books were all part of PRSA Maryland’s live and customized virtual tour of The Museum of Public Relations in New York. The tour included a focus on famous Maryland PR execs, as well as women in PR, to mark Women’s History Month in March. 

Tour leader and museum founder Shelley Spector reminded attendees of an important Maryland chapter milestone with national significance. The Maryland chapter is known for having one of the first female chapter leaders in the nation and doing so a year ahead of National.

That leader was Virginia H. Pie, APR (later Virginia Pie-Pistolesi, following her marriage to Domenic “Tony” Pistolesi).

Chapter members were saddened to be reminded that Virginia passed away from cancer in 1991 at age 57 at her home in Hedgesville, W. Va. 

Pronounced PEE-AY, Virginia Pie-Pistolesi’s obituary in The Sun noted that she was a special events and promotions officer at Red Cross headquarters in Washington, D.C. and had been the organization’s national director of public affairs from 1981 until 1988. She also served as community relations director for the Baltimore chapter of the Red Cross from 1964 to 1973. The Washington Post noted she also worked for the Red Cross in El Paso, Alexandria and Richmond.

She was Maryland chapter president in 1972 during her time at the local Red Cross, marking the first year the chapter was recognized as “Maryland.” From 1961 to 1971 the chapter was known as the Baltimore chapter of PRSA.

The former Virginia Hughes was a native of Charlottesville, Va., and a graduate of the University of North Carolina where she earned a degree in journalism. She won a Silver Anvil award among other honors.


–Industry News