Submitted by Nancy Sherman, Communications Chair
Past PRSA Maryland Chapter President Christine Barnhart, APR, oversees the marketing program for public and emerging markets in business at Magellan Health. One might say that Christine comes by her interest in marketing and public relations naturally – her father was also a marketing professional. Even so, Christine readily admits that her involvement in PRSA “has been invaluable” and the benefits of her membership more far-ranging than one might imagine. Find out why.
Even though I’m not from a military family – my father was in marketing – I grew up in several different states – Connecticut, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Texas. My family and I live in Mt. Airy, Maryland now.
Bachelor of Arts in communications, La Salle University
Master of Science in communications management, Towson University
How has your PRSA membership benefitted you?
My involvement in PRSA, especially early in my career, was invaluable. I joined PRSA right after graduating from college when I took my first marketing position. I immediately began volunteering on various committees, including what was then called the Chesapeake Conference Planning Committee. A few years later, I served as the conference chair, and following that I was invited to serve on the board of PRSA Maryland. In 2007, I was elected president of the Maryland chapter; and, in the same year, I earned my accreditation in public relations (APR). While all of this early experience continues to be a major benefit to my professional career and an asset in resume building, I also have developed many personal and professional relationships with my fellow PRSA Maryland colleagues that I treasure.
Do you have any personal/professional role models?
Yes. I can think of a few. First, my mom. She is a strong, educated, successful woman, who is not afraid to speak up for what’s important. Additionally, there is Gene Bracken. Gene was my first manager when I was a new public relations associate right out of college. He taught me so many important lessons about public relations, communications, and the working world, in general – and, so supportive. We have stayed in touch over the years and, even today, he continues to encourage me to challenge myself and to strive to meet my full potential as a professional. Lastly, I have to give a shout-out to all of the amazing professionals I have the pleasure of working with through PRSA. You are great advocates and supporters!
Tell us about some of your interests and passions.
I think spending time with my husband, our young sons (ages 9 and 5), our family and friends tops the list of my favorite things to do. We really enjoy spending time exploring new places and being outdoors.
You can connect with Christine Barnhart, APR, on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/christinepbarnhart and on Twitter @BarnhartC1