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Announcing PRSA MD 2022 Proposed Board Slate

Dear PRSA MD Members:

We are pleased to announce the proposed slate for The PRSA MD 2022 Board of Directors.

Their names and their LinkedIn profiles appear below.

This group represents a very diverse team that is well-positioned to lead our organization next year, post-pandemic.

Please take a moment to review the slate. If you have any feedback, please use this link to share your feedback about the proposed slate.


We will open up the voting tab for members to officially select the slate on November 1. The new board will then be approved and announced later that week. Their actual terms will begin in January 2022.

Thank you so much for taking the time to review the slate.

If you have any questions about this process or would like to discuss also joining the 2022 Board, please let us know.  There is still time, and there is still room!



PRSA MD Board 2022 Slate


President: Emily McDermott

Treasurer: Renata Allen, MBA

Secretary: Jana Duckett, Ph.D.

Directors at Large:

Tyanna Collins, MBA

Laurie Farrell

Teri O’Neal, APR

Anthony Naglieri, M.P.A.

Andre Riley, MA, APR

May Robinson, M.A.

Kelly Stoll, APR

Danita Terry, MSA

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

Celebrating Teri O’Neal, APR, on Becoming Accredited

Teri O’Neal, APR, Director of Public Relations for the woman-owned, full-service creative agency A. Bright Idea Advertising and PR, was the latest PRSA Maryland member to become accredited. Dianna Fornaro, our chapter’s APR Manager, recently sat down with Teri to discuss her APR journey. As Teri herself says: “It’s definitely about the journey, not just the destination.”

  1. Can you share why it was important to you to earn your APR?  The timing felt right to renew my commitment to my career and the PR profession in a very public fashion. Currently, I provide leadership and strategic oversight for a five-person public relations department. I serve as a working manager, allowing me to lead by example and grow talent within the agency. I take my role as a leader and mentor very seriously. I wanted to instill a commitment to lifelong learning in my team. But, even more than that, I chose to do it for myself. The sense of accomplishment and overcoming my fear of taking the [APR exam] is priceless.
  2. How long did it take you? Were there particular challenges? It took me 13 months from the approval of my application to the date I took the CBE [Computer-based Exam]. However, realistically, I have been stopping and starting this process since 2008. I have terrible test anxiety, always have, and I let the thought of this challenge overwhelm me time and time again. It wasn’t until I chose to do this for myself and my team that I decided to hit this challenge head-on during the pandemic.
  3. Was it particularly difficult or not during the pandemic? Committing to this process during a global pandemic had its challenges and opportunities. While I had more time available to study and participate in the online course, I was also working virtually and experienced the burnout from staring at my computer all day and all night. The cohort of people also going through this process at the same time really helped get me through it, as did my mentor, Anita Brightman, APR, Fellow PRSA.
  4. Has earning your APR enhanced your career professionally? If so, how? Even after 23+ years in the industry, I learned so much about PR through this process. It confirmed the theories and communication models I knew and added additional tools to my toolbox to enhance my approach further. Understanding that this industry requires a passion and a thirst for knowledge, I feel like this is the beginning of the journey, not the end. I look forward to learning and growing in the profession as part of this distinguished network of PR practitioners.
  5. Would you recommend your colleague pursue their APR? If so, why? I would definitely recommend any PR professional pursue the APR. Investing in your career and committing to making yourself better, regardless of whether you are new to the industry or more than two decades in, will make you more confident in your practice and opens up relationships with others in the industry. I am truly grateful to all those who encouraged, guided, and supported me through this process. I have solidified old relationships and established new ones. I have gained additional resources that I immediately put into place with my clients. It’s definitely about the journey, not just the destination. I have grown and learned so much in the last year.
  6. Would you like to share anything about the challenge of earning your APR? The biggest challenge for me involved not wanting to let anyone down, including myself. I have been practicing for 23 years, and the fear of failing a test that gauged what I do for clients every day scared me. Once I pushed myself to overcome my fear and the stigma that I didn’t have the time to invest in the process, my commitment to making this happen solidified. PRSA has the tools and resources necessary to give you the foundation necessary to succeed—you just have to believe in yourself.
  7. Any pointers? Take the online course and join several cohorts!!! I did a summer and fall cohort because I couldn’t commit the time at first to attend every session. Use the online course to set the rhythm for your studying. Study before you submit and schedule your panel presentation. It is important to know all aspects of the RPIE process and other KSAs before meeting with your panel. Know that your panel has gone through this as well and wants to see you succeed. Any feedback provided only seeks to make you better. If you can find a mentor it really helps to keep you focused, build your confidence, and encourage you to keep going, even during a global pandemic. Read the Effective Public Relations (EPR) book and the study guide. I spent the days leading up to the exam re-reading the study guide and looking at the flashcards provided by the online class. Use the strikethrough and flagging features in the online test; these help to narrow down your answers. Don’t forget to go back to review your answers before you submit the test. And, most important, relax and breathe. Find the courage within yourself to accept the challenge, and you can achieve this goal.


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!

–Industry News