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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.

Claudia Ciolfi Reelected as Board President of PRSA Maryland Chapter

We are pleased to announce that Claudia Ciolfi, Manager of Public Relations and Strategic Communications at Chesapeake Employers’ Insurance Company, has been reelected president of the chapter’s board of directors for a second term effective January 1, 2018.

Ciolfi has been a member of PRSA since 1999. She has been involved with the Maryland chapter in multiple leadership capacities over the years, including chairing the annual Conference Committee, the Communications Committee, and participating as a PRSA Bronze Anvil judge. She also served on the chapter’s board from 2008 – 2010.

“Heading the PRSA Maryland Chapter in 2017 has been one of the greatest experiences of my professional career, and I’m honored to lead the chapter, again, in 2018,” said Claudia Ciolfi. “We continue to have strong leadership on the board, which ensures our members will receive outstanding professional development and networking opportunities now and in the future. I look forward to working with the board, our generous sponsors, and committee volunteers to meet our goals for the chapter in 2018.”

The 2018 PRSA Maryland Board of Directors also consists of:

Treasurer
Kelly Stoll, AECOM

Directors
Courtney Benhoff, Abel Communications
Lisa Brusio Coster, Coster Communications
Jeffrey Davis, APR, Van Eperen
Daniel Dunne, APR, Erickson Living
Dianna Fornaro, APR, Chesapeake Employers Insurance
Tracy Imm, APR, Maryland Insurance Administration
Emily McDermott, Van Eperen
Cathy Nyce, Maryland Auto Insurance
Debra Schindler, MedStar Health
Lauren Walbert, Sandy Hillman Communications
Phillip Yerby, Weber Shandwick

Assembly Delegates
Dan Dunne, APR, Erickson Living
Jeffrey Davis, APR, Van Eperen
Ken Smith, APR

Get to know our board by clicking here!

*A special thank you to our outgoing 2017 board members – David Harrison, Harrison Communications; Jennifer Kellar, APR, AECOM; and Caitlin Haskins, imre. Your participation has been invaluable to the continuing success of the Chapter. Thank you.

Claudia Ciolfi Elected Board President of PRSA Maryland

 

2017 Board of Directors Installed

Claudia Ciolfi

Claudia Ciolfi

The Maryland Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA Maryland) is pleased to announce that Claudia Ciolfi, Manager of Public Relations and Strategic Communications at Chesapeake Employers’ Insurance Company, has been elected president of the chapter’s board of directors effective January 1, 2017.

Claudia has been a member of PRSA since 1999. Most recently, she served as a member of the board and chairperson of the chapter’s Communications Committee. Ms. Ciolfi has been involved with the Maryland chapter in multiple leadership capacities over the years, including chairing the annual Chesapeake Conference Committee, the Communications Committee, and participating as a PRSA Bronze Anvil judge. She also served on the chapter’s board from 2008 – 2010.

“I look forward to working with the new board of directors and committees to continue to move the chapter forward by offering members at all stages of their career quality learning and networking opportunities,” said Ms. Ciolfi. “There are exciting improvements on the horizon that will benefit our members and encourage new professionals to join our vibrant chapter.”

Ms. Ciolfi succeeds Dan Dunne, APR, Director of Communications at Erickson Living, as president. Mr. Dunne completed his one-year term as president on December 31, 2016. In 2017, Mr. Dunne will serve as an assembly delegate for the chapter.

“I would like to acknowledge Dan’s exceptional leadership skills and dedication to PRSA Maryland,” said Ms. Ciolfi. “His vision and guidance has, and continues to, motivate the board and committees to work together as a cohesive unit to make PRSA Maryland a resource for networking and education for area communications professionals.”

The 2017 PRSA Maryland Board of Directors consists of:

President
Claudia Ciolfi, Chesapeake Employers Insurance

Treasurer
Kelly Stoll, AECOM

Directors
Courtney Benhoff, Abel Communications
Jeff Davis, APR, Van Eperen
Dianna Fornaro, Chesapeake Employers Insurance
David Harrison, Harrison Communications
Caitlin Haskins, Imre
Jennifer Kellar, APR, AECOM
Emily McDermott, Nevins & Assoc.
Debra Shindler, MedStar Health
Lauren Walbert, Sandy Hillman Communications

Assembly Delegates
Jeff Davis, APR, Van Eperen
Dan Dunne, APR, Erickson Living
Ken Smith, APR, The Boeing Company

Click here for full 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.

The Vision Pulls You

Daniel Dunne

Daniel Dunne

One of my takeaways from a recent Erickson Living leadership meeting was a quote from Steve Jobs: “If you’re working on something exciting that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you.”

I thought about this statement a great deal prior to the Feb. 26 PRSA-MD board meeting. The quote reinforced for me the importance of establishing attractive programming and networking events that not only help build membership, but also encourage ongoing member support, such as volunteering to serve on chapter committees.

As this year’s events and activities are announced, I think you will agree that there is much to be excited about. We will offer high-quality training sessions, professional development and mentoring opportunities, accreditation instruction, social events and much more. There is no doubt that when meaningful opportunities exist for us to come together to learn, grow, serve and become industry leaders, we not only drive optimum membership value but also stimulate chapter growth.

Some of the specific board goals for 2016 include increasing membership as well as hosting networking and educational events. The pathway to success in these areas includes having monthly events and activities, such as educational workshops, media tours, the “Coffee With” series, multiple happy hours, several informal virtual conference calls, the 2016 PRSA Maryland Conference (formerly called the Chessie Conference) in June, and the “Best in Maryland” celebration in early December. Our greatest need now is for members to see our vision for success in 2016 and let it pull them into helping make one or more of these events a reality. Board members have already started reaching out to those who have expressed an interest in volunteering this year.

I am inviting anyone who has ideas or suggestions for chapter programming to email me at dan.dunne@erickson.com. I value your input and it will go a long way in helping to provide relevant programming and networking opportunities for members.

Special thanks to PRSA-MD board members and others who attended this year’s first board meeting. It is a joy for me to be a part of this talented and dedicated group of communication professionals as we commit to making PRSA-MD all it can be in 2016.

Last but not least, for the past two months, Jennifer Kellar, APR, chair of the Accreditation Committee, has been mentoring a group of chapter members who are pursuing their Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) in 2016. Having obtained my APR last year, I’m familiar with the time and effort needed to make this study group a reality. Jennifer’s efforts are truly noteworthy and reflective of the unique value our chapter brings to Baltimore’s communication professionals.

Sincerely,

Daniel R. Dunne, APR
President
PRSA Maryland Chapter

 

 

–Industry News