Submitted by Blaine Dunford
WebNotes turns the spotlight on member Mel Tansill, Public Affairs Manager for Erickson Living. Mel shares what led him to public affairs, and what advice has influenced his career.
Job title & description: Public Affairs Manager. Responsible for managing public affairs, public relations, social media, and media relations at Erickson Living-managed communities in Maryland, (Charlestown in Catonsville), Michigan (Fox Run in Novi), Kansas (Tallgrass Creek in Overland Park), and Colorado (Wind Crest in Highlands Ranch).
Hometown: Baltimore, Md.
Education: Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, University of Baltimore
Why did you choose a career in Communications/PR? It seemed to be a good venue for expanding and applying my journalism and creative writing skills.
How has being a member of PRSA benefited you? It has given me a behind-the-scenes appreciation of how public relations practitioners manage resources to maximize project results.
Who is your role model and why? My late mother. She had an innate ability to always put life experiences in proper perspective and never worry.
What are your hobbies or interests? Writing, music and reading.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Live with no regrets.