Sarasota, FL, February 12, 2014 — Melissa Sanders of the Central West Coast Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) recently earned professional accreditation in public relations, and received the designation of Accredited in Public Relations (APR). Sanders now joins the more than 5,000 professionals nationally that represent an elite group of highly skilled public relations professionals committed to practicing with exemplary ethical standards.
Sanders is the Director of Marketing & Public Relations for Bayfront Health Punta Gorda and has been in the field for more than 20 years.
The accreditation examination is administered by the Universal Accreditation Board (UAB), which is an alliance of eight national and statewide professional associations dedicated to furthering the field of public relations and the development of public relations professionals. FPRA is a member of the UAB.
Lt. Col. John Dillin, APR, CPRC, established FPRA in 1938 for the purpose of helping public relations practitioners do their jobs better. As the oldest public relations organization in the country, FPRA is dedicated to developing public relations practitioners, who, through ethical and standardized practices, enhance the public relations profession in Florida. FPRA is comprised of 13 professional and 11 student chapters throughout the state, providing professional development, networking and professional recognition opportunities.
The Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) has been serving Florida public relations professionals for 70 years, being founded in 1938 by Lt. Col. John W. Dillin. FPRA is the oldest public relations organization in the United States. There are 15 professional chapters and many university chapters located throughout Florida, including the Central West Coast Chapter. The Central West Coast Chapter was formed in 1966 and has more than 120 members from Sarasota, Manatee and DeSoto counties. Members represent area businesses, nonprofits, independent public relations agencies/partnerships, and students. For more information please visit www.cwcfpra.com.