The Central West Coast Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (CWC-FPRA) welcomed its 2016-2017 board of directors and celebrated Chapter Awards winners at its August awards and board induction ceremony at The Francis in Sarasota. The event, which brought back the honored tradition of the passing of the gavel by former presidents of CWC-FPRA, was a celebration of the past year of successes and opportunities for the upcoming year. The board was installed by the state association’s president, Terri Behling, APR, CPRC, external affairs manager for the Southwest Florida Water Management District. Each member will serve a one-year term. Mischa Kirby, director of marketing and communications at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, has been named the chapter’s new president.
The chapter’s leadership is:
o President: Mischa Kirby, APR, Selby Gardens
o Immediate Past President: Lynn Hobeck-Bates, APR, Visit Sarasota County
o President-Elect: Tara Poulton, Southwest Florida Water Management District
o VP of Finance: Rhonda Leiberick, APR, Habitat for Humanity of Sarasota
o VP of Administration: Laitin Schwerin, Coldwell Banker NRT
o VP of Accreditation: Laura Haw, APR
o VP of Membership: Jill McGarry, Blalock Walters
o VP of Communications: Sharon Kunkel, Wordslinger Marketing & PR
o VP of Events: Marissa Rossnagle, Center for Sight
o Director of Newsletter: Murray Devine, Community Foundation of Sarasota County
o Director of Media Relations: Su Byron
o Director of Website: Shelby Isaacson, Grapevine Communications
o Director of Professional Development: Kim Livengood, The Eclipse Agency
o Director of Special Events: Kaitlyn Fusco, Mote Marine
o Director of Image Awards: Elise Ramer, Coldwell Banker NRT
“The Florida Public Relations Association upholds the highest standards in the communications field, and I’m honored to be able to lead our chapter, which has been an important part of my professional growth,” says Kirby.
The Central West Coast Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association meets monthly for professional development luncheons and networking. Visit www.cwcfpra.com for the latest details.
The Florida Public Relations Association is dedicated to developing public relations practitioners who, through ethical and standardized practices, enhance the public relations profession in Florida. The organization’s 16 professional and 12 student chapters provide professional development, networking and recognition opportunities for nearly 1,500 members across the state. FPRA is the nation’s oldest public relations organization, established by Lt. Col. John Dillin, APR, CPRC in 1938. For more information, visit www.fpra.org.