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Election Results for 2017 Board of Directors and National Assembly Delegates Announced

November 2, 2016

The Public Relations Society of America’s National Capital Chapter (PRSA-NCC) announced today its 2017 Board of Directors and national assembly delegates. The PRSA-NCC Board oversees the chapter’s more than 50 annual professional development and awards programs designed to advance professionalism and support career growth. The assembly delegates represent the chapter at the annual PRSA National Assembly.

Below are the officers, board and assembly delegates effective January 1, 2017.

President

  • Laura Bynum, Communications/Media Relations Manager, American Public Works Association

President-elect

  • Sabrina Kidwai, APR, CAE, Senior Public Relations Manager

Vice President (two-year term)

  • Robert Udowitz, Principal, RFP Associates

Vice President (one-year term)

  • Lauren Lawson-Zilai, Senior Director, Public Relations, Goodwill Industries International
  • Danny Selnick, Senior Vice President, Strategic Markets, Business Wire

Treasurer

  • Susan Apgood, President & CEO, News Generation

Secretary

  • Leah McConnell, Partner, SMC Business Group

Immediate Past President

  • Sultana Ali, APR, The Pew Charitable Trusts]]

Two-Year Directors

  • Jennifer Byrd, National Communications Director, The Salvation Army
  • Antonice Jackson, Principal Publicist & MGMT at Audacious Publicity and Management Group
  • Myra Oppel, APR, Director, Medial and Analyst Relations, Accenture Federal Services
  • Jennifer Schleman, APR, Senior Associate Director, American Hospital Association
  • Katelynn Wiggins, Assistant Director, Staff Initiatives, American Psychological Association

One-Year Directors

  • Stacy Hope, Communications Director, Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
  • Kelsey Pospisil O’Planick, Client Engagement & Media Relations Manager, News Generation, Inc.
  • Sergei Samoilenko, PR Faculty, George Mason University

2017 National Assembly Delegates

  • Jackie Allder, APR, Director, Public Relations and Communications, The Long and Foster Companies
  • Rebecca Andersen, APR, Director of Public Relations, The Optical Society (OSA)
  • Jennifer Bemisderfer, APR, principal, jB Communications
  • Barbara Burfeind, APR+M, Fellow PRSA, Director, External Affairs, Department of Defense
  • Aaron Ellis, APR, Public Affairs Director, American Association of Port Authorities
  • Steven Grant, APR, Associate Director, Editorial and Creative Services, National Education Association
  • Brigitte Johnson, APR, Lecturer at Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies 
  • Ann Knabe, PhD, Dean of Students, Associate Professor and Reserve Component Chair, National Defense University
  • Lauren Lawson-Zilai, Senior Director, Public Relations, Goodwill Industries International
  • Mitch Marovitz, PhD, APR, Chair, Public Relations Program and Collegiate Professor, University of Maryland University College
  • Sergei Samoilenko, PR Faculty, George Mason University
  • Tracy Schario, APR, Chief, External Relations, The Optical Society (OSA)
  • Samantha Villegas, APR, President, SaVi PR, LLC
  • Erin Wendel-Ritter, APR, Senior Media Relations Specialist, American Physical Therapy Association
  • Katelynn Wiggins, Assistant Director, Staff Initiatives, American Psychological Association