Chapter Leadership

2019 Board of Directors
  • President – Michael Mullaney, Manager, Public Relations & Digital Communications, St. Peters Health Partners
  • President-Elect – Katherine McCarthy, Senior Regional Director, Communications, American Heart Association
  • Past President and Membership Chair - Heather Schechter, Director of Marketing, Sunrise Management & Consulting
  • Treasurer – Michael Bohne, APR, Communications & Marketing Assistant, Capitalize Albany Corporation
  • Secretary/Webmaster - Kimmy Venter, APR, Regional Chief Communications Officer, American Red Cross
  • Programming Chair – John Mackowiak, Director, Public Relations and Public Affairs, The Martin Group
  • Diversity & Inclusion Chair - Martin Mbugua, MBA, APR, Vice President for Communications and Marketing, Skidmore College
  • Ethics Chair – Josh Poupore, APR, Senior Vice President, Corning Place Communications
  • Accreditation Chair - Jodie Orzechowski, APR, Communications Program Manager, Capital Region BOCES
  • Assembly Delegate – Paul Larrabee, APR, Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Corning Place Communications
  • PRSSA Liaison – Nick Crounse, Director of Strategic Communications, BestPass
  • Member at Large – Michael Eck, Publicist, Proctors
  • Member at Large - Alicia Jacobs, Director of Communications and Community Engagement, Excelsior College
  • Member at Large – Steven A. Smith, Jr., Public Information Officer, Chief’s Office, City of Albany Police Department
Past Chapter Presidents
2018: Heather Schechter 2017: Joshua Poupore, APR 2016: Siobhan Kent, APR 2015: Paul Hook 2014: Jennifer Miller 2013: Mike Lesczinski 2012: Rob Puglisi 2011: Penny Vavura 2010: Andrea L. Colby 2009: Eric J. Wohlleber 2008: Tom Nardacci 2007: Kathleen Kirvin 2006: Bonny Betancourt 2005: Dan Curran 2004: Heidi M. Weber 2003: Dan Curran 2002: Linda L. Scharf 2001: Richard Chady 2000: Jennifer T. Ginley, APR 1998-1999: Jo Ann LeSage Nelson, APR 1996-1997: Jonathan M. Pierce, APR

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