Announcing Our 2011 Board of Directors

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For Immediate Release:
PRSA – NY Capital Region

PRSA Capital Region NY Chapter Announces 2011 Board of Directors

(ALBANY, NYFebruary 8, 2011) The Capital Region NY Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America today is proud to announce its 2011 Board of Directors, as elected by chapter membership. The board manages and controls the business affairs of the chapter.

The general duties and responsibilities of the board of directors include leading the chapter by anticipating and assessing market and member needs, developing services and programs to meet these needs, establishing chapter objectives and formulating chapter policy to meet these objectives and ensuring that the business and affairs of the chapter are conducted in accordance with chapter and national bylaws and in the best interest of the members.

The board, led by President Penny Vavura, Senior Counselor for Pierce Communications, is comprised of an eclectic group of talented Capital Region professionals working within local public relations agencies, businesses, non-profits, and institutes of higher education.

The 2011 PRSA Capital Region NY Chapter Board of Directors includes:

President – Penny Vavura, Senior Counselor, Pierce Communications;

President-elect – Rob Puglisi, Director of Communications and Marketing, The Community Hospice;

Treasurer – Judi Henrikson, Community Relations Director, Alchester Group, LLC
NYS Licensed REALTOR, Realtricity;

Accreditation Chair – Mary Bray Gallagher, APR, Principal, Calliope Communications;

Programming Chair – Victoria Baecker, Development Associate, Unity House of Troy;

Communications Chair – Mike Lesczinski, Jr., Public Relations Manager, Excelsior College;

Membership Chair – Alicia Jacobs, President, AJ Management;

Assembly Delegate – Jason Forget, Corporate Reputation Manager, GE Energy;

Secretary – Rich Meddaugh, Public Relations Specialist, Sunmark Federal Credit Union;

Director-at-Large – Kathy Wren-Kirvin, Director of Business Development and Communications, Couch White, LLP;

Director-at-Large – Brian Tramontano, Independent Practitioner, Ph.D. Candidate, University at Albany;

Director-at-Large – Ken Goldfarb, Director of Communications, Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany;

Director-at-Large – David Alexander, Assistant Athletic Director/Sports Information Director, College of St. Rose.

To coincide with the board announcement, the chapter, which hosted the 2010 PRSA Northeast District Conference this past November, launched a new website:

About the Public Relations Society of America – Capital Region NY Chapter

The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Capital Region NY is an association of public relations and communications professionals throughout Tech Valley in Upstate New York. PRSA Capital Region embraces the mission of the national organization of 21,000 members by offering networking and professional development opportunities while advocating standards of excellence and adherence to a code of ethics.

About the Public Relations Society of America

The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) is the nation’s largest community of public relations and communications professionals, providing training, setting standards of excellence and upholding principles of ethics for the global public relations profession. As a leading voice in the industry, the PRSA also advocates for greater understanding and adoption of public relations services.

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