As a 2007 inductee into the Public Relations Society of America’s (PRSA) College of Fellows, I am pleased to help announce the nine newest candidates who will be inducted Oct. 15, at a ceremony at the PRSA 2011 International Conference in Orlando, Fla.
“Welcoming the 2011 inductees into the College of Fellows brings a great sense of pride and honor to all of us in public relations,” said Rosanna Fiske, APR, PRSA chair and CEO. “The COF honors the most respected and dedicated professionals who have selflessly given so much to advance the public relations profession, and this group is no different.”
The College of Fellows was founded in 1990 as a way to recognize individuals who have demonstrated superior capabilities as public relations practitioners or educators. According to the PRSA Bylaws, College of Fellows candidates must have 20 years or more of experience in the public relations industry, and exhibit exceptional personal and professional qualities, while advancing the state of the profession. This year’s inductees are senior practitioners and educators who have shown strong dedication and made significant contributions to the field of public relations.
“We are proud to welcome these talented men and women into the PRSA College of Fellows. Through their accomplishments, they have left an indelible mark on their profession, their organizations, their communities and PRSA,” said Fred Bagg, ABC, APR, Fellow PRSA, 2011 chair of the College. “Election into the College is one of the highest individual honors in our profession.”
2011 PRSA College of Fellows inductees include:
• Dana L. Birkes, APR, Fellow PRSA, vice president, Flintco, LLC.
• Chris Bozman, APR, Fellow PRSA, communications manager, Shell Deer Park, Shell Oil Company.
• Michael Cherenson, APR, Fellow PRSA, executive vice president, Success Communications Group.
• Joe W. Gollehon, APR, Fellow PRSA, vice president & director of governmental affairs, TSG Consulting, LLC.
• Beth H. Hallisy, APR, Fellow PRSA, partner, Marcus Thomas LLC.
• Janet Kacskos, APR, Fellow PRSA, director of communications, Millersville University of Pennsylvania.
• Irene Maslowski, APR, Fellow PRSA, president, Maslowski & Associates Public Relations.
• Melinda Morgan Kartsonis, APR, Fellow PRSA, principal, Morgan Marketing & Public Relations.
• Ellyn J. Pollack, APR, Fellow PRSA, principal, Pollack Communications.
About the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA)
With more than 31,000 members, PRSA is the largest organization of public relations professionals and students. PRSA is comprised of 112 local Chapters organized into 10 geographic Districts; 14 Professional Interest Sections that focus on issues, trends and research relevant to specialized practice areas, such as technology, health care, financial communications, entertainment and sports, and travel tourism; and the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), which has more than 300 Chapters at colleges and universities in the United States and abroad. PRSA is headquartered in New York.