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Ann Subervi, president and CEO of New Jersey-based public relations agency Utopia Communications, has been named 2010 chair of the Counselors Academy, one of the Public Relations Society of America’s (PRSA) leading Professional Interest Sections.

Founded in 1960, Counselors Academy was PRSA’s first Professional Interest Section. The Academy is dedicated to helping senior-level public relations agency practitioners succeed through access to collaborative peer relationships, meaningful professional development and education programs, and information on best practices in public relations counseling. Academy members’ exceptional willingness to share advice and information with each other distinguishes Counselors Academy from other associations of public relations leaders.

In her role, Subervi will seek to promote the Academy and its mission in an effort to grow beyond its existing 450 members from the United States, Canada and beyond.

HMA's Abbie S. Fink with incoming chair Ann Subervi

“I have been a member of Counselors Academy for well over a decade,” said Subervi. “I know firsthand the value it offers to senior managers of the nation’s top public relations firms. At a time when our industry is facing a severe economic downturn, the mission of the Counselors Academy to help our members not only survive, but thrive, is more critical than ever before.”

Serving alongside Subervi on the executive committee are Chair-Elect J.R. Hipple of Hipple Reputation Management (Atlanta, Ga.); Immediate Past Chair Sydney Ayers, APR, Ayers PR (Denver, Colo.); Secretary-Treasurer Elise Mitchell, APR, Fellow PRSA Mitchell Communications Group Inc., (Fayetteville, Ark.), and Ex-Officio Abbie Fink, HMA Public Relations (Phoenix, Ariz.).

Members-at-large for the Executive Committee include Rob Amberg, Cushman-Amberg (St. Louis, Mo.); Jonathon Bloom, McGrath Power (San Jose, Calif.); John Deveney, ABC, APR, Fellow PRSA, Deveney Communications (New Orleans, La.); Roger Friedensen, APR, Forge Communications (Raleigh, N.C.); Beth Hallisy, APR, MarcusThomas, LLC (Cleveland, Ohio); Matt Kucharski, APR, Padilla Spear Beardsley (Minneapolis, Minn.); Martin Waxman, APR, Palette Public Relations Inc. (Toronto, Ontario); Indra Gardiner, Bailey Gardiner Inc. (San Diego, Calif.); Roy Reid, Consensus Communications, Inc. (Orlando, Fla.), and Janet Tyler, APR, Airfoil Public Relations, Inc. (Southfield, Mich.).

Abbie S. Fink
Abbie S. Fink
Vice President/General Manager Abbie has been doing public relations her whole life…from organizing a picket line in 6th grade to organizing client communications today. She’s passionate about a lot of things, you’ll see. Check out Abbie's full bio

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