MembershipDirectory/2012Directory/Membership_Directory.pdfMembersWest Virginia Chapter
2012
Membership Directory
Advancing the Profession and the Professional
for more than 30 years
po box 13604 • charleston, wv 25360
304.984.0308
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Table of Contents
Chapter Officers..................................................................................................................................2
Committees.........................................................................................................................................3
Past Presidents...................................................................................................................................5
Accreditation/APR Members.............................................................................................................6
Honorees...........................................................................................................................................7
New Member Notes..........................................................................................................................8
Membership Listings...........................................................................................................................9
Chapter Byl aws...............................................................................................................................17
Chapter Policy Manual....................................................................................................................20
Notes........................................................................................................................Inside back cover
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Chapter Officers
President
Deborah S. Starks
High Mark Blue Cross Blue Shield WV
900 Pennsylvania Ave., Ste. 930
Charleston, WV 25302
Phone: 304.347.7663
debbie.starks@msbcbs.com
President-Elect
Jeri Matheney, APR
Appalachian Power Co.
PO Box 1986
Charleston, WV 25327
Phone: 304.348.4130
jhmatheney@aep.com
Treasurer
Amy Wentz Berner
WVU Health Research Center
350 Capitol St., Room 206 Charleston, WV 25301
Phone: 304.558.6259
amy.w.berner@wv.gov
Secretary
Sara Payne Scarbro
Office of Senator Manchin
Phone: 304.417.0938
sara_payne@manchin.senate.gov
Immediate Past President
Lisa Wharton Turner
Saint Joseph’s Hospital
One Amalia Drive
Buckhannon, WV 26201
Phone: 304.473.2138
lturner@stj.net
Assembly Delegate
Joe W. Gollehon, APR (2012)
TSG Consulting, LLC
118 Capitol Street Charleston, WV 25301
Phone: 304.345.1161
jgollehon@TSGsolution.com
Directors
Helen M. Matheny, APR (2012)
Blanchette Rockefeller
Neurosciences Institute 8 Medical Center Drive Morgantown, WV 26505
Phone: 304.293.6318
hmatheny@brni.org
Laura Jordan (2013)
WV American Water Co. Charleston, WV
Phone: 304.340.2089
laura.jordan@amwater.com
Stacy Deel (2014)
The Arnold Agency
117 Summers Street
Charleston, WV 25301
Phone: 304.342.1200
sdeel@arnoldagency.com
Executive Director
Diane Slaughter, CAE, APR, Fellow
PRSA-WV Chapter
PO Box 13604
Charleston, WV 25360
Phone: 304.984.0308
we.are.pr@prsawv.org
www.prsawv.org
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Accreditation Committee provides assistance and information to chapter members on accreditation, schedules APR study sessions and administers exam
Jennifer Goddard, APR
All chapter APRs
Awards Committee develops entry forms and issues call for entries arranges for judging of entries and orders awards, designs, schedules and prepares for gala and presentation of awards
John Womack
Tee Ford-Ahmed, Ph.D.
Laura Jordan
Andy Wessels
Bylaws Committee reviews and recommends changes to the chapter bylaws.
Jeanette Rowsey, APR
Chapter Excellence
Committee develops entry materials for East Central District Chapter Excellence competition
Lisa Wharton
Corporate Sponsorship
Committee develops advertising and sponsorship packages for potential sponsors, and solicits sponsors for chapter events and publications
George Manahan
Amy Wentz Berner
Ethics Officer
Cindy Miller
Committees
Membership Committee provides membership directory for all PRSA members, updates directory as needed, distributes information on membership to prospective members, acts as liaison to PRSA membership division, provides treasurer with list of members for invoicing of membership investment
Buddy Davidson
Todd Beane
Emily Myers
Ashley Showen
Deborah Wheeler, APR
Nominating Committee presents a slate of officers for election by the membership at the annual business meeting
Cathryn Harris, APR, Fellow PRSA
Joe Gollehon, APR, Fellow PRSA
Joe Long, APR
Professional Development Committee is responsible for designing, scheduling, securing speakers, locations and all other preparations necessary in regard to two professional develop-ment programs each year
John Bolt
Joe Stevens
Lynn Swann
Andy Wessels
Lisa Wharton
John Womack
Program Committee develops programs for each month, arranges for speakers, locations, and meeting notices
Jeri Matheney, APR
Todd Beane
Amy Berner
Rachel Coffman
Tee Ford-Ahmed
Lisa Wharton-Turner
Chairs listed in bold.
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Public Relations Committee
Sara Payne Scarbro
Public Service Committee selects public service effort and secures approval of same from board of directors and implements program with assistance of chapter members, reporting results to board of directors
Joan Harman
Caryn Gresham
George Manahan
Sara Scarbro
Lynn Swann
Andy Wessels
Student Liaison Committee works with college PRSSA chapters and selects scholarship/grant candidates
Emily Myers
John Bolt
Rachel Coffman
Buddy Davidson
Tee Ford-Ahmed, Ph.D.
Caryn Gresham
Joan Harman
Emily Myers
Sara Scarbro
Jeanette Rowsey, APR
Ashley Showen
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Past Presidents
Lisa Wharton 2011
George Manahan 2010
Buddy Davidson 2009
Tammy Harper 2008
Todd Beane 2007
Bill Bissett 2006
Brian Peterson 2005
Bryan Brown 2004
John Womack, CAE 2003
John Golden, APR 2002
Erika Bailey 2001
Harry Mitchell 2000
Virginia R. Painter 1999
Dolores A. Kinder, APR 1997-1998
Randy Bobbitt, APR 1996-1997
Karen Mess Frashier, APR 1995-1996
Penney A. Hall, APR 1994-1995
Susan Akers Nelson, APR 1993-1994
Helen Matheny, APR 1992-1993
Karl Brack 1991-1992
Rae Lynn Cupp 1990-1991
Bonnie J. McCarthy, APR 1989-1990
Diane Slaughter, CAE, APR, Fellow PRSA 1988-1989
Joe B. Long, APR 1987-1988
Ann S. Green 1986-1987
Roberta P. Fowkles, APR 1985-1986
Benjamin J. Polis 1984-1985
Joe W. Gollehon, APR 1983-1984
Cathryn Gibbs Harris, APR, Fellow PRSA 1982-1983
Joel Curry 1981-1982
W. William Chaddock, APR 1979-1981
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Accreditation/APRs
The Public Relations Society of America maintains a national accreditation program available to members in the public relations profession. Accreditation is attained by successfully completing both a Readiness Review conducted by a panel of three peers and a computer-based examination.
The practitioner must demonstrate a general knowledge of the broad field of public relations, and must have a comprehensive understanding of his or her concentration within the field. A member who is “Accredited in Public Relations,” or APR, has achieved the highest status available to anyone in the public relations profession.
Those individuals listed as “Fellow PRSA” have achieved the APR status, in addition to being nominated and accepted into the PRSA College of Fellows in recognition of contributions to the profession and the community after 20 years of experience in public relations.
The West Virginia Chapter is pleased to have the following members who have achieved APR and Fellow status:
Bryna Butler, APR
Thomas A. Dearing, APR
Jennifer Reed Goddard, APR
Joe W. Gollehon, APR
Charles R. Harman, APR
Cathryn G. Harris, APR, Fellow PRSA
Joe B. Long, APR
Jeri Matheney, APR
Helen Matheny, APR
Shawn Patterson, APR
Jeanette Rowsey, APR
Diane Slaughter, CAE, APR, Fellow PRSA
Deborah S. Wheeler, APR
Beth White, APR
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Honorees
Chapter Service Award
2011 George Manahan
2010 John Womack
2009 BrickStreet Insurance staff
2008 Bethany Ross/Jennifer Vieweg
2007 Tee Ford-Ahmed, Ph.D.
2006 Brian Peterson
2005 Tammy Harper Wheeler
2004 John Womack, CAE
2003 Jennifer Reynolds
2002 Todd Beane
2001 John Golden, APR
2000 Joe B. Long, APR
1999 Dolores A. Kinder, APR and Virginia R. Painter
1998 Karen Mess Frashier, APR
1997 Chuck Rice
1996 Penney Hall, APR
1995 Virginia Painter and
Robin Long
1994 Chuck Rice
1992 Diane Slaughter, APR
1991 Roberta Fowlkes, APR
1990 Cathryn Gibbs Harris, APR, Fellow PRSA
1988 F. David Cotten, APR, Fellow
PRSA
Lifetime Achievement
2000 Ann S. Green
1996 Thad Epps (deceased)
1995 Charles Ryan, APR
Outstanding West Virginian
2011 Jim Justice
2010 Coach Bob Huggins
2006 Andy Milovich
1995 Dr. Edwin Welch
1994 Thomas S. Acker, S.J.
1993 Barbara C. Williams
1992 Read Aloud West Virginia
1991 Gov. Cecil Underwood
1989 Thomas C. Burns
1988 C. Gregory VanCamp
1987 Dr. Dale Nitzschke
1986 WV Broadcasters Assn.
1985 Sen. Jennings Randolph
1984 Jo Silman
Practitioner of the Year
2011 Sara Payne Scarbro
2010 Lynn Swann
2009 George Manahan
2008 C. Bryan Brown
2007 Lisa Wharton Turner
2006 Linda Arnold
2005 John Womack, CAE
2004 Joe Stevens
2003 Helen Matheny, APR
2002 Joe Gollehon, APR
2001 Virginia Painter
2000 Karen Mess Frashier, APR
1999 Penney A. Hall, APR
1998 Jeri H. Matheney, APR
1997 Diane Slaughter, CAE, APR Fellow PRSA
1996 Joe Long, APR
1994 Harry Mitchell
1993 Brent Archer
1992 Communications Staff, Columbia Gas Transmission
1991 Cathryn Harris, APR, Fellow
1990 John W. Wiater, APR, Fellow
1989 Dan Lacy
1988 Caryn Gresham
1987 Cathryn Gibbs Harris, APR, Fellow PRSA
1986 Ann S. Green
1985 William Chaddock, APR
1984 Roberta Fowlkes, APR
PRSA College of Fellows
2011 Joe Gollehon, APR, Fellow PRSA
2006 Diane Slaughter, CAE,
APR,
Fellow PRSA
1998 John W. Wiater, APR, Fellow PRSA (deceased 2010)
1997 Cathryn Gibbs Harris, APR, Fellow PRSA
Young Professional Award
2011 Laura Jordan
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New Members
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Member Listings as of 02/1/2012
National Only Members
Chapter Members
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Kaylin Adkins
Resource Development and Marketing Assistant
United Way of the River Cities
11 Persimmon Ln.
Huntington, WV 25701
kaylinreneeadkins@gmail.com
Phone: (304) 634-1041
Debra Anderson
Director of Communications
West Virginia Health Care Association
110 Association Drive
Charleston, WV 25311
danderson@wvhca.org
Phone: (304) 346-4575
Linda B. Arnold
Chairman & CEO
The Arnold Agency
117 Summers St.
Charleston, WV 25301
larnold@arnoldagency.com
Phone: (304) 342-1200
B
Daryle Wayne Bayless
Chief Petty Officer
United States Navy, Defense Media Activity
2713 Mitscher RD, SW
Anacostia Annex, DC 20373
daryle.bayless@dma.mil
Phone: (202) 433-3591
Todd Beane
2931 Macon Street
South Charleston, WV 25303
toddbeane@wvstateu.edu
Phone: (304) 766-5197
Amy Wentz Berner, MA
WVU Health Research Center
350 Capitol Street, Room 206
Charleston, WV 25301
awentzberner@suddenlink.net
Phone: (304) 558-6259
John A. Bolt
Director, University Relations/News
West Virginia University
P.O. Box 6688
Morgantown, WV 26506-6688
john.bolt@mail.wvu.edu
Phone: (304) 293-5520
Karl Brack
VP Communication & Engagement Strategies
NiSource Inc.
1700 MacCorkle Ave., SE
Charleston, WV 25314
kbrack@nisource.com
Phone: (304)357-2396
Bryan Brown
Vice President
Brown Communications, Inc.
PO Box 20426
Charleston, WV 25362
bbrowncom@aol.com
Phone: (304) 546-5500
James Brown
Communications Lead
Booz Allen Hamilton
11792 Bristersburg Rd.
Midland, VA 22728
jrbrown58@yahoo.ie
Phone: (540) 522-6431
Bryna S. Butler, APR
Vice President, Market & E-Strategies Officer
Ohio Valley Bank
420 Third Ave
PO Box 240
Gallipolis, OH 45631
bsbutler@ovbc.com
Phone: (740) 446-2631
C
Kristin Call
Assistant General Manager, Marketing
West Virginia Power
601 Morris St., Suite 201
Charleston, WV 25301
kcall@wvpower.com
Phone: (304) 344-2287
D. Scott Castleman
Public Relations Director
University of Charleston
2300 MacCorkle Ave. SE
Charleston, WV 25304
scottcastleman@ucwv.edu
Phone: (304) 357-4719
Morgan Clevenger
2348 E. Cambridge St.
Springfield, MO 65804
Clevenger.morgan@gmail.com
Phone: (417) 889-2057
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Rachel Coffman
Account Executive
TSG Consulting
118 Capitol Street
Charleston, WV 25301
rcoffman@tsgsolution.com
Phone: (304) 345-1161
Rita F. Colistra
Assistant Professor, PR
West Virginia University
PO Box 6010
Morgantown, WV 26506
rita.colistra@mail.wvu.edu
Phone: (304) 293-6793
Jay A. Craig
270 Deerfield Circle
Kingwood, WV 26537
ltcjcraig@atlanticbb.net
D
Kenneth T. (Buddy) Davidson, II
Communications Officer
West Virginia Department of Agriculture
1900 Kanawha Blvd., E.
Charleston, WV 25305
bdavidson@ag.state.wv.us
Phone: (304) 558-3708
Thomas A. Dearing, APR
Mktg/PR and Community Services Director
King’s Daughters Medical Center
2201 Lexington Ave.
Ashland, KY 41101
tom.dearing@kdmc.net
Phone: (606) 408-4717
Stacy Moffa Deel
The Arnold Agency
117 Summers St.
Charleston, WV 25301
sdeel@arnoldagency.com
Phone: (304) 342-1200
LeAnn Dickens
Public Relations Specialist
Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences of WV
One Clay Square
Charleston, WV 25301
ldickens@theclaycenter.org
Phone: (304) 561-3586
Patricia A. Dickinson
Director, Public Relations
West Virginia State University
130 Ferrell Hall
PO Box 1000
Institute, WV 25112-1000
dickinpa@wvstateu.edu
Phone: (304)766-3363
James J. Dobbs
521 Junior Ave.
Morgantown, WV 26505
jim@jamesjdobbs.com
Phone: (304) 376-8867
Kathleen DuBois, MA
President
Progressity, Inc.
One Bridge Place, 10 Hale Street
Charleston, WV 25301
kathleen@progressity.com
Phone: (304) 340-7085
Melissa Dungey
105 B Howard Ave.
Dunbar, WV 25064
marketing@aallanimalcontrol.com
Phone: (304) 345-1511
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Janet L. Fisher
Deputy Commissioner
WV Department of Agriculture
1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East
Charleston, WV 25305
jfisher@ag.state.wv.us
Phone: (304) 558-3200
Trevellya Ford-Ahmed, Ph.D.
44 South May Ave.
Athens, OH 45701
tfordahmed@wvstateu.edu
Phone: (304)766-3327
Joy C. Frank-Collins
President
The Frank-Collins Group, LLC
126 Rauch Drive
Marietta, OH 45750
frank-collins@suddenlink.net
Phone: (740) 373-8089
G
John Gillispie
Director - P R
Huntington Museum of Art
2033 McCoy Rd.
Huntington, WV 25701
jgillisp@hmoa.org
Phone: (304) 529-2701
Patricia Glass
433 N.E. 8th Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Patricia.glass25@gmail.com
Phone: (954) 383-7828
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Jennifer Reed Goddard, APR
1232 Paula Rd.
Charleston, WV 25314
jgoddard@anngreencomm.com
Phone: (304) 746-7700
Joe W. Gollehon, APR, Fellow PRSA
Senior VP & Director of Governmental Affairs
TSG Consulting, LLC
118 Capitol Street
Charleston, WV 25301
joegollehon@tsgsolution.com
Phone: (304) 345-1161
Caryn S. Gresham
Consultant
Caryn Gresham Communications LLC
425 Beech Ave.
Charleston, WV 25302
caryn.gresham@verizon.net
Phone: (304) 541-7699
H
Terry L. Hapney, Jr.
Assistant Professor, Public Relations
Marshall University
Communications Bldg. 121
One John Marshall Drive
Huntington, WV 25755
hapney@marshall.edu
Phone: (304) 696-2735
Kimberly Harbour
Director of Marketing
West Virginia Department of Commerce
90 MacCorkle Ave., SW
South Charleston, WV 25303
kim.l.harbour@wv.gov
Phone: (304) 957-9364
Joan Harman
Director, P R
West Virginia Farm Bureau
One Red Rock Rd.
Buckhannon, WV 26201
joanh@wvfarm.org
Phone: (304) 472-2080
Charles R. Harman, APR
4 Wild Cherry Road
Morgantown, WV 26508
chuck@nami.org
Phone: (304) 292-6264
Tammy Harper
Account Manager
The Manahan Group
222 Capitol St.
Charleston, WV 25301
tharper@manahangroup.com
Phone: (304) 343-2800
Cathryn Gibbs Harris, APR, Fellow PRSA
405 Rockholly Road
Charleston, WV 25314
cathairs405@aol.com
Phone: (304) 610-1217
Paul Helmick
President & CEO
StateNewslines | StateNewsWire
PO Box 2591
Charleston, WV 25329
paul@statenewslines.com
Phone: (304) 345-3033
Thomas P. Hunter
Associate State Director, Communications
AARP West Virginia
300 Summers St., Suite 400
Charleston, WV 25301
tphunter@aarp.org
Phone: (304) 340-4605
J
Laura Jordan
External Affairs Manager
West Virginia American Water
1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Charleston, WV 25302
laura.jordan@amwater.com
Phone: (304) 340-2089
L
Patricia Lake
Foundation Director
St. Joseph’s Foundation of Buckhannon, Inc.
1 Amalia Drive
Buckhannon, WV 26201
patricia.lake@stj.net
(304) 473-6819
Susan LeFew
Senior Program Specialist
AARP Foundation
300 Summers Street, Suite 1020
Charleston, WV 25301
slefew@aarp.org
Phone: (304) 340-4617
Lindsey Lilly
Copywriter and Creative Services Coordinator
The Arnold Agency
117 Summers St.
Charleston, WV 25301
llilly@arnoldagency.com
Phone: (304) 342-1200
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Becky Lofstead
Assistant Vice President, University Communications
West Virginia University
48 Donley Street
Marina Tower, 4th FL, Rm 419
Morgantown, WV 26501
becky.lofstead@mail.wvu.edu
Phone: (304) 293-9358
Joe B. Long, APR
Owner
Lookout Public Relations
3 Bayfield Lane
Charleston, WV 25320
lookoutpr@frontier.com
Phone:(304) 984-2779
M
George B. Manahan
Owner CEO
The Manahan Group LLC
222 Capitol Street, Ste. 400
Charleston, WV 25301
gmanahan@manahangroup.com
Phone: (304) 343-2800
Christine Martin
Vice President
West Virginia University
PO Box 6201
Morgantown, WV 26506
chris.martin@mail.wvu.edu
Phone: (304) 293-3857
Diana Knott Martinelli
Widmeyer Professor in P R
West Virginia University
P. I. Reed School of Journalism
P. O. Box 6010
Morgantown, WV 26506-6010
diana.martinelli@mail.wvu.edu
Phone: (304) 293-3505 x5420
Jeri H. Matheney, APR
Communications Director
Appalachian Power
P. O. Box 1986
Charleston, WV 25327-1986
jhmatheney@aep.com
Phone: (304) 348-4130
Kelly Matheney
Account Coordinator
Charles Ryan Associates
601 Morris St., Suite 301
Charleston, WV 25301
kmatheney@charlesryan.com
Phone: (304) 556-9125
Helen M. Matheny, APR
26 Downing St.
Charleston, WV 25301
T.J. Meadows, Sr.
Communications Consultant
Appalachian Power
1100 Chase Tower
Charleston, WV 25301
tjmeadows@aep.com
Phone: (304) 348-4154
Kelly Merritt, APR
Communications Manager
W.Va. Higher Education Policy Commission
1018 Kanawha Boulevard East, Suite 1101
Charleston, WV 25301
Kelly.Merritt@wvresearch.org
Phone: (304) 558-4128 ext 7
Beth Michalec
6454 Husky Highway
Mannington, WV 26582
bethmichalec@gmail.com
Phone: (304) 816-2575
Cynthia Miller
Communications Consultant
Appalachian Power Company
P.O. Box 1986
Charleston, WV 25327
ccmiller@aep.com
Phone: (304) 348-4123
Harry J. Mitchell
Director-Public Relations
Verizon Communications
4700 MacCorkle Ave., SE
First Floor, Box 3
Charleston, WV 25304
harry.j.mitchell@verizon.com
Phone: (304) 356-3404
Philip A. Moye
Corporate Communications Manager
American Electric Power
PO Box 1986
Charleston, WV 25327-1986
pamoye@aep.com
Phone: (304) 746-2772
Emily L. Myers
5119A Dover Drive
Cross Lanes, WV 25313
emyers@moroch.com
Phone: (304) 419-3291
N
Amy D. Newton
3603 Monarch Court
Morgantown, WV 26508
amydn32@gmail.com
Dawn Nolan
4442 Ohio River Road
Huntington, WV 25702
dawnnolan517@gmail.com
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P
Virginia R. Painter
Communications Director
Marshall University Research Corporation
100 Angus E. Peyton Drive
South Charleston, WV 25303
ginny.painter@marshall.edu
Phone: (304) 746-1964
Shawn Patterson, APR
Director of Communications
West Virginia Public Broadcasting
600 Capitol St.
Charleston, WV 25301
spatterson@wvpubcast.org
Phone: (304) 556-4908
Amy Pellegrin
Director, Marketing & Branding
Fairmont State University
1201 Locust Ave.
Fairmont, WV 26554
amy.pellegrin@fairmontstate.edu
Phone: (304) 367-4135
Elizabeth B. Pellegrin
Chief Marketing Officer
Charleston Area Medical Center
PO Box 1547
Charleston, WV 25326-1547
elizabeth.pellegrin@camc.org
Phone: (304) 388-5767
Charles E. Penn, Sr.
Manager, Media and Community Relations
Dominion Resources Services
445 West Main Street
Clarksburg, WV 26330
charles.penn@dom.com
Phone: (304) 627-3200
Brian Peterson
Executive Producer
Motion Masters
1 Creative Place
Charleston, WV 25301
bpeterson@motionmasters.com
Phone: (304)345-8800
Tricia Petty
Associate Vice President, Integrated Marketing Operations
West Virginia University
PO Box 6201
Morgantown, WV 26806
tricia.petty@mail.wvu.edu
Phone: (304) 293-8500
Lalena D. Price
Communications Coordinator
Marshall University
100 Angus E. Peyton Drive
South Charleston, WV 25303
pricel@marshall.edu
Phone: (304) 746-1989
R
Amanda J. Ramey
Business Development & Communications
Jackson Kelly PLLC
PO Box 553
Charleston, WV 25322
ajramey@jacksonkelly.com
Phone: (304) 340-1143
Kyra S. Richards
4500 Kanawha Turnpike #6
Charleston, WV 25309
krichards@charlesryan.com
Phone: (304) 556-9124
Jeanette M. Rowsey, APR
Owner
Jeanette Rowsey Consulting
5829 E. Pea Ridge Raod
Huntington, WV 25705
jeanetterowsey@gmail.com
Phone: (304) 736-4366
S
Hallie Sampson
450 16th St., Apt. C
Dunbar, WV 25064
Hallie.sampson@gmail.com
Phone: (304) 543-7030
Sara Payne Scarbro
Communications Director
Office of Senator Manchin
Charleston, WV
sara_payne@manchin.senate.gov
Emily Seufer
2807 Noyes Avenue
Charleston, WV 25304
eseufer@gmail.com
Phone: (304) 769-1183
Jessica Sharps
Director, Publications
Fairmont State University
1201 Locust Ave.
Fairmont, WV 26554
jessica.sharps@fairmontstate.edu
Phone: (304) 367-4232
Ashley Showen
Media Buyer/Account Coordinator
Charleston Area Medical Center
105 Monterey Ln.
Cross Lanes, WV 25313
amshowen@gmail.com
Phone: (304) 389-4873
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Charles A. Shumaker
Media & Community Relations Manager
Cabell Huntington Hospital
1340 Hal Greer Boulevard
Huntington, WV 25701
charles.shumaker@chhi.org
Phone: (304) 399-6742
Diane Slaughter, CAE, APR, Fellow PRSA
Owner
Homestead Communications
PO Box 13604
Charleston, WV 25360-0604
homesteadcommunications@frontier.com
Phone: (304) 984-0308
Gregory Smith
Director, Marketing & Public Affairs
Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital
800 Garfield Avenue
Parkersburg, WV 26101
gsmith@ccmh.org
Phone: (304) 424-2412
Kortney Smith
Account Coordinator
Charles Ryan Associates
601 Morris Street, Suite 301
Charleston, WV 25301
kreale@charlesryan.com
Phone: (304) 556-9144
Chris Stadelman
Stadelman Consulting
98 Findley St.
Elkins, WV 26241
cps@phillipsgroupideas.com
Phone: (304) 636-5568
Anthony Staley
Manager of Online Communities
Ohio Valley Bank
PO Box 240
Gallipolis, OH 45631
awstaley@ovbc.com
Phone: (740) 446-2631 ext. 279
Deborah S. Starks
Communications Specialist
Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield WV
900 Pennsylvania Ave., Ste. 930
Charleston, WV 25302
debbie.starks@highmark.com
Phone: (304) 347-7663
Rachael W. Stebbins
Director of Marketing and Communications
Greenbrier County CVB
PO Box 1107
Lewisburg, WV 24901
rstebbins@greenbrierwv.com
Phone: (304) 645-1000
Joe Stevens
Communications Director
The Media Center
222 Capitol St.
Charleston, WV 25301
jstevens@themediacenter222.com
Phone: (304) 720-5466
Shelly Stump
IMC Advising Director
West Virginia University
PO Box 6529
Morgantown, WV 26506-6529
shelly.stump@mail.wvu.edu
Phone: (304) 293-3505 x5450
Lynn R. Swann
104 Spring St.
White Sulphur Springs, WV 24986
lynn_swann@suddenlink.net
Phone: (304) 536-9118
T
Kari Thompson
P R Manager
Stonewall Marketing Group
154 1/2 Loft Front St.
Marietta, OH 45750
kthompson@stonewallgroup.com
Phone: (740) 373-2334
Jennifer Turner
Program Coordinator
WVU Department of Emergency Medicine
PO Box 9149
Morgantown, WV 26506
jcturner@hsc.wvu.edu
Phone: (304) 293-5231
Matthew R. Turner
Chief of Staff
Marshall University
One John Marshall Drive
Huntington, WV 25755
turner6@marshall.edu
Phone: (304) 696-2300
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Andrew Wessels
Director, Business Development
WV Primary Care Association
1219 Virginia St. East
Charleston, WV 25301
andy@wvpca.org
Phone: (304) 346-0032
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Lisa Wharton
Vice President of Public Relations & Marketing
Saint Joseph’s Hospital
One Amalia Dr.
Buckhannon, WV 26201
lturner@stj.net
Phone: (304) 473-2138
Deborah S. Wheeler, APR
Employee Communications & Local Affrs Coord.
Dominion Transmission
P. O. Box 2450
Clarksburg, WV 26302
Deborah.S.Wheeler@dom.com
Phone: (304)627-3326
Beth A. White, APR
West Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
1614 Kanawha Blvd.
Charleston, WV 25311
bethwhite@wvaj.com
Phone: (304) 344-0692
Briana Wilson
PR & Social Media Coordinator
West Virginia University
222 Orchard Crossing
Morgantown, WV 26505
warneb03@gmail.com
Phone: (304) 237-0200
Kristen Wishon
Master’s Student
West Virginia University
1402 Koehler Drive, West Run Apartments
Morgantown, WV 26508
ka.wishon@gmail.com
Phone: (304) 741-5773
Leah Worley
Communications Specialist
Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield WV
900 Pennsylvania Ave.
Charleston, WV 25302
leah.worley@highmark.com
Phone: (304) 347-7662
Maureen B. Zambito
Director, Public Relations
Wheeling Jesuit University
316 Washington Ave.
Wheeling, WV 26003
mzambito@wju.edu
Phone: (304) 243-8160
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ARTICLE I – GENERAL
Section 1. Name. The name of this organization is West Virginia Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, hereinafter called the “Chapter.” The Chapter functions as a regional division of the Public Relations Society of America, Inc., hereinafter called the “Society” or “PRSA.”
Section 2. Territory and Location. The Chapter will operate and serve members within the territory approved by the Society, and its principal office will be located in a place determined by the Chapter’s board of directors. The territorial limits approved by the Society for this Chapter are West Virginia as well as border areas in other states that may be appropriate.
Section 3. Objectives. In accordance with the purposes of the Society as set forth in the Society’s articles of incorporation and bylaws, the objectives of this Chapter shall be to serve a diverse community of professionals, empowering them to excel in effective, ethical and respectful communications on behalf of the organizations they represent and the constituencies they serve, and advance the careers of its members by:
• Uniting those engaged in the profession.
• Strengthening the relationships of public relations professionals with employers and clients, with government at all levels, with educators, with the news media, and with the public.
• Providing lifelong learning.
• Establishing vibrant, diverse and welcoming professional communities.
• Recognizing capabilities and accomplishments.
• Encouraging thought leadership, ethics and professional excellence.
A strong secondary objective is to encourage and support the education of student practitioners and to help them become professionals within the field. In addition, the
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Chapter will seek to improve the relationship and understanding between member public relations practitioners and the people and industries they serve.
Further, the Chapter, its board, officers, and members shall support and adhere to the bylaws, purposes, code of ethics, and all applicable policies and procedures established by the Society.
Section 4. Restrictions. All policies and activities of the Chapter shall be consistent with:
• Applicable federal, state and local antitrust, trade regulation or other requirements.
• Tax-exemption requirements imposed on the Society under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(6), including the requirements that the Chapter shall not be organized for profit and that no part of its net earnings shall inure to the benefit of any private individual.
ARTICLE II – MEMBERSHIP
Section 1. Membership Eligibility. Membership in the Chapter is limited to individuals in good standing with the Society, who are in compliance with the Society’s bylaws, member code of ethics, and applicable policies and procedures, and who have paid membership dues to the Chapter.
Section 2. Admission to Membership. Admission to membership in the Society shall be governed by the pertinent provisions of the Society’s bylaws and subject to the eligibility requirements set forth above in Section 1.
The West Virginia Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America has six membership categories: Public Relations Practitioner; New Practitioner; Related Practitioner; Future Practitioner; Retired; and Alumni.
Members in all categories except Future Professional, Retired and Alumni are required to be members in good standing of the Public
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Relations Society of America at the national level.
Public Relations Practitioners and New Practitioners can hold any chapter office for which they are eligible; Related Practitioners can serve as a Director, but not a chapter officer, Future Professionals, Retired and Alumni members cannot serve as an officer or director.
• Category 1 – Public Relations Practitioner is one who is working in the traditional public relations fields.
• Category 2 – New Practitioner is a practitioner who has joined the chapter within two years of earning their undergraduate degree or graduate degree, or who has worked in the profession for less than two years.
• Category 3 – A Related Practitioner is a practitioner working in a non-traditional field involving public relations or management of public relations functions, but who are not considered a full-time public relations practitioner. Examples include: association, business management, government employment or government relations where traditional public relations functions are not at least 50 percent of their normal responsibilities.
• Category 4 – A Future Practitioner is a college or university student who is an active member of their Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) chapter or who attends a college or university which does not have an active PRSSA chapter. Future practitioners can take part in Chapter activities and, once obtaining junior status or higher, can be listed in the Chapter membership directory at no cost as part of the Chapter’s support for helping future practitioner’s find internships and/or employment.
• Category 5 – Any Retired member of the Chapter who has been a member of PRSA in good standing for at least five years and is gainfully employed less than 50 percent of the time is eligible for retirement status. Members on retirement status shall enjoy all the rights and privileges of membership.
• Category 6 – An Alumni member is any former member who no longer lives within the area covered by the West Virginia chapter, but who wishes to retain some personal and professional contact with the members of the Chapter. Alumni members can maintain their membership directory listing, access to the chapter website and other member privileges. Members in this category are not considered voting members of the Chapter.
Section 3. Rights and Privileges of Membership. Membership carries with it a definitive obligation to pay all applicable dues, fees and other charges (collectively referred to as “financial obligations”), as provided in these bylaws and as determined by the board from time to time. Any payments by a member to the Society does not mitigate such member’s financial obligations to the Chapter.
The fiscal year of the Chapter shall be the calendar year.
Section 4. Resignation or Termination of Membership.
(a) Membership is automatically terminated without action by the board for failure to pay applicable dues for more than three months, failure to meet the eligibility requirements for membership, or when the membership to the Society has been terminated for any reason, including non-payment of dues.
(b) A member may resign by submitting a written resignation.
(c) Termination or resignation does not relieve a member from liability for any financial obligations accrued and unpaid as of the date of the termination or resignation.
Section 5. Dues. The amount of Chapter dues shall be fixed annually by the Chapter’s board of directors and shall be payable in advance in accordance with the Chapter’s fiscal policies. Any member whose Chapter dues are unpaid for three months shall be considered not in good standing and shall not be entitled to vote, hold office or enjoy other privileges of
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chapter membership, provided such member shall have been duly notified.
Section 6. Membership Meetings.
(a) There shall be an annual membership meeting each year held at such date, time and place as may be designated by the board.
(b) In addition to the annual meeting, there shall be regular membership meetings at least four times a year at such times and places as may be designated by the board.
(c) Special meetings of the Chapter may be called by the president, the board or on written request by 25 percent of the Chapter members.
(d) Notice of the annual meeting shall be given to each member personally by mail, electronic mail or other mode of written transmittal at least thirty days prior to the meeting. Notice of a regular meeting or special meeting shall be given to each member at least 10 days in advance.
(e) A quorum for membership voting is one-third (1/3) of the voting members present in person [or by proxy].
(f) Voting at any membership meeting may be done in person or by proxy, with each voting member having a single vote. A majority of the members voting in person or by proxy where a quorum is present carries an action. Members may vote without a meeting in elections, or on any matter presented by the board where a quorum participates and the votes are submitted in writing by postal or other delivery, facsimile, electronic mail or any other electronic means.
ARTICLE III - OFFICERS AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Section 1. Scope. The affairs of the Chapter are managed by its board of directors. It is the board’s duty to carry out the objectives and purposes of the Chapter, and to this end, it may exercise all powers of the Chapter. The board is subject to the restrictions and obligations set forth in these bylaws, the Society’s bylaws, policies and procedures, and code of ethics.
Section 2. Board Composition. The governing body of the Chapter shall be a board of directors consisting of the president, president-elect, secretary, treasurer, immediate past president, PRSA Leadership Assembly delegate(s) and three (3) directors-at-large. Directors and officers shall be members in good standing with the Chapter and the Society. Directors and officers shall be elected by the Chapter membership at its annual meeting for a term of one year, beginning Jan. 1 and ending when their successors are elected and installed. The board shall set forth the nomination and election procedures and make such procedures available to the membership.
Section 3. Chapter Officers. The officers of the Chapter shall be a president, president-elect, secretary, treasurer and immediate past president. The offices of secretary and treasurer may be combined and held by the same person at the discretion of the board. The officers shall be elected by Chapter membership at its annual meeting for a term of one year, beginning Jan. 1 and ending when their successors are elected and installed. No officer having held an office for two successive terms shall be eligible to succeed himself/herself in the same office.
Section 4. President. The president shall preside at all meetings of the Chapter and of the board. He/she shall appoint all committees with the approval of the board and shall be an ex-officio member of all committees, unless otherwise provided by the board. The president shall perform all other duties incident to the office. [The president or his/her designee shall serve as a PRSA Leadership Assembly delegate.]
Section 5. President-Elect. The president-elect, in the absence or disability of the president, shall exercise the powers and perform the duties of the president. He/she shall assist the president and perform other duties as shall be prescribed by the board. [The president-elect or his/her designee shall serve as a PRSA Leadership Assembly delegate.]
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Section 6. Secretary. The secretary shall keep records of all meetings of the Chapter and of the board, send copies of such minutes to PRSA Headquarters and to the district chair, issue notices of all meetings, maintain or cause to be maintained the roll of membership, and perform all other duties customarily pertaining to the office.
Section 7. Treasurer. The treasurer shall receive and deposit all Chapter funds in the name of the Chapter, in a bank or trust company selected and approved by the board. He/she shall issue receipts and make authorized disbursements by check after proper approval by the president or board. He/she shall prepare the Chapter’s budget, make regular financial reports to the board, render an annual financial statement to Chapter membership and perform all other duties incident to the office.
Section 8. Immediate Past-President. The immediate past president shall be responsible for coordinating the Chapter’s entries for the East Central District Chapter Excellence Awards. He/she shall also review the Chapter’s bylaws and recommend necessary changes to the Chapter Board and membership.
Section 9. Leadership Assembly Delegate. The PRSA Leadership Assembly delegate(s) shall serve as the Chapter’s representative at meetings of the PRSA Leadership Assembly, and as a liaison between the Society and the Chapter. The Leadership Assembly Delegate shall be elected by the Chapter membership for a three year term. To be eligible to serve as a PRSA Leadership Assembly Delegate, a member must be Accredited in Public Relations (APR), or be a current or former member of the Chapter’s board.
Section 10. Vacancies. In the event of death, resignation, removal or expulsion of any officer or director, including the PRSA Leadership Assembly delegate, the board shall elect a successor who shall take office immediately and serve the balance of the unexpired term, or until the next annual election.
Section 11. Removal or Resignation.
(a) Any director who misses more than three consecutive board meetings without an excuse acceptable to the board may be given written notice of dismissal by the Chapter president and replaced in accordance with Section 9 above.
(b) Any officer may be removed by: (1) two-thirds of the members voting where a quorum is present, or (2) three-quarters of the full board, excluding the officer proposed to be removed. Any officer proposed to be removed shall be provided with advance written notice, including the reason for the proposed removal, and must have an opportunity to respond to the proposed removal in writing or in person.
(c) Any director or officer may resign at any time by providing written notice to the board.
(d) Any removal or resignation of a person as an officer automatically results in that person’s removal or resignation from the board.
Section 12. Board Meetings. There shall be at least four meetings of the board at such times and places as it may determine. It shall meet at the call of the president or upon call of any three directors Notice of each meeting of the board shall be given personally by mail, electronic mail or other mode of written transmittal to each director at least seven days prior to the meeting. Proxy voting is prohibited at board meetings.
Section 13. Quorum. A majority of the directors in office shall constitute a quorum for all meetings of the board.
Section 14. Compensation and Reimbursement. No director or elected officer of the Chapter shall be entitled to any salary or other compensation, but may be reimbursed for expenses reasonably incurred in connection with the performance of their duties.
ARTICLE IV – COMMITTEES
Section 1. Appointment and Dissolution of Committees. The board may appoint and dissolve committees to carry on the affairs of the Chapter as the board deems necessary or advisable. The board shall determine the duties of any such group, as well as its size and tenure. All committees established under this section shall be subject to the authority of the board.
Section 2. Committee Reports. The chair of each committee shall report its activities regularly to the board. All committee activities shall be subject to approval by the board.
ARTICLE V - AMENDMENTS
These bylaws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the members present at any meeting in which a quorum is present, provided such proposed amendment(s) has been approved by the Chapter’s board, and at least thirty days’ notice has been given to all members of any proposed amendment(s). Amendments adopted in accordance with this provision become effective only after approval by the Society’s board.
In years evenly divisible by three, the President shall appoint a special committee to review and revise, as necessary, both the Chapter’s bylaws and policy manual.
ARTICLE VI – MISCELLANEOUS
Section 1. Charter. The Chapter, its officers, directors, and agents must conform with and maintain its charter and all Chapter affiliation requirements imposed by the Society.
Section 2. Books and Records. The Chapter must keep books and records of its financial accounts, meeting minutes, and membership list with names and addresses. The Chapter will make its books and records available to the Society at any time.
Section 3. Annual Report to the Society. The Chapter will submit an annual report to the Society each year, as well as any other document or report required by the Society.
Section 4. Conflict-of-Interest Policy. The board will adopt a conflict-of-interest policy and annual disclosure process that applies to all officers and directors of the Chapter.
Section 5. Assets of Chapter and Dissolution. No member of the Chapter has any interest in, or right or title to the Chapter’s assets. Should the Chapter liquidate, dissolve or terminate in any way, all assets remaining after paying the Chapter’s debts and obligations must be transferred from the Chapter’s bank account to the Society, as such assets are at all times the property of the Society. In no event may any assets inure to the benefit of or be distributed to any member, director, officer, or employee of the Chapter.
Section 6. Nondiscrimination. In all deliberations and procedures, the Chapter will subscribe to a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of race, creed, religion, disability, sex, age, color, national origin or sexual or affectional preference.
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Section 1 – Dues & Fees
A. Amount. The amount of Chapter dues shall be fixed annually by the Chapter’s Board of Directors and shall be payable on January 1 each year.
B. Nonpayment of Dues and Fees. Any member whose Chapter dues, meeting fees or other fees are unpaid for three months shall be considered not in good standing and shall not be entitled to vote, hold office or enjoy other privileges of Chapter membership, provided such member shall have been duly notified.
C. Fiscal Year. The fiscal year of the Chapter shall be January 1 through December 31.
D. Audit. The books of the Chapter shall be audited at least once annually in a manner prescribed by the Board of Directors.
Section 2 – Membership Meetings
A. Annual Meeting. There shall be an Annual Business Meeting of the Chapter in October each year at such time and place as the Board of Directors may designate.
B. Regular Meetings. There shall be no fewer than three membership meetings each year at such times and places as may be designated by the Board of Directors.
C. Special Meetings. Special meetings of the Chapter may be called by the President, the Board of Directors or on written request by twenty-five percent of the Chapter members.
D. Notice of Meetings. Notice of the Annual Business Meeting shall be distributed to each member at least thirty days in advance. Notice of a regular meeting shall be distributed to each member at least ten days in advance.
E. Reservations and Fees. Members are strongly urged to make advance reservations for monthly meetings. Meeting fees are due and payable for those making reservations, even if the member is unable to attend.
Section 3 – Chapter Management
A. Committee Appointments. Between the election of officers and the beginning of the fiscal year, the incoming President shall appoint all committee chairpersons. Vice-chairpersons also shall be appointed, with a goal of training them to assume chapter leadership roles.
B. Strategic Planning. Once each year, the President and President-Elect will be expected to convene an extended meeting of the Board of Directors and all interested Chapter members for the purpose of planning. The focus of the strategic planning session will be identified by the President-Elect with the approval of
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C. Budgeting. All committee chairpersons are expected to compile a budget for their committees and submit it to the President, Treasurer and Executive Director prior to the January Board meeting. Budgets should cover revenue and expenses, and will be prepared for approval at the February Board meeting.
D. Mailing Lists. The mailing lists for members, prospective member, professional development sessions and Crystal Award entries shall be maintained by the Executive Director. These mailing lists are not for sale or rental; however, the membership directory is available for $25 and is provided as a benefit for Chapter members.
E. Joint Projects. Approving joint projects with other organizations is the responsibility of the Board of Directors. Proposals should be presented to the Board prior to any commitment being made. The proposal should include expected revenue, expenses and the proposed distribution between participants.
Section 4 – Responsibilities of Officers and Board Members
A. Requirements. Officers and Board members should be committed to the goals and objectives of the Chapter as demonstrated by prior service as an officer, board member, committee chairperson and leadership in key Chapter and Board functions. The individual should be respected in the profession, willing to expand his or her knowledge of the Board and the Chapter, and willing to commit the time necessary to this role. The individual should represent the Chapter in the profession and community through cooperative action and ongoing public relations.
B. Costs. Certain incidental costs must be anticipated and absorbed by Board members. These costs may include, but are not limited to: incidental typing, postage, copying, phone charges, faxes and other costs incurred in conducting routine Chapter business. PRSA-WV Chapter will pay for significant costs incurred as a result of planned Chapter activities, provided the Board member prepares a budget in advance, receives Board approval for the expenses and the Chapter has the funds to cover the expenses.
C. President. The purpose of the President is to provide leadership to the Board, ensure that the Board meets all of its responsibilities, serve as the chief spokesperson in Chapter matters and promotes Chapter programs. Specific responsibilities include:
• presides over all regular and special meetings of the Board.
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• appoints, with the approval of the Board, committee chairpersons and committees, ensuring that the potential of each member is recognized. Serves as an ex-officio member of all committees except the Nominating Committee.
• coordinates the functions of all officers and committees. Ensures that the committee structure operates smoothly and that the purpose of committees is routinely evaluated.
• directs the overall operations of the Chapter. Oversees the planning and goal-setting process. Recommends and directs the execution of policies and programs in the interest of members and with approval of the Board. Co-signs with the Executive Director all written contracts and obligations of the Chapter.
• monitors the financial health and financial management of the Chapter in cooperation with the Board and the Executive Director. Has signature authority on all Chapter accounts and ensures all IRS requirements are met.
• represents, or designates a chapter member to represent, the Chapter within the PRSA East Central District. Selects an alternate if Assembly Delegate is unable to attend Assembly meetings. Ensures the Chapter meets the minimum standards for chapters as outlined by PRSA.
• serves as the official spokesperson for the Chapter.
• oversees the work of the Executive Director. Supervises and coordinates the annual evaluation of the Executive Director.
D. President-Elect. The purpose of the President-Elect is to assist the President in providing leadership to the Board and ensure that the Board fulfills all of its responsibilities. Specific responsibilities include:
• performs all duties of the President if the President is unable to perform those duties for any reason.
• assists the President in coordinating and directing committee activities and Chapter operations. Performs such duties as delegated by the President.
• recommends goals, objectives, plans and programs to the President.
• consults and assists the President on matters of policy and procedure.
• represents the Chapter within the PRSA East Central District in the absence of the President.
• ensures the Chapter meets the minimum standards for chapters as outlined by PRSA.
• assists the President in monitoring the financial management of the Chapter in cooperation with the Board and Executive Director
• assists the President in supervising and coordinating the annual evaluation of the Executive Director.
E. Treasurer. The purpose of the Treasurer is to assist the President and President-Elect in providing leadership to the Board and ensuring that the Board meets all of its responsibilities by maintaining accurate and detailed financial records for the Chapter. Specific responsibilities include:
• works with Chapter President and Executive Director to establish annual budget for approval by the Board of Directors.
• works with Executive Director to collect Chapter dues and all other monies, deposit those monies into a bank selected and approved by the Board and issue receipts. Maintains the Chapter membership roll.
• works with the Executive Director to manage and disburse all Chapter monies, with approval of the Board. Advises Board of financial status by supplying detailed reports at each Board meeting.
• prepares and renders annual financial statement for audit as directed.
• complies with IRS regulations for filing IRS Form 990.
F. Secretary. The purpose of the Secretary is to assist the President and President-Elect in providing leadership to the Board and ensuring that the Board meets all of its responsibilities by maintaining accurate and detailed Chapter records. Specific responsibilities include:
• records and keeps minutes of all meetings of the Board of Directors and Chapter. Issues notices of such meetings as required, in conjunction with the Executive Director, with direction of President. Distributes minutes of each meeting to the Board within 15 days after meeting date.
• ensures proper safekeeping of all chapter records and keeps accurate, detailed records.
• checks the Chapter post office box, or causes it to be checked, at least once a week, distributing mail accordingly.
• assists the Treasurer in maintaining the membership roll.
• distributed the Nominating Committee’s report and slate to the full membership as outlined in the Chapter bylaws.
• maintains a true and complete version of the bylaws and policy manual.
G. Immediate Past President. The purpose of the Immediate Past President is to provide leadership to the President and the Board and ensure that the Board meets all of its responsibilities. Specific responsibilities include:
• assists and advises the President in coordinating and directing committee activities and Chapter operations. Performs such duties as delegated by the President.
• serves as Chairperson of the Past Presidents’ Council.
• recommends goals, objectives, plans and programs to the President.
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• advises the President on matters of policy and procedure.
• ensures the Chapter meets the minimum standards for chapters as outlined by PRSA.
H. Assembly Delegate. The purpose of the Assembly Delegate is to ensure that the Chapter focuses on its stated mission and that all activities adhere to the standards set forth by PRSA, represents the Chapter and communicates it interests to PRSA. Specific responsibilities include:
• attends all Board meetings and performs such duties as the President and Board may assign.
• monitors PRSA issues and policies as disseminated from or proposed to national organization. Attends and represents Chapter at PRSA Assembly meetings. Upon return from Assembly meetings, at least one delegate must provide a written report to the Board and prepare pertinent information for publication in the Chapter newsletter.
• advises and recommends policies, procedures, plans and programs to the President.
• represents the needs of the profession and Chapter members on the Board.
• assesses the profession and evaluates Chapter programs to ensure that the needs of members are addressed.
• ensures that the Chapter and the Board operate efficiently and in accordance with both the Chapter and PRSA bylaws, as well as in the best interest of Chapter members.
I. Board Members. The purpose of board members is to be legally and morally responsible for all activities of the Chapter and to ensure that the Chapter focuses on its stated mission. In general, Board members determine policy. Specific responsibilities for each board member include:
• attends all Board meetings and performs such duties as the President and Board may assign.
• establishes Chapter objectives and formulates Chapter policy for achieving these objectives. Plans for the Chapter’s future through long- and short-range plans, monitors their implementation and evaluates them on a regular basis.
• develops financial support for the Chapter and ensures its financial accountability.
• advises and recommends policies, procedures, plans and programs to the President.
• holds the properties of the Chapter as needed.
• represents the needs of the profession and Chapter members on the Board.
• assesses the profession and evaluates Chapter programs to ensure that the needs of members are addressed.
• ensures that the Chapter and the Board operate efficiently and in accordance with both the Chapter and PRSA bylaws, as well as in the best interest of Chapter members.
Section 5 – Responsibilities of Committee Chairpersons
A. Requirements. Committee chairperson should be committed to the goals and objectives of the Chapter as demonstrated by prior service as an officer, board member, committee chairperson and leadership in key Chapter functions. The individual should be respected in the profession, willing to expand his or her knowledge of the Committee and the Chapter, and willing to commit the time necessary to this role. The individual should represent the Chapter in the profession and community through cooperative action and ongoing public relations.
B. Costs. Certain incidental costs must be anticipated and absorbed by Committee chairpersons. These costs may include, but are not limited to: incidental typing, postage, copying, phone charges, faxes and other costs incurred in conducting routine Chapter business. PRSA-WV Chapter will pay for significant costs incurred as a result of planned Chapter activities, provided the Committee chairperson prepares a budget in advance, receives Board approval for the expenses and the Chapter has the funds to cover the expenses.
C. Purpose and Core Responsibilities. The purpose of Committee chairpersons is to provide leadership to a specified PRSA-WV Chapter committee to ensure that it focuses on and successfully achieves it assigned function. Core responsibilities of each committee chairperson are:
• calls and presides over all committee meetings.
• recruits and actively involves Chapter members from across the state to serve on the committee.
• regularly reports to the Board the activities of the committee and seeks approval for the direction of the committee.
• provides an annual budget to the Chapter President, Treasurer and Executive Director by January 1, and ensures that the committee stays within that budget. Seeks Board approval for all committee expenditures or exceptions to the budget.
• evaluates the function of the committee to ensure that the stated purpose is addressed and that the committee continues to serve a needed role for the Chapter. This evaluation shall include the flexibility to create or disband committees as permitted by the bylaws and as needed to meet the changing needs of the chapter and the personnel available.
• publicizes events of the committee to both internal and external audiences.
D. Accreditation Committee.
• provides assistance and information to chapter members on accreditation
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• schedules APR study sessions and administers exam
E. Awards Committee
• develops entry forms and issues call for entries
• arranges for judging of entries
• orders awards
• designs, schedules and prepares for gala and presentation of awards
F. Membership Committee
• provides membership directory for all PRSA members; updates directory as needed
• distributes information on membership to prospective members
• acts as liaison to PRSA membership division
• provides treasurer with list of members for invoicing of membership investment
G. Newsletter Committee
• provides information regarding local, district and national information and events
• notifies members of meetings and professional development seminar
• provides other information to chapter members
• publishes newsletter monthly
H. Nominating Committee
• presents a slate of officers for election by the membership at the Annual Business Meeting
• the committee shall be composed of three Members who are Accredited
I. Professional Development Committee
• responsible for designing, scheduling, securing speakers, locations and all other preparations necessary in regard to two professional development programs each year
J. Programs Committee
• develops programs for each month, excluding December and those scheduled for professional development
• arrange for speakers, locations, meeting notices and all other preparations necessary
K. Public Service Committee
• selects public service effort, and secures approval of same from Board of Directors
• implements program with assistance of chapter members, reporting results to Board of Directors
L. Student Liaison Committee
• works with college PRSSA chapters
• continues development of Project Protege
• selects scholarship candidates
Section 6 – Responsibilities of Executive Director
A. Executive Director Responsibilities.
• The responsibilities of the Executive Director shall include:
• serve as administrator of the organization.
• service as professional advisor to the Board.
• recommend appropriate policies to the Board.
• implement effectively all policies adopted by the Board.
• keep the Board fully and accurately informed about programs and services.
• interpret the needs of the organization and present professional recommendations on all problems and issues considered by the Board.
• assist President and Treasurer in developing Chapter budget and keep the Board informed concerning budget performance.
• assist officers, Board members, committee chairpersons and Chapter members as required or requested.
B. Board of Director Responsibilities.
The responsibilities of the Board of Directors shall include:
• consult with the Executive Director on all matters under consideration.
• delegate responsibility for all administrative and executive functions.
• share all communications with the Executive Director.
• provide support to the Executive Director in carrying out professional duties.
• support the Executive Director in all decisions and actions consistent with policies of the Board.
• evaluate the performance of the Executive Director.
Section 7 – Positive Duty to Disclose
A. Advance Disclosure. Each person agreeing to be considered by the Nominating Committee or by petition as a nominee for Directory-At-Large or Officer of the Society has a positive duty to disclose to the Nominating Committee any possible or pending legal, regulatory or any other matter involving that person that may arise during the person’s prospective term of office and that might reflect adversely upon the profession or the Society. Persons agreeing to be considered as a nominee whether by the Nominating Committee or by petition shall sign a statement that they understand their positive obligation to disclose and that, to the best of their knowledge, they have fully disclosed to the Nominating Committee all information that might affect consideration of their nomination.
B. Prompt Disclosure. A person who a) has been nominated by the Nominating Committee or by petition to a post as Director-At-Large or Officer, but not yet elected, or b) has bee elected as a Director-At-Large or Officers, but not yet having taken office or c) has taken office as a Director-At-Large or Officer, and members of the Board of Ethics and Professional Standards, and of
each judicial panel, and who becomes aware of any legal, regulatory or any other matter involving them that may arise during their term of office and that might reflect adversely upon the profession or the Society is under a positive obligation to disclose such matter as promptly as possible to each member of the Board of Directors.
C. Chapter Compliance. Each chapter, district, professional group and other unit of the Society that shall select officers or Assembly Delegates shall require a similar disclosure in writing to its nominating committee or, in the absence of such a nominating committee, the then-sitting panel of officers.
D. Code Violation. Failure to disclose such information fully and promptly shall be deemed a violation of Article 2 and Article 3 of the Code of Professional Standards for the Practice of Public Relations.
E. Actions Taken. Information obtained by the Nominating Committee members or members of the Board of Directors under the Positive Duty to Disclose shall remain confidential unless potential violations of the Code of Professional Standards are involved. In case of such involvement, potential violations shall be referred to the Chapter’s Board of Directors for investigation and action.
24West Virginia Chapter
2013
Membership Directory
Advancing the Profession and the Professional
for more than 30 years
po box 13604 • charleston, wv 25360
304.984.0308
we.are.pr@prsawv.org • www.prsawv.org

Table of Contents
Chapter Officers..................................................................................................................................2
Committees.........................................................................................................................................3
Past Presidents...................................................................................................................................5
Accreditation/APR Members.............................................................................................................6
Honorees...........................................................................................................................................7
New Member Notes..........................................................................................................................8
Membership Listings...........................................................................................................................9
Chapter Bylaws...............................................................................................................................17
Chapter Policy Manual....................................................................................................................23
Notes........................................................................................................................Inside back cover
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2
Chapter Officers
President
Jeri Matheney, APR
Appalachian Power Co.
PO Box 1986
Charleston, WV 25327
Phone: 304.348.4130
jhmatheney@aep.com
President-Elect
Amy Wentz Berner
Southern WV Community & Technical College
101 Heather Court
Scott Depot, WV 25526
Phone: 304.558.6259
amy.berner@southernwv.edu
Treasurer
Sara Payne Scarbro
Office of Senator Manchin
Phone: 304.417.0938
sara_payne@manchin.senate.gov
Secretary
Andrew Wessels
Sterling Communications
844 Carroll Road
Charleston, WV 25314
Phone: 304.590.3778
awessels.sterling@gmail.com
Directors
Laura Jordan (2013)
WV American Water Co. Charleston, WV
Phone: 304.340.2089
laura.jordan@amwater.com
Stacy Deel (2014)
The Arnold Agency
117 Summers Street
Charleston, WV 25301
Phone: 304.342.1200
sdeel@arnoldagency.com
Brandon Totten (2015)
AMFM, Inc.
240 Capitol St., Ste. 500
Charleston, WV 25301
Phone: 304.344.1623
btotten@amfmwv.com
Assembly Delegate
Joe Long, APR (2015)
3 Bayfield Lane
Charleston, WV 25320
Phone: 304.984.2779
jblong@frontier.com
Executive Director
Diane Slaughter, CAE, APR, Fellow
PRSA-WV Chapter
PO Box 13604
Charleston, WV 25360
Phone: 304.984.0308
we.are.pr@prsawv.org
www.prsawv.org
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Accreditation Committee provides assistance and information to chapter members on accreditation, schedules APR study sessions and administers exam
Jennifer Goddard, APR
All chapter APRs
Awards Committee develops entry forms and issues call for entries, arranges for judging of entries and orders awards, designs, schedules and prepares for gala and presentation of awards
John Womack
George Manahan
Nancy Sullivan
Brandon Totten
Kelly Weikle
Chapter Excellence Committee develops entry materials for East Central District Chapter Excellence competition
Lisa Wharton
Corporate Sponsorship
Committee develops advertising and sponsorship packages for potential sponsors, and solicits sponsors for chapter events and publications
Aly Goodwin-Gregg
Sara Payne Scarbro
Ethics Officer
Cathryn Gibbs Harris, APR, Fellow
Committees
Membership Committee provides membership directory for all PRSA members, updates directory as needed, distributes information on membership to prospective members, acts as liaison to PRSA membership division, provides treasurer with list of members for invoicing of membership investment
Stacy Deel
Aly Goodwin Gregg
Andrew Stacy
John Womack
Mentor Committee develops applications and guidelines for mentorship arrangements between senior professionals and students/early career professionals.
Laura Jordan
Emily Myers Duke
Joan Harman
Diane Slaughter, CAE, APR, Fellow
Rachel Coffman
Adrienne King
Nominating Committee presents a slate of officers for election by the membership at the annual business meeting
Cathryn Harris, APR, Fellow PRSA
Jennifer Goddard, APR
Joe Gollehon, APR, Fellow PRSA
Joe Long, APR
Chairs listed in bold.
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Professional Development Committee is responsible for designing, scheduling, securing speakers, locations and all other preparations necessary in regard to two professional development programs each year
Rachel Coffman
Deborah Wheeler, APR
John Bolt
Aly Goodwin Gregg
Joan Harman
Nancy Sullivan
Brandon Totten
Program Committee develops programs for each month, arranges for speakers, locations, and meeting notices
Amy Wentz Berner
John Bolt
Rachel Coffman
Aly Goodwin Gregg
George Manahan
John Womack
Public Relations Committee
Sara Payne Scarbro
Public Service Committee selects public service effort and secures approval of same from board of directors and implements program with assistance of chapter members, reporting results to board of directors
Joan Harman
Aly Goodwin Gregg
Sara Payne Scarbro
Andrew Stacy
Nancy Sullivan
Social Media Committee develops marketing outreach plans for a variety of social media platforms
Joe Long, APR
Amy Wentz Berner
Rachel Coffman
Aly Goodwin Gregg
Sara Payne Scarbro
Student Liaison Committee works with college PRSSA chapters and selects scholarship/grant candidates
Emily Myers Duke
Rachel Coffman
Adrienne King
Sara Payne Scarbro
Andrew Stacy
John Womack
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Past Presidents
Deborah S. Starks 2012
Lisa Wharton 2011
George Manahan 2010
Buddy Davidson 2009
Tammy Harper 2008
Todd Beane 2007
Bill Bissett 2006
Brian Peterson 2005
Bryan Brown 2004
John Womack, CAE 2003
John Golden, APR 2002
Erika Bailey 2001
Harry Mitchell 2000
Virginia R. Painter 1999
Dolores A. Kinder, APR 1997-1998
Randy Bobbitt, APR 1996-1997
Karen Mess Frashier, APR 1995-1996
Penney A. Hall, APR 1994-1995
Susan Akers Nelson, APR 1993-1994
Helen Matheny, APR 1992-1993
Karl Brack 1991-1992
Rae Lynn Cupp 1990-1991
Bonnie J. McCarthy, APR 1989-1990
Diane Slaughter, CAE, APR, Fellow PRSA 1988-1989
Joe B. Long, APR 1987-1988
Ann S. Green 1986-1987
Roberta P. Fowkles, APR 1985-1986
Benjamin J. Polis 1984-1985
Joe W. Gollehon, APR, Fellow PRSA 1983-1984
Cathryn Gibbs Harris, APR, Fellow PRSA 1982-1983
Joel Curry 1981-1982
W. William Chaddock, APR 1979-1981
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Accreditation/APRs
The Public Relations Society of America maintains a national accreditation program available to members in the public relations profession. Accreditation is attained by successfully completing both a Readiness Review conducted by a panel of three peers and a computer-based examination.
The practitioner must demonstrate a general knowledge of the broad field of public relations, and must have a comprehensive understanding of his or her concentration within the field. A member who is “Accredited in Public Relations,” or APR, has achieved the highest status available to anyone in the public relations profession.
Those individuals listed as “Fellow PRSA” have achieved the APR status, in addition to being nominated and accepted into the PRSA College of Fellows in recognition of contributions to the profession and the community after 20 years of experience in public relations.
The West Virginia Chapter is pleased to have the following members who have achieved APR and Fellow status:
Bryna Butler, APR
Thomas A. Dearing, APR
Jennifer Reed Goddard, APR
Joe W. Gollehon, APR, Fellow PRSA
Charles R. Harman, APR
Cathryn G. Harris, APR, Fellow PRSA
Joe B. Long, APR
Jeri Matheney, APR
Helen Matheny, APR
Kelly Merritt, APR
Shawn Patterson, APR
Jeanette Rowsey, APR
Diane Slaughter, CAE, APR, Fellow PRSA
Deborah S. Wheeler, APR
Beth White, APR
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Honorees
Chapter Service Award
2013 Todd Beane
2012 Kenneth “Buddy” Davidson
2011 George Manahan
2010 John Womack
2009 BrickStreet Insurance staff
2008 Bethany Ross/Jennifer Vieweg
2007 Tee Ford-Ahmed, Ph.D.
2006 Brian Peterson
2005 Tammy Harper Wheeler
2004 John Womack, CAE
2003 Jennifer Reynolds
2002 Todd Beane
2001 John Golden, APR
2000 Joe B. Long, APR
1999 Dolores A. Kinder, APR and Virginia R. Painter
1998 Karen Mess Frashier, APR
1997 Chuck Rice
1996 Penney Hall, APR
1995 Virginia Painter and
Robin Long
1994 Chuck Rice
1992 Diane Slaughter, APR
1991 Roberta Fowlkes, APR
1990 Cathryn Gibbs Harris, APR, Fellow PRSA
1988 F. David Cotten, APR, Fellow
PRSA
Public Relations Educator of the Year
2013 Terry Hapney, PhD, Marshall University
2012 Rita Colistra, West Virginia University
Lifetime Achievement
2000 Ann S. Green
1996 Thad Epps (deceased)
1995 Charles Ryan, APR
Outstanding West Virginian
2013 Jennifer Garner
2012 Larry Groce
2011 Jim Justice
2010 Coach Bob Huggins
2006 Andy Milovich
1995 Dr. Edwin Welch
1994 Thomas S. Acker, S.J.
1993 Barbara C. Williams
1992 Read Aloud West Virginia
1991 Gov. Cecil Underwood
1989 Thomas C. Burns
1988 C. Gregory VanCamp
1987 Dr. Dale Nitzschke
1986 WV Broadcasters Assn.
1985 Sen. Jennings Randolph
1984 Jo Silman
Practitioner of the Year
2013 Appalachian Power Communications
2012 Kim Harbour
2011 Sara Payne Scarbro
2010 Lynn Swann
2009 George Manahan
2008 C. Bryan Brown
2007 Lisa Wharton Turner
2006 Linda Arnold
2005 John Womack, CAE
2004 Joe Stevens
2003 Helen Matheny, APR
2002 Joe Gollehon, APR, Fellow PRSA
2001 Virginia Painter
2000 Karen Mess Frashier, APR
1999 Penney A. Hall, APR
1998 Jeri H. Matheney, APR
1997 Diane Slaughter, CAE, APR Fellow PRSA
1996 Joe Long, APR
1994 Harry Mitchell
1993 Brent Archer
1992 Communications Staff, Columbia Gas Transmission
1991 Cathryn Harris, APR, Fellow
1990 John W. Wiater, APR, Fellow
1989 Dan Lacy
1988 Caryn Gresham
1987 Cathryn Gibbs Harris, APR, Fellow PRSA
1986 Ann S. Green
1985 William Chaddock, APR
1984 Roberta Fowlkes, APR
PRSA College of Fellows
2011 Joe Gollehon, APR, Fellow PRSA
2006 Diane Slaughter, CAE,
APR, Fellow PRSA
1998 John W. Wiater, APR, Fellow PRSA (deceased 2010)
1997 Cathryn Gibbs Harris, APR, Fellow PRSA
PRSSA Chapter of the Year
2013 West Virginia University
2012 Bethany College
Young Professional Award
3013 Jessica Sharps
2012 Rachel Coffman
2011 Laura Jordan
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New Members
9
Member Listings as of 09/24/2013
National Only Members
Chapter Members
A
Debra Anderson
Director of Communications
West Virginia Health Care Association
110 Association Drive
Charleston, WV 25311
danderson@wvhca.org
Phone: (304) 346-4575
Linda B. Arnold
Chairman & CEO
The Arnold Agency
117 Summers St.
Charleston, WV 25301
larnold@arnoldagency.com
Phone: (304) 342-1200
B
Alisa Bailey
CEO
Charleston Convention & Visitors Bureau
200 Civic Center Dr.
Charleston, WV 25301
alisa.bailey@charlestonwv.com
Phone: (304) 344-5075
Erin Bailey
Public Affairs Specialist
State Farm Insurance
118 Tygart Mall Loop
Fairmont, WV 26554
erin.bailey.gglf@statefarm.com
Phone: (304) 367-7811
Allison Barker
Communications Consultant
AEP Appalachian Power
PO Box 1986
707 Virginia St. East, Suite 1100
Charleston, WV 25301
adbarker@aep.com
Phone: (304) 348-4123
Todd Beane
St. Communications Specialist
Duke Energy
8470 River Road
Southport, NC 28461
todd.beane@duke-energy.com
Phone: 910) 457-2900
Amy Wentz Berner, MA
Southern WV Community and
Technical College
126 South Brooke
Hurricane, WV 25526
amy.berner@southernwv.edu
Phone: (304) 293-5520
John A. Bolt
Director, University Relations/News
West Virginia University
P.O. Box 6688
Morgantown, WV 26506-6688
john.bolt@mail.wvu.edu
Phone: (304) 293-5520
Bridgette Nicole Borst
Director of Alumni & Parent Relations
University of Charleston
2300 MacCorkle Ave SE
bridgetteborst@gmail.com
Phone: (304) 546-3788
Karl Brack
VP Communication & Engagement Strategies
NiSource Inc.
1700 MacCorkle Ave., SE
Charleston, WV 25314
kbrack@nisource.com
Phone: (304)357-2396
Bryan Brown
Vice President
Brown Communications, Inc.
PO Box 20426
Charleston, WV 25362
bbrowncom@aol.com
Phone: (304) 546-5500
Matthew A. Browning
Director of Communications
West Virginia State University
PO Box 1000
106 Ferrell Hal
Institute, WV 25112
mbrowning1@wvstateu.edu
Phone: (304) 204-4002
Bryna S. Butler, APR
Vice President, Market & E-Strategies Officer
Ohio Valley Bank
420 Third Ave
PO Box 240
Gallipolis, OH 45631
bsbutler@ovbc.com
Phone: (740) 446-2631
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C
Anna Campbell
Sales Director
Charleston Civic Center
200 Civic Center Dr.
Charleston, WV 25301
anna.campbell@charlestonwvciviccenter.com
Phone: (304) 357-7420
D. Scott Castleman
Communications Director
University of Charleston
2300 MacCorkle Ave. SE
Charleston, WV 25304
scottcastleman@ucwv.edu
Phone: (304) 357-4719
Cynthia A. Church
Head of Communications
ING Investment Management Asia Pacific
Rt 1 Box 79
Proctor, WV 26055
cynthiachurch@gmail.com
Phone: (304) 455-1268
Rita F. Colistra
Assistant Professor, PR
West Virginia University
PO Box 6010
Morgantown, WV 26506
rita.colistra@mail.wvu.edu
Phone: (304) 293-6793
Kathy M. Cosco
Communications Director
WV Dept. of Environmental Protection
601 57th Street SE
Charleston, WV 25304
kathy.cosco@wv.gov
Phone: (304) 926-0442
Jay A. Craig
270 Deerfield Circle
Kingwood, WV 26537
ltcjcraig@atlantaicbb.net
D
Marsha A. Dadisman
Director, Communications
WV DHHR
1 Davis Sq, Ste. 100 E
Charleston, WV 25301
marsha.a.dadisman@wv.gov
Phone: (304) 558-1027
Kenneth T. (Buddy) Davidson II
Communications Officer
West Virginia Department of Agriculture
1900 Kanawha Blvd., E.
Charleston, WV 25305
bdavidson@ag.state.wv.us
Phone: (304) 558-3708
Stacy Moffa Deel
The Arnold Agency
117 Summers St.
Charleston, WV 25301
sdeel@arnoldagency.com
Phone: (304) 342-1200
Melissa Dungey
National Marketing Director
A All Animal Control
108 Roxalana Business Park Drive
Dunbar, WV 25064
marketing@aallanimalcontrol.com
F
Trevellya Ford-Ahmed, Ph.D.
West Virginia State University
44 South May Ave.
Athens, OH 45701
tfordahmed@wvstateu.edu
Phone: (304)766-3327
Erika L. Forsythe
Special Assistant to the President
West Virginia State University
1506 Kanawha Blvd, West
WVSU Economic Development Center
Charleston, WV 25387
erikaforsythe@comcast.net
Phone: (410) 430-6924
Joy C. Frank-Collins
President
The Frank-Collins Group, LLC
126 Rauch Drive
Marietta, OH 45750
frank-collins@suddenlink.net
Phone: (740) 236-3220
G
Lindsay Gardner
PR Manager
Charleston WV CVB
200 Civic Center Drive
Charleston, WV 25301
lindsay.gardner@charlestonwv.com
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John Gillispie
Director - PR
Huntington Museum of Art
2033 McCoy Rd.
Huntington, WV 25701
jgillisp@hmoa.org
Phone: (304) 529-2701
Jennifer Reed Goddard, APR
Ann Green Communications
1232 Paula Rd.
Charleston, WV 25314
jgoddard@anngreencomm.com
Phone: (304) 746-7700
Joe W. Gollehon, APR, Fellow PRSA
Senior VP & Director of Governmental Affairs
TSG Consulting, LLC
118 Capitol Street
Charleston, WV 25301
joegollehon@tsgsolution.com
Phone: (304) 345-1161
Aly Goodwin Gregg
Chief Marketing Officer
MVB Bank
2400 Cranberry Square
Morgantown, WV 26508
agregg@mvbbanking.com
Phone: (304) 284-2003
Patrick Gregg
Director, Office of Communications & Marketing
WVU College of Business and Economics
1601 University Avenue
PO Box 6025
Morgantown, WV 26506
patrick.gregg@mail.wvu.edu
Caryn S. Gresham
Deputy Commissioner
WV Div of Culture & History
1900 Kanawha Blvd., E.
Charleston, WV 25305
caryn.s.gresham@wv.gov
Phone: (304) 558-0220
H
Jessica Nicole Hale
Business Development Assistant
Jackson Kelly PLLC
PO Box 553
Charleston, WV 25322-0553
jhale@jacksonkelly.com
Phone: (304) 340-1000
Jessica M. Hall
Account Coordinator
Charles Ryan Associates, Inc.
601 Morris St.
Charleston, WV 25301
jhall@charlesryan.com
Phone: (304) 342-0161
Terry L. Hapney, Jr.
Assistant Professor, Public Relations
Marshall University
Communications Bldg. 121
One John Marshall Drive
Huntington, WV 25755
hapney@marshall.edu
Phone: (304) 696-2735
Kimberly Harbour
Director of Marketing
West Virginia Department of Commerce
90 MacCorkle Ave., SW
South Charleston, WV 25303
kim.l.harbour@wv.gov
Phone: (304) 957-9364
Julie Harding
3337 Collins Ferry Road
Morgantown, WVV 26505
jharding1321@gmail.com
Phone: (304) 241-4347
Charles R. Harman, APR
4 Wild Cherry Road
Morgantown, WV 26508
chuck@nami.org
Phone: (304) 292-6264
Joan K. Harman
Director, P R
West Virginia Farm Bureau
One Red Rock Rd.
Buckhannon, WV 26201
joanh@wvfarm.org
Phone: (304) 472-2080
Cathryn Gibbs Harris, APR, Fellow PRSA
405 Rockholly Road
Charleston, WV 25314
cathairs405@aol.com
Phone: (304) 610-1217
Kyra R. Harris
Charles Ryan Associates
4500 Kanawha Turnpike #6 9/30/2013
Charleston, WV 25309
kharris@charlesryan.com
Phone: (304) 556-9124
Stefanie Hatcher
Director of Public Relations & Senior Golf
West Virginia Golf Association
PO Box 2748
Charleston, WV 25330
shatcher@wvga.org
Phone: (304) 391-5000
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Diane Holley-Brown
Communication Director
WV Department of Administration
PO Box 50130
2019 Washington Street East
Charleston, WV 25305
diane.m.holley@wv.gov
Phone: (304) 558-0661
J
Jama L. Jarrett
VP Operations/Communications
Charleston WV Convention & Visitors
Bureau
200 Civic Center Dr.
Charleston, WV 25301
jama.jarrett@charlestonwv.com
Phone: (304) 344-5075
Angela Jones
News Service Coordinator
West Virginia University Healthcare
P.O. Box 9083 HSS
Morgantown, WV 26506
jonesan@wvuhealthcare.com
Phone: (304) 293-1413
Laura Jordan
External Affairs Manager
West Virginia American Water
1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Charleston, WV 25302
laura.jordan@amwater.com
Phone: (304) 340-2089
K
Jason B. Keeling
5033 Memory Hill Drive
Cross Lanes, WV 25313
jason.keeling@matricresearch.com
Phone: (304) 720-1463
Adrienne King
4204 Staunton Avenue
Charleston, WV 25304
adrienne.king@mail.wvu.edu
Phone: (304) 442-3131
Tamatha L. Kleppinger
124 Revere Road 3/31/2014
Hurricane, WV 25526
tlkleppinger@gmail.com
Phone: (304) 590-3460
L
Patricia Lake
Foundation Director
St. Joseph’s Foundation of Buckhannon, Inc.
1 Amalia Drive
Buckhannon, WV 26201
patricia.lake@stj.net
Phone: (304) 473-6819
Susan Lavenski
Managing Partner
Charles Ryan Associates, Inc.
601 Morris St, Ste. 301
Charleston, WV 25301
slavenski@charlesryan.com
Phone: (304) 342-0161
Becky Lofstead
Assistant Vice President, University Communications
West Virginia University
48 Donley Street
Marina Tower, 4th FL, Rm 419
Morgantown, WV 26501
becky.lofstead@mail.wvu.edu
Phone: (304) 293-9358
Joe B. Long, APR
3 Bayfield Lane
Charleston, WV 25320
jblong@frontier.com
Phone:(304) 984-2779
M
Alisha G. Maddox
921 Churchhill Circile
Charleston, WV 25314
agmaddox@charlesryan.com
Phone: (304) 342-0161
George B. Manahan
Owner CEO
The Manahan Group LLC
222 Capitol Street, Ste. 400
Charleston, WV 25301
gmanahan@manahangroup.com
Phone: (304) 343-2800
Jessica Markwood
Public Relations Manager
Eastern West Virginia Community &
Technical College
316 Eastern Drive
Moorefield, WV 26836
jlamb@eastern.wvnet.edu
Phone: (304) 434-8000
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Christine Martin
Vice President
West Virginia University
PO Box 6201
Morgantown, WV 26506
chris.martin@mail.wvu.edu
Phone: (304) 293-3857
Diana Knott Martinelli
Widmeyer Professor in PR
West Virginia University
P. I. Reed School of Journalism
1511 University Ave., Martin Hall
Morgantown, WV 26506-6010
diana.martinelli@mail.wvu.edu
Phone: (304) 293-3505 x5420
Jeri H. Matheney, APR
Communications Director
Appalachian Power
PO Box 1986
Charleston, WV 25327-1986
jhmatheney@aep.com
Phone: (304) 348-4130
Helen M. Matheny, APR
26 Downing St.
Charleston, WV 25301
Beth Michalec
6454 Husky Highway
Mannington, WV 26582
bethmichalec@gmail.com
Phone: (304) 816-2575
Cynthia Miller
Communications Consultant
Appalachian Power Company
707 Virginia St., Ste. 1100
Charleston, WV 25301
ccmiller@aep.com
Phone: (304) 348-4123
Harry J. Mitchell
Director-Public Relations
Verizon Communications
4700 MacCorkle Ave., SE
First Floor, Box 3
Charleston, WV 25304
harry.j.mitchell@verizon.com
Phone: (304) 356-3404
Sheila Moran
Director of Communications and Marketing
First Choice Health Systems, Inc.
405 Capitol St., Suite 908
Charleston, WV 25301
sheilal@1stchs.com
Phone: (304) 741-9999
Philip A. Moye
Corporate Communications Manager
American Electric Power
PO Box 1986
Charleston, WV 25327-1986
pamoye@aep.com
Phone: (304) 746-2772
Emily L. Myers
5119A Dover Drive
Cross Lanes, WV 25313
eduke@moroch.com
Phone: (304) 419-3291
N
Amy D. Newton
3603 Monarch Court
Morgantown, WV 26508
amydn32@gmail.com
Phone: (304) 276-4997
Rachel D. Nieman
Program Assistant
WVU College of Business & Economics
Office of Communications & Marketing
PO Box 6025, 1601 University Avenue
Morgantown, WV 26506-6025
rachel.nieman@mail.wvu.edu
Phone: (304) 293-7664
Kevin L. Noe, MBA
Co-Managing Member
Augusta Group LLC
PO Box 371
Barboursville, WV 25504
knoe@augustallc.com
Phone: (304) 687-0560
P
Virginia R. Painter
Communications Director
Marshall University Research Corporation
100 Angus E. Peyton Drive
South Charleston, WV 25303
ginny.painter@marshall.edu
Phone: (304) 746-1964
Shawn Patterson, APR
Director of Communications
West Virginia Public Broadcasting
600 Capitol St.
Charleston, WV 25301
spatterson@wvpubcast.org
Phone: (304) 556-4908
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Leah C. Payne
Public Affairs Director
Marshall University Schools of Medicine &
Pharmacy
1600 Medical Center Drive, Suite 3410
Huntington, WV 25701
edwardl@marshall.edu
Phone: (304) 691-1713
Elizabeth B. Pellegrin
Chief Marketing Officer
Charleston Area Medical Center
PO Box 1547
Charleston, WV 25326-1547
elizabeth.pellegrin@camc.org
Phone: (304) 388-5767
Tricia Petty
Associate Vice President, Integrated Marketing Operations
West Virginia University
PO Box 6201
Morgantown, WV 26806
tricia.petty@mail.wvu.edu
Phone: (304) 293-8500
Jacqueline A. Proctor
Deputy Commissioner
West Virginia Division Division of Tourism
90 MacCorkle Avenue SW
South Charleston, WV 25303
jacqueline.a.proctor@wv.gov
Phone: (304) 957-9312
R
Amanda J. Ramey
Business Development & Communications
Jackson Kelly PLLC
PO Box 553
Charleston, WV 25322
ajramey@jacksonkelly.com
Phone: (304) 340-1143
Nabil Ali Rizk
Senior Public Relations Advisor
Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation
147-29 182nd Street
Springfield Gardens, NY 11413
New York, NY 11413
nrisk@km.com.qa
Phone: (947) 5589-8703
Jeanette M. Rowsey, APR
Owner
Jeanette Rowsey Consulting
5829 E. Pea Ridge Road
Huntington, WV 25705
jeanetterowsey@gmail.com
Phone: (304) 736-4366
Chelsea A. Ruby
Director of Marketing & Communications
West Virginia Department of Commerce
90 MacCorkle Avenue, SW
South Charleston, WV 25303
chelsea.a.ruby@wv.gov
S
Sara Payne Scarbro
Deputy State Director
U.S. Senator Joe Manchin
U.S. Senator Joe Manchin
300 Virginia St., E., Ste. 2360
Charleston, WV 25301
sara_payne@manchin.senate.gov
Phone: (304) 342-5855
Jessica Sharps
Director, Publications
Fairmont State University
1201 Locust Ave.
Fairmont, WV 26554
jessica.sharps@fairmontstate.edu
Phone: (304) 367-4232
Ashley Showen
Media Buyer/Account Coordinator
Charleston Area Medical Center Health Sys.
245 Oakwood Rd., Apt. 10
Charleston WV 25314
amshowen@gmail.com
Phone: (304) 389-4873
Donna M. Simon
VP for University Relations and Operations, and Chief of Staff
West Virginia State University
PO Box 399
104 Ferrell Hall
Institute, WV 25112-0399
dsimon@wvstateu.edu
Phone: (304) 766-3363
Diane Slaughter, CAE, APR, Fellow PRSA
Owner
Homestead Communications
PO Box 13604
Charleston, WV 25360-0604
homesteadcommunications@frontier.com
Phone: (304) 984-0308
Susan Small
Director of Commuications
Public Service Commission of West Virginia
PO Box 812
201 Brooke Street
Charleston, WV 25323
ssmall@psc.state.wv.us
Phone: (304) 340-0820
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Andrew Stacy
Public Relations Specialist
WV Conservation Agency
1900 Kanawha Blvd., E.
Charleston, WV 25305
astacy@wvca.us
Phone: (304) 558-2204
Deborah S. Starks
Communications Specialist
Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield WV
900 Pennsylvania Avenue, Ste 930
Charleston, WV 25305
debbie.starks@highmark.com
Phone: (304) 347-7663
Joe Stevens
Communications Director
The Media Center
222 Capitol St.
Charleston, WV 25301
jstevens@themediacenter222.com
Phone: (304) 720-5466
Nancy Howerton Sullivan
Assistant - Cabinet Secretary
WV Department, Health & Human Resources
1 Davis Sq, Ste. 100
Charleston, WV 25301
nancy.j.sullivan@wv.gov
Phone: (304) 558-9998
Susan Sullivan
Public Communications Manager
City of Morgantown
389 Spruce Street
Office 16
Morgantown, WV 26505
ssullivan@cityofmorgantown.org
Phone: (304) 293-7426
Lynn R. Swann
104 Spring St.
White Sulphur Springs, WV 24986
lynn_swann@suddenlink.net
Phone: (304) 536-9118
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Kari Thompson
PR Manager
Stonewall Marketing Group
154 1/2 Loft Front St.
Marietta, OH 45750
kthompson@stonewallgroup.com
Phone: (740) 373-2334
Ryan A. Thorn
1628B Franklin Avenue
Charleston, WV 25311
ryan.thorn@cliffsnr.com
Phone: (304) 673-1264
Brandon Tottan
Community Relations Manager
AMFM, LLC
240 Capitol Street, Suite 500
Charleston, WV 25301
btotten@amfmwv.com
Phone: (304) 344-1623
Matthew R. Turner
Chief of Staff
Marshall University
One John Marshall Drive
216 Old Main
Huntington, WV 25755
turner6@marshall.edu
Phone: (304) 696-2300
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Shayna S. Varner
Account Executive
Charles Ryan Associates
601 Morris St, Ste. 301
Charleston, WV 25301
svarner@charlesryan.com
Phone: (304) 342-0161
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James J. Wallace
Sr. Counsel for Public Relations
TSG Consulting
118 Capitol Street
Charleston, WV 25301
jimwallace@tsgsolution.com
Phone: (304) 345-1161
Julie Warden
1182 Watts Chapel Road
Kenna, WV 25248
jwarden@wvjc.edu
Phone: (304) 444-1222
Kelly Weikle
Communication Specialist
Columbia Pipeline Group
1700 MacCorkle Ave., SE
Charleston, WV 25314
kweikle@nisource.com
Phone: (304) 357-3427
Andrew Wessels
Owner
Sterling Communications
844 Carroll Road
Charleston, WV 25314
awessels.sterling@gmail.com
Phone: (304) 590-3778
Lisa Wharton
Vice President of Public Relations & Marketing
Saint Joseph’s Hospital
One Amalia Dr.
Buckhannon, WV 26201
lturner@stj.net
Phone: (304) 473-2138
Deborah S. Wheeler, APR
Employee Communications & Local Affrs Coord.
Dominion Transmission
PO Box 2450
Clarksburg, WV 26302
Deborah.S.Wheeler@dom.com
Phone: (304)627-3326
Anne L. White
2610 Roselane Dr.
Charleston, WV 25302
awhite@capitoforsenate.com
Phone: (304) 550-1726
Beth A. White, APR
West Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
1614 Kanawha Blvd.
Charleston, WV 25311
bethwhite@wvaj.com
Phone: (304) 344-0692
Briana L. Wilson
8 Eastern Trail Drive
Morgantown, WV 26508
warneb03@gmail.com
Phone: (304) 237-0200
Katie R. Wise
Marshall University
112 Collins Dr.
Follansbee, WV 26037
kwise09@yahoo.com
Phone: (304) 374-3916
Kristen Wishon
Program Assistant
11 Cedarstone Drive
Morgantown, WV 26505
ka.wishon@gmail.com
Phone: (304) 741-5773
John Womack
1131B S Homewood Drive
Charleston, WV 25314
jhw@citynet.net
Phone: (304) 389-0187
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Kelly Workman
Manager
West Virginia Development Office
Bldg. 6, Room 553
1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East
Charleston, WV 25305
kelly.a.workman@wv.gov
Phone: (304) 558-2234
Leah Worley
Communications Specialist
Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield WV
900 Pennsylvania Ave.
Charleston, WV 25302
leah.worley@highmark.com
Phone: (304) 347-7662
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Maureen B. Zambito
Director, Media Relations
West Liberty University
208 University Drive
Shaw Hall, CUB 133
West Liberty, WV 26074
maureen.zambito@westliberty.edu
Phone: (304) 336-8203
Jillian Leigh Zangari
45 Windy Ridge
Morgantown, WV 26501
jill.zangari@cancer.org
Ali Ziyati, Ph.D.
Professor
West Virginia State University
Dept. Comm & Media Studies
120 Cole Complex
Institute, WV 25112
aziyati@wvstateu.edu
Phone: (304) 204-4012
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ARTICLE I – GENERAL
Section 1. Name. The name of this organization is West Virginia Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, hereinafter called the “Chapter.” The Chapter functions as a regional division of the Public Relations Society of America, Inc., hereinafter called the “Society” or “PRSA.”
Section 2. Territory and Location. The Chapter will operate and serve members within the territory approved by the Society, and its principal office will be located in a place determined by the Chapter’s board of directors. The territorial limits approved by the Society for this Chapter are West Virginia as well as border areas in other states that may be appropriate.
Section 3. Objectives. In accordance with the purposes of the Society as set forth in the Society’s articles of incorporation and bylaws, the objectives of this Chapter shall be to serve a diverse community of professionals, empowering them to excel in effective, ethical and respectful communications on behalf of the organizations they represent and the constituencies they serve, and advance the careers of its members by:
• Uniting those engaged in the profession.
• Strengthening the relationships of public relations professionals with employers and clients, with government at all levels, with educators, with the news media, and with the public.
• Providing lifelong learning.
• Establishing vibrant, diverse and welcoming professional communities.
• Recognizing capabilities and accomplishments.
• Encouraging thought leadership,
Bylaws As amended 2011ethics and professional excellence.
A strong secondary objective is to encourage and support the education of student practitioners and to help them become professionals within the field. In addition, the Chapter will seek to improve the relationship and understanding between member public relations practitioners and the people and industries they serve.
Further, the Chapter, its board, officers, and members shall support and adhere to the bylaws, purposes, code of ethics, and all applicable policies and procedures established by the Society.
Section 4. Restrictions. All policies and activities of the Chapter shall be consistent with:
• Applicable federal, state and local antitrust, trade regulation or other requirements.
• Tax-exemption requirements imposed on the Society under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(6), including the requirements that the Chapter shall not be organized for profit and that no part of its net earnings shall inure to the benefit of any private individual.
ARTICLE II – MEMBERSHIP
Section 1. Membership Eligibility. Membership in the Chapter is limited to individuals in good standing with the Society, who are in compliance with the Society’s bylaws, member code of ethics, and applicable policies and procedures, and who have paid membership dues to the Chapter.
Section 2. Admission to Membership. Admission to membership in the Society shall be governed by the pertinent provisions of the Society’s bylaws and subject to the eligibility requirements set forth above in Section 1.
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The West Virginia Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America has six membership categories: Public Relations Practitioner; New Practitioner; Related Practitioner; Future Practitioner; Retired; and Alumni.
Members in all categories except Future Professional, Retired and Alumni are required to be members in good standing of the Public Relations Society of America at the national level.
Public Relations Practitioners and New Practitioners can hold any chapter office for which they are eligible; Related Practitioners can serve as a Director, but not a chapter officer, Future Professionals, Retired and Alumni members cannot serve as an officer or director.
• Category 1 – Public Relations Practitioner is one who is working in the traditional public relations fields.
• Category 2 – New Practitioner is a practitioner who has joined the chapter within two years of earning their undergraduate degree or graduate degree, or who has worked in the profession for less than two years.
• Category 3 – A Related Practitioner is a practitioner working in a non-traditional field involving public relations or management of public relations functions, but who are not considered a full-time public relations practitioner. Examples include: association, business management, government employment or government relations where traditional public relations functions are not at least 50 percent of their normal responsibilities.
• Category 4 – A Future Practitioner is a college or university student who is an active member of their Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) chapter or who attends a college or university which does not have an active PRSSA chapter. Future practitioners can take part in Chapter activities and, once obtaining junior status or higher, can be listed in the Chapter membership directory at no cost as part of the Chapter’s support for helping future practitioner’s find internships and/or employment.
• Category 5 – Any Retired member of the Chapter who has been a member of PRSA in good standing for at least five years and is gainfully employed less than 50 percent of the time is eligible for retirement status. Members on retirement status shall enjoy all the rights and privileges of membership.
• Category 6 – An Alumni member is any former member who no longer lives within the area covered by the West Virginia chapter, but who wishes to retain some personal and professional contact with the members of the Chapter. Alumni members can maintain their membership directory listing, access to the chapter website and other member privileges. Members in this category are not considered voting members of the Chapter.
Section 3. Rights and Privileges of Membership. Membership carries with it a definitive obligation to pay all applicable dues, fees and other charges (collectively referred to as “financial obligations”), as provided in these bylaws and as determined by the board from time to time. Any payments by a member to the Society does not mitigate such member’s financial obligations to the Chapter.
The fiscal year of the Chapter shall be the calendar year.
Section 4. Resignation or Termination of Membership.
(a) Membership is automatically terminated without action by the board for failure to pay applicable dues for more than three months, failure to meet the eligibility requirements for
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membership, or when the membership to the Society has been terminated for any reason, including non-payment of dues.
(b) A member may resign by submitting a written resignation.
(c) Termination or resignation does not relieve a member from liability for any financial obligations accrued and unpaid as of the date of the termination or resignation.
Section 5. Dues. The amount of Chapter dues shall be fixed annually by the Chapter’s board of directors and shall be payable in advance in accordance with the Chapter’s fiscal policies. Any member whose Chapter dues are unpaid for three months shall be considered not in good standing and shall not be entitled to vote, hold office or enjoy other privileges of chapter membership, provided such member shall have been duly notified.
Section 6. Membership Meetings.
(a) There shall be an annual membership meeting each year held at such date, time and place as may be designated by the board.
(b) In addition to the annual meeting, there shall be regular membership meetings at least four times a year at such times and places as may be designated by the board.
(c) Special meetings of the Chapter may be called by the president, the board or on written request by 25 percent of the Chapter members.
(d) Notice of the annual meeting shall be given to each member personally by mail, electronic mail or other mode of written transmittal at least thirty days prior to the meeting. Notice of a regular meeting or special meeting shall be given to each member at least 10 days in advance.
(e) A quorum for membership voting is one-third (1/3) of the voting members present in person [or by proxy].
(f) Voting at any membership meeting may be done in person or by proxy, with each voting member having a single vote. A majority of the members voting in person or by proxy where a quorum is present carries an action. Members may vote without a meeting in elections, or on any matter presented by the board where a quorum participates and the votes are submitted in writing by postal or other delivery, facsimile, electronic mail or any other electronic means.
ARTICLE III - OFFICERS AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Section 1. Scope. The affairs of the Chapter are managed by its board of directors. It is the board’s duty to carry out the objectives and purposes of the Chapter, and to this end, it may exercise all powers of the Chapter. The board is subject to the restrictions and obligations set forth in these bylaws, the Society’s bylaws, policies and procedures, and code of ethics.
Section 2. Board Composition. The governing body of the Chapter shall be a board of directors consisting of the president, president-elect, secretary, treasurer, immediate past president, PRSA Leadership Assembly delegate(s) and three (3) directors-at-large. Directors and officers shall be members in good standing with the Chapter and the Society. Directors and officers shall be elected by the Chapter membership at its annual meeting for a term of one year, beginning Jan. 1 and ending when their successors are elected and installed. The board shall set forth the nomination and election procedures and make such procedures available to the membership.
Section 3. Chapter Officers. The officers of the Chapter shall be a president, president-elect, secretary, treasurer and immediate past president. The offices of
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secretary and treasurer may be combined and held by the same person at the discretion of the board. The officers shall be elected by Chapter membership at its annual meeting for a term of one year, beginning Jan. 1 and ending when their successors are elected and installed. No officer having held an office for two successive terms shall be eligible to succeed himself/herself in the same office.
Section 4. President. The president shall preside at all meetings of the Chapter and of the board. He/she shall appoint all committees with the approval of the board and shall be an ex-officio member of all committees, unless otherwise provided by the board. The president shall perform all other duties incident to the office. [The president or his/her designee shall serve as a PRSA Leadership Assembly delegate.]
Section 5. President-Elect. The president-elect, in the absence or disability of the president, shall exercise the powers and perform the duties of the president. He/she shall assist the president and perform other duties as shall be prescribed by the board. [The president-elect or his/her designee shall serve as a PRSA Leadership Assembly delegate.]
Section 6. Secretary. The secretary shall keep records of all meetings of the Chapter and of the board, send copies of such minutes to PRSA Headquarters and to the district chair, issue notices of all meetings, maintain or cause to be maintained the roll of membership, and perform all other duties customarily pertaining to the office.
Section 7. Treasurer. The treasurer shall receive and deposit all Chapter funds in the name of the Chapter, in a bank or trust company selected and approved by the board. He/she shall issue receipts and make authorized disbursements by check after proper approval by the president or board. He/she shall prepare the Chapter’s budget, make regular financial reports to the board, render an annual financial statement to Chapter membership and perform all other duties incident to the office.
Section 8. Immediate Past-President. The immediate past president shall be responsible for coordinating the Chapter’s entries for the East Central District Chapter Excellence Awards. He/she shall also review the Chapter’s bylaws and recommend necessary changes to the Chapter Board and membership.
Section 9. Leadership Assembly Delegate. The PRSA Leadership Assembly delegate(s) shall serve as the Chapter’s representative at meetings of the PRSA Leadership Assembly, and as a liaison between the Society and the Chapter. The Leadership Assembly Delegate shall be elected by the Chapter membership for a three year term. To be eligible to serve as a PRSA Leadership Assembly Delegate, a member must be Accredited in Public Relations (APR), or be a current or former member of the Chapter’s board.
Section 10. Vacancies. In the event of death, resignation, removal or expulsion of any officer or director, including the PRSA Leadership Assembly delegate, the board shall elect a successor who shall take office immediately and serve the balance of the unexpired term, or until the next annual election.
Section 11. Removal or Resignation.
(a) Any director who misses more than three consecutive board meetings without an excuse acceptable to the board may be given written notice of dismissal by the Chapter president and replaced in accordance with Section 9 above.
(b) Any officer may be removed by: (1) two-thirds of the members voting where a quorum is present, or (2) three-quarters of the full board, excluding the officer proposed to be
removed. Any officer proposed to be removed shall be provided with advance written notice, including the reason for the proposed removal, and must have an opportunity to respond to the proposed removal in writing or in person.
(c) Any director or officer may resign at any time by providing written notice to the board.
(d) Any removal or resignation of a person as an officer automatically results in that person’s removal or resignation from the board.
Section 12. Board Meetings. There shall be at least four meetings of the board at such times and places as it may determine. It shall meet at the call of the president or upon call of any three directors Notice of each meeting of the board shall be given personally by mail, electronic mail or other mode of written transmittal to each director at least seven days prior to the meeting. Proxy voting is prohibited at board meetings.
Section 13. Quorum. A majority of the directors in office shall constitute a quorum for all meetings of the board.
Section 14. Compensation and Reimbursement. No director or elected officer of the Chapter shall be entitled to any salary or other compensation, but may be reimbursed for expenses reasonably incurred in connection with the performance of their duties.
ARTICLE IV – COMMITTEES
Section 1. Appointment and Dissolution of Committees. The board may appoint and dissolve committees to carry on the affairs of the Chapter as the board deems necessary or advisable. The board shall determine the duties of any such group, as well as its size and tenure. All committees established under this section shall be subject to the authority of the board.
Section 2. Committee Reports. The chair of each committee shall report its activities regularly to the board. All committee activities shall be subject to approval by the board.
ARTICLE V - AMENDMENTS
These bylaws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the members present at any meeting in which a quorum is present, provided such proposed amendment(s) has been approved by the Chapter’s board, and at least thirty days’ notice has been given to all members of any proposed amendment(s). Amendments adopted in accordance with this provision become effective only after approval by the Society’s board.
In years evenly divisible by three, the President shall appoint a special committee to review and revise, as necessary, both the Chapter’s bylaws and policy manual.
ARTICLE VI – MISCELLANEOUS
Section 1. Charter. The Chapter, its officers, directors, and agents must conform with and maintain its charter and all Chapter affiliation requirements imposed by the Society.
Section 2. Books and Records. The Chapter must keep books and records of its financial accounts, meeting minutes, and membership list with names and addresses. The Chapter will make its books and records available to the Society at any time.
Section 3. Annual Report to the Society. The Chapter will submit an annual report to the Society each year, as well as any other document or report required by the Society.
Section 4. Conflict-of-Interest Policy. The board will adopt a conflict-of-interest policy and annual disclosure process that applies to all officers and directors of the Chapter.
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Section 5. Assets of Chapter and Dissolution. No member of the Chapter has any interest in, or right or title to the Chapter’s assets. Should the Chapter liquidate, dissolve or terminate in any way, all assets remaining after paying the Chapter’s debts and obligations must be transferred from the Chapter’s bank account to the Society, as such assets are at all times the property of the Society. In no event may any assets inure to the benefit of or be distributed to any member, director, officer, or employee of the Chapter.
Section 6. Nondiscrimination. In all deliberations and procedures, the Chapter will subscribe to a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of race, creed, religion, disability, sex, age, color, national origin or sexual or affectional preference.
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Section 1 – Dues & Fees
A. Amount. The amount of Chapter dues shall be fixed annually by the Chapter’s Board of Directors and shall be payable on January 1 each year.
B. Nonpayment of Dues and Fees. Any member whose Chapter dues, meeting fees or other fees are unpaid for three months shall be considered not in good standing and shall not be entitled to vote, hold office or enjoy other privileges of Chapter membership, provided such member shall have been duly notified.
C. Fiscal Year. The fiscal year of the Chapter shall be January 1 through December 31.
D. Audit. The books of the Chapter shall be audited at least once annually in a manner prescribed by the Board of Directors.
Section 2 – Membership Meetings
A. Annual Meeting. There shall be an Annual Business Meeting of the Chapter in October each year at such time and place as the Board of Directors may designate.
B. Regular Meetings. There shall be no fewer than three membership meetings each year at such times and places as may be designated by the Board of Directors.
C. Special Meetings. Special meetings of the Chapter may be called by the President, the Board of Directors or on written request by twenty-five percent of the Chapter members.
D. Notice of Meetings. Notice of the Annual Business Meeting shall be distributed to each member at least thirty days in advance. Notice of a regular meeting shall be distributed to each member at least ten days in advance.
E. Reservations and Fees. Members are strongly urged to make advance reservations for monthly meetings. Meeting fees are due and payable for those making reservations, even if the member is unable to attend.
Section 3 – Chapter Management
A. Committee Appointments. Between the election of officers and the beginning of the fiscal year, the incoming President shall appoint all committee chairpersons. Vice-chairpersons also shall be appointed, with a goal of training them to assume chapter leadership roles.
B. Strategic Planning. Once each year, the President and President-Elect will be expected to convene an extended meeting of the Board of
Policy Manual As amended 2007Directors and all interested Chapter members for the purpose of planning. The focus of the strategic planning session will be identified by the President-Elect with the approval of the Board. Results of the strategic planning session will require action of the Board prior to implementation, and should be shared with Chapter members.
C. Budgeting. All committee chairpersons are expected to compile a budget for their committees and submit it to the President, Treasurer and Executive Director prior to the January Board meeting. Budgets should cover revenue and expenses, and will be prepared for approval at the February Board meeting.
D. Mailing Lists. The mailing lists for members, prospective member, professional development sessions and Crystal Award entries shall be maintained by the Executive Director. These mailing lists are not for sale or rental; however, the membership directory is available for $25 and is provided as a benefit for Chapter members.
E. Joint Projects. Approving joint projects with other organizations is the responsibility of the Board of Directors. Proposals should be presented to the Board prior to any commitment being made. The proposal should include expected revenue, expenses and the proposed distribution between participants.
Section 4 – Responsibilities of Officers and Board Members
A. Requirements. Officers and Board members should be committed to the goals and objectives of the Chapter as demonstrated by prior service as an officer, board member, committee chairperson and leadership in key Chapter and Board functions. The individual should be respected in the profession, willing to expand his or her knowledge of the Board and the Chapter, and willing to commit the time necessary to this role. The individual should represent the Chapter in the profession and community through cooperative action and ongoing public relations.
B. Costs. Certain incidental costs must be anticipated and absorbed by Board members. These costs may include, but are not limited to: incidental typing, postage, copying, phone charges, faxes and other costs incurred in conducting routine Chapter business. PRSA-WV Chapter will pay for significant costs incurred as a result of planned Chapter activities, provided
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the Board member prepares a budget in advance, receives Board approval for the expenses and the Chapter has the funds to cover the expenses.
C. President. The purpose of the President is to provide leadership to the Board, ensure that the Board meets all of its responsibilities, serve as the chief spokesperson in Chapter matters and promotes Chapter programs. Specific responsibilities include:
• presides over all regular and special meetings of the Board.
• appoints, with the approval of the Board, committee chairpersons and committees, ensuring that the potential of each member is recognized. Serves as an ex-officio member of all committees except the Nominating Committee.
• coordinates the functions of all officers and committees. Ensures that the committee structure operates smoothly and that the purpose of committees is routinely evaluated.
• directs the overall operations of the Chapter. Oversees the planning and goal-setting process. Recommends and directs the execution of policies and programs in the interest of members and with approval of the Board. Co-signs with the Executive Director all written contracts and obligations of the Chapter.
• monitors the financial health and financial management of the Chapter in cooperation with the Board and the Executive Director. Has signature authority on all Chapter accounts and ensures all IRS requirements are met.
• represents, or designates a chapter member to represent, the Chapter within the PRSA East Central District. Selects an alternate if Assembly Delegate is unable to attend Assembly meetings. Ensures the Chapter meets the minimum standards for chapters as outlined by PRSA.
• serves as the official spokesperson for the Chapter.
• oversees the work of the Executive Director. Supervises and coordinates the annual evaluation of the Executive Director.
D. President-Elect. The purpose of the President-Elect is to assist the President in providing leadership to the Board and ensure that the Board fulfills all of its responsibilities. Specific responsibilities include:
• performs all duties of the President if the President is unable to perform those duties for any reason.
• assists the President in coordinating and directing committee activities and Chapter operations. Performs such duties as delegated by the President.
• recommends goals, objectives, plans and programs to the President.
• consults and assists the President on matters of policy and procedure.
• represents the Chapter within the PRSA East Central District in the absence of the President.
• ensures the Chapter meets the minimum standards for chapters as outlined by PRSA.
• assists the President in monitoring the financial management of the Chapter in cooperation with the Board and Executive Director
• assists the President in supervising and coordinating the annual evaluation of the Executive Director.
E. Treasurer. The purpose of the Treasurer is to assist the President and President-Elect in providing leadership to the Board and ensuring that the Board meets all of its responsibilities by maintaining accurate and detailed financial records for the Chapter. Specific responsibilities include:
• works with Chapter President and Executive Director to establish annual budget for approval by the Board of Directors.
• works with Executive Director to collect Chapter dues and all other monies, deposit those monies into a bank selected and approved by the Board and issue receipts. Maintains the Chapter membership roll.
• works with the Executive Director to manage and disburse all Chapter monies, with approval of the Board. Advises Board of financial status by supplying detailed reports at each Board meeting.
• prepares and renders annual financial statement for audit as directed.
• complies with IRS regulations for filing IRS Form 990.
F. Secretary. The purpose of the Secretary is to assist the President and President-Elect in providing leadership to the Board and ensuring that the Board meets all of its responsibilities by maintaining accurate and detailed Chapter records. Specific responsibilities include:
• records and keeps minutes of all meetings of the Board of Directors and Chapter. Issues notices of such meetings as required, in conjunction with the Executive Director, with direction of President. Distributes minutes of each meeting to the Board within 15 days after meeting date.
• ensures proper safekeeping of all chapter records and keeps accurate, detailed records.
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• checks the Chapter post office box, or causes it to be checked, at least once a week, distributing mail accordingly.
• assists the Treasurer in maintaining the membership roll.
• distributed the Nominating Committee’s report and slate to the full membership as outlined in the Chapter bylaws.
• maintains a true and complete version of the bylaws and policy manual.
G. Immediate Past President. The purpose of the Immediate Past President is to provide leadership to the President and the Board and ensure that the Board meets all of its responsibilities. Specific responsibilities include:
• assists and advises the President in coordinating and directing committee activities and Chapter operations. Performs such duties as delegated by the President.
• serves as Chairperson of the Past Presidents’ Council.
• recommends goals, objectives, plans and programs to the President.
• advises the President on matters of policy and procedure.
• ensures the Chapter meets the minimum standards for chapters as outlined by PRSA.
H. Assembly Delegate. The purpose of the Assembly Delegate is to ensure that the Chapter focuses on its stated mission and that all activities adhere to the standards set forth by PRSA, represents the Chapter and communicates it interests to PRSA. Specific responsibilities include:
• attends all Board meetings and performs such duties as the President and Board may assign.
• monitors PRSA issues and policies as disseminated from or proposed to national organization. Attends and represents Chapter at PRSA Assembly meetings. Upon return from Assembly meetings, at least one delegate must provide a written report to the Board and prepare pertinent information for publication in the Chapter newsletter.
• advises and recommends policies, procedures, plans and programs to the President.
• represents the needs of the profession and Chapter members on the Board.
• assesses the profession and evaluates Chapter programs to ensure that the needs of members are addressed.
• ensures that the Chapter and the Board operate efficiently and in accordance with both the Chapter and PRSA bylaws, as well as in the best interest of Chapter members.
I. Board Members. The purpose of board members is to be legally and morally responsible for all activities of the Chapter and to ensure that the Chapter focuses on its stated mission. In general, Board members determine policy. Specific responsibilities for each board member include:
• attends all Board meetings and performs such duties as the President and Board may assign.
• establishes Chapter objectives and formulates Chapter policy for achieving these objectives. Plans for the Chapter’s future through long- and short-range plans, monitors their implementation and evaluates them on a regular basis.
• develops financial support for the Chapter and ensures its financial accountability.
• advises and recommends policies, procedures, plans and programs to the President.
• holds the properties of the Chapter as needed.
• represents the needs of the profession and Chapter members on the Board.
• assesses the profession and evaluates Chapter programs to ensure that the needs of members are addressed.
• ensures that the Chapter and the Board operate efficiently and in accordance with both the Chapter and PRSA bylaws, as well as in the best interest of Chapter members.
Section 5 – Responsibilities of Committee Chairpersons
A. Requirements. Committee chairperson should be committed to the goals and objectives of the Chapter as demonstrated by prior service as an officer, board member, committee chairperson and leadership in key Chapter functions. The individual should be respected in the profession, willing to expand his or her knowledge of the Committee and the Chapter, and willing to commit the time necessary to this role. The individual should represent the Chapter in the profession and community through cooperative action and ongoing public relations.
B. Costs. Certain incidental costs must be anticipated and absorbed by Committee chairpersons. These costs may include, but are not limited to: incidental typing, postage, copying, phone charges, faxes and other costs incurred in conducting routine Chapter business. PRSA-WV Chapter will pay for significant costs incurred as a result of planned Chapter activities, provided the Committee chairperson prepares a budget in advance, receives Board approval for the expenses and the Chapter has the funds to cover the expenses.
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C. Purpose and Core Responsibilities. The purpose of Committee chairpersons is to provide leadership to a specified PRSA-WV Chapter committee to ensure that it focuses on and successfully achieves it assigned function. Core responsibilities of each committee chairperson are:
• calls and presides over all committee meetings.
• recruits and actively involves Chapter members from across the state to serve on the committee.
• regularly reports to the Board the activities of the committee and seeks approval for the direction of the committee.
• provides an annual budget to the Chapter President, Treasurer and Executive Director by January 1, and ensures that the committee stays within that budget. Seeks Board approval for all committee expenditures or exceptions to the budget.
• evaluates the function of the committee to ensure that the stated purpose is addressed and that the committee continues to serve a needed role for the Chapter. This evaluation shall include the flexibility to create or disband committees as permitted by the bylaws and as needed to meet the changing needs of the chapter and the personnel available.
• publicizes events of the committee to both internal and external audiences.
D. Accreditation Committee.
• provides assistance and information to chapter members on accreditation
• schedules APR study sessions and administers exam
E. Awards Committee
• develops entry forms and issues call for entries
• arranges for judging of entries
• orders awards
• designs, schedules and prepares for gala and presentation of awards
F. Membership Committee
• provides membership directory for all PRSA members; updates directory as needed
• distributes information on membership to prospective members
• acts as liaison to PRSA membership division
• provides treasurer with list of members for invoicing of membership investment
G. Newsletter Committee
• provides information regarding local, district and national information and events
• notifies members of meetings and professional development seminar
• provides other information to chapter members
• publishes newsletter monthly
H. Nominating Committee
• presents a slate of officers for election by the membership at the Annual Business Meeting
• the committee shall be composed of three Members who are Accredited
I. Professional Development Committee
• responsible for designing, scheduling, securing speakers, locations and all other preparations necessary in regard to two professional development programs each year
J. Programs Committee
• develops programs for each month, excluding December and those scheduled for professional development
• arrange for speakers, locations, meeting notices and all other preparations necessary
K. Public Service Committee
• selects public service effort, and secures approval of same from Board of Directors
• implements program with assistance of chapter members, reporting results to Board of Directors
L. Student Liaison Committee
• works with college PRSSA chapters
• continues development of Project Protege
• selects scholarship candidates
Section 6 – Responsibilities of Executive Director
A. Executive Director Responsibilities.
• The responsibilities of the Executive Director shall include:
• serve as administrator of the organization.
• service as professional advisor to the Board.
• recommend appropriate policies to the Board.
• implement effectively all policies adopted by the Board.
• keep the Board fully and accurately informed about programs and services.
• interpret the needs of the organization and present professional recommendations on all problems and issues considered by the Board.
• assist President and Treasurer in developing Chapter budget and keep the Board informed concerning budget performance.
• assist officers, Board members, committee chairpersons and Chapter members as required or requested.
B. Board of Director Responsibilities.
The responsibilities of the Board of Directors shall include:
• consult with the Executive Director on all matters under consideration.
• delegate responsibility for all administrative and executive functions.
• share all communications with the Executive Director.
• provide support to the Executive Director in carrying out professional duties.
• support the Executive Director in all decisions and actions consistent with policies of the Board.
• evaluate the performance of the Executive Director.
Section 7 – Positive Duty to Disclose
A. Advance Disclosure. Each person agreeing to be considered by the Nominating Committee or by petition as a nominee for Directory-At-Large or Officer of the Society has a positive duty to disclose to the Nominating Committee any possible or pending legal, regulatory or any other matter involving that person that may arise during the person’s prospective term of office and that might reflect adversely upon the profession or the Society. Persons agreeing to be considered as a nominee whether by the Nominating Committee or by petition shall sign a statement that they understand their positive obligation to disclose and that, to the best of their knowledge, they have fully disclosed to the Nominating Committee all information that might affect consideration of their nomination.
B. Prompt Disclosure. A person who a) has been nominated by the Nominating Committee or by petition to a post as Director-At-Large or Officer, but not yet elected, or b) has bee elected as a Director-At-Large or Officers, but not yet having taken office or c) has taken office as a Director-At-Large or Officer, and members of the Board of Ethics and Professional Standards, and of each judicial panel, and who becomes aware of any legal, regulatory or any other matter involving them that may arise during their term of office and that might reflect adversely upon the profession or the Society is under a positive obligation to disclose such matter as promptly as possible to each member of the Board of Directors.
C. Chapter Compliance. Each chapter, district, professional group and other unit of the Society that shall select officers or Assembly Delegates shall require a similar disclosure in writing to its nominating committee or, in the absence of such a nominating committee, the then-sitting panel of officers.
D. Code Violation. Failure to disclose such information fully and promptly shall be deemed a violation of Article 2 and Article 3 of the Code of
27Professional Standards for the Practice of Public Relations.
E. Actions Taken. Information obtained by the Nominating Committee members or members of the Board of Directors under the Positive Duty to Disclose shall remain confidential unless potential violations of the Code of Professional Standards are involved. In case of such involvement, potential violations shall be referred to the Chapter’s Board of Directors for investigation and action.
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