At the October 15 chapter meeting, Member At Large Dawn Speegle presented the 2015 Board slate for consideration by the membership.
Other nominees can be emailed to Dawn Speegle (chairing the Nominating Committee for Immediate Past President Abby Guasti who is on maternity leave) until October 31. At the November 19 chapter meeting, Board elections will be held by simple majority vote of the active members present. The new Board will then be installed.
The 2015 Board Slate:President Leah Gradl Thrive Business Development VP Programs / President Elect Chantel Minish Media Fusion VP Membership Jessica Carlton Huntsville Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau VP Communications Erin Robertson HudsonAlpha VP Projects Rachel Murie Occupational Health Group Student Chapter Liaison Beth Garfrerick University of North Alabama Accreditation (APR) Chair Kristina Hendrix, APR NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Secretary Melanie Goodsell Crestwood Medical Center Treasurer Jessica Rich Crestwood Medical Center Member At Large Lisa Darnell, APR University of North Alabama Member At Large Melissa Chavez Aviagen Member At Large Dawn Speegle Redstone Federal Credit Union
The Board will also be assisted by two other positions:Immediate Past President Abby Guasti Randolph School Board Advisor (non-voting) Lori Miller WHNT News 19
The North Alabama Chapter of the Public Relations Council of Alabama earned first place overall in the 2014 Southern Public Relations Federation Chapter of Distinction Awards. NAPRCA’s 2013 president, Abby Guasti, APR, was named SPRF President of the Year.
Each chapter may compete in up to eight categories: Accreditation, Chapter Management, Membership, Communication, Public Service, Programs, Projects and PR Education. The submissions are evaluated by accredited public relations practitioners based on four criteria (situation analysis, goals/objectives, execution, and evaluation). The SPRF Chapter of Distinction awards were created in 2009 and the Mobile chapter took first place overall for the first five years. SPRF honors the chapter that excels in the most categories by awarding the Jamie Palmer Chapter of Distinction Award.
NAPRCA members Sonia Robinson, APR and John Wessel, APR received the SPRF Senior Practitioner designation in 2014.