PRSA College of Fellows SAGE Award Seeks Remarkable, Inspiring, Extraordinary Mentors

The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) College of Fellows is accepting nominations for the 2019 SAGE Award, which recognizes a Fellow who rises above and beyond mentoring and developing up-and-coming leaders in the public relations profession.

Mentoring is considered the calling card of the College of Fellows. The SAGE Award marks an individual who truly acts as catalyst in this capacity, sharing wisdom, expertise and experience that helps to guide an individual or group to aspire higher and advance their career.  Most notably, the SAGE Award identifies a member of the College who has provided a measurable outcome or significant, life-changing impact on a mentee – specifically new professionals or PRSSA members.

“Mentoring future leaders with a commitment to serve is the cornerstone of the College of Fellows,” says 2019 College of Fellows Chair, Geri Evans, APR, Fellow PRSA.

“Those who develop and foster ideas among passionate young leaders create a powerful and positive impact on our profession. SAGE Award recipients represent the best of the College of Fellows, those who give of themselves so that others may grow and succeed.”

The SAGE Award is exclusive to the College of Fellows, with nominations accepted from professionals and students who have benefitted from mentoring by a College of Fellows member. Nomination criteria is available at The deadline to submit a Sage award nomination is Aug. 15, 2019. The recipient will be honored during the 2019 College of Fellows Induction Dinner on Saturday, October 19,during the PRSA International Conference at the Marriott Marquis San Diego.


Annual Meeting Committee Seeking Expertise

Do you have experience in event planning and promotion? Are you looking to get more experience putting together world class events?

We’re looking a few good people to join the us on the Yankee Chapter PRSA Annual Meeting Committee to help plan and execute the chapter’s annual meeting.

The YPRSA Annual Meeting is one our most important events. Bringing together our membership, dignitaries and guests, the Annual Meeting is an opportunity to showcase our profession.

To get involved, email Mark Elliott at


Apply now for the 2019 Yankee Chapter PRSA Scholarship

Do You Know a Student in a Public Relations-related Field?

We’re Accepting Applications for the 2019 Yankee Chapter PRSA Scholarship Sponsored by EDvestinU®; Eligible Students Should Apply by July 31, 2019.

The 2019 Yankee Chapter PRSA Scholarship, sponsored by EdvestinU, will be presented this year to an undergraduate student who will achieve “sophomore,” “junior,” or “senior” grade level by fall 2019, or to a graduate student, at an accredited, degree-granting college or university in Maine, New Hampshire, or Vermont. The student should have a declared major in a public relations-related field.

The $500 scholarship will recognize the student’s academic achievement, demonstrated leadership, and commitment to public relations.

Click for more information and to access the online application.

Applications should be submitted by July 31, 2019.

All applicants, including the recipient, will be notified in August 2019.

For questions or comments, please contact Donna Eason at


PRXNE June 7, 2019


PRSA Southeastern New England is excited to welcome the northeast’s best and brightest communicators to the Ocean State for PRXNE 2019, the PRSA Northeast District annual conference, in Providence on June 7. Join us for a day full of inspiring presentations, thought-provoking converstations and impactful networking.


John Boroshok

Congratulations to our newest APR

Congratulations to Jon Boroshok, a member of the Communications and Public Relations faculty at Southern New Hampshire University! He is our latest chapter member who has achieved APR after successfully completing the Examination for Accreditation in Public Relations and certification from the Universal Accreditation Board.



Schell Recognized with new PRSA Award

Robin Schell, APR, Fellow PRSA, was the initial recipient of a new PRSA award, the Sage Award, recognizing a professional for mentorship and inspiring others in public relations and PRSA. She was presented the award at the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) International Conference in Austin, Texas.

Left to right, Stacey Smith, Robin Schell, and Jane Law.


2019 Slate of Chapter Officers

Pursuant to the bylaws of the Yankee chapter, the Board of Directors submits this slate of officers/board members for your consideration. The slate of nominees, as proposed by this year’s Nominating Committee, will be voted on at the Yankee Chapter PRSA annual meeting on Nov. 1. Please note: those names with a double asterisk (**) after them require a vote by the membership.


President, Andy Morse (**)
Concord Regional VNA

President-Elect, Stefanie Phillips (**)
City of Concord

Past President, Mark Elliott, APR

Secretary, Mackenzie Kreitler (**)
PR Consultant

Treasurer, Seth Wheeler (**)
New Hampshire Electric Cooperative

Director, Roz Whitaker-Heck, APR (**)
Champlain College
(term expires 12/31/20)

Director, AnnMarie French (**)
New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute
(term expires 12/31/20)

Director, Lloyd Ziel (**)
American Red Cross
(term expires 12/31/20)

Director, Mary Ellen Hettinger, APR (**)
Breathe New Hampshire
(term expires 12/31/20)

Director, Shane Perry
(term expires 12/31/19)

Director, Amber Bedi
Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center
(term expires 12/31/19)

Director, Michelle Dunn (**)
Southern New Hampshire University
(term expires 12/31/20)


A Collaborative Statement on the Essential Value of a Free Press

By  August 16, 2018

The statement below was released August 16, 2018, by PRSA and eight other professional communication organizations to collaboratively express our support for the critical role of a free press and the First Amendment. With the unanimous support of your Board of Directors and staff leadership, it was done in concert with more than 200 newspapers across the U.S. who are today voicing, in their own ways, that ethical journalism, and freedom of thought and expression, are perpetually essential to democracy.

Anthony D’Angelo

In today’s political climate, there will inevitably be charges that this statement reflects a political stance or bias. It does not. Rather, it affirms the U.S. Constitution and the values that transcend political parties and other affiliations; in fact, the statement is co-signed by the Global Alliance and other organizations with significant international representation that also subscribe to those values.
In that spirit, please feel free to add your voice to a monumentally important conversation.
“The basis of our governments being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.”                

~ Thomas Jefferson

This oft-cited quote conveys the fundamental importance of today’s free press despite its articulation before electronic, digital and social media were invented. The dramatic expression by a founding father who was brutally criticized by the media of his time underscores that the standing of a free press transcends politics, geographies or other affiliations.

Today we join with our compatriots in the news media to proudly affirm the Fourth Estate as a vital engine of democracy. Without it, and without freedom of thought and expression as provided by the First Amendment, informed decision-making is not possible and individual freedoms suffer. From a global perspective, journalism serves all people through ethical pursuit of the truth.

As organizations devoted to professionals across the communications industry, we are dependent on a free press, and rely upon it as we speak honestly and fearlessly on behalf of ourselves, our companies, clients and causes. A free press provides citizens access to information and opinions so they can make their own judgments.

We collaboratively declare our support for journalists who bravely seek the truth, focus on facts, and hold government, business and other institutions accountable.

Aberje – Associação Brasileira de Comunicação

Public Relations and Communications Association,

The American Advertising

The Arthur W. Page Center for Integrity in Public

The Arthur W. Page

The Commission on Public Relations

The Global Alliance for Public Relations and Communications

The Institute for Public

The International Association of Business

The International Communications Consultancy

The National Black Public Relations

The PR Council,

The Public Relations Society of


APR Express Workshop 

What is the APR? A symbol of professionalism and a credential that signifies reaching the highest standards in public relations.

Are you ready to earn your accreditation? During this five-hour comprehensive session, you’ll learn what it takes to achieve accreditation and the variety of resources available to you. The entire process will be reviewed, including how to prepare, what resources you need, and how to ace the Portfolio Presentation and the computer-based exam. You’ll also meet a recent APR and hear about their experience.

The class is taught by Jeff Paterson, APR, CEO of Empower, and Barb Byers, APR, director of content development for the UB Office of Donor and Alumni Communications.

Date: Thursday, May 31
Time: 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Location: Buffalo State College, 1300 Elmwood Ave, 418 Cleveland Hall, Buffalo, NY 14222
Cost: $50 (non-refundable); includes light lunch and materials

Registration deadline: Friday, May 25

For more information, please contact Accreditation Chair Barb Byers, APR, at 716-645-3315 or

To register:



New PRSA Intersections Conference

Have you heard? We are launching an all-new professional development event, the PRSA InterSections Conference, in Anaheim, Calif. from Aug. 9-10, 2018.

This unique event will bring together public relations and communications professionals in the financial, technology, entertainment and sports sectors for two days of in-person learning and networking! Registration is now available online.

The PRSA InterSections Conference will feature three distinct Learning Tracks with programming specifically tailored to the needs of technology, financial, entertainment and sports communicators, respectively. Attendees can select their Learning Track during the registration process and will join a series of breakout sessions curated by leaders in each industry. Plus, participants will join together for shared general sessions, a round table event and meal functions to expand their professional circles by networking with all conference participants.

Currently, PRSA is accepting presentation proposals for the InterSections Conference through March 9, 2018. Don’t miss this chance to share your insights, experience and expertise with your fellow PR and communications professionals.

To participate as a session speaker at the 2018 InterSections Conference, please submit an innovative and compelling presentation proposal supporting communications professionals in the following industries:

  • Technology
  • Financial Communications
  • Entertainment or Sports

Presentations must be targeted to mid- to senior-level communications professionals. The strategies and practical applications in your proposal can focus on both traditional and new forms of communication outreach — whether social media, publications, strategy, planning, measurement, leadership communication, crisis communication or specific issue topics and/or teachable case studies.

By emphasizing how the work of PR and communications professionals can intersect across industries, the conference aims to provide an enriching atmosphere to elevate and enhance your practice.

We hope to see you this summer in Anaheim!