Chapter Champion Award

PRSA Georgia's Chapter Champions

This award recognizes PRSA Georgia members who have gone the extra mile in service to the Chapter. The award is presented on a monthly basis, or as appropriate. Eligibility for the award includes all Georgia Chapter members who go above and beyond the call of duty as a Chapter volunteer.

 

Becca Dill is the recipient of the February 2015 Chapter Champion Award for her dedicated volunteer work with PRSA Georgia.She has served on the Chapter’s College Relations Committee for the past three years, helping coordinate the day-long Real World PR Conference that is offered each February for college students interested in a career in public relations. Currently, she is leading the College Relations Committee’s Student Relations team where she manages student and PRSSA Chapter communications and helps organize the annual Shadow Day experience. Becca is also actively involved with the chapter’s Independent Counselor Special Interest Group.

"Upon moving to Atlanta, I got involved with PRSA Georgia to stay on top of industry trends and learn from many of the top performers in the industry,” she says. "PRSA Georgia has truly been an invaluable resource for me, providing the opportunity to meet like-minded professionals, learn from the amazing careers of our speakers and forge new friendships. I look forward to being involved with this chapter for many years to come.”

Becca is president of bd public relations where she develops and executes marketing and public relations strategies. Whether through media relations, website redesign or social media strategies, she is focused on helping her clients maintain relevancy in today’s hyper-connected, social world. Becca graduated magna cum laude from Auburn University with a B.S. in apparel merchandising and a B.A. in public relations.

 

Mary Rose Macaranas is the recipient of the February, 2015 Chapter Champion Award for her dedicated volunteer work with PRSA Georgia.She has been involved with the Chapter’s College Relations Committee for the past several years. She was a member of the Real World Collegiate Conference Speaker Recruitment team for two years where she helped coordinate speakers and moderate sessions. Currently, she is leading the Real World Student Relations team where she manages student and PRSSA Chapter communications and helped organize the annual Shadow Day experience.

"After being actively involved at the student level through PRSSA, joining the PRSA Georgia Chapter was the next logical step to continue my professional growth with the best and brightest professionals in the industry,” she says. "There is always a welcoming environment, talented professionals to meet and best practices to learn at the invaluable sessions, conferences and special interest groups.”

Mary Rose is an account specialist at Arketi Group where she manages public relations and marketing activities for BtoB technology clients. In addition to managing email campaigns, PR programs and media relations efforts, she also assists with branding, messaging and social media projects across industries. Mary Rose earned a B.A. in journalism from Georgia State University.

 

Melissa Smith is the recipient of the February, 2015 Chapter Champion Award for her dedicated volunteer work with PRSA Georgia. Since joining in 2008, she has served on the Chapter’s College Relations Committee. She was a member of the Real World Collegiate Conference Student Relations team for two years where she oversaw communications with students and helped organize Shadow Day. In addition, she has moderated conference sessions. Currently, she is leading the Real World Professional Relations team where she manages sponsorships, career connections fair and resume critiques sessions.

"I’ve been a member of PRSA since I joined the student chapter at Georgia State. I continued my membership after graduation and joined the Georgia chapter for the ongoing educational and networking opportunities. Being involved with the chapter has allowed me to adapt and continue learning in an industry that continues to change rapidly.”

Melissa serves as PR and Communications Manager Carvel Ice Cream where she manages all external communications and social media efforts. Prior to joining Carvel, Melissa was part of the public relations team WIKA Instrument Corporation. She earned a B.A. in Public Relations from Georgia State University.

 

Previous Recipients

Mousa Ackall
Deanna Anderson, APR
Rosalind Barnes Fowler
Whitney Ellis Boudreaux
Jim Brams
Lindsay Cameron
Ann Cave
Sarah Cannon
Sally Corbett
Ray Crockett, APR
Liz Chilla
Angie Clawson
Kellye Crane
Connie Crumbley
Tacey Derenzy
Laura Dudebout
Mark Dvorak, APR
Kirk Englehardt
Debbie Fitzgerald
Ashley Fulmer, APR
Sarah Funderburk
Carol Galbreath
Chris Giallanza
Karen Powers Haggerty
Elyse Hammett, APR
Ada Hatzios
Nicole Henderson
Kristina Heuman
Justine Holcomb, APR
Tim Hussey, APR
Caroline Sanfilippo Huston
Alison Ilg
Paige Janco, APR
David Jones
Cindi Kurczewski
Victoria Lelash
Jennifer Lob
Stephen Loudermilk
Michael Manning, APR
Katherine Mason
Michael McCullough
Victoria Barksdale McGhee, APR
Simone McKinney
Ruth Mitcham
Lisa Newbern
Kimberly Nogi
Helga Ojinmah
Elizabeth Olmstead
Kritin Parrish
Becky Peterson
Jacqueline Petty
Michelle Potter
Joe Quimby, APR
Eminah Quintyne
Jessica Riley
Wayne Roberts
Jason Rollins, APR
Elizabeth Salter
Morgan Sapp
Jenny Schmitt
Kelsey Schmitt
Monica Brosman Smith
Stephanie Stinn
Natalie Tindall, Ph.D.
Alison Tyrer
Jackie Tyson
Ed Van Herik
Meera Venkatraman
Dave Watson
Malika White
Kristy Wilson, APR
Nancy Wood, APR, Fellow, PRSA

Nomination Process

  • E-mail the following nomination information to Denise Grant at denise.grant@prsageorgia.org:
    • Name of nominee
    • Company and title of nominee
    • E-mail and phone number
    • Reason for nomination
    • Nominator's name and contact information
  • Nomination deadline for each month's Chapter Champion is the Thursday following the current month's luncheon.
  • Award is presented on a monthly basis, or as appropriate, at the monthly luncheon meeting and featured in the following week's e-mail to members.
  • Note that current Chapter leaders are eligible with the caveat that the recognition is not based on activities as designated by their position.