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.

Elizabeth Olmstead is the recipient of the October, 2014 Chapter Champion Award for her dedicated volunteer work with PRSA Georgia. She has served on the Annual Conference for PR Professional Committee for the past two years. In this role, she has overseen all of the public relations outreach for the event. She has been appointed as the co-chair of the 2015 conference. She served as a speaker at this year's Real World Collegiate Conference and previously participated in the conference's Career Expo. Elizabeth has also judged PRSA award entries from other chapters.

"I decided to become involved with the Georgia Chapter because it is a great way to stay connected with former colleagues and to meet new people in the industry. PRSA also provides the opportunity to hear directly from the people who are leading great campaigns. PRSA connects you with people and industry trends."

Elizabeth is Cox Enterprises' senior manager of public relations. She serves as the day-to-day spokesperson for Cox Enterprises, a $16 billion company with more than 50,000 employees. She participates in corporate announcements involving the company's leadership, investments and subsidiaries. She also supports Cox's public affairs, environmental and corporate responsibility programs, as well as crisis communications. She joined the company in 2007.

Prior to Cox, she was a senior account executive at MSL. Elizabeth is a graduate of Leadership Buckhead and serves as a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta. In 2009, PR News magazine named her to its national "15 to Watch" list, which identifies top-performing public relations professionals under the age of 30. She is a graduate of Georgia State University with a bachelor's degree in journalism.


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
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
Kritin Parrish
Becky Peterson
Jacqueline Petty
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
    • 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.