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.


Roszell Gadson, APR, is the recipient of the July 2015 Chapter Champion Award from the Georgia Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America ( This award recognizes his dedicated volunteer work for the Chapter.

Gadson joined the PRSA Georgia Chapter in 2009 and has served on the Chapter’s Membership Committee for more than two years. In addition, Gadson has coordinated several PRSA in Your Neighborhood events, which offer after-hours networking opportunities around the city for public relations professionals, and he has served on the Chapter’s Professional Development Committee. Gadson has also served as an APR (Accredited in Public Relations) mentor and Readiness Review panelist to assist public relations practitioners pursuing the credential.

According to Gadson, PRSA is an outstanding resource for professionals. "I quickly learned the value of being involved in professional organizations when I worked as a broadcast journalist,” says Gadson. "As a public relations professional with State Farm, the Georgia Chapter of PRSA has been a great resource, and I enjoy being engaged with other industry professionals,” he says.

Gadson spent more than a decade in various media markets around the country as a television news reporter and anchor. For the past six years, he has worked in Public Affairs with State Farm®, the nation’s largest home and auto insurer, and is currently responsible for Media Relations in several southeastern states. The Gadsden, AL, native holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Broadcast Journalism and Psychology from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and received his APR in 2010.

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
Marci Davis
Tacey Derenzy
Becca Dill
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
Mary Rose Macaranas
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
Don Rountree
Elizabeth Salter
Morgan Sapp
Jenny Schmitt
Kelsey Schmitt
Melissa Smith
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.