PRSA Georgia Pins Six New APRs at June Meeting
Sunday, June 15, 2014
Posted by: Leslie Wagner
Angie Champsaur, APR
Angie Champsaur, APR, is a media relations specialist with the U.S.
military’s Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System (DVIDS) at Encompass
Digital Media. She works closely with public affairs officers and news
organizations to coordinate and secure media coverage of military operations
worldwide. This includes live and taped satellite feeds from Afghanistan,
hometown hero interviews, White House Medal of Honor ceremonies and dinners, as
well as emergency response and humanitarian aid.
Before joining DVIDS, Champsaur was the marketing and public relations
specialist for Encompass and Crawford Communications. She has a bachelor’s
degree in mass communications from Jacksonville State University.
"Earning my accreditation has been the most rewarding and challenging step I’ve
taken in my career,” said Champsaur. "The APR process has strengthened my
ability to provide sound PR counsel and commitment to professional
growth. The challenge is worth the reward, and I’m grateful PRSA offers
Tacey Derenzy, APR
Tacey Derenzy, APR,
is a 26-year public relations veteran serving Atlanta, Georgia, and Sacramento,
California. Her experience is primarily in the government sector, including
communications management for information technology projects, financial reporting,
media relations, crisis communications, change management and public health
media campaigns. Early in her career Derenzy served as a Navy journalist,
co-anchoring Navy News This Week, a
Navy-wide television news program. She is the recipient of the Navy Achievement
Medal and several other awards for her work.
Derenzy was recognized as the PRSA Georgia Chapter’s January 2014
Chapter Champion for her service as co-chair of the Silent Auction Committee in
2013. The committee broke chapter records with a 59% increase in funds raised
over the previous year.
Derenzy possesses a Certificate in Public Relations from the University
of California, Davis, and is a graduate of the Defense Information School at
Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana.
"Accreditation is a process that increased my expertise and mastery of
nationally recognized best practices,” Derenzy said. "It underscores my value
and capabilities as a public relations practitioner.”
Jacob Hawkins, APR
Jacob Hawkins, APR,
is Media Relations Manager for Georgia Power, where he manages corporate
messaging and positioning, proactive and reactive media relations activities,
and the company’s social media properties. Previously, Hawkins was an Account
Director at Ogilvy Public Relations in Atlanta, where he worked with Wayne
Farms LLC, AT&T, University of Phoenix, Great American Cookies and other
brands. He has also worked for NIOXIN and the Georgia Aquarium.
joining PRSA Georgia in 2007, Hawkins has co-chaired the Membership, Real World
PR Collegiate Conference and Nominating committees. He serves as the
professional advisor to the PRSA student chapter at his alma mater, the
University of West Georgia. He was recognized as PRSA Georgia’s Chapter
Champion in February 2013.
reinforces my commitment to the ethical, effective and constructive practice of
public relations," said Hawkins. "I’m proud to join the ranks of
accredited practitioners, including several mentors in the Atlanta PR community
who have helped guide me as a professional since I entered the field."
Mary Olsen, APR
APR, is the Communications Specialist at A.G. Rhodes Health & Rehab, a
nonprofit that operates three nursing homes in the Atlanta area. Prior to
joining A.G. Rhodes, Mary worked as a Public Affairs Specialist for the Federal
Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in its Southeast Regional office in Atlanta,
as well as its headquarters office in Washington, D.C. Mary started her
communications career 10 years ago as a Public Affairs Officer in the U.S. Air
Force, and she is a graduate from the Defense Information School. During her
time in the military, Mary served at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri, a
POW/MIA office in Washington, D.C., and as a Social Aide in the White House.
Mary has a Master’s degree in Communication from The Johns Hopkins University,
and a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from the University of
Accreditation because I wanted to be a more effective and knowledgeable
communications professional,” said Olsen.
"The APR is ultimately a commitment to continued education and
professional development, which are going to be invaluable throughout my
Adacelis Perez, APR
Perez, APR, is an integrated marketing communications professional with over 12
years of experience working in not-for-profit and for-profit organizations. As
a Communication Specialist for American Institutes for Research (AIR), she
develops communications strategy for CDC’s national public health campaigns.
joining AIR, Perez was CNN International’s brand manager, leading
cross-functional communication programs and conceptualizing advertising and
public relations campaigns throughout Latin America. She launched the first
digital marketing program for CNN International in Brazil, including
in-language social media and blogger outreach, and she was awarded two
certificates for contribution to CNN’s wins of a Peabody Award. She has a B.A.
in Mass Communications and graduate studies in advertising from University of
Texas at Austin. A native of Puerto Rico, she is fluent in English and Spanish.
APR accredited helped me solidify my knowledge of public relations best
practices,” said Perez. "My experience throughout the process has been
phenomenal and I came out of it feeling reenergized. It also provided the
opportunity to connect with top-notch PR professionals.”
Beverly Shepard, APR
Beverly Shepard, APR, is an experienced communications professional and
community volunteer. For nearly a decade, Shepard worked at The Atlanta
Journal-Constitution, where she began as a legal affairs reporter
before assuming an advertising/marketing management role. Shepard was
formerly director of marketing for a B2B healthcare company in Virginia.
She has contracted with Capital One, Coca-Cola Enterprises and ICF
International Inc., a management, technology and policy consulting firm
that Washington Technology ranks among the nation's top 65 largest
Shepard has held various volunteer
leadership roles, including United Way chairperson for The Atlanta
Journal-Constitution and president of the Atlanta Association of Black
Journalists. She holds journalism and law degrees from the University
of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She is also certified as a mediator in
the state of Georgia.
"Although the accreditation process is
arduous, the ultimate achievement is extremely rewarding," said Shepard.
"I am tremendously grateful for the support and camaraderie Georgia
chapter members extended throughout the process. I can't imagine a
better chapter through which to earn an APR!"