Accreditation: APR


As a skilled PR professional, you know your success depends on staying relevant, resourceful and inspired. Established in 1964, the Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) credential sets you apart from your peers and demonstrates your commitment to the profession and adherence to industry best practices and ethics.


It takes a professional—someone with exceptional experience, broad expertise and strong dedication and values—to thrive at what you do. The APR credential certifies your drive, professionalism and principles. Preparing for the APR provides you with uniquely comprehensive, relevant, and forward-thinking PR skillsets and personal career insights that enhance career versatility and viability.

PRSA Georgia is a strong supporter of the APR credential and APR candidates. Since 2005, approximately 80 Chapter members have earned accreditation with educational support from the Chapter. Nearly 15% of our current members are accredited, and in a 2015 member survey, nearly 50% of respondents said they were considering pursuing accreditation.

Who is eligible?

APR is a certification program open to public relations professionals. It is administered by the Universal Accreditation Board (UAB), a consortium of leading public relations organizations, including PRSA.

Any PRSA member in good standing can take on the challenge of earning accreditation. However, it is recommended that candidates have at least five years’ experience in the full-time practice or teaching of public relations, and have earned either a bachelor’s degree in a communication-specific field or have equivalent work experience.

Getting Started

Are you ready to distinguish yourself as an expert in the public relations field? The PRSA Georgia Chapter can help through its comprehensive program designed to help candidates prepare for and earn accreditation. Check out our fall 2019 schedule of local preparation sessions offered to Chapter members. Also visit the APR website,, for a wealth of information and resources.

Questions? Contact Erica England, APR; Quiana Pinckney, APR and Rocio Rivera, APR

Meet PRSA Georgia's Newest Accredited Member

April Phillips, APR has helped nonprofit organizations drive business results through strategic communications for over 15 years. Her passion is using communications and PR principles to leave the world a better place and improve lives. She is able to turn that passion into action as a national communications director for the American Red Cross Biomedical Services, where she leads national public relations planning for large-scale campaigns and corporate partnerships that drive blood and platelet donor action and engagement. In her 11 years with the Red Cross, she has also had the privilege of deploying to support multiple disaster relief efforts as a national spokesperson and member of the Red Cross’s esteemed Advanced Public Affairs Team.

A native of Northwest Florida, April earned a bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts with an emphasis in Public Relations in 2003 from the University of West Florida in Pensacola. She spent her early career with the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry and then Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida prior to joining the Red Cross.

April says that Accreditation has provided the foundation necessary to apply core public relations principles to strategic campaign planning and the confidence to effectively link those efforts to desired business outcomes with peers and executive leadership.

PRSA Georgia Accredited Members

  • Joel Ames, APR
  • Caryn I. Anderson, APR
  • Jenny Lynn Anderson, APR
  • Jason Anthoine, APR
  • Jimmy M. Autry APR, Fellow PRSA, CCC
  • Kristie Benson, APR
  • Ellen G. Berman, APR
  • Myra Blackmon, APR (retired)
  • Katrina D. Blauvelt, APR
  • Debra S. Bloom, APR
  • Chelsea Peabody Bohannon, APR
  • Dana Bolden, APR
  • Judi B. Borgo, APR
  • Celia C. Boswell, APR, Fellow PRSA
  • Nancy Broe, APR
  • Stephen Brown, APR
  • Amanda Brown-Olmstead, APR, Fellow PRSA
  • Marleen Burford, APR, Fellow PRSA
  • Anna G. Burns, APR
  • Conrad H. Busch, Jr., APR
  • Rukiya-Shani Campbell,APR
  • Kay Harle Cavender, APR
  • Angie Champsaur, APR
  • Pat Check, APR
  • Tacey Derenzy, APR
  • Vincent J. Dollard, APR
  • Marian Douglas, APR
  • Crystal Irene Drake, APR
  • Mary Dugenske, APR
  • Paul Dusseault, APR
  • Sherry Duvall, APR
  • Mark Dvorak, APR, Fellow PRSA
  • Mary Cammack Eitel, APR
  • Erica England, APR
  • Donald W. Felice, APR
  • Annette Filliat, APR
  • Stephanie Fitzsimmons, APR
  • Sarah Funderburk, APR
  • Roszell Gadson, APR
  • Carol Galbreath, APR
  • Coleen Gowen, APR
  • Lillian Govus, APR
  • Patty Gregory, MPA, APR
  • Jennifer Grizzle, APR
  • Michael Hagearty, APR
  • Elyse Hammett, APR
  • Roger Durant Hannah, APR
  • Beth Hardy, APR
  • Ellen Weaver Hartman, APR, Fellow PRSA
  • Sherrie Lynn Hauser-Simmons, APR
  • Jacob Hawkins, APR
  • Jessie Haynes, APR
  • Lindsay Haynes, APR
  • Craig A. Heighton, APR
  • Randall W. Hines, Ph.D., APR
  • Neil Hirsch, APR
  • Richard E. Hodges, APR, Fellow PRSA
  • Jasmine Hoffman, APR
  • Justine Holcomb, APR
  • Jeffrey Huett, APR
  • Timothy L. Hussey, APR
  • Caroline Huston, APR
  • Megan Jentz, APR
  • E. Juliann Kaiser APR
  • Pamela A. Keene APR
  • Sherri Kightlinger, APR
  • Nancy Klentak APR
  • Delos L. Knight, APR
  • Karlie Lahm, APR
  • Kent Landers, APR
  • Geri Laufer, APR
  • Diana L. Lewis, APR
  • Darrya A. Lipscomb, APR
  • Gayle B. MacIntyre, APR
  • Rodney Maddox, APR+M
  • Kate Maine, APR
  • Katherine Mason, APR (2016 UAB Member)
  • Victoria Barksdale McGhee, APR
  • Hillary McKean, APR
  • Gary W. McKillips, APR, Fellow PRSA
  • Elizabeth McMillan, APR (2016 UAB Chair)
  • Megan McRainey, APR
  • Lynn Harris Medcalf, MA, APR
  • Melissa Medori APR
  • Michelle Leff Mermelstein, APR
  • Kimberly Miller, APR
  • Carol P. Milliron, APR
  • Scott Mills, APR
  • Theresa Minella, APR
  • James M. Montgomery, APR, Fellow PRSA
  • Tami Randahl Morris, Ph.D., APR
  • Liza Mulkowsky, APR
  • Barbara Myers, APR
  • Mickey G. Nall, APR, Fellow PRSA
  • Kelley Nave, APR
  • J. Michael Neumeier, Jr., APR
  • Sandra N. Nicholls, APR
  • Mary Olsen, APR
  • Patricia E. Palmer, APR
  • Patricia A. Parker, APR, Fellow PRSA
  • Judith A. Parker APR, Fellow PRSA
  • Adacelis Perez, APR
  • Quiana Pinckney, APR
  • Tammy C. Poole, APR
  • Arleen Porcell-Pharr, APR
  • Don G. Reichardt, APR, Fellow PRSA
  • Kim Resnik, APR
  • Rocio Rivera, APR
  • Austin Roebuck, APR
  • Jason Rollins, APR
  • Susan Rosenberg, APR
  • Lynne M. Sallot, Ph.D., APR, Fellow PRSA
  • Mimi Schroeder, APR
  • Nancy Schubert, APR
  • Jennifer Scott, APR
  • Amy Shaffer, APR
  • Tim Shannon, APR
  • Beverly Shepard, APR
  • Melissa Smith, APR
  • Ronn K. Smith, APR
  • Tiffany Mailen Smith, APR
  • Kimberly M. Starks, APR
  • Rich Steele APR (2016 UAB Chair)
  • Stephanie Stinn, APR
  • Jane Stout, APR
  • Jean Tate, APR
  • Rosemary Taylor, APR
  • Megan Terraso, APR
  • Alicia Thompson, APR
  • Ana Toro, APR
  • Barbara S. Touchette, APR
  • Dr. Joseph V. Trahan, III APR, Fellow PRSA
  • Sherry Treco-Jones, APR, Fellow PRSA
  • Carisa Turner, APR
  • Lynn M. Wallace, APR
  • Michael L. Warden, APR
  • Judith E. Webb, APR
  • John B. White, Jr. APR
  • Judy DeRango Wicks, APR, Fellow PRSA
  • Malika Reed Wilkins, Ph.D., APR
  • Nancy K. Wood, APR, Fellow PRSA
  • Dawn Wotapka, APR
  • William T. Wright, APR
  • Stephanie Zercher, APR

PRSA Georgia APR Committee Co-Chairs

Erica England, APR

Quiana Pinckney, APR

Rocio Rivera, APR

Board Liaison: Kristie Benson, APR