Chapter Champion Award

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.

A successful chapter runs on the talents of its volunteers. The Chapter Champion Award recognizes the hard work of our dedicated members. All PRSA Georgia Chapter members who go above and beyond as Chapter volunteers are eligible. The Chapter Champion Award is presented at the Chapter’s monthly luncheon meeting.

Barbara Myers, APR, is the recipient of the September 2020 Chapter Champion Award for her volunteer work with PRSA Georgia since joining in 2007. She has most recently served on the Professional Development and Annual Conference committees.

“As a life-long learner, I believe it’s very important to continue to develop professionally throughout your career,” she said. “PRSA has provided many opportunities to enhance my knowledge and skills, including through the Accreditation in Public Relations which I earned in 2015. Connecting with colleagues in my profession and having career resources readily available have also proved invaluable.”

As a dedicated volunteer with PRSA Georgia, Barbara has worked across several committees for the chapter. Her work with the Membership Committee included recruiting and retaining members, and she led the team to relaunch the “Gwinnett PRSA In Your Neighborhood” event. Barbara was an integral part of the planning process for the 2020 Annual Conference, where she also staffed the event at The Coca-Cola headquarters in February. Most recently, she coordinated a presentation for the  Professional Development Committee, “The Comeback is Stronger than the Setback: How to Build Effective Media Relations Strategies Into Crisis Communications Plans.”

Barbara works as the Public Relations Manager for PCOM Georgia, a healthcare professional school in Suwanee which offers doctoral and masters’ degrees in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant studies and biomedical science.

With more than 25 years of healthcare public relations experience, she has also worked as the Director of Public Education and Advocacy for Prevent Blindness Georgia, and as the Director of Community Relations and the Director of Physician Services for Gwinnett Medical Center (now Northside Gwinnett).

In addition, Barbara was the co-founder and Marketing Director for The Myers Group, a healthcare market research firm that was named to the 2003 Inc. 500 list of fastest-growing privately held companies.

A graduate of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia, Barbara is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and is a past President of the Rotary Club of Sugarloaf. She is a graduate of Leadership Gwinnett, Gwinnett Senior Leadership, and the 2013 High Potential Diverse Leaders Class sponsored by the Georgia Center for Nonprofits. She is a proud mom of four adult children.

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.