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.

Rachel Cushing is the recipient of the May 2020 Chapter Champion Award for her dedicated volunteer work with PRSA Georgia since joining in 2013. Her passion for working with (and learning from) the next generation of communications and marketing professionals drove her to join the College Relations Committee in 2014, where she served for the next three years. After taking a short break from the committee in 2018, she returned to serve as Co-Chair in 2019, where she currently leads year-round advisor relations efforts as well as student programming logistics for the PRSA Georgia Annual Conference. Rachel also has served as a panelist for several PRSA Georgia Annual Conference sessions, represented the Chapter at various university engagements across Atlanta, and participated in judging both the 2018 and 2019 PRSA Richmond Phoenix Awards.

“The thing I love most about working in communications is the people. In Atlanta and throughout the state, the best place to interact with the brightest communications professionals is PRSA Georgia,” she said, “Because of that, I’ve had the amazing opportunity to be on both the giving and receiving end of thoughtful mentorship and advice from others in the industry. To me, that’s priceless.”

Rachel currently serves as the Media Director for Lenz Marketing, overseeing the agency’s social media, digital content, advertising and media relations initiatives. Since joining the agency, Rachel has worked with clients in the healthcare, nonprofit, higher education, small business, home services, and entertainment industries. She also serves as a guest lecturer at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health for the program’s Healthcare Marketing course. Prior to joining Lenz, Rachel worked in nonprofit development and political marketing. She is a proud graduate of Agnes Scott College and native Atlantan.

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.