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.

Members pursue accreditation for various reasons, including making themselves more competitive in their current workplace and in the marketplace; reinforcing public relations principles, and personal accomplishment. Regardless of the reason, accredited practitioners agree the pursuit and attainment of the APR credential is personally and professionally rewarding.


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.

Ready to get started? Contact Accreditation co-chairs Kristie Benson, APR or
Kimberly Starks, APR
 and board liaison Sarah Weston, 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
Sylvia Carson, 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

Kristie Benson, APR
Kimberly Starks, APR

Board Liaison: Sarah Weston, APR

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