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LAKELAND, Fla., Sept. 15, 2021 ­— The Dick Pope Polk County chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (DPPC-FPRA) installed its 2021-2022 board of directors at the Chapter Board Installation held at My Office & More. The event, which continued the honored tradition of the passing of the gavel by former presidents of DPPC-FPRA, was a celebration of the past year of successes and opportunities for the coming year.

            Additionally, the board celebrated some highlights from the recent FPRA Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida. During the conference, the Chapter received a President’s Award for Image Awards and the chapter’s incoming president Jessica Lawson received an Award of Distinction and Judges’ Award for Peace River Center’s virtual run.

            “The determination of our chapter board this past year has been nothing short of inspiring, especially through one of the most difficult times we’ve had to face,” said Lawson. “I’m honored to serve the chapter as incoming president and look forward to supporting our local public relations professionals through monthly meetings and special events.”

            The incoming FPRA State President, Devon Chestnut, APR, CPRC, installed the chapter’s 2021-2022 board of directors, who will each serve a one-year term.

The DPPC-FPRA 2021-2022 Board of Directors includes:

  • President – Jessica Lawson

Community Relations Associate, Peace River Center

  • President-Elect – Brian West

Community Relations Manager, Publix Super Markets, Inc.

  • Immediate Past President – Cathryn Lacy

Utilities Marketing Manager, Lakeland Electric

  • Treasurer – Erin Martinez

Director of Development, Talbot House Ministries

  • Secretary/Historian – Hannah Ball

Accounting Clerk, Lakeland Electric

  • Accreditation – Sandy Horan, APR

Senior Manager of PR & Content, Curious Jane

  • Professional Development Director – Katy Martin

Vice President of Communications, Florida Baptist Children’s Home (FBCH) + One More Child

  • Communications Director – Robert Mitchell

Marketing Coordinator, Lakeland Electric

  • Publicity Director – Erin Storey

Corporate Communications Developer, Publix Super Markets, Inc.

  • Community Involvement Director – Merissa Green

Special Events, Recognitions, Polk Education Foundation             DPPC-FPRA meets monthly for communications and public relations professional development sessions and networking. Visit for more information.

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