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 FPRAPolk.org for more information.