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Recognizing Outstanding Volunteerism for January-July 2019!

Every month, PRSA Tampa Bay recognizes an outstanding volunteer whose hard work has significantly served our members and helped to make our chapter even stronger. In the first half of 2019, we celebrated the following contributors:

January – Heather Parsons

Why she was recognized: Heather serves as the judging chair for PRSA Tampa Bay’s Awards Committee. She is being recognized for her exceptional support in providing a high-quality judging experience for our chapter’s PRestige Awards. Heather’s leadership and support has been invaluable and directly contributes to our chapter’s overall success with awards. Way to go, Heather!

About Heather: Heather Parsons is a Public Information Coordinator for the city of Clearwater and has worked in the same department since 2003. She supports the communication and public relations needs of the city’s public works departments. At the city, Parsons serves as editor of MyClearwater magazine, a 68-page full-color publication that is produced three times a year, and she coordinates the city’s Citizens Academy program. In PRSA, she has served on the chapter’s Awards Committee for three years and is currently serving as the Judging Chair this year. She will manage the chapter’s PRestige Awards entries and also the scoring process of award entries of another PRSA chapter. She is looking forward to another successful year as an Awards Committee volunteer!

February – Paula MacDonald, APR

Why she was recognized: Paula is central to our chapter’s success with the accreditation program. She spends months preparing and teaching classes each year for the chapter’s APR candidates, in addition to all the work she does to support the independent practitioners program. Paula’s exceptional leadership, among other reasons, is why Paula was recognized as February’s Volunteer of the Month!

About Paula: Paula MacDonald, APR is owner/principal of Image Suite PR | Marketing | Media, a full-service creative consultancy based in St. Petersburg, Florida, serving clients nationwide in professional services, hospitality, sports and agricultural industries. A graduate of the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, Paula’s experience in visual communications brings a storytelling perspective to her agency’s clientele.

Paula currently serves on the board of directors for PRSA Tampa Bay, overseeing the Accreditation and Agency Leaders’ sections, along with serving as chair elect for PRSA national’s Independent Practitioners Alliance section. She is also a student mentor in the Pinellas County Take Stock in Children program and board member for the Early Learning Coalition of Pinellas County. To learn more, visit ImageSuitePR.com.

Why are you a PRSA Tampa Bay member? PRSA Tampa Bay is an incredible group of creative and passionate communicators. The membership and leadership of the organization are genuinely driven to help others in our profession succeed. I am a member because of the sense of community and continued learning this chapter provides to members.

What value does PRSA Tampa Bay membership bring to you personally or professionally? Personally and professionally, PRSA Tampa Bay inspires continuous learning which has helped advance my own career and allowed me the opportunity to give back to others seeking the same growth.

March – Katy Parsons, APR

Why she was recognized: Katy has co-chaired the Accreditation study group for the last three years, and her support in handling all of the details for the panel presentations has been invaluable. The chapter's APR study group is consistently recognized as one of the benefits of being a member of PRSA Tampa Bay, and if not for Katy and her willingness and wisdom, we would not be successful in delivering a great opportunity for our APR candidates.

About Katy: Katy Parsons, APR, and Senior Account Executive at ChappellRoberts. She joined PRSA Tampa Bay in 2006, currently serves as co-chair of the APR Committee, and previously served as a member of the PRSSA Committee and professional liaison to USF’s student-run public relations agency, KnoBull.

Why are you a PRSA Tampa Bay member? PRSA Tampa Bay is an incredible group of creative and passionate communicators. The membership and leadership of the organization are genuinely driven to help others in our profession succeed. I am a member because of the sense of community and continued learning this chapter provides to members.

What value does PRSA Tampa Bay membership bring to you personally or professionally? Personally and professionally, PRSA Tampa Bay inspires continuous learning which has helped advance my own career and allowed me the opportunity to give back to others seeking the same growth.

April – Kaley Infield

Why she was recognized: Kaley has been a key player on the Sunshine District Conference committee, devoting significant time and energy to the team’s planning efforts. From volunteering to stand up the conference’s first-ever WordPress site to her diligent work managing the chapter’s website and email communications, Kaley is a go-getter that is always willing to offer up her support with a positive, service 1st attitude.

About Kaley: Kaley Infield serves as marketing manager at The Bank of Tampa. In her role, she is responsible for developing and curating content to enhance The Bank of Tampa’s brand and build relationships with clients and prospects. She is responsible for The Bank of Tampa’s content marketing, digital marketing and public relations functions. Kaley is an active member of PRSA Tampa Bay, serving as website and newsletter chair on the chapter’s Digital Communications Committee. Additionally, she is a member of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Young Professionals Committee. Kaley holds a Bachelor of Science in public relations and a Master of Arts in mass communication (MAMC) from the University of Florida.

Why are you a PRSA Tampa Bay member? I am a member of PRSA Tampa Bay because the organization allows me to collaborate with professionals at all different levels and exposes me to leadership and growth experiences. The chapter has helped me to expand my network and build connections with individuals who have helped to make a positive impact on my career, as well as allowed me to develop lasting connections and friendships.

What value does PRSA Tampa Bay membership bring to you personally or professionally? Not only does my membership with PRSA Tampa Bay help me to keep my public relations skills and knowledge current, but it has allowed me an outlet to volunteer my time to advance the profession as a whole, while also advancing my own career and knowledge. 

May – Alexandra Stewart

Why she was recognized: Alexandra Stewart is an integral part of the Digital Communications Committee, serving as event communications coordinator. Alex brings a refreshing, can-do attitude, diving in to help wherever there is a need, whether that’s coordinating digital communications for upcoming programming events, stepping up as a key member of the Sunshine District Conference committee to assist with the overall SunCon communications plan or even assisting with content and design for the SunCon website.

About Alexandra: Alexandra Stewart serves as the media relations manager at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown Tampa. She is responsible for promoting the Straz Center and its productions, including Broadway, theater, music, dance, art, comedy and community events. Alex is an experienced communications and marketing professional with a passion and dedication to the arts, believing they play a vital role in any community. Alex serves as the event communications coordinator on the Digital Communications Committee for PRSA Tampa Bay. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in public relations and a Master of Fine Arts in arts and non-profit management from Wayne State University in Detroit.

Why are you a PRSA Tampa Bay member? PRSA Tampa Bay is a great group of people who truly care about the chapter and bringing value to its members. It allows me to connect with other professionals of all skill levels and talents and gives me access to great programming that encourages my professional growth.

What value does PRSA Tampa Bay membership bring to you personally or professionally? Being a member has given me the opportunity to connect with people and form friendships, professionally and personally, I otherwise might not have had. The chapter has given me the opportunity to volunteer on the Digital Communications Committee, allowing me to sharpen and maintain my skills and knowledge in the profession by doing tasks that differ from the daily duties of my job.

June – Alexandra Booth

Why she was recognized: Alexandra Booth is an essential member of the Digital Communications Committee, serving as co-chair of the social media committee. Always eager to lend a helping hand, she is quick to offer advice and help whenever it is needed. Aside from overseeing the social media committee and scheduling and updating posts, she also stepped up as a key member of the Sunshine District Conference committee.

About Alexandra: Alexandra Booth is a public relations coordinator at DJ Public Relations, where she works with clients on social media strategy, media relations and public outreach. She holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism with a minor in business administration from the University of Florida. Alexandra is currently serving as social media on the Digital Communications Committee, as well as on the Sunshine District Conference Planning Committee. 

Why are you a PRSA Tampa Bay member? I am a PRSA Tampa Bay member because of how much I have learned and continue to learn about the PR industry. This organization has allowed me to connect with all kinds of PR professionals, some of who I would not have met otherwise had it not been for PRSATB.

What value does PRSA Tampa Bay membership bring to you personally or professionally? PRSA Tampa Bay provides me with a network of professionals that I get to learn with and learn from. It’s great to volunteer with an organization that allows me to contribute while I continue to grow in my career and apply the skills I’ve learned. Also, it’s allowed me to build both personal and professional connections that I wouldn’t have otherwise. 

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1 Comments

  1. Bart Graham

    Jul. 19, 2019

    Kudos to all of the volunteers!