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Member Spotlight: Angela Walters Eveillard, APR

This Member Spotlight profiles Angela Walters Eveillard, APR, who is director of marketing and strategic communications for Hillsborough Community College. She joined PRSA Tampa Bay in 2003 and has served in numerous PRSA roles on a national, district and chapter level. Nationally, she currently serves as a member of the 2020 PRSA Board of Directors, and she previously served as chair of the 2019 APR Marketing Committee and chair of the 2018 District Council. For the PRSA Sunshine District, representing central Florida, she served as 2016 chair and 2014 secretary of the Executive Board. And for PRSA Tampa Bay, she served as 2012 president, 2009 and 2010 treasurer, and 2008 secretary, among many other roles

  1. First news publication you read in the morning?

Does Facebook count? 😊 My other morning go-to news source is NPR.   

  1. First public relations job?

I started my career at the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), where I managed the marketing activities for a grant partnership between the U.S. Department of Education, the University of South Florida and MOSI. It was a fantastic first job, with the museum offering an incredibly dynamic working environment where young professionals could be involved in all facets of operations, and it projected my career on the right path.  

  1. How did you become interested in a term on the PRSA Board of Directors, and what did the selection process entail?

After serving as district council chair, I realized I wanted to continue to serve in a leadership role with PR practitioners across the country to impact our profession, and I also strongly feel that it’s essential for the next generation of leaders to have a diverse set of role models that look like them and reflect the workforce on a national level, because I didn’t necessarily have that growing up. The selection process for the board is stringent and includes an application with recommendation letters, and a panel interview with a nominations committee where you present and field questions, and after which the nominating committee makes its selection, and the annual leadership assembly officially approves it. It’s not for the faint of heart, and I applaud anyone who has put their name forward to the board!

This year’s PRSA national Board of Directors (with me in the middle) at PRSA national headquarters in New York City.

  1. Most rewarding part of serving on the national board so far this year?

The way this board has handled the continuously changing environment to keep PRSA moving forward is something I'm incredibly proud of, especially the way we've rolled up our sleeves and gotten to work all while managing the demands of jobs and home life. We are in a unique position to make decisions and lay the groundwork for change that will positively affect generations of PR practitioners, and working alongside these dedicated and committed professionals to do the work of the society has been the most rewarding aspect of my board experience.=

  1. Biggest challenge of adapting to the COVID-19 lockdown this year?

Mental stamina, because as PR professionals, we’re wired to juggle chaos, and this is a whole other level of chaos. Between the unknown factors of the pandemic, professional demands and personal life responsibilities, you have to take care of your mental health or it’s going to catch up with you.

  1. Advice to new public relations professionals?

Read and network as much as you can, and get involved in PRSA! This association has opened doors for me that would have been closed if it hadn’t been for a member helping me walk through those doors.

  1. Job you would pursue if you weren’t in public relations?

Without a doubt, I’d be a barista. I always joke about opening a coffee and tea bar where the staff is recovering PR practitioners and the hardest question they ever have to ask is, “Do you want cream and sugar with that?” 

  1. Favorite movie?

I’m a sucker for romantic comedies – name one, and I’ve seen it. But my all-time favorite is You’ve Got Mail, a movie I love so much that I’ve even done the You’ve Got Mail walking tour in New York City. #nojudgmentzone

At my wedding, with my husband, Richie, at NOVA 535, a renowned event venue in St. Pete.

  1. Favorite vacation?

Before I tied the knot, in 2018, my then-fiancé and I took a pre-honeymoon trip to Iceland, France and Greece, the last of which was where our friends were getting married, on the island of Santorini. Twelve days of seven flights, too many hotel reservations to count, four bags of luggage, and wedding planning activities from across the pond were a true test of future spousal survival, but on our last night, in Iceland, we saw the northern lights, which was on both of our bucket lists, and it was one of the top moments of my life.

Reaching new heights at the Louvre during my trip to Paris in 2018.

  1. Any three dinner guests?

For me, a great dinner consists of good food, laughs and thought-provoking conversation. I’d chose the late U.S. Representative John Lewis, to hear his stories that changed the world; my late Lola (Filipino for “Grandma”), Gloria, to get more of her delicious cooking and more embarrassing stories about my mom; and, last but not least, my late mother-in-law, Marie, who passed away before we got married, because I want the chance to get to know her better, and she was always the first to hit the dance floor.

Catching the northern lights, also known as an aurora borealis, in Iceland was a bucket-list experience I’ll remember forever. 

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