Sally Ramsay, northwest Houston, senior vice president of Pierpont Communications (Galleria area), has been elected 2006 president of the 440-member Houston Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. Lisa M. Martin, Kingwood, manager of corporate communications for Lyondell Chemical Company is president-elect.
Other officers include Petri R. J. Darby, Spring, principal of darbyDarnit Communications, vice president; Julie Fix, Sugar Land, principal in Fix & Associates and an associate professor at the University of Houston, secretary; Aaron Woods, Tomball, regional public relations manager, Lyondell Chemical Company, treasurer, and Cindy Suggs, Brazoria, corporate communications manager for Universal Weather & Aviation, past president.
Board members include Chris Bozman, northwest Houston, manager of public relations for Shell Oil Company; Wendy Burkeen, Sharpstown area, director of public relations for KHOU-TV Channel 11; Terri Larson, Conroe, senior public affairs advisor for Enbridge Energy Company; Kelly Papinchak, neartown/Heights, corporate communications coordinator, Sterling Bank; Anne B. Peebles, corporate affairs for Shell Oil Products Company. Priscilla Tinsley, media relations manager for Direct Energy; Angela Young, Missouri City, manager of employee communications for Continental Airlines and Bill Zander, Galleria area, communications specialist for Texas Children’s Hospital. Assembly delegates include past president Julie Gorling, The Woodlands, principal of Gorling Public Relations; past president Carolyn Mayo, Spring Branch, president of Vollmer Public Relations; Susan Schmaeling, West University; principal in Susan Schmaeling PR & Marketing; and past president Ben Wheatley, Bellaire, senior vice president of Pierpont Communications.
“While every organization tries to increase membership, PRSA Houston hopes to deliver value to the public relations community and its supporters by equipping our members for leadership. We try to create timely programs for our diverse community to help us grow as professionals and serve our employers and the public better,” Ramsay said. “More than ever, public relations professionals are tapped to be the conscience of an organization, and we strive to equip our members to assume those responsibilities.”
Founded in 1950, the Houston Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America is one
of the nation’s largest and most active of PRSA’s 112 chapters, and works to provide value, build demand and build understanding for public relations. The organization provides ethical guidance, ongoing professional development activities, including an accreditation program, professional recognition through its awards program, networking opportunities and career resources for more than 440 members and students entering the field. Through the Public Relations Foundation of Houston, the organization presented its first scholarship in 2005. For more information on PRSA’s Houston Chapter, visit www.prsahouston.org .