PRSA, the nation’s leading professional organization serving the communications community, announced the election of 15 new members into the College of Fellows, an honorary organization within PRSA comprised of more than 350 senior professionals and educators, each of whom has left a significant footprint on the public relations profession.
“Election to the PRSA College of Fellows is widely and justifiably considered to be the pinnacle of a person’s communications career,” said T. Garland Stansell, APR, 2020 PRSA Chair. “It signifies and celebrates the meaningful work accomplished, long-lasting impact made and dedication shown by these professionals in their organizations and their communities. We offer our congratulations to them all for their achievements as well as their ongoing leadership.”
Due to the constraints of COVID-19, members of the College of Fellows Class of 2020 will be celebrated virtually on Sunday, Oct. 25. They will be formally inducted during the 2021 College of Fellows Induction Ceremony & Dinner on a date and time to be announced later.
The 2020 inductees are:
- Judith (Judy) Smith Asbury, APR, Fellow PRSA, Assistant Dean, Communications and External Relations, Lewis and Clark Law School; Portland, Oregon
- Kathy Barbour, APR, Fellow PRSA, Vice President, Integrated Marketing Communications, Brooks Rehabilitation; Jacksonville, Florida
- Pam Gutel Campbell, APR, Fellow PRSA, Director of Public Affairs, Oklahoma City Branch, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
- Kelly Jackson Davis, APR, Fellow PRSA, Public Relations Instructor, University of South Carolina; Columbia, South Carolina
- Ronele M. Dotson, APR, Fellow PRSA, President, RAD Strategies, Inc.; Reno, Nevada
- Kim Marks Malone, APR, Fellow PRSA, PR Instructor, University of Memphis; Memphis, Tennessee
- Marlene S. Neill, Ph.D., APR, Fellow PRSA, Associate Professor & Graduate Program Director, Baylor University; Waco, Texas
- Jo Ann S. LeSage Nelson, APR, Fellow PRSA, Vice President, Client Services, Pierce Communications; Albany, New York
- Susan S. Pollard, APR, Fellow PRSA, Director of Communications and Media, Chesterfield County, Virginia; Providence Forge, Virginia
- Mike Porter, Ed.D., APR, Fellow PRSA, Distinguished Service Professor, University of St. Thomas; Minneapolis, Minnesota
- Christopher E. Vadnais, APR, Fellow PRSA, Public Affairs Officer, VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System; Murfreesboro, Tennessee
- Mary Louise VanNatta, APR, Fellow PRSA, CEO, VanNatta Public Relations, Inc.; Salem, Oregon
- Clare L. Wade, APR, Fellow PRSA, Manager, Corporate Communications, Spectrum Health; Grand Rapids, Michigan
- Kevin M. Waetke, APR, Fellow PRSA, Associate Vice President, Corporate Marketing, Sammons Financial; West Des Moines, Iowa
- Brooke Worden, APR, Fellow PRSA, President, The Rudin Group; St. Paul, Minnesota
Members of the College of Fellows serve in PRSA Chapter, District, Professional Interest Sections and National leadership positions. To qualify for admittance, the public relations professional must have at least 20 years of experience, hold the Accredited in Public Relations (APR) credential and have demonstrated superior professional performance in the practice/teaching of public relations.