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Annual Conference Planning Committee 

Chair: David Curley

2015 & 2016 Co-Chairs: Kelly Stoll & Courtney Benhoff

The Conference Committee is tasked with planning the PRSA Maryland annual Conference (formally the Chesapeake Conference) which occurs in June. Some of the duties include setting the program, finding speakers, coordinating logistics, designing collateral materials, creating publicity, and securing sponsorships.  The Committee is broken down into sub-committees so you can choose to work on just one project or many. If you are interested in helping create a dynamic program by lending your expertise in one or more of these areas, email us at

APR Committee

Chair: Jennifer Kellar, APR

The APR Committee works to provide all training necessary for applicants to successfully obtain the Accredited in Public Relations (APR) credential.  This involves providing study resources, mentoring, and coaching as well as guiding applicants through the APR Exam and Readiness Review processes.  For more information, visit PRSA’s APR Accreditation page or contact Jennifer.

Best In Maryland Planning Committee 

Chair: Lisa Brusio Coster (2017)

2016 Chair: Clapp Communications

The BIM Committee is tasked with (1) planning and executing the Call for Entries, which includes working with another PRSA chapter for judging, and (2) planning the Best in Maryland Gala, which includes all aspects of event planning. The Committee consists of sub-committees so you can choose to work on just one project or many. If you are interested in participating in an awards program with a rich and respected history, email us at

Communications Committee

Chair: Nancy Sherman

2016 Chair: Claudia Ciolfi

The Communications Committee authors PRSA Maryland’s eNewsletter, WebNotes. Additionally, the Communications Committee is responsible for promoting the Maryland Chapter’s events, making posts to the PRSA Maryland blog, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn websites. If you’re looking to contribute to our e-newsletter (WebNotes)and share your skills in social promotion, email us at

Membership Committee

Chair: Debra Schindler

The Membership Committee works to build and sustain the strength of our Maryland Chapter. We aim to keep members informed, answer questions and assist prospective chapter members by managing emails, calls, conducting surveys and planning networking events. If you’re interested in helping spread the great news about PRSA Maryland membership, email us at

Mentoring Committee

Chair: Open

2015-2016 Chair: Laura LaChapelle

The Mentoring Committee administers our Mentoring Continuum Program, which matches members who want to be mentored with those who desire to mentor other members. This program is inclusive of all career levels, including the executive level and retirees.  If you want to give back, learn something new, or both, contact to join our Mentoring Committee today!

New Professionals Committee

Chair: Open

The New Professionals Committee organizes networking opportunities for local PR professionals who have less than five years of experience. They also work with our local PRSSA student chapters to get them involved with the Maryland Chapter of PRSA, generating networking events and career enhancing opportunities. If you’re full of ideas and want to engage with the future leaders of PR, email us at

Programming Committee

Chair: Emily McDermott

The Programming Committee is tasked with developing relevant, stimulating professional training and development opportunities for all members.  Some of the duties include creating topics for seminars/webinars as well as finding/coordinating speakers and venues.  If you have excellent speaker connections and a talent for discovering best practices and trends, email us at

Sponsorship Committee

Chair: Open

The Sponsorship Committee works to secure annual and event specific sponsorships to benefit the Maryland Chapter. This is an essential part of PRSA-MD and a great avenue to share our valuable mission. If you are passionate about PR and want to share the fantastic story of PRSA within your sphere of influence, email us at

Diversity & Inclusion Liaison (NEW)

Chair:  Open

The Diversity & Inclusion Liaison Committee is still a work in progress. If you’d like to be involved and/or have some great ideas for moving forward, email us at