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Memphis Chapter

About Our Chapter

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September is Ethics Month!

Each year the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) celebrates Ethics in September. This month's luncheon speaker is Dr. Donald Heider. The founder of the Center for Digital Ethics & Policy and the dean of Loyola University Chicago's School of Communication, Heider is an award-winning broadcast journalist and the author or co-author of four books.

Prior to his academic career, Heider worked in broadcasting, including positions as syndication producer for the Gillett News Bureau in Washington D. C., special projects producer and manager of Special News in Nashville, Tenn., and executive producer at WTVC-TV in Chattanooga, Tenn. During his broadcasting career, he earned five Emmy awards and an Associated Press award.

Come early at 11:30 a.m. for networking opportunities; lunch begins at 11:45 a.m. with the speaker beginning at noon.

Deadline to register for the event is Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 2 p.m.


The Memphis chapter of the Public Relations Society of America is a melting pot of more than 100 communicators in positions with large corporations, small private companies, consulting firms, nonprofit agencies, educational institutions and freelancers. The Memphis Chapter was founded in 1952 when about 10 professionals met at the Peabody Hotel in downtown Memphis. Today, more than 50 years later, our members meet throughout the year for programs, professional development seminars, awards programs and socials.

Get Involved!

Our Chapter is always looking for new committee members to help make our chapter stronger.  If you would like to take a more active role in the PRSA Memphis Chapter, let us know, by sending an email to Chapter President James Dowd at

2017 Board of Directors

President - James Dowd, First Tennessee
President-Elect, VP of Programs - Sarah Sherlock, St.Jude/ALSAC
VP of Membership - Shannon Little
Treasurer - Amanda Mauck, Le Bonheur Children's Hospital
Secretary - Sarah Baker, Archer Malmo
Director 1 - Renee Malone, KQ Communications
Director 2 - Vickye Ford
Director 3 - Lela Garlington
Immediate Past-President - Elizabeth Cawein, Signal Flow PR
Professional Development Chair - Naomi Bata, Burson-Marsteller 

Ethics Chair - Rebecca Greer, Memphis University School
Hospitality Chair - Diana Fedinec, SRVS
Publicity Chairs - Karen Davis, Brooks Museum
Awards Chair - Bob Phillips, Memphis Medical News
Diversity & Inclusion Liaison - Anthony Hicks, APR, SRVS
VOX Chair - Peggy Reisser, SRVS; Co-Chair (chair-elect 2018) - David Brown, KQ Communications
APR Chair - Kim Rossie, St. Jude; Co-Chair - Echelle Rutschman

Chapter Coordinator - Jamie Coggins, Jamie Coggins Marketing (

Upcoming PRSA Memphis Events

September Chapter Meeting/Luncheon (Ethics Month)
Thursday, September 14 | 11:30 AM to 1 PM
1346 Central Avenue
Register here!

Vox 2017: Vox In the Garden
Thursday, October 19 | 6:00 PM - 9 PM
Memphis Botanic Garden - Sara's Place
Purchase tickets here!


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