PRSA Richmond Selects 2016 Officers
The PRSA Richmond membership voted to approve the 2016 Slate of Officers as presented below at the Sept. 30 luncheon. The new officers will be installed at the Nov. 18 luncheon.
2016 Slate of Officers
Andrew K. Ryan, APR, currently serves as the president-elect of the PRSA Richmond Chapter. He has been a member of PRSA since 2008 and earned his Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) in 2013. Andrew has served on the PRSA board of directors since 2009 and held a number of volunteer and leadership positions with PRSA Richmond, including second vice-president for awards, third vice president for membership, secretary, and media relations chair. He serves as the chapter’s representative to PRSA’s Mid-Atlantic District and represented the chapter at the PRSA Leadership Assembly, International Conference, Quick Start and Leadership Rally. Most recently, Andrew led the special bylaws review committee that revised the chapter’s newly approved bylaws.
As the chapter’s president in 2016, Andrew will focus on the theme of PR as a resource across industries. Through educational, communication, and advocacy efforts, the chapter will work to showcase the value of PR as a profession and the important role PR professionals play as trusted counselors. There also will be a number of exciting initiatives in 2016 that will reinforce the chapter’s position as a resource to members and the Greater Richmond community.
Andrew is a co-founder and partner with Commonwealth Partnerships, a public relations, marketing, and community relations firm. He develops PR and communications strategies that help clients grow their businesses. Honored by PR News as one of 2009’s “15 to Watch” top young PR professionals, Andrew has worked with a variety of organizations and individuals in target industries, including real estate, A/E/C, senior living, and professional services. He is a graduate of the University of Richmond.
Jennifer Guild currently serves as PRSA Richmond’s third vice president for membership. A PRSA Richmond member since 2006, Jennifer has served on the board for six years as first vice president for professional development, secretary and social media coordinator for two years and chair of the next wave committee for two years. Prior to her board service, Jennifer served on the public service committee for three years.
Jennifer graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in Mass Communications (concentration Public Relations) in December 2004. She worked at two private history museums—Pamplin Historical Park & The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier and Virginia Historical Society—for a combined eight years. In January 2014, Jennifer joined the communications team at the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control as a PR Specialist. She handles aspects of the website and social media and responds to media inquiries.
Cameron McPherson, APR, currently serves as PRSA Richmond’s vice president for the Virginia PR Awards. A PRSA Richmond member since 2010, he previously served on the chapter’s board as director-at-large, student relations chair and media relations chair. Prior to his board service, Cameron was a committee member for the Virginia PR Awards.
Cameron is a senior account manager at The Hodges Partnership, where he helps clients execute and blend media relations, social and content marketing campaigns. He is a 2007 graduate and proud alum of Virginia Commonwealth University.
Greg Surber, APR, currently serves as PRSA Richmond’s APR chair, organizing the chapter’s first APR bootcamp in 2015. A PRSA Richmond member since 2009 and former “Rising Star” awardee, Surber previously served on the chapter’s board as vice president for membership, two years as treasurer, Thomas Jefferson and Rising Star awards chair and public service co-chair.
Greg is an account manager at the Hodges Partnership. His client experience includes managing accounts and content development on behalf of Alexandria Renew Enterprises, Hilldrup Moving & Storage and Commonwealth Community Trust. Greg holds a master’s in public relations from Boston University and a bachelor’s in media arts and design from James Madison University.
Judi Crenshaw, APR, currently serves as PRSA Richmond’s first vice president of professional development. She previously served on the board as chair of the nonprofit section, and prior to her board service, she served on the awards committee. Judi also live-tweets most PRSA programs. She has won multiple PRSA Richmond awards of merit and excellence, in categories from media relations and press conferences to internal video series.
Judi is director of communications and development relations for the Virginia Council on Economic Education (VCEE), a nonprofit affiliated with VCU that trains K-12 teachers to incorporate financial literacy throughout Virginia’s public schools. Judi also teaches social media for PR and PR campaigns at VCU’s Robertson School of Media & Culture and created a social media practicum for VCU students during the upcoming UCI Road World Championships.
With over 25 years experience in PR and media, she earned her Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) in 2011. Past positions include long stints with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Virginia Repertory Theatre. Passion for community includes PR for The Light of Human Kindness, equal rights advocacy @WomensRightsVA and various projects with WCVE, Richmond’s public broadcasting station.
Casey Ferguson is currently the student relations chair for the chapter, serving as a liaison to students and PRSSA chapters in the Richmond region. Prior to joining the PRSA Richmond board, Casey volunteered with the chapter’s awards committee, which led to two additional years where she coordinated the visual presentation and script development for the ceremony.
Casey is currently a project manager in the communications office at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of the Arts, where she oversees print and web projects and helps develop content and communications strategy.
Previously, she worked with The Hodges Partnership as an account manager, where she focused on local media relations and social media content strategy. She concurrently worked with Hodges Digital, where she served as a project manager for mobile and web development projects and acted as a liaison between the two companies.
Windy Campbell currently serves as PRSA Richmond’s secretary. An active PRSA Richmond member since 2002, she has previously served on the chapter’s board as chair of the independent practitioners section.
Windy is owner of Campbell Communications, an independent public relations practice specializing in communications strategy, media relations and writing. For 15 years, Windy has served a variety of clients in the business, healthcare, state fair, transportation and non-profit industries. She established Campbell Communications in 2002, after seven years at Martin Public Relations in Richmond. She began her career in Washington, D.C., serving five years in communications capacities at national non-profit organizations. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Denison University in Granville, Ohio.
For a complete overview of the slating process and voting procedures, review Article III, Section 3 of the chapter’s bylaws.