Leading PR Organization Announces 2012 Board of Directors

D.C.-based Washington Women in PR Inducts Board with Keynote from Kiki McLean

WASHINGTON, Jan. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Washington Women in Public Relations (WWPR), the premier resource for communications professionals in the nation's capital, announced its 2012 board of directors to serve its over 300 member organization during its annual meeting at the National Press Club today. The slate is as follows:

Board Position

Board Member

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Tina McCormack Beaty, Porter Novelli


Vice President

Margie Newman, Pew Center on the States


Past President

Kendra Kojcsich, Porter Novelli



Veronica Brown, Gibraltar Associates



Sherri Core, Core Association Services


Membership Chair

Leslie Rutledge, RedEgg



Pro Bono Co-Chair

Kate Barrett, NEA



Pro Bono Co-Chair

Maria Ibanez, NASHP


PR Woman of the Year Co-Chair

Susie Tappouni, ASCO


PR Woman of the Year Co-Chair

Amy Malerba, Edelman


Emerging Leaders Award Co-Chair

Helen Mitternight, Vanguard Communications


Emerging Leaders Award Co-Chair

Lauren Smith, Jones Public Affairs


Sponsorship/Partnership Chair

Season Solorio, National Cattleman's Beef Assoc.


Marketing Communications Co-Chair

Jennifer Dunn, Business Wire


Marketing Communications Co-Chair

Kristen Hostetter, Rock Recovery


Professional Development Chair

Kari Hudnell, CommunicationWorks


Website Chair

Janire Hopkins, CareMetx


Out-going president Kendra Kojcsich was honored for her many years of service to WWPR. The 2012 incoming president, Tina McCormack Beaty, previously served as the vice president of the organization as well as co-chaired WWPR's 2010 pro bono client, Children's Law Center. 

"I am thrilled to be guiding WWPR into a new year with a strong group of industry leaders by my side," said Beaty.  "2012 is going to be an exciting year for the PR trade and the board looks forward to ensuring WWPR is a resource for communicators in D.C., helping them navigate the changing waters with high-quality programs, as well as volunteer and networking opportunities."

In addition to voting on its board, WWPR event attendees enjoyed a keynote by former Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton advisor and current global head of public affairs and managing director of Porter Novelli, Kiki McLean.  McLean spoke of the importance of women supporting women and shared her unique climb up the corporate ladder in communications. WWPR will host other high caliber speakers at events throughout the 2012 year.  Also in 2012, WWPR will continue to serve its current pro bono client, Thrive DC, whose mission is to provide meals, personal care, case management and other support services to men and women dealing with homelessness.

Washington Women in Public Relations (WWPR) is the first and only D.C.-based professional organization advancing women in the communications industry. WWPR is committed to delivering outstanding professional development, networking, marketplace positioning, and leadership opportunities to area communicators. Visit us at wwpr.org, "Like" us on Facebook.com/WashingtonWomeninPR, and follow us on Twitter @WWPR.




SOURCE Washington Women in Public Relations

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