Premier PR Professional Society Announces 2013 Board Of Directors

Jan 25, 2013, 11:57 ET from Washington Women in Public Relations

Washington Women in Public Relations Inducts Board with Keynote from Geoff Livingston

WASHINGTON, Jan. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Washington Women in Public Relations (WWPR), a leading resource for communications professionals in the nation's capital today announces its 2013 board of directors to serve its growing member base in a constantly changing marketplace. The slate is as follows:


Tina McCormack Beaty

Porter Novelli


Kendra Kojcsich

Porter Novelli

Vice President

Helen Mitternight

Vanguard Communications


Sherri Core

Core Association Services


Randee Ulsh

Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide

Membership Chair

Andrea Summers

Adfero Group

Pro Bono Co-Chair

Maria Ibanez


Pro Bono Co-Chair

Katy McKegney

Communications professional

Professional Development Co-Chair

Melanie Jordan

PRofessional Solutions

Professional Development Co-Chair

Erica Hiar

Merritt Group

Woman of the Year Co-Chair

Mara Vandlik

McGinn and Company

Woman of the Year Co-Chair

Avelyn Austin


Emerging Leaders Awards Co-Chair

Lauren Smith

Melanoma Research Foundation

Emerging Leaders Awards Co-Chair

Emily Hughes

National Environmental Strategies

Sponsorships Chair

Season Solorio

National Cattleman's Beef Association

MarCom Co-Chair

Jenn Dunn


MarCom Co-Chair

Karin Bloomquist

ICF International

Website Chair

Janire Hopkins


"Kendra, the board, and I look forward to a successful year serving members in the PR industry," said Tina McCormack Beaty, 2013 Co-President.  "In addition to helping our members further their careers in public relations through events and skill-building opportunities, WWPR will become a voice for the industry here in DC by launchingproprietary research, consumer and business data."

"I am thrilled to be leading WWPR with Tina and a strong board this year," said Kendra Kojcsich, 2013 Co-President.  "As a vital resource for PR professionals in D.C. we will continue our slate of highly anticipated annual events, while strengthening our professional development, networking, marketplace positioning, and leadership opportunities for members."

The ceremonial board induction meeting featured a keynote from Geoff Livingston, a leading social media expert, author and marketing specialist.  Livingston guided attendees through a journey of lessons-learned based on the influence of social change efforts as well as examined the importance of staying up to speed on the next generation of media technology.  On behalf of Vocus, all attendees received a copy of Livingston's recent book, Marketing in the Round, and a book-signing was held after the luncheon. 

Throughout the year, WWPR will host other high caliber speakers at events focused on topics such as measurement, social media for baby boomers, and mentoring.  To learn more about WWPR's upcoming events, visit   

Today, WWPR also announced its new two-year agreement to serve pro bono client, Financial Literacy Organization for Women and Girls (FLOW), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization committed to empowering women and girls with the knowledge and skills necessary to make good economic decisions in an increasingly complex U.S. and global financial system.


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, "Like" us on, and follow us on Twitter @WWPR.

SOURCE Washington Women in Public Relations