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Our Board of Directors

The PRSA Philadelphia Board of Directors is a diverse body of public relations professionals drawn from business and industry, agency, healthcare, not-for-profit and high-tech backgrounds. Their job, with the help of committees that report to the board, is to manage the Chapter’s operational and financial needs, as well as to execute marketing, special events, publicity and program management.

If you are looking for ways to build your network of contacts, gain valuable volunteer experience, participate in new aspects of the field, or contribute to the further advancement of the profession, please contact us at membership@philly.org. We would love to have you on our team!

Martha Gaston, APR

Martha Gaston, APR

President

Vice President, Corporate Communications Manager II, TD Bank

Steph Byrwa

Steph Byrwa

President Elect

Marketing & Communications Manager, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Philadelphia

Michele Besso

Michele Besso

Vice President

Public Relations Specialist, Masonic Villages of Pennsylvania

John Kouten

John Kouten

Treasurer

CEO,
JFK Communications

Lisa Packer

Lisa Packer

Membership Chair

Strategic Communications Consultant, Tridiuum, AAWC, Ellis Investment Partners

Jake Farbman

APR Accreditation Committee Chair

Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia, Ainsworth Communications

Robyn Frenze

Emerging PR Pros Committee

Melanie Wright

PR Institute Chair

Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia, Ainsworth Communications

Rosie Braude

Rosie Braude

Director-At-Large

Assistant Director, Office of Media & Public Relations, Rowan University

Linda Woody

Linda Woody

Director-At-Large

Senior Manager, Internal & HR Communications,
Saint-Gobain