Birmingham Chapter of Public Relations Council of Alabama Names Its 2018 Officers

BIRMINGHAM (JANUARY 11, 2018) – The Birmingham Chapter of the Public Relations Council of Alabama announced its 2018 Board of Directors today with Crystal Sorrelle of AMERICAN Cast Iron Pipe Company serving as president.

Other board members include:
Immediate Past President: Beth McKern, Spire
Treasurer: Dr. Jacquelyn Shaia, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Vice President of Programs-Facilities: Beverly Williams, AMERICAN Cast Iron Pipe Company
Vice President of Programs-Speakers: Mary Sood, Mom ‘n’ I Publishing
Vice President of Accreditation and Professional Development: Josh Till, American Heart Association
Vice President of Membership: Lauren Cooper, Birmingham Business Alliance
Vice President of Student Affairs: Elizabeth Shelton, PharmaPoint
Vice President of Communications: Heather Jeffcoat, Burton Advertising
Vice President of Projects: Chris Vessell, LightPath Marketing
Member-at-Large: Adam Kelley, APR, Children’s of Alabama
Member-at-Large: Myra Hunter, AMERICAN Cast Iron Pipe Company

The Public Relations Council of Alabama (PRCA) is the state’s largest and longest operating group of public relations practitioners. The organization exists to further the professional and networking interests of today’s public relations and communication professionals in private, public and nonprofit businesses and organizations.

PRCA was formed by a group of Birmingham PR practitioners in 1953 who saw the need for regular networking with their peers. The group is more formally organized now, with approximately 450 members in six Alabama chapters – Birmingham, East Alabama (in Auburn), Mobile, Montgomery, North Alabama (in Huntsville), and West Alabama (in Tuscaloosa). Along with networking, PRCA offers career development opportunities, mentors college students and works to improve the professionalism of public relations practice through its accreditation program. PRCA is a part of the Southern Public Relations Federation (SPRF). SPRF is a network of public relations professionals from Alabama, North Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi who share a common interest in the public relations profession. Membership in the Federation is automatic for members of the Public Relations Council of Alabama (PRCA), the Emerald Coast Public Relations Organization (ECPRO), the Public Relations Association of Louisiana (PRAL), and the Public Relations Association of Mississippi (PRAM). Birmingham serves as an opportunity for public relations practitioners to broaden knowledge about public relations within the community. The organization allows professionals to develop stronger networking interests through meetings, luncheons, socials, and conferences.

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