PRSA Portland Metro Chapter

2012 PRSA College of Fellows: Oregon Inductees


Jul 12


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Julie Yamamoto, APR – PRSA-Portland Metro Chapter

 Three Oregon PR Professionals Inducted into
National 2012 PRSA College of Fellows

Oregon inductees among only 15 to receive the PR profession’s highest honor

PORTLAND, Ore. — Three Oregon public relations professionals are among 15 Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) members admitted to the organization’s prestigious College of Fellows Class of 2012.

The PRSA board of directors recently approved Dianne Danowski Smith, APR, Fellow PRSA; Tom Unger, ABC, APR, Fellow PRSA; and John Charles Mitchell, APR, Fellow PRSA, adjunct assistant professor at the University of Oregon, to receive this prestigious honor, considered the pinnacle of a communications professional’s career. As members of the College of Fellows, they join Portland Metro chapter members Kathryn D. Hubbell, APR, Fellow PRSA, and Mara Woloshin, MA, APR, Fellow PRSA.

Dianne Danowski Smith, APR, Fellow PRSA

“We are so excited to have three Oregonians among the inductees for the National PRSA College of Fellows Class of 2012,” said PRSA Portland Metro Chapter President Jenna Cooper-Gross, APR, director of communications for DoveLewis. “It is truly a testament to the level of expertise we have among our chapter members. They serve as an inspiration to all of us who have committed to the highest ethical standards of communications through the Public Relations Society of America.”

Dianne Danowski Smith, an active member of the PRSA Portland Metro chapter since 2004, is the vice president of Publix Northwest and has 20 years’ experience in public affairs, strategic marketing and corporate communications.

Tom Unger, ABC, APR, Fellow PRSA

As a corporate communicator and public relations and writing professional, Tom Unger has more than 30 years’ experience in the industry and is currently a vice president and regional communications manager at Wells Fargo in Portland. After 23 years working at Eugene Water & Electric board, John Mitchell is now an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Oregon, School of Journalism and Communication, teaching public relations classes.

“We’re proud to welcome these talented men and women into the PRSA College of Fellows,” said the College’s 2012 Chair, Mary Deming Barber, APR, Fellow PRSA. “Through their past achievements and future accomplishments, they’re leaving an indelible mark on their profession, their organizations, their communities and PRSA.”

The College of Fellows, founded in 1989, is a community of more than 300 senior PRSA members who have advanced the public relations profession and distinguished themselves through their experience and leadership in the public relations industry. Admission is open to public relations practitioners or educators who have at least 20 years’ experience, are Accredited in Public Relations (APR) and have demonstrated exceptional capability and accomplishment in the practice or teaching of public relations. College of Fellows members also must exhibit personal and professional qualities that make them role models for other practitioners or educators.

“Induction into the PRSA College of Fellows is one of the highest honors bestowed by PRSA and a hallmark of individual achievement and excellence,” said PRSA 2012 Chair and Chief Executive Officer, Gerard F. Corbett, APR, Fellow PRSA. “This group of PRSA members has distinguished themselves through continued service and contributions to the profession and, in the process, set a terrific example for others to follow.”

College members provide mentoring for public relations professionals and students; support PRSA in the execution of its strategic plan, especially in the areas of advocacy and education; and create and sponsor a continuing education “Master Class” each year during the PRSA International Conference.

A selection committee consisting of 15 current College of Fellows members oversees the nomination of new Fellows by soliciting and reviewing applications and recommending a slate of candidates to the board of directors. The new Fellows will be inducted into the College at a special dinner to be held Oct. 13, during the PRSA 2012 International Conference in San Francisco, Calif.

A complete list of the College of Fellows Class of 2012 inductees can be found on the national PRSA website.

The Portland Metro Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America is one of 111 PRSA chapters located across the country. It serves about 200 members from Oregon and Southwest Washington, with the mission of offering public relations professionals a forum for idea sharing, professional development and networking.

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