Sept. 19, 2014
For additional information: Mark Mohammadpour, APR
PRSA Portland Metro Chapter
(360) 609-1077 firstname.lastname@example.org
Portland, Ore. – Patti Atkins, APR, Chuck Williams, APR, and Mara Woloshin, APR, Fellow PRSA will receive the first Olga M. Haley Mentorship Award, presented by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Portland Metro Chapter. Atkins, Williams, and Woloshin will be honored at the PRSA Spotlight Awards, held on Thursday, Oct. 16 from 5:30-9:30 p.m. at LeftBank Annex, 101 N. Weidler St., Portland, Ore. Information and registration are available at http://www.prsa-portland.org/our-events/spotlight-awards/.
Atkins, Williams and Woloshin have acted as mentors in leading the chapter’s Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) program, widely respected for its 100 percent success rate in preparing candidates in Oregon and Southwest Washington to pass the rigorous accreditation exams. Collectively, they have mentored more than 40 people who have successfully achieved their APR, including 10 in 2014 alone, the 50th anniversary of the APR.
Olga Haley’s Legacy Lives On
A legendary figure in public relations across the Portland metro area, Haley’s background included leadership roles at Gerber and Leopold Ketel, where she spent most of her career before forming her own firm, Power Public Relations. A longtime member of the PRSA Portland Metro Chapter, Haley served as president in 2003 and continuously gave back to the PRSA community by serving as a mentor to members of the chapter. She was widely respected not only by her clients, colleagues and fellow chapter members, but also by Portland’s journalism community. Haley passed away in March 2014 at the age of 69, leaving behind an unparalleled legacy of mentorship, excellence and professionalism.
“This award has such special meaning. It reflects our dedication to supporting our chapter members at every stage of their careers and lives. It honors the memory of Olga Haley, a past president, leader and friend. And our inaugural award recipients have made it possible for so many of our chapter members – including me – to earn their APR,” said Barbara Kerr, APR, 2014 President, PRSA Portland Metro Chapter. “Through their knowledge and dedication, Patti Atkins, Chuck Williams and Mara Woloshin have made our chapter a nationally recognized leader in supporting the APR. It is a privilege to recognize their contributions to our chapter and our profession.”
Patti Atkins, APR
With a public relations career spanning nearly 25 years, Atkins’ expertise lies in working with technology, academic, health care and nonprofit clients. Currently running her own practice and serving as vice president at Woloshin Communications, Atkins was chapter president in 2005. Atkins is a university-level instructor on the topic of ethics in public relations, and her volunteer resume includes support for The Oregon and SW Washington Chapter of The ALS Association as well leadership roles with the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts.
Chuck Williams, APR
A PRSA member for more than 25 years, Chuck Williams currently serves as communications manager at CareOregon in addition to leading the Portland Metro Chapter’s professional accreditation team. Williams worked for six years as an instructor in Marylhurst University’s public relations certificate program. Williams was chapter president in 1997 and is a William W. Marsh Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.
Mara Woloshin, APR, Fellow PRSA
In addition to running her own public relations practice for more than 23 years, Woloshin is Marketing Communications Consultant at CareOregon Medicare Advantage as well as providing consulting to the Hazelden Foundation. Woloshin served on the board of directors of the PRSA Portland Metro Chapter for 13 years and led the organization as president in 1999. She is a William W. Marsh Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and was admitted to the PRSA College of Fellows in 2005. In addition to serving as a national PRSA mentor, Woloshin has mentored future communicators via adjunct faculty roles at two Oregon universities.
About PRSA’s Portland Metro Chapter
Serving 240 public relations professionals in Oregon and Southwest Washington, the chapter supports lifelong professional development and honors excellence in public relations.
More than one-fifth of Portland Metro Chapter members have earned Accreditation in Public Relations (APR), the profession’s only national post-graduate certification program. Six chapter members have been elected to the PRSA College of Fellows, considered the pinnacle of a professional career.
The Portland Metro Chapter is led by an all-volunteer board of professionals from across the region. Signature events include the annual Spotlight Awards, honoring excellence in public relations, and the Communicators Conference, held in partnership with the Oregon-Columbia chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators.
The Portland Metro Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America is one of 111 PRSA chapters across the country. Information about the chapter is available at www.prsa-portland.org.