PRSA Portland Metro Chapter

2016 PRSA PDX Board Slate


Oct 15


PRSA Portland Members will have an opportunity to cast their vote for our 2016 Board. Below are nominees for all positions, as selected by the 2015 Nominating Committee.


Mark Mohammadpour, APRMarkMohamm_Web

President, CEO and leadership assembly delegate

An accredited member of PRSA, Mark is a senior communications strategist with more than 15 years of experience working with global brands. Currently, Mark is a vice president at Edelman in Portland, working on technology clients like Adobe, FLIR and Symantec.

Prior to his time at Edelman, Mark was vice president at Weber Shandwick, where he worked with a number of consumer technology, corporate and government clients on integrated communications programs. During his time at Weber Shandwick, Mark managed campaigns for Mentor Graphics, Microsoft, Samsung, and the U.S. Army.

Mark’s efforts have helped secure dozens of awards on behalf of his clients, including those given by The Holmes Report, IABC, PRNews, PRSA and PRWeek.

In his spare time, Mark e is a huge Portland Timbers fan and technology early adopter.

Since 2014, Mark has served on the board of directors for the chapter. Mark has a degree in Organizational Communication from The University of Portland and can be reached on Twitter @MarkMoh.

Colby Reade, APRColby-Reade

President-elect, chief development officer and leadership assembly delegate

Helping people share their story has always been a passion for Colby Reade, APR. Graduating from the University of Oregon Clark Honors College as a Presidential Student Scholar, Colby believed his future lay in journalism where he could use the airwaves of Oregon to help raise awareness of issues critical to the local community. After building a successful career at several broadcast outlets across the state, Colby became aware of the myriad nonprofits, individuals and companies that had important news to share but needed help navigating the complexities of the media landscape, as well as the rapidly emerging new frontier of social and digital platforms.

After offering tips and coaching to various groups for a few years, Colby realized that he could achieve his goal of making a significant, positive impact on the community by transitioning to the field of PR full time and offering his services as a strategic communications consultant.

Since moving to PR, Colby has had the pleasure of working with some of the finest minds in the industry. He currently serves as an Account Supervisor for CMD, and has previously held positions with Waggener Edstrom Communications and The Hoffman Agency. His portfolio includes work on behalf of a wide variety of brands, including Microsoft, JELD-WEN, Alcatel-Lucent, Touchjet, MAZZO Mobile, Ecwid, and Iberdrola Renewables, as well as nonprofits such as SMART, WVDO, STAGED! and Oregon Dog Rescue.

Colby earned his APR in 2013, has received the PRSA Portland Metro New Professional Award of Excellence, and served on the PRSA Portland Metro Chapter Board as Chief Communications Officer for 2014 and 2015. Previously, he was a founding member and communications lead for the SMART Associate Board and served for several years on the Oregon State Bar Press Broadcasters Council. Find him on Twitter at @colbyreade.

Taraneh Fultz, APRTaraneh-Fultz

Past-president, CFO and treasurer

Taraneh Fultz, APR, got her start in public relations at the age of 17, when she was recruited by a publicist at Terry Hines and Associates who’d seen her using her high school newspaper’s film and television beat to build relationships with Bay Area film critics. That internship sparked a lifelong love of the profession, as well as a commitment to mentoring new professionals.

“What drives me is a desire to be useful,” says Taraneh. “If I can connect the dots from the task to a bottom-line goal, I’m happy. It’s not enough to ‘do,’ or even to do well. You need to do the right thing, at the right time, for the right reason, and you need to do that well.”

Her board service includes Director-at-Large – Communicators Conference (2007 and 2008); Vice President of Professional Development (2009); Director-at-Large – Development (2011 and 2012); Treasurer (2013); and President-Elect (2014).

Taraneh is accredited in public relations by the Universal Accreditation Board, and has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and public relations from the University of Oregon. The Portland Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America awarded her their 2007 New Professional of the Year.

Erin Merz, APRErin Merz

Chief operating officer, secretary

Erin Merz, APR, oversees content marketing for Portland State University Campus Recreation. She is responsible for brand management and developing/implementing communication strategies that promote Campus Rec programs, services and events. She loves the energy of a college campus and most enjoys managing and mentoring a team of 10 talented students.

Erin is a lifelong fitness enthusiast and swam competitively in college. When she unplugs and unwinds, she enjoys running with her super fit German shorthaired pointer, open water swimming, yoga, biking, hiking, camping, traveling, exploring the great outdoors and experiencing Oregon’s craft beer scene.

Erin has a bachelor’s degree in broadcasting from Grand Valley State University, a master’s degree in communications from the New York Institute of Technology and is Accredited in Public Relations (APR). She’s been a member and volunteer or PRSA Portland since 2013 and currently serves as chair of the Content Strategy Committee.

Tracey Lam, APRTracey Lam

Chief advocacy officer

In 1980, just months after Tracey and her family emigrated to Portland from Hong Kong, Mount St. Helens erupted. As neighbors – once strangers – emerged to check on each other and help clean up the ashes, Tracey experienced the true meaning of community. The impact of that day and the gratitude that was felt remain strong decades later – helping to foster a desire to serve the community and give back.

Today, Tracey works as the public relations and communications manager at Make-A-Wish Oregon, a nonprofit that grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. She is also a co-founder of API Forward, an education foundation that supports local Asian Pacific Islanders; a member of the Portland Business Alliance’s President’s Council; and an ambassador board member of the Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce.

In her spare time, Tracey loves to hike, snowshoe, play tennis and read. She also organizes a monthly book club and a weekly Chinese language group. Her favorite quote comes from Winston Churchill, who said, “We make a living by what we do, but we make a life by what we give.”

Jean Kempe-Ware, APRJean Kempe-Ware

Chief relationship officer, VP member relations

Jean Kempe-Ware, APR, began her career as a newspaper journalist before becoming a seasoned pro in public relations, specializing in the nonprofit arena.

She managed public relations for Oregon Food Bank and its major fundraiser, the Waterfront Blues Festival, for a dozen years, moving the needle on statewide awareness of hunger and helping to change public policies that affect low-income people. For example, she worked on successful campaigns to raise the minimum wage and to stop predatory lending.

She directed public relations at Lewis & Clark College for many years, putting faculty research on the international map and co-chairing the biggest event in the history of the college. She also worked in communications at Salem-Keizer School District, Oregon Department of Revenue and Beaverton School District.

Along the way, she earned more than 100 local and national awards for her work.

Although she stepped down from full-time work, she couldn’t stay away from public relations and the PRSA Portland Metro Chapter. She runs her own part-time business and works for Woloshin Communications. She is passionate about APR, serves on the chapter’s APR mentoring team and chairs the chapter’s Membership Committee.

Noe BakerNoe Baker

Chief communications officer, VP of public relations

A skilled nonprofit and health care communicator, Noe Baker is the senior media advocacy specialist for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, the advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society. In her role, she provides media and social media strategy and support and advises on communications issues to shape cancer-fighting policy in six Western states. Prior to joining ACS CAN, she spent six years as the public relations and social media manager at the headquarters of the National Psoriasis Foundation. Past positions include the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce and several stints at local PR agencies working with companies such as the Oregon Humane Society and Tillamook Cheese. Noe was previously on the PRSA board of directors as the Director of Recognition and the Spotlight Awards Co-Chair and has served in various volunteer committee positions.

When she isn’t pitching reporters, crafting compelling stories or developing social media strategies, Noe enjoys cheering for her Oregon Ducks and Blazers, hiking with her dog and searching Portland for the perfect cup of coffee. A native of Maui, she is a proud graduate of the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and Communications. Find Noe on Twitter @NoeBaker.

Kathryn D. Hubbell, APR, M.S., Fellow PRSAKathy Hubbell

Director-at-large, career development

Kathryn D. Hubbell, APR, M.S., Fellow PRSA, owner of AdScripts, LLC, has over 30 years’ experience in public relations and marketing. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a focus in public relations from the University of Oregon and a Master’s in Communications Management from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in New York. She is accredited in public relations through PRSA.

Kathy recently completed seven years of teaching a full public relations curriculum at Marylhurst University, and has also taught at Portland State as well as the University of Montana. She has returned to work with private clients, and looks forward to working on some of her own writing. Over the course of her career, she has worked in a wide variety of industries including health care, performing arts, the timber industry, land use issues, small business, utilities, natural horsemanship, tourism, government, book publishing, law enforcement, real estate – and most recently, a special LED light that can be strung anywhere on a fishing line for any type of freshwater fish! Articles Kathy has written have been published nationally and internationally. Her capstone paper at Syracuse University focused on using various public relations models for land-use and natural resource issues in the American West.

Kathy founded the Montana Chapter of PRSA in 1996; served as 2001 Chair of PRSA’s North Pacific District, and served on the national PRSA Board of Directors from 2008-2009. She was inducted into PRSA’s College of Fellows in 2006, and in 2014 was awarded the William W. Marsh Lifetime Achievement Award from the Portland Metro Chapter of PRSA.

She serves as the 2015 ethics officer as well has head of the professional development committee for the Portland Metro Chapter of PRSA. For the past 14 years Kathy has run a web site for veterans and active-duty service members regarding the military’s anthrax vaccine and other bioterrorism vaccines.

Kathy has traveled to 26 different countries: wanderlust took hold when she was a student on Semester at Sea many years ago. She considers the Oregon coast to be a special touchstone in her life, and tries to make annual trips to Glacier National Park. Any time she gets to spend with her grandchildren injects a special joy to her life.

Beverly BrooksBeverly Brooks

Director-at-large, development

Beverly brings more than a decade of award winning journalism and public relations experience to the PRSA Portland Metro Chapter. As the Principal of Media & Image Consulting, Inc., she thrives in client and media relations, with a focus on local, national and global earned media.

Throughout her tenure, she has created marketing plans to raise money for medical research including neuromuscular diseases and breast cancer awareness. While working as a primary news anchor, she was part of a team that became the number one Fox affiliate in the country. As an investigative journalist she raised awareness about a health crisis that resulted in new state regulation. Beverly also served news management roles throughout her career, has created robust public relations and marketing campaigns and coaches c-level executives. Beverly is a proud member of PRSA and the Screen Actors Guild. She enjoys hiking, biking, photography and has a soft spot for furry creatures.

Becca SterbenzBecca Sterbenz

Director-at-large, events

Becca is a Senior Account Manager at Quinn Thomas. Her work focuses on the intersection of public relations, public affairs and community engagement. Her portfolio includes clients such as AT&T, Walmart, Uber, The Standard, the State of Oregon and State of Washington.

She started her career conducting outreach and engagement programs for public agencies across the Pacific Northwest. This work is a backdrop for her current communications endeavors—giving her a unique understanding of Oregon’s communities, their cultures and how to craft communications to resonate with local stakeholders.

Prior to joining Quinn Thomas, Becca supported communications and public affairs efforts for the bi-state Columbia River Crossing project, worked at a boutique Portland-based public involvement firm and served as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Louisville, Kentucky.

She holds a bachelors degree from the University of Texas – Austin and completed a yearlong program at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.

Prapat (Jojoe) NujoyJojoe

Director-at-large, recognition

Prapat Nujoy who goes by Jojoe, was born in Houston, Texas and moved to Alaska at the age of 12.

He attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks and earned a degree in music performance playing the bass trombone.

After moving to Eugene, Ore. in 2008, Jojoe decided to go back to school in 2010 to obtain a post baccalaureate in journalism with a concentration in public relations. He graduated in 2013 from the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication.

Jojoe moved to the Portland metro area and eventually landed a job at Union Gospel Mission working with Stacy Kean, APR, as the communications coordinator.

He is responsible for creating content for the social media channels at the mission. In addition, he takes photos, produces videos, and edits copy.

Outside of work, Jojoe volunteers for the PRSA PDX Chapter as a photographer and as the newsletter editor. He recently received the 2015 New Professional Award of Excellence at the 30th Annual Spotlight Awards.

As a passionate Oregon Ducks fan, he also volunteers for the University of Oregon Alumni Association PDX Chapter. He takes photos for events and also serves as the communications chair on the board.

When Jojoe doesn’t run around town going from work or to volunteer events, he hits the ice rink playing hockey on a league in Sherwood as a defenseman. He also likes to go curling when he can and snowboards when Mt. Hood has snow.

You can follow Jojoe on Twitter at @pnujoy.

Madeline Turnock, APRMadeline Turnock_headshot_1_2015

Leadership assembly delegate

Madeline Turnock, APR, a past president of PRSA Portland, rejoins the board in 2016 as one of two Portland, Ore. delegates to the PRSA National Assembly. For nearly two decades, she has worked with public and private companies, universities, and nonprofits in all stages of growth, driving their strategic communications, public relations, media relations, and strategic partnerships that build trust and translate to positive reputations and brands.

Madeline’s passion for education, and focus on building stronger communities, brought her to Concordia University where she currently serves as Advisor to the President for Oregon’s largest private university. She joined Concordia in 2010 as Director of Marketing and Communications. Prior to that, Madeline was Vice President and Northwest Marketing Communications leader for Hill & Knowlton, a WPP Group company; ran her own PR firm Kineticomm LLC; was a senior account manager for CFM, and spent her early career with the Rockey Company.

Madeline has earned numerous Spotlight awards for communications campaigns, annual report writing, community relations, speech writing, and opinion-editorial writing, among others. A Portland, Ore. native, she has a master’s degree in organizational leadership and a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and English Literature from Gonzaga University. In her free time, she enjoys being active outdoors, traveling, cheering for the Timbers and Thorns, and spending time with her two high school-age daughters.

Julie Williams, APRJulieWilliams_022413

Director-at-large, service

Julie Williams, MS, APR, is an energetic, award-winning strategic communications professional and owner of Versatile Creative Consulting with nine years of combined in-house, agency and consulting experience planning and implementing successful integrated marketing communications programs, including digital, social, print, advertising, live events and publicity. Julie’s expertise is providing communications counsel to maturing, mission-driven businesses within the education, apparel, self-improvement and outdoor lifestyle industries, such as Nike, AARP, Concordia University, Construct Foundation and Multnomah Education School District. Julie is a popular speaker and writer about networking, building community and communicating with integrity. How? Consider the whole, speak from the heart, do the right thing and do it well. An active PRSA Portland member and volunteer since 2010, Julie has previously served on the PRSA Board as Director-at-large, New Professionals and VP, Professional Development. Julie is also a Mortarboard National Honor Society Alumni, along with previously serving on boards for Kids on the Block Awareness Program and the Sacred Fire Community. Julie is active in many interfaith communities and an avid athlete. Connect with Julie on Twitter: @Oregonintegrity or Instagram: @j3williams.

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