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Minnesota PRSA is a volunteer organization. The strength of the organization comes from its member who volunteer on the various chapter committees.

If you wish to volunteer on a committee (almost all committees are seeking additional members), or are interested in more information on one or more committee, visit our Volunteer page or contact Holli Henderson at Chapter Volunteer Coordinator.

Accreditation committee
This committee promotes APR (Accredited in Public Relations) as a mark of distinction for professionals, motivates non-APR chapter members to pursue APR and prepare for the APR exam and coaches and mentors APR candidates throughout the process.


Karen Lyons, APR, Prime Therapeutics


Janet Swiecichowski, APR, Minnetonka Public Schools








Career Center committee
The Career Center team assists professionals in finding new or different career opportunities. The team works to create a list of professional job listings valuable to the public relations professional. Career Center also works with employers who wish to list jobs to the site. Additionally, the team looks for internship and volunteer opportunities to include through the Career Center. The Career Center committee also works closely with other Minnesota PRSA committees to communicate and host events surrounding career opportunities.

 DIRECTOR Betsy Anderson, Ph.D., APR








Classics and Awards committee
This committee works to recognize area communications professionals for excellence in public relations through the annual Minnesota PRSA Classics awards. The committee also promotes interaction and learning for PRSA members through judging opportunities, award entry preparation events and the annual Classics awards banquet.

 DIRECTOR Jill Spiekerman Bonham, APR, Land O’Lakes

Matt Petersen, Carmichael Lynch Relate

Mollie Rose Bush, Target Corporation







Communications committee

The Communications committee conducts all internal and external communications for the chapter, and assures Minnesota PRSA members are up-to-date on the latest information on all chapter initiatives, news and events. The committee is responsible for the content and distribution of all of the chapter’s main communication vehicles and media relations related to chapter programming, including:

DIRECTOR Dan Hauser, APR, Minnesota Medical Association

 Leah Kondes, Padilla

Cathy McFarland McLaneCathyConnects, LLC





External Relations committee

The External Relations committee assists the chapter’s committees and Board in promoting the role of public relations and PRSA to the business community in Minnesota and beyond.

DIRECTOR Betsy Anderson,Ph.D.,APR

Kimberly Albert, APR, The Doug Spong Co.

Meredith Voltin, APR






Membership committee
The Membership committee serves as the primary point of contact for members and prospective members, ensuring they are getting the most they can from belonging to Minnesota PRSA. The committee also works to broaden the membership of Minnesota PRSA by reaching out to public relations professionals and recent public relations graduates who are currently not members of PRSA.  Core activities include:

  • Member retention programs
  • Special programs for new members to help them understand chapter opportunities
  • Mentorship program to connect experienced PRSA members with professionals of all ages and experience levels
  • Special recognition programs for veteran members
 DIRECTOR Holly Donato, APR

Debbie Friez, Top Rank Marketing







Professional Development and Networking committee
The Professional Development and Networking committee develops cutting-edge, enriching programming that helps members develop their skills and bolster their networks. This committee is dedicated to programming that helps professionals stay ahead of the latest trends, hear experts in related fields and prepare themselves for the future of our profession. Monthly events are held at various times and locations around the Twin Cities and timely topics focus around five PR “pillars:” research, planning, implementation, evaluation and ethics. 



Katie Thomas, Christopher and Banks Corporation

Raya Zimmerman, 3M


Student Relations committee
The Student Relations committee supports 11 Minnesota PRSA-affiliated Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) chapters. The committee helps these students learn more about the profession and PRSA, as well as prepare for a career in public relations, by providing opportunities for students to interact with professionals, network with potential employers and gain experience in the field.




Jill Lewis, APR, Weber Shandwick

 CO-CHAIRS Becca BijochLola Red PR 
Samantha Liebhard, Carmichael Lynch Relate

Minnesota PRSA
5353 Wayzata Blvd, Suite 350
Minneapolis MN 55416
Phone: 952-564-3046
Fax: 952-252.8096

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