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On behalf of the PRSA/Southwest District, welcome to our Accreditation page! Perhaps you’ve mulled over APR, giving it thoughtful consideration over the last couple of years, but just haven’t quite made up your mind. We know you’re “APR Ready to Roll” and we’re here to help!

With the PRSA/Southwest District, you not only have the APR resources of PRSA National at your fingertips, but accreditation chairs from across our six-chapter district. Below you’ll find these helpful sections:

  • APR in the news;
  • Celebrating 50 Years of the APR;
  • Contact info for each accreditation chair and their chapter’s accreditation Web page and/or resources;
  • PRSA/Southwest District incentive to achieve your APR (money!);
  • Resources;
  • APR: Q & As; and
  • Testimonials.

Please don’t hesitate to call your chapter’s accreditation chair or contact me. We look forward to helping you in your professional development and achieving your APR!

Sincerely,

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Accreditation Chair, PRSA/Southwest District
Director of Communications & Business Development
Arkansas Children’s Hospital
1 Children’s Way
Little Rock, AR  72202
(501) 364-6441)
Twitter:  @danmcfaddenapr

Need Incentive to Achieve Your APR?

Apply for the PRSA Southwest District APR Stipend

Newly accredited members who are a part of a chapter within the Southwest District can apply using the stipend application below.

 

Did you know Southwest District/PRSA offers an APR stipend program for members who earn the APR?

The stipends are given to the first candidates who pass the exam, meet the requirements and apply for the stipend each year. The process is quick and easy, and a great way to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of our newest APRs. Click here for: APR Stipend. 

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Value of APR? 
The District is also seeking testimonies from accredited members on the "VALUE OF APR TO YOU." Please send a brief testimony and a headshot to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and we'll share the information on our website. We look forward to hearing from you and sharing your story!

 

 

 

 
APR: Patti Kelly, APR PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 17 July 2014 22:36

2015 APR Stipend Recipient

Patti Kelly, APR
Austin Chapter of PRSA

Testimonial:

 

Patti Kelly APRI've always placed a high priority on my professional development and so has my employer. I've been actively involved in PRSA for nearly a decade, and have made it a personal goal to obtain my APR as the next step in my career. I'm thrilled I accomplished this goal in 2014, and I look forward to helping others add the letters "APR" behind their name.

Through the APR process, I learned how to take any situation – regardless of the industry – and break it down into a communications plan. I have a better understanding of all of the elements of a plan, including research, planning, goals, strategies, objectives, messaging, and budgeting.

I now have more credibility in the eyes of my company executives. They seek out and listen to my counsel. Having my APR has given me a "seat at the table" when it comes to company communications strategy.

Last Updated on Sunday, 01 March 2015 13:55
 
Accreditation Chairs - PRSA / Southwest District PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dan McFadden   
Monday, 26 May 2014 22:29

ARKANSAS

Arkansas Chapter

Brandon D. Morris, MPA, APR+M

Public Information Officer

AR Dept of Emergency Mgmt and Homeland Security
(501) 554-4182

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http://arkprsa.org/content.php?page=Professional_Development

Northwest Arkansas Chapter  

Leigh Allison Stidham, APR

Communications Manager

Sam's Club

(479) 652-1200

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KANSAS

Kansas Chapter  

Dennis H. Bender, APR

Executive Director

Union Rescue Mission of Wichita, Inc.

(316) 687-4673

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Kansas City Chapter  

Jake B. Potter, APR
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LOUISIANA

 

Baton Rouge Chapter

Kristi Barnett Williams, APR

Vice President of Communications

Louisiana Association of Business & Industry

(225) 324-2474

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New Orleans Chapter  

Cheryn Robles, APR

(504) 658-8046

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NEW MEXICO

New Mexico Chapter  

Jennifer V. Kemp, APR

(505) 250-5020

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OKLAHOMA

Oklahoma City Chapter  

Robert Scott Pritchard, APR, Fellow PRSA

(405) 325-1793

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Bonnie Ann Cain-Wood, APR

Sr. Communications Specialist, Libraries

Oklahoma State University

405-744-7331

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http://prsaokc.com/content.php?page=The_Six_Steps_to_Your_APR

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Tulsa Chapter  

Christopher E. Payne, APR

Executive Director of Public Information

Tulsa Public Schools

3027 S. New Haven Ave.

Tulsa, OK 74114

Phone: (918) 746-6898

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Kristen Colleen Turley, APR

Communications Specialist Staff

Magellan Midstream Partners

(918) 574-7208

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http://prsatulsa.com/content.php?page=APR_Members

 

TEXAS

 

Austin Chapter

Andrew Tanker, APR

Public Relations Manager

LIVESTRONG Foundation

(512) 279-8456

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http://www.prsa.austin.org/accreditation

 

Dallas Chapter  

Bernadette Adams Davis, APR
(407) 928-2044|
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Rita Linjuan Men, PhD, APR

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http://prsadallas.org/content.php?page=APR

 

Greater Fort Worth Chapter  

Carolyn G. Bobo, APR,Fellow PRSA

Human Resources Communications

Univ. of North Texas System

(817) 263-0704

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http://fortworthprsa.org/accreditation/

 

Houston Chapter  

Elise A. Hasbrook, APR

Sr. Communications Manager

Academy Sports + Outdoors

(317) 209-3373

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http://www.prsahouston.org/activities/accreditation/

 

San Antonio Chapter

Monica A. Faulkenbery, APR

Asst Dir, Communications

Northside School District

(210) 397-8551

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http://prsanantonio.com/news.php#APR_News

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 March 2015 15:53
 
APR: Melissa Monroe-Young, APR PDF Print E-mail


2015 APR Stipend Recipient
Melissa Monroe-Young, APR
San Antonio Chapter of PRSA
 

Testimonial:

Melissa 1Rather than pursuing another master's degree, I felt earning the APR would give me the knowledge and resources that I needed to be more effective in my job. It would teach me how to write an effective communications plan, measurement practices and how to think strategically.

Of course, all my duties made studying hard and I didn't pass the test on the first time. But I felt like I came too far and too close to passing to give up and kept on until I achieved those three little letters.

Even if I took time off from studying and decided to pursue my APR at a later date, just what I learned in the process is priceless and I would do it all over again

 
APR: Jeff Pounds, APR PDF Print E-mail

JeffPounds2011 APR Scholarship Recipient
Jeff Pounds, APR
Tulsa Chapter of PRSA
 

 

Testimonial:

 
 

 

I think that the APR process is a must for all public relations professionals who want to maximize their potential in their career.  It’s about a commitment to a strategic, researched-based approach to communications that will add the most value to your client or your organization.  I think it also underscores the importance of continuous learning and education in our careers – of always striving to understand and apply the theory that underpins what we do every day.

Going through the APR process, particularly preparing for the examp, demands that you really think about how you work every day and fills voids in your knowledge base. Also, developing your portfolio and preparing for the Readiness Review provides an opportunity to take stock in your career and focus on areas for development. I would highly recommend all PRSA members who are serious about deepening their knowledge base and enhancing their career to consider going through the APR process. You won't regret it!

 

 

 

  

  

 

 

 

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