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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 us. We look forward to helping you in your professional development and achieving your APR!

Sincerely,

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Accreditation Co-Chair, PRSA/Southwest District
501-364-6441

Laura Van Hoosier, APR

Accreditation Co-Chair, PRSA/Southwest District

214-609-4472

 

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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Greater Fort Worth Chapter Sings the Value of APR - Watch YouTube Skit

Carolyn Bobo, APR, accreditation chair of PRSA/Greater Fort Worth chapter, has shared this short skit from their April 2013 chapter meeting -- if you don't have your APR, look no further than this tremendous song and dance routine for inspiration. Andra Bennett, APR, provides lead vocals with APR backup singers Linda Jacobson, APR (purple boa), and Sandra Rodnicki, APR (blue boa). Strike up the APR band! 


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!

 

 
Accreditation Chairs - PRSA / Southwest District PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dan McFadden   
Monday, 26 May 2014 22:29

ARKANSAS

Arkansas Chapter

Heather A. Haywood, APR

(501) 372-5100

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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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LOUISIANA

 

Baton Rouge Chapter

Stafford Wood, APR

Principal

Covalent Logic

(225) 389-1010

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New Orleans Chapter  

Cheryn Robles, APR

(504) 658-8046

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NEW MEXICO

New Mexico Chapter  

Annemarie Ciepiela Henton, APR

(505) 246-6209

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OKLAHOMA

Oklahoma City Chapter  

Pam Campbell, APR

Public Affairs Director

Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Oklahoma City Branch

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Sherry Kast, APR
Corporate Communications & PR Manager
Express Employment Professionals

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Tulsa Chapter  

Christopher E. Payne, APR

Executive Director of Public Information

Tulsa Public Schools

(918) 746-6898

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Kristen Colleen Turley, APR

Communications Specialist Staff

Magellan Midstream Partners

(918) 574-7208

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TEXAS

 

Austin Chapter

Marmie T. Edwards, CAE, APR

Principal

Edwards Communications

(703) 851-0492

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Central Texas Chapter

 

Marlene S. Neill, Ph.D., APR

Assistant Professor

Baylor University

(254) 710-6322

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Dallas Chapter  

Bernadette Adams Davis, APR
(407) 928-2044|
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John Michael Janney, APR

(469) 619-7273

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Greater Fort Worth Chapter  

Laura Moore Van Hoosier, APR

Texas Health Resources

(214) 609-4472

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Houston Chapter  

Elise A. Hasbrook, APR

Sr. Communications Manager

Academy Sports + Outdoors

(317) 209-3373

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San Antonio Chapter

Michelle S. Baker, APR

Principal

e-Nuz

(806) 626-2650

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West Texas Chapter

Eddie Owens, APR

Executive Vice President/Human Resources Director

City Bank

(806) 928-0462

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 March 2016 18:06
 
APR: Fran Stephenson, APR PDF Print E-mail

2015 APR Stipend Recipient
Fran Stephenson, APR
San Antonio Chapter of PRSA
 

Testimonial:


FranStephensonAPR

I always recognized the value of the APR, but never had the opportunity to pursue accreditation until earlier this year. It was validating to know that the RPIE process which forms the core of the study program for the APR accreditation was a process I was already using with my clients. As a solo PR practitioner, it will help set me apart from other independent practitioners in my region.

 
APR: Stella Prather, APR PDF Print E-mail

2015 APR Stipend Recipient
Stella Prather, APR
Arkansas Chapter of PRSA
 

Testimonial:

 


stellapratherapr"Invaluable. That describes the APR process for me. It not only was a benefit to myself, but also my employer and my profession, as well. It is a mark of distinction for public relations professionals who are recognized for their expertise in strategic communication."

 
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

 
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