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Renee Robinson, APR

President

With 16 years of experience in public relations, Renee is a dedicated strategist and counselor with a proven ability to develop and lead communications initiatives that deliver results. Renee moved to Denver in 2013 and joined Ball Corporation, where she leads all external communications efforts. Renee previously lived in Kansas City, where she spent two years as PR consultant at Assurant Employee Benefits and nearly nine years at Nicholson Kovac, an integrated marketing communications agency. Renee also worked in corporate communications for Williams Energy and for BKD, a CPA and advisory firm, in Tulsa, Okla. Renee serves on the executive committee for PRSA’s Corporate Communications section and is a member of the Colorado chapter’s social and retreat committees. Renee served on PRSA’s national nominating committee, is past Midwest District chair and past president of the Kansas City chapter, where she was named PR Professional of the Year in 2012. She also served on the board of directors for PRSA’s Tulsa Chapter. Renee graduated from Oklahoma State University with bachelor’s degrees in English and journalism and broadcasting with a PR emphasis, as well as a master’s degree in mass communications and media management.

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Amy Sperber, APR

President Elect

Amy Sperber has more than 20 years of experience in public relations and strategic communications, focusing on executive and internal communications, change management, employee engagement and financial services communications. Amy graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in technical journalism with an emphasis in public relations. While at CSU, Amy served as the president and historian of the CSU Public Relations Student Society of America chapter. Amy has been a member of the PRSA Colorado Chapter since 1995. She received her APR designation and has served on the board of the PRSA Colorado Chapter and a number of committees over the past 21 years.  

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Suzanne Trantow

Secretary

Suzanne has more than 15 years of PR experience and has been a PRSA Colorado member for 10 years. She contracts for Aguilar PR and serves as full-time spokesperson, strategic counselor, client contact, and daily execution lead for AT&T Mobility's five Western states. Suzanne has experience working at well-respected PR firms in Denver, Los Angeles and Minneapolis. She has worked on accounts ranging from universities, corporate entertainment events and celebrities to consumer businesses, telecommunications and nonprofit organizations. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In past years she has chaired the PRSA Colorado Social Committee, Social Media Committee and served as Chapter Editor.

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Jerry Brown, APR

Treasurer

Jerry Brown, APR, committed journalism for 20 years. He’s practiced public relations even longer than that. One of his goals is to keep practicing until he gets it right. If you’ve done the math, you know he’s really . . . experienced. As a journalist, he was assignment editor for the AP’s Washington bureau during Watergate. He also worked for three daily newspapers, including the Rocky Mountain News. Jerry spent 17 years on the corporate public relations staff of US WEST (now CenturyLink) and has been an independent practitioner for more than 10 years. This is the second time he’s been on the board of PRSA Colorado. Brown previously served on the PRSA Colorado board from 2002 to 2004.

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Nicole Yost

Immediate Past President

Nicole is founder and president of Fyn Public Relations, headquartered in Loveland. From publicly-traded, international corporations to local small businesses, she has a knack for identifying unique differentiators for successful strategies and turning these into real client results. Nicole has worked in various industries such as travel and tourist, real estate, entertainment and events, education, B2B and B2C technology, nonprofit, and business. She has placed clients in national top tier media such as USA Today, The Today Show, New York Times, CBS Sunday Morning, Fox & Friends, Associated Press, Reuters, and the Washington Post. In addition to her involvement with PRSA Colorado, Nicole is a professional adviser for Colorado State University's PRSSA chapter. She is a 2011 graduate of Leadership Loveland, a 2012 graduate of Leadership Northern Colorado and has been recognized as the 2010 Rising Star with the Colorado Women of Influence and the 2012 Young Professionals of the Year by the Loveland Chamber of Commerce.

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Teresa Dougherty, APR

Assembly Delegate

With more than 15 years of experience in corporate communications and public relations, Teresa Dougherty applies her deep background in PR and strategic communications for clients who wish to tell their stories and manage their communications with their publics. Accredited in Public Relations with degrees in journalism and political science from the University of Colorado, Dougherty has worked as an independent consultant, agency account director and VP/corporate communications manager. She has worked for clients in the financial services, healthcare and transportation industries, as well as for government and non-profit clients. Dougherty is a former journalist with a background in political science and advocacy, having served on the board of a literacy nonprofit and was recently appointed Ethics Officer of PRSA Colorado.

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Elisabeth Monaghan, APR

Assembly Delegate

As the youngest of six “spirited” and talkative children, Elisabeth Monaghan, APR, learned early on that to effectively deliver her message, she must be an exceptional listener, writer and storyteller. Now, with more than 30 years of experience and a proven track record in strategic communications, Monaghan brings these same skills to her clients. Whether working in technology, book publicity, homebuilding, event-planning or as a community advocate, Monaghan has a history of putting clients at ease with her ability to lead teams, develop partnerships, manage projects and deliver successful programs. In 2010, Monaghan served as president of PRSA Colorado. While living in New Mexico from 2002 to 2006, she also served as secretary and ethics chair for PRSA New Mexico. Monaghan graduated summa cum laude from Regis University, with a bachelor’s in communication.

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Diane Mulligan, APR

Assembly Delegate

Diane Mulligan is president of M&C Communications. a public relations firm committed to representing inspirational organizations, products and services. M&C Communications works in all aspects of Public Relations, branding and crisis communications, specializing in insider media relations for clients including the American Culinary Federation Colorado Chefs Association, Colorado Respite Coalition, Easter Seals of Colorado, Keller Williams Realty DTC, Kroger/King Soopers, Rebuilding Together Metro Denver, Rocky Ford Growers Association and Viaero Wireless. Diane also manages a speakers bureau; Mulligan Speakers International. Diane is state coordinator for the grassroots mental health organization Creating Community Solutions Colorado and is founder of the nonprofit group CHART (Children’s Help and Assistance for Residential Treatment). Formerly, Diane was news director at Channel 7 in Denver and oversaw coverage of countless major stories as senior news editor for NBC News in New York City, before serving as Vice President of Communications for the National Stroke Association.

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Stacey Sepp, APR

Assembly Delegate

As the owner and principal of Xstatic Public Relations, Stacey manages the firm's clients and creates award-winning PR campaigns that feature big ideas and stellar results. Prior to co-founding Xstatic in 2004, Stacey worked in communications for Fortune 500 companies Echostar (DISH Network) and Richmond American Homes, and was manager of agency services with one of Colorado's top public relations firms. Stacey has managed campaigns for a diverse group of organizations, including Balanced Body, Corporate Express, Financial Planning Standards Board, the HERA Women's Cancer Foundation, Oncure Medical Corp., Party City and United Way. As a media relations expert, Stacey has placed stories in outlets ranging from The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal to Lifehacker, HGTV and Shape Magazine. Stacey graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in technical communication and journalism. Stacey has served on the board of the National Association of Women Business Owners, local nonprofit professional dance company 7dancers, and currently serves the board of the Public Relations Society of America, Colorado Chapter, as an assembly delegate.

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 Elisa Bishop

Director

With established expertise in public relations and marketing strategy, Elise has developed successful PR campaigns and media outreach strategies for a diverse portfolio of industries. She is currently a Communications Specialist at WhiteWave Foods based in Broomfield, Colorado. Prior to joining WhiteWave, Elise worked as an Account Executive at Full Picture, an award-winning PR agency based in New York City with an emphasis in fashion, beauty, lifestyle, and entertainment. Before that she worked as a PR Coordinator at L’Oreal, providing support for the Maybelline New York, Garnier, and Essie division. Elise has a strong PR background in media strategy, digital integration, crisis management, and brand launches. She is a graduate of the University of Colorado Boulder, with a B.A. in Communications. Elise is a Colorado native who was raised to be an avid skier, travel enthusiast, and has a minor foodie obsession. 

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 Bill Doughty, APR

Director

Bill Doughty, APR, has been practicing, leading, studying and teaching communications, public relations and marketing for more than 20 years. Throughout his career, Bill has enabled education, government and corporate organizations to define, craft and tell their unique stories in order to build relationships with the people they depend upon for success.  Bill is currently president of Engaging Communications, his independent consulting and freelance practice. Previously, he served as communications director for CH2M Hill, and was part of the senior leadership team that launched Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers. He has been active in PRSA throughout his career, participating with chapters in Florida and Georgia before coming to Colorado, holding various board and committee chair positions. Bill is a proud “Yinzer” who bleeds black and gold for his beloved hometown Steelers, Penguins and Pirates.

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Michelle Ellis

Director

Michelle Ellis is a partner of Orapin Marketing + Public Relations and a veteran communications professional with more than 16 years of experience in local, regional and national public relations programs, social media campaigns, marketing communications, community relations and event publicity, as well as broadcast journalism. She has worked with a variety of clients in a multitude of sectors, including small business, nonprofit, arts and entertainment, education, government,  consumer products, restaurant and food, publishing and business-to-business service. A Colorado native and Colorado State University alumna, Ellis is passionate about helping high impact companies with a Colorado connection take their communications to the next level so they will be heard, be seen and be remembered.

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Kelly Janhunen

Director

Kelly Janhunen is a senior account director and partner at Linhart Public Relations, a Denver-based PR firm recognized for its client work and business results, including being named for three  consecutive years to the Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest-growing private companies. Janhunen has more than 15 years of public relations agency experience with strengths in strategic counsel, reputation management, executive thought leadership, media relations and cross-functional, integrated approaches to brand-building. Janhunen focuses on creating highly targeted  communications programs that build awareness and affinity for Linhart PR’s national consumer brand clients, helping to drive traffic and sales, while also helping them stand out from and above the competition. Prior to joining Linhart PR, Janhunen was a client services manager at ClarusPR in Denver, and before that worked for Lois Paul & Partners, a Boston-area technology PR agency. She graduated magna cum laude from Boston University with a bachelor’s degree in communications. Janhunen is a long-time member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), a two-time PRSA Silver Anvil award winner and previously served as PRSA Colorado board director for two consecutive terms in 2010 and 2012.

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Quinn Kelsey

Director

Quinn has more than seven years' experience working across a range of global accounts, from consumer packaged goods to fast casual restaurants, building products to wearable technology. She has a knack for building and maintaining strong relationships with clients and media, creative and strategic thinking, writing across platforms and emerging media. Strong account and client management, and business acumen skills. 

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Jessica Sidener

Director

Jessica started her PR career doing media relations for The Ohio State University (OSU), where she worked extensively with local, state and national media outlets.  Jessica most recently was the director of communications, programming and partnerships for Arapahoe Library District, which serves more than 250,000 patrons in its eight locations. She provided strategic direction and executive counsel regarding all internal and external communications efforts. She also oversaw the digital and print marketing efforts more than 400 programs that occurred each month, as well as all library initiates and services. Jessica now has her own accessory/styling business, where she focuses on business development, marketing, public relations and brand development. Jessica has a Bachelor's in Journalism from OSU with an emphasis in public relations and  a Master of Science in Organization Leadership from Regis University. She serves on the board of directors of Colorado Safe Haven for Newborns.

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