National Capital Chapter

PRSA Leadership

Chapter Officers and Board of Directors

Our chapter is governed by a board of directors, which includes chapter officers and directors. The immediate past president also serves as a voting ex-officio member of the board.

Chapter Officers

Robert Krueger
Executive Communications Manager, Gensler



Leah McConnell Dergachev
Senior Director, External Communications, Olive



Jaya Koilpillai, MA, MSMOB, APR, ACC
President of Designing Communication; Certified Career Coach and Professor at University of Maryland


Karin Drinkhall, APR
Deputy Director for Integrated Communications at Barbaricum



Vickie Gogo, APR
Vice President
Senior Partner, Multicultural Communications, ICF Next



Larry Parnell
Vice President
Associate Professor & Program Director, The George Washington University




Thomas Becher, APR
Director of Marketing & PR Services at ECU Communications


Rachelina Bonacci
Public Information Officer
Maryland Stadium Authority



Crystal Borde
Vice President and Leader of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Practice, Vanguard Communications



Stephanie Dukes
Associate Director
Vanguard Communications



Patricia Hernandez, PhD
Communication Program Coordinator at Johns Hopkins University Advanced Academic Programs


Patty Nicastri
Senior Digital Content Strategist, Fors Marsh Group



Gillian Pommerehn
Senior Vice President, Public Relations & Reputation Management
Crosby Marketing Communications


Carol Wilkerson
Press Director, US Small Business Administration



Josh Wilson
Director, Strategic Communications, Children’s National Hospital



Lauren Lawson-Zilai
Immediate Past President (ex officio)
Senior Director of Public Relations/National Spokesperson, Shatterproof



Committee Leaders:

Accreditation (APR) Committee Co-Chairs:

Thomas Campbell, APR+M

Rakeem Mosey, APR

Amy Philpott, APR

Awards & Recognition Committee Chair:

Elizabeth Theil Mather

Career Support/Mentoring Committee Co-Chairs:

Stephanie Dukes

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee Chair:

Crystal Borde

Ethics Officer:

Samantha Villegas

Marcom Committee Chair:

Megan Sweeney

Membership Committee Co-Chairs:

Gillian Pommerehn

Jennifer Strohm, APR

Mid-Atlantic District Representative:

Leah McConnell Dergachev

Nomination Committee Chair:

Lauren Lawson-Zilai

Pro Bono Committee Co-Chairs:

Jasmine Jones

Joellen Leavelle

Professional Development Committee Co-Chairs:

Anne Duffy, CPCC, ACC

Bill Furmanski

Programming: Assn-Nonprofit Co-Chairs:

Laura Gross

Diana Olson

Christie Phillips, APR

Alysa Reich

Scott Ward

Sponsorship Committee Chair:

Myles Goldman


Our chapter also selects delegates to represent PRSA NCC at the 2022 annual PRSA National Leadership Assembly:

Maggie Barchine, APR

Leah Dergachev

Michelle Hudgins, APR

Robert Krueger

Rakeem Mosey, APR

Larry Parnell

Tracy Schario, APR

Carol Wilkerson

Lauren Lawson-Zilai


To contact any of our Officers or Board members, please email them at

Past Presidents

Chapter Sponsors