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

Lauren Lawson-Zilai
President
Senior Director of Public Relations/National Spokesperson, Goodwill Industries International

 

 

Robert Krueger
President-Elect
Executive Communications Manager, Gensler

 

 

Michelle “Mischa” Sindyukov
Secretary
Consultant, APCO Worldwide

 

 

Meredith Williams, MPH
Treasurer
Senior Principal, Atlas Research

 

 

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

 

 

Leah McConnell Dergachev
Vice President
Assistant Vice President, Marketing, Communications and Membership, Medical Device Innovation Consortium (MDIC)

 

 

Pattie Yu
Vice President
Principal and Founder
The Yu Crew, LLC

 

 

Board

Laura Ambrosio
Director
Communications and Policy, Consumer Technology Association

 

 

Karen Addis, APR
Director
President & CEO, Addis Communications

 

 

Diti Bhasin
Director
Director of Digital Strategies & Equity Programs, Flexability

 

 

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

 

 

Shonali Burke
President and CEO
Shonali Burke Consulting, Inc.

 

 

Carol Lyn Colón
Director
Senior Vice President, Ogilvy

 

 

Patty Nicastri
Director
Account Supervisor, Hager Sharp

 

 

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

 

 

Carol Wilkerson
Director
Press Director, US Small Business Association

 

 

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

 

 

Lisa Kiefer
Immediate Past President (ex officio)
Managing Director, Morning Consult

 

 

To contact any of our Officers or Board members, please email them at info@prsancc.org

 

Advisory Board

PRSA NCC launched its first-ever Advisory Council. Advisory Council members serve as a valued, high-level resource to PRSA NCC’s President and Executive Committee. Advisory Council members provide strategic direction and guidance on topics of critical importance to the chapter leadership such as strategic vision for the organization; potential professional development topics and speakers; diversity, equity, inclusion; allyship; and good governance practice. Advisors serve as PRSA NCC ambassadors both online and in person to their professional networks; and help strengthen the two primary revenue drivers for PRSA NCC: sponsorship and membership.

Advisory Council members are personally appointed by the President and serve a one-year term with the opportunity to renew for another term.

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

 

 

Jenna DePellegrini 
President
PRSSA, American University

 

Charrosé C. King-Matthews
Communications Lecturer, Department of Strategic Legal and Management Communication
PhD Candidate
Howard University

 

Samantha Villegas, APR
Director of Strategic Communications, Raltelis
former PRSA National Board of Directors, former PRSA NCC President

 

 

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

2021 Delegates

Jackie Allder, APR
Ann Andrews Morris
John Cole
Aaron Ellis, APR, Fellow PRSA
Suzanne Holroyd, APR+M, Fellow PRSA
Michelle Hudgins, APR
Staci Maiers, APR
Robyn Rudish-Laning
Carol Wilkerson

 

Past Presidents

Chapter Sponsors