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
President
Executive Communications Manager, Gensler

 

 

Leah McConnell Dergachev
President-Elect
Senior Director, External Communications, Olive

 

 

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

 

Karin Drinkhall, APR
Treasurer
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

 

 

Board

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

 

Rachelina Bonacci
Public Information Officer
Maryland Stadium Authority

 

 

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

 

 

Stephanie Dukes
Associate Director
Vanguard Communications

 

 

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

 

Patty Nicastri
Director
Senior Digital Content Strategist, Fors Marsh Group

 

 

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

 

Carol Wilkerson
Director
Press Director, US Small Business Administration

 

 

Josh Wilson
Director
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:

Michelle Hudgins, APR

Robert Krueger

Rakeem Mosey, APR

Larry Parnell

Carol Wilkerson

Lauren Lawson-Zilai

 

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

Past Presidents

Chapter Sponsors