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
Senior Director of Public Relations/National Spokesperson, Goodwill Industries International



Robert Krueger
Executive Communications Manager, Gensler



Michelle “Mischa” Sindyukov
Consultant, APCO Worldwide



Meredith Williams, MPH
Senior Principal, Atlas Research



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



Leah McConnell Dergachev
Vice President
Senior Director, External Communications, Olive



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




Laura Ambrosio
Communications and Policy, Consumer Technology Association



Karen Addis, APR
President & CEO, Addis Communications



Diti Bhasin
Director of Digital Strategies & Equity Programs, Flexibility



Rachelina Bonacci
Public Information Officer
Maryland Stadium Authority



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



Shonali Burke
Chief Marketing Officer
Arena Stage



Carol Lyn Colón
Executive Vice President, Zeno Group



Patty Nicastri
Senior Digital Content Strategist, Fors Marsh Group



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



Carol Wilkerson
Press Director, US Small Business Administration



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



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



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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 
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