PRESIDENT: Philip SokoloskiPhilip Sokoloski

Film L.A.

Philip Sokoloski is a tech-savvy communication and public relations strategist, with seven years of applied management experience in the nonprofit/government sector.

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Diane Rhodes BergmanPRESIDENT-ELECT: Diane Rhodes Bergman, APR

LA Opera

Diane Rhodes Bergman, APR currently serves as the Vice President of Marketing and Communications for Los Angeles Opera.

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BoardBioPhotos_PeterHidalgoVICE PRESIDENT/TREASURER: Peter Hidalgo, APR

Time Warner Cable

Peter Hidalgo, APR, is Director, Government Relations for Time Warner Cable and is a seasoned government relations and communications leader with more than 20 years of experience in the private and public sector.

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Alan K. CaldwellVICE PRESIDENT/SECRETARY: Alan Caldwell, APR

The Lancaster Caldwell Group

Alan K. Caldwell is President and CEO of The Lancaster Caldwell Group. Previously he wasVice President and Chief Diversity Strategist for Cerrell Associates.

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Marisol BarriosVICE PRESIDENT: Marisol Barrios, APR

Hillsides

With 22 years of successful experience in communications, public relations, and the nonprofit sector, Marisol Barrios generates strategic community outreach and advocacy efforts, appealing to target audiences.

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Dave BarthmussVICE PRESIDENT: Dave Barthmuss

Advotocracy
Independent Public Relations Consultant

Dave Barthmuss led all of General Motors’ public relations activities in Los Angeles and the west until early 2016, and now serves as an independent practitioner and senior counsel for clients and agencies.

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Jim WetmoreVICE PRESIDENT: James Wetmore

Weber Shandwick

Jim Wetmore is an executive vice president and co-leader of the California Healthcare Practice for Weber Shandwick, a leading global public relations firm and part of the Interpublic Group.

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Victoria Lelash, MS, APRIMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT: Victoria Lelash, APR

Runyon Saltzman

Victoria Lelash, MS, APR, is a Managing Director at Runyon Saltzman specializing in social marketing and public affairs for clients such as the California Department of Public Health, California Mental Health Services Authority and the Los Angeles Community Broadband Network.

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DIRECTORS (One-Year Positions)

Shell Amega

California Science Center Foundation

Shell Amega is Vice President, Communications for the California Science Center Foundation. Her most rewarding career challenge was directing strategic communications for the 2012 arrival and transportation of Space Shuttle Endeavour including its national flyover, 12-mile, three-day journey through two cities, and Grand Opening at the Science Center’s Samuel Oschin Pavilion.

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Erik DeutschErik Deutsch (ASSEMBLY DELEGATE)

ExcelPR Group

Erik Deutsch (2014 PRSA-LA President) is an award-winning media strategist with more than 20 years of experience in public relations, digital marketing and content creation.

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Raul GordilloRaul Gordillo (ASSEMBLY DELEGATE)

Southern California Gas Co.

Raul Gordillo serves as Capital Projects Outreach Manager at Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas)

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Denise FergusonDenise Ferguson, Ph.D., APR

Pepperdine University

Denise P. Ferguson is Professor of Communication and Director of Graduate Programs in Communication at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.

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Holly FerrisHolly Ferris

Ferris Communications

Holly Ferris is president of Ferris Communications, a public relations and marketing consulting firm that offers a full range of services including public relations planning and implementation, media relations, crisis communications, brand building, speech writing, project management, community relations, and special event planning and execution.

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David GarciaDavid M. Garcia

DMG Communications

David Garcia is principal of DMG Communications, a public relations consultancy specializing in corporate communications, media relations and editorial services.

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Rick Markovitz

Weissman/Markovitz Communications

Rick Markovitz has worked in executive-level positions with global advertising agencies, major entertainment companies, as well as leading technology-based firms for more than 30 years.

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Joe MarchelewskiJoe Marchelewski

Juris Productions, Inc.

Joe Marchelewski is Public Relations Account Manager for Juris Productions, Inc. Prior to Juris, he was Public Relations Manager for the law firm of Shernoff, Bidart, Echeverria and Bentley. For over 15 years, he has worked for public relations agencies, law firms, small businesses and large companies, handling all aspects of media relations, marketing, market analysis, public relations, website development, online marketing, trade show coordination, event planning, advertising and communications.

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Linda MartinLinda Shipkey Martin, APR

Porter Novelli

Linda Martin, APR is a partner and managing director leading the Porter Novelli Southern California offices, which include Los Angeles, Irvine and San Diego.

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Sallie OlmstedSallie Olmsted, APR

Rogers & Cowan

With twenty-three years of technology, corporate, digital media and consumer brand marketing public relations experience, Sallie Olmstead oversees the Convergence unit that manages the intersection of technology and science with digital media, entertainment and consumer products.

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Jessica PayneJessica Payne

Strategy For Impact

Jessica Payne is the founder of Strategy For Impact, a personal brand and digital marketing consultancy based in Los Angeles.

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Ing Phansavath, Ed.D.

UCLA Extension

Ing Phansavath is the Program Director of the Leadership, Management, and Communications Unit in the department of Business, Management & Legal Programs at UCLA Extension. She oversees a diverse portfolio of over 100 courses in Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Human Resources Management, Public Relations, and Small Business.

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Cheryl RobinsonCheryl Robinson, APR

PadillaCRT

As a director at PadillaCRT, Cheryl provides strategic community relations, grassroots communications, employee engagement, sales and media relations counsel to clients within the agency’s corporate practice area.

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Shawn TurnerShawn Smith

Disney Consumer Products

Shawn Smith is currently senior manager of communications, leading external communications for Disney Consumer Products’ (DCP) licensing business, which is aligned around five strategic brand priorities: Disney Media, Classics & Entertainment, Disney & Pixar Animation Studios, Disney Princess & Disney Fairies, Lucasfilm and Marvel.

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