As Vice President of Integrated Communications at FilmL.A., Philip Sokoloski oversees corporate communications, community relations, marketing and research programs for the world’s largest and busiest film office.
Diane Rhodes Bergman, APR currently serves as the Vice President of Marketing and Communications for Los Angeles Opera.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
DIRECTORS (One-Year Positions)
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.
Erik Deutsch (ASSEMBLY DELEGATE)
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.
Raul Gordillo (ASSEMBLY DELEGATE)
Southern California Gas Co.
Raul Gordillo serves as Capital Projects Outreach Manager at Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas)
Denise P. Ferguson is Professor of Communication and Director of Graduate Programs in Communication at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.
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.
David Garcia is principal of DMG Communications, a public relations consultancy specializing in corporate communications, media relations and editorial services.
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.
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.
Linda Martin, APR is a partner and managing director leading the Porter Novelli Southern California offices, which include Los Angeles, Irvine and San Diego.
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.
Strategy For Impact
Jessica Payne is the founder of Strategy For Impact, a personal brand and digital marketing consultancy based in Los Angeles.
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.
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.
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.