Monthly Newsletter - May 2023


May Program

Crisis Communications:

Perspectives from Public Safety and Emergency Management

Tuesday, May 16, 2023

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Zoom

$5 for members | $15 for nonmembers| Free for students

Have you thought about what you would do in the case of an emergency? Having a crisis communication plan is integral to ensuring you respond effectively during an emergency. During this panel, hear how local public safety and emergency management communicators interact with public and private organizations during a crisis and how to best partner for success.

The panel will be moderated by John Ivanoff, owner and CEO of Strategic Mission Solutions, LLC, a safety and security firm, and also former Chief of Public Safety for Tucson Airport Authority. Panelists are Anne-Marie Braswell, Community Relations Manager for Northwest Fire District, Deputy Gordon Downing, Public Information Officer for Pima County Sheriff’s Department, and Matt McGlone, Community Outreach Coordinator for Pima County Office of Emergency Management. 

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That’s a Wrap!

PRSA’s Western District 2023 Conference  

PRSA's Western District Conference in Tucson was a sold-out event with attendees packed in from all over the West Coast. The event, held April 26-28, was filled with enlightening sessions, expert panels, and captivating discussions covering everything from media relations and AI to navigating crisis communications.

Attendees were also treated to insightful workshops including the future of PR, DEI, podcasting, and much more. The knowledge gained was invaluable, with participants leaving with a wealth of new ideas and strategies to implement in their own work. 

But don't worry if you missed out this year, because PRSA’s Western District is already gearing up for its next conference in 2024! Mark your calendars now to attend in Los Angeles on April 25-27, where even more cutting-edge insights and game-changing discussions will take place! 

PRSA Western District Conference - Award Winners

Congratulations to Tucson Water for winning the PRSA Western District Best in the West award on April 27 at the PRSA Western District Conference in Tucson. Tucson Water was a contender for Best in the West after earning Best in Show at our Southern Arizona IMPACT Awards last fall. 


All PRSA Western District chapters submit their best in show winners to the Western District awards each year. The awards are vetted by voting members of the Western District Board. The district is comprised of 11 PRSA chapters in five Western states, including Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, Southern California, and Hawaii. The District has more than 2,000 members. Tucson Water won for its entry, Water Matters Newsletter. This is the first Best in the West award for the Southern Arizona chapter.

Congratulations to long-time chapter member Jan Howard, APR,  for receiving the PRSA Western District Platinum Service Award at the conference. The award is given to someone in the district who has contributed to the success of the public relations industry and has displayed a strong sense of leadership. Jan has demonstrated a commitment to the field of public relations, outstanding leadership in her professional and community endeavors, and ongoing support of PRSA throughout her career. 

Jan, who was recently honored with a Career Impact Award in our recent IMPACT Awards ceremony, has more than three decades of experience in public relations and integrated marketing, working with countless national and local businesses and individuals. A PRSA member since 1997, she is nationally accredited in public relations and has held a variety of leadership roles at the local, district and national level, including Southern Arizona chapter president, Western District treasurer and PRSA national delegate, just to name a few. In 2009, she was named PRSA Southern Arizona Public Relations Professional of the Year.

Seeking Program and Chapter Sponsors

We are seeking partnering sponsors who wish to team up with the region’s leading professional organization serving the communications community in the greater Tucson area.

The Southern Arizona Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America is one of the fastest growing chapters in the PRSA Western District and recently hosted a “sold out” PRSA Western District Conference.

By sponsoring our chapter or monthly programs, you can reach influential decision makers in the region and have exposure to more than 800 members and stakeholders on our distribution list. PRSA advocates for public relations industry excellence, ethical conduct, and the professional development of our members and newcomers to the industry.

Our calendar or annual awards program sponsorships are listed in other places to strategically position your brand.

Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with members of this growing chapter and other industry stakeholders.

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Member Feedback Welcome! 

We’d love to hear from our members on how we are doing as a board and chapter. 

Are we hitting the mark with our programs? What burning topics in public relations or communications are of interest to you that we have not yet covered? Share program ideas anytime. In addition, we are seeking C-suite level speakers for our November program on “Comms and the C-Suite Working Together.” If you know of someone who has great stories to tell from the C-suite perspective, please share your recommendations with us. 


Would you like to know more about how you can become an active member of the board to build your leadership skillset? Ask and we’ll explore opportunities with you. 


How do you like the mix of our virtual or in-person events? Does this meeting/event formula still work for you? Are you finding the resources you need from our website or the national PRSA website, or would it be helpful for someone to walk you through available resources? 

If there are topics you’d like to see covered in our newsletter, please provide recommendations. Are you a new member who has a question about mentorship opportunities or accreditation in public relations? What can we do to help you advance in your career? 

Email us your feedback, questions or ideas anytime. We are available and ready to respond and assist.

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View the 2023 Calendar of Events

for PRSA Southern Arizona

If you're like most PR and marketing professionals, you like to plan ahead! So do we. View the full calendar of events for PRSA Southern Arizona and save the dates now!

Membership Corner

Here are what some of the PRSA Southern Arizona Chapter members have to say about the value they experience in being a member:

“I have been a member of other professional organizations and none compare to PRSA. The member discounts on PRSA webinars (which usually end up being free), the Southern Arizona Chapter’s monthly programs, and access to current trends affecting public relations are just three of the many reasons I love being a member!”


Laura Kruszewski, MBA

Marketing & Public Relations Manager, Family Life Radio

PRSA Southern Arizona Communications Chair

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