Dear PPRA Members,

Our 2018-19 Board of Governors and committee chairs hit the ground running and made great strides in setting our educational agenda with a full Fall programming lineup already underway. The programming year kicked off last week with a sold out Media Mingle. If you weren't able to make it, don't worry, there are plenty of opportunities to join PPRA members at dynamic upcoming events.

PPRA continues its commitment to the professional development of college students and young professionals with the fourth annual Networking 101 tonight. We encourage you to invite your interns and associates to join us for tips on authentic and effective networking that will leave a lasting impression. This semester marks my first year teaching as an adjunct professor at Temple University's Klein College and I'm excited to inspire students with real-life examples and case studies.

There are several Member-Only programs throughout the year and two are already on our calendar, Media Pitching Confidential and Behind the Mic at KYW!  

I look forward to seeing you at our upcoming programs and encourage you to renew your membership to take full advantage of all that PPRA has to offer. Our membership levels have several new options this year. Don't miss the opportunity to take advantage of discounts by joining as a group within your company or organization. 

Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Warm Regards, 
Nina Scimenes 
2018-2019 President
Philadelphia Public Relations Association

Here are the Board of Governors and Co-chairs at the PPRA Annual Retreat planning for the program year. They met at Xfinity Live's 1100 Social Club for a productive brainstorming session. 

The PPRA Hall of Fame members convened in July at the Offices of the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau. Hosted by Bonnie Grant, it was the very first meeting she attended as the newest inductee.  
Thank you for being a member of the Philadelphia Public Relations Association. In order to continue to make your membership valuable to you, your feedback on this short survey is important to us.  

Max Marin  has joined Billy Penn as Political Editor. He had been a senior writer at Philadelphia Weekly.  Andrea Cantor  assumes Marin's former position as Associate Editor and Senior Writer at Philadelphia Weekly.

Lucy Bustamante  joins NBC10 as morning news anchor and breaking news anchor at Telemundo62.

Alex Silverman  joins KYW Newsradio as program director, replacing Steve Butler, who is leaving his role as dirctor of news and programming.

At CBS3, Temple University graduate  Matt Petrillo  has come on board as general assignment reporter and former PHL 17 reporter  Chandler Lutz  was named morning traffic reporter, replacing Meisha Johnson. Reporter  Anita Oh  leaves CBS3 to attend University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Jeff GuaracinoNew position with Visit Philly as CEO, starting Oct. 29 th

Mark Tarasiewicz: Was named Executive Director of Administration at Spector Gadon & Rosen, P.C.

Win an award? Speaking on a panel? Landed an amazing media hit? 
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Still accepting registrations!  
Thursday, September 20, 2018
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Temple University Center City, 1515 Market St., Philadelphia, PA

Wednesday, September 26, 2018
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Brownstein Group, 215 S. Broad St., 7th Floor, Philadelphia
Click here to register. (only 15 spots available)

Tuesday, October 2, 2018
8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
KYW Newsradio, 1555 Hamilton Street, Philadelphia, PA

Wednesday, October 17, 2018
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Sofitel Philadelphia, 120 S. 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA

Each year, our PRactive program allows members to lend their time and talents as public relations professionals to a new nonprofit partner. This year we're helping  ArtWell, an organization committed to helping young people and their communities through arts education. Throughout the year, we will be collecting school supplies to create ArtWell at Home kits to ensure that students are able to continue their creativity outside of the classroom and in their home. A complete list of items can be found by clicking here.   Donations will be accepted at PPRA events, board meetings or by contacting   to coordinate a special drop off/ pick up.    


New faces have joined PPRA. Make sure to say hello if you see them at one of our next events!
  • Kimberly Barrett, PHLCVB
  • Matthew Burns, AKCG - Public Relations Counselors
  • Jazmyn Burton, Temple University
  • Michelle ConronCashman & Associates
  • Alex Coppadge, PECO
  • Rene Cosides, Temple University
  • Tim CostaCeisler Media & Issue Advocacy
  • M. Luke DavisHigh Point University
  • Tiffany DuBoisTiffany's Blog
  • Kevin DunnPECO
  • Kevin FeeleyPennsylvania Horticultural Society
  • Kim FischerTemple University
  • Monica FonorowHistorical Society of Pennsylvania
  • Deana GambleCity of Philadelphia
  • Michael GrossAKCG - Public Relations Counselors
  • Bailey HallCBRE
  • Jade Henley       
  • Will JaraCeisler Media & Issue Advocacy
  • Barry Johnson, African-American Chamber of Commerce of PA, NJ & DE
  • Andy LochrieTemple University
  • Courtney Lodge, Temple University
  • Colleen LynchVault Communications
  • Jennifer Margiloff, Temple University
  • Steve McClellan, JEVS Human Services
  • Bonnie Meister, Shriners Hospital for Children - Philadelphia
  • Madison Mozer, PECO
  • Afia Ohene-Frempong, PECO
  • Joshua OrtizMARSCare Home Health
  • Greg PaoneAmerican Dairy Association North East
  • Brian PriceAKCG - Public Relations Counselors
  • Francesca ReynoldsTemple University
  • Jill RomanAmeriHealth New Jersey
  • Corianne SchrimUnite for HER
  • Liz SemonVault Communciations
  • Melissa ShermanCeisler Media & Issue Advocacy
  • Julia ShreiberCeisler Media & Issue Advocacy
  • Christopher SteinTemple University
  • Katleen TitusAll Fitness Events, LLC
  • Alexa VecchioneThe Philadelphia Orchestra
  • Michael Vinci    
  • Christopher Vito, Temple University
  • Kate WolperVault Communications
  • Lisa YoonIndependence Blue Cross
  • Britni ZahodnickIndependence Blue Cross


Your dream career could be a few clicks away. Visit PPRA's Job Bank for more details on the following positions:  
  • PR Account Executive, Cashman & Associates
  • Senior Account Executive, Cashman & Associates
  • Director of Communications & Marketing, Fabric Workshop and Museum
  • Account Executive/Manager, BTC Marketing
  • Communications Coordinator, Gift of Life Donor Program
  • Digital Communications Manager, Visit Bucks County
  • Marketing/Public Relations Associate, Durand, Inc.
  • Communications & Marketing Manager, Riverbend Environmental Education Center
Have a job you want to promote in the Job Bank to reach over 300 PR professionals in the area?  Click here to post your job !