New member welcome

Ashley Anderson

Ashley Anderson

Current position: I am the attorney information and presentation coordinator at Frost Brown Todd, LLC.

Previous experience: I previous conducted media relations for PhiloUSA. I also served as a freelance writer at DStripped, social media and special events coordinator at Chatfield College, marketing/development associate at the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra and promotions intern at WUBE (B105.1) and WYGY (94.9 The Wolf).

Education: I have a Bachelor of Arts in communication from the University of Cincinnati.

I live in Bridgetown. I practice yoga and host a personal lifestyle blog. I grew up playing the violin and electric violin. I’m a huge Cincinnati Reds fan!

Name: Annette Meagher

Annette Meagher

Annette Meagher

Current position: I am the communications director for Clermont County, Ohio.

Previous experience: I served as a PR specialist and as a public involvement coordinator at Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District. I was also a volunteer English teacher at the Chilean Ministry of Education.

Education: I have a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Cincinnati.

Twitter handle: @ClermontCounty

Thanks to our judges

PR professionals and members of our chapter recently volunteered to judge the Buffalo/Niagara PRSA Chapter’s Excalibur Awards. The 17 volunteers reviewed nearly 50 entries during two judging events, offering insightful feedback in categories, including special events, crisis communications and social media campaigns.

A special thank you to all of our judges:

  • Debbie Copeland-Bloom, APR
  • Elliot Campbell
  • Shara Clark, APR
  • Sara Cullin
  • Melissa Currence, APR
  • Lauren Doyle
  • Barbara Grimsley, APR
  • Stephanie Honan, APR
  • Brandy Jones, APR
  • Darlyne Koretos, APR
  • Meaghan Madges
  • Sarah McGee
  • Peter Osborne, APR
  • Allison Rice
  • Jeff Seal, APR
  • Kathleen Williams, APR
  • Nikki Williams
Stephanie Honan - Blacksmith Co-Chair

Stephanie Honan - Blacksmith Co-Chair

Sarah McGee - Blacksmith Co-Chair

Sarah McGee - Blacksmith Co-Chair


New APR Spotlight: Brandy Jones

Congratulations to Brandy Jones, APR. Brandy is Metro’s customer and employee communications coordinator. She earned her bachelor’s degree in communications: public relations from Xavier University in 2008 and is a three-time Blacksmith Awards recipient for internal communications tactics.

Brandy is currently the chapter’s diversity chair; she previously served as the new professionals chair and newsletter editor. She also serves as director of PR for the Greater Cincinnati Earth Coalition, outreach chair for the Council of Minority Transportation Officials and on the Communications/Marketing Advisory Committee to the American Cancer Society.

Why did you decide to earn your APR? I decided to earn my APR as part of my career advancement. I wanted to demonstrate my commitment to professional development and continued education, while proving that I have the necessary skills and abilities to effectively practice public relations. It is such an honor to be listed among the other distinguished APRs.

What advice can you offer PR practitioners thinking about earning their APR? My advice would be to talk with a current APR to get a better understanding of what the APR process involves and to determine if you are indeed ready. Once you have made the decision to go for it, which I encourage all practitioners to do, study, study, study. The study course offered by the chapter is an excellent source to help prepare for the test.

As you went through the process, is there one thing you learned that will benefit you as a practitioner in the future? I learned how to become a better strategic thinker. It’s an essential skill necessary for the development of successful PR campaigns and plans. The process also helped solidify my understanding of the basic principles underlying our profession.

Interested in Earning Your APR?

The Cincinnati Chapter will offer a six-week APR Prep Course in September and October. The fee for Chapter members is $100. Readiness Reviews are conducted the first Saturday in June and November. If you are interested in learning more about the APR process, please email me.


Debbie Copeland-Bloom,
APR - APR Chair 

Debbie Copeland-Bloom, APR - APR Chair 

Job Bank Resources

Job bank tip of the month: 10 unconventional ways to find a PR job

Job bank posting of the month: FirstGroup America is seeking a manager of corporate communications. Responsibilities include internal and external communications, social media and crisis communications. For more details on available positions, please visit the Cincinnati PRSA job bank.


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Roth, APR - Job Bank

Sheila Roth, APR - Job Bank Coordinator 

PR and the Gay Rights Movement

June is Gay and Lesbian pride month, which presents an opportunity to reflect on the significant role PR has played in both spreading awareness and changing the perception of same-sex marriage in the United States.

In March, the Supreme Court began its first major hearing of gay rights in more than 10 years with the Defense of Marriage Act. In May, the Minnesota Senate approved a bill that will make it the 12th state in the U.S. to allow same-sex marriage. If California and Illinois pass pending legislation, that number will double. Globally, France recently became the 14th country to legalize same-sex marriage for all its citizens.

Such strides do not just begin and end with politics. Recently, NBA’s Jason Collins became the first openly gay athlete in dominant pro sports, and CNN weekend Anchor Don Lemon revealed that he is gay while on air. 

Regardless of your stance on the issue, the lesbian gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community is growing and becoming an influential audience that businesses can no longer ignore.

The PR precautionary tale of Chick-Fil-A’s President Dan Cathy announcing the company’s anti-gay marriage stance has left many companies reeling to determine how to market and tailor their messages to gay and lesbian audiences.

To learn strategies for building a long-term relationship with the LGBT community, and communications do’s and don’ts, check out the webinar, Targeting ‘A Dream Market’: Gaining a share of the $800 Billion LBGT Market” presented by Stephan Roth, founder and principal of Out Think Partners, a leading communications and marketing agency specializing in the LGBT market.


Brandy Jones, APR - Diversity Chair 

Brandy Jones, APR - Diversity Chair