Member Spotlight: PRSA Central Iowa Board Members

The PRSA Central Iowa board is made up of professionals from a variety of industries and different experience levels. But each one is working to create meaningful opportunities for members to connect and develop as professionals. Get to know some of them below. 

Kelly Bruhn

Kelly Bruhn, APR
APR Co-Chair
Member for 20 years

“I love the many opportunities to network with professionals and create excitement about communication careers statewide.”

Abby Delaney

Abby Delaney, APR
Program Chair-Elect
Member for six years

“I stay involved for all the opportunities to network, collaborate and learn from other PR/marketing/communications professionals in our area.”

Christina Gayman

Christina Gayman, APR
APR Co-Chair
Member for six years

“Since joining PRSA in 2011, it’s been a community of professionals that I’ve been able to contribute to and count on despite whatever public relations role I may have held or what life stage I’ve been in. I’ve been a member of a couple of different PRSA chapters over the past nine years, and Central Iowa PRSA is certainly #1 in my book. I’m thankful to be a part of this group.”

Annette Hacker

Annette Hacker
Student Chapter Liaison—Iowa State University
Member for 25 years

“I stay involved because I enjoy the professional relationships and learning opportunities. OctoPRfest is my favorite event and showcases some of the most valuable programming our chapter offers.” 

Kathy Krafka Harkema

Kathy Krafka Harkema
Delegate and Ethics Chair
Member for 18 years

“I’m involved because I believe in lifelong learning. Our chapter has earned a reputation for excellence, as evidenced by it being among the nation's leaders in APRs, and the overall depth and strength of PR pros who make our chapter so dynamic. I'm proud to connect with and continuously learn from others in our industry. Serving on the Chapter Board as the Delegates/Ethics chair is an honor as we share insights for understanding and upholding professional ethics.” 

Patricia Howard 

Patricia Howard, APR
Social Media Chair
Member for six years

“I continue my membership is PRSA because of the networking and professional development opportunities membership provides. Being a member of PRSA gives me a team to reach out to for consultation, seek new ideas and make friends.” 

 Ryan Johnson

Ryan Johnson, APR
President
Member for 21 years

“I remain involved in PRSA because there is always something new to learn to stay on top of our ever-changing industry.”

Chris Knudson

Chris Knudson
Student Chapter Liaison—Wartburg College
Member for 17 years

“I stay involved in the organization because it has provided numerous opportunities for professional growth, which began with my participation in PRSSA in college.”

Laura Plumb

Laura Plumb
Program Chair
Member for five years

“I enjoy being a part of PRSA because it's an opportunity to connect with the PR community and hear about all the great things happening and smart people working in Des Moines!”

Aaron Putze 

Aaron Putze, APR
Delegate
Member for 20+ years 

“I enjoy the fellowship, professional development opportunities, relationship building and representing the chapter at ICON Assembly, a role I take very seriously. I earned accreditation in 2001, which plays a big role in staying involved and engaged in the society.”

Teresa Roof

Teresa Roof, APR
Past President 
Member for 17 years 

"Staying involved in the Chapter allows me to network with other communications professionals who not only serve as great mentors but also challenge me to think differently and learn new skills."

 Shari Saunders-Behnke

Shari Saunders-Behnke
Treasurer Elect
Member for two years

“PRSA members are clearly dedicated and passionate. It’s great to be around like-minded public relations professionals who are prioritizing building the next generation.”

Erica Turner

Erica Turner, APR
Public Relations Chair
Member for 12 years

"I originally joined PRSA to better get to know like-minded peers and professionals in the Des Moines metro. I served on the board and attended networking events and luncheons. In 2012, I went through the accreditation process and can't say enough about the experience. The prep courses provided a wonderful opportunity to engage with and learn from a small group of area professionals where we were able to share and highlight our unique and different experiences. I stay connected with many of those PRSA contacts today."

Anna VanWaardhuizen

Anna VanWaardhuizen
Newsletter
Member for two years

“I love being part of an organization where I can connect with other PR professionals and learn from experts.”

 Kelly Visser

Kelly Visser
Sponsorship Chair
Member for two years

“This is my second year of involvement with PRSA Central Iowa. I enjoy being involved because the chapter is filled with savvy, creative people who are always looking to help connect the dots for members.”

Christine Zrostlik

Christine Zrostlik
Professional Development and Social Chair
Member for one year

“I chose to get more involved with the chapter because it’s a great way to meet and get to know other PR pros in the metro.”

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