Public Announcements


Honoring Legends at the 2014 PRSA Pittsburgh Renaissance Awards

Chapter Hosts Annual Awards Program 

Pittsburgh, PA – January 28, 2013 – The Pittsburgh Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) celebrated the past year’s accomplishments of Pittsburgh public relations practitioners at its annual Renaissance Awards ceremony on Tuesday, January 28, 2014. Held at the Hall of Fame Club in PNC Park, this year’s Master of Ceremonies was Bill Flanagan, executive vice president of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and the host of Our Region’s Business on WPXI-TV.

Judged by the Los Angeles Chapter of PRSA, entries were submitted by public relations professionals and agencies in more than 20 categories, including media relations and marketing communications campaigns, social media tactics, community relations and more.

“The Renaissance Awards celebrate the public relations professionals who work behind the scenes to build, manage and protect the reputations of their organizations and clients,” says Dan Ayer, president of PRSA Pittsburgh. “We are fortunate to be home to an incredible pool of talent, from Fortune 500 corporate communicators to boutique agencies, and the Renaissance Awards serve to recognize their accomplishments.”

Recipients of this year’s Renaissance Award, who were honored for their contributions to public relations include:

  • Renaissance Communicator of the Year (For-Profit): Cooper Munroe, The Motherhood
  • Renaissance Communicator of the Year (Non-Profit): Ned Schano, Senator John Heinz History Center
  • Renaissance Rising Star: Taryn Nikolich, Burson-Marsteller
  • Renaissance Hall of Fame: Sheila Rathke, University of Pittsburgh
  • Agency of the Year: Havas PR
  • Communications Department of the Year: H.J. Heinz Company
  • Bob O’Gara Student Scholarship Award: Kimberly Roberts, Point Park University
  • Best of Show: Havas PR’s media relations campaign for One Young World Pittsburgh


Visit for a full listing of Renaissance Award winners. Special thanks go to the Chapter’s sponsors FedEx Ground and Point Park University, as well as the event sponsors – Burson-Marsteller and H.J. Heinz Company.



PRSA Pittsburgh Hosts Revamped 2013 Professional Development Day

“A World of Opportunity”

Pittsburgh, PA – September 24, 2013 - The Pittsburgh Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) is pleased to host “A World of Opportunity” at its revamped 2013 Professional Development Day. This annual event is to be held on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at Point Park University’s Lawrence Ballroom from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm.

 “Each fall, Pittsburgh public relations professionals gather for an exciting day of networking, presentations and panel discussions led by industry experts on trends and hot topics in public relations,” says Jaime Dray, Professional Development Day Chair of PRSA Pittsburgh. “With this year’s event being held in the evening by popular demand, we hope to provide an even greater opportunity for interested professionals to participate.”

 The 2013 event’s Keynote speaker is UPMC Vice President and Chief Communications Officer, Paul Wood. During dinner, Wood will be speaking regarding UPMC-Highmark ‘Ad Wares’: PR Strategy and Results.

 Additional track options include social media measurement and return on investment, public relations higher education, international public relations and a panel discussion on job options for public relations, communications and marketing professionals. Presenters consist of representatives from local agencies, corporations and private entities.

To register for the 2013 Professional Development Day and obtain additional ticket information, visit During the event, follow panel discussions via Facebook and Twitter using hashtag #PRSAPDDAY.

 About PRSA Pittsburgh

The Pittsburgh Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America represents more than 200 of the region's top public relations professionals. PRSA Pittsburgh offers excellent professional development, educational, social, and networking activities, including professional development seminars with top PR leaders, award programs and luncheon meetings with dynamic speakers. PRSA members are a part of the nation's largest organization of communications professionals, with nearly 20,000 members nationwide. Visit for more information.


Contact: Caitlin Vancas
Director-At-Large, Communications


Partnership with the Chuck Cooper Foundation (CCF)

The Pittsburgh Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) announced its partnership with the Chuck Cooper Foundation (CCF) and is looking for PR professionals to join the Public Service Committee.

Through the remainder of 2013, PRSA Pittsburgh will collaborate with CCF on a public service campaign, assisting in overall communications strategy, social media, event support, media relations and creating an enhanced community presence.

If you’re a seasoned pro or just starting out in PR and would like to be involved, please e-mail Lisa Cassidy at


PRSA Pittsburgh’s public service program: emPoweR


PRSA Pittsburgh’s public service program, emPoweR, connects professional communicators with non-profit organizations throughout the region in need of public relations, marketing and communications assistance.

If you are interested in serving on the Public Service committee, please e-mail us at


2013 Fast Tracker Award Winner - Lori Lecker

Congratulations to Lori Lecker, Alcoa's Senior Manager in Corporate Affairs, on being named a 2013 Fast Tracker award winner by The Pittsburgh Business Times!

The Fast Tracker Award is presented annually to individuals under the age of 40 who have made significant strides impacting the growth, scope, or impact of their business or nonprofit organization.

Lori is a past president and board member of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America and a current member of the St. Vincent College Advisory Council for the School of Social Sciences, Communications and Education in Latrobe, Pa., where she received a degree in communications with a minor in business in 1997.