Public Relations Association of Western North Carolina 
welcomes 2010 Board of Directors

ASHEVILLE, NC (February 2010) – PRAWNC returning board members Sherri L. McLendon, Gary S. James, Jaime McKee, Amy Fowler, Jennifer Perez, Alicia Knighton, and Angela Betancourt welcome Kathy Thielke, Kasey Gruen, Rachel Miller, Brian Jennings, Elisabeth Bocklet, Judy Davidson, and Sandra Adams to its 2010 board. Installed in December 2009, the sixteen members met as a full board for the first time Jan. 22 at CarePartners’ Seymour Auditorium for an annual planning session.

Sherri L. McLendon, a freelance communications consultant, writer, and editor with McLendon Bylines, Weaverville, is president; Rachel Miller, communications manager at Mountain BizWorks, is vice president; Angela Betancourt, brain injury advocate, is membership chair; Gary S. James, owner at jamesgang creative+communications llc, is secretary; Brian Jennings, a creative marketing and promotions consultant, is treasurer; Jaime McKee, online developer at the Asheville Citizen- Times, is communications chair; Kasey Gruen, owner of Gruen Photo & Design, is assistant communications chair; Amy Fowler is Chief of Staff/Chief Financial Officer; and Jennifer Perez, marketing representative with Park Ridge Hospital, sits the board as immediate past president. Members at large include Alicia Knighton, owner of Action Digital, Hendersonville; Elisabeth Bocklet, marketing and communications manager at United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County; Judy Davidson, manager for the Buncombe County Government television station; Kathy Thielke, community relations coordinator at Four Seasons; and Sandra Adams, a freelance media relations consultant, Hendersonville.

Board members are selected by a nominating committee and approved by a ¾ majority by the general membership in open session. No compensation is received for service to Public Relations Association of Western North Carolina.
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