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New Officers Elected to Lead PRSA-Detroit

Public relations professionals from across the region recently welcomed new leaders for PRSA-Detroit, the 400-member professional organization.

Elected officers to the board of directors for a one-year term, which began January 1, 2014, include president, Dan Artman, APR, Plante Moran; president-elect, Debra Lacey-Ortisi, APR, Johnson Controls; treasurer, Don Tanner, Tanner Friedman; secretary, Jim Burke, Federal-Mogul and immediate past president, John Austerberry, APR, DTE Energy.

The group also welcomed new members to its 16-person board, for a three-year board term, including Maribeth Farkas, Caponigro Public Relations; Anne Santori, APR, CareTech Solutions; Stephanie Scheer, Plex Systems, Inc.; Megan Soule, APR, Airfoil; and Beth Marmarelli, University of Michigan-Dearborn. They join existing members board members Karah Davenport, Stratacomm; Kim Eberhardt, Tanner Friedman; Jasmin Nadalizadeh, Stratacomm; Tom O’Connell, BusinessWire; Katy Teer, Plex Systems, Inc.; and Tim Wieland, APR, Airfoil.

PRSA-Detroit also recently inducted Arthur (Bud) Liebler, APR, president, Liebler Group, into the PRSA Detroit Hall of Fame, the chapter’s highest honor. Liebler spent many years as senior vice president of marketing and communications for Chrysler. He is involved with numerous Detroit area civic and professional organizations and is committed to working to move the region forward. The chapter also honored Jennifer Day, APR, regional coordinator, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, with the Robert Hefty Distinguished Service Award for her outstanding service to the chapter. The Award is named in memory of longtime PRSA-Detroit board member and Bulletin editor, Robert Hefty

About PRSA-Detroit

The Detroit Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America was established in 1947 and is one of six founding Chapters of PRSA, the world’s largest organization for public relations professionals with nearly 32,000 professional and student members. PRSA Detroit is one of the largest chapters of PRSA with approximately 400 members — from students to seasoned professionals, who represent business and industry, agencies, solo practitioners, associations, nonprofit organizations and government entities. The chapter is committed to education and diversity, and serves as a gateway to public relations professionals by providing educational and career opportunities for its members — including conferences, professional development sessions, a consistently strong accreditation (APR) preparation program, extensive new professionals’ development and other supportive activities. Visit, follow PRSA-Detroit on Twitter (@PRSADetroit) and Facebook (PRSA Detroit Chapter), or e-mail for more information.