2019 PRSA SD/IC Board of Directors Slate + Bylaw Amendments Notice

The PRSA San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter Nominating Committee has proposed the following slate of board officers, directors and assembly delegates to lead the chapter in 2019.  Please vote online “in favor” to accept the slate or “opposed” to not accept the slate.
Chapter members are strongly encouraged to cast their vote by Wednesday, Oct. 24. The votes collected will be counted toward total membership vote at the chapter’s annual meeting, held at the start of the Edward L. Bernays Mark of Excellence Awards ceremony on Oct. 25.
2019 Proposed Slate
PRSA San Diego/Imperial Counties Board of Directors
Executive Committee
President: Krystin Williamson*, Allison+Partners (2020)
President-Elect: Sarah Lemons*, Katz & Associates (2018)
Treasurer: Maria McGregor*, BAE Systems, Inc. (2018)
Past President: Melissa Cameron, Southwest Strategies (2018)
Secretary: Katie Nieri, General Dynamics NASSCO (2019)Continuing Board of Directors
Kristen Deuber, APR, Health + Commerce (2020)
Kelly Fausel, J Public Relations (2020)
Hope Reilly, Southwest Strategies (2019)
Lauren Fimbres Wood, Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego (2019)
April Green, San Diego Natural History Museum (2020)
Jessica Ippolito*, Sharp Healthcare (2020)
Jenny Mehlow, City of San Diego (2020)
Jenny Robinson, The UPS Store (2020)New Board Members
James Canning, Gallatin Public Affairs (2021)
Denice Menard, Independent Consultant (2021)
Kim Prato, MPA, APR, APR+M, Brandman University (2021)
Staci Reidinger, The UPS Store (2021)
Amber Winans, Bhava Communications (2021)*Denotes an Assembly Delegate

The end of each board member’s term is listed in parentheses.

Also, the PRSA San Diego and Imperial Counties chapter board of directors recommends two bylaw amendments for member consideration. These administrative changes are proposed in accordance with PRSA national bylaws and chapter best practices.

First, we propose the board of directors may be able to make a change in the number of at-large directors when the Chapter is tasked with providing support to Regional or National Society events taking place within the Chapter’s defined territory and that require elevated Chapter management and coordination.

Second, we propose that the board treasurer term be increased from one to two years. This term limit is commonly adopted at other PRSA chapters and is supported by the board and its previous treasurers.

Comments and questions on the board’s recommendations may be sent to Krystin Williamson.

Chapter members may vote on the proposed bylaw amendment online or in person at the annual chapter meeting held at the Edward L. Bernays Awards on Thursday, October 25.

PROPOSED AMENDED BYLAW #1

ARTICLE III – Officers and Board of Directors

Section 2. Board Composition. The governing body of the Chapter shall be a board of directors consisting of the president, president-elect, secretary, treasurer, immediate past president and a minimum of 12 and maximum of 13 directors-at-large. The Chapter board of directors shall have the ability to determine the number of directors-at-large each year needed to adequately serve the Chapter membership. The board of directors may fluctuate the number of directors-at-large without Chapter membership vote in cases of “special circumstances,” which pertain when the Chapter will be providing support to Regional or National Society events taking place within the Chapter’s defined territory and that require elevated Chapter management and coordination.

Directors and officers shall be members in good standing with the Chapter and the Society. Directors are elected for a three-year term. [See Section 4 for Officer Terms.] The board shall set forth the nomination and election procedures and make such procedures available to the membership.

ORIGINAL BYLAW #1

Section 2. Board Composition. The governing body of the Chapter shall be a board of directors consisting of the president, president-elect, secretary, treasurer, immediate past president and 12 directors-at-large.

Directors and officers shall be members in good standing with the Chapter and the Society. Directors are elected for a three-year term. [See Section 4 for Officer Terms.] The board shall set forth the nomination and election procedures and make such procedures available to the membership.

PROPOSED AMENDED BYLAW #2

ARTICLE III – Officers and Board of Directors

Section 4. Officer Terms. Secretary position is elected for a one-year term, and treasurer position is elected for a two-year term. If a director is elected as secretary or treasurer prior to completing the three-year director term commitment, their term as an officer shall be included as one or two years, respectively, within the three-year term. If the officer is elected to serve after their term ends, he/she will serve a one or two-year term as secretary or treasurer, with the option of including said officer year as part of a new three-year term, to be determined at the start of the year. Any officer elected to be president-elect will begin a new three-year term to serve consecutively as president-elect, president and immediate past president.

ORIGINAL BYLAW #2

Section 4. Officer Terms. Secretary and treasurer positions are elected for a one-year term. If a director is elected as secretary or treasurer prior to completing the three-year director term commitment, their term as an officer shall be included as one year within the three-year term. If the officer is elected to serve after their term ends, he/she will serve a one-year term as secretary or treasurer, with the option of including said officer year as part of a new three-year term, to be determined at the start of the year. Any officer elected to be president-elect will begin a new three-year term to serve consecutively as president-elect, president and immediate past president.

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