We are excited to announce the 2023 PRSA San Diego Imperial Counties leadership slate has been approved by our members. Congratulations to all new and continuing board members and associate board members on this achievement. Our chapter relies on the dedication of our board to carry our work forward and help us realize our long- and short-term goals. Thank you all for selflessly donating your time and talent to our organization.

Looking forward to a positive and productive 2023! See you in the New Year!

2023 Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Blake Nelson, APR (2024) *
Owner, My Sage Public Relations

President-Elect & Treasurer
Arturo Garcia Sierra (2025) ** *
Marketing and Communications Manager, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego

Past President
April Tellez Green (2023)
Communications Manager, UC San Diego
Founder + CEO, Project Reboot

Barbara Cosio Moreno (2023)
Public Affairs Manager, Caltrans

Directors At Large

Anne Buckley, APR (2024)
Chief Communications and Marketing Officer, UC San Diego

Bernays Awards
Jenny Mehlow (2024)
Sr. Public Relations Manager, San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance

Adagray Willis, APR+M (2025)
Public Affairs Officer
U.S. Navy – Littoral Combat Ship Squadron One

Madeleine Baudoin Ghorashi (2025)
Policy Advisor, City of San Diego

Community Relations + Advocacy
William Lopez (2024)
Principal, Alternative Strategies

Patricia Maxwell Robertson (2024)
Owner, The Eco Monkey

Monica Gil dos Santos (2025)
Account Executive, Katz & Associates

Kristin Blake (2025)
Senior Manager, Public Relations, Thermo Fisher Scientific

Diversity + Inclusion
Ben Mendoza (2025)
Digital Communications & Engagement Manager, Council President’s Office, City of San Diego

Alexis Cortes (2025)
Publicist, J Public Relations

Membership + Volunteer Engagement
Anthony King, APR (2025)
Director of Communications, School of Arts and Humanities, UC San Diego

Professional Development
Cheryl Robinson, APR (2024)
Director of Special Projects, UC San Diego

Elena Gomez (2025)
Associate Director of Media Relations, University of San Diego

Amanda Nelson (2023)
Creative Director, Mandavision Strategies

Associate “New Pro” Board Members (Non-Voting)

Bernays Awards
Paulina Sierra ***
Account Coordinator, Southwest Strategies

Karlene Sanchez ***
Junior Account Executive, Katz & Associates

Chris Jenkins ***
Freelance Videographer, Chris Jenkins Productions

Community Relations + Advocacy
Sammi Reyes ***
Founder/CEO, Your Passion Agency
President, SDSU PRSSA

Ethics Officer (Non-Voting)

Julie Smith-Taylor, APR ***
President and Founder, Taylor PR Strategies


(Year indicates end of term)
* Assembly Delegate
** Western District Representative
*** Non-Voting Board Role

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Written by: April Tellez Green

Posted on: December 23, 2022

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