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Chereese Jervis-Hill
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WESTCHESTER NY AND FAIRFIELD CT counties, Jan. 16, 2018 – Six local public relations professionals have been elected officers and directors of the Westchester/Fairfield Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), the largest organization in the region dedicated to advancing the public relations field. The newly elected leaders, whose terms began January 1, will serve on a 10-member board with previously elected members.  

Stephanie Harwood of New Canaan, Conn.,was elected as president. She is an accredited (APR) member of PRSA and principal of S. M. Harwood Consulting, which provides internal, corporate and marketing communications and strategic planning. She has headed national communications for the March of Dimes, based in White Plains, N.Y., and been vice president of corporate communications for Porter Novelli, a global public relations firm and subsidiary of publicly-traded The Omnicom Group, based in New York. She holds a bachelor’s degree from United States International University and attended graduate school at the S.I. Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University.

“The PRSA-WF chapter has been serving the region since 1965, serving the changing communications landscape and needs of our membership,” she said. “We’ll draw on the talents of our members as well as expert resources in the Greater New York region, to help our constituents learn the latest and meet industry leaders.”

Others elected officers for 2018 are:

Vice President: Colleen Brathwaite ofHartsdale, N.Y., currently manages communications, PR and marketing for WJCS, based in White Plains, N.Y. She has spent the past decade in the non-profit sector after spending most of her career as director of corporate communications at The Dannon Company, Cadbury Schweppes’ Mott’s Division and in PR and internal communications positions at IBM. Colleen also served as vice president in the corporate practice at Shandwick PR. She holds a master’s degree in Journalism from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in English from Brandeis University. She is a board member of Westchester Women’s Agenda, an advocacy organization and marketing committee member of NonProfit Westchester, which works to make Westchester a more just and caring community.

Secretary: Michael A. West, Jr., of Fairfield, Conn., vice president of corporate communications at energy services company AVANGRID, based in Orange, Conn. He is responsible for the strategic direction and implementation of all communications, advertising and public relations for the publicly-traded company and its nine subsidiaries. He was previously with Ameren Corporation and prior to that was press secretary and assistant director of communications for the Office of The Mayor in the City of St. Louis. He has also worked on national communications campaigns at AT&T world headquarters in New Jersey. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Southeast Missouri State University and a Master of Business Administration from George Herbert Walker School of Business at Webster University. He is also board member for New Reach in New Haven, Conn.

Treasurer: Ken Koprowski of Stamford, Conn., principal of Koprowski Communications. Koprowski is a consultant, writer and educator who advises organizational leaders in business and the not-for-profit arenas. He specializes in strategic, crisis, and marketing communications, reputation management and constituent relations.  He teaches communications at the master’s level at NYU, UConn Stamford and Manhattanville College. At Syracuse University, he earned his master’s degree in creative writing, completed his doctoral coursework and was a teaching fellow. A past president of PRSA-Westchester Fairfield, he has served the organization since 2008.

The following people were elected to serve three-year terms as directors:

John Brannelly of Fairfield, Conn., senior director of development for the American Heart Association, in Norwalk, Conn., overseeing Connecticut Heart Walks in Westport, New Haven, Hartford and Uncasville.He was previously with the American Cancer Society in Connecticut and California and was director of major gifts for Connecticut and Westchester County, N.Y. Brannelly worked in public relations at The WorkPlace Inc. and was planning and communications director for the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA. He was a Bridgeport City Council Member from 1991-1997 and 1999-2001.  He is studying for a Master of Public Health degree at Southern Connecticut State University and is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University and Fairfield Prep.

Anne Ryan, founder and principal of Danika Communications, in Greenwich, Conn., which specializes in the in the luxury category, including campaigns for leading independent hotels, consumer lifestyle brands and philanthropic causes. She is a graduate of Stonehill College, with a Bachelor of Arts in communications and a minor in journalism, and holds a Master of Arts in communications from Fordham University.

The newly elected officers and directors will serve with the following directors whose terms are continuing: Zeynep Altinay, Ph.D., assistant professor in mass communication at Iona College, in New Rochelle, N.Y.; Jennie Donohue, senior professional lecturer and director, Center for Social Media, Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; and Kathleen Saluk Failla, of Weston, Conn.

The board is also served by volunteer senior advisors Don Levin, APR, Fellow, PRSA, principal of Levin Public Relations and Marketing in Larchmont, N.Y., and Kathleen Larey Lewton, APR, Fellow PRSA, principal of Lewton, Seekins and Trestor, LLC, of Stamford, Conn. Lewton is a past president of PRSA at the national level.

The Westchester/Fairfield Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), founded in 1965, is the local chapter of the world’s largest public relations professional association and the largest organization in the region dedicated to advancing the public relations field. The chapter provides professional development and relationship-building opportunities in Westchester and Fairfield counties. It also supports the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) chapters at Iona College and at Marist College. For more information, visit