INCOMING BOARD SLATE
Each year, PRSA Phoenix asks our Chapter members to vote on the slate of officers. This year, the chapter is seeking your vote to fill five board seats and two alternate position for terms starting January 2020. The chapter’s Nominating Committee has proposed a slate of officers to fill the open positions and serve on the Board of Directors (see below).
As a reminder, the chapter is governed by a 15-member Board of Directors, so the slate represents the open seats. To be approved, the slate of officers requires at least 20 percent of our membership to vote. All votes must be received by Friday, December 13, 2019.
DIRECTORS - Would each serve a three-year term from 2020-2023:
Cynthia Weaver, Public Information Officer, Phoenix Convention Center
Cynthia Weaver is a professional communicator with more than 15 years of public relations experience at the City of Phoenix, Maricopa County and other organizations. In her current role as the Public Information Officer for the Phoenix Convention Center, she serves as a spokesperson for tourism and economic development initiatives.
A passionate communicator, Weaver is dedicated to advancing the public relations profession by mentoring up-and-coming professionals. She is an alumnus of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University where she is a former adjunct professor and continues to work closely with the college to recruit and train student interns.
Cynthia is looking forward to assisting with shaping local chapter strategy and expanding programming options to provide ongoing value and benefits for Phoenix chapter members.
Kimberley Hoidal, MPA, Communications Specialist, Sundt Construction
Kimberley Hoidal has more than 15 years of experience in public relations, communications and marketing. She joined Sundt Construction in May 2018, where she handles media relations for the company.
Previously Kimberley served as the Director of Development and Public Relations for Earn to Learn, where she oversaw fundraising and public relations activities for the nonprofit organization. Before joining Earn to Learn, she held the role of Director of Development at Pima Council on Aging in Tucson, Arizona. Prior to her roles in Tucson, Kimberley consulted with Concordia University School in Law in Boise, Idaho, on its public relations campaigns relating to the launch and establishment as Boise’s first law school.
Before relocating to Phoenix, Kimberley was President of the Southern Arizona Chapter of PRSA. She is looking forward to bringing that experience to the Phoenix Chapter.
Chika Okoye, Public Relations Specialist/Digital Marketing Specialist, Discount Tire
Chika Okoye is a public relations professional with a proven background in developing, managing and implementing media strategies and measuring results across traditional media and digital channels. Chika progressed internally through roles of increased responsibility and now leads all PR, digital and branding efforts for Discount Tire Corporation.
Chika is looking forward to serving on the board to connect with amazing people, give more back to her community and learn from others to make a difference in the public relations profession.
Constance Chase Halonen-Wilson, Public Information Officer, Town of Queen Creek
Constance Chase Halonen-Wilson is the Public Information Officer for the Town of Queen Creek. Her formal education began in the social services field (psychology and social work) with her first post-grad school position moving her into a public relations role. She believes working for a nonprofit and representing a variety of government sectors, gives her a broad perspective.
Constance is interested in serving on the board to expand her knowledge and network, and to share her experiences. Working in Queen Creek, she has the opportunity to work on creative projects, while still fulfilling the traditional PIO role. She previously served on the Arizona Information Officers Board. This role will allow her to continue to stay involved and contribute to the Phoenix Chapter of PRSA.
Heather Vana, APR, Senior Director Communications and Editorial Director, Avnet
Heather Vana has developed sharp strategic communications skills while managing digital strategies for a variety of for-profit and nonprofit organizations over the last decade. As a communications professional, she creates compelling company narratives and build communications teams that drive results.
Heather currently manages both internal and external communications at Avnet, including a stellar global team of content writers, social media, media relations and internal communications experts.
Heather is an active and dedicated PRSA Phoenix member and in 2019 served as co-chair of the APR committee, as well as PRSA Board alternate. She looks forward to continuing to serve as a chapter leader.
ALTERNATES - Would fulfill the remaining term of a board member who resigns before their term expires.
Michael Cyrino, Community Relations Representative, Centene Corporation
Michael Cyrino is an experienced public relations and marketing professional with extensive experience in corporate social responsibility and community relations. Michael’s passion is growing our field and being a people connector, helping our community connect with the community at large.
Previously located in Tucson, Michael now calls Phoenix home, and has brought his passion and energy here with him.
In addition to his dedication to the PR profession, Michael is deeply committed to philanthropy. He was named “Organizational Advocate of the Year” by the Phoenix Business Journal at the 2018 Corporate Philanthropy Awards.
Austin Kaphammer, Media Relations Assistant, Visit Phoenix
Austin Kaphammer is a rising communications professional. He is currently the Media Relations Assistant for Visit Phoenix. Austin has a varied skillset thanks to experience in SEO, digital/social media and public relations (both agency and in-house). He received his bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, Business and Communication from Arizona State University. Austin is looking forward to learning all he can, and serving the PR community in Phoenix.