The Independent Public Relations Alliance (IPRA), a section of the Public Relations Society of America’s National Capital Chapter (PRSA-NCC), announces its board of directors for 2016. IPRA represents independent practitioners in public relations, communications and marketing working in the D.C. area. The 2016 leadership includes:

Chair – Samantha Villegas, SaVi PR, LLC
Immediate Past Chair – Jay Morris, Jay Morris Communications LLC
Program Committee Co-Chairs – Shawn Flaherty, Creative Strategies Public Relations, and Rita Mhley, Mhley/Davis & Associates Inc. Committee members: Robb Deigh, RDC Public Relations LLC; Jay Morris, Jay Morris Communications; and Robert Udowitz, RFP Associates
Marketing Committee Co-Chairs – Sabrina McGowan, SQM Communications LLC, and Jennifer Meyer, J.C. Meyer Communications. Committee member: Ami Neiberger-Miller, Steppingstone LLC
Membership Committee Chair – TBD. Committee members: Jay Morris, Jay Morris Communications LLC, and Sandra Remey, Remey Communications
Buying Collective Committee Chair – Helen Sullivan, InHouse Communications LLC
Website Committee Chair – Jill Kurtz, American Public University System
Treasurer – Robert Udowitz, RFP Associates LLC
Secretary – Christie Phillips, BlueTree Communications LLC

“Being an independent freelance PR professional has been a gift to me, personally, and IPRA has played a huge role in my success. IPRA helps independents like me stay connected with colleagues and stay sharp. With affordable monthly luncheons on the Silver Line in Tysons Corner, a low membership fee, and networking with some of the greatest minds in PR in Washington, D.C., IPRA has been a real value. I am truly honored to serve in the role of chair this year, and I look forward to helping other independents in our area enhance their success,” said Samantha Villegas, APR, president, SaVi PR, LLC.

IPRA members enjoy several benefits including discounts to monthly networking and professional development events at Ruth’s Chris in Tysons Corner, alliances with other IPRA members to create project teaming groups, profiles on IPRA’s website to allow potential clients to find you, access to IPRA’s listserv to exchange information and give or seek advice, and a buying co-op to purchase services that position you more competitively.

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