The Maryland Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America announced that Claudia Ciolfi, manager of public relations and strategic communications at Chesapeake Employers’ Insurance Company, has been elected president of the chapter’s board of directors effective January 1, 2017.

A member of PRSA since 1999, she previously served as a member of the board and chairperson of the chapter’s Communications Committee. Ms. Ciolfi has been involved with the Maryland chapter in multiple leadership capacities over the years, including chairing the annual Chesapeake Conference Committee, the Communications Committee, and participating as a PRSA Bronze Anvil judge. She also served on the chapter’s board from 2008 – 2010.

“I look forward to working with the new board of directors and committees to continue to move the chapter forward by offering members at all stages of their career quality learning and networking opportunities,” said Ms. Ciolfi. “There are exciting improvements on the horizon that will benefit our members and encourage new professionals to join our vibrant chapter.”

Ms. Ciolfi succeeds Dan Dunne, APR, Director of Communications at Erickson Living, as president. Dunne completed his one-year term as president on December 31, 2016. In 2017, Mr. Dunne will serve as an assembly delegate for the chapter.

“I would like to acknowledge Dan’s exceptional leadership skills and dedication to PRSA Maryland,” said Ms. Ciolfi. “His vision and guidance has, and continues to, motivate the board and committees to work together as a cohesive unit to make PRSA Maryland a resource for networking and education for area communications professionals.”

The 2017 PRSA Maryland Board of Directors consists of representative from corporations and Maryland PR firms:

Claudia Ciolfi, Chesapeake Employers Insurance

Kelly Stoll, AECOM

Courtney Benhoff, Abel Communications
Jeffrey A. Davis, APR, Van Eperen
Dianna Fornaro, Chesapeake Employers Insurance
David Harrison, Harrison Communications
Caitlin Haskins, Imre
Jennifer Kellar, APR, AECOM
Emily McDermott, Nevins & Assoc.
Debra Shindler, MedStar Health
Lauren Walbert, Sandy Hillman Communications

Assembly Delegates
Jeffrey Davis, APR, Van Eperen
Dan Dunne, APR, Erickson Living
Ken Smith, APR, The Boeing Company

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