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Public Relations Society of America National Capital Chapter announces 2023 leadership; Leah Dergachev named president

by | Nov 29, 2022

PRSA NCC, the nation’s largest Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, (PRSA), announced its incoming leaders for 2023.

The 2023 board will be led by Leah Dergachev, MBA, Head of External Communications at Olive.

“PRSA NCC has historically brought together communications professionals from the D.C. Metro area, providing a forum for collaboration, leadership, education and networking,” said Dergachev. “We have an amazing board headed into 2023  and I look forward to our intended focus on membership growth and engagement, professional development and developing a strong leadership pipeline for the chapter.”

During her tenure as a Chapter leader, Dergachev served as Vice President, Chapter Delegate, DEI Chair, Membership Chair and Chair of the National Capital Excellence in Communication Awards (formerly the Thoth Awards). She was responsible for developing the mission statement for the DEI committee, leading the development of the strategic plan and organizing the Chapter’s Leadership Rally. In addition to PRSA NCC, she is also a member of American Marketing Association, the Junior League of Northern Virginia and Chief.

The 2023 PRSA NCC Board of Directors members are:


  • Leah Dergachev, MBA, Head of External Communications, Olive


  • Karin Drinkhall, APR and PMP, Deputy Director for Integrated Communications, Barbaricum


  • Lisa Kiefer, Vice President, Morning Consult


  • Amanda Ponzar, Chief Communications and Marketing Officer, CHC: Creating Healthier Communities

Vice-President, Two-Year Term

  • Jaya Koilpillai Bohlmann, APR, Founder and Chief Consultant, Designing Communication
  • Larry Parnell, Associate Professor and Program Director, The George Washington University

Vice-President, One-Year Term

  • Patricia A. Hernandez, Ph.D., Assistant Director of the MA in Communication Program, Johns Hopkins University Advanced Academic Programs

Two-Year Directors

  • Crystal Borde, Vice President and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Practice Lead, Vanguard Communications
  • Adiya Mobley, Senior Vice President and Partner, FleishmanHillard
  • Mike Smith, CEO, GreenSmith PR and MSBD, Inc.
  • Carol Wilkerson, Press Director, U.S. Small Business Administration
  • John Yaglenski, Director of Communications and IT, IEEE-USA
  • Southerlyn Marino Reisig, Founding Partner, Newport Partners Public Affairs

One-Year Directors

  • Jennifer Boone Bemisderfer, Security Communications Lead, Amazon
  • Allie Erenbaum, Senior Account Supervisor, Edelman
  • Henry Kenney III, MPS, External Relations Analyst, Consumer and Entertainment, AARP

Immediate Past President

  • Robert Krueger, Executive Communications Manager, Gensler and Executive Director, The Communications Board

Elected by the members, the 2023 Board of Directors is responsible for setting the Chapter’s strategic direction, overseeing Chapter programming, and cultivating the next generation of communications public relations professionals, as well as the governance and financial oversight of the organization.

PRSA NCC supports communication professionals in the Washington area by fostering collaboration, enhancing knowledge and skills and creating connections through robust, innovative and inclusive educational, networking and professional growth opportunities.

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