About Our Chapter

The Mid-Columbia Chapter Brings Your PRSA Membership to Life in Our Local Community

The Mid-Columbia Chapter covers southeastern Washington state and northeastern Oregon. This includes the area spanning from Walla Walla to Yakima (east-west) and Ritzville to Pendleton (north-south).

Our chapter formed in 2018 in response to the significant concentration of marketing, communications and public relations professionals in the Tri-Cities and surrounding communities who were interested in more local networking and learning opportunities.

Members of PRSA Mid-Columbia are committed to enhancing the industry through our work, service, mentoring, and leadership throughout the region.

The chapter is affiliated with the North Pacific District of PRSA.

PRSA Is the Nation’s Leading Professional Organization Serving the Communications Community

The PRSA national organization has members in all 50 states, represented by more than 100 chapters, several professional interest sections, and on hundreds of college and university campuses through its student organization, the Public Relations Student Society of America.

Chapter Officers & Directors

Mike Paoli, Tri-Cities Public Relations – Chapter Co-President

Rochelle Olson, Prominence Public Relations – Chapter Co-President

Jessica Schumacher, Humming Hemp

Jacob Skeels, U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science Chapter Treasurer

Mary Ann Showalter, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory – Chapter Secretary

Susan Bauer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Hanna Goss, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Stephanie Hartwig, Grayscale Consulting

Andrea McMakin, Grace Clinic

Mike Wasem, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory


Program Committee

Andrea McMakin, Grace Clinic – Committee Chair

Stephanie Hartwig, Grayscale Consulting

Jackie Lybbert, Pixelsoft Films

Mike Paoli, Tri-Cities Public Relations

Karisa Saywers, Visit Tri-Cities

Sponsorship Opportunities

The Public Relations Society of America Mid-Columbia Chapter is an essential network for professionals and students in communications-related fields in the Tri-Cities and surrounding communities.

Becoming a PRSA Mid-Columbia Chapter sponsor will help raise your company brand awareness and support employee recruitment among members. We currently offer three types of sponsorship opportunities:

Educational Programs and Events


In-Kind Technical Services

Please submit our contact form to share your interest, and a chapter representative will reach out to you to discuss sponsorship levels, benefits and other details.

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