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
Nikki Ostergaard, Benton-Franklin Health District – Chapter Co-Treasurer
Jessica Schumacher, Humming Hemp
Jacob Skeels, U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science – Chapter Co-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
Karisa Saywers, Visit Tri-Cities
Mike Wasem, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
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.
Students Pursuing Degrees in Communications-Related Fields May Join the Public Relations Student Society of America
As a student member, you may attend many of our local chapter events at a significantly discounted rate!
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