Public Relations Society, Detroit Elects New Officers


DETROIT — The Public Relations Society of America’s Detroit Chapter elected five new officers to the board of directors including president, Dan Artman, APR, Plante Moran; president-elect, Debra Lacey-Ortisi, APR, Johnson Controls; treasurer, Don Tanner, Tanner Friedman; secretary, Jim Burke, Federal-Mogul and immediate past president, John Austerberry, APR, DTE Energy.

PRSA Detroit is one of the largest chapters of PRSA with approximately 400 members, from students to seasoned professionals, who represent business and industry, agencies, solo practitioners, associations, nonprofit organizations and government entities.

The group also welcomed new members to its 16-person board, for a three-year board term, including Maribeth Farkas, Caponigro Public Relations; Anne Santori, APR, CareTech Solutions; Stephanie Scheer, Plex Systems Inc; Megan Soule, APR, Airfoil; and Beth Marmarelli, University of Michigan-Dearborn. They join existing members board members Karah Davenport, Stratacomm; Kim Eberhardt, Tanner Friedman; Jasmin Nadalizadeh, Stratacomm; Tom O’Connell, BusinessWire; Katy Teer, Plex Systems Inc; and Tim Wieland, APR, Airfoil.

PRSA-Detroit also recently inducted Arthur Liebler, APR, president, Liebler Group, into the PRSA Detroit Hall of Fame, the chapter’s highest honor. Liebler spent many years as senior vice president of marketing and communications for Chrysler. The chapter also honored Jennifer Day, APR, regional coordinator, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, with the Robert Hefty Distinguished Service Award for her outstanding service to the chapter.