About

PRSA Suburban Chicago Chapter:

Professional development opportunities designed for busy PR professionals living or working in the Chicago suburban area.

Monthly dinner programs on dynamic, thought-provoking topics. Cost-saving opportunities to participate in national teleconferences and webinars. One of the best accreditation coaching programs in the country.

These are just some of the reasons the Suburban Chicago chapter of PRSA is your premier resource for public relations networking and professional growth in the greater Chicagoland area.

To learn about how you can apply for a Chapter Membership, please visit our PRSA Suburban Chicago Membership Page.

Visit our Calendar page to learn about our Monthly Programs

Facts about PRSA:

  • The world’s largest organization for public relations professionals
  • More than 22,000 members
  • More than 100 chapters and 14 special interest sections worldwide
  • More than 5000 PR professionals Accredited as APR
  • More than 10,000 public relations students belong to the PRSSA (Public Relations Student Society of America), representing more than 200 institutions of higher learning

Facts about PRSA Suburban Chicago:

We represent public relations professionals in the suburban Chicago area and collar counties from a variety of backgrounds and specialties. We are employed by businesses, associations, and non-profit organizations. Some of us are solo practitioners or nonprofit executives. Others work for agencies or multi-billion dollar corporations. We live and work throughout the Chicago suburbs and northeastern Illinois from Kankakee to Naperville, from Joliet to DeKalb, from Rockford to Waukegan, from Indiana to Wisconsin. We are Suburban Chicago. We hold dinner programming events on the second Tuesday evening, so you don’t have to sacrifice your workday, and can relax over dinner with colleagues while gaining access to top knowledge leaders in the profession. We also hold socials, brownbag events, and workshops on weekends to accommodate your schedule.

Chapter Leadership

Interim President: Debra Bethard-Caplick, MS, MBA, APR

Suburban Chicagoland Chapter PRSA Past Presidents

1993 – Clinton Giese, APR
1994 – Jack Thornton
1995 – Jim McClure, APR, Fellow PRSA
1996 – Kathie Zowaski, APR
1997 – Richard Greb, APR
1998 – Jim Woodard, APR
1999 – Robert Kucharavy
2000 – Dan Fapp
2001 – Gordon Jones
2002 – Will Willie
2003 – Kevin August, APR
2004 – Anthony Snyder
2005 – Pat Szpekowski, APR
2006 – Cynthia Lamb, APR
2007 – John Lyday, APR, Fellow PRSA
2008 – Carl Alston, APR
2010 – Mary Beth Huffman
2011-12 – Debra Bethard-Caplick
2014-15 – Stephanie Gandsey

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