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Michael Freedman becomes 2020 president of local Public Relations Society of America chapter

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Fri, Feb 14th 2020 05:45 pm

The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Buffalo Niagara Chapter welcomes Michael Freedman as president for the year 2020. Freedman heads a 12-person board of directors, which was recently elected by the local chapter's membership body.

Freedman, a resident of Grand Island, serves as associate vice president of enrollment marketing, communications and operations at Niagara University. He first joined PRSA in 2009, served on the chapter's e-communications committee starting in 2012 and joined the board of directors in 2017 as treasurer. As president in 2020, he will oversee a variety of local chapter initiatives, including monthly programming, the 26th annual Excalibur Awards program, and the continued evolution of the burgeoning diversity committee.

Freedman is a past recipient of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s Spotlight Professional Award and a member of Niagara County’s inaugural “12 Under 40” class. In addition to his commitment to PRSA, Freedman serves on marketing/communications committees for Leadership Niagara and the Heart, Love & Soul food pantry. He also is an adjunct professor at Niagara University and co-adviser for the university's Public Relations Student Society. Freedman holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from SUNY Geneseo and an MBA in strategic marketing from Niagara University.

Besides Freedman, other PRSA Buffalo Niagara Chapter members serving on the 2020 board of directors include:

  • President-Elect Lori Allan, director of communications and development, Charter School for Applied Technologies
  • Secretary Sarah Miller, marketing project manager, M&T Bank
  • Treasurer Marcene Robinson, news content manager, University at Buffalo
  • Immediate Past President Stacy VanBlarcom, APR, communications manager, Liazon
  • Director-at-Large Michael Barone, founder/owner, STR8 4WRD Communications
  • Director-at-Large Cassandra Kubiak, digital communications specialist, Goldberg Segalla
  • Director-at-Large Joyce Ramirez, public relations account executive, Tipping Point Communications
  • Assembly Delegate Matthew Biddle, assistant director of communications, University at Buffalo School of Management
  • Assembly Delegate Grace Gerass, assistant director of communications and alumni engagement, University at Buffalo School of Nursing
  • PRSSA Chapter Liaison Samantha Schlein, tech partner engagement manager, Garland Technology LLC
  • Diversity Chair Rene Petties-Jones, community engagement director, The National Federation for Just Communities of WNY Inc.

PRSA Buffalo Niagara Chapter is Western New York's branch of the Public Relations Society of America – a professional organization serving the communications community. The local chapter began in 1963 and is one of 110 across the nation. Its 150 members represent a variety of industries, including corporate, nonprofit, government, counseling firms, educational institutions and professional service firms. Visit www.prsabuffaloniagara.org for more information.

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