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Learning and Liberty Legacy Leaders Recognition

Through the Learning and Liberty Legacy Leaders recognition, NSPRA members and chapters can recognize individuals for their positive impact on colleagues’ careers and tireless work behind the scenes on behalf of education and improved communication. Below, please find a list of NSPRA members who have been honored as NSPRA Learning Liberty Legacy Leaders over the years.

  • Karen Heath
    Supervisor of the Communications
    Berrien RESA
    Berrien, Mich.
  • Gerri Allen 
    Executive Director
    Michigan School Public Relations Association
    Milford, Mich.
  • Larry Ascough
    Communications Consultant
    (Retired) Region 10 Education Service Center, Garland, Texas
  • Rich Bagin, APR
    Executive Director Emeritus
    National School Public Relations Association, Rockville, Md.
  • Bill Banach, Ed.D, APR
    Banach, Banach & Cassidy
    Ray Township, Mich.
  • Diane Bauman, APR
    Director of School/Community Relations
    Farmington (Mich.) Public Schools
  • Tim Carroll, APR
    Public Relations Instructor
    Texas A&M University-Commerce, Allen, Texas
  • Marsha Chappelow, Ph.D.
    (Retired) Superintendent
    Ladue School District, St. Louis, Mo.
  • Marge Crawford
    (Retired) PR and HR/Business
    CESA 1, Wauwatosa, Wis.
  • Patricia Crawford
    (Deceased) Director, Communications & Marketing
    Pittsburgh (Pa.) Public Schools
  • Judy Davis, APR
    (Retired) Assistant Director, Community Relations
    Chesterfield (Va.) County Public Schools
  • Dorreen Dembski
    DD Communication Services, LLC, Fond du Lac, Wis
    (Retired) Director of Communications and Public Relations
    CESA 6, Oshkosh, Wis.
  • Jim Dunn, APR
    Jim Dunn & Assoc., Liberty, Mo.
    (Retired) Communications/PR director, Liberty Public Schools
  • Dick Egli, APR
    Egli & Associates, Tecumseh, Mich.
  • Bonnie Ellison
    (Retired) Director of School-Business-Community Partnerships
    Northside ISD Education Foundation; and formerly Northside ISD Public Information Officer, San Antonio, Texas
  • Don Ferguson, APR
    (Retired) Corporate/Consulting PR and NSBA Communications Director
    Palm Springs, Calif.
  • Howard Gage
    (Deceased) Public Relations Manager
    Janesville (Wis.) School District
  • Barry Gaskins, APR
    (Deceased) Public Information Director
    Pitt County Schools, Greenville, N.C.
  • Rick Kaufman, APR
    Executive Director, Community Relations & Emergency Management
    Bloomington (Minn.) Public Schools
  • Karen H. Kleinz, APR
    (Retired) Associate Director
    National School Public Relations Association, Rockville, Md.
  • Nicole Kirby, APR
    Director of Communication Services
    Park Hill School District, Kansas City, Mo.
  • Steve Knagg
    Pinetop Presentations, Garland, Texas
    (Retired) Director of Communications, Garland  ISD, Texas
  • Ron Koehler, APR
    Assistant Superintendent, Organizational/Community Relations,
    Kent Intermediate School District, Grand Rapids, Mich.
  • Don Ladd
    (Deceased) Public Relations Director
    Waukesha (Wis.) Public Schools
  • Larry Litwin, APR
    (Retired) Associate Professor
    Rowan University, Berlin, N.J
  • Mary Ellen Marnholtz
    (Retired) Community Relations Coordinator
    Wausau School District, Wis.
  • Ken Muir, Ed.D, APR
    (Retired) Director of Information
    Montgomery County Public Schools, Rockville, Md.
  • Micki O’Neil
    Director of Public Relations and Communications
    Ingham Intermediate School District, Mason, Mich.
  • Andy Olsen
    (Deceased) Public Relations
    DeKalb County Schools, Stone Mountain, Ga.
  • Mary Pat Pfeil
    (Retired) Director, Community Relations
    Wauwatosa (Wis.) School District; and
    Senior Director, Office of Marketing & Communication
    Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wis.
  • Anne Raymond
    (Deceased) Communications
    Georgia Dept. of Education, Atlanta, Ga
  • Harry Roberts, APR
    NSPRA Consultant
    (Retired) Public Relations Manager, Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit, Lewisburg, Pa.
  • Joseph P. Rowson, APR
    (Deceased) Assistant to Superintendent for Publications & Information
    Lincoln (Neb.) Public Schools; and
    Assistant Vice President for External Affairs/Director of Communications
    University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Neb.
  • Tom Scheidel
    Public Information Coordinator
    Allegan Area Educational Service Agency 
    Rockford, Mich.
  • Mabel Schumacher
    (Retired) Director of Instruction
    Fort Atkinson (Wis.) School District
  • Julie Thannum, APR
    Senior Strategic Consultant 
    CESO Communications 
    Southlake, Texas
  • Annell Todd, APR
    (Retired) Executive Director
    Texas School Public Relations Association, Austin, Texas