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Meet the NSPRA 2022-23 "35 Under 35" Class

Author: NSPRA Staff/Tuesday, February 21, 2023/Categories: News

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The National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) announced today members of its 2022-23 “35 Under 35” class, presented in partnership with Rhodes Branding.

Every other year, NSPRA's 35 Under 35 program recognizes school public relations professionals who are making a difference for their school districts or education-related employers.

Congratulations to the 2022-23 “35 Under 35” class!

Will Argeros
Multimedia Specialist
Roosevelt School District 
(Phoenix, Ariz.)
From Will's nomination:
"He is hungry and is making a
difference in his school community!"

Ja’Leasa Bolden
Director of Communications
Moss Point (Miss.) 
School District
From Ja’Leasa's nomination:
"Ja'Leasa has an outstanding
record of innovation and motivation."

Olivia Bronczek
Communications Coordinator
Massillon City (Ohio) 
From Olivia's nomination:
"Olivia's ability to connect with her
community is outstanding."

Collin Brooks
Director of Communications
Johnson City (Tenn.) 
From Collin's nomination:
"His ideas are thoughtful
and his expertise is exceptional."

Jesse Chatz
Director of Communications
Skokie-Morton Grove (Ill.) 
School District 69
From Jesse's nomination:
"Jesse is an advocate for advancing
educational equity for all students."

Jacqueline Dillard
Director of Communications
Butte County (Calif.) 
Office of Education
From Jacqueline's nomination:
"Her career in school PR will be
aspirational and long-term."

Eshaya Draper
Communications Manager
Lawrence Township (N.J.) 
Public Schools
From Eshaya's nomination:
"He is a lifelong learner and his
growth potential is immeasurable!"

Kelly Gordon
Chief Communications Officer
Pattonville School District 
(St. Ann, Mo.)
From Kelly's nomination:
"Kelly is in tune with the community
and the information they need."

Leslee Hackett
Goliath Communications 
(Alief, Texas)
From Leslee's nomination:
"An avid learner, Leslee is always
committed to improving her craft."

Jasmine Hager
Internal Communications Specialist
Charlotte-Mecklenburg (N.C.) 
From Jasmine's nomination:
"She is known for her willingness
to help whenever possible."

Christian Justrabo
Communications Specialist
St. Tammany Parish (La.) 
Public School System
From Christian's nomination:
"He's an invaluable asset who can step
into almost any communications role."

Maggie Kelly
Director of Communications 
and Community Engagement
Estacada (Ore.) School District
From Maggie's nomination:
"She has built our communication
program from the ground up."

KincaidAlexandra Kincaid
Public Information 
Office Director
Dayton (Ohio) Public Schools
From Alexandra's nomination:
"Communications under her
leadership has transformed."

Maria Kury
Spanish Communication 
Wichita (Kan.) Public Schools
From Maria's nomination:
"Maria embraces the vision that ALL
students are empowered to dream."

Rebecca Latham
Chief Communications Officer
Community Consolidated School 
District 15 (Palatine, Ill.)
From Rebecca's nomination:
"Rebecca is fearless
in her work."

Ashten Latta
Public Relations Manager
South Carolina Whitmore School 
(Columbia, S.C.)
From Ashten's nomination:
"She believes building community
relationships is foundational."

Mandi LeCompte
Communications Manager
Highline Public Schools 
(Burien, Wash.)
From Mandi's nomination:
"Mandi is a multi-disciplinary creative 
who is passionate about equity."

Jessica McCartney
Director of Communications
Enumclaw (Wash.) 
School District
From Jessica's nomination:
"Jessica is a rising
star in school PR!"

Molly McGowan Gorsuch, APR
Director of Client Engagement
Rhodes Branding 
(Columbia, S.C.)
From Molly's nomination:
"Molly sets up communication
departments for success."
Megan Moore
Communications Director
Lexington County (S.C.) 
School District One
From Megan's nomination:
"She is proactive in her
innovative communication efforts."

Iva Petrosino, APR
Director of Communications
Gates Chili Central School District 
(Rochester, N.Y.)
From Iva's nomination:
"Iva consistently demonstrates
leadership and excellence."
Kayla Pologa
Marketing/Partnerships Manager
Deer Valley Unified
School District (Phoenix, Ariz.)
From Kayla's nomination:
"She is respected throughout the
district for her expertise."
Megan Renihan
Communications Coordinator
Batesville (Ark.) School 
From Megan's nomination:
"Megan has brought a wave of
change and efficiency."
Emily Reverman
Public Relations Specialist
Salem-Keizer (Ore.) 
Public Schools
From Emily's nomination:
"She has an innate ability to share
stories through student voice."

Josué Reyna
Public Information Director
Menifee (Calif.) Union 
School District
From Josué's nomination:
"He is a leader of leaders,
making our district better."

Mitchell Roush
Director of Communications 
and Marketing
Grand Island (Neb.)
Public Schools
From Mitchell's nomination:
"He believes in amplifying 
student and teacher voices."

Kristin Rozek
School and Community 
Relations Specialist
Green Bay (Wis.) Area
Public Schools
From Kristin's nomination:
"Kristin is detail-oriented
but sees the big picture."

Elishia Seals
Public Information Director
Pittsburg (Kan.) Community 
From Elishia's nomination:
"Elishia is a future star and
a natural leader."

Eric Steckling
Director of Communications
and Community Relations
Deerfield (Ill.) Public 
Schools District 109
From Eric's nomination:
"Entering the field at the height of
COVID, he rose to the challenge."

Alyssa Teribury
Assistant Program 
Capital Region BOCES 
(Albany, N.Y.)
From Alyssa's nomination:
"Within a few years, Alyssa has
become a true leader."

Juanita I.C. Traughber
Communications Director
University School 
of Nashville (Tenn.)
From Juanita's nomination:
"Juanita's work shapes
the school's brand."

Anakaren Cárdenas Ureño
Director of Communications 
and Engagement
Laguna Beach (Calif.)
Unified School District
From Anakaren's nomination:
"She has honed her communication
skills with demonstrated results."

Valonia Walker, APR
Chief Communications

Independent School District
From Valonia's nomination:
"She is a gifted storyteller
who creates engagement."

Kelsey Webb
Marketing and Public 
Relations Coordinator
Ohio Hi-Point Career Center 
(Bellefontaine, Ohio)
From Kelsey's nomination:
"Kelsey has a forward-thinking
approach to her work."

Paul Weller
Director of Media Services
Central Indiana Educational 
Service Center (Indianapolis, Ind.)
From Paul's nomination:
"His desire to share stories
is inspiring!"


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