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NSPRA 2024 National Seminar

July 14, 2024 - July 17, 2024

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Sunday, July 14, 2024 - Wednesday, July 17, 2024


8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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Wednesday, July 17, 2024

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Wednesday, July 17, 2024


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Join the National School Public Relations Association and colleagues from across the United States, Canada and beyond on July 14-17, 2024, in Bellevue/Seattle, for the largest communications-focused professional development event for school public relations professionals, superintendents and education leaders.

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NameOrganizationSpeaking At
Adelle Wellens
Duluth Public Schools (ISD 709)  -
Adriana Parsons
Glendale Elementary School District  -
Amber Parker
NC Virtual Public Schools  -
Anakaren Ureno
Laguna Beach Unified  -
Andrew Munson
Lenawee ISD  -
Andrew Robinson
<p>I&#39;m a nationally award-winning communicator and advocate for public schools. Just recently, I was identified as a Front-Runner by the National School Public Relations Association, or NSPRA. I am the Assistant Director of Communications for Arlington Public Schools (APS) in Virginia. At APS, I&#39;ve launched several successful initiatives for the school division from a new staff recognition program&mdash; called APS All Stars&mdash; to giving new life to the division&rsquo;s social media accounts.<br /> <br /> I also received the 35 Under 35 Award from NSPRA and a Golden Achievement Award for the APS All-Stars program. I currently serve as the President-Elect for the Chesapeake Chapter of NSPRA where I&#39;ve assisted in growing the membership and programming for the chapter by more than 50% in the past few years.</p>
Arlington Public Schools (VA)  -
Angela Toale
Peoria Unified School District (AZ)  -
Anthony Millican
High Tech High  -
Ashley Kryscynski
Washtenaw ISD (MI)  -
Ashley-Michelle Thublin
<p>Ashley-Michelle Thublin, APR is serving in her tenth year of School PR.&nbsp; Prior to her current role as Dublin City Schools Director of Strategic and Crisis Communications, she served as Asheville City Schools&rsquo; Executive Director of Communications as well as the Public Information Officer for North Carolina&rsquo;s Richmond County Schools .&nbsp; She has been an active member of both Georgia and the National School Public Relations Association.&nbsp; She currently represents the Southeast Region on NSPRA&rsquo;s Accreditation Committee and received the distinction of NSPRA 35 under 35 in 2017.&nbsp; Additionally, Ashley-Michelle presented at the NCSPRA Fall 2018, Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 conferences about the district&rsquo;s comprehensive, strategic year-round communications plan, entitled #TheACSWay and about earning her Accreditation in Public Relations as well as at the NSPRA Summer 2020 and Summer 2022 Annual Conference.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p>As a member of her Superintendent&rsquo;s Leadership Team, Ashley-Michelle&rsquo;s role include crisis communications, issues management, community relations, marketing, media relations, strategic planning and, of course, &ldquo;all other duties as assigned,&rdquo; but her favorite days are spent visiting schools so she can tell the the stories of Dublin City&rsquo;s students and staff members.</p> <p>Ashley-Michelle was one of four communications professionals across the country to earn a 2022 NSPRA Gold Medallion, the highest honor for School Public Relations.&nbsp; Under her leadership, her districts have also earned six Best of the Bests from both the North Carolina and Georgia School Public Relations Association.</p> <p>Ashley-Michelle holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Journalism and History from New York University.&nbsp; After an arduous year and a half long process (which included both a new superintendent search and COVID), she earned her Accreditation in Public Relations in September 2020 before becoming a momma to Judah Thomas Cook on January 15th.&nbsp; To learn more about her district (and see cute baby photos), check her Twitter @amthublin.</p>
Dublin City Schools( GA)  -
Bernard Watson
Gwinnett County Public Schools  -
Beth Francesco
National Press Club Journalism Institute  -
Brett Mensing
Duluth Public Schools (ISD 709)  -
Brianna Childers
Blue Valley Schools (KS)  -
Bridget Blevins
Omaha Public Schools (NE)  -
Calvin Watts
Gwinnett County Public Schools  -
Catherine Carbone-Rogers
<p>Catherine Carbone Rogers, APR is the chief communications officer at Highline Public Schools. Catherine started in Highline as the public information officer over 20 years ago. Today, she leads a team of six that consistently earns state and national awards for its work.</p> <p>Catherine serves on the National School Public Relations Association&rsquo;s Equity and Diversity Task Force and is a past president of the Washington School Public Relations Association. She is a frequent presenter at NSPRA and WSPRA conferences and has led sessions for the AASA Superintendent Certification program.</p> <p>Catherine began her career as a television news reporter and anchor. She holds a bachelor&rsquo;s degree from the Edward R. Murrow School of Communications at Washington State University and has earned accreditation in public relations.</p>
Highline Public Schools  -
Cathy Kedjidjian
Glenview District #34  -
Chad Oliver
Collier County Public Schools  -
Chantelle Green
Papillion La Vista Community Schools  -
Chelsea Janke
CEL Marketing PR Design  -
Christa Fazio
Chester County Intermediate Unit (PA)  -
Christina Dixon
Broken Arrow Public Schools (OK)  -
Christopher Vail
Chesapeake Public Schools  -
Dan Sherman
Questar III BOCES (NY)  -
Danielle Airey
<p>Danielle Airey, APR, is a proud graduate and chief communications officer for the Peoria Unified School District in Glendale, Ariz. She began her career at 35,000 feet working for one of the nation&rsquo;s largest passenger airlines. During her time with the airline, Airey developed philanthropic initiatives for east coast markets, managed the airline&rsquo;s employee volunteer program and lead the work of the Education Foundation. After seven years, Airey returned to where she spent her K-12 educational career- the Peoria Unified School District.</p> <p>With 42 schools, 4,000 employees and more than 35,000 students, Peoria Unified is the fourth largest pK-12 public school district in the state. In her role, Airey oversees the district&rsquo;s internal communications, media relations, community engagement, marketing, advertising, crisis response and community education programs. Under her leadership, the district was recognized with a Gold Medallion by the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA), earned back-to-back Copper Medallions from the Arizona School Public Relations Association (ASPRA) and was honored as one of the Top 10 Districts on Social Media by <em>Box Clever Education</em>.</p> <p>Airey has delivered a top Communications Camp training program to other public relations professionals at the NSPRA National Conference, served on NSPRA&rsquo;s Employee Engagement Committee and is past-president and past-secretary of ASPRA. She is asked to speak to school public relations associations across the country and was recognized as a NSPRA &lsquo;35 Under 35.&rsquo; &nbsp;In February of 2022 she earned her Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) and has enjoyed mentoring other prospective APR&rsquo;s as part of NSPRA&rsquo;s APR Committee.</p> <p>In 2024 she was honored to receive ASPRA&rsquo;s first ever School Communicator of the Year Award and has since been named a finalist for NSPRA&rsquo;s National School Communicator of the Year Award.</p> <p>Airey and her husband live in north Phoenix and love to support their stellar neighborhood public school where their two kids have started their educational journey.</p>
Peoria Unified School District  -
Danielle Clark
Harris County DOE  -
David Smith
Shawnee Mission School District (KS)  -
Delaina McCormack
Fairfax County Public Schools  -
Dirk Tedmon
Eden Prairie Schools  -
Dr. James Morse
Oyster River Cooperative School District SAU 5  -
Dr. Michelle Kuss-Cybula
Oak Harbor Public Schools  -
Emily Popek
Nichols Strategies, LLC  -
Erin Dunsey
<p>Erin Dunsey is the proud communications manager for the Peoria Unified School District, a booming suburb northwest of Phoenix, Ariz. When she and her husband had their first child in 2009, they sought to plant roots in an area known for its exceptional schools. They landed in Peoria, Ariz., with a school district known for its longstanding excellence in education. In 2011, she began her career at the Peoria Unified School District and her role shifted from wife and mother to also a dedicated member of the Peoria Unified family.</p> <p>Peoria Unified is home to 42 schools, 4,000 employees and more than 35,000 students. As the communications manager, Dunsey focuses on developing and implementing strategic communications plans for its key publics, including students, employees, families, community members, business owners, retirees, and alumni.</p> <p>Her role includes marketing, crisis communications, media relations, community engagement, special event planning and more. She se rves as a liaison to the Peoria Education Foundation and provides support to more than a half dozen scholarship opportunities for students and grants for Peoria Unified teachers.</p> <p>Her accolades include earning a Copper Medallion in 2023 for Peoria Unified&rsquo;s project submission, &ldquo;Calling All Kindergarteners,&rdquo; and delivering a professional development training for school administrators at the National School Public Relations Association at the 2018 and 2022 summer conferences. She previously held the role of vice president of membership of the Arizona School Public Relations Association (ASPRA) and currently serves as President of ASPRA.</p> <p>Dunsey has been happily married since 2008 and she and her husband Randy have two beautiful children.</p> <p>Dunsey may be reached at <a href=""></a> or</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
Peoria Unified School District  -
Erin Kane
Douglas County School District (CO)  -
Gabrielle Brown
Guilford County Schools (NC)  -
Genevieve Brown
Oyster River Cooperative School District SAU 5  -
Gladys Cruz
Questar III BOCES (NY)  -
Jake Sturgis
Captivate Media + Consulting  -
JaLeasa Bolden
Moss Point School District  -
Janice Diaz
Desert Sands Unified School District  -
Jason Laz
Troy City School District (NY)  -
Javier Ibarra
Denver Public Schools (CO)  -
Jeanine Buell
River Valley School District  -
Jennifer Camien
Salina USD 305  -
Jennifer Sibal
Gering Public Schools  -
Jerry Almandarez
Santa Ana USD  -
Jessica Hull
Roseville City School District (CA)  -
Jill Johnson
Class Intercom  -
Joan Sahlgren
Loudoun County Public Schools (VA)  -
Joelle Doye
Mineral Point Unified School District  -
John Sumner
Dougherty County School System (GA)  -
John Huddleston
Jefferson County Schools (AL)  -
John Magas
Duluth Public Schools  -
Joseph DiBenedetto
Lambert & Co.  -
Joshua Leiling
US Government Accountability Office  -
Julie Thannum
CESO Communications  -
Kala Morrissey
Omaha Public Schools (NE)  -
Karen Briones
Los Gatos Union School District  -
Kate Isabelli
Community High School District 128  -
Katie Peters
Washington Local Schools (OH)  -
Keegan Kociss
Community Consolidated School District 146  -
Keisa Gunby
Richmond County School System (GA)  -
Kelly Aramaki
Bellevue School District (WA)  -
Ken Blackstone
Henrico County Public Schools  -
Kevin Tomlinson
Gwinnett County Public Schools  -
Kevin Dudley
Spokane Public Schools  -
Kondria Woods
Gwinnett County Public Schools  -
Kristen Miller
Shaker Heights City School District (OH)  -
Kristen Cash
Shaker Heights City School District (OH)  -
Kristin Babcock
Shawnee Mission School District (KS)  -
LaKisha Bruce
Dougherty County School System (GA)  -
Landon Parker
Blue Valley Schools (KS)  -
Laura Harney
Hopkins School District  -
Lauren Meade
Beachwood City Schools (OH)  -
Letrece Griffin
Columbus City Schools (OH)  -
Mandi LeCompte
Highline Public Schools  -
Mantrell Wilson
Richmond County School System (GA)  -
Martha Ryan
Mary Todoric
Community High School District 128  -
Marythony Sohl
San Juan USD (CA)  -
Matt Graham
Chesapeake Public Schools  -
Melissa Laramie
Gwinnett County Public Schools  -
Melissa Reese
Allentown School District (PA)  -
Mia Murphy
NC Virtual Public Schools  -
Michaela Scruggs
Shawnee Mission School District (KS)  -
Mike Schoemer
Independent School District 728 (MN)  -
Mitchell Roush
Grand Island Public Schools  -
Molly McGowan Gorsuch
Rhodes Branding  -
Monica Agudelo
Chesapeake Public Schools  -
Monica Fountain
Matteson School District 162/Southland College Prep  -
Natalie Allen
Loudoun County Public Schools (VA)  -
Nora Shoptaw
Guilford County Schools (NC)  -
Patty Paquette
Duluth Public Schools (ISD 709)  -
Paula Hans
Douglas County School District (CO)  -
Rachel Haywood
Chesapeake Public Schools  -
Ren Luebbering
Springfield Public Schools  -
Rick Kaufman
Bloomington Public Schools  -
Rita Ann Reznick
Florence USD  -
Ryan Lancaster
Spokane Public Schools  -
Ryan Foran
Arcadia Unified School District (CA)  -
Sara Meredith
Peoria Unified School District  -
Shannon Parthemer
Lake Washington School District  -
Sondra Whalen
Vernon Verona Sherrill CSD  -
Stacy Rader
Douglas County School District (CO)  -
Tara Thompson
Broken Arrow Public Schools (OK)  -
Theresa Tanner
Spokane Public Schools  -
Tina McCorkindale
Institute for Public Relations  -
Tom Scheidel
Tove Tupper
Highline Public Schools  -
Trinette Marquis
California School Public Relations Association  -
Trish Roddy
Princeton City Schools  -
Tyler Cronin
Papillion La Vista Community Schools  -


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