Executive Board Candidates Announced, Vote on President-elect in August

NSPRA is governed by an Executive Board comprised of 12 elected officers: a president, president-elect, vice president for diversity engagement, seven regional vice presidents and two appointed vice presidents at-large. The annual election of officers is conducted in August unless a race is uncontested. In the event of an uncontested race, NSPRA Bylaws allow the Executive Board to affirm candidates by acclamation.

During its August 2020 meeting, the Executive Board will affirm the following approved, uncontested candidates by acclamation as officers-elect of the board: 

  • North Central Region Vice President - Tracy Jentz, APR, Communications and Community Engagement Coordinator, Grand Forks (N.D.) Public Schools
  • South Central Region Vice President - Melissa McConnell, District Communications Specialist, Belton (Mo.) School District #124
  • Vice President for Diversity Engagement - Yolanda Stephen, APR, Director of Public Relations, Troup County School System, LaGrange, Ga. (Watch the candidate's speech.)

There is a contested election only for the office of president-elect. All professional-level members of NSPRA will have the opportunity to cast a vote on the president-elect candidates via digital ballot this August. Following are the two candidates running for president-elect:

Newly elected officers take office each year on Oct. 1. The president serves one year in office, and the president-elect serves one year in office before assuming the presidency. Regional vice presidents and the vice president for diversity engagement each serve a three-year term, while vice presidents at large each serve a two-year term.

While serving on the Executive Board, elected officers must fulfill their duties in accordance with NSPRA Bylaws. These duties may include:

  • Doing whatever may be necessary for the furtherance of the purposes of the association, the attainment of the purposes of the Articles of Incorporation, and the study and teaching of its ideals, its ethics and its unique features or organization;
  • Assisting the president in preparing programs for the Annual Meeting and other meetings of the association;
  • Authorizing appointment of all committees;
  • Formulating policies for the program and services of the association; and
  • Directing the Executive Director in the depositing or investing of such moneys as the association may receive and in business arrangements made on behalf of the association.

Get to know the 2020 NSPRA Executive Board candidates.