NSPRA Northeast Region Election Closes, Board Set for 2019-20

The election for Northeast Region vice president of the NSPRA Executive Board has closed. Congratulations to the successful candidate, Angela Marshall, public information officer of Nassau (N.Y.) BOCES, on her election. She will take office on Oct. 1, 2019, along with the other incoming Executive Board members for 2019-20.

The 2019-20 NSPRA Executive Board as of October now will include:

Read on to learn more about all those who will be newly joining the NSPRA Executive Board in 2019-20.

Lesley Bruinton, APR2019-20 President-elect
(term of office: 2019-20 as president-elect, 2020-21 as president)

Lesley Bruinton, APR, Public Relations Coordinator, Tuscaloosa City (Ala.) Schools

Lesley Bruinton is an Accredited in Public Relations practitioner with more than 15 years of professional experience. The recovering television journalist now serves as the Public Relations Coordinator for the Tuscaloosa City (Ala.) Schools--an urban district with more than 10,000 students. It’s a job where she can continue her craft of writing with her rapid-fire typing skills. She is a two-time past president of ALSPRA, the Alabama School Public Relations Association, and a two-time NSPRA Gold Medallion winner. Bruinton holds a Bachelor’s degree in Telecommunication and Film from The University of Alabama and a Master’s degree in Strategic Communication from Troy University.

Patrick Gallaway

2019-20 Mideast Region Vice President
(term of office: 2019 – 2022)

Patrick Gallaway, Communications Director, New Albany-Plain (Ohio) Local Schools

I have devoted much of my career to public service, helping lead the communications efforts for a variety of state agencies, non-profit organizations and most recently the public school environment. I currently serve as the Director of Communications for New Albany - Plain Local Schools, a public school district of nearly 5,000 students in a northeast suburb of Columbus, Ohio. I oversee the communication operation including, media relations, website, internal communications, community outreach and social media. I have worn many hats in several state agencies, including the Ohio Secretary of State, Ohio EPA, Bureau of Worker’s Compensation and several non-profit agencies. I am a graduate of The University of Akron in Akron Ohio, earning a Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication-Public Relations. I am entering the second year of a two-year term as President of the Ohio School Public Relations Association. 

Angela Marshall

Northeast Region Vice President
(term of office: 2019 – 2022)

Angela Marshall, Public Information Officer, Nassau (N.Y.) BOCES

Angela Marshall is an award-winning public relations strategist and writer with extensive experience in public and private education communications. She leads the Communications Office for Nassau BOCES, a cooperative of the 56 school districts in Nassau County. Prior to joining the agency, she was a Communications Specialist for New York Institute of Technology, a global university with multiple campuses. Angela has a long history of crisis communications work, having started her career as a reporter and editor. She is an integral member of Nassau BOCES’ Emergency Response Team and has managed communications during a number of major events, including two hurricanes, a small plane crash and a murdered teacher. She has served as President of the New York School Public Relations Association and is Vice President (Nassau) of the Long Island School Public Relations Association. Angela has presented at the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) annual conference and was a panelist for the Urban Education Leaders Collaborative conference at Teachers College, Columbia University.  She also collaborated on NSPRA’s publication Rubrics of Practice and Suggested Measures

Joe Ferdani, APR

Southwest Region Vice President
(term of office: 2019 – 2022)

Joe Ferdani, APR, Chief Communications Officer, Adams 12 (Colo.) Five Star Schools

I began my career in communications after earning my master’s in journalism from the University of Missouri. From 1996 to 2003, I was a reporter and anchor for the ABC-affiliate in Colorado Springs, Colo. In 2003, I began looking into other opportunities to use my communications skills set. After meeting with several PR professionals across the government, corporate and agency sectors, I was drawn to K-12 public education because I saw the passion and belief in the mission that school communicators brought to their work. In August 2003, I joined Adams 12 Five Star Schools in Thornton, Colo. as a communications specialist. In March of 2009, I became Accredited in Public Relations (APR). Additionally I’ve served as the Colorado School Public Relations Association (CoSPRA) President and Metro Denver Regional Vice President, as well as serving on various NSPRA committees. I have been with Adams 12 Five Star Schools for 16 years, and currently serve as the district’s Chief Communications Officer.

Dr. David SovineVice President at Large - Superintendents of Schools
(term of office: 2019 – 2021)

David Sovine, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools, Frederick County (Va.) Public Schools

Learn more about Dr. Sovine and FCPS.