2017-2018 Project Teams/Committees

Executive Board Search Committee
(Standing Committee)

Chair: Dan Thigpen (Southwest) dthigpen@fcusd.org 916-294-9000 ext 104550
Board Liaison: Tom DeLapp, APR, NSPRA President tomdelapp@aol.com
Staff Liaison: Karen Kleinz, APR kkleinz@nspra.org 301-519-1227 


  • To recruit and recommend a slate of one or more candidates for each NSPRA Executive Board office that will become vacant the following year. (President-elect, Northwest VP and Southeast VP)
  • Present slate to the membership at the July 15, 2018 Annual Meeting in Anaheim, Calif.

Deadline: Slate of candidates submitted to NSPRA office no later than May 1, 2018.

Committee Members:

Audit Committee
(Standing Committee)

Board Liaisons: Jason Gaston, APR, Southeast VP jgaston@hoover.k12.al.us 205-439-1054 and Athena Vadnais, APR vadnais@gresham.k12.or.us 503-261-4557
Staff Liaison: Tommy Jones tjones@nspra.org  310-519-1222 

To review outside auditor's report and make a report to the Executive Board and the membership.

Report made at November 2017 Executive Board Meeting and to the membership at the July 15, 2018 Annual Meeting in Anaheim, Calif.

Committee Members:

Teller Committee
(Standing Committee)

Staff Liaison: Tommy Jones  tjones@nspra.org  301-519-1222 

Will be activated for 2017-18 if there is a contested election. 

Accreditation Committee
(Standing Committee)

Chair: Naomi Hunter, APR naomi@naomihuntercommunications.com 650-503-3205
UAB Rep: Marcia Kelley, APR marcia_kelley@hotmail.com 315-434-3415
Board Liaison: Peg Mannion, APR peg_mannion@glenbard.org 630-417-2339
Staff Liaison: Karen Kleinz, APR, kkleinz@nspra.org 301-519-1227            


  • Develop an accreditation liaison/chair for as many chapters as possible and appropriate.
  • Identify and encourage potential APR candidates.
  • Support and use the UAB's new "it Takes a PRo" marketing campaign plan to promote Accreditation to members.
  • Write two articles for NSPRA publications - one on the value of accreditation and a second on what superintendents need to know about the value of the APR process and accreditation.
  • Serve as a resource to NSPRA chapters and provide advice and assistance in offering accreditation preparation opportunities for members.
  • Assist with coordinating Panel Presentations for candidates as needed in states/regions.
  • Assist in coordinating and presenting the APR Prep pre-seminar workshop as needed.

Pertaining to Panel Presentations: 

  • Help monitor candidates' progress through the process and report to NSPRA on each step.
  • Serve as the local/regional coordination arm for NSPRA in scheduling Panel Presentations for member candidates for accreditation.
  • Assist chapters in building capacity to host local/state Panel Presentations for candidates.
  • Develop relationships/assist chapters to develop relationships with PRSA chapters in states/locales that lack capacity for convening a full panel of NSPRA APRs in order to facilitate the involvement of at least one NSPRA APR on a member candidate's panel.
  • Provide mentoring and support for candidates as requested.
  • Maintain contact throughout the year with chapters running APR study groups to identify members who plan to become APR candidates and request Panel Presentations at the Seminar.
  • Work with NSPRA as requested to help coordinate up to eight Panel Presentations at the 2018 NSPRA Seminar in Anaheim, Calif.
  • Identify and recruit members with APRs to serve as panelists in their state/region and at the Seminar.
  • Serve on Panel Presentations at the Seminar and at the local/regional level when possible.
  • Be able to explain the steps involved in becoming accredited to interested candidates.
  • Thoroughly understand the Accreditation and Panel Presentation process and become familiar with the coaching guide

Committee chair will provide reports for NSPRA Executive Board Meetings to be held November 2017, March 2018 and July 2018.

Regional Committee Reps:

Communication Equity and Diversity Task Force

Board Team Leader: Heidi Vega hvega@azsba.org 602-254-1100
Member Team Leader: TBD
Staff Liaison: Karen Kleinz, APR kkleinz@nspra.org 301-519-1227

Task Force Goals: To continue to build resources on diversity communication to expand, add to and support the work that has been done to date by the Diversity Engagement Project Team.

Proposed Tasks:

  • Recruit additional task force members representing diverse member stakeholder groups.
  • Write (or recruit member writers for) for a minimum of three "Connecting Communities" colums in 2017-18 for eNetwork on diversity and communication equity topics.
  • Write three or more related articles for PRincipal Communicator in 2017-18.
  • Compile best practice examples, relevant publications/articles, and other materials to enhance and add to the Diversity Communication Toolkit.
  • Host a Caffeinated Connections table at the Anaheim Seminar to gather member feedback on the work needed.
  • Assist in identifying relevant topics and presenters for a Diversity & Equity Communication track at the 2018 Anaheim Seminar.

Task Force Members:


School Communication Benchmarking Project Team

Project Manager: Barbara Hunter, APR bhuntercomm@gmail.com 703-863-8024
Board Team Leader: Athena Vadnais, APR vadnais@gresham.k12.or.us 503-261-4557

Staff Liaisons: Rich Bagin, APR ed@nspra.org 301-519-0496 and Karen Kleinz, APR, kkleinz@nspra.org 301-519-1227

Project Goals: To identify best-in-class practices and performance measures for the areas of critical function area of crisis communication and management to add to the Rubrics of Practice and Suggested Measures.

Scope of Project: Gather relevant data and produce rubrics that will provide school communication professionals, superintendents, and school board members with the guidelines and resources they need to develop effective crisis communication and management plans.

Project Tasks:

  • Identify essential program components for the critical function area.
  • Identify evaluative measures for the critical program components.
  • Determine best-in-class performance.
  • Identify benchmark practices in each of the critical program components based on best-in-class performance.
  • Develop "how to" for members on using benchmark practices and measures to improve their own performance.

Deadline: Complete content for fifth critical function area - Crisis Communication & Management - by January 2017 for inclusion in the next edition of the Rubrics of Practice and Suggested Measures and presentation at the 2017 San Antonio Seminar.

Reporting: Team will provide reports for NSPRA Executive Board Meetings to be held November 2016, March 2017 and July 2017.

Project Team Members: