June 2018 Print

Letter from the President

Summer is here! No doubt we are trying to soak in as much of the season as we can, doing things we enjoy. For me, that means trying to work on turning my black thumbs to green, spending time at the ballpark with my boys, and running as the sun rises (in preparation for my first full marathon this weekend).

These beautiful summer days are busy, but they're also fleeting. That's why it's also important to take a moment to savor the season - which includes renewing connections with those around us. Certainly friends and family are at the top of that list, but summer is also a perfect time to connect with your PRSA peers! So plan to join us for our summer social next Thursday (June 21) at Green Bay's Hinterland Brewery to connect with your PR friends (and make new ones!) at this informal and fun event. You'll find more information about that below. Hope to see many of you there!

Yours in service,

Melissa Sabel

President, PRSA Northeast Wisconsin 

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Upcoming Events

 Kick off the official start to summer with your fellow public relations professionals at Hinterland Brewery in Green Bay (1001 Lombardi Avenue). Join us in the Titletown district and for a relaxing networking event. The fun kicks off at 5 p.m.

Whether you are a seasoned pro or new to the world of PR, this event is a great opportunity to meet with others in your field. For those looking to join as a member of the PRSA Northeast Wisconsin chapter, it is a wonderful time to learn more about what the local chapter can do for you.

Registration includes one beverage and tasty appetizers!  

$15 - Member: Includes one free beverage and appetizers

$20 - Guest: Includes one free beverage and appetizers

$15 - Student: Includes one free beverage and appetizers

Register TODAY!

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New Members

Meet one of PRSA Northeast Wisconsin's newest members, Todd McMahon!

1) Where do you work? What is the role in your organization?

O’Connor Connective, De Pere; Communications Specialist

2) Please share some of your education/employment background.

Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Northern Illinois University; a newspaper editor and reporter of 26 years for publications in the Chicago area, Green Bay and De Pere before making “the big leap” to public relations last year; provided coverage of the Green Bay Packers since 2000, currently as a freelancer with The Associated Press

3) Describe your typical day.

Not much unlike the unpredictable duties of someone working in the media, no two days are ever the same in my multifaceted position at O’Connor Connective. In collaboration with my talented and trusted teammates, I support our many clients with their internal and external communications needs by telling their stories through content development. This includes copywriting, media relations, and the management of social media.

4) What do you hope to get out of PRSA?

While still somewhat of a “newbie” in the public relations industry, I value my membership in PRSA and involvement with the Northeast Wisconsin chapter. The programming, training and networking opportunities are enhancing my learning curve as a public relations professional, therefore making me more valuable to our O’Connor Connective team and our clients. And there’s nothing like camaraderie among us PR types, where we can support and learn from one another.

5) Any hobbies?

Spending quality time with family, traveling, volunteering, reading, golf, fantasy sports leagues

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Member Promotion

Not all PR is the same. While there are some challenges that are universal to all PR and communications professionals, it is those hurdles that are unique to your industry that can be the hardest to overcome.

With this in mind, PRSA has created 14 professional interest groups, known as Sections. These groups help members connect on a deeper level with those in their industry. Through in-person events, webinars and an online community, Section members are able to ask questions, request sample documents and get feedback for projects that they’re working on.

When you join PRSA before June 30, you can receive a membership to a Section of your choice for free* when you use the code SECTIONS18.

Below are PRSA’s 14 Professional Interest Sections, explore each Section to find the one that is right for you!


Each Section provides members:

  • Section newsletter
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Networking opportunities online and at select events
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Discounts to Section sponsored events (when applicable)


Become a PRSA member today to start taking advantage of your PRSA benefits, including a members-only app, a members-only online community, a daily e-newsletter featuring breaking industry headlines, a library of informative webinars, networking tools and many other resources. Contact PRSA Northeast Wisconsin membership chair Erin Elliott at or 920-819-2675 to learn more about joining PRSA and our local chapter!

*RESTRICTIONS: This offer does not include the Counselors Academy or New Professionals Sections. N/A for Associate member types ($200 or less annual dues) and current or renewing members. Refer to  for details. 

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Member Anniversaries

Congratulations to the 7 members who celebrated their PRSA anniversaries in May and June!


Renae Bauer, Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross: 15 years

Jim Streed, J Streed Communications: 38 years


Janet Bonkowski, UW-Green Bay: 21 years

Femi Cole, BayCare Clinic: 12 years

Krista DeBruin, Faith Technologies: 10 years

Tracy Suehring, Energis High Voltage Resources: 1 year

Todd Weber, Kohler Co.: 14 years



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