PRSA Hawaii Announces 2016 Leadership Team and Agenda

HONOLULU – (Feb. 1, 2016) The Hawaii chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) today announced its objectives for the year and introduced the 2016 Board of Directors.

“Just as public relations professionals work to strengthen the relationship between organizations and their publics, we will be working to demonstrate the tangible value of PRSA Hawaii to our more than 100 members across the state,” said President David Pettinger, APR. “We are focusing our 2016 efforts on raising awareness of the Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) credential, promoting our monthly professional development programs and celebrating the best work in our local industry at our annual Koa Anvil Awards event.”

Added Pettinger, “With help from our board of established communicators, we hope to create more opportunities for members to network with each other, learn best practices and develop their skills to be effective in our fast-paced, ever-changing world.”

PRSA Hawaii named the following officers to its 2016 Board of Directors:

  • President – David Pettinger, APR (Anthology Marketing Group)
  • President-Elect – Jennifer Armstrong (Kaia Consulting)
  • Past President – Erica Yamauchi (Project Kealahou)
  • Secretary – Nikki Moreno (Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa)
  • Treasurer – Darlene Morikawa (Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau)
  • Communications – Noreen Reimel (Ulupono Initiative)
  • Membership – Hilary Bingman (Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company)
  • Koa Anvil Awards – Jocelyn Collado (Becker Communications) and Huy Vo (The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach)
  • Programs – Armida York (York Hospitality LLC) and Samantha Tsui (Becker Communications)
  • Education (UH) – Amy Hennessey, APR (Ulupono Initiative)
  • Education (HPU) – Rob Deveraturda (MVNP)
  • Accreditation & Leadership – Duke Gonzales, APR (United States Postal Service) and Shawn Nakamoto, APR (University of Hawaii at Manoa)
  • Maui Affinity – Christina Yumul (Storieology Communications)
  • Assembly Delegates – Rebecca Pang (Anthology Marketing Group) and Amy Hennessey, APR
  • Western District Delegate – Amy Hennessey, APR

About PRSA Hawaii

Chartered in 1947, PRSA Hawaii is one of six founding chapters of PRSA. Committed to advancing the standards of the public relations profession, the chapter’s mission is to build value, understanding, and the demand of public relations professionals in Hawaii. For more information visit

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