Leadership

Our chapter leaders are passionate about public relations, the professionals who practice it and the organizations they represent. Our Board of Directors consists of the president, president-elect, PRSA Leadership Assembly delegate(s), secretary, treasurer and directors. The immediate past president is an ex-officio member of the board. As with most PRSA chapters, ours is a working board, and in addition to their governance and fiduciary duties, board members oversee one or more areas of the functional areas that sustain our nonprofit’s operations.

Judy Asbury, APR, Fellow PRSA

(she/her/hers)

President

Judy is the Assistant Dean, Communications and External Relations, at Lewis & Clark Law School, where she oversees all law school communications and manages the school’s development team. 

Email me: executive@prsaoregon.org

Brad Hilliard, APR, CLU

(he/him/his)

Immediate Past President

Brad is the Public Information Officer for the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services, the state’s largest consumer protection agency where he manages communications for the state insurance commissioner and regulator of financial products and services. 

Email me: executive@prsaoregon.org

Meghan Gardner

(she/her/hers)

President-elect

As head of the Portland office for Matter, Meghan brings both an eye for detail and clarity of strategic vision to every client program, where she oversees a team of 15 servicing clients in a variety of industries, including B2B technology, information security, financial services, manufacturing, food and beverage, consumer services, and marketing technology.

Email me: executive@prsaoregon.org

Tom Fuller, APR

(he/him/his)

Secretary

Tom is the Communications Manager for the Oregon Department of Transportation; he oversees a group of professional communicators across the state that assists the agency in communication planning, messaging, public outreach, education, web, social media, video and graphics, and media relations. 

Email me: admin@prsaoregon.org

Carissa Sauer, APR

(she/her/hers)

Treasurer

Carissa Sauer is a passionate, driven, mid-level communications professional with over 14 years of progressive responsibility and leadership in all facets of corporate communications and public relations. 

Email me: admin@prsaoregon.org

Taraneh Fultz, APR

(she/her/hers)

Board Member
Co-head of chapter communications

Taraneh is an integrated marketing manager at Cambia Health Solutions, a sought-after change agent and an award-winning mentor who is passionate about affordable access to preventive and behavioral health care and developing the leadership acumen of women of color.

She was president of the Portland Metro Chapter in 2015 and chair of the North Pacific District board in 2018.

Email me: communications@prsaoregon.org

Joshua Paul Romero

(he/him/his)

Board Member
Co-head of chapter communications

Joshua is passionate about educating and engaging the community through his role as Communications Manager for the City of Bend, the fastest growing mid-sized city in the nation, and is excited to bring “east of the Cascades” representation to PRSA Oregon, and deepen his connection with the chapter and members through board service. 

Email me: communications@prsaoregon.org

Marsha Sanchez

(she/her/hers)

Board Member
Co-head of chapter professional development

Marsha is an internal communications manager at Relay Resources. She loves learning new ways to best meet people where they are so that they can equitably consume information. 

Email me: programs@prsaoregon.org

Heather Back

(she/her/hers)

Board Member
Co-head of chapter professional development

Heather manages communications and policy development for Metro’s Visitor Venues — the Oregon Convention Center, Portland Centers for the Arts, Portland Expo Center and the Oregon Zoo – building awareness of their significant economic return for the region from hosting conventions, exhibits and events that draw visitors and tourism dollars into the community. 

Email me: programs@prsaoregon.org

Callie Gisler

(she/her/hers)

Board Member
Co-head of chapter membership

Callie is the CEO and lead strategist at Coffeehouse Communications, an award-winning strategic communications agency serving purpose-driven businesses and nonprofit organizations. 

Email me: membership@prsaoregon.org

Eric Johnson, APR

(he/him/his)

Board Member
Co-head of chapter membership

Eric is a Communications Specialist with the City of Roseburg, where he serves on the management team. Eric’s duties at the City include implementing a comprehensive strategic communication plan, including media relations, website content, writing and designing print publications, managing the City’s social media efforts and electronic communications.  

Email me: membership@prsaoregon.org

Vicki Guinn

(she/her/hers)

Board Member
Co-head of chapter advancement

Vicki Guinn, a native Oregonian, is a healthcare public relations strategist for Legacy Health where she is responsible for media relations, community engagement, strategic communications, issues management/PIO duties, social media and crisis management. 

Email me: programs@prsaoregon.org

Gail Dundas, MS, APR, Fellow PRSA

(she/her/hers)

Board Member
Co-head of chapter advancement

Gail’s service to PRSA and experience in communications is extensive. She became a PRSA Fellow in 2019 and previously received the William Marsh Lifetime Achievement Award. She worked for Intel Corporation for nearly 20 years in Global Communications.  

Email me: programs@prsaoregon.org

Jaimee Fox, MA, APR

(she/her/hers)

Board Member
Regional director, Clark County

Jaimee is a champion for public service and employee engagement. As a versatile PR professional, Jaimee has nine years of experience in internal communications, project management, stakeholder engagement and event planning.

Email me: membership@prsaoregon.org

Erin Merz, MA, APR

(she/her/hers)

Board Member
Regional Director, Central Oregon

Erin serves as director of marketing and communications for The School of Business at Portland State University where she’s responsible for developing and implementing strategies that support the institution’s recruitment and retention goals. 

Email me: membership@prsaoregon.org

Lise Harwin, APR

(she/her/hers)

Board Member
Delegate, PRSA Leadership Assembly

For 17 years, Lise Harwin made a career in media relations — pitching organizational stories ranging from life-saving at a Level 1 trauma hospital to life-affirming at the American Red Cross to life-changing in higher education. Now she’s turned her corporate raconteuring and social media savvy inward, transitioning to employee engagement and communication for the Port of Portland and PDX, America’s Best Airport. Lise most recently served as VP of Communications for PRSA’s Employee Communications section and has presented several times at the section’s annual Connect conference.

Email me: executive@prsaoregon.org

Dave Thompson, APR, Fellow PRSA

(he/him/his)

Board Member
Delegate, PRSA Leadership Assembly

Dave Thompson spent 20 years as a TV News reporter/producer/anchor and then 20 more as a public relations executive and spokesperson for a variety of companies and industries, including Director of Corporate Communications for a pre-IPO angel-invested startup and Public Information Officer and supervisor for the Oregon Department of Transportation.

He was president of the Portland Metro Chapter from 2010 to 2012 and is now affectionately known as “president for life.”

Email me: executive@prsaoregon.org


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