Executive Committee
Jim Joseph, Chair
Global President
BCW

As the Global President for BCW, and now the Chair of the PR Council as well, Jim constantly puts his experience to the test.

Jim’s list of brand experience spans virtually every industry and is a who’s who list of the most impressive brands on the planet including Johnson & Johnson, Ford, Procter & Gamble, Walmart, Astra Zeneca, American Express, Microsoft, Hyatt, and McDonald’s. Jim is also an award-winning author of The Experience Effect series and an adjunct instructor at New York University, where he teaches a graduate class in integrated marketing.

Entrepreneur of the Year, Agency of the Year, Consumer Launch Campaign of the Year, Most Creative Agency, Best Place to Work, Social Media Icon, Hall of Fame – these are the accolades that Jim has amassed through his long career in marketing. But none are more important than the daily badge he wears with the most pride – Dad.

Mike Santoro, Treasurer
President
Walker Sands

Mike Santoro is the President of Walker Sands, a full-service B2B marketing agency with core capabilities in public relations, demand generation, branding, creative, marketing strategy and web. The firm’s integrated approach to marketing drives awareness, credibility and conversions for 100+ clients around the world. A seven-time Inc. 5000 honoree, Walker Sands is one of the fastest-growing B2B marketing agencies in the world, with offices in Chicago, San Francisco and Seattle.
Mike also co-founded the Little Giraffe Foundation in 2011, a Chicago-based nonprofit dedicated to supporting neonatal research and preemie families in the NICU.

Lee Caraher, Secretary
Founder and CEO
Double Forte

Lee McEnany Caraher is the founder and CEO of Double Forte, a national public relations and digital media agency, based in San Francisco, that works with beloved consumer, technology, and wine brands. Lee is a highly sought after communications expert known for her business building acumen and insights.

Kim Sample, President
President
PR Council

Kim Sample focuses on helping the PR Council’s 100-plus member agencies thrive and elevating the PR profession overall. Prior to joining the PRC in August 2018, Kim was the founder/CEO of Emanate, a $35 million, 100+ person international marketing communications agency. During her tenure Emanate was named PR WEEK Agency of the Year and CRAIN’S Best Places to Work in NYC, and the team’s work for clients was recognized with numerous industry awards. Kim also worked at Ketchum, Marina Maher Communications and Golin earlier in her career, and has served Fortune 500 clients across a number of industries, including financial services, travel and hospitality, CPG and consumer electronics.

Board of Directors
Julie Batliner
President
Carmichael Lynch Relate
J.J. Carter
Global COO & President
FleishmanHillard
Peter Finn
Founding Partner
Finn Partners
Cheryl Gale
President
March Communications
David Jarrard
CEO
Jarrard Philips Cate & Hancock
Michael Kempner
Founder & CEO
MWWPR
Heather Kernahan
CEO, North America & Australia
Hotwire
Evan Kraus
President, Managing Director of Operations, and Managing Director
APCO Worldwide
Tom Lindell
Managing Director
Exponent PR
Neil Mortine
President & CEO
Fahlgren Mortine
Phil Nardone
President & CEO
PAN Communications
Barby Siegel
CEO
Zeno Group
Teneshia J. Warner
Founder & CEO
Egami Group
PRC Committees

Audit Committee

Objective: Participate in an annual audit of the finances of the Association and oversee the implementation of safeguards to protect the financial integrity of the Association.

  • Mark McNulty, Taft Communications
  • Mark Thorne, BCW
  • Mike Santoro, Walker Sands

Eligibility and Membership

Objective: Approve or deny all applications for Membership into the PRC according to eligibility requirements.

  • Luke Lambert, G&S Communications
  • Marty McDonald, Fahlgren Mortine
  • Colleen Moffitt, Communiqué PR
  • Kathy Tunheim, Tunheim Communications

Ethics

Objective: Advocate for ethics within the communications agency industry through thought leadership and events.

  • Anne Green, G&S Business Communications
  • Peter Verrengia, FleishmanHillard

Executive Committee

Objective: Support the PRC team by exercising some, or all of the Board’s powers between Board meetings. 

  • Jim Joseph, BCW Global (Chair)
  • Lee Caraher, Double Forte (Secretary)
  • Mike Santoro, Walker Sands (Treasurer)
PRC Staff
Kim Sample
President
PR Council

Kim Sample focuses on helping the PR Council’s 100-plus member agencies thrive and elevating the PR profession overall. Prior to joining the PRC in August 2018, Kim was the founder/CEO of Emanate, a $35 million, 100+ person international marketing communications agency.  During her tenure Emanate was named PRWEEK Agency of the Year and CRAIN’S Best Places to Work in NYC, and the team’s work for clients was recognized with numerous industry awards. Kim also worked at Ketchum, Marina Maher Communications and Golin earlier in her career, and has served Fortune 500 clients across a number of industries, including financial services, travel and hospitality, CPG and consumer electronics.

Andi Hughes
Vice President
PR Council

Andi joined the PRC in October 2018 as Vice President. She brings 15 years of PR experience in public relations, having worked for global PR agencies Ketchum and Fleishman Hillard, and most recently at Westchester County-based Co-Communications.  She has deep experience creating and implementing strategic and creative communications strategies and marketing programs for B2B and B2C clients.

Andi’s past clients have included Fortune 100 companies to local, small businesses in the CPG, entertainment, healthcare, employee benefits, legal, education, and not-for-profit sectors. She has coordinated media relations campaigns to support product introductions, CEO thought-leadership, and high-level brand awareness efforts. Andi brings a passion for building lasting, productive relationships – and prides herself on her success with journalists, clients, colleagues, and vendors.

Andi has a B.A. in English from Denison University. On the side, she’s a barre instructor for a local studio in Westchester where she resides with her husband (a PR agency exec), their kids and Havanese, Charlie.

Eva Seidl Chodosh
Director, Special Projects & Partner Program
PR Council

Eva Seidl Chodosh joined the PR Council in December 2017 as the Director of Special Projects and Partner Program. A specialist in public relations and marketing, Eva was previously at WE Communications working as a Marketing Manager on the Agency Marketing team where she was driving internal and external marketing initiatives for the agency.

Before joining WE, Eva spent two and a half years at the New York Genome Center helping to manage all internal and external communications efforts, including running both the internal and external newsletters, media and digital efforts, and member relationships. Eva also worked at MSLGROUP North America. While there, she worked on the Consumer team, specifically on Proctor & Gamble brands including Bounty, Charmin and Puffs.

Eva was born and raised in Manhattan and attended Drexel University for her undergrad and graduate degrees. She received her bachelor of arts in corporate communication and public relations and her master of science in technical communication. She recently received her MBA from the Robert H. Smith School at the University of Maryland.

Kristin D'Urso
Administrative Manager
PR Council

Kristin D’Urso joined the Council in April 2016 as the Administrative Manager. She addresses the Council’s needs in terms of Human Resources and Benefits, Financials, Office Services, and Member Services.

Kristin came to the Council with an extensive administrative background. Most recently she was the Executive Assistant and Board Liaison for New York Restoration Project, an urban greening non-profit founded by Bette Midler. Prior to that she was the Project Coordinator/Office Manager at Eric Sheffield Architect for nearly eight and a half years.

Kristin was raised just outside New York City in Rockland County. She has a passion for travel, nature, and animals. Kristin graduated from New York University with a B.S. in Sociology.

Armoni Boone
Member Relations Coordinator
PR Council

Armoni Boone joined the council in November 2019 as Member Relations Coordinator. His work helps facilitate the relationship between the Council and its members. He will be working with agency members, PRC programming and event participation.

Most recently, he was a digital media intern for Bloomberg LP where he contributed to the baseline analysis and research for the Twitter-based news station, TicToc. He is also an alumnus of the International Radio & Television Society (The IRTS Foundation), a diversity incubator for media leaders.

He was born in NYC. He has a passion for writing, painting and composing music. Armoni graduated with a B.A. in Communications from The City College of New York. In his spare time, he manages a humble art studio.