Executive Committee
Gail Heimann, Chairwoman
President
Weber Shandwick

Gail Heimann is President of Weber Shandwick, one of the world’s leading global communications and engagement firms with offices in 78 cities with a network extending to 129 cities around the world. Gail brings a relentless pursuit of ideas that touch, move, build, transform and deliver results for clients. She helps accelerate innovation and activation across the firm’s global practice areas, digital services and analytics operations. Gail has helped to build brands and burnish reputations for leading clients in the personal care, food and beverage, quick service restaurant, healthcare, finance and technology categories — including work with PepsiCo, Unilever, Electrolux, Mondelez, Ocean Spray, Nespresso, Chobani, General Motors, Microsoft and Verizon, among others.

Gail was a catalyst in Weber Shandwick being named as the only PR agency on Advertising Age’s A-List in 2014 and 2015, PRWeek’s 2017, 2016 and 2015 U.S. Agency of the Year, PRWeek’s 2016 and 2015 Global Agency of the Year and The Holmes Report’s Global Agency of the Year for 2015 and 2014. She was president of the Public Relations Jury at the 2012 Cannes Lions and a member of the inaugural Glass Lion jury in 2015, which celebrates work that breaks through gender bias and stereotypes. In 2016, Gail was inducted into PRWeek’s inaugural Hall of Femme, recognizing female trailblazers in communications. She was also named to The Holmes Report’s 2015 North America Innovator 25 list, which celebrates individuals who accelerate innovation and push boundaries within the public relations industry. Earlier in her career, Gail was an Advertising Age Woman to Watch.

Gail and her husband have two daughters and live in New York City.

Jon Silvan, Treasurer
Founding Partner and CEO
Global Strategy Group

Jon Silvan is Founding Partner and CEO of Global Strategy Group (GSG), recently named winner of Public Affairs Agency of the Year and Public Affairs Campaign of the Year by leading PR industry trade journal The Holmes Report. Recognized by PR Week’s Global Power Book as one of the most influential communications strategists in the U.S., Jon has guided GSG’s growth over the last 20 plus years from a boutique market research agency into a full-service public affairs firms with an award-winning team of over 100 professionals in five offices across the U.S.

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
Dale Bornstein
CEO
M Booth
Kimberly Eberl
CEO
Motion
Peter Finn
CEO and Founding Partner
Finn Partners
Cheryl Gale
Managing Director
March Communications
Anne Green
Principal and Managing Director
G&S Business Communications
David Jarrard
CEO
Jarrard Philips Cate & Hancock
Jim Joseph
President
BCW
Heather Kernahan
President
Hotwire - North America
Evan Kraus
President, Managing Director of Opperations, and Managing Director
Washington - APCO Worldwide
Katrina Keyes
President & CEO
K Strategies
Tom Lindell
Managing Director
Exponent PR
Neil Mortine
President & CEO
Fahlgren Mortine
Phil Nardone
President & CEO
PAN Communications
Barri Rafferty
Partner and President
Ketchum
Barby Siegel
CEO
Zeno Group
Mike Santoro
President
Walker Sands Communications
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.

  • Jon Silvan, Global Strategy Group
  • Mark McNulty, Taft Communications
  • Mark Thorne, BCW

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, Communique
  • 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 Verengia, Fleishman Hillard

Executive Committee

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

  • Gail Heimann, Weber Shandwick (Chair)
  • Lee Caraher, Double Forte (Secretary)
  • Jon Silvan, Global Strategy Group (Treasurer)
  • Kim Sample, PR Council (President)

Leadership/Governance Committee

Objective: Oversee the selection and nomination of new Board members. Responsible for the proper conduct of all elections, including the criteria for each Tiers of Membership annually.

  • Julie Batliner, Carmichael Lynch Relate
  • Jon Silvan, Global Strategy Group
  • Barby Siegel, Zeno Group
PRC Next
Rebecca Ballard
Head of Communications & Culture
Hill + Knowlton Strategies
Frani Chung
Vice President & Group Manager
M Booth
Katie Creaser
Senior Vice President
Affect
Noah Messel
Managing Supervisor
O'Malley Hansen
Jennifer Dingman
Vice President, Platform Strategy
Current Marketing
Dwayna Haley
Vice President
Porter Novelli
Melle Hock
Senior Vice President, Group Planning Director
Edelman
Erin Jordan
Account Director & Retail Technology Practice Lead
Walker Sands
Greg Mondshein
Co-Founder & Managing Partner
Sourcecode
Tony Osborn
Senior Vice President, Employee Engagement
MSL
Amy Pyles
Vice President, Digital
Saxum
Crystal Schweim
Vice President
Olson Engage
PRC Staff
Kim Sample
President
PR Council
Andi Hughes
Vice President
PR Council
Eva Seidl Chodosh
Director, Special Projects & Partner Program
PR Council
Stephanie Koncewicz
Digital Strategist
PR Council
Kristin D'Urso
Administration Manager
PR Council
Maggie Stetson
Intern
PR Council