Executive Committee
Heather Kernahan, Interim Chair
CEO, North America
Hotwire

Heather Kernahan is a global marketing expert and business leader who has been featured in Fast Company, Fortune, Biz Women, PR Week and Ad Week. She currently serves as the CEO of North America at Hotwire, an award-winning global communications agency.

Heather joined Hotwire in 2013 and in her current role leads offices in SF, NY and Minneapolis. As a member of the Hotwire global leadership team, she has been the driving force behind the firm’s three-year strategy to expand the business. She has challenged the status quo for Hotwire and allowed the firm to think farther into the future.

Prior to Hotwire, she held senior marketing and leadership roles at Enphase Energy and Autodesk. She has focused on integrated brand communications strategies including campaign development, corporate marketing, product marketing, IPO and M&A communications strategy.

Heather consistently offers her knowledge and expertise to her community. She is a strategic advisor to many startups, such as Women’s Startup Lab, Women to Watch Media, and Boatsetter and an investment partner with Portfolia. She is a sought-after speaker on marketing and business leadership topics.

She received her Masters in Business Administration in Sustainable Enterprise from Dominican University of California.

Evan Kraus, Interim Vice-Chair
President and COO
APCO Worldwide

Evan has served as a senior strategic counselor for many of the world’s largest businesses – helping them optimize their Web presence; tell a better corporate story; “push” their messages out to target audiences; shape online issue debates; identify, attract and mobilize supporters and endorsers; conduct outreach to bloggers and other new media channels; and analyze the online environment to form strategy.

An expert in the emerging fields of media convergence – the blending of online and offline content into a highly integrated, dynamic and fast-moving news flow, Evan is a leader in movement marketing. He founded APCO’s globally integrated Digital practice. In partnership with the Huffington Post and APCO’s in-house opinion research arm, APCO Insight, he pioneered a new proprietary approach to engaging social influencers called SocialEQ.

Mr. Kraus has been recognized by PR News’ as Digital Communicator of the Year, is a contributor to the Huffington Post and is frequently asked to speak and write on the latest trends in online communication.

Prior to joining APCO in 1996, he worked as a consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton. He holds his Bachelor of Science in aerospace engineering from the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Virginia.

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
Michelle Flowers Welch
Chairman & CEO
Flowers Communications Group
Chris Foster
President, North America
BCW
Cheryl Gale
President
March Communications
David Jarrard
CEO
Jarrard Philips Cate & Hancock
Michael Kempner
Founder & CEO
MWWPR
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.