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Local PRSA Chapter Names Five New Accredited Members

MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The Minnesota Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) is proud to recognize five members who recently received their Accreditation in Public Relations (APR): Susan Beatty, vice president, public relations and corporate communications for Bremer Financial Services; Sheri Hansen, senior account executive at Padilla Speer Beardsley; Lisa Hiebert, marketing and communications director for the Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys; Jason Sprenger, public relations manager at Xiotech Corporation and Jessica Stauber, director of public relations at WestmorelandFlint.

"Each of these individuals are making a difference in their workplaces and impacting the business community by taking the initiative to learn more," said Jan Hennings, APR, Minnesota PRSA president and communications director of the Minnesota Hospital Association. "As individuals, they bring added value to PRSA, and as an organization we are very proud of their efforts."

The APR is a voluntary and rigorous certification program for public relations professionals and is the profession's only national post-graduate certification program. Currently there are more than 5,000 professionals who hold the APR mark.

Active in the community, serving on the St. Croix Valley YMCA board of directors and marketing committees for the Minnesota Home Ownership Center and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Twin Cities, Beatty received a bachelor's degree in journalism and public relations from the University of Minnesota and a master's in business communication from the University of St. Thomas.

Currently employed by local public relations agency Padilla Speer Beardsley, Hansen's background includes earning a Juris Doctor from Hamline University School of Law. She is also a graduate of Luther College with degrees in English, German and music.

Hiebert, who has served as a communications and marketing professional for youth-serving organizations in the Twin Cities for the past 13 years, holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in journalism and sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She also received a master's in business administration from the University of St. Thomas.

Sprenger has seven years of professional PR experience in agency, corporate and consulting positions and graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism, and a minor in speech communication from the University of Minnesota.

Stauber's background includes working as a television news reporter and anchor in Duluth, Minn. and in Green Bay, Wis. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with degrees in political science and journalism.

For more information on the APR process, visit the Minnesota PRSA Web site at www.mnprsa.com and click on the Accreditation tab.

About Minnesota PRSA

Minnesota PRSA is the tenth-largest chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), the world's largest organization for public relations professionals with nearly 32,000 professional and student members. PRSA is organized into more than 110 chapters nationwide, including 19 professional interest sections and affinity groups. Minnesota PRSA is comprised of more than 360 members who represent business and industry, counseling firms, independent practitioners, military, government, associations, hospitals, schools, professional services firms and nonprofit organizations.

SOURCE Minnesota Public Relations Society of America

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