Rebecca Harris Greer, Memphis chapter

R GreerName: Rebecca Harris Greer

Chapter: Memphis

Current position: Communications and Social Media Manager, Memphis University School

How long in current position: 5 years

First PR job: In a previous life I was a development manager in the real estate world. Marketing and PR were two of my many job responsibilities.

Where you attended college: Union University in Jackson, Tenn.

If you weren’t doing PR, you’d be.., getting a degree in criminal profiling.

What is your passion? Honesty and clear communication.

Proudest professional accomplishment: I’ve had a multitude of gratifying experiences in the past, but I think attaining my APR will be a very proud moment for me in the near future.

Why are you a PRSA member? The world tends to create definitions for professions as it goes. I believe there is great value in maintaining a standard-bearer, and PRSA continues to stay rooted in best-practices and standards, as well as a defined set of ethics for our industry.

Each week, the PRSA Southeast District highlights one of its 2,300 members. To join PRSA, visit prsa.org.

Jordan Worrall, Georgia chapter

Jordan WorrallName: Jordan Worrall

Chapter: Georgia

Current position: Manager of Communications, Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express Brands, the Americas, IHG

How long in current position: 3 years

First PR job: Assistant Account Executive at Golin (then GolinHarris) in Atlanta

Where you attended college: Butler University

If you weren’t doing PR, you’d be.., likely a grant writer for a fine arts non-profit.

What is your passion? Travel – I love experiencing and learning from different cultures and individuals with different life experiences than my own. My father is an airline pilot and I took my first flight (moving halfway around the world) at six months old, so it’s only natural that I ended up in the travel and tourism industry.

Proudest professional accomplishment: Working as part of a team that in 2014 launched IHG’s newest brand in the U.S., EVEN Hotels, which was created to help travelers maintain their wellness routine while on the road.

Why are you a PRSA member? To connect with peers and leaders in our industry, to learn from them and to build relationships that have and will open doors for me and help open doors for others.

Each week, the PRSA Southeast District highlights one of its 2,300 members. To join PRSA, visit prsa.org.

Sarah Funderburk, APR, Georgia Chapter

SarahFunderburkName: Sara Funderburk, APR

Chapter: Georgia

Current position: Director of PR at SPR Atlanta

How long in current position: Four months

First PR job: This is actually still my first job! I had two internships before accepting a job as an Account Coordinator with SPR, and I’ve been here since 2011.

Where you attended college: Auburn University

If you weren’t doing PR, you’d be.., I focused on the commercial real estate industry for nearly five years, and I’m really interested in the entire industry. I suppose if I was not in PR, I might enjoy being a broker or part of a development team.

What is your passion? I guess my passion is connecting with people. Whether it’s professionally through my PR efforts or personally through friend groups, I love hearing and telling stories and understanding what makes everyone unique.

Proudest professional accomplishment: My proudest professional accomplishment is when I was named the first partner at SPR Atlanta (Earning my AP last year was a close second!)

Why are you a PRSA member? Because I think it’s important to be involved in your industry, to develop professionally through all of the programs and opportunities associated with PRSA – and of course, because my fellow members are so wonderful.

Each week, the PRSA Southeast District highlights one of its 2,300 members. To join PRSA, visit prsa.org.

Bruce Berger, Alabama chapter

Bruce BergerName: Bruce K.  Berger

Chapter: Alabama

Current position: Professor Emeritus, Advertising & Public Relations, University of Alabama & Research Director, The Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations

How long in current position: 16 years at UA

First PR job: Employee communication assistant and speechwriter with The Upjohn Company (pharmaceuticals)

Where you attended college: Central Michigan University (B.A.), Western Michigan University (M.A.), University of Kentucky (Ph.D.)

If you weren’t doing PR, you’d be.., a novelist, a winemaker or a horse trainer.

What is your passion? Teaching, mentoring, and working with PR students at all levels in the university. Their energy, enthusiasm, capabilities and dreams inspire me and give me great confidence in  our profession’s future.

Proudest professional accomplishment: Helping develop and implement Whirlpool’s first global employee communication strategic plan, 25 years ago. It was a fantastic cross-cultural experience that not only yielded great results, but produced life-long friends in eight countries. Though  many are now retired, we still hold reunions every 2-3 years somewhere in the world..

Why are you a PRSA member? To learn, network and help contribute to our profession.

Each week, the PRSA Southeast District highlights one of its 2,300 members. To join PRSA, visit prsa.org.