Emily Goldman, Georgia chapter

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Chapter: Georgia

Current position: Manager of Port Relations at Georgia Ports Authority

How long in current position: Three years

First PR job: Writer and Content Manager for Savannah Christian Church

Where you attended college:  Armstrong State University

If you weren’t doing PR, you’d be.., farming organically. I grew up surrounded by beef and dairy farms in the Midwest and believe it’s important to not only know where my food comes from, but to participate in the process.

What is your passion?  I am passionate about telling compelling cross platform stories – stories that move people to action – through photography as well as text.

Proudest professional accomplishment: Currently I am most proud of 1,100 Strong, Who we are, What we do and How we make a difference. This project allowed me to use my journalism and photography background to put a human face on a growing industry. The project, used both in print and online at 1100strong.com, highlights the weighty accomplishments of a dozen of the more than 1,100 people who work for Georgia Ports Authority.

Why are you a PRSA member? I’m a member of PRSA to stay current on industry trends, network with others passionate about PR and for feedback on current projects.

Each week, the PRSA Southeast District highlights one of its 2,700 members. To join PRSA, visit prsa.org.

Karen Goslin, APR, Charlotte chapter

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Chapter: Charlotte

Current position: SVP, Operational Risk Manager

How long in current position: 2 years in Risk, 29 years in Communications

First PR job: Fellers & Company PR and Marketing, Austin, Texas

Where you attended college:  The University of Texas at Austin

If you weren’t doing PR, you’d be.., managing risk. Oh, I’m doing that now…

What is your passion? My family and my garden.

Proudest professional accomplishment: Getting my first “corporate” PR job (Alcoa) and earning my APR (1996).

Why are you a PRSA member? When I was younger, I wanted to be considered among the best of the best PR practitioners. Now that I’ closer to retirement and have changed professions, I maintain my APR to remember where my roots are planted.

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

Cristy Williams, Georgia Chapter

CristyWilliamsName: Cristy Williams

Chapter: Georgia

Current position: PR and External Communications Leader for Synchrony Financial

How long in current position: Four years

First PR job: An intern and then an assistant account executive with full-service agency Crumbley & Associates.  It was valuable for me to gain experience, spanning retail, real estate, consumer products, banking, and travel and tourism.

Where you attended college: Georgia State University

If you weren’t doing PR, you’d be.. working with women entrepreneurs and as a travel writer, photographer, and interior designer.

Proudest Professional Accomplishment: The relationships I have built and the opportunities to help people grow in their careers.  One of my greatest experiences during the past few years is being part of Synchrony Financial’s journey to conduct an IPO, launch a new brand, and complete its separation from GE to become an independent, standalone company.

What is your passion? Helping people – friends, my kids, family, colleagues – define what success is for them and be a champion in helping them achieve their personal and professional objectives.

Why are you a PRSA member? PRSA brings together resources and professionals across a wide range of industries and experiences.  Being a member is important to me to stay fresh on topics and trends and connected within the PR community.

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

Chelsey Riemann, APR, Volunteer chapter

Chelsey Riemann HeadshotName: Chelsey Riemann, APR

Chapter: Volunteer

Current position: Public Relations Coordinator for the Town of Farragut, Tenn.

How long in current position: 11 years

First PR job: The same one listed above! I realize that’s not common for most PR folks.

Where you attended college:  Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn.

If you weren’t doing PR, you’d be.., I think it would be fun to be a photographer or wedding/event planner. But the schedules those jobs require wouldn’t fit into my current life!

What is your passion? Hands down my family. My husband, Aaron, and I will be married 12 years in August and have two children – Abigail (6) and Alex (7 months). Although I love my career, they are my true purpose!

Proudest professional accomplishment: I led a community rebranding program for the Town of Farragut that started in 2013 and is currently still being implemented. We’re a young municipality – only 36 years old – but had never identified our true identity and how that feeds into our purpose. It’s been a very fun and rewarding process. I also chaired this year’s Southeast District Conference in Knoxville and am so proud of our chapter and conference team that worked tirelessly to offer this professional development opportunity to our district.

Why are you a PRSA member? PRSA has been instrumental in my life since I was a student at Lipscomb. I was very active in PRSSA, attending two national student conferences and serving in various leadership roles while in college. That made the transition to my Volunteer Chapter membership seamless once I graduated. Some of my best friends have stemmed from PRSA relationships, and it’s an honor to volunteer alongside other professionals who share your values and passion for public relations. I have served in just about every leadership role possible in our chapter, and I love that PRSA offers you that chance to hold leadership positions outside your job. Joining and serving PRSA is my best advice to any and every communications professional!

Each week, the PRSA Southeast District highlights one of its 2,700 members. To join PRSA, visit prsa.org.