Missy Burchart, APR, Alabama chapter

missyurchartName: Missy Burchart

Chapter: Alabama

Current position: Director of Communications and Development

How long in current position: 6 yrs.

First PR job: Davis/Denny Advertising and Public Relations… I actually helped launch the agency’s PR division

Where you attended college: Auburn University – WAR EAGLE!!!

If you weren’t doing PR, you’d be…… in my dream world… independently wealthy with a book store in a beach town

Proudest professional accomplishment: any win for my client/organization, but it’s really cool when you get that big hit… the journalist you’ve been courting forever, a change in behavior, adoption of a product or movement, that perfect interview on a national show

What is your passion? I LOVE baseball and SEC football. I’m passionate about my family and friends. I love a good book.

Why you are a PRSA member? It’s where I belong. It’s an opportunity to connect with my peers, my mentors and a chance to be a mentor. PRSA provides a guide for those in our profession, it challenges us and prepares us to be better professionals.

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

Kevin Storr, APR, Alabama chapter

Kevin StorrName: Kevin Storr, APR

Chapter: Alabama

Current position: Director of Communications, UAB School of Health Professions

How long in current position: 3+ years (started May 2013)

First PR job: Director of Communications, i-SAFE (national non-profit that does Internet safety for children)

Where you attended college: University of Southern Mississippi

If you weren’t doing PR, you’d be…… sleeping

Proudest professional accomplishment: Earning my Accreditation in Public Relations (APR). I majored in Broadcast Journalism and worked in television news for more than a decade before moving into public relations. Going through the APR process gave me the PR education I was missing. Earning the APR credential gave me the confidence (plus credibility) I was missing.

What is your passion? Story telling. Whether writing it or reading it, there is not much better than a good story.

Why you are a PRSA member? When we moved from Boston to Birmingham, I joined PRSA to make connections. Six years later I stay in PRSA because of all the people I have met and all the new people I will continue to meet. There is not a group of people I trust more and rely on more than my PRSA Alabama colleagues.

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

Meagan McCrystle Soffera, Charlotte chapter

517Name: Meagan McCrystle Soffera

Chapter: Charlotte

Current position: Assistant Vice President, Global Communications for MetLife

How long in current position: two years

First PR job: My very first PR “job” was an internship I held in high school as a PR assistant at Legg Mason. My first real PR job was as an Account Executive at PR Agency, Racepoint Group, in San Francisco. I was the 4th person hired in their San Francisco office, focused on tech and start-up clients.

Where you attended college: Boston University

If you weren’t doing PR, you’d be…… I honestly don’t know what else I would be doing as I studied PR in college and have been doing it ever since! Most likely, I’d be spending more time with my two girls and potentially even sleeping a bit more J

Proudest professional accomplishment: My most recent proudest professional accomplishment was spearheading the media relations for the groundbreaking ceremony and ribbon cutting of our new MetLife campus in Cary, North Carolina.

What is your passion? I’m passionate about creating strong relationships and following through on deliverables. I’m also passionate about my family, friends and exploring the world.

Why you are a PRSA member? I joined PRSA in Charlotte almost five years ago because I was working from home for a company based in New York, and wanted to get to know some local folks in the industry. I’ve since made some great friends and truly enjoy our monthly luncheons as they always offer an amazing speaker and a chance to catch up with peers and meet new PR professionals in the area.

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

Kimberly Speros Rossie, APR, Memphis chapter

kimrossieName: Kimberly Speros Rossie, APR

Chapter: Memphis

Current position: Communications Strategist, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

How long in current position: One month

First PR job: Public Relations Specialist, Baptist Memorial Health Care

Where you attended college: University of Memphis

If you weren’t doing PR, you’d own a bakery.

Proudest professional accomplishment: Tie: Earning my APR and being awarded Professional of the Year by PRSA Memphis

What is your passion? Helping audiences understand that PR is more than media relations, it’s building a relationship with your stakeholders.

Why you are a PRSA member? PRSA gives practitioners the support they need to provide exceptional counsel to our clients and administration.

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

Anna-Marshall Wilson, North Carolina chapter

amwName: Anna-Marshall Wilson

Chapter: North Carolina

Current position: Public Relations Account Supervisor at Eckel & Vaughan in Raleigh, NC

How long in current position: 2.5 years

First PR job: Account coordinator in Social Marketing at Ketchum–Washington, DC

Where you attended college: North Carolina State University

If you weren’t doing PR, you’d be……an artist, a writer or an interior designer.

Proudest professional accomplishment: Doing work that makes a positive impact each and every day. And serving as president of the North Carolina Chapter, PRSA.

What is your passion? Advocating for good causes, and putting my communications skills to work to make a difference

Why you are a PRSA member? Knowledge, connection, inspiration, support, drive to advance my career and the PR profession overall

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