About Us


The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) is the world’s largest organization for public relations professionals.

The Society has nearly 32,000 professional and student members. PRSA is organized into more than 100 Chapters nationwide, 19 Professional Interest Sections and Affinity Groups, which represent business and industry, counseling firms, independent practitioners, military, government, associations, hospitals, schools, professional services firms and nonprofit organizations.

The PRSA Northwestern Pennsylvania Chapter is the professional organization that brings together public relations, communications and marketing practitioners throughout Erie, PA.

Our Chapter includes professionals from the Erie, PA area and is an active organization helping members address local issues and trends with local and national resources. Among the Chapter’s most important activities and duties:

  • Coordinate networking events and activities
  • Develop and host professional development activities for members on all levels
  • Serve as a resource for public relations students at all levels
  • Provide recognition of excellence and best practices in all facets of the field of public relations
  • Develop and establishes, in conjunction with the national chapter, ethical standards for the profession

2017 Board of Directors
President – Steve Orbanek, Penn State Behrend
Past President – Jeff Clorley, fh group
Vice President – Rebecca Styn, Erie Management Group
Treasurer – Michele King, LCBA
Secretary – Mitch Graham, Eriez Magnetics
Ed Stevens, Stevens Strategic Communications
Anthony Peyronel, Edinboro University
Joelyn Bush, United Way of Erie County
Shannon Wohlford, The Sight Center of NWPA
Marissa Orbanek, General McLane School District
Joe Cuneo, Stairways Behavioral Health


The PRSA Northwestern Pennsylvania Chapter serves nearly 300 members and is affiliated with the East Central District of PRSA.