chapter Leadership

PRESIDENT: Meagan Coughlin, APR
Houston-Galveston Area Council

As the director of communications for the Houston-Galveston Area Council, one of the largest regional planning commissions in the country, Meagan leads the organiza­tion’s strategic communications for a 13-county service area of more than 7 million people. Meagan’s nearly 20 years of public relations experience expands from the nonprofit, human resources, and higher education sectors. A Mississippi native, she joined PRSA Houston in 2017 and prior to arriving in Houston, she worked as the director of international communications and protocol for Mississippi State University’s International Institute. She is a Mississippi State graduate with a degree in communication and public relations and earned her Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) in 2014. In addition to serving as PRSA Houston's president, Meagan is a member of Leadership Houston's Class of XXXIX.

Meagan led the Public Relations Association of Mississippi as the state president in 2012 and participated in many board positions over the years including secretary, awards chair, and conference chair. She also volunteered as a board member for the Southern Public Relations Federation as the membership chair, student services chair, and as a chapter representative. With Meagan's experience, education, accreditation, and drive to lead our chapter, she is a superb fit to provide leadership as our 2021 president. She understands the connection between the board of directors and membership is essential to enhancing the vitality and diversity of our chapter for robust professional development and growth for all members.

PRESIDENT-ELECT: Felicia Perez
Myriad Global

Felicia Perez is a communications, production and public relations executive. At Myriad Global, USA, she manages major business accounts in the Americas division, working with an International team to create and implement internal & external communications plans and digital campaigns for energy, government, medical, tech, and transportation clients. Prior to this, Felicia worked as a Senior Communications Consultant at a local PR agency. She has nearly 15 years' experience as a news producer at ABC, FOX and CBS television affiliates in Houston & Arkansas. In her spare time, she teaches broadcast journalism students as a lecturer at the University of Houston. Felicia is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and has a master’s degree in Public Relations/Mass Communications from UH. Felicia is President-Elect of the Public Relations Society of Houston (PRSA Houston), where she connects members with media partners, spearheads fundraising efforts for scholarships and provides mentorship to new members.

VICE PRESIDENT: Sparkle Bell, APR
Harris County Flood Control District

Sparkle Anderson Bell, APR, CPC is a strategic communications and marketing leader. She specializes in public relations, employee communications and media relations. While employed at the City of Pearland, Texas, the Department she led received more than 30 awards for their communications efforts. One honor received was PRSA Houston’s Government Communications Team of the Year. She was also named PRSA Houston’s Public Relations Professional of the Year in 2016. When she transitioned from her role at the City of Pearland, Mayor Tom Reid issued a proclamation declaring February 1, 2018 as Sparkle Anderson Day in Pearland acknowledging her efforts while working for the City. Sparkle received the prestigious 40 Under 40 recognition from the Houston Business Journal in 2019. She is also a former board member and Past President of the Public Relations Foundation of Houston – formerly the charitable arm of PRSA Houston.

She earned a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master’s degree from Rice University. She obtained the Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) and completed the Certified Public Communicators Program (CPC) and the Leading, Educating, And, Developing (LEAD) programs. She lives in Humble, Texas with her husband Raymond and their rescue dog Stringbean. 

SECRETARY: Brittney Warrick

Brittney Warrick is a communications professional focused on driving growth through innovative market strategies. With a master’s degree in Public Relations from the University of Houston, Brittney holds expertise in crisis and reputation management. She currently works as a Communications Specialist at ABS Group, primarily supporting the organization through social media, video production and media relations. Prior to joining ABS Group, Brittney worked at one of the top digital marketing agencies in Houston, successfully building a public relations department to support clients worldwide.

TREASURER: Justin Lacey

Justin Lacey, who is in his third year as treasurer for PRSA Houston, has more than 17 years of professional experience in internal and external communication, marketing, public relations, and development, primarily in nonprofit organizations. In August 2019, he started as the first director of communications & community engagement for the new Houston Botanic Garden, where he oversaw the Garden’s successful grand opening publicity campaign in September 2020 and continues to implement the organization’s promotion plan across all media. Justin has a B.B.A. in marketing from Harding University in Arkansas, and an M.A. in Public Relations from Michigan State University.

ASSEMBLY DELEGATE: Gina Greenslate, APR
Energy Transfer

Gina Greenslate, APR, currently serves as Public Awareness Manager for Energy Transfer, one of the largest and most diversified energy companies in the country. Gina served on the team that launched 811, the national call before you dig number, in May 2007 and was awarded a prestigious Silver Anvil from PRSA. She has more than 25 years of experience of providing communications counsel to organizations, such as NASA, Methodist Healthcare and Six Flags.

Gina graduated from the University of Houston with a B.A. in Journalism and joined the Houston chapter of PRSA in 1996 and became accredited in 2004. She currently serves as an assembly delegate.

ASSEMBLY DELEGATE: Dennis Nuss, APR

Dennis Nuss, APR, has more than 20 years of experience implementing strategic communications plans for Fortune 500 companies, with a deep background in oil and gas, petrochemicals and intermediate chemicals. An expert in media relations, crisis communication and stakeholder engagement, he has an expansive history of delivering high quality results to protect and enhance brand and reputation and drive value for the businesses he has supported. 

Dennis holds a Bachelor and Master of Arts in Communications from the University of New Orleans. He is an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America and past president of the New Orleans chapter, served on the PRSA Corporate Communications Section’s executive committee for three years, and is currently an assembly delegate for PRSA Houston. Dennis is also a member of the West Houston Leadership Institute Class of 2017 and held local public office for five years in Louisiana.

ASSEMBLY DELEGATE: Laci Theriot, APR

Laci Theriot, APR is a Regional Marketing Manager for Hancock Whitney Bank. In her role, she is responsible for regional marketing programs and initiatives in Texas, including supporting campaigns, communications, community involvement, partnerships, and event management as well as supports community and commercial advertising and strategy. Prior to Hancock Whitney, she worked in marketing at Port Houston and Chris Ransome and Associates, Inc. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from the University of Texas at Austin and has her Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) certification.

She has been a member of PRSA Houston since 2012, and was a member of PRSSA in college from 2009-2011. She is currently an Assembly Delegate for PRSA Houston and is involved with the 2019 Excalibur Awards and APR committees. With PRSA Houston, she has served as chair of the New Professionals Committee, the Membership Committee, the Excalibur Awards Committee, and Programs Committee. She also was a member of the Public Relations Foundation of Houston board from 2014-2017, which is now the PRSA Houston scholarship committee. During her time with PRSSA’s UT Chapter, she served as Public Relations Director. In 2014 and 2015, she also served on the Houston Texans game day communications team.

ASSEMBLY DELEGATE: Natalie Tindall, APR

Natalie T. J. Tindall, Ph.D., APR is the Chair of the Department of Communication and Media at Lamar University. As an associate professor, she teaches public relations practice and theory courses. Her background includes teaching positions at Georgia State University and the University of Oklahoma. Beyond her active membership in PRSA Houston as a board member and an assembly delegate, Natalie is the advisor for the Lamar PRSSA chapter and serves as the co-chair for the Institute of Public Relations' Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

DIRECTOR: Becky Best, APR

Becky Best, APR, serves as the Community Relations and Grants Manager at Houston PetSet, a Greater Houston animal welfare organization dedicated to ending the homelessness and suffering of companion animals and elevating their status in society. Prior to this, Becky spent nearly 20 years in corporate social responsibility in the financial services sector overseeing a variety of community relations, philanthropic, employee engagement and communications programs. She began her career working at public relations agencies, primarily serving tourism and hospitality clients, before moving to Ann Arbor, Michigan to work in destination marketing. While in Michigan, Becky was a member of the PRSA Detroit Chapter and held leadership positions on several nonprofit boards of directors for business, human services and youth organizations. After returning to Texas, she became co-chair of PRSA Houston’s APR Committee in 2019 and joined the board in mid-2020.

Becky earned a B.A. in Journalism from Stephen F. Austin State University and an M.B.A. in Strategic Management from Davenport University. She is a proud mom to three spoiled rescue dogs and one very annoyed cat, and regularly fosters for and volunteers at BARC.

DIRECTOR: Stacey Cox, APR
CenterPoint Energy

With more than 20 years of experience as a strategic communications professional, Stacey Cox, APR, currently serves as internal communications manager for CenterPoint Energy. An energy delivery company with nearly 10,000 employees in eight states, CenterPoint Energy provides electric transmission and distribution, natural gas distribution, and competitive natural gas sales and services.

Stacey is known for developing executive communications, fostering innovation, and coaching and developing team members. She is adept at internal communications, crisis communications, change management communications and message development. She graduated with honors from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism – public relations. A member of PRSA Houston since 1999, Stacey currently serves as the chair of the membership committee. She earned her Accreditation in Public Relations in 2010. She has two sons, a rescue dog and a rescue cat.

DIRECTOR: Amanda Fenwick
San Jacinto College

Amanda Fenwick is the vice president of marketing and public relations at San Jacinto College. She has more than 20 years of leadership experience in marketing and advertising, public and media relations, and event planning. Prior to joining San Jacinto College in 2007, Amanda was an event coordinator in the Mayor’s Office of Special Events at the City of Houston. She began her career in public relations at Rice University as an assistant sports information director. Amanda has participated in the PRSA Houston organization for many years, previously working with the scholarships committee.

She holds a bachelor of science in kinesiology from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana; and a master of education in physical education from the University of Houston. When not doing PR things, she enjoys being outside, cooking and baking, spending time with her family, and shopping.

DIRECTOR: Toni Harrison
Etched Communication

DIRECTOR: Jennifer West

Jennifer West supports Dow’s North American Packaging & Specialty Plastics (P&SP) business unit as a marketing communications manager. In this role, she provides strategic communication support for sustainability projects in the region. Throughout her career at Dow, she’s held several communications roles supporting media relations, talent recruiting and internal communications. Jennifer began her career as the Press Office Coordinator for the Georgia State Senate Press Office in Atlanta, Ga. In this role, she coordinated press conferences, secured media interviews and provided social media services for the 56 members of the Georgia State Senate.

She holds a Master of Science degree in Health Communications from Boston University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations from the University of Alabama. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys watching Alabama Football (Roll Tide), cooking, traveling and spending time with her toddler Bailey and husband Patrick.

DIRECTOR: Michael Zientek

Mike Zientek is a Public Involvement Lead at the HillDay Public Relations company in Houston. There he supports infrastructure clients in providing messaging to the public with language and images that are easy to understand. He previously held a similar position with the HNTB engineering company, and before that was a television news reporter for 15 years.

When he's not at work, Mike enjoys working out at the gym, listening to music from the amazing 80s and keeping track of his favorite soccer teams, Houston Dynamo FC and Chelsea FC in London. He is also a proud alumnus of the University of Texas at Austin and Strake Jesuit College Preparatory in Houston.

BOARD MEMBER/SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE: Stefanie Peeler
Transwestern

Stefanie leads national media relations efforts for the Transwestern companies, an organization providing commercial real estate services, development and investment management. Since joining Transwestern in 2012, Stefanie has helped grow the public relations and social media functions, including launching an external blog and a national presence on Facebook and Instagram. Stefanie received a bachelor’s degree in communication from Texas A&M University as well as a minor in journalism.