chapter Leadership

PRESIDENT: Jessica Anderson
Business Wire

Jessica Anderson serves as president of PRSA Houston. She began her career with Business Wire in July 2010 and is currently the Head of Business Development for the Central US and Latin America. Her background includes sales, marketing, promotions and positions with Marcus & Millichap and the Houston Press. Jessica graduated with honors from the University of Houston - Downtown with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication.

For the last ten years, Jessica has volunteered with PRSA Houston in various roles. Her participation has ranged from committee chair, PR Day co-chair, Board of Directors, Vice President and President-Elect.

PRESIDENT-ELECT: Meagan Coughlin, APR

Mississippi native Meagan Coughlin joined the Houston-Galveston Area Council as the Public Outreach Manager for the transportation department in March 2017 and became Communications Director in 2019. Prior to arriving in Houston, she worked as the Director of International Communications and Protocol for Mississippi State University's (MSU) International Institute. Meagan is an MSU graduate with an arts and sciences degree in communication with an emphasis in public relations and earned her Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) in 2014. As an accredited public relations professional, Meagan brings 15 years of professional public relations experience to our Houston chapter. Beyond her experience, she brings passion, ambition, and commitment to dutifully represent our membership as an active board member. Meagan understands that the connection between our board of directors and membership is essential to enhancing the vitality of our chapter for robust professional development and growth for all members. As Vice President, she will be help lead Houston’s public relations profession to new heights. Meagan led the Public Relations Association of Mississippi as the state president in 2012 and served in a multitude of board positions over the years. She also served as a board member for the Southern Public Relations Federation.

VICE PRESIDENT: 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 nine-year career at Dow, she’s held several communications roles supporting media relations, talent recruiting and internal communications.

In 2014, Jennifer served as PRSA president for the White Pine Chapter in Mid-Michigan. In this role, she focused on increasing chapter membership and creating more structure around programing. She also served as a partner for several PRSSA events held at Central Michigan University, including advising the university’s 2015 PR day.

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.

SECRETARY: Lauren Preston
Houston Galveston Area Council

Lauren Preston serves as Outreach Coordinator for the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC). She creates content for the agency’s departments and programs, newsletters and news releases, manages the organization’s social media platforms and Constant Contact platform, creates and implements social media and digital advertising strategies, creates project timelines to meet department goals, manages the agency’s editorial calendar, and photographs agency events. 

 

Lauren brings more than 5 years of communications, social media, and marketing experience from previous employers such as Houston Community College, the University of Houston, and Greensheet Media. Lauren is a Public Relations Society of America Houston Chapter member and served as décor chair of this year’s Excalibur Awards; an annual awards gala celebrating the best and brightest of Houston’s public relations professionals. Lauren is a Sam Houston State University graduate with a degree in mass communications with an emphasis in public relations. A born and raised Houstonian and proud millennial, Lauren enjoys traveling, reading, spending time with her dog Jazmine and trying new restaurants in her spare time.

TREASURER: Justin Lacey

Justin Lacey has more than 15 years of professional experience in internal and external communication, marketing, public relations and development/advancement, primarily in nonprofit education. In August 2019, he started as the first director of marketing and communications for the Houston Botanic Garden, where he is putting together the organization’s first marketing and publicity plan as it prepares for its grand opening in fall 2020. Justin was previously director of communication at his high school alma mater, Westbury Christian School, for six years. Prior to WCS, he was a writer and publications editor for the advancement and university communications departments at Houston Baptist University for almost five years. Justin started his career as a marketing coordinator and editor in the energy services sector. Justin has been volunteering with PRSA Houston since fall 2015, when he helped edit the program for PR Day. Following that, he accepted an invitation to chair the organization’s newsletter committee, which included editing responsibility for the weekly e-Pro newsletter for several years. In addition, he joined the PRSA Board of Directors in fall 2016, and he began serving as the board treasurer in January 2019. As treasurer, he has focused on monitoring and reporting the organization’s financial status in a clear and focused way to help the board reach key budgetary milestones designed to strengthen PRSA Houston’s financial standing. Justin has an undergraduate degree in marketing from Harding University in Arkansas, and a Master of Arts in Public Relations from Michigan State University.

IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT: Isidro Reyna, APR

Isidro Reyna, APR, serves at the president of PRSA Houston. He currently serves as a public affairs officer for NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Prior to his employment with the space agency, Isidro worked as the deputy chief of public affairs for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District. Previous to his employment with the district, Isidro worked as a public affairs specialist in the U.S. Army Office of the Chief of Public Affairs at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., and U.S. Army Operational Test Command Headquarters at Fort Hood, Texas. Prior to his employment with the federal government, he worked as a media relations specialist and account supervisor for a full-service public relations and advertising agency in San Antonio.

Isidro’s earned more than 50 communications awards during his career, including nine Silver Anvil Awards from PRSA and three Grand Excalibur Awards from the Houston Chapter. He’s served as the president-elect, vice president, assembly delegate, board member, and Diversity and Accreditation committee chairs for the Houston Chapter. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts from Our Lady of the Lake University and a Master of Arts in Communication from the University of Houston. He was accredited in 2011.

ASSEMBLY DELEGATE: Laura Frnka-Davis, APR
LFD Communications

Laura A. Frnka-Davis, APR is the principal of LFD Communications, a woman-owned public relations agency based in Missouri City, Texas. A dedicated professional with more than 15 years of public relations experience, Laura has spent time at some of Houston’s well-known non-profits and businesses, including Texas Children’s Hospital, Pierpont Communications and LifeGift. She is well-versed in multiple communications disciplines ranging from media relations to PR writing to internal and external communications.

She is an active member of the Public Relations Society of America Houston Chapter, where she serves as an assembly delegate. Laura is also a member of the American Marketing Association and is involved in several other communication industry associations.

Laura graduated from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas where she majored in journalism and minored in marketing. She is a proud member of the Houston Aggie A&M Club.

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 with more than 90,000 miles of pipelines traversing 38 states transporting the oil and gas products that make our lives possible.

Gina proudly 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 the Public Relations Society of America as a result of their work.

Having become an accredited public relations practitioner in 2004, Gina has more than 25 years of experience of providing communications counsel to diverse organizations, such as NASA, Methodist Healthcare and Six Flags.  She began her career in the New York City office of Rogers and Cowan, the world’s leading entertainment public relations agency, working for clients like AT&T and Publisher’s Clearing House, among others.

A native Houston, she graduated from the University of Houston with a B.A. in Journalism and joined the Houston chapter of PRSA in 1996.   Gina has also served in various leadership capacities of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Speakers Committee since 1996. 

 

ASSEMBLY DELEGATE: Dennis Nuss, APR
Phillips 66

Dennis Nuss, APR, is manager of External Communications with Phillips 66 in Houston, Texas. He leads the team responsible for advancing media and external stakeholder strategy in support of company growth and returns, and for developing specific communications plans to ensure consistent messaging while enhancing and protecting company reputation.

Dennis has nearly 25 years of crisis communications, issues management, employee and media relations, and community-relationship-building experience in the energy and petrochemical industries, and 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 its 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

ASSEMBLY DELEGATE: Natalie Tindall, APR

Natalie T. J. Tindall, Ph.D. APR is an associate professor and the chair of the Department of Communication at Lamar University. She teaches all courses related to public relations and strategic communication. Her research focuses on diversity in organizations, specifically the public relations function, and the situational theory of publics and intersectionality.

She has authored book chapters and online publications along with peer-reviewed journal articles published in Journal of Public Relations Research, Public Relations Review, Public Relations Journal, Howard Journal of Communications, PRism, and the International Journal of Strategic Communication.

She has served as the chair of the Public Relations Society of America Diversity Committee, the 2013-2014 Head of the Public Relations Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, a member of the Public Relations Society of America Work, Life & Gender Task Force, and a member of the AEJMC Standing Committee for Teaching.

DIRECTOR: Juan Alanis
Big Oak Tree Media

Juan Alanis is a public relations and digital strategist, speaker, and content creator, dedicated to creating compelling narratives that drive measurable results. He is the founder of the award-winning national blog, Juan of Words. Juan is also co-owner and Director of Public Relations at the Houston based public relations and digital agency, Big Oak Tree Media. Formerly Vice President at FleishmanHillard and Lead PR/Social Media Strategist at Lopez Negrete Communications, Juan specializes in crafting unique and integrated communications programs around thought-provoking insights. His roster of clients to date includes some of the nation’s premier blue chip brands, including AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Walmart, Sonic Drive-In, Samsung, among various others. 

DIRECTOR: Becky Best, APR

DIRECTOR: Toni Harrison
Etched Communication

DIRECTOR: Sybil Moncivais-Sanchez

Sybil Moncivais Sanchez has more than 15 years of experience in public relations, media relations and community engagement. Sybil currently serves as the Content and Marketing Manager for YES Prep Public Schools.

Prior to joining YES Prep, Sybil led the Communications efforts at The Salvation Army of Greater Houston from 2013 to 2018. In this role, she elevated the organization's brand by launching a new website and revamping their print collateral. She served as the Public Information Officer (PIO) during times of disaster, including Hurricane Harvey in 2017 and the Tax Day Floods in 2016. She also managed several high-profile crisis situations. From 2003 to 2013, Sybil served as the Community Affairs Coordinator for Spanish-language TV station Univision 45 and served as a producer of the weekly community affairs show "Nuestra Vida" (Our Life).

Sybil has been an active member and served on the board of the Houston Association of Hispanic Media Professionals (HAHMP). Since 2007, Sybil has volunteered as the Media Panel Coordinator for the Houston Hispanic Forum's Annual Career and Education Day. She has also served as the Communication Chair with the Old Spring Branch Civic Association, producing the monthly newsletter since 2010. Sybil received her B.A. in Spanish/Communications from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas.

DIRECTOR: Felicia Perez
Myriad Global

At Myriad Global Media, I work with clients locally and globally to create communications plans, issue management strategies and campaigns through video production, animation, interactive applications, print, graphic design and filming & photography.

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.