chapter Leadership

PRESIDENT: Jessica Anderson
Business Wire

Jessica Anderson serves as president-elect of PRSA Houston. She began her career with Business Wire in July 2010 and is currently the regional director for the Houston, San Antonio/Austin, Miami/Latin America and Nashville offices. 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 nine years, Jessica has volunteered with PRSA Houston in various roles. Her participation has ranged from committee chair, PR Day co-chair, Board of Directors to Vice President.

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

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

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: Regina Greenslate, APR
Energy Transfer

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

Laci Theriot, APR is a Digital Content Marketing Specialist at Port Houston. In her role, she manages social media and digital media, the organization’s websites, online messaging, and all digital communication and marketing projects for the port. She also writes for the organization’s newsletters, press releases, annual report and magazine publications, oversees the organization’s collateral, photography and videography and plans special events as well as supports community and commercial advertising and strategy. 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, Programs Committee, and supported the Excalibur Awards committee team. 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. 

ASSEMBLY DELEGATE: Natalie Tindall, APR
Lamar University

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: Sheldra Brigham
Houston Fire Department

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

DIRECTOR: Stephanie Shield
MMI Agency

Stephanie Dawson is a public relations and communications manager at MMI Agency, specializing in media relations and digital marketing for a diverse portfolio of clients from an array of industries, including travel, health, beauty and hair care. For more than a decade, she has developed, implemented and managed media and communications strategies for individuals and organizations to build brand recognition, bolster political profiles, and shape public opinion.

Prior to joining MMI Agency, Stephanie managed the media, communications and political strategies for several politicians in Australia and delivered multimedia and digital communication campaigns for the Australian Medical Association (AMA).

Stephanie joined PRSA after moving to Houston from Australia in 2016 and currently serves as a board member and the vice chair of the sponsorships committee for PRSA Houston.

DIRECTOR: Michael Zientek
US 290 Program/HNTB

Mike Zientek has been a proud member of PRSA Houston since 2013 and is co-chair of the chapter’s Membership committee. Since 2007, he has worked as a Senior Public Involvement Representative for the HNTB engineering company on the US 290 Program, a huge TxDOT construction effort to improve mobility on Houston’s rapidly-growing northwest side. Mike’s role is to explain the often complex world of construction engineering to the traveling public.

Before his current position, Mike worked as a television news reporter in several cities in Texas and Arizona, including KHOU-TV Channel 11 in Houston. While it was fun to chase storms and work overnights sometimes, Mike was glad to find a new job interacting with the public that was not so crazy.

In his spare time, Mike enjoys spending time with his family, especially his two nephews and nieces who are fun to try and keep up with. He also enjoys supporting the Houston Dynamo, our city’s Major League Soccer team. And finally, he loves alternative music from the 1980s and still insists on listening to it in his car all these years later!

BOARD MEMBER/SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE: Stefanie Lewis
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.