OHSPRA is proud to have awarded five members with the brand new Power PRo Designation at our Spring Conference in April. The unique and free distinction is awarded to members for their active involvement with OHSPRA throughout the year. The Power PRos earned points by completing a combination of required and elective tasks, which are detailed on our website at https://www.ohspra.org/ContestAwards.aspx.
OHSPRA will continue to recognize our new Power PRos individually in a number of ways through the summer and fall by:
- sharing their profiles, like this one, in OHSPRA newsletters
- sending an official Power PRo announcement/recognition letter to their superintendent and school board members
- hand-delivering a custom-made award to their district
This issue, we are proud to share more about one of our five 2022 Power PRo recipients: Mary Stephens, as she answered our slate of questions in her own words.
How long have you been in school PR and where/what titles?
I just completed my first year in school PR. It has been wonderful working for my alma mater, Vandalia-Butler City Schools, as the PR & Communications Coordinator.
What attracted you to school PR?
School PR is unlike any other public relations position because it is centered around children, learning, and family. One of my favorite aspects of this position is being a storyteller for our district and celebrating student and teacher successes.
Tell us about yourself, family and outside interests.
I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Wright State University and worked as an account manager. When our first child was born, I became a stay-at-home mom. Throughout the last ten years of being an at-home parent, I held various part-time and volunteer positions in school and municipal capacities before making the most recent career change to school PR. I have been married to my husband, John, for seventeen years and we have two boys ages 14 and 10. I enjoy reading, gardening, spending time with my family, and watching our children play sports.
What interested you in applying for the Power PRo designation?
As a new school PR professional, I applied for the Power PRo designation to connect with others in similar positions and to grow professionally.
What did you think of the Power PRo program? Would you recommend it?
I enjoyed the Power PRo program and would recommend it to others regardless of career tenure. I enjoyed helping with the ice breaker activities at the OHSPRA Conference and working closely with others in a small group setting.
What did/do you love about OHSPRA's Spring Conference and/or about being an OHSPRA member?
As an OHSPRA member, I look forward to the monthly OHSPRA newsletters. The Spring Conference was a wonderful experience of networking and professional development. The keynote speaker, Chris Stapleton, was amazing.