Member Profile: Nicole Huie

June 5, 2012

Meet a fellow FPRA Orlando Area Chapter Member!

Years in FPRA: Four

Favorite FPRA Event: “I have always enjoyed the Central Florida Media Roundtable events. Having been away from FPRA for a few years while I relocated to Boston, I am definitely looking forward to this year’s event. Any chance to sit down with the media and ask them questions is a great opportunity!”

Favorite Benefit of FPRA Membership: “Staying connected with fellow PR professionals and friends. I am the only one in my office who works in this field so being able to work with and learn from so many talented FPRA colleagues is a huge benefit.”

Explanation of your job: “I am the Communications Coordinator for the UCF Office of Student Involvement. I oversee all of the marketing and PR efforts for my office, help student organizations develop marketing and public relations strategies, and advise various student groups including the SGA Communications Executive Committee and Knightcast, UCF’s student-run online radio station. In addition, I manage our extremely talented Design Group who create any and all of the marketing materials and websites that come out of my office.”

Exciting Achievement:”My position at UCF in itself is a very exciting accomplishment since higher education is an area I have always wanted to work in, but my path led me in different directions. I love what I do, but the biggest reward is every time that I get to see the students I advise achieve and exceed their goals and I know then that the work I do with them is actually making a difference.”

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Nicole will serve on the 2012-2013 FPRA Orlando Area Chapter Board of Directors as the Assistant Vice President of Technology & Online Communications


Sanford and the Trayvon Martin Tragedy: A Lesson in Crisis Communications

June 4, 2012

Susan Vernon-Devlin, director of public relations services at Massey Communications, knows how to manage a crisis. For her, it’s all in a day’s work. After all, her team was tapped by the City of Sanford following the Trayvon Martin tragedy to help rebuild trust in the City’s government. You don’t want to miss the FPRA-Orlando Area Chapter’s June 28 program in which you’ll learn how Susan used her experience with local government in teaming up with the City of Sanford during the crisis and how you can assist your company with overall preparedness in case a crisis strikes.

Susan will draw on her crisis communications experience, specifically her development of community outreach and media relations programs for the cities of Casselberry and Oviedo, and for Seminole County Government. Susan is a certified Advanced Public Information Officer trained in crisis communications through The Department of Homeland Security Office of Emergency Management and FEMA.

The Orlando Area Chapter’s breakfast meeting will take place on Thursday, June 28 at the University Club in downtown Orlando. Registration and breakfast will begin at 8 a.m. with the program starting promptly at 8:30 a.m. Register online at before the event sells out!

FPRA-OAC now accepting PayPal payments

June 4, 2012

To better serve our members and keep costs low, FPRA-OAC will now be begin utilizing PayPal for all online payments and credit card transactions. PayPal is a trusted name in online transactions that allows people to send money without sharing financial information, and offers with our members the flexibility to pay using their account balances, bank accounts or credit cards. It should actually make registration easier!

What does this mean to you? Registering online for FPRA events will look a little different. You will complete the basic registration information on our website and then, to pay online, you will be taken to a secure PayPal payment page to complete your payment and registration. When you pay using PayPal “PAYPAL *FPRAORLANDO” will appear on your credit card statement as the merchant for your registration payment.

Don’t worry – paying via check or cash will work just like it used to. If you have any questions, please contact our Treasurer, Laura Kern at Laura.Kern@OrlandoEDC.

Represent our Chapter! Nominate Yourself TODAY for the Joe Curley Rising Leader Award

June 4, 2012

The Joe Curley Rising Leader Award is intended to identify and honor up-and-coming individual FPRA members for their personal dedication, and demonstration of emerging leadership traits along with dedicated active involvement in FPRA Chapter activities, programs, functions and events.

The honor includes a $500 cash award and a $500 FPRA state credit that the winner can utilize at his or her discretion for state professional development seminars, workshops, or Annual Conference (and for costs associated with conference).

PLEASE NOTE – This is a self-nominated process.

Those chapter members interested must be a current member, and a member of FPRA for a minimum of two years prior to nomination.

Nominees must complete the nomination form and submit it, along with an updated resume and professional headshot, to Amanda Forbes Mestdagh, APR, chapter president, by June 20, 2012 Please email or call 407.849.0100 x239.

Nominations should detail the role(s) the individual has played in serving our local chapter on committees, developing programs, handling activities, serving as a local board member, etc.

Our chapter board will review all nominations received and select one representative from the nominations as our “Rising Leader Honoree” for that year.  This lucky individual will be recognized statewide as a member of the “FPRA Class of 2012 Rising Leaders,” and will be in the final running for the award.

Joe Curley Rising Leader Award Nomination Form 2012