2014 Board Installation & Award Recognition

September 8, 2014




By: Gabriel Soltren
Orange County Library System




Cynthia Lambert



Immediate Past President Cynthia Lambert, APR addressed members of the Orlando Area Chapter of FPRA at the 2014 Board Installation & Award Recognition event held at Artisan’s Table Restaurant in Downtown Orlando.


Cynthia congratulated members for their wonderful job and for becoming the second largest FPRA chapter in membership.She thanked the officers, board of directors and family members for their many hours of dedication. “The unsung heroes are the families. Take time to thank them for their support.”

Dan Ward



Cynthia congratulated Dan Ward, APR, CPRC, for earning the Certified Public Relations Counselor (CPRC) credential and congratulated him for his 20 years at Curley & Pynn.



The CPRC credential recognizes professional growth and achievement of senior members who have earned the APR designation and have a minimum of 10 years of professional practice in public relations.


She also recognized award winners including Nicole Huie, the 2014 Bob Davis Award winner. “She is a faithful supporter. Her work is done while no one is around.”



The award is presented annually to an individual for his or her “behind the scenes” volunteer efforts that go largely unnoticed by chapter members and are not recognized by other awards programs. The award is named in honor of Bob Davis, Ph.D., ABC, APR, CPRC, a former professor and mentor from the University of Central Florida who gave tirelessly to FPRA and the profession for three decades.



Alayna Curry was named as the 2014 FPRA-Orlando Member of the Year. “She plays a vital role in getting communications out to our members,” Cynthia said. “She spoke to our student chapter and found a solution to save us money.”


The Member of the Year Award recognizes one member of the Orlando Area Chapter who has made a significant contribution to the Association through outstanding leadership, demonstrated enthusiasm, extraordinary involvement and loyal support.

Special guest Laura Byrnes, APR, Florida Public Relations Association Executive Committee Member, spoke about leadership and encouraged members to learn about the history of the Orlando Area Chapter dating back to the founders of the Orange Blossom Chapter in 1956. Laura inducted the 22 incoming Board of Directors and encouraged them to anticipate, and not wait to be asked to participate. She herself benefited early in her career from holding FPRA leadership positions. “An introvert by nature,” she said, she was forced into being an extrovert by her profession.



Laura presided over the induction ceremony for new president Kerry Martin, APR. After thanking her colleagues, Martin shared a few thoughts and encouraged members to participate in events during the upcoming year. “We will strive to meet and exceed your expectations.”


For a list of current board members, click here.

Member PRofile: Alayna Curry

March 31, 2014


What is your title and company name?
Community/Government Relations Coordinator
Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority

Give a brief explanation of your job.
I serve as the public liaison to both members of the community and elected officials. I give frequent presentations to local civic groups (Rotary Clubs, Kiwanis Clubs, Chambers of Commerce, etc.) on transportation funding, the benefits of tolling and the operation of our agency. On the government side, I attend public meetings for MetroPlan Orlando, Tri-County League of Cities and county/city commissions to take part in the transportation conversation. The thing I love most about my job is getting to meet and interact with new people every day!

How many years have you been a part of FPRA? Why did you join?
I’ve been a member of FPRA for three years.  Although I hadn’t even attended a breakfast meeting yet, I was sent to the 2011 Golden Image Awards alone to accept an award. I got to know many of our chapter’s leaders and was eventually asked to join the board as the VP of Image Awards. Since then I’ve also served as board secretary and, this year, I’m VP of Interactive Media with my co-chair, Laura Kern, APR. We manage social media, the chapter website and our monthly newsletter, PRoclaimer. FPRA has been great for both my professional development and networking with members of the PR community. With a recommendation from another board member, I was able to secure an interview for my current job with the Expressway Authority.

What was your favorite FPRA event?
My favorite event so far was the 2012 Annual Conference in St. Augustine. Even though I was already serving on the board, I didn’t feel very connected yet. This event gave me the opportunity to really get to know my fellow board and chapter members. My favorite moment was at the Golden Image Awards … we got to meet Gumby!

Tell us about an exciting achievement (personal or professional).
Many of you know that I love to sing. In 2009, I was invited to participate in the grand opening press event for Disney’s American Idol Experience. Ryan Seacrest hosted the event, and I performed in front all seven of the previous Idol winners (Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, Fantasia Barrino, etc.), Paula Abdul, other Idol contestants and Simon Fuller, the creator of the show. That night, I took home the attraction’s first “Dream Ticket” – a fast-pass to the front of the line at the real American Idol auditions. It was one of the greatest nights of my life and I’m proud to be the holder of Dream Ticket Serial Number 0000001.

Tell us something people may not know about you.
Some people may not know that I’m a licensed fitness instructor after hours. I teach Zumba and indoor cycling at LA Fitness. I lost 40 pounds after college and have found a new passion for health. I’ve made so many new friends on this journey and love helping people reach their own fitness goals too. Check out my Zumba website and Facebook fan page for more info. I’d love to have you in one of my classes!

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