Member Profile: Nadia Vanderhoof

September 9, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is your title and company name?
Public Relations Specialist
Orange County Government’s Communications Division

Give a brief explanation of your job.
I implement public engagement initiatives and external communications on behalf of Orange County Government, an organization with an annual budget of more than $3.3 billion, with 80 divisions and 7,445 employees. I am responsible for the management of Orange County’s online newsroom, the OCFL News App, the development of persuasive public engagement messages, official county photography, news articles, columns, e-newsletters, social media, creative branding ideas, web content and other internal and external outreach materials consistent with Orange County’s brand, values and culture. I encourage you to download the OCFL News app to stay connected and informed with Orange County! (Android | Apple)

How long have you been a part of FPRA? Why did you join?
With a background in business reporting and print journalism, I joined FPRA Orlando in July 2014 to learn more about PR best practices from my fellow colleagues in communications. I work with some of the most seasoned PR veterans in our region, including Ann Marie Varga and Lisa Nason who are actively involved in FPRA Orlando, and they really know and understand public relations and communications inside and out. They have always spoken very highly of the caliber of the organization. Networking and brainstorming with the best of the best of the industry is one of my goals.

What was your favorite FPRA event?
Although I haven’t attended the Orlando Area Chapter Image Awards, it’s certainly one of the most talked about and widely attended ceremonies in our industry. I look forward to attending this fantastic event in the future.

Tell us about an exciting achievement (personal or professional).
Our team just found out that our 2014 State of the County Social Media Ambassadors Campaign made the final round in Ragan’s PR Daily’s Digital Awards 2014. Our campaign is one of seven finalists in the category of Best Community Engagement. The initiative was one of the most successful digital outreach initiatives in Orange County’s history and achieved nearly one million (956,387) total online impressions on Orange County’s official social media pages. Other FPRA members who were part of the campaign include Orange County Communications Manager Ann Marie Varga, APR, Kat Dos Santos and Laura Kern, APR who is one of our Social Media Ambassadors and part of Orange County’s Technology and Social Media Workgroup.

Tell us something people may not know about you.
My father has worked for the United Nations since I was born and I attended a British middle school and high school while overseas. I still say some words with a British accent or use British terminology. For aluminum, I say “alu-min-euum”  and I always pronounce the “h”  in herbs. My husband helped me lose the term “car park” so I always say “parking lot” now.

Contact info:
Orange County Government
201 S. Rosalind Ave. 3rd Floor
Orlando, FL. 32801
Office: 407.836.5464
Mobile: 407.616.7316
E-mail: Nadia.Vanderhoof@ocfl.net


2014 APR Spring Readiness Reviews

April 3, 2014

Good luck to the candidates who participated in the Spring 2014 APR Classes and are now preparing for their readiness reviews to be held on April 11 at the Orange County Administration Building in Downtown Orlando.

We anticipate that this round of reviews will include three outstanding candidates!

 

Celebrating 50 Years of APR!

For 50 years, the APR has been a mark of distinction for public relations professionals who demonstrate their commitment to the profession and to its ethical practice. Candidates earn accreditation based on broad knowledge, strategic perspective and sound professional judgment.

The Universal Accreditation Board (UAB) serves as the governing body that has administered and managed the Accreditation process since its inception in 1998.

Accredited professionals are committed to lifelong learning, continuing education, giving back to the public relations community and the professional development of other practitioners.

 

Are you ready for the APR?  Our Fall 2014 Session will be here before you know it!

Visit the official Web site of the Universal Accreditation Board www.praccreditation.org for the Candidate’s Process Chart for the Examination for Accreditation in Public Relations and the Application.    

 

To learn more, contact:

PRSA APR Coach Kathleen Prihoda, APR: 407-828-3814, kathleen.prihoda@disney.com

FPRA APR Coach Lisa Nason, APR: 407-836-7343, lisa.nason@ocfl.net

 


Make 2014 the Year for your APR Credential!

January 8, 2014

By: Lisa Nason, APR
Orange County Government

Congratulations and kudos to the candidates who participated in the Fall 2013 Readiness Reviews, held on December 3 and 4 at the Orange County Administration Building in downtown Orlando.  This round of Readiness Reviews featured four outstanding candidates, all of whom advanced to the APR testing phase!

In addition to wonderful candidates, we salute the many skilled APRs from PRSA and FPRA who served as panelists, including:

  • Scott McCallum
  • Carolyn Reis
  • Allen Moore
  • Heather Keroes
  • Kena Lewis
  • Mandy Taylor
  • Jennifer Bisbee
  • Mandy Kimmer
  • Geo Morales
  • Jackie Benton
  • Sheridan Becht

APR Information Session on Feb 3, 2014

APR is a mark of distinction for public relations professionals who demonstrate their commitment to the profession and to its ethical practice. Candidates earn accreditation based on broad knowledge, strategic perspective and sound professional judgment. Please join us for a free information session to learn more.

In partnership with PRSA, the Spring APR calendar has been finalized. We will hold our Spring 2014 organizational/informational meeting on Feb. 3.

When:
Monday, Feb. 3 at 6:30 p.m.

Where:
Orange County Administration Building 201 S. Rosalind Ave Orlando FL 32801 (Map)
*Free parking in the Orange County lot (on the Liberty Ave. side of the building, between Jackson and Church Street)

Are you ready for the APR?

This one-hour orientation is an overview of the APR process and covers these topics:

  • APR Overview
  • Study Guide
  • Knowledge | Skills | Abilities (KSAs)
  • Application Process

About the APR Workshops

APR workshops last an hour and will be held weekly on Monday evenings from Feb 10 through March 24 at the Orange County Government Administration Building. The sessions are led by seasoned APR facilitators who guide discussions on topics that will be covered on the APR computer-based exam. The workshops are not required “classes” but rather a professional development networking group of mentors prepared to help you succeed.

Visit the official website of the Universal Accreditation Board for the candidate’s process chart for the examination for accreditation in public relations and the application.

To learn more, contact:

PRSA APR Coach Kathleen Prihoda, APR: 407-828-3814, kathleen.prihoda@disney.com
FPRA APR Coach Lisa Nason, APR: 407-836-7343, lisa.nason@ocfl.net