2017 Executive Board



Kristin Reichardt Rummell
President
Kristin Rummell is responsible for all marketing and public relations strategy and execution, managing external and internal communication, including social media; writing copy and designing graphics; managing media relations, organizing and conducting interviews, planning and executing events; and assisting in the sales side of the admissions department at Salon Institute — TIGI Creative School. She also manages and oversees ongoing branding efforts in Toledo while simultaneously developing and executing strategy for moving into a second market in Columbus, Ohio.


Jared Meade, MPS
Vice President/Communications and Social Media Chair/President Elect
Jared Meade has been working in the field of public relations for the past twelve years with a focus on the healthcare and education sector. He is currently the manager of public and media relations for Owens Community College in Perrysburg, Ohio. Owens is an accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education serving the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, as well as at the Owens Community College Learning Center Downtown Toledo.

Prior to Owens he served as media/communication specialist for ProMedica Health System an 11-hospital health system serving 27 counties in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan located in Toledo, Ohio. At ProMedica he was responsible for media relations at three of the hospitals within the system, Bay Park Community Hospital, Flower Hospital, and Toledo Children’s Hospital and include all internal communications for Toledo Children’s Hospital, the second largest hospital within ProMedica.

He currently sits on the Eastern Michigan University Public Relations Advisory Board.

He is the founding member and former president of the public relations alumni chapter at Eastern Michigan University and was named the chapter’s Alumnus of the Year in 2009.

Meade earned a Bachelor of Science in public relations from Eastern Michigan University and a Masters in Strategic Public Relations from George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management.


Paul Morin
Programming Chair
Paul Morin provides day­-to-­day management for the strategic development of a wide range of projects that achieve fundraising goals for the University of Michigan and its units. He works with development colleagues to solve immediate problems, promotes donor­-centric approaches, and serves as key liaison to a set of departments for which I offer consultation in preparing marketing plans, developing strategies, and implementing tactics that attain, retain, and steward donors and constituents.

 


Becky Vogel
Treasurer
Becky Vogel marketing coordinator for The Collaborative Inc, an architectural firm located in Downtown Toledo. With the firm since 2005, she leads public relations efforts, social media and proposal development. Her responsibilities include internal and external communications, including website management.

She graduated from Ashland University in 2005 with a Bachelors degree in Public Communication. In 2008, she earned a Masters in Organizational Leadership from Lourdes University.

Becky is a Master Gardener volunteer with The Ohio State University Extension at Lucas County and a 2013 graduate of Leadership Toledo. 


Serena Smith
Secretary/Ethics Chair
Serena Smith is media relations manager at Promedica Health System, an 11-hospital health system serving 27 counties in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan located in Toledo, Ohio. She is responsible for facilitating media coverage of ProMedica and writes health articles for ProMedica HealthConnect. Her passion is health and wellness. She’s an avid runner and enjoys competing in half marathons. She loves to read, watch television and spend time with her husband and daughter.

 


Whitney Rofkar
Director-at-Large/Networking Chair
For Whitney, clients must have a strong narrative, clear messaging and compelling delivery. She draws on a natural storytelling ability to help clients find their voice and weave their messages together in a powerful way.

Whitney’s been an industry leader for more than a decade, and has earned the respect and trust of some of the country’s largest brands and the editors of the nation’s busiest newsrooms.

At Thread, Whitney provides strategic communications counsel, crisis management, media training, and event coordination for government, education, corporate, civic and community-based clients. Since 2003, she has been instrumental in multifaceted campaigns and high-profile events such as the first-ever Toledo Jeep Fest, the Clinton Presidential Library Opening, the AFL-CIO’s national “Show us the Jobs” Campaign, and the 2004 “Obama for Illinois” U.S. Senate Campaign.

During the course of her career, Whitney has been responsible for servicing a variety of clients including AT&T, Darden Restaurants, DeVry University, Feeding America, and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity – to name a few.

Dedicated to giving back to the community and helping young professionals, Whitney serves on the following boards Connecting Kids to Meals, Goodwill Industries of Northwest Ohio, Leadership Toledo (Class of 2017), and the Northwest Ohio Chapter of PRSA.

Whitney graduated from Ohio University with a Master’s degree in Political Communication and a Bachelor’s degree Interpersonal Communication, specializing in Political Communication and Political Science.


Lucas Stall
PRSSA Liaison/Director-at-Large for Young Professional Engagement
Lucas Stall currently works as the marketing and communications specialist at United Way of Greater Toledo. United Way of Greater Toledo is responsible for understanding and solving the education, income and health needs of community residents in Lucas, Wood and Ottawa counties.

 

 


Mark Trooman
Director-at-Large/APR Chair
Mark C. Tooman, APR, is the manager of communications for the Toledo office of Medical Mutual. Medical Mutual is a leading health insurance provider based in Cleveland with approximately 2,500 employees. He joined the company in 2011, and is responsible for public relations, media relations, and sponsorship.

Prior to joining Medical Mutual he was owner of Tooman Event Marketing & Public Relations, a communications company providing clients with public relations, marketing communications, and special event marketing services. Prior to establishing his own business in 2007 he was director of communications and advancement for Central Catholic High School in Toledo, Ohio.

Mark was director of communication and special events for the Toledo Area Chamber of Commerce from 1996 through 1999. He began his professional career in the public relations agency business after earning his public relations degree from Bowling Green State University in 1978. He joined Flournoy and Gibbs, Inc. in 1978. He joined Funk/Luetke, Inc. in 1985 where he was an account supervisor managing local and regional accounts. He established Tooman Event Marketing & Public Relations for the first time in 1994.

He is an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America and a past president of the Northwest Ohio chapter.


Candice Harrison, MA
Director-at-Large/Membership and Sponsorship Chair
Candice L. Harrison is the Director of Communications at the Toledo Museum of Art. A native Toledoan and proud graduate of Central Catholic High School, Harrison received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Toledo in 2001 and earned her master’s degree in communications in 2014 from Spring Arbor University.

She most recently served as senior communications manager for the Toledo Zoo and Aquarium. Prior to that she was director of the School Hubs Initiative at Scott High School, where she was involved in fundraising, community engagement projects and special-event planning. She also has held marketing and communications positions at the University of Toledo Medical Center and Mercy Memorial Hospital in Monroe, Michigan.

Harrison was presented a Toledo 20 Under 40 Leadership Award in 2014 and a Top Community Voices Award from the United Way of Greater Toledo in 2013 in recognition of her extensive community involvement. Her many activities include serving on the University of Toledo Alumni Association Board of Trustees, the Leadership Toledo board, and the African-American Leadership Council of United Way of Greater Toledo (AALC). Through her work with AALC as communications chair and a member of the scholarship committee, she has helped to improve the areas of education, income and health of African-American families in the Toledo region. Candice also serves on both the Public Relations Society of America and Press Club boards and is a member of the Toledo Rotary Club, Toledo Chapter of The Links Inc., and Jack and Jill of America Inc.

Personally, she is married to Brandon, a detective with the Toledo Police Department and has an 18-year-old college freshman son, (Tre’) and 9-year-old fourth grade daughter (Brooklynn).


Kari Bucher
Chapter Administrator
Kari Bucher is the manager of marketing and corporate communications at Genacross Lutheran Services, where she has worked since 2008. Before joining the Genacross, Kari worked part-time as a public relations coordinator on special projects at St. Luke’s Hospital. She stayed home for several years to raise her four children, after having worked from 1989-1999 as an account associate at Teresa M. Arnold & Associates, a local public relations firm.

As administrator for the chapter, Kari arranges the monthly meetings, takes reservations, maintains contact with members and strives to answer questions (or will find the board member who can answer them). In short, she keeps the chapter running smoothly. She has been chapter administrator for over 10 years.

Kari graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University. She is an active volunteer with Springfield Local Schools and Epiphany Lutheran Church.


 

Rhonda Sewell
Immediate Past President (2016)
Rhonda B. Sewell is media relations officer of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, is responsible for sharing the duties of spokesperson of the Library and promotes the system through special events, publications, the website and commercials.

Rhonda joined the library six years ago, but is best known in the community for a celebrated 18-year career as a newspaper journalist at The Blade, the daily newspaper in Toledo, Ohio. During her Blade career, Sewell also served as a part-time instructor at Bowling Green State University, where she taught a course titled “Ethnic Groups and Mass Media” and served as a talk show host on Toledo’s PBS station, WGTE Channel 30, where she still makes TV appearances to host programs and introduce historical documentaries. Sewell frequently served as a co-host on “The Editors,” The Blade’s former political and community TV talk show, and served as a mistress of ceremonies for many Blade events.

Before joining The Blade, she worked for one year as a general assignment reporter at The Lansing State Journal in Lansing, Mich. Rhonda worked at the newspaper while completing her senior year at Michigan State University, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and minored in sociology.

Sewell is active in numerous community organizations, and in 2008 was a recipient of her community’s Rabbi Morton Goldberg Community Service Award, presented by the City of Toledo’s Board of Community Relations. Sewell also currently serves on the board of directors of The Toledo Children’s Hospital Foundation and The Independent Collegian Media Foundation at the University of Toledo, and serves on the editorial board of Your Health, a ProMedica publication on general health and wellness.