Jared Meade, MPS
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.
Candice Harrison, MA
Candice L. Harrison, MA, is the External Communications Manager for the Toledo Public Schools. 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 Director of Communications at Toledo Museum of Art and 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 being on the board of trustees for both the University of Toledo Alumni Association and Leadership Toledo, and serving on the African-American Leadership Council of United Way of Greater Toledo (AALC). Through her work with AALC as co-chair, 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 is a member of the Rotary Club of Toledo and is a board member for both the Press Club and Public Relations Society of America where she is President-elect. She is a member of the Toledo Chapter of Links Inc., the Toledo Chapter of Jack and Jill of America Inc. where she is the Program Director. Last, but certainly not least, she is a Girl Scout troop leader at Grove Patterson Academy.
Candice is a mother of two children, Tre’ (18) who is a freshman at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA., and Brooklynn (9) a fourth grade student at Grove Patterson Academy. She is married to Brandon, a detective for the Toledo Police Department.
Director-at-Large / Communication 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.
Treasurer / Vice President – Membership Chair
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.
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.
Lexie Digby is the Marketing & Graphic Design Manager at Lakeside Chautauqua, a non-profit, family-oriented vacation destination on the Marblehead Peninsula. As one of the few remaining Chautauquas in the United States, Lakeside is committed to providing programming in the four Chautauqua pillars: religion, education, arts and recreation.
She enjoys the many hats she is able to wear while working at a non-profit: media relations, graphic design, writing, editing, publication layout, selling advertisements, website maintenance, managing interns and more.
Lexie is a native of Fostoria, Ohio. She attended the University of Dayton, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in communication with a minor in photography in 2015 and a master’s degree in communication in 2016.
Kayla Lewandowski is the communications specialist at the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority. The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority’s business is transportation and development with a mission to move people and cargo through the region while employing innovative programs to stimulate development in the region. Her responsibilities include internal and external communications, social media, website management, and event planning.
Kayla earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and a minor in journalism from Bowling Green State University in 2016. She is a member of EPIC Toledo, AAF Toledo, and is an active volunteer with Feed My Starving Children.
In her free time, she enjoys yoga, reading and card games.
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.
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.
Kristin Reichardt Rummell
Immediate Past 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.