Welcome to the PRSA Volunteer Chapter Blog!

Welcome to the PRSA Volunteer Chapter blog. We hope that you find relevant, timely and useful information about professional communications here.

The posts you’ll find here in the coming months will be written by our members — among them, longtime communicators and public relations professionals as well as recent graduates or those transitioning to PR from another field. Our members bring diverse viewpoints and expertise to their jobs, to the Volunteer Chapter and to our community.

The viewpoints of our individual members may not necessarily reflect the views of the Volunteer Chapter, but all of our members — as well as our Chapter — are devoted to openness, honesty and ethical behavior in communications.

If you have questions, drop us a line.

Member Spotlight: Caitlin Darras

Education: B.S. in Communication from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (2012); Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Memphis (2019) Employment: Senior Public Relations Specialist for the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority What’s the most important PR practice you use in your work?Be accessible and be transparent. When working with local media, my boss has… Read More

Member Spotlight: Matt Kothe

Education: B.A. in Political Science, Minor in English; University of Tennessee, Knoxville Employment: Corporate Communications Specialist, PerfectServe Why did you choose public relations as a career?This is an interesting question for me, because public relations wasn’t part of my future plans when I graduated from college. I worked at a law firm for about a… Read More

Member Spotlight: Jeff Gary, APR

Education: B.S. Journalism, University of Tennessee; M.S. Communications (Public Relations), University of Tennessee Employment: Director of Creative Services, Communications Division, UT-Battelle LLC (Contractor to the US Department of Energy, Oak Ridge National Laboratory) Why did you choose public relations as a career? It’s an honor to represent an organization and have the opportunity to craft… Read More

3 Ways to Keep Work Conversations Productive, Appropriate

Tough conversations are a part of everyday life. It’s not easy to talk to an employee about his or her performance, initiate a business break up or even ask for a raise. We don’t like it when people disagree with us. We avoid confrontation. We dread delivering bad news. However, maintaining the status quo often… Read More

Member Spotlight: Scott Brooks

Education: BS in journalism, broadcast news, from West Virginia University Employment: Public Relations Specialist at Tennessee Valley Authority Why did you choose public relations as a career? I worked for 14 years as a broadcast journalist before someone suggested my skills might be useful in public relations. I had never considered that my ability to… Read More

Member Spotlight: Mallorie Mendence, APR

This month, we sat down with Mallorie Mendence, APR, Director of Special Events and Public Relations with University of Tennessee Alumni Affairs, for our member spotlight. Education/Certifications: B.A. from Berry College in Rome, Georgia (honors graduate) and APR certification Employment: University of Tennessee, Alumni Affairs, Director of Special Events and PR Why did you choose… Read More

Member Spotlight: Jason Bohne

This month, we sat down with Jason Bohne, Communications Director at Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC for our member spotlight. Education/Certifications: B.A. Mass Communication, Idaho State University; Graduate Certificate in Integrated Marketing Comunications, West Virginia University Employment: Communications director, Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC (contractor for the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn., and the… Read More