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Germinder Named to Prestigious PRSA College of Fellows

NEW YORK (August 8, 2008) Germinder & Associates has announced Lea-Ann Germinder, APR, Fellow PRSA, president of Germinder & Associates, Inc. is one of 19 newly elected members to its prestigious College of Fellows. According to PRSA Chair and CEO Jeffrey P. Julin, APR, the new honorees will be inducted during a ceremony at PRSA's 2008 International Conference, Saturday, October 25, in Detroit, Mich.

"I am pleased to welcome the 2008 inductees into the College of Fellows," said Julin. "The College is one of the most distinguished groups of senior leaders in the public relations profession, and is committed to advancing the profession by sharing their experience and expertise as well as mentoring professionals young and old."

Germinder will be one of 455 Fellows out of more than 22,000 PRSA members. Election to the College, based on lifetime achievement, is a professional honor awarded to senior practitioners and educators. Fellows are called on to continue their service to the profession through the College.

"Being inducted into the PRSA College of Fellows is one of the profession's highest individual honors," said Bob Frause, APR, Fellow PRSA and 2008 chair of the College of Fellows. "It is with great pride that we recognize the lifetime career work and leadership of outstanding professionals who have significantly advanced our profession."

According to the PRSA Bylaws, to be considered for the College of Fellows a member of PRSA must have practiced or taught public relations for 20 or more years, demonstrated superior capability as a practitioner or educator, exhibited personal and professional qualities that serve as a role model, and advanced the state of the profession. Criteria also include being an Accredited Public Relations (APR) practitioner, which requires passing rigorous oral and written examinations involving a depth of knowledge in the strategic analysis of public relations issues including program, research, ethics, legal issues, communications and other areas.

Germinder has advanced the state of the profession by her early (1995) and continued advocacy for public relations practitioners to embrace the Internet as an important communications channel. Furthermore, she has advanced the notion of practicing in a niche industry through her development of strategies for veterinary medicine. Germinder was professionally accredited in public relations by PRSA in 1992 and served as the president of the Greater Kansas City chapter of PRSA (GKC/PRSA) in 1998. She later served as Midwest District chair and is a member of several professional interest sections. Germinder received her Bachelor of Communication Arts degree from the University of Dayton in 1980.

"I am honored and humbled by this recognition from my public relations colleagues. Over the last 28 years, membership in PRSA has given me many leadership opportunities and honed my professional skills. Now I look forward to collaborating with my College of Fellows colleagues to continue to advance the profession, "said Lea-Ann Germinder, APR, Fellow PRSA.

Germinder's other awards reflect recognition of her accomplishments in creating successful campaigns and educating others regarding best public relations practices and leadership in business. Awards include over a dozen Kansas City chapter PRISM awards, the national PRSA Silver Anvil Award of Excellence; the "Enterprising Women of the Year Honoree" from Enterprising Women Magazine and "Women Who Mean Business" from The Kansas City Business Journal. Germinder is a member of PRSA's Counselor's Academy, the Healthcare Academy and the Kansas City and New York chapters of PRSA. She is also a member of the Women President's Organization (WPO), the Kansas City Women Business Owner's Organization and the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), and Vetpartners, a veterinary practice management consultants association.

Other Inductees to the College of Fellows for 2008 include:
Mickey G. Nall, APR, Fellow PRSA, managing director, Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide; Robert S. Saline, APR, Fellow PRSA, president and COO, PRworks, Inc.; Ray A. Crockett, APR, Fellow PRSA, director, communications, Coca-Cola North America; Steve Iseman, Ph.D., APR, Fellow PRSA, professor, Ohio Northern University; B. Kathleen Skipper, APR, Fellow PRSA, Bus Sector Partnerships & Strategic Alliances director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (NCHM/CCHIS); Anthony D'Angelo, APR, Fellow PRSA, director, communications, Magna Powertrain; Ellen A. Liston, APR, Fellow PRSA, community relations director, East Tennessee Children's Hospital; Ann R. Carden, APR, Fellow PRSA, assistant professor of communications, SUNY Fredonia; Jeanette Drake, Ph.D., APR, Fellow PRSA, associate professor, Kent State University; Marisa Vallbona, APR, Fellow PRSA, president, CIM Incorporated; Tom Gable, APR, Fellow PRSA, CEO, Gable PR; Alan L. Gaudynski, APR, Fellow PRSA, president and CEO, Alan L. Gaudynski & Associates, Inc.; Shelli A. Ryan, APR, Fellow PRSA, president, AD HOC Communication Resources; Elizabeth A. Pecsi, APR, Fellow PRSA, director, executive communications, Unisys; Helen M. Sullivan, APR, Fellow PRSA, president, InHouse Communications; Erik C.A. Johnson, APR, Fellow PRSA, principal, Borshoff; Mary Graybill, APR, Fellow PRSA, principal, Graybill Communications; and Nora Carr, APR, Fellow PRSA, chief communications officer, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

Read the PRSA announcement here.

About Germinder & Associates, Inc.
Germinder & Associates was founded in 1998 by Lea-Ann Germinder, APR, PRSA Fellow and is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2008. The agency has offices in New York and Kansas City and specializes in animal health. The agency is ranked in the top ten public relations firms by the Kansas City Business Journal. The firm has won several public relations and business awards including the Kansas City Small Business Monthly's "25 Under 25" as one of the top 25 companies with under 25 employees.

About the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA)
The Public Relations Society of America (, headquartered in New York City, is the world's largest organization for public relations professionals with nearly 32,000 professional and student members. PRSA is organized into 109 Chapters and 10 Districts nationwide, and 19 Professional Interest Sections and Affinity Groups, which represent business and industry, counseling firms, independent practitioners, military, government, associations, hospitals, schools, professional services firms and nonprofit organizations. The Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) has 296 Chapters at colleges and universities throughout the United States, and one Chapter in Argentina.

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