The mission of INSPRA is to strengthen support for Illinois public schools and improve education for students through responsible public relations.
Peg Mannion, INSPRA President-Elect and Community Relations Coordinator for Glenbard High School District 87, has successfully completed the Examination for Accreditation in Public Relations, entitling her to use the APR professional designation. The Universal Accreditation Board (UAB), a consortium of nine professional communication organizations that directs this competency certification program, made the announcement in May.
The statewide Distinguished Service Award program honors individuals who have consistently gone above and beyond on behalf of their schools, and whose efforts have enhanced education and conveyed its importance to the community at large. Distinguished Service Award winners are public relations ambassadors who have made a positive impact on communication and education.
Melea Smith, director of communications for Elmhurst CUSD 205, has served a long tenure in school public relations. She’s worked in the profession for 27 years, and has been an INSPRA member for 15 years and an NSPRA member for 20. To share her wisdom, she has served as a mentor for other INSPRA members for the past eight years. Melea is currently matched with Carol Valentino-Barry, a five-year INSPRA member who has worked part-time in public relations at Ridgewood High School in Norridge, Illinois for five years.