Jeff Dardis — Treasurer
Jeff Dardis serves as the treasurer for the PRSA Southeastern Wisconsin chapter. He is a senior public relations strategist at Bethesda Lutheran Communities, an organization that provides homes and other services for people with developmental disabilities across the United States. In this role he prepares and executes integrated public relations strategies through both new media and traditional channels including digital, social media, online communities and experiential/event based initiatives. He also participates in the development of public relations plans tied to strategic marketing and brand initiatives that promote Bethesda’s services, sites and programs. Jeff has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from UW-Milwaukee. You can reach Jeff at 920-206-4438 or email@example.com.
Holly Haseley, APR — Director at Large
Holly Haseley, APR is currently serving as a director at large for the PRSA of Southeastern Wisconsin chapter. She is the Senior Account Supervisor for Laughlin Constable. With over 30 years of PR experience, she bring a broad range of expertise to her health care, retail, and property development clients. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin and previously served as the Executive Director of Communications for a large health care company for 17 years. Holly can be reached at 414-270-7148 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ryan Amundson — Secretary
Ryan Amundson is serving at secretary for the PRSA Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter. Ryan has worked in public relations at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino since 2006, managing the department since September of 2016. In his role, Ryan oversees the property’s media relations, public affairs and social responsibility efforts. Prior to that, he was a reporter and editor with The Freeman newspaper in Waukesha. Ryan holds a BA in print journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. You can reach him at RAmundson@PaysBig.com
Katharine Foley — Membership Chair
Katharine Foley is the membership chairperson for the PRSA Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter. Katharine is a PR Counselor at Bader Rutter. Her responsibilities include supporting the firm’s client teams by drafting and editing communications material, managing media relations efforts and providing strategic counsel. Prior to Bader Rutter, she worked at Mueller Communications, a local PR agency and Uplifted, a digital marketing agency in Buenos Aires, Argentina. You can reach Katharine email@example.com
Christine Dunbeck — Ethics Officer
Christine Dunbeck is the ethics officer for the PRSA Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter. Previously, she ran the Mentor Program through the chapter’s Young Pros board. Christine is the managing editor/communications and public relations coordinator at the Wisconsin Dental Association. In this role, she produces a bimonthly print journal, semiweekly news app and annual membership directory and practice guide while serving as staff liaison to the WDA Editorial Advisory Board. She is also responsible for selling advertising, implementing media relations programming and managing periodic community and patient awareness efforts. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational and Professional Communication, as well as a music minor in percussion, from UW-La Crosse. Christine can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-698-1309.
Patrick McSweeney, APR, Fellow PRSA — President
Patrick McSweeney, APR, Fellow PRSA, serves as president of the PRSA Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter. He has been involved in PRSA for more than two decades. After earning a Journalism degree from The Ohio State University, he worked as a reporter, editor, producer and anchor at newspapers, radio and TV stations in Ohio and Florida before transitioning to PR. During the past 20+ years he has served as the spokesperson for a government agency in Florida and worked with well-known automotive, high tech, retail brands, vacation destinations and others. He also twice served as president of PRSA’s North Florida chapter prior to relocating to Milwaukee in 2014. You can reach Patrick via email at email@example.com or by phone at 904.923.4871.
Karren Jeske, APR — Vice President
Karren Jeske, APR, is currently serving as the president-elect for the PRSA Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter. She previously served as treasurer for five years and ethics officer for 4 years. With over 30 years of marketing and public relations experience in agency, non-profit and corporate settings, Karren brings a broad range of expertise to her manufacturing, health care, education and hospitality clients. Karren is a graduate of UW-Madison with a degree in journalism. Go Badgers! She also earned a Master of Business Administration degree with a marketing emphasis from DeVry University’s Keller Graduate School of Management, and a social media certificate from UW-Milwaukee. You can reach Karren at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sara Rude — Immediate Past President
Sara Rude is currently serving as the immediate past president for the PRSA Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter and is Vice President, Public Relations Account Supervisor at Cramer-Krasselt. Sara is a proud alum of UW-Milwaukee, where she graduated with a degree in Journalism & Mass Communication and a minor in French. She has over 15 years in marketing and public relations experience in agency, non-profit and corporate settings. You can reach Sara via email at email@example.com.
Steph Graham — Director at Large
Steph Graham serves as a director at large for the PRSA Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter. She works full-time as the PR specialist and copywriter at Steinhafels Furniture. In addition, she occasionally freelances as a TV producer, blogger, and radio newscaster. Previously, she was the special projects producer at TMJ4 for almost a decade. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism from the Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University. You can reach Steph at 740-517-6190 or firstname.lastname@example.org