Christine Dunbeck – President
Christine Dunbeck is honored to serve as the President for the PRSA Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter. Christine is the Marketing Manager at MARS Solutions Group, where she focuses on building and executing scalable communications strategies for the company’s two main business areas, high quality IT and engineering talent recruitment as well as software development and deployment. Prior to MARS, Christine worked in the nonprofit, technology, and SaaS sectors. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational and Professional Communication, as well as a music minor in percussion, from UW-La Crosse.
Katrina Schwarz – President-Elect & Treasurer
Katrina Schwarz serves as President-Elect and Treasurer for the PRSA Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter. She works at National Fluid Power Association as the Associate Director of Marketing and Communications, where she handles all things social media, media relations, communications, and marketing strategy. She holds a Master’s Degree in Media Studies from UW-Milwaukee and has international experience working at a newspaper in Potsdam, Germany.
Katharine Foley – Immediate Past President
Katharine Foley is the Immediate Past President of the PRSA Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter. Katharine is a PR Advisor at Kane Communications Group. Her responsibilities include supporting the firm’s client teams by drafting and editing communications material, managing media relations efforts and providing strategic counsel. She has international experience working at an agency in Buenos Aires, Argentina and spending a year abroad in Honduras.
Ryan Amundson – Secretary
Ryan Amundson is serving as 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.
Allison Kucek – Membership Chair
Allison Kucek serves as Membership Chair for the PRSA Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter. Allison works as an Account Manager for Trefoil Group where she is responsible for the design, management and execution of strategic, integrated marketing programs for clients in B2B and B2C industries. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Language and Linguistics and Economics.
Claire Koenig – Director-at-Large – Community Service
Claire Koenig serves as the director at large with a focus on community engagement for the PRSA Southeastern Wisconsin chapter. Claire is a communications manager at VISIT Milwaukee, where she works with domestic media to tell the best stories about the city. She has worked at VISIT Milwaukee since 2017. Prior to this, she worked as a senior editor at Milwaukee Magazine for five years. Claire also serves on the marketing committee for Sculpture Milwaukee, the annual outdoor sculpture exhibition along Wisconsin Avenue.
Emily Tau – Director-at-Large – PR Palooza
Emily joined VISIT Milwaukee in 2017 as a communications coordinator and, in addition to promoting Milwaukee as a premier destination for business and leisure travel, focuses on the data, analytics, and reporting side of the public relations department, proving the worth and importance of earned media every day. Emily holds a Bachelor’s Degree in public relations from Marquette University and was named one of Marcus Performing Arts Center’s 50 Future Women of the Arts.
Don Klein – Director-at-Large – Marketing
Don Klein serves as the director at large with a marketing focus for the PRSA Southeastern Wisconsin chapter. He is Senior Director of Public Affairs for Bethesda, a national organization serving people with developmental disabilities, overseeing all aspects of corporate communications, and previously worked for Aurora Health Care and Associated Banc-Corp. A Marquette University graduate, Don was president of the PRSA Southeastern Wisconsin chapter in 2013.
Patrick McSweeney, APR, Fellow PRSA – Director-at-Large – Ethics Officer & Midwest District Liaison
Patrick McSweeney, APR, Fellow PRSA, has been involved in PRSA for more than two decades and is the Ethics Officer and Midwest District Liaison for the Southeastern Wisconsin chapter. He also twice served as president of PRSA’s North Florida chapter prior to relocating to Milwaukee in 2014. 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.
Annie Gentil, APR – Accreditation Committee Chair
Annie Gentil, APR, serves as Accreditation Committee Chair for the PRSA Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter. She is currently Communication Content Lead – Global at Harley-Davidson Motor Company where she leads strategic communications to support and drive Harley-Davidson dealer and customer engagement. Annie works with a cross-functional team, including executive leadership, to develop and execute content that that aligns global and dealer communications with the company’s business objectives.
Lindsey McKee – Diversity & Inclusion Committee Chair
Lindsey McKee is serving as the Diversity & Inclusion Committee Chair for PRSA Southeastern Wisconsin. Lindsey joined the communications team at VISIT Milwaukee as a communications manager in 2018. She works with travel writers as well as meeting and convention planners to showcase the best of the Greater Milwaukee area and increase the economic impact of tourism in the region. Ms. McKee came to VISIT Milwaukee from Northwestern Mutual, where she served as a content manager and senior communications specialist. She has also worked as a freelance writer for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel since 2014. Previously, Ms. McKee has worked as a communications specialist for UnitedHealthcare, an advertorial coordinator for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and a short-term visitor services assistant for the Milwaukee Public Museum. She received her bachelor of arts degree in journalism from Marquette University in 2006.
Heidi Fendos – PRSSA Liaison
Heidi Fendos has been running Fendos PR a full-service PR/Marketing consulting business since 2003. She specializes in tourism, education, retail and nonprofits businesses. She currently represents Wilderness Resorts and Waterparks and Ebenezer Child Care Centers in addition to many other small businesses and special events based in southeastern Wisconsin.
Prior to going out on her own, Fendos oversaw the PR department for a Milwaukee advertising agency for 5 years and served as an account executive with the same agency for two years. She also worked briefly with the Greater Milwaukee Convention and Visitors Bureau (now VISIT Milwaukee) as well as for the Independent Communtiy Bankers Association of Wisconsin which is based in Madison. Heidi is a UW-Whitewater graduate and was the Midwest District Director for PRSSA when she was in college.