The designation "Accredited in Public Relations" (APR) indicates to both clients and colleagues that an individual has a high level of experience and competence, as well as a serious commitment to the profession. More and more employers are seeking accredited candidates for senior and management-level positions.

APR Examination
The chapter is committed to promoting APR and advancing the profession. The Accreditation Committee offers an online preparation course to prepare candidates for the readiness review panel and APR examination. Prospective candidate are also advised to visit the PRSA Accreditation website for details on applying for accreditation.

Accreditation Committee
Any members who are interested in being accredited should contact Accreditation Committee Chair Laura Neff-Henderson, APR at or Chuck  Lionberger, APR at


Blue Ridge Chapter Accredited Members
The following members of the chapter have earned the APR certification and are willing to talk with colleagues who are considering, or going through, the APR process.

Thomas Becher, APR

Michelle A. Brauns, APR

Anne Keever Cannon, APR

Douglas Cannon, Ph.D., APR+M, Fellow PRSA

Lynn Davis, APR

Jeffrey S.  Douglas, APR, Fellow PRSA

Teresa Gereaux, APR

Anne Marie Green, APR

Vincent Hazleton, Ph.D., APR, Fellow PRSA

Heidi E. Ketler, APR

Chuck  Lionberger, APR

Laura L.  Neff-Henderson, APR 

Linda L. Staley, APR

Shelly S. Whitaker, APR

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