Local Public Relations Practitioners Earn Professional Accreditation

Santa Rosa Beach, FL (September 30, 2015) — Leslie Moland and Stephanie Pettis of the Northwest Florida Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) recently earned the professional accreditation in public relations, and received the designation of Accredited in Public Relations (APR). Moland and Pettis now join the more than 5,000 professionals nationally that represents an elite group of highly skilled public relations professionals committed to practicing with exemplary ethical standards.

Leslie Moland, APR has served as the public relations specialist at White-Wilson Medical Center in Fort Walton Beach for almost two years. She relocated to the Emerald Coast in 2013 after working in small business and local government and specializing in community programming and events. She is a graduate of Auburn University with degrees in Public Relations and Communication.

Stephanie Pettis, APR is the Director of Marketing and Public Relations for Northwest Florida State College and has 16 years of experience in the public relations field. Her work has been recognized by professional organizations such as the Alabama Community College Public Relations Association, the Alabama Rural Electric Cooperative Communications Association, the Florida College System and the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations. Pettis is a graduate of Troy University with a bachelor’s degree in public relations/print journalism and of Columbia Southern University with an MBA.

The examination is administered by the Universal Accreditation Board (UAB), which is an alliance of eight national and statewide professional associations dedicated to furthering the field of public relations and the development of public relations professionals.  The Florida Public Relations Association is a member of the UAB.

Lt. Col. John Dillin, APR, CPRC, established FPRA in 1938 for the purpose of helping public relations practitioners do their jobs better.  As the oldest public relations organization in the country, FPRA is dedicated to developing public relations practitioners, who, through ethical and standardized practices, enhance the public relations profession in Florida.  FPRA is comprised of 13 professional and nine student chapters throughout the state, providing professional development, networking and professional recognition opportunities.

For additional information on FPRA, please visit www.fpra.org or contact the Association’s state office at (941) 365-2135 or e-mail state@fpra.org.

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About Northwest Florida Public Relations Association

Northwest Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) is the oldest public relations association in the United States. FPRA is a statewide organization of more than 1,200 public relations professionals dedicated to advancing the profession of public relations and enhancing the professional development of its members. The NWFL Chapter of FPRA boasts a membership spanning the geographic areas of Okaloosa County, Walton County and Bay County with members representing multiple local industries including government, hospitality/tourism, economic development, associations, non-profit, education, healthcare, retail, agencies and small business. FPRA includes all levels of professional communicators from students, to new graduates to seasoned professionals. Learn more at www.nwfcoastfpra.org.