Enhancing the profession in Pensacola since 1957

Nicole Stacey

President

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Nicole Stacey is the Director of Marketing & Communications for Visit Pensacola, Inc. Previously, she served as the President/CEO of the Pensacola Beach Chamber of Commerce and the Director of the Santa Rosa Island Authority Visitor Information Center.

Stacey earned a master's degree in strategic communications and a bachelor's degree in public relations and marketing from the University of West Florida.  She is involved with the local community as a member of LeaP c/o 2015, Independent News Rising Stars, Junior League, HipHuggers Mardi Gras Krewe,  Fiesta of Five Flags, Phi Sigma Sigma Fraternity Inc., and has been a member of FPRA Pensacola Chapter as a student member throughout college and now as a professional member. In 2015, she received an Award of Distinction for her efforts on the 2015 Taste of the Beach website. Stacey is also involved at the state level as a member of the inaugural LeadershipFPRA c/0 2017. Stacey loves being involved in the community, traveling and enjoying time with friends and family!
 

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Brandi Gomez

Vice President of Membership/President Elect

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Brandi Gomez is a Communications Specialist at Gulf Power Company. Previously, she served as Marketing Communications Director at Council on Aging of West Florida. She is involved in the local community as a member of the executive board for Leadership Pensacola’s Class of 2017 - Look B4 You LeaP, member of the Pensacola Young Professionals, and board member of the Florida Public Relations Education Foundation at the state level. 

In 2016, Gomez was selected as one of InWeekly's 2016 Rising Stars. She also received a Judges’ Award for her work on Council on Aging’s Corporate Sponsorship Packet. In 2015, she received an a Grand All Image Award for her work on the Rat Race 5K, was awarded the 2015 FPRA Member of the Year for the Pensacola Chapter, and was honored as a member of the 2015 Joe Curley Rising Leader Class. In 2013, Gomez received an Award of Distinction from the Florida Public Relations Association for her team’s work on the rebranding campaign for Friends of the West Florida Public Library. Gomez graduated from the University of West Florida with a bachelor's degree in communications, specializing in public relations. 

In her free time, she enjoys maintaining her fashion and lifestyle blog, taking her dogs to the Bayview Dog Beach, and volunteering in the community.

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Carmela Cook

Immediate Past President

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Carmela Cook serves as the Immediate Past President for the Florida Public Relations Association Pensacola Chapter. Carmela currently serves as service line marketing manager at Baptist Health Care. In her role, she develops strategic marketing plans to support clinical areas, ancillary programs and the BHC system as a whole. She works collaboratively with the marketing and communications team to plan and implement public relations, internal communications and marketing initiatives. Carmela began her career at Baptist as the public relations specialist. for Baptist Health Care. 

Cook is a native to Pensacola and earned her bachelor's degree in communications with emphasis in public relations from the University of West Florida. Her experience includes five years in the not-for-profit sector of health care in the Pensacola market.

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Malerie Shelton

Secretary

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Malerie Shelton is the Director of Marketing & Public Relations for the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation, the nonprofit, 501(c)(3) educational and fundraising organization that supports the development of the National Naval Aviation Museum. In 2010, Shelton graduated from the University of West Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in communications, specializing in public relations. She is responsible for representing the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation in the local community and supporting the Foundations’ visitor attractions and educational outreach programs. Previously, she served as the Marketing Manager for Chartwells at UWF. Shelton is an active member with area Chambers of Commerce and also serves as a Reading Pals volunteer with the United Way and ECARE. In 2013, Shelton was honored as a member of the FPRA Joe Curley Rising Leader Class. 

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Megan Siefert

Vice President of Finance

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Megan Siefert serves as At Large for the Florida Public Relations Association Pensacola Chapter.  Since 2007, she has worked at ProHealth as the senior account executive. Her role is to maintain and build client relationships through marketing and communication outreach. 

She earned a bachelor's degree in public relations and marketing from the University of West Florida.  She is involved in the local community as a member of the Pensacola Beach Chamber, and also serves as an ambassador with the Pensacola Chamber of Commerce. She is a Pensacola native and loves spending time with her husband and two children, Camden and Sadie.

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Marilyn Smith

Vice President of Programs

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Marilyn Smith is the public relations and marketing specialist at Baptist Health Care. Her responsibilities include disseminating news releases, feature stories and media responses. She also develops, implements and monitors marketing communications materials in support of Baptist Health Care's Mission. Her background is in marketing, business development and television production. Previously, Marilyn was the Marketing and Development Director for Creative Learning Academy, an independent school in Pensacola, Florida. She also spent five years at WEAR-TV 3 as a news and promotions producer. Marilyn enjoys freelancing as an on-air host and voice over artist.

She graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a bachelor's degree in communications, specializing in broadcast journalism. She is involved with the local community as an outreach and music team volunteer with Liberty Church, Blue Angel and Downtown campuses. 

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Kim Stefansson

Vice President of Image Awards

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Kim Stefansson is the Public Relations Coordinator for the Escambia County School District, an organization responsible for the education of over 42,000 students in 47 schools and 27 other district owned sites. ECSD is also the 2nd largest employer in Escambia County. Stefansson graduated from Towson University in Maryland with a B.S. Degree in Mass Communication and was commissioned into the US Navy. Her service was primarily as a Public Affairs Officer taking her literally around the world before arriving in Pensacola. She retired from the Navy and soon found a new adventure in education, earned a Master’s Degree from UWF, and taught for 10 years before becoming the District’s PR Coordinator two school years ago. 

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Sonya Daniel

Accreditation and Certification

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Sonya Daniel joined the Escambia County Supervisor of Elections in 2011 and currently serves as the Deputy Supervisor of Elections for Administration. Prior to joining the Elections Office, she was the Public Information Manager for the Escambia County Board of County Commissioners (November 2002 – November 2011). Her office handled the county’s media relations; coordination and promotion of county events and activities; and managed the government access television station, ECTV. Sonya began her career in public relations in 1989. She is Accredited in Public Relations (APR). She was named the Pensacola Chapter of FPRA’s Crisis Communicator of the Year for 2004 for her work during Hurricane Ivan and in 2010 for her work during the BP Oil Spill. She has also served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of West Florida. Sonya received a bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts from Shorter University, in Rome, Georgia and a master’s degree in Strategic Communications and Leadership from the University  of West Florida in Pensacola. She is married to Larry Daniel. She has three beautiful step-daughters and five wonderful grandchildren.

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Sarah Whitfield

At Large

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Sarah Whitfield is the public information specialist for Santa Rosa County. Working directly under the public information officer, Whitfield is responsible for the dissemination of accurate and timely information to Santa Rosa County residents, the media and employees. She also conceptualizes, designs and distributes communication products which support the county's mission, programs and services, including brochures, newsletters, surveys and news releases. Her responsibilities also include two-way communication with the media and the public.

Whitfield earned a bachelor's degree in art with a specialization in graphic design from the University of West Florida. She is actively involved in her community through various groups at Living Truth Church where she is a co-leader of the women's ministry. In her spare time, she enjoys photography and spending time with her family and friends.

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