Our Founding

Founded in 1938 by Lt. Colonel John W. Dillin, publicity director for the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce, the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) is one of the oldest public relations organizations in the U.S.

Originally known as the Florida Association of Publicity Directors, the group’s first meeting of roughly 50 practitioners has grown to include more than 1,200 members.

On May 10, 1956, a charter for the “Gator Chapter” of the FPRA was requested after its first organization meeting, during which S.E. Lorimier was elected general chairman and Walter A. Ketcham its vice chairman. Known today as the Jacksonville Chapter, the Northeast Florida’s FPRA continues to offer its members professional support and development opportunities in public relations and communications.

On May 17, 2016, the Jacksonville chapter of FPRA commemorated its 60th anniversary with a celebration at the home of Dr. Wayne Wood, honoring its members, past presidents, guests, and students. Mayor Lenny Curry proclaimed that special day as Florida Public Relations Association Anniversary Day.

Twenty FPRA Jacksonville past presidents gather at the home of Wayne Wood in Riverside to celebrate the Chapter's 60th Anniversary.

FPRA provides a variety of services, benefits and opportunities dedicated to the success of the public relations professionals. Membership in FPRA is a sound professional investment.

  • Continuing Education – programs affording members the opportunity to develop their professionalism to the
    highest degree.
  • Professional Accreditation and Certification – internationally recognized ranks of Accredited in Public Relations (APR) and Certified Public Relations Counselor (CPRC).
  • Monthly Meetings – monthly meetings with timely speakers on pertinent career growth, networking, and peer exchange.
  • Annual Conference – opportunity to stay in touch with professionals from throughout the state  that help you stay current on activities and events which have an effect on
    the profession.
  • Awards Programs – annual Golden Image Awards program recognizes outstanding public relations activities in Florida.

FPRA Jax Members and Board Officers - 2019 FPRA State Conference, Tampa, FL


We are honored to have dedicated volunteers who have served, are serving and will be a future member of our Board, help guide FPRA members and provided the best programs.

Your 2020 - 2021 FPRA Jacksonville Chapter Board

President - Madelene Skinner

President-Elect – Dr. Courtney Barclay

Immediate Past President/Vice President of Membership - Warren Jones, APR, CPRC

Treasurer – Andrea Siracusa, APR, CPRC

Vice President of Image Awards – Ginny Peterson

Vice President of Media and Communications – Nancy Rubin

Vice President of Accreditation – Rosemary Tutt, APR, CPRC

What to learn more?

There are many ways that you can get involved with the Jacksonville Chapter of the Florida Relations Assocation. Your time, expertise, and ideas help make us stronger.