Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Meet the Panelist: Vicki Collins, Community Relations Director/Public Relations Officer, Lee County Supervisor of Elections

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Vicki Collins is the Community Relations Director and Public Information Officer for the Lee County Supervisor of Elections Office.  Her initiation into Major elections began with the 2000 Presidential Election and the infamous hanging, dimpled, and pregnant chads. 
Vicki has been a member of the Southwest Florida Chapter of FPRA since 2006, has served on the Board and assisted the Chapter in various capacities.  She received the chapter’s Rising Star Award in 2008.
Vicki is happily married, the mother of three wonderful adult children, and the blessed grandmother of two precious granddaughters.  She practices yoga & meditation, is an avid reader, and a notorious knitter!


Meet the Panelist: Trish Robertson, Election Communications Coordinator, Collier County Supervisor of Elections

W: (239) 252-8052
C: (772) 538-2157
TrishRobertson@colliergov.net

Trish Robertson is the Election Communications Coordinator for the Collier County Supervisor of Elections Office. The Communications Coordinator maintains working knowledge of Federal and State Election Laws and internal practices and procedures serving as a supportive role to the entire Elections Office. Trish creates, manages and distributes communications for the Elections Office through various media outlets, office publications and social media channels. Additionally, she works closely with the Training and Voter Outreach Departments assisting in the development and execution of election worker recruitment strategies, election worker trainings, and assisting with voter education and outreach.

Trish is a proud member of the Florida Gulf Coast University alumni where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree Cum Laude in Communications with a concentration on Public Relations.
Trish is an active member of the Southwest Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association and has served on the Leadership Team for the past two years. She is currently serving as the VP of Communications and was the Co-chair for Public Relations University 2013.


In her free time, Trish volunteers as a Girl Scout Leader for Troop 100 and enjoys gardening and DIY projects.

Meet the Panelist: Jennifer J. Edwards, Collier County Supervisor of Elections

Jennifer J. Edwards

Supervisor of Elections

Originally from Kentucky, Jennifer earned her Bachelor’s from the University of Kentucky and her Masters from Eastern Kentucky University. Jennifer has served as the Supervisor of Elections since 2000 and prior to that, held several key positions during her 13-year tenure with the Collier County Manager’s Agency including Budget Analyst, Assistant to the County Manager and Human Resources Director.

Jennifer is a State Certified Supervisor of Elections and was awarded her Master Florida Certified Elections Professional (MFCEP) designation from the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections (FSASE), as well as a Certified Elections Registration Administrator (CERA) designation from the Elections Center. Jennifer was also awarded a Chancellors Certificate in Public Administration from the International Association of Clerks, Recorders, Election Officials and Treasurers (IACREOT). Jennifer has served as the Treasurer, Secretary, President Elect, President, and Past President of the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections (FSASE). In 2006, Jennifer was selected as one of American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) Women in History. Jennifer has served on several boards throughout Collier County including the United Way of Collier County’s Board of Directors from 2001-2007 (2006 campaign co-chair). Jennifer is a graduate of the Leadership Collier and the Leadership Marco program. Jennifer is currently a member of Immokalee Multicultural Community Action Board of Directors, Leadership Collier, League of Women Voters, and Marco Kiwanis.

Jennifer has lived in Collier County since 1984. She is married to Ronnie Edwards, and they have two children and three grandchildren.          

                                                              
The Supervisor's Responsibilities


Responsibilities as an elected official...

•  Administering all elections in Collier County
•  Providing information and statistics on voter registration, voting and elections
•  Voter education
•  Issuing voter information cards
•  Conducting voter registration
•  Providing absentee voting
•  Qualifying candidates for office
•  Receiving campaign finance reports
•  Maintaining election equipment
•  Hiring and training election workers
•  Renting and equipping polling places
         


Meet the Panelist: Sharon Harrington, Lee County Supervisor of Elections

Lee County Supervisor of Elections
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Sharon Harrington was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio and moved to Fort Myers in 1975. She attended Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland and Edison Community College in Fort Myers majoring in Accounting and Business Administration.

Prior to her employment with the Lee County Supervisor of Elections Office she spent 24 years in management positions for a variety of businesses both in Ohio and Florida.

Sharon began her employment with the Supervisor of Elections on April 3, 1989 as Fiscal Officer/Human Resources Director and worked very closely with Philinda Young, the previous Supervisor.  She has worked in all departments of the Elections Office and was a part of the transition teams that worked on the countywide conversion to the touch screen voting systems in 2002 and the optical scan system in 2008. 

She was promoted to Assistant Supervisor-Finance/HR in December of 2002. Sharon was appointed to fulfill the unexpired term of Philinda Young by Governor Jeb Bush on January 20, 2004, and took office on February 16, 2004.  She was elected to the position in November of 2004. 

Sharon received her state certification in Elections Administration July 28, 2006.

Civic organization participation includes: Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers Board of Directors where she served as chairman for 10 years; Life Member and Kiwanis Lady of Kiwanis International, currently a member of the Kiwanis Club of Fort Myers-South and the Fort Myers Women's Community Club.

Sharon was elected to Who's Who Worldwide for Business and Professional Leaders and was awarded the ABWA Woman of the Year award.

Sharon is an active member of St. Michael Lutheran Church where she serves as an usher and is a member of the Altar Guild.

Friday, June 20, 2014

APR Trivia - June 2014

Question: The association that bestows the Accreditation in Public Relations credential is:
A.   Florida Public Relations Association
B.    Universal Accreditation Board
C.    Public Relations Society of America
D.   Southern Public Relations Federation

Answer:  B. The Universal Accreditation Board is an international accrediting body supported by 10 member organizations, including FPRA, PRSA and SPRF.

President's Word

Hello and Happy Summer!

In July we are truly in the thick of summer, a wonderful time of year when families spend more time together, work slows a bit for us in Southwest Florida and we can reevaluate things a bit. What’s your goal this summer?

Is it to tackle the garage, organize your office, and catch up on the mounds of filing to be done? What about the bigger picture? I touched on this a bit last month, but now is really the time to start thinking about professional development. The adage “failure to plan is planning to fail” stands true. Book time now in your schedule, not just for the summer, but for the next year to enhance yourself as a professional.

What better way than to attend the FPRA Annual Conference in August? It’s right around the corner and a perfect way to kick off the start to a new, enhanced you! Think about following it up with some luncheons, special FPRA SWFL events and even potentially accreditation. Your chapter is here to support you and we would love to see you grow even more as a professional.

Thank you for being a member of the Southwest Florida chapter of FPRA and for what you bring to our profession. See you soon and don’t forget to - Think FPRA!


Samantha Scott, APR

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Media Breakfast 2014 Wrap Up

Great job and a big thank you to Jessica Boles for organizing this year's Media Breakfast!!

The Annual Media Breakfast on June 12th was another great success as 6 panelists from Southwest Florida spoke to over 65 people and addressed current media trends and shared their insights on the future of journalism. Thank you to our sponsors for this year’s Media Breakfast; Charlotte Behavioral Health Care, Avow, Susan Bennett Marketing and Media LLC and Shell Point Retirement Community. A big thank you also goes to our committee members that helped coordinate this program and secure sponsors to offset any costs.

The panel of experts included Osvaldo Padilla, Editor, Florida Weekly; Steve McQuilkin, Business and Real Estate editor, The News-Press Media Group; Jimmy Dean, Editor, Harbor Style Magazine; Phil Borchmann, Editor, Gulfshore Business; Darrel Lieze-Adams, News Director of Waterman Broadcasting and Jean Gruss, Editor, Business Observer. Susan Bennett, APR, APRC served as the moderator for the program and assisted with facilitating with the number of questions from the audience. All of the speakers offered great tips to our PR pros and were very engaging throughout the event.

The media breakfast was a great way to get in touch with local media experts and the committee as well as the attendees enjoyed the program and look forward to next year.

Here are some of the photos from the event: