Independent Public Relations Alliance Announces 2009 Leadership

Washington, DC---December 19, 2008---The Independent Public Relations Alliance (IPRA;, a network of 75 senior-level communications executives who own or operate independent practices in the Washington, D.C. metro area, today announced its Executive Board . The 2009 IPRA Board of Directors are:

President: Sheri L. Singer, President, Singer Communications
President-Elect: Sandra M. Remey, APR, President, Remey Communications
Treasurer: Ami Neiberger-Miller, APR, Chief Executive, Steppingstone, LLC
Secretary: Robert Deigh, Principal, RDR Communication/PR
President-Elect: Sandra M. Remey, APR, President, Remey Communications
Membership Co-Chairs: Sandra M. Remey, MA, APR, President, Remey Communications
Susan C. Rink, Principal, Rink Strategic Communications
Program Co-Chairs: Robert Udowitz, Principal, Robert Udowitz Consulting
Pauline Ellmore, Owner, PR Works, LLC
Marketing/PR Co-Chairs: Mary-Jane Atwater, President, Atwater Communications
Claudia Askew, President, ASQ Communications
Education Co-Chairs: Helen Sullivan, APR, Fellow, PRSA, President, InHouse Communications, LLC
Michael Sheward, APR, President, Management Communications Strategies
Partner Chair: Patrick Pellerin, Patrick Pellerin Public Relations
Immediate Past President: Tim Ayers, President, Ayers Associates, LLC
Ad Hoc Member: Chris Ourand, Chris O Communications

*In addition to working with our stellar leaders, continuing to expand our membership base, and providing exceptional monthly programs, this year presents IPRA with a unique opportunity to inform communication professionals about the independent public relations practitioner model. Communicators who have cut staff or delayed hiring due to budget constraints need to know that IPRA practitioners can meet their communications needs, delivering high-quality services typically at a fraction of the cost of a traditional PR agency,” said Sheri Singer, IPRA president

About IPRA
Launched in 2002, the Independent Public Relations Alliance (, consists of 75 senior-level public relations, marketing and related communications professionals who own or operate their own practices in the metro Washington, D.C., According to an October 2008 survey, IPRA practitioners have been in business an average of more than eight years and possess an average of 30 years of PR experience. IPRA members provide a wide array of cost-effective, value-added services to corporations, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, as well as PR and advertising agencies . IPRA is a division of the Public Relations Society of America, the world’s largest professional organization for PR practitioners,, and is a committee of PRSA’s National Capital Chapter, the country’s largest chapter.