Members in the News

Kukes and Halifax Humane Society wrap up Major Capital Campaign 

FPRA Volusia/Flagler Chapter member and board member Barry Kukes and his team at Halifax Humane Society, Inc. recently announced it successful completion of a three-Halifax Humane Society logoyear, $3.6-million capital campaign.

“Thousands of people and animals will benefit from our improved facility which will enhance the adoption experience, humane education through summer camp, behavioral training for pet owners, as well as provide friendly boarding/grooming services, access to a public community dog park, and basic animal care necessities,” said Pam Clayton, Halifax Humane Society Chief Financial Development Officer.

Kukes serves as the Halifax Humane Society’s Community Outreach Director.




Volusia/Flagler member Fisher earns APR

Ellen Fisher
Ellen Fisher, APR

Ellen Fisher, communications coordinator for the Utilities Commission of New Smyrna Beach, earned the designation Accredited in Public Relations (APR) on June 22, 2018.

“We are so proud of our chapter member, Ellen, for earning this distinction,” said FPRA Volusia/Flagler Chapter President, Jeannette Duerr. “She is a credit to our profession.”




Pleus wins PR Award

The Volusia/Flagler Chapter of FPRA teamed up with the Ocala Chapter to congratulate several local professionals for excellence in public relations and

Vickie Pleus Image Award
FPRA Ocala Chapter President, Lisa Varner, APR, CPRC presents the Judges’ Award for Special Events to Vickie Pleus, APR, CPRC, VP of Programs for the Volusia/Flagler Chapter and President of VP Communications in DeLand.

communications during the PaRade of Excellence event on Thursday, April 26 in Ocala.

Receiving one of only nine awards was Vickie Pleus, APR, CPRC, VP of Programs for the Volusia/Flagler Chapter and President of VP Communications in DeLand.

Pleus entered and won the Judges’ Award in the Special Events category for her “Keep St. Peter’s Beautiful Day” entry.

St. Peter is a Catholic parish in DeLand that was in dire need of beautification. With a $20 marketing budget and loads of holy ambition, in three weeks the parish planned and executed a cleanup event that exceeded volunteer involvement by 100% and in which a post-event survey revealed 100% commitment to participate in future, similar events.

Santana spotlight in Time Magazine

Johanna Santana, Marketing Communications/PR Manager for NASCAR and the VP of Member Services for the Volusia/Flagler Chapter of FPRA, was recently featured in a Time Magazine article. Read more here about her story!