1. Where do you work and what is your title?
I'm owner of Intent Public Relations in Grand Rapids.
2. What is your main objective in that role?
To help my clients with their public relations needs; to provide strategic counsel and hands-on implementation; to be an extension of my clients' team. And hopefully to be both a voice of enthusiasm and reason.
3. How long have you been a member of WMPRSA?
4. Why did you join WMPRSA?
I joined in part because I was pursuing Accreditation at the time but also because it was (is!) the best professional association for communicators in West Michigan. I've gotten to know so many great people through the years - mentors, colleagues, friends.
5. If you could have a job anywhere in the world, where and what would it be?
Writer, playwright, actor right here in West Michigan. OK, OK, the occasional stint on Broadway would be fine too. :-)
6. Name a favorite website and explain why you like it?
I love StoryCorps.org because it shares real people's stories and celebrates the art of listening. Also: Epicurious.com (for cooking), Wikipedia.org (for seeking) and Facebook.com (for lurking - ha ha). The truth is, I have a love-hate with Facebook, Twitter, etc. As a PR person, I get the value, I love the sharing, I'll always be a sucker for new-baby and new-puppy photos - but the "social media news cycle" feeds the myth that mortals can manage mountains of information and maintain hundreds (thousands!) of Friendships. Can't we go back to simpler times, like 1984? I'm being silly-sophomoric on this soapbox - but it feels refreshing! Thanks for the listen. In the end, whether communicating via Facebook or face-to-face or in a profile like this, I think all of us just want to be heard - and understood.