PR advocates and leaders in Spokane since 1967

The roots of the Greater Spokane Chapter of PRSA go back to 1967, when Tom Hogan of Thomas G. Hogan and Associates Inc., a public relations counseling firm, first became a member of national PRSA.

In the 1970s other PR professionals joined and became accredited through the national organization, including Ken Degerness, APR, of Degerness and Associates, and Jerry Shackette, APR, of the Spokesman Review.

These emerging leaders and fellow communications professionals decided a local chapter would tremendously benefit Spokane. After countless hours engaging the local PR community and completing the application process, a chapter was formed in 1980.

Today, the Greater Spokane Chapter serves Eastern and Central Washington, and our members work in a variety of regional industries: agencies/communications firms, healthcare, non-profit, technology, small business, government, banking, and more. Our members are engaged with us to earn and maintain their APR; to network and pursue continuing education, and for our affiliation with a reputable, national communications group.

Charter Members

Charter members of the Greater Spokane Chapter consisted of six women and 11 men, a remarkably strong showing of women at a time when public relations was still a male-dominated career field.

Marge Bowsher; Inland Empire Girl Scout Council
Kenneth W. Degerness, APR; Degerness & Associates, Inc.
Jim Desautel; Desautel Hege
Jack Geraghty; Former Mayor of Spokane
Isabella Green;  Eastern Washington University
Ronald Herriges, APR, Inland Empire Chapter AGC
Maurice B. Hickey; Catholic Diocese of Spokane
Richard Hoover; Richard Hoover & Associates
Carol Jarman; Lincoln Mutual Savings Bank
Jane Johnson; Washington community College District #17
Peter Kerwien; R.A. Hanson Properties
Kathie Lewis; Pacific Northwest Bell Telephone
R. H. Lewis, APR; Lincoln Mutual Savings Bank
Dr. E.S. Lorimar; Washington State University
JoAnn Matthiesen; Old National Bank
David Overstreet; General Telephone Company
Joe Piedmont, APR; Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Corp
Jerry Shackette, APR; Spokesman Review/Chronicle
Thomas Tennent, APR; The Bunker Hill Company
Diane Wolfe; Deaconess Hospital Foundation



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