PRSA Colorado Celebrates Two Newly Accredited Members

    PRSA Colorado Celebrates Two Newly Accredited Members

    By Robert Austin, APR, chair, PRSA Colorado APR Committee

    PRSA Colorado continues to be a leading force in advancing the profession through accreditation. The APR credential is the mark of distinction for public relations practitioners who have demonstrated their commitment to the profession and its ethical practice. The APR is a test and testament of professional expertise, ethics, and dedication within today’s dynamic PR and communications environment.

    Join us in congratulating our chapter’s newest accredited members:

    Rick Curtsinger, APR

    Rick Curtsinger, APR — Rick leads corporate communication for Cloud Peak Energy, one of America’s largest coal producers. He is responsible for engaging journalists and the public to tell Cloud Peak Energy’s story. Rick has hosted reporters from the New York Times, AP, CNBC and NPR among others to see surface mining coal production firsthand. Rick also oversees government relations in Wyoming and the company’s key customer states.

    Before moving to Cloud Peak Energy, Rick served as Communications Director for members of Congress, receiving awards for his outreach strategies. In addition, he was a lead advisor and spokesman for multiple congressional campaigns. Rick got his start on Capitol Hill with U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell, now the Senate Majority Leader.

    Michelle Baum

    Michelle Baum, APR — Leveraging her 20-year career in public relations, Michelle Baum serves as an assistant professor in the Journalism and Technical Communication Department at Metropolitan State University of Denver where she co-leads the PR degree program. She is also the co-founder and CEO of Moxie + Mettle, a PR firm based in Denver.

    Prior to co-founding Moxie + Mettle, Baum founded Chase Communications, an independent PR firm she led for 11 years. She also served as the director of corporate communications for a publicly-traded technology company in Boulder and as the international PR manager for a technology startup in Boston. Additionally, she held senior-level positions at several PR firms on the East Coast.

    Preparing for the APR provides you with uniquely comprehensive, relevant, and forward-thinking PR skillset and personal career insight that ensures the versatility and viability of the next generation of public relations leaders. If you are considering accreditation to advance your skills and career, please email Robert Austin, APR.



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