Executive Board

PRESIDENT - Kevin Christian, APR, CPRC
CURRENT POSITION
Public Relations Officer/Coordinator of Television Media Productions,
Marion County Public Schools - Ocala, FL

PAST EDUCATIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS
Kevin is the public relations officer and coordinator of Television Media Productions for Marion County Public Schools in Ocala, FL.  Prior to joining the district in 2001, Kevin was a television news anchor, reporter, and professional musician.  Kevin earned his bachelor's degree in communication from Lee University (Cleveland, TN) and his master's in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Miami. He holds APR credentials (national accreditation) and his PR work has garnered Marion County Public Schools more than 60 awards from local, regional, state, and national organizations.

PRESIDENT-ELECT - Leah Lauderdale, APR, CPRC
CURRENT POSITION
Senior Director of Public Relations & Strategic Partnerships,
Polk County Public Schools - Bartow, FL

PAST EDUCATIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS
Leah assumed her current position in July of 2002, bringing more than 25 years of experience in the field of public relations management. Under her leadership, the department has received more than 25 state and local awards in recognition of the public relations work. Lauderdale has also recently served as an Adjunct Professor at Florida Southern College where she taught Public Relations classes during the evening. Previously, Lauderdale served in public relations management positions for a variety of organizations, including Mobil Oil Corporation, Farmland Hydro, L. P., the Polk County Farm Bureau, and the Bartow Chamber of Commerce. She holds a B.A. in Communication/Public Relations from Florida Southern College. She has earned the designation of Accredited in Public Relations (APR) and Certified Public Relations Counselor (CPRC).

TREASURER - Michelle Irwin
CURRENT POSITION
Director of Community Relations,
Brevard County Public Schools - Viera, FL

PAST EDUCATIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS
Michelle Irwin is the director of community relations for Brevard Public Schools. Her responsibilities include oversight of all media relations, BPSTV, social media, district volunteers, web, social media, public records, advertising, and the print shop. Prior to joining BPS in 2012, she was the senior director of community relations for L'Anse Creuse Public Schools in Macomb County, Michigan. In her position, she provided leadership at seven academic extension sites and the office of school and community relations. She earned her bachelors in journalism and public relations from Central Michigan University, a masters in educational administration from Capella University, and her educational specialists in school leadership from Saginaw Valley State University. She has worked in both the private and public sectors, providing media relations, educational leadership, public relations, and marketing for over 20 years.

IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT - Joe Landon
CURRENT POSITION
Serving as a communications consultant
following retirement as Executive Director, Communications,
Collier County Public Schools - Naples, FL

PAST EDUCATIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS
Joe was hired by Collier County Public Schools in 1998 to open a District Information Office.  Responsibility for The Education Channel, Comcast cable 99, was added to his plate in 2000, and the department assumed the communications and community engagement role in 2011.  He retired in July of 2014. Joe came to the district following a 30 year career in communications, primarily as a broadcaster.   He was the general manager of several radio stations, and worked as a broadcast journalist in both radio and TV.  Joe taught communications courses at Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek, Michigan. He is a graduate of Columbia College, Chicago.
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