2021 Board of Directors

Welcome, we are excited to lead you this year!

Ashley Schlosser

President: Ashley Schlosser, Live Out Loud, Inc.
Ashley Schlosser is Founder and CEO of Live Out Loud, Inc. From crisis relations to event planning to branding, Ashley brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the public relations field here in Austin, Texas. She helps brands come to life both visually and strategically through PR efforts--a unique combination that brings together graphic design with communications.

She started Live Out Loud, Inc. in 2014 and has built a loyal clientele in diverse industries including in biotechnology, consumer, nonprofit, real estate and healthcare. Ashley has 15 years of experience in graphic design and eight years of experience in media relations, writing, brand building, community engagement, media monitoring/social analytics, and event management. She previously worked at two global PR firms Burson Marsteller and Porter Novelli, where she served large-scale clientele in multiple industries. Prior to agency life, Ashley worked in promotions for Austin radio stations 94.7 FM, 95.5 FM and 89.3 KLBJ AM at Entercom Radio.

Ashley graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations and Bachelor of Arts in Rhetoric & Writing from the University of Texas at Austin. Proud to lead the PRSA Austin Chapter, this is her ninth year on the board. Contact Ashley Schlosser at [email protected]!

Emily Wright

Director-at-Large, Programs Chair: Emily Wright, Bumble

Emily Wright is the Senior Director of Global Communications at Bumble. She joined the company in 2017 as the company's first full-time, in-house communications hire and now leads the company's global PR and communications team. At the Austin-based tech company, Emily has helped lead announcements like the launch of Bumble Bizz, Bumble's launch in India and the company's first-ever Super Bowl ad campaign in 2019 with Serena Williams. Prior to Bumble, Emily spent six years on the Global PR team at Whole Foods Market where she worked across corporate, consumer and crisis communications for the company and left her role shortly after the company was acquired by Amazon. Since 2017, Emily has also served on the Board of Directors for local non-profit Austin Partners in Education, which helps support public school students and teachers in Austin ISD. 

Morgan Lawrence Director-at-Large, Membership Chair: Morgan Lawrence, APR, THE rAVe Agency

Morgan is the director of communications for THE rAVe Agency, a creative agency that exclusively focuses on the AV industry. Morgan is responsible for overseeing rAVe [STORYTELLING], a strategic talent incorporating media relations, content development, internal and external communications, and crisis management. 

Morgan has over six years of in-house and agency experience in a variety of markets, including motorsports, religious organizations, and technology. Her experience encompasses strategic communications, brand management, crisis communications, event planning and social media management.

Morgan earned her bachelors’ degree in Mass Communications and Media Studies from Arizona State University. She earned her APR in 2018. Prior to serving on the PRSA Austin chapter board, Morgan was a board member for PRSA Orlando. 

Catherine Saunders Director-at-Large, Public Relations Chair: Catherine Saunders, TBG

A Senior Associate based in TBG’s Austin office, Catherine leads TBG’s marketing strategies – including business development and marketing pursuits, public relations and digital media, and internal and external communications efforts. She is TBG’s first dedicated public relations professional and was integrally involved with the firm’s first major rebranding effort that was initiated roughly 30 years after TBG’s original establishment in 1987.

 Anne Tiedt Director-at-Large, Marketing Chair: Anne Lasseigne Tiedt, APR

Anne Lasseigne Tiedt is an award-winning public relations and strategic marketing communications executive who helps businesses solve their communications challenges and achieve measurable results within changing, complex environments. In 2021 Anne is searching for a new executive marketing position. 

Her career includes leading PR, marketing, and event marketing campaigns while on staff at the Austin Symphony Orchestra and The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. She also led a team at a notable Texas PR Firm and owned her own PR consultancy before co-founding Momentum Public Relations in 2008. Anne is a two-time Austin Under 40 Finalist, Past President of Women Communicators of Austin (2007-2008), co-founder of Get Smart Austin, and a Leadership Texas 2010 Graduate. 

Anne holds a Bachelor of Journalism in Public Relations from The University of Texas at Austin with a Minor in Business, an Advanced Google Analytics certification and a PESO Communications Model Certification from Syracuse University.  She earned her Accreditation in Public Relations in 2003. 

Angela Navarro Diversity & Inclusion Chair: Angela Navarro, Texas Society of Professional Surveyors

For the past 9 years, Angela has worked in the Marketing, Public Relations and Graphics industry. Angela is first generation American, both of her parents are from the Dominican Republic and she identifies as Afro-Latina. Angela was born and raised in New Jersey but moved to Florida in her late teens to attend Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU), where she obtained her Bachelors in Communications with a minor in Marketing and has now been in Austin for three years where she is the Communications & Marketing Coordinator for the Texas Society of Professional Surveyors. She has served on the board of Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) in both Florida and Texas chapters. She also serves as the President of the Young Hispanic Professional Association of Austin (YHPAA) and is a recent graduate of The New Philanthropist Board Mentors of Color program and Hispanic Austin Leadership Program.

Caitlin New APR Chair: Caitlin New, APR, INK Communications Co.

Caitlin New is on a mission to inspire creative solutions for clients that want to move beyond the routine and welcome bold, new paths in their marketing and communications programs. Through her skill for building strong client relationships and passion for measurement and strategy, Caitlin creates communications programs that are built on meaningful data and trust. Caitlin has deep experience in technology communications and has promoted innovation in the payments, retail, cybersecurity, insurance, and real estate industries. Caitlin’s ability to motivate self and teams led to her earning an Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) from the Public Relations Society of America, as well as her team securing a PR Daily Digital PR and Social Media Award.

Amelia Folkes

Sponsorship Chair: Amelia Folkes, MPS, APR

Amelia is a strategic communications manager at Emerson Automation Solutions where she helps drive executive communications for thought leadership topics including digital transformation, digital workforce, Industrial IoT, STEM and other communications programs which elevate Emerson’s reputation as a leader in the industry. She has over 15 years of experience in public relations supporting a variety of clients in the fields of technology, government, financial services and non-profit sectors. Her experience encompasses crisis communications, multicultural media relations, and brand reputation management. Prior to joining Emerson, she worked at State Farm for 11 years in various roles including media and community relations, brand strategy, and Spanish spokesperson.

Amelia has a BA in International Studies and Journalism from Texas A&M University and an MPS in Strategic Public Relations from George Washington University. She earned her APR in 2016.

 Larry Springer, APR

Assembly Delegate: Larry Springer, APR 

For more than 35 years, Larry has served in various public relations leadership roles within the energy and chemical industries, including Enbridge, Conoco, DuPont and the Texas Independent Producers & Royalty Owners Association. Currently, he provides clients with support for stakeholder outreach, news media relations, crisis communications, strategic public relations planning and related public affairs activities.

He has served as chairman of the Public Awareness Group for the American Petroleum Institute (API), communications lead for the Emergency Response Team of API and the Association of Oil Pipelines and as chair of the Environmental Justice Committee of the American Chemistry Council. Previously, he worked for almost 10 years as a member of the news media in Austin, Texas, and has advised student newsrooms at Texas Tech University and the University of Texas at Austin.

A longtime accredited member of the Public Relations Society of American (PRSA), Larry is a past president of the Austin Chapter of PRSA, a founding member of the Montana PRSA chapter and a former PRSA national assembly delegate for the Austin, Montana and Houston PRSA chapters. Larry also is a past president of the Texas Public Relations Association (TPRA) and a past chairman of the Public Relations Foundation of Texas.

 

Past Positions

 

Michelle Hargis

Immediate Past President: Michelle Hargis

Michelle Hargis is a vice president and account manager with Cooksey Communications, a full-service strategic communications and public affairs agency. As the lead in the Cooksey Austin office, Michelle’s role with the firm has evolved over the past decade to include many strategic communications functions. Well-versed in civic and professional services PR, Michelle works on many accounts involving economic development, public-private sector partnerships, real estate, architecture, engineering and construction, public affairs and financial services.

 In her earlier years with Cooksey, Michelle focused on developing PR plans for the firm’s professional services companies. Most recently, she leverages her media expertise to achieve substantial print, broadcast and digital placements for Cooksey’s clients.

With more than 20 years in the communications profession, Michelle has also worked with hospitality, retail/consumer, pharmaceutical and technology clients on media outreach, brand awareness, public affairs and thought leadership strategies. 

Michelle earned her undergraduate degree in public relations from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. She is a volunteer with CASA of Central Texas.