The following PRSA Puget Sound members are candidates for election to open positions on the 2021 PRSA Puget Sound Board of Directors. Members will have an opportunity to vote on the slate at the upcoming Annual Meeting. For positions in which there is more than one candidate, the most votes received for the top candidates will determine the outcome.   
 
President-Elect
 
Amy Blondin, APR
 
Amy has served as chief communications officer for the Washington State Health Care Authority since 2014, leading strategic communications for the agency. She and her team share the story of the innovative work happening to ensure high-quality, accessible health care for Washingtonians.
 
Amy is a proud public servant, having worked in government leadership roles for nearly two decades, including at the Department of Early Learning and in the state Senate. She began her career as a reporter for her hometown newspaper in Spokane, then covered education policy in Washington, D.C.
 
Amy earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from Western Washington University. A book nerd at heart, Amy is a freelance book reviewer and serves as chair of the Timberland Lacey Library Board. She lives with her husband and two teenage children in Olympia.
 
“The PRSA Puget Sound Chapter has always offered interesting and useful programming. I’ve been particularly impressed with the offerings during the pandemic: The programs have been relevant and accessible. It will be interesting to examine what we’ve learned from the pandemic: how we support members, what kinds of topics are of most interest and value, and what the future holds for our organization. Also, I was excited to see the launch of a diversity & inclusion initiative in 2020, and want to support that focus in the chapter moving forward.”
 
Secretary
 
Cassidy Davis
 
Cassidy Davis has more than a decade of communications experience, including both corporate and agency work. She is currently Director of Communications and Administration for Conrac Solutions, where she works with leadership to oversee organizational planning and execution for branding, communications and PR. As a graduate from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Public Communications, she has been involved with PRSA for the past ten years.
 
As an active member of the PRSA Puget Sound Chapter since moving to Seattle in 2014, her Chapter volunteer roles include secretary for 2020 and various roles with the scholarship committee. She is eager to continue Chapter service and feels board contribution is a great opportunity to stay engaged in giving back to the local PR and communications community. Leveraging past involvement with the Alaska Chapter as board member and programming and publicity volunteer, she is energized by the idea of being involved with Chapter advancement by directly supporting efforts to provide membership with continued top-notch professional development programming, student outreach, awards and beyond.
 
Outside work, she enjoys the Pacific Northwest outdoors via hiking, camping, canoeing, and sightseeing. On weekends, she can also be found frequenting farmers' markets around the Greater Seattle Area.
 
Treasurer
 
Aubrey Newton
 
Aubrey Newton is the Director of Northwest Laborers’-Employers Cooperation and Education Team (NW LECET), she also serves as the Interim Director for the Northwest Regional Organizing Coalition (NROC). In both of these roles, she manages partnerships, crisis communications, strategic planning, event planning, research, recruitment, training, human resources, financial planning and budget planning. She represents over 47,000 hardworking union men and women in the Construction Industry and serves 16 different Local Unions and five District Councils throughout Washington, Alaska, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Colorado, Wyoming, Nevada and Utah. Aubrey earned her Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from Central Washington University, with a Nonprofit Leadership and Management minor. Aubrey completed her Master’s of Arts degree in Public Relations from Full Sail University in 2015 and is currently pursuing her APR. Aubrey has been involved with the Puget Sound chapter for over five years, mostly with her work with the student outreach committee, including recently serving as the committee chair. Aubrey was also elected PRSSA Chapter President in 2012. Aubrey has a passion for public relations, diversity and inclusion, research, community service and leadership.
 
 
Director (two positions)
 
Octavia Bostick
 
My name is Octavia Bostick and I have been working as an entertainment publicist, and journalist for close to 20 years. I started my public relations firm, Ballyhoo Public Relations in 2003 after leaving school to pursue dreams of a career in entertainment. As a publicist, I have represented talent in various industries including film/television, fashion sports, corporate and non-profit sectors, with special emphasis in music. I began my career in journalism in 1999 and established a respected reputation as an entertainment journalist writing for the award-winning Hip-Hop site, AllHipHop.com, for over a decade. In 2018 I rebranded my company and relaunched as Bostick and Associates Inc. Brands look to my creative fortitude to provide unique opportunities for exposure and brand awareness.

I feel that it is imperative to be on the forefront of policy changing conversations taking place regarding diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and in PRSA. I desire to work alongside like-minded colleagues where I can learn and share my experience and perspective to help change some of the narratives involving D&I and actually help implement change. I currently sit on the board of a nonprofit organization based in Seattle called Arms Around You which helps formerly incarcerated inmates’ transition back into society while helping to reduce recidivism. I am excited at the opportunity to bring my experience and perspective to serve all members of the PRSA Puget Sound chapter.

Haley Flanagan
 
Haley Flanagan is the Corporate Communications Manager for Icertis, a global B2B SaaS company. She recently co-chaired the PRSA Puget Sound Bylaws Committee with Cindy Sharpe, APR in efforts to revamp the requirements for leadership roles in efforts to promote more diversity within the chapter.
 
Haley previously worked at WE Communications, helping to launch Windows 10 and managing relationships with OEM partners worldwide. At WE, she was responsible for a Windows 10 global campaign with partners, resulting in a SABRE Award. Additionally, she worked with healthcare, food and water companies in Philadelphia with Vault Communications. Notably, she worked with several regional broadcast companies to promote National Grilled Cheese Month for Sara Lee Bread.
 
Haley graduated Summa Cum Laude from The University of Alabama, the Most Outstanding Education Program according to PRWeek, with a bachelor’s degree in communications. There, she majored in public relations and minored in Spanish. Haley was an officer for the university’s PRSSA chapter and the integrated communication student-run firm, Capstone Agency. While in PRSSA, she was on Alabama’s Bateman team which was tasked to create an anti-bullying campaign in the community. The campaign received honorable mention at PRSSA ICON. In her free time, Haley loves to play and watch soccer, and hike with her Miniature American Shepherd.
 
Assembly Delegate (two positions)
 
Nathan Hambley, APR
 
Nathan Hambley, APR, is a Senior Vice President at Edelman where he serves as corporate lead on the global Starbucks account. Previously, Nathan’s worked on both the agency and client side, most recently serving as PNW regional communications manager at Uber. He has represented clients including T-Mobile, Rainier Beer and Canlis Restaurant, and started his career as a staffer and campaign aide for U.S. Senator Patty Murray. Nathan holds a BA in Chemistry from the University of Washington and a Master’s in International Affairs from The George Washington University. He is a graduate of Leadership Tomorrow, class of 2010.

 

 
Michele Horaney, APR
 
Michele M. Horaney APR is principal of Thought Leader Public Relations in Olympia, WA. The consultancy specializes in supporting the work of non-profit organizations, as well as businesses and individuals committed to social impact.
 
A member of PRSA since 1988, Michele earned the Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) in 1994. She was president of PRSA-Silicon Valley chapter (1991) and PRSA-San Francisco (2015) and served as Assembly Delegate for both chapters (1991, 2014, 2015, 2016).
 
Michele is current APR chair for the Puget Sound chapter, as well as for the PRSA North Pacific District. She also served as APR chair and Ethics chair for the San Francisco chapter. I know how important it is that knowledgeable, thoughtful and organized delegates attend and vote at Assembly. I listen well to my fellow members and work well in collaboration. I’ve always carefully considered proposals for the chapter and the national organization, know how to weigh and analyze the short- and long-term consequences of change and ideas. I want what’s best for our chapter and the organization and what will help PRSA endure and bloom for members and the field.