2022 Board Members

President 

Kevin Trainor  

Senior Associate Athletics Director for Public Relations & Former Student-Athlete Engagement University of Arkansas Department of Intercollegiate Athletics 

In his 26th year full-time with Razorback Athletics, Kevin Trainor is the chief public relations officer, coordinates former student-athlete engagement and is the sport administrator for Razorback Baseball. Trainor annually works the College Football Playoff, SEC Football Championship Game and Media Days, the College Football Hall of Fame and the Goodyear Cotton Bowl. Trainor earned both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in journalism from the University of Arkansas. 

 

 

Secretary 

Jennifer Thompson 

Marketing Coordinator 

McClelland Consulting Engineers, Inc. 

After working in journalism in Northeast Arkansas for approximately 20 years, Jennifer Thompson acquired her Bachelor of Science degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations and moved to Northwest Arkansas to accept a marketing coordinator position at McClelland Consulting Engineers, where she has been for more than five years. 

 

 

Treasurer 

Kathryn Heller, APR 

Communications Officer 

Walton Family Foundation 

Kathryn Heller is a communications officer for the Walton Family Foundation focusing on the Home Region Program. Previously, she worked for Ghidotti Communications leading the account services department and working with the leadership team on agency strategy and business development. Heller holds a master’s degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UA Little Rock) and a bachelor’s degree from Arkansas State University, both in journalism. She also obtained an Accreditation in Public Relations and served as treasurer for the PRSA Arkansas Chapter. 

 

 

Director at Large 

Amanda Horn 

Vice President of Public Relations 

4media group 

At 4media, Amanda Horn leads national accounts and helps to raise awareness of the initiatives making Northwest Arkansas a great place to live, work and play. Previously, she served as senior vice president, communications, for the Nevada Museum of Art. She has worked as a solopreneur, publicist, account director and experiential marketing brand manager. Horn is a creative community enthusiast, an award-winning writer and a mentor in the professional community, having held leadership positions for PRSA and serving as a gubernatorial appointee to the Board of the Nevada Arts Council.  

 

 

Director at Large 

Nathan Green 

Communications Director 

Northwest Arkansas Council 

Nathan T. Green serves as communications director for the Northwest Arkansas Council. Prior to this, he was vice president of public relations for inVeritas, leading the public relations and strategic communications practice for the firm. Before making the career move to public relations and communications, Green practiced law with a focus on business transactions, tax and estate planning. Green earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Saint Louis University and his Juris Doctor from UA Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law. He is licensed to practice law in Arkansas. 

 

 

Director at Large 

Sarah King, APR 

Independent Communications and Marketing Professional 

Sarah King, APR, is a seasoned communications and marketing professional. Now in independent practice, her experience ranges from directing communications, marketing and community outreach for a real estate development firm to managing publicity, fundraising and programming for a botanical garden. She holds degrees from Hendrix College and University of Wisconsin and is Accredited in Public Relations. 

 

 

Past President 

Robin Mizell, APR 

Arkansas Community Affairs Manager 

Black Hills Energy 

Robin Mizell, APR, Arkansas community affairs manager at Black Hills Energy, is past president of the Northwest Arkansas PRSA chapter. Mizell previously worked at the Arkansas attorney general’s office, UA Little Rock, Arkansas Department of Higher Education, Arkansas Foodbank Network and Stone Ward. She holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Harding University and a graduate certificate in nonprofit management from UA Little Rock. Mizell has earned an Accreditation in Public Relations and served on the board of directors for PRSA Arkansas Chapter. 

 

Committees and Chairs

Membership Committee chairperson – Jennifer Wilson, public relations director, Walton Arts Center 

Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) Committee chairperson – Shannon Magsam, director of communications, College of Education and Health Professions at the University of Arkansas 

Communications Committee chairperson – Erin Spandorf, public relations coordinator, 4media group

 

Past Chapter Presidents

2021 –  Robin Mizell

2020 – Delaney Vaughn
2019 – Madeline Whitaker/Delaney Vaughn
2017-18 – Christy Attlesey
2016 – Debbie Miller
2014-15 – Beth Bobbitt
2013 – Cydnee (Cochran) Snodgrass
2012 – Brooke Benoit
2011 – Christi Gallagher
2010 – Leigh Stidham 
2009 – Jami Lamontagne
2008 – Mark Myers/Jami Lamontagne
2007 – David Edmark
2006 – Dixie Kline
2005 – Michael Clark 
2004 – Terri Trotter
2003 – Ed Nicholson
2002 – Elise Mitchell