How did you hear about the PRSA Gulf Coast Chapter?
In the late 1990’s, Leslie Eicher, APR approached several of us about starting a PRSA chapter in Naples. I’m privileged to be one of those founding members. Leslie generously gave her time and professional guidance, working diligently with us to formally establish the Gulf Coast chapter in 2000. She helped us build our inaugural board of directors and guided many of us through our APR accreditation. In 2002, I attained my APR under her mentorship.
What made you join as a member?
When we started the chapter, I was Beasley Broadcast Group’s corporate communications executive. The educational support provided by PRSA National, combined with the opportunity to network and collaborate with local public relations and marketing practitioners, made the decision to join PRSA an easy one.
Why did you join the PRSA Board and what position do you serve?
Currently, I serve as Gulf Coast Chapter’s Assembly Delegate and, on a district board level, as PRSA Sunshine District’s Secretary. Since our chapter’s inception, I’ve benefited from serving in many of the board positions. I learned new things about myself and about leadership from each one, especially as President. I would encourage everyone to consider participation as a board member. It’s a very rewarding and educational experience.
Where do you currently work and what is your day to day like?
This past January, after 25 years with the Company, I stepped down as Beasley’s Vice President of Corporate Communications and founded The Mesnik Group. It’s an exhilarating time in my professional life as each day I look forward to the challenge of running my own business and to the joy of assisting a variety of clients with their PR and communications needs. I’ve reached a point in my career where the ability to mentor stays top of mind. Serving on the industry’s MIW Radio Group (Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio) Executive Committee is volunteerism I truly enjoy and something on which I spend a good bit of time.
The best part of my job is creating, nurturing and maintaining relationships. Naples is my hometown and I’m blessed to have many personal and professional friendships here. The majority of my business career has been spent in radio broadcasting, and I’m equally fortunate to have built strong ties over the years with colleagues in the media and music communities. For me, a day spent helping people achieve their goals is a day well spent!
What do you enjoy doing on you spare time?
Like most of us, spare time is hard to come by. My children are now young adults (and I’m so proud of them!), so my husband and I are enjoying traveling more than we could when the house was full. We both work, so weekend trips suit us best. We’ve started exploring Florida State Parks, they are very diverse and incredibly beautiful! Closer to home, I love to read and I’m drawn to sunset. Sitting on my childhood beach as the sun dips into the Gulf, with my toes in the sand and a good book in my lap, is a treasured moment.