Please join us for a special member (and prospective member) celebration at 5 p.m. Wednesday, October 2, at Burntwood Tavern in Mercato. Complimentary snacks and cash bar available as we celebrate with two GCC-PRSA Past-Presidents: Denyse Smith Mesnik as she receives the Geri Evans Award for Distinguished Service from the PRSA Sunshine District and Donna Heiser as she is recognized for 35 years with PRSA.
Donna Heiser has more than 25 years of experience in advancement, public relations and marketing. She joined the Law School in 2012 and manages the Advancement and External Affairs departments. Donna has raised over $25 million dollars to benefit philanthropic organizations and Catholic education.
Mrs. Heiser has also served as founder and President of McCue Advertising and Public Relations and The Genesis Group. She is a member of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and serves on the boards of AFP, the Association of Fund Raising Professionals, Everglades and PRSA, the Public Relations Society of America- Gulf Coast.
She has been listed in Who’s Who of American Women, Industry, Finance and Advertising as well as Who’s Who in the World. She served as President of the American Heart Association upstate NY region, the national American Heart Association Communications Board and received that organizations Volunteer of the Year Award. Donna has also served on the boards of United Way, the Private Industry Council, Catholic Charities and the Broome Community College Foundation. She is an Accredited Public Relations Counselor (APR) and is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) by CFRE International. Donna received her B.A. from Rosemont College in Philadelphia.
Denyse Smith Mesnik, APR founded the company that bears her name in 2016, following a successful 25-year career with a publicly traded media company named Beasley Media Group, Inc. As Beasley Media’s Vice President of Corporate Communications, Denyse managed all aspects of the firm’s public relations and communications outreach. Under her guidance, Beasley’s corporate communications office grew into a vibrant department handling all external and internal messaging and relationships – including media, industry, employee and community – for a portfolio of 52 radio stations and 800+ employees in 12 markets nationwide.