PrintThe Joe Curley Rising Leader Award is intended to identify and honor up-and-coming individual FPRA members that demonstrate emerging leadership traits along with dedicated active involvement in FPRA Chapter activities, programs, functions and events.

The goal of the award is to help recognize personal dedication and engagement of members with two to five years of membership, and to help build a healthy leadership stream at the local chapter level.

The chosen honoree for the Joe Curley Rising Leader Award is selected from the Rising Leader Class of that year. Membership into the Rising Leader Class is determined by chapter nomination, one candidate per chapter. The honoree receives a $500 cash reward and a $1,000 FPRA state credit that the winner can use at his or her discretion for professional development seminars, workshops or Annual Conference. All finalists for the award also receive a $150 state professional development credit.

Three scholarships will also be made available to members of the current year’s Joe Curley Rising Leader Class. First, one class member will receive a scholarship to participate in the current year’s LeadershipFRPA class. This will include a $500 travel stipend. Scholarships will also be made available to current-year Rising Leader Class members to achieve their APR (1 scholarship) or their CPRC (1 scholarship.)

Additional information is available here.

Summary of Nomination Criteria:

  • Nominee has been a FPRA member, in good standing, for two to five years.
  • Nominee is an up-and-coming member demonstrating leadership traits.
  • Nominee shows dedicated active involvement in their Chapter’s activities, programs, functions and events.

To apply to receive your chapter’s nomination, click here.

Joe Curley Rising Leader Award recipients by year:

2010: Michael English
2011: Tami Karaba
2012: Jenny Baker
2013: Tessa Friederichs
2014: Ginny Lawrimore
2015: Rebecca Crisafulli
2016: Rhonda Leiberick, APR

Congratulations to the Joe Curley Rising Leader Class of 2017:

Brianna Barnebee, RB Oppenheim Associates
Capital Chapter

Sharon Kunkel, Wordslinger Marketing & PR
Central West Coast Chapter

Margarita Alfaro, NuJak Companies, Inc.
Dick Pope/Polk County Chapter

Sarah Coulson, CPAmerica International
Gainesville Chapter

Andrea Siracusa, Dreams Come True of Jacksonville, Inc.
Jacksonville Chapter

Nanci Schwartz, The CommConnection, Inc.
Lake County Chapter

Lindsay Tozer, Citrus County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller
Nature Coast Chapter

Julie Stuckey, The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Standestin
NW Florida Coast Chapter

Lauren Debick, Ocala Health
Ocala Chapter

Jacqueline Kooser, TransLife at Florida Hospital
Orlando Area Chapter

Sarah Whitfield, Santa Rosa County BOCC
Pensacola Chapter

Lisa Murray, APR, Interop Technologies
Southwest Florida Chapter

Sarah Hansen, Strategic Ink Public Relations
Space Coast Chapter

Brittany Jackson, Greater Tampa REALTORS
Tampa Bay Area Chapter

Cindi Green, RN, APR, Florida Eye Institute
Treasure Coast Chapter

Megan Debello, Southeast Volusia Advertising Authority
Volusia/Flagler Chapter

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