2018 Board of Directors
April Jordan, Vice President of Membership
Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Southern Miss Department of Recreational Sports
April is the marketing and public relations coordinator for the Department of Recreational Sports at The University of Southern Mississippi. In this role, she oversees all strategic marketing and integrative communications for programming and services affiliated with The Payne Center, the University’s wellness and recreation center on campus. She also manages a team of graphic designers and interns who have been recognized with numerous local, state and regional public relations honors for their work and special event programming. Prior to joining Southern Miss, April spent 10 years in the public relations and marketing industry sharing her passion for communications across a diverse background of companies, including Singing River Health System, United Way for Jackson and George Counties, Beau Rivage Resort & Casino and GodwinGroup Advertising Agency. She received her B.A. in Journalism with an emphasis in public relations from The University of Southern Mississippi. April has been a member of the Southern Public Relations Federation since 2007, serving in numerous board positions for the Mississippi Beach and Gulf Coast PRAM chapters. She currently resides in Hattiesburg with her husband, Chris and their daughter, Audrey.
Jean Claire Monroe Bounds, Director of Social Media/Website
Community Relations Director, First Light Home Care
Jean Claire Monroe is a graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi and William Carey University where she studied both Music Education and Public Relations. She is the Community Relations Director for First Light Home Care where she manages all marketing and advertising initiatives. Jean Claire is a member of the Hattiesburg Concert Association performing with the Meistersingers and Hattiesburg Choral Union. An accomplished Christian speaker and writer, Jean Claire enjoys sharing her faith and encouraging others how to find true joy in their everyday lives. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Theological Studies at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
Communications Facilitator, Cooperative Energy
Programs and Engagement Coordinator, African American Military History Museum
Currently with the African American Military History Museum, Shuntasia is responsible for developing museum programs and cultivating attractive visitor experiences. This includes following established communication channels along with the marketing department for social media, online communications, and other advertising mediums. She works to create innovative, educational programs, with a special focus on military service members, for various audiences. Outside of work she enjoys volunteering, traveling, and trying new foods. A native of Prentiss, MS, Shuntasia earned a Bachelor of Arts from Tougaloo College, with an emphasis in TV & Radio Broadcasting and a Master of Science in Public Relations from The University of Southern Mississippi.
Principal, EMMIT Consulting
Media and Public Relations Coordinator, Mississippi Community Education Center/ Families First for Mississippi
Meghan Burk is the Media and Public Relations Coordinator for the Mississippi Communication Center (MCEC), Families First for Mississippi Program. In her current role, she is responsible for coordinating and implementing public relations and marketing, develop and refine non-profit message to ensure organizational consistency that reflects the organizational strategic mission and vision, oversee special events, and advocate on behalf of MCEC. As a PR practitioner, she is focus on the intersection of creativity and strategy to develop effective communications. It’s her mission to tell the stories and shine the spotlight on those who accomplish good in this world. Meghan is a 2013 graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi (Southern Miss To The Top!) with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Public Relations with a minor in Communication Studies. To satisfy her thirst for lifelong learning, she is currently pursuing her master’s in Mass Communications. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching her daughter grow, and seeking out new adventures.
Ashley Rea, Communication Director/State Board Representative
Manager of Communications, Sanderson Farms, Inc.
Ashley Rea is the Manager of Communication at Sanderson Farms, Inc., the nation’s third largest poultry producer with nearly $3 billion in annual sales. As Manager of Communication, Rea serves as Managing Editor of the Sanderson Farms Newsletter, a monthly publication reaching more than 600,000 annual readers across 42 different states. Aside from her duties as an award-winning editor and writer, Rea is responsible for identifying and executing strategies related to the company’s approach to media relations and corporate communication. In addition to spearheading the company’s communication efforts, she ensures adequate internal communication is maintained amongst the company’s more than 14,000 employees spanning across 25 divisions in five states and 16 different communities. Rea is a summa cum laude graduate of Mississippi College, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication with a concentration in Public Relations. She also earned a Master of Science degree in Public Relations from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Outreach Marketing Coordinator, Southeast Mississippi Rural Health Initiative, Inc.
As the Outreach Marketing Coordinator for Southeast Mississippi Rural Health Initiative, Inc., he develops marketing strategies to meet operational and clinical objectives for the SeMRHI network of community health centers. Will is responsible for the logistics, planning, and promotion of all company-sponsored events, fundraising campaigns, and community outreach. He oversees the management and reporting of the patient portal, which allows patients to communicate with their medical provider outside of the clinic setting. Will also coordinates special projects, drafts press releases for local and national circulation, and serves as the project manager for advertising and patient-facing communications. In addition to his marketing role, Will is an Adjunct Adult Basic Education Instructor at Pearl River Community College. He works with adult learners to prepare them for the high school equivalency examination. He is a graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi where he received a Bachelor’s of Science in Marketing.
Matt Martin, Professional Development Chair
Creative Director, MightyPenguin Design
Matt is the owner and creative director of MightyPenguin Design, an imaginative and innovative source of creative, clever and unconventional advertising, photography, graphic design, and public relations. MightyPenguin Design’s nationally-recognized, award-winning work has a distinctive look and feel, garnering numerous ADDYs and PRisms, Lanterns and Maggies, and even a glorious golden cell phone, for a host of regional, national and international clients. Having received his BA in English from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and an M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Mississippi, Matt keeps his writing fresh by teaching English at Pearl River Community College.