Merrie Meyers, Ph.D., APR, Fellow PRSA, is one of our longest standing chapter members having joined in 1983 and has been a national member since 1979. She served as our chapter president in 2006, and was the co-chair of the first national APR Accreditation Task Force and Marketing Committees and from there went on to represent PRSA on the Universal Accreditation Board for 6 years.
One of the memorable campaigns she has worked on was Broward Schools, Teacher of the Year campaign, “Teaching is Hot”. It was so effective that the state adopted it as a teacher recognition program and ultimately transformed it into a national recruitment effort, Teaching is Hot in Florida.
She worked for Broward County Public Schools for more than 25 years. During her tenure, they developed a strong business partnership program which at its height raised more than $5 million in cash and in-kind donations annually that went directly to schools.
And what is she doing now? She tried to retire, but failed. She is an adjunct for NSU in the Communications program and works with a few clients on writing projects.
She’d tell her 22-year-old self: Breathe!