|With great sadness, the Public Relations Society of America – Central Pennsylvania Chapter acknowledges the passing of our good friend, immediate past president and current treasurer and membership co-chair Greg Swartzlander.
Greg died unexpectedly on Thursday, July 5, 2018.
We join his family and colleagues in mourning the loss of a talented, kind and creative man.
Greg was the director of digital communications at Select Medical in Mechanicsburg. He also served as an adjunct faculty member at Elizabethtown College.
Previously, Greg was director of interactive communications for the Pennsylvania Medical Society. He began his career in public relations as a producer and writer for a number of corporate and broadcast television productions and commercials, including serving as an area producer for the “Montel Williams Show” and ABC Television’s “Dick Clark’s New Years Rockin’ Eve.”
He held a master of science in communications studies from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor of arts in radio-television-film from Temple University.
In addition to work and teaching, Greg was a passionate supporter of local marching bands, designing drills for a number of central Pennsylvania’s high schools. He was assistant marching band director for Cumberland Valley and Camp Hill.
He is survived by his wife, Christine, children Kira and Conor, and extended family. A celebration of Greg’s life will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, July 13 at Slate Hill Mennonite Church. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. at the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Greg’s honor to the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps at https://bluecoats.com/shop/donations/greg-memorial/ or Bluecoats at P.O. Box 2733 North Canton, OH 44720.
Thursday, August 9, 2018 | 6:00pm-8:00pm
1 S Union Street, Middletown, PA
Enjoy appetizers & drinks, brewery tours, networking and special remarks from veteran and co-founder Pat Devlin.
$25 Members/Students | $35 Non-Member
Feeling creative? Take part in Spritz & Splatter’s social painting event and bring home your very own American flag themed masterpiece!
Central PA Chapter Plays Big Part in PRSA Mid-Atlantic District Quick Start
Left to right, Briana Spears, president of PRSSA Millersville University, Dr. Thomas Boyle, APR, professor and faculty adviser, and Gina Masciantonio, alum and Central PA chapter student liaison, highlighted successes enhancing PRSSA relationships
Central PA chapter members pose for a photo
Liz Smith, APR, MBA, spoke about upcoming April 2018 District APR Boot Camp in Harrisburg, Pa
Andrew Ryan, APR, 2018 PRSA Mid-Atlantic District Chair
John Kouten, Philadelphia Chapter membership chair, featured videos that increased chapter membership
Jay Starr, senior vice president, PRSA National, discussed tools for chapter leaders
Stepfanie Reeves, executive director, Maryland Psychological Association shared insights on leading volunteer boards
Sabrina Kidwai, APR, president of National Capital Chapter, shared advice on securing sponsorships
Cameron McPherson, APR, president-elect of Richmond Chapter, shared experiences on planning great programs
PRSA Mid-Atlantic District’s Quick Start on November 4, 2017 in Springfield, Va. succeeded in offering outstanding leadership training for chapter and district officers and committee chairs. All the presenters offered valuable insights into improving chapters.
2017 PRSA International Conference and Leadership Meetings
Inspired Members in Boston
PRSSA Penn State, Millersville and Susquehanna students with pros from the PRSA Mid-Atlantic District
PRSSA Millersville University leaders pose for a photo with Liz Smith, APR, MBA
PRSA Mid-Atlantic District members at Atlantic Fish Company in Boston
Liz Smith, APR, MBA and Greg Surber, APR presented a session on Launching District APR Boot Camps
Central PA and Hampton Roads chapter members pose for a photo at Sunday Gala
Award-winining filmmaker and keynote speaker Morgan Spurlock featured highlights from his documentary, "Super Size Me."
2017 PRSA Chair Jane Dvorak, APR, Fellow, welcomed members to the PRSA International Conference in Boston
PRSA Mid-Atlantic District Orchestrates Third Successful APR Boot Camp
Central PA members start thinking about earning your APR in 2018!
The PRSA Mid-Atlantic District and its members orchestrated the country’s third successful PRSA Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) district boot camp, April 5-8, in Richmond, Virginia.
The boot camp attracted 17 APR candidates. “Our district is the only district in the nation to sponsor an APR boot camp, and now we’ve conducted one three years in a row,“ said Liz Smith, APR, who served as Mid-Atlantic District chair in 2015 and spearheaded the boot camps with the help and support of PRSA National and host chapter Richmond.
PRSA Mid-Atlantic District Quick Start Leadership Training for Chapter Leaders at Springfield (Va.) Golf and Country Club
Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017
Future, past and current Mid-Atlantic District chairs: left to right Andrew Ryan APR, Liz Smith, APR, Kevin Gaydosh APR and Mitch Marovitz, APR, PRSA Fellow
2016 International Conference—Indianapolis
A Mid-Atlantic District mixer
Janet Kacskos with Keynote Speaker Captain Kelly
Kristie Byrum APR and new Fellow from PRSA Central PA chapter
Kristie Byrum new fellow and husband Reed Byrum celebrate at Fellows dinner
Liz Smith APR recognized for District Leadership
Mid-Atlantic District Chapter members at Sunday Gala
Mid-Atlantic District friends at St. Elmo Steakhouse
Mid-Atlantic District friends at Yard House
PRSA Mid-Atlantic District friends at Sunday Gala
2016 Joint Social
Wednesday, August 17, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
PRSA members stop for a photo with President-Elect Greg Swatzlander (far-left)-and President Chris Brand
PRSA members at joint summer social at Midstate Distillery
Future and Past PRSA Central PA Presidents pose for a photo
Dwendy Johnson presents door prize to Tom Boyle at Midstate Distillery
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