PRSA Western District was founded in 1955 and operated under that name until 1969. In 1970, the district was split into North and South Pacific Districts. On May 11, 1996, the South Pacific District was renamed the Western District.

Past District Chairs

AMY BOUCHARD, APR

AMY BOUCHARD, APR

Immediate Past Chair (Las Vegas )

PAULA PEDENE, APR

PAULA PEDENE, APR

2015 Chair (Phoenix)

Katie Coates, APR

Katie Coates, APR

2014 Western District Chair

Julie Smith-Taylor, APR

Julie Smith-Taylor, APR

2013 Western District Chair

Kristen Bonilla, APR

Kristen Bonilla, APR

2012 Western District Chair

Lisa Cutter

Lisa Cutter

2011 Chair (Colorado)

Nancy Weaver, APR

Nancy Weaver, APR

2010 Chair (Las Vegas)

Todd Cooley, APR

Todd Cooley, APR

2009 Chair (Los Angeles)†

Denis Wolcott, APR

Denis Wolcott, APR

2008 Chair (Los Angeles)

Casey DeLorme, APR

Casey DeLorme, APR

2007 Chair (South Arizona)

Jane Dvorak, APR, Fellow PRSA

Jane Dvorak, APR, Fellow PRSA

2006 Chair (Colorado)†

†Former PRSA National President
‡Former PRSA Board of Directors Member

PRSA Western District Past Chairs

  • 2016 – Amy Bouchard, APR (Las Vegas)
  • 2015 – Paula Pedene, APR, Fellow PRSA (Phoenix)
  • 2014 – Katie Coates, APR (Orange County)
  • 2013 – Julie Smith Taylor, APR (San Diego/Imperial Counties)
  • 2012 – Kristen Bonilla, APR (Hawaii)
  • 2011 – Lisa Cutter (Colorado)
  • 2010 – Nancy Weaver, APR (Las Vegas Valley)
  • 2009 – Todd Cooley, APR ‡ (Los Angeles)
  • 2008 – Denis Wolcott, APR (Los Angeles)
  • 2007 – Casey DeLorme, APR (Southern Arizona)
  • 2006 – Jane Dvorak, APR, Fellow PRSA ‡ (Colorado)
  • 2005 – Shawn Nakamoto, APR (Hawaii)
  • 2004 – Dennis Gaschen, APR, Fellow PRSA (Orange County)
  • 2003 – BJ Whitman, APR, Fellow PRSA (Hawaii)
  • 2002 – Mary Schmidt-Krebs, APR (San Diego/Imperial Counties)
  • 2001 –
  • 2000 – Linda Welter Cohen, APR (Southern Arizona)
  • 1999 – Donna J. Boyd, APR
  • 1998 – Debra Stevens, APR
  • 1997 – Roger Buehrer, APR, Fellow PRSA (Las Vegas)
  • 1996 – Ralph T. Kam, APR, Fellow PRSA ‡ (Hawaii)

PRSA South Pacific District Past Chairs

  • 1996 – Ralph T. Kam, APR, Fellow PRSA ‡ (Hawaii)
  • 1995 – Elke Eastman, APR
  • 1994 – Kenn Ulrich, APR, Fellow PRSA (San Diego/Imperial Counties)
  • 1993 – Craig T. Miyamoto, APR, Fellow PRSA ‡ (Hawaii)
  • 1992 – Rolf Rudestam, APR, Fellow PRSA (Orange County)
  • 1991 – Barbara A. Van Fleet, APR ‡
  • 1990 – Janice M. Newman, APR ‡
  • 1989 – Charles A. Boyd, APR
  • 1988 – Thomas S. Santley, APR ‡
  • 1987 – Michael D. Bardin, APR
  • 1986 – Sharon R. Weiner, APR (Hawaii)
  • 1985 – Peter P. Klute, APR ‡
  • 1984 –
  • 1983 –
  • 1982 – Gail S. MacLaughlin, APR
  • 1981 – Robert C. Mill, APR
  • 1980 – Richard I. Taylor, APR
  • 1979 – Richard K. Moore, APR
  • 1978 – Richard K. Moore, APR
  • 1977 – Randall L. Mitchell, APR
  • 1976 – Howard K. Back, APR, Fellow PRSA
  • 1975 – Judith Williams, APR
  • 1974 – Judith Williams, APR
  • 1973 – James R. McCain, APR
  • 1972 – Bertha R. Pines, APR
  • 1971 – Howard B. Weeks, APR
  • 1970 – George F. Caulfield, APR, Fellow PRSA

PRSA Western District Past Chairs

  • 1969 – Andrew C. Mace
  • 1968 – Kenneth Owler Smith †
  • 1967 –
  • 1966 – Robert W. Faulkner
  • 1965 – Jon B. Riffel †
  • 1964 – Richard Cromwell, Jr.
  • 1963 – Robert E. Paulsen
  • 1962 –
  • 1961 – Kenneth Owler Smith †
  • 1960 – James G. Shea
  • 1959 – Ned Weiner
  • 1958 – Robert P. Hoffman
  • 1957 – H.H. Roberts
  • 1956 – John E. Fields
  • 1955 – F. Douglas Tellwright

†Former PRSA National President
‡Former PRSA Board of Directors Member

In 2006, the Western District began hosting Leadership Quick Start to prepare future leaders of PRSA for their roles at various levels of the organization.

Western District Conference

In 1999, the district began hosting the annual conference as a way for professionals to access quality training in a regional setting and expand their professional networks. Conference host chapters included:

  • 2017 – Inland Empire at Riverside Convention Center
  • 2016 – Orange County at Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa
  • 2015 – Los Angeles at JW Marriott at L.A. LIVE
  • 2014 – San Diego/Imperial Counties at Hotel Indigo and Sempra Energy
  • 2013 – Phoenix at Kimpton’s FireSky Resort & Spa
  • 2012 – Colorado at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts
  • 2011 – Las Vegas Valley at The Venetian | Palazzo Hotel
  • 2010 – Inland Empire at Palm Springs Riviera Resort & Spa
  • 2009 – Orange County at Newport Beach Hyatt
  • 2008 – Southern Arizona at Tucson-Starr Pass Resort
  • 2007 – Colorado
  • 2006 – Los Angeles
  • 2005 – Las Vegas Valley at The Stardust Hotel & Casino
  • 2004 – Orange County
  • 2003 – Hawaii
  • 2002 – San Diego/Imperial Counties
  • 2001 – ?
  • 2000 – Southern Arizona
  • 1999 – Inland Empire

PRSA National District Council

PRSA National formed the District Council to bring together chairs of all 10 districts within PRSA to share information and best practices amongst the chairs. The first chair of District Council was BJ Whitman, APR, Fellow PRSA from the Hawaii Chapter.