SOURCE: PRSA - Silicon Valley

August 18, 2008 18:20 ET

Silicon Valley Professional Earns Accreditation in Public Relations

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - August 18, 2008) - Lisa Bellavance English, PhD, has successfully completed the rigorous examination for Accreditation in Public Relations, entitling her to use the APR designation in recognition of her professional accomplishments and experience.

Dr. English is Director of Corporate Communications for Guava Technologies, Inc., in Hayward, California, where she is responsible for developing and managing communication strategies, marketing support, and corporate branding in the field of life sciences research and human health for the privately held biotechnology and medical device company.

The announcement was made by the Universal Accreditation Board (UAB), a consortium of nine professional communication organizations, including the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), which directs this competency certification program.

The goal of the accreditation program is to improve the professional practice of public relations by assessing competence in critical areas associated with the field of communications. The examination is designed for public relations professionals with at least five years of experience, and candidates who successfully complete the rigorous process are granted the APR designation.

"Earning the APR reflects a mastery of the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to succeed in our increasingly complex profession," said Marisa Vallbona, APR, 2007 chair of the Universal Accreditation Board. "Practitioners who achieve this designation demonstrate their commitment not only to our profession, but also to a strong code of ethics and to the betterment of their organization and clients."

The computer-based portion of the examination is administered at more than 30 Prometric Testing Centers throughout the year. The Readiness Review is conducted prior to the computer-based exam by a panel of three accredited members of the organizations participating in the UAB. Professionals earning the APR must maintain their credential by continuing professional development, providing leadership to the profession, and serving their local communities.

About Lisa English, PhD, APR

Dr. English earned a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, and was a postdoctoral fellow at The Salk Institute, San Diego, CA, and Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO. As a published writer and editor, she transitioned from the lab bench to the communications field and has almost ten years of experience as a corporate communicator supporting healthcare and life science-focused organizations and clients. She is a lifetime member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and of Mortar Board, and sits on the Board of Directors of PRSA Silicon Valley.

About PRSA Silicon Valley

PRSA Silicon Valley ( is the principal forum for communications and public relations professionals in Silicon Valley, and is one of 112 chapters of the national association. Members of PRSA Silicon Valley work together to improve the knowledge, capabilities, standards, ethics and standing of the public relations profession in one of the world's centers for innovation and technology. For more information about PRSA, go to For more about the UAB and APR designation, go to

Contact Information

    David Vossbrink, APR
    Accreditation Co-Chair
    Public Relations Society of America Silicon Valley
    (408) 368-5637
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