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The Space Coast FPRA Board of Directors has named Natalie Sellers, APR, the 2008 PR Professional of the Year. A long-time member of FPRA and a 20-year veteran of public relations, Natalie is the Director of Communications & Service Excellence at Parrish Medical Center. She will be toasted during our Annual Roast and Toast event to be held on Sept. 12, 2008 at the Courtyard by Marriott.

Natalie has positioned her employer as a major healthcare player and provider in North Brevard County, and nationally. Under the direction of the PMC Board and President/CEO, George Mikitarian, Natalie’s communications, public relations and service excellence strategies have successfully positioned the medical center as America’s #1 Healing Hospital (2007 and 2008!) and as a global health care model.

She has been a featured speaker on both the local and national levels, and has earned a number of professional honors, including being named a “4 Under 40 Award” recipient from LEAD Brevard (2007); Florida Tech’s “Outstanding Graduate Student Award” (2001); FPRA’s “Glisch Award of Excellence” (2003); as well as earning numerous Image and Grand Image Awards from FPRA, Addy Awards from Space Coast AdFed, Healthcare Marketing Strategist awards, and many others.

Natalie is also civically involved: Chairman, Titusville Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors; Brevard Council of Chambers; Brevard Insight Committee (LEAD Brevard program); American Diabetes Association; American Heart Association; United Way of Brevard Board, the Florida Hospital Association; and the Florida Public Relations Association. Most recently Natalie was named – alongside her CEO – as one of the “100 Most Influential Business Leaders in Brevard County” in the April edition of Spacecoast Business.

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