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Giselle A. Auger, MA, APR is a second year PhD student at the University of Florida. Her research interests are transparency and ethics in public relations and strategic nonprofit communication. She recently received an Emerging Scholars award from the Association of Nonprofit and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) and was a finalist for the Carol Burnett Award at the Association for Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) 2009 convention. From 2000-2008 Ms. Auger was the Executive Director of the LARK Society for Chamber Music in Portland, ME. She has held board positions for many nonprofit organizations. She received accreditation in public relations from PRSA in 2002. Prior degrees were earned from the University of Lancaster (England), MA International Relations and Strategic Studies, and the University of Massachusetts (Amherst), BA with individual concentration in Political Communication.

Lucinda L. Austin, M.A., is a PhD student and instructor of public relations in the Department of Communication at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she is also affiliated with the Universitys Center for Risk Communication Research. She earned her M.A. in Communication Studies from the University of Maryland and B.S. degrees in Communication and Media Studies from Radford University. Her research focuses on the intersections of public relations with health and risk communication for campaigns and organisation-public relationship building. Ms. Austin concurrently works as a communication analyst in the Communication and Health Marketing Division at ICF Macro in Rockville, Maryland, a firm offering communication research and support to government and non-profit organisations.

Dr. Denise Sevick Bortree is an assistant professor in the College of Communications at Penn State University. Her research focuses on the volunteer-nonprofit organisation relationship, adolescent communication, and corporate environmental responsibility.

Katherine Branston is a 2009 graduate of Elon University, Elon, N.C., where she was an Honors Fellow and a Corporate Communications major. Her Honors thesis on nonprofit organisations and social good networks was completed and successfully defended in May, 2009. Her interest in the nonprofit sector stemmed from taking several service learning courses throughout her college career. She now serves as the Associate Director of Youth Development and Day Camp for the Missoula Family YMCA in Missoula, MT.

Dr. Brigitta R. Brunner is an associate professor in the Department of Communication & Journalism at Auburn University, Alabama. She is currently the director of the undergraduate public relations program and teaches public relations classes at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Lee Bush is an assistant professor in the School of Communications at Elon University, Elon, N.C., where she teaches courses in public relations, communications research, strategic campaigns and mass communications. She is also the faculty director of Elons student-run communications agency, Live Oak Communications. Bush recently published a paper in Journalism & Mass Communication Educator on student-run agencies, has presented a paper at the International Public Relations Conference, and has published articles on brand marketing in PRSAs The Strategist. Prior to teaching, Bush was a senior vice president at Ketchum Communications in Chicago, and a senior vice president at Ogilvy Public Relations in Chicago and London.

Dr. Wonjun Chung is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at University of Louisiana at Lafayette (ULL).

Vernon Floyd Humphrey is a doctoral student in the Department of Speech Communication at University of Southern Mississippi.

Taejun David Lee is a doctoral student in the College of Journalism and Mass Communication at University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

Hanna Park is a doctoral student inpublic relations at the College of Journalism and Communications, University of Florida.

Paula A. Rausch (MA, RN) is a PhD candidate at the University of Florida (USA) College of Journalism and Communications. She has taught UF courses in public relations, nontraditional/e-media, journalism, and mass communication, and has participated in international communication pursuits, including three months in Ethiopia conducting research.

Dr. Yunna Rhee is Associate Professor in theDivision of Journalism & Mass Communication, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, South Korea.

Dr. Nicole Ruggiano is an assistant professor in the School of Social Work at Florida International University, in Miami, Florida, where she teaches social welfare policy and services. Her current research interests include nonprofit organisations and advocacy, human services for disadvantaged populations, and aging policy.

Dr. Siscos research explores the relationship between nonprofit organisations, crisis communication and public relations. She is particularly interested in adapting public relations theory into professional practices. She has previous professional experience working in public relations for nonprofit and educational organisations.

Jessalynn is a PhD candidate at the University of Oregon with an expected graduation date of summer 2010. She will begin working as an assistant professor at Xavier University in fall 2010. Jessalynn has approximately fifteen years of experience working with nonprofit organisations, both as a volunteer and as a paid staff member.

Dr. Jocelyn DeVance Taliaferro is an associate professor in the Department of Social Work at North Carolina State University. Her teaching, research, and theoretical interests include African American student achievement, nonprofit capacity building, and social policy & operational citizenship.

Dr. Richard D. Waters is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at North Carolina State University. His research interests include the nonprofit organisation-donor relationship, nonprofit organisations communication efforts, and e-philanthropy.

Dr. Tom Watson is Deputy Dean (Education) and Reader in Communications in the Media School at Bournemouth University in England.

Brooke Weberling is a doctoral student and Richard Cole Fellow at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She has almost 10 years of experience in public relations, marketing, and fundraising. Her research focuses mainly on advocacy and fundraising related to nonprofit organisations and health communication.

Anna Marie White is a senior consultant at Focus on the Family Canada, based in Vancouver. She is an MA Corporate Communication graduate of Bournemouth University.

Kelly D. Williams is a recent graduate of Auburn University with a Masters in Communication. Her main research interests are public relations and nonprofit organisations. She teaches public speaking at both the University of West Georgia and Athens Technical College.


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