Mara Woloshin, M.A., APR, Fellow PRSA
In addition to leading the Woloshin Communications team, Mara Woloshin maintains a diverse client roster, providing strategic counsel and consulting services as well as training and workshops in new business development, workforce change, integrated market planning, research and nonprofit partnership programs.
Mara is an in-demand speaker and seminar presenter. Her keynote presentation – “Growing Up Goldberg” – is an entertaining look at real-life applications of change in the workplace based on the observations of her eccentric family members. Mara has also taught at Oregon universities since 1989 and holds a master’s degree in communications.
Mara is a professional member of the National Speakers Association and the Public Relations Society of America’s Counselors Academy. She is a past president of the Portland Metro Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America and received PRSA’s William Marsh Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003. She was admitted into PRSA’s College of Fellows in 2005. Her work in public relations research and planning has received numerous awards.
When Mara isn’t gardening with questionable results, she is busy helping others. She has assisted 25 refugees in getting their U.S. citizenship. She is also the Universal Accreditation Chair of the Portland chapter of PRSA.
Judith Starr – Fundraising and Grant Expert
Throughout her extensive career, Judy has helped nonprofit organizations raise millions of dollars, streamlined and improved numerous fundraising processes, and has led multiple organizations to not only meet their fundraising goals, but exceed them – considerably. During her recent work at the Clark College Foundation, Judy helped her team raise $9.5M, exceeding the $6.5M goal of the campaign.
During Judy’s tenure at organizations such as American Red Cross and Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland, she has raised over $10 million in corporate sponsorships, $25 million in major gifts and over $50 million in grants. She has also personally raised over $650,000 in FY15/16 through committee management, strategic planning, and mentoring/guidance of fundraising staff.
As an active member in her community, Judy has received the Willamette Valley Development Officer’s Crystal Award for Race for the Roses in 2000, developed a working relationship with KATU TV to develop a Child Abuse Prevention campaign, and implemented public relations and fundraising campaigns to open a shelter for homeless women and children with Portland Rescue Mission.
Patti Atkins, APR – Healthcare and Events Marketing Specialist
As a seasoned communications professional, Patti Atkins, APR provides an invaluable resource to clients as a manager, strategic planner and critical thinker. The former director of marketing and communications for Providence Seaside Hospital has decades of hands-on experience in public relations, marketing, internal communications, relationship management and advertising. Patti was eventually promoted within Providence Health & Services to regional public relations manager where she not only handled external communication issues, initiated and sustained positive relationships with regional social and traditional media contacts.
She has additional years of experience in communications management positions with Regence BlueCross BlueShield, LifeEra and Mentor Graphics Corporation. Her education includes a bachelor’s degree and graduate course work in organizational communications. Patti was accreditation by the Public Relations Society of America in 2005.
Patti has served on the local Portland Metro PRSA board in several officer positions including chapter president. Her current volunteer experience includes teaching and mentoring individuals through the PRSA accreditation process in her home state of Oregon. Patti learned about the ALS Association of Oregon and SW Washington when a member of her family was diagnosed with the disease. For the past several years, she has volunteered her services to this nonprofit where she has organized and promoted events as well actively participated in support groups.