• Greg Wellman
    Greg Wellman PRESIDENT

    Greg Wellman is the Managing Director and Co-founder of Mêlée Convergent Media an application development and marketing firm based in Sacramento. At Mêlée he supervises overall direction of the firm, product development and client campaign strategies. Versed in a variety of programming languages and applications including Ruby, PHP, CSS, HTML, Javascript and Adobe’s creative suite Greg oversees company resource allocation for development projects, content strategies, demographic research and digital strategy implementation. Before launching Mêlée, Greg served as Marketing Director for the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra and Marketing Manager for Wells Fargo Bank. He studied Economic History and attended graduate school at CSUS. In 2008, he published “A History of Alcatraz Island 1853 – 2008” for Arcadia publishing.

  • Tori Burnie
    Tori Burnie Vice President

    Tori Burnie, project consultant in APCO Worldwide’s Sacramento office, provides clients with issue management support, specializing in traditional media relations and social media strategy and execution. Burnie has assisted clients in a variety of sectors, including consumer goods, energy and clean tech, natural resources and government. Her talent in pitching media and developing relationships, stakeholder mapping and research has helped contribute to measurable client successes. Burnie has deep and practical expertise online. Her experience includes strategy and content development, metrics analysis and community management for high-profile campaigns. She helped manage social media properties for a California-based grassroots coalition on an environmental regulatory issue, as well as the successful effort to defeat Proposition 46, a statewide initiative placed on the November 2014 ballot. Burnie attended California State University, Sacramento, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in mass communication.

  • Chelsea Minor
    Chelsea Minor PAST PRESIDENT

    Chelsea Minor is the Director for Public Relations & Public Affairs for Raley’s Family of Fine Stores. She develops and executes the company’s public relations and public affairs strategies. She manages Raley’s brand and external communication, including media, blogs, social media, and community relations. Chelsea previously worked for KP Public Affairs, supporting California companies with public affairs and public relations services, specializing in local outreach in California communities, creating statewide coalitions and media relations. Prior to her agency experience, Chelsea was a fellow in the Jesse M. Unruh Assembly Fellowship Program and worked for the California State Assembly for several years. Chelsea graduated from California State University Stanislaus with a degree in Social Science and completed her Masters in Business Administration for Executives at California State University Sacramento.

  • Colin Sueyres
    Colin Sueyres TREASURER & SECRETARY

    Colin Sueyres is a Director in the Sacramento office of Mercury. He has provided strategic communications guidance, public affairs consulting, and an understanding of research & key analytics to Mercury clients across the public and private sectors. Before joining Mercury, Colin provided communications, management and strategy consulting services to government and private enterprises, working with senior members of California’s government, trade associations, nonprofits, and Fortune 500 companies with his firm Sueyres Consulting and at Andrew Chang & Company. Colin served for many years on behalf of California’s elected officials, most recently as District Director for former Congressman George Radanovich in the state’s Central Valley and former California Assembly Minority Leader Mike Villines of Fresno. He also served as the Director of Research in Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Office of Planning and Research, supporting the Governor’s staff and his administration’s communications goals. Colin studied Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley and is a native of Stockton. He has served on the board of ARROW-HEART Adventure Camps Sacramento, an outdoor-oriented afterschool program. He is married with one son.

  • Angie Pappas
    Angie Pappas Web Master

    Angie Pappas serves as Visit California’s Director of Corporate Communications, overseeing the strategic development of outreach programs aimed at the state’s travel and tourism industry. Through targeted communications channels, Visit California’s Communications team promotes the organization’s mission to cultivate demand for the California brand, as well as the larger message of “why travel matters” to key opinion leaders and California residents. Before joining Visit California in 2014, she served as Director of Communications for the California Restaurant Association where she developed messaging strategy and served as spokeswoman for the CRA and its Educational Foundation. With a background in media, she has worked as an editor at The Sacramento Bee, and as a news designer at the Albuquerque Journal.

  • John Jacobs
    John Jacobs MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE

    John Jacobs is a lifelong Sacramentan who has jumped at the opportunity to serve various communities across the region. Currently he is the Director of Public Relations for the NBA’s Sacramento Kings, where he lives his dream of working in sports and telling stories about his hometown. Over the past 10 years, John has served in various roles – assistant communications director for a non-profit, press secretary for California’s largest health care campaign, high school sports coach, and much more.

  • Patrick Harbison
    Patrick Harbison PROGRAMMING COMMITTEE (CAPPIES)

    Patrick Harbison is the owner of Patrick Harbison Public Relations (PHPR), a full-service public relations firm in Sacramento. With more than 15 years of experience as a publicist, media consultant, publicity professional and media booker, Patrick leverages his extensive contacts within broadcast and print media to yield coverage for his firm’s clients which include marquee events, politically-minded organizations and daytime television actors. A lifelong Sacramento resident, Patrick lives in midtown with his dog Guinness.

  • Laura Murrell
    Laura Murrell STUDENT LIAISON COMMITTEE

    Laura Murrell is a Public Relations Professional at KP Public Affairs, with experience in supporting California organizations and national companies with public affairs and media relations. She is experienced in local outreach to California communities, grassroots coalition building and social media management. Laura has worked on projects relating to California’s business climate, energy policy, higher education and health care. Her work includes statewide coalition building, advocacy outreach and developing and managing social media programs for clients in the higher education, climate change and energy, and farming and agriculture sectors. She works with clients to identify key messaging and a strategy to create a robust presence on a variety of social media platforms. Laura attended the University of California, Davis. She also serves as Vice-President of the Greater Sacramento Urban League Young Professionals and is a Brownie Leader for Troop 2381 of the Girl Scouts Heart of Central California.

  • Tere Veloz
    Tere Veloz EVENTS COMMITTEE

    Tere Veloz is a communications liaison, community organizer, project manager and philanthropic advocate invested in equality for future generations. She currently serves as an associate to the Social Innovation & Philanthropy practice of the Dewey Square Group, connecting millions of families across the country to resources as an event coordinator for the California Endowment’s WE Connect program, other non-profit organizations and Fortune 500 companies. Tere is a graduate of UC Santa Cruz, where she studied psychology and education. In her local community, Tere holds a chair on the board of Cien Amigos, and dedicates her free time to mentoring the women of Gamma Phi Beta International Sorority, Delta Chi Chapter. She is passionate about health, education and immigration reform, especially in Latino and other underserved communities.

  • Karlee Cemo-McIntosh
    Karlee Cemo-McIntosh EVENTS COMMITTEE

    Karlee Cemo-McIntosh is the Marketing and Business Development Manager for Sacramento365, a brand of Visit Sacramento. In her role, she manages the marketing, content, advertising and partnerships for Sacramento365, and oversees a passionate team to ensure the region’s arts, cultural, community and recreational events are highlighted online. Before joining the Sacramento365 team in 2015, Karlee served as the Director of Marketing for a local law firm and managed the marketing for two start-ups. Karlee has served in a variety of roles for Metro EDGE, the Sacramento Metro Chamber, WEAVE Inc., American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association. Karlee studied Journalism: Media Studies, Sociology and Television and Film at San Diego State University.

  • Nicole Norton
    Nicole Norton OUTREACH COMMITTEE

    Nicole Norton Account Executive for Perry communications joined SPRA in 2016. Nicole helps secure media coverage, builds social media strategies, content and plan events as part of the outreach committee for SPRA.
    Nicole served as a Public Affairs intern for the California Special Districts Association. In this capacity, Nicole worked closely with the Public Affairs Specialist in implementing successful social media campaigns and was instrumental in planning the association’s annual lobby day program at the State’s Capitol.
    Nicole earned a Bachelor’s of Art degree in Government from California State University, Sacramento. There, Nicole led several educational programs for undergraduate students and other campus activities.
    Outside of work, Nicole can be found exploring Northern California’s wonders, advocating for human and animal rights and watching Netflix with her cats, Atticus and Bowie.

  • Kelli Gera
    Kelli Gera STUDENT LIAISON COMMITTEE

    Kelli Gera is the Communications Manager for Visit California, the marketing organization that inspires travel to California. In this capacity, she develops and distributes messaging through the organization’s corporate communications channels to inform and engage the California tourism industry. Prior to Visit California, she served as Account Supervisor with Edelman focused on corporate communications and media relations programs for clients. She worked extensively on corporate branding programs to protect and evolve company reputations, for clients including many Fortune-ranking corporations. Kelli received her degree in communication studies with an emphasis in public relations from California State University, Sacramento.

  • Chelsea Irvine
    Chelsea Irvine OUTREACH COMMITTEE

    A legislative analyst at local governmental advocacy firm Aaron Read & Associates for going on five years, I also get to work my public relations magic at ARA’s sister company, Marketplace Communications, which hit the ground running three years ago.
    Hometown: Born in The OC, I transplanted to Sac as a toddler, so I consider myself a native.
    Sacramento guilty pleasure: Early afternoon Friday happy hours after busy workweeks, a nice glass of wine on my makeshift patio overlooking the 99/80/50 interchanges (I’ve mastered the art of pretending it’s the ocean) and taking the beach cruisers out looking for trouble on sunny weekends.
    If Mayor Johnson ever asked: Can we get serious about that Oak Park makeover? Every neighborhood in Sac deserves to be wonderful, and my neighbors in OP are no exception.
    Dream job: Being Samantha Brown. Travelling the world, hanging with the locals and getting paid for it? Sign me up!
    In a past life I was probably: A writer of incredibly successful novels. In this life I lack the patience and the time.
    In the next life I want to be: An ambassador to far off countries in need of being heard. Or maybe a winery owner.

  • Rachel Smith
    Rachel Smith OUTREACH COMMITTEE

    Rachel leads FSB’s public relations practice and oversees media relations campaigns for the firm’s clients, including global companies, national organizations, local businesses, and non-profits. She manages FSB team members on client branding, earned media and social media campaigns, event production, community partnerships, and grassroots public relations.

  • Michael Rivas Rossman
    Michael Rivas Rossman EVENTS COMMITTEE

    Michael Rivas Rossman is a Corporate PR Specialist at State Farm Insurance where he helps manage State Farm’s social media presence as part its Digital PR team. With over a dozen years’ experience in corporate Public Affairs, Michael has had the fortune of working in a wide range of roles including corporate philanthropy, community relations, media relations, government affairs, and brand PR. Michael earned his Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of Illinois. Originally from New York State, Michael has lived throughout the U.S. as well as in Argentina, Spain, and Saudi Arabia. He currently lives with his wife and two daughters in Sacramento, CA.