Public Relations Practitioner of the Year goes to – Kelli West


The Public Relations Association of Louisiana – Central Chapter recognized outstanding work in the field of public relations during the Cypress Awards ceremony recently. Awards, including Awards of Merit, Awards of Excellence and Cypress Awards, were given within two tiers. Judges also select the overall Best of Show Award and a Judges’ Choice Award. Two individual honors were also given out, Practitioner of the Year and Member of the Year.

“Awards programs like these allow public relations practitioners to have their work judged by a jury of their peers,” said Sarah Clancy, APR, the 2019 president for PRAL Central and public relations coordinator at Rapides Regional Medical Center. “Whether you take a home a trophy or not, the awards and comments from the judging panel, give us feedback that can be used to enhance our understanding of the public relations process, improve our writing, editing and design skills, and see how other practitioners approach similar issues.”

PRAL Central’s Practitioner of the Year Award was created to recognize and honor public relations professionals who have distinguished themselves through the past year. The judges said of this year’s honoree, “an active PR practitioner for 15 years, she has not only been extremely active with PRAL on a local and state level, but she has also worked within her local community on a wide range of community-service projects.”The 2019 PRAL Central Practitioner of the Year Award went to Kelli West, TMP, Director of Marketing and Communications, Natchitoches Convention and Visitors Bureau.

“Being recognized as the Practitioner of the Year from the pool of this year’s nominees is an incredible honor,” said West. “I am truly fortunate to be able to do what makes me happy every day.”


PRAL Central’s Member of the Year Award was established to recognize a member who has gone above and beyond to contribute to the chapter through his or her time and talents. The honor was awarded to Micah A. Walker, MBA, Assistant Vice President – Marketing and Public Relations, Southern Heritage Bank.

Local recipients of the Awards of Excellence include:

*RoyOMartin: Campaigns & Strategic Programs: Internal Communications: RoyOMartin 95th Anniversary Video Project