The State of the State of Public Relations

The New Mexico Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (NMPRSA) opens its 2022 programming on Thursday, Jan. 27 with a virtual program featuring the State of the State of Public Relations. 

 What’s going on in PR now? How has the pandemic affected PR? What does the future of PR hold? NMPRSA will take an in-depth look into the current state of PR when our January luncheon brings together PR professionals from different walks of the business arena to give their perspectives and field questions on emerging trends and challenges.

The panel discussion features Tia Bland, communications director, Bernalillo County Government; Ben Cloutier, director of communications, Project ECHO, UNM Health Sciences Center Project ECHO; and Erika Edgerly, director of public affairs, Intel, as they discuss the latest in PR with moderator Annemarie Henton of Cantina Business Strategies and Development, Inc., and a past president of NMPRSA.

 The program will be held via Zoom on Thursday, Jan. 27 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Registration is open to NMPRSA members, non-members and students. 

 Begin 2022 in the know with State of the State of PR with NMPRSA.

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Meet the Panelists

Tia Bland

Tia Bland is the communications director for Bernalillo County government, a position she has held for 11 years. Prior to joining BernCo, she served eight years as public information officer for the New Mexico Corrections Department in Santa Fe. Bland began her career in broadcast journalism, working as a reporter/anchor for KOBR-TV in Roswell and KOB-TV in Albuquerque for 10 years. She also worked as a freelance journalist, writing feature articles for a number of publications in New Mexico.


Ben Cloutier

As director of communications, marketing and outreach, Ben Cloutier leads global external relations strategies and operations for Project ECHO including: public relations, branding, media relations, content marketing, outreach activities, and more. He has extensive experience in the government, non-profit, and private sectors. Prior to joining Project ECHO, he served as director of presidential communications at the University of Texas at Arlington. He also led communications operations for New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez. Cloutier has worked at various levels of leadership in New Mexico’s government with experience in communications, marketing, policy, and leadership. He has also applied himself, in voluntary capacities, to support child welfare organizations, indigent healthcare, and conservation. Cloutier is a passionate, service-oriented leader focused on driving impactful and positive change for people in need.


Erika Edgerly

Erika Edgerly has an expansive leadership background in the technology industry having been with Intel for more than 20 years. At Intel, she has held various leadership positions within the corporation including engineering, data center, new business development and is currently the director of public affairs, a position she’s held since 2019. As director of public affairs for Intel, she oversees California, New Mexico, Massachusetts and Texas. A native New Mexican, Edgerly earned her Bachelor of Science in Engineering from New Mexico State and her Master’s in Business Administration from The University of New Mexico’s Anderson School of Management.


Annemarie Henton, Moderator

Annemarie Ciepiela Henton, APR, is an economic development executive with more than 15 years of experience in corporate strategy, community building, leadership training, marketing and communications. As Head of Growth, Strategy and Marketing for Cantina Business Strategies and Development, Inc., she oversees a portfolio of businesses to help them strategize how to generate new business, increase revenue, enhance visibility and expand their real estate footprints.