PRSA NJ names Sena of Prudential, Singleton of Kinsey Communications, Lauer of J&J, to board

The Public Relations Society of America New Jersey announced on Thursday it has named three new members to its board.

Anjelica Sena, a global communications manager at Newark-based Prudential Financial Inc., has been named president; Jemia Kinsey Singleton, president of Kinsey Communications in Kenilworth, to president-elect; and Michael Lauer, a communications leader with New Brunswick-based Johnson & Johnson, to member.

Sena will focus on creating easily accessible content, immersive events as well as focusing on diversity and inclusion.

“I want PRSA NJ to be a champion of diversity and inclusion by providing resources, tools and events that addresses unique needs of professionals who currently feel underserved,” Sena said. “Becoming a more inclusive chapter will ensure we draw on the expertise and perspective from all of the wonderful backgrounds this state has to offer. If everything we do maps back to these two goals, I’m confident we will see even more growth and engagement within our chapter.”

Singleton will serve as the organization’s Diversity & Inclusion chair before being named president next year. She will also host educational events that focus on diversity in public relations and work with local colleges to explore mentorship opportunities for diverse PRSSA students.

“I am honored and excited to serve as president-elect for the PRSA NJ board this year and to help advance our diversity and inclusion efforts,” Singleton said. “In addition to preparing myself for the president’s role next year, I will continue to bring different perspectives to the table, which comes from embracing people with different backgrounds, ethnicities, insights, and experiences.”

Lauer will serve a three-year term as chair of its Awards & Programming Committee, planning “must attend” events with a focus on expanding the chapter’s engagement.

“I look forward to partnering with other chapter members to build the PRSA NJ brand through engaging programming that helps our members grow along with our chapter,” Lauer said. “The annual Pyramid Awards, for example, is a perfect opportunity to build on the successes of the past by bringing together PR professionals of all backgrounds to celebrate the passion of their shared profession.”