Barbara Lezotte, APR
Barbara Lezotte, APR, founded Lezotte Miller Public Relations Inc. in 1995 after more than 12 years in agency public relations and stints in radio and newspapers. During her 30+ year career, she has counseled clients in the environmental, health care, economic development, insurance, education and manufacturing industries. She specializes in strategic communication planning and issues management.
She earned both master’s and bachelor’s degrees in journalism at Michigan State University and is a frequent guest lecturer at the college. In April 2004, she was named “PACEMaker of the Year” by the Central Michigan Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. She earned national accreditation (APR) in 1988.
Lezotte is a former board member of the Small Business Association of Michigan and still serves on several SBAM committees as well as the boards of Michigan Youth in Government and the Michigan Dyslexia Institute. She was chair of the board of the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce in 2003 and served for six years on the board of directors. She chaired the Public Relations Society of America’s Central Michigan Chapter in 1996 and served on the board of directors of the Rotary Club of Lansing from 2004 to 2006.
Mike Turner, writer/media specialist, transitioned into public relations after more than 20 years as a print journalist. He is a former business writer and copy desk chief at The Flint Journal. Turner was also a business writer at The Grand Rapids Business Journal and The Bay City Times. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in journalism at Michigan State University and is the recipient of numerous writing awards.
He serves on the Downtown Development Authority, Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals in the Shiawassee County community of Vernon.
Chris Christoff, writer/media specialist, reported on Michigan government and state financial issues for Bloomberg News for four years, keeping readers up to date on the Detroit bankruptcy saga, among other high-profile issues. As the former Detroit Free Press Lansing Bureau chief, he spent 25 years in the Capitol Press Corps covering state government and politics. Christoff was a frequent guest on WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record” weekly show with Tim Skubick, interviewing lawmakers and commenting on topical political issues. Prior to joining the Free Press, he wrote for The Flint Journal and served in corporate communication for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.
Christoff earned an undergraduate degree at Michigan State University and studied journalism at Wayne State University. He is a longtime resident of East Lansing.
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