Shireen Gandhi, APR, vice president of the Minnesota Hospital Association, a trade association representing Minnesota's hospitals and health systems, has been named 2005 president of the Minnesota chapter, Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). Over the past four years on the Minnesota PRSA board, Gandhi has helped shape the role of the organization in driving dialogue in the business community about public relations as a business management function. More recently, Gandhi has led the development of a task force on diversity, which includes a partnership between Minnesota PRSA and the Minnesota Media Collaborative, a program that introduces journalism and communications careers to students in low-income areas of the state. Her work has helped advance Minnesota PRSA as the leading advocate for the public relations profession.
"If our industry is not reflective of the communities we serve, we lose value [as a profession]," Gandhi said. "I will work to ensure that what we do through Minnesota PRSA aligns with our goal to broaden our reach into a diverse business community."
Gandhi has held her position at the Minnesota Hospital Association since 1997. Gandhi has more than 13 years of public relations experience, including regional communications manager for Adventists Health/Southern California and marketing/public relations specialist for Holy Cross Medical Center in California. She is the past president of the Minnesota Health Strategy & Communications Network.
Also elected to the 2005 Minnesota PRSA board of directors are: Lisa Heinrich, Ph.D., APR, St. Cloud State University; Anna White Lovely, APR, Select Comfort; and Candee Wolf, APR, North Memorial Medical Center