Member Monday - Get to Know Your Immediate Past-President Christine Brantley, APR

    Name: Christine Brantley, APR
    Title: Marketing & Communication Manager
    Place of Employment: Virginia Beach Public Library
    # Years in PR – 20; # Years in PRSA - 10

    PRSA Hampton Roads Immediate Past-President Christine Brantley, APR has worked in the public relations field for 20 years. “I have loved to write and to tell stories since childhood,” she said. I wanted a career that allowed me to apply my interests and skills, but I knew I didn’t want to be a reporter.” So, she headed off to George Mason University to pursue a degree in communication. “While a student, I was able to work as a hands-on PR intern in three very different organizations. I knew PR was my ‘thing.’”  

    Christine joined PRSA in 2008 because she wanted to stay current on best practices in PR and trends in media and technology. She says it took a while before she reaped the full benefits of membership. “Initially I was a virtual member,” she said. “I didn’t venture to meetings or socials. I assumed I didn’t have time to get involved.”

    Then, in 2010, she attended a meeting for members who were interested in pursuing the APR credential. She met other members and together they formed a weekly study group known as “The Supper Club.” Soon after, Christine joined the board of PRSAHR as a director and has since served as secretary, treasurer, president-elect and president before moving into her current role.

    Seven years later, Christine considers her APR study buddies among her treasured friends. “I’m glad I made the leap from lurker to active member. “Meeting other members, sharing ideas and learning from them pushed me to become more involved in the chapter and to make even more wonderful connections. I’ve continued to grow professionally and personally ever since.”

    Clearly, finding time to get more involved was easier than she thought. Her advice for new PRSA members is no surprise: “Get involved in the chapter as soon as possible. Volunteer for a committee, attend lunch meetings or socials, join an APR study group. Your only regret will be waiting as long as you did!”

    Now for the important questions:

    1. If you didn't work in public relations, what would you be doing instead? Traveling the world with my friends and relations, writing fiction and loving life.  

    2. What’s your favorite book, movie or song of all time? I have really eclectic tastes, so it’s hard for me to pinpoint one favorite book, movie or song. My media consumption is mood-driven. I could be listening to anything from reggae to 80s college rock to 90s hip hop and then jamming to Lynyrd Skynyrd. Same for book and movie genres - everything is a potential favorite on a given day.  

    3. What’s one thing about you that others are surprised to discover? Remember the trivia slide show that used to appear on movie screens in the 1990s while you waited for the previews to start? They actually paid someone to write that trivia, and that someone was me! While working in the marketing department of a national cinema advertising company, I wrote the program content for theaters nationwide and managed PR for the company. I got to go to the movies for free - but I was no fun to go with as I was known to blurt out useless trivia about every movie ever made.  

    4. What's the last picture you took with your phone? The last picture I took was of my daughter with a pack of puppies we were helping find homes.

    5. Name five people you'd invite to your dream dinner party. I’m sort of at a loss here, so I will go the eye-candy route: Dwayne Johnson, Jason Momoa, Vin Diesel, Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans.

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