PRSA NJ Member Spotlight: Noreen Braman

Welcome to the PRSA NJ Member Spotlight, where you can get to know our fellow chapter members. This month, we are featuring Noreen Braman.

Noreen Braman

Communications Manager
New Jersey Lawyers Assistance Program
PRSA Member since December 2016

How did you get into the field of PR?
My experience as a local newspaper editor was transferred into a Communications career when Anna Ashkenes hired me as the Public Information Officer for the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission, promoting the commission and its programs through all the available outlets, including radio and television. During my time at Recording for the Bling and Dyslexic, my work was not only public facing, but part of Development. Video became an important part of fundraising and public awareness, and I was privileged to be part of an award-winning team under Morgan Roth.
Currently, at the New Jersey Lawyers Assistance Program, I’ve added social media and an ever-expanding presence on YouTube to heighten awareness of the Well-Being work we do with New Jersey lawyers, judges, law students and law graduates. Thanks to NJLAP founder, William John Kane, Esq., who sent me for Certified Laughter Wellness Instructor training as a supportive modality in client recovery support, I’ve been able to bring the importance of laughter for well-being to lawyers ad others through written work, workshops and keynote presentations.

What do you love most about PR?
I feel fortunate to have worked with organizations whose missions aligned with my desire to make a difference. I love reaching out to individuals and groups to bring them information, specific action steps, encouragement and hope.

What is one of your most valuable experiences in PR?
My most unforgettable experience was producing a video of Michael Jernigan, a wounded Marine who appeared in James Gandolfini’s “Alive Day.” I told Michael’s story, including his access of the services of Recording for the Bling & Dyslexic. He and his family graciously took time to help raise awareness of RFB&D, which was founded to help blinded World War II soldiers. Michael, who works with many nonprofit service agencies, is a public speaker and in 2020, he was a Citizens Honors Awardee from the Congressional Medal of Honors Society.

What is the value of being a member of PRSA NJ?
Many people in New Jersey consider themselves a unique cohort of diversity, personal opinions, hard workers, and better drivers that anyone else they see on the Turnpike. PRSA NJ allows Jersey communicators to share the words, situations and industry information as it happens in the Garden State. I especially enjoy the Pyramid Awards where we can see the great work!

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