PBA Alumnae, Trustee Claim Top Communications Prizes


Three people with strong ties to the university were honored with the Palm Beach Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America’s top awards for excellence in public relations at the chapter’s annual celebration last week.

Award 2019Hannah Deadman-Arnst ’15, won the Rising Star Award, which recognizes a chapter member with 10 or fewer years of experience who has demonstrated significant leadership and made contributions to the public relations profession through work experience, chapter involvement and community activities. She earned a degree in communication and the 2015 School of Communication & Media Outstanding Graduate Award.

She worked as web content producer for the university and as public relations and communications coordinator at Loggerhead Marinelife Center. She is a PR and social media specialist at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County.

Deadman-Arnst volunteers her communications services for Community of Hope, a church where she is also a vocalist and pianist. She is also a dancer in AGWA Dance Company, which performs at festivals and cultural events throughout Palm Beach and Martin Counties.

AwardsMami Kisner, a member of the Board of Trustees, won the chapter’s Stellar Palm Award, which recognizes a community member or business executive who has made an outstanding contribution to the community by using ethical public relations practices and principles. She has a 30-year career in the aviation and tourism industries as a senior public relations and marketing specialist. She advises companies on diversity and inclusion.

Her volunteer involvement includes leading the fight for safe drinking water for Riviera Beach residents and serving two terms as president of the Board of Directors for Hope House of the Palm Beaches. The organization provides housing for people living with HIV or AIDS. She also raised money for the Sickle Cell Foundation of Palm Beach County & Treasure Coast, allowing the organization to buy a van that provides transportation to people with disease.

She is married to the Rev. Gerald Kisner, pastor of Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church. She helped the church with its efforts to build 53 homes in the northwest neighborhood of West Palm Beach.

Becky Peeling, 2019Becky Peeling, associate vice president for university relations & marketing, won the chapter’s Shining Star Award, which recognizes a chapter member with 10 or more years of experience who has demonstrated significant leadership and made contributions to the profession of public relations through work experience and chapter involvement.

Peeling ’05 M.S. has given her expertise to higher education, healthcare and non-profit organizations. Her strategic thinking and leadership increases public awareness, utilization of services, financial support and volunteer loyalty.

She has been a member of PRSA since 1988 and has served in a variety of volunteer leadership positions. She is a strong advocate for continuing education and a leader in mentoring and preparing others to achieve PRSA accreditation.