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As State Vice President of Accreditation, Patrice Guilfoyle is a favorite speaker of PRAM chapters across Mississippi. Not only does she know the ins and outs of earning the APR, but she’s seen firsthand how accreditation benefits practitioners personally and professionally.

Guilfoyle has served as communications director for the Mississippi Department of Education since 2012. She earned a B.A. in journalism at the University of Memphis and an M.S. in public relations/corporate communication at Mississippi College. She also earned the Accredited in Public Relations (APR) credential in 2012.

A former journalist for nine years, Guilfoyle worked at The News-Star in Monroe, Louisiana, and The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi. She has 15 years of experience in public relations. Prior to joining the MDE, she was associate director for media relations at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.