Kim Turner, President
Kim Turner is the communications director at the Food Bank of Delaware. In her role she is responsible for setting the direction of the Food Bank’s communications department. The day-to-day management of the communications department includes protecting the organization’s positive community image, planning media events to help build public awareness of the organization, creating content for social media, fundraising for special events, including the Food Bank’s annual Blue Jean Ball, and managing relationships with key community stakeholders including volunteers, board members, media, elected officials, donors and more.
She is a graduate of the University of Delaware with a BA in Communications and of Wilmington University with an MS in Management with a concentration in Public Administration.
Ken Grant, President-Elect
Ken Grant has more than 25 years of experience in media, politics, and marketing in Delaware, working in print, radio, and exploring communication changes through social media.
Ken currently serves as Public & Government Affairs Manager for AAA Mid-Atlantic. Ken lives with his Lovely Bride in Newark, Delaware.
Leon Tucker, Immediate Past President
After graduating with a degree in newspaper journalism from Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, the St. Petersburg, Fl. native joined the Tennessean Newspaper in Nashville to report on the business of professional sports. He went on to become a general assignment reporter for the paper, breaking news on everything from government and education to crime and public safety. In 2000, Leon returned to his hometown to cover municipal government for the St. Petersburg Times. Three years later, he transitioned into his first editing assignment as the education and government team leader at the News-Press in Fort Myers, Fl, until he was recruited to join the Black Alliance for Educational Options as its director of communications in Washington, DC.
Leon returned to newspapers in 2006 as the Assistant City Editor and weekend editor for The News Journal in Wilmington, Del. There he led daily and breaking news coverage of public safety and courts through team of four reporters. During his time at The News Journal, Leon also served as an adjunct professor of journalism at Delaware State University. He was promoted in 2008 to the post of Metro Editor at The News Journal’s sister paper, the Courier-Post in Cherry Hill, NJ, where he rose to the post of managing editor. Leon left newspapers for public relations in 2013 and lives in Newark with his wife Josette and two sons Ethan and Aaron.
Natalie Hines, Secretary
Natalie Hines is a communications specialist at Tipton Communications in Newark, DE. She coordinates employee communication efforts, provides public relations and media support and develops marketing communications and social media programs for clients across the country.
Before joining Tipton, Natalie served as the president of the Public Relations Student Society of America Chapter during her undergraduate time at the University of Delaware. She also served as a marketing and social media assistant for the Career Services Center and a UD social media ambassador. She gained instrumental public relations experience after completing internships with the Delaware Credit Union League, Junior Achievement of Delaware, the Delaware River and Bay Authority and Tipton Communications.
A Wilmington native, Natalie earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communication and two minors in advertising and organizational community leadership from the University of Delaware. She also earned UD’s Department of Communication’s Hal Kierce Award, an award granted to an outstanding communications/public relations student who exhibits a commitment to professional excellence.
Allison Taylor Levine, At-Large Member
Allison Taylor Levine, APR, is the director of communications and marketing at the Delaware Community Foundation. Allison has more than 15 years of experience in marketing communications and public relations.
Before joining the DCF, Allison spent six years as the marketing communications project manager for Synchrogenix Information Strategies, a pharmaceutical regulatory writing company in downtown Wilmington. She also has served as the director of communications for the Delaware Department of Health & Social Services, chief of community relations for the Delaware Division of Public Health, and director of communications for Chris Coons (then County Executive). Allison also was a newspaper reporter for four years, including a year and a half at The News Journal.
A resident of New Castle since 1998, Allison is a member of the boards of Elementary Workshop Montessori and the Friends of Hockessin Colored School #107C. She is serving her first term on the board of PRSA Delaware. She has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Delaware and a bachelor’s degree in journalism and English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Jean Toman, At-Large Member
Jean Toman has been the director of public relations and programs with Associated Builders and Contractors Delaware since 1998. Previously, Jean was a broadcast journalist and newspaper editor. She has a bachelor’s degree in communication and public relations from the University of Delaware and a master’s in human resource management from Wilmington University, where she is currently an adjunct instructor, teaching in the business and communication departments.
Jean is a past president of PRSA Delaware and a long-time member of the Society. She is also a volunteer with the Parish of St. John’s-Holy Angels in Newark, serving in six different ministries and was recently appointed to head the Communication Ministry.