Staff Report

Brian Sattler of Bridge City has been elected the 2011 president of the Press Club of Southeast Texas. Sattler has served as the Director of Public Relations for Lamar University since 1997 and was a former president of the Press Club, serving in 2002.

Other Press Club officers are Scott Eslinger, The Beaumont Enterprise, VP–Development; Paul Bergen, KBMT 12, VP–Membership & Finance; Jennifer Walsh, Total Port Arthur Refinery, VP–Programs & Special Events; Debbie Bridgeman, Better Business Bureau in Southeast Texas, VP–Public Relations; and Marilyn Tennissen, The Southeast Texas Record, Secretary.

Elected to two-year terms on the board of directors are Angel San Juan, KBTV; Beth Gallaspy, Lamar University; Shelly Vitanza,; and Amy Moore, The Beaumont Enterprise. As immediate past president, Don Dodd of The Examiner serves as an ex-officio board member.

Completing board terms are … Bill Leger, KFDM-TV; Jerry Jordan, The Examiner; Tom Taschinger, The Beaumont Enteprise; and Davilyn Walston, U.S. Attorney’s Office Public Information. Mike Rodgers, Entergy, and Tracie Payne, CUSH Magazine, were approved by the Press Club Board of Directors at the January meeting to fulfill the remaining one year terms for Sattler and Bergen.

Sattler joined Lamar University Public Relations in December 1997. He oversees the media relations, publications and marketing activities of the university. He also directs support of the domain, serves as speechwriter and is executive editor of the university magazine, Cardinal Cadence.

Sattler has more than 26 years of experience in public relations, having served as a public affairs officer in the U.S. Air Force for more than 7 years and USAF Reserve for 4 years. He has been in higher education public relations since 1992.

Sattler holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin, and a bachelor’s degree from Southern Nazarene University, Bethany, Oklahoma.

Throughout its 42-year history, the Press Club of Southeast Texas has united print and broadcast media and public relations professionals toward the common goal of excellence in communications. In addition to serving as a forum for issues, events and ideas, the Press club supports scholarships, community education and freedom of information.

Membership in the organization is open to journalists and public relations professionals in Jefferson, Hardin, Orange, Liberty, Chambers, Jasper, Tyler, Polk and Newton counties.

The Press club Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to outstanding Lamar University communications students, supported primarily by proceeds from the club’s annual Newsmaker of the Year/Excellence in the Media banquet. The 2011 event is scheduled for June 3 in the Lamar University Reception Center. The Awards Contest “Call for Entries” will be posted on the Press Club website,, by February 10. It will provide complete contest rules and entry information. Entries will be due March 18.