A talented and dedicated public relations professional, Kristie Aylett,
Fellow PRSA, has more than 20 years of experience helping
organizations communicate more effectively. She has developed
strategic communications plans, garnered extensive media coverage,
produced marketing materials, coordinated special events, and a host
of other communications activities. She is regularly invited to speak to
business owners and industry leaders on a variety of topics, including
the business benefits of social networking, crisis preparedness and
strategic management of communications activities.

Her background in agency, higher education, health care and
municipal environments brings a well-rounded perspective to her
work with KARD Group clients. Her insight into the media comes from
her experience as a journalist for an ABC affiliate, a semi-weekly
newspaper, a daily collegiate newspaper, a monthly subscription
magazine and a radio station.

In addition to her expertise in PR strategies, Aylett has experience in
emergency preparedness and crisis communications response.  As
a member of Fort Worth’s public information staff, Aylett was on the
emergency operations team for two high-profile situations that
focused international media attention on the city.

In September 1999, a gunman killed seven church-goers during a
youth celebration at a local church, and a tornado struck downtown
Fort Worth in the spring of 2000, killing five and causing more than
$300 million in property damage. Her crisis communications experience
also includes managing the media for smaller scale incidents, such as
escaped prisoners, disease outbreaks, and dog attacks.

Aylett graduated with honors from Texas Christian University in Fort
Worth, where she earned undergraduate and graduate degrees.  She
joined the journalism faculty at her alma mater in 2000 as an adjunct
instructor, teaching public relations writing to senior-level students for
two years.  She now teaches public relations courses at the Mississippi
coast campus of Tulane University and an online course, "social media
for independent educational consultants" for the University of California
at Irvine.

An accredited public relations practitioner, Aylett is actively involved in
community organizations and advancing the public relations
profession. She was among the inaugural group of young community
and business leaders honored as the “40 under 40” by the Fort Worth
Business Press in 2002.  In 2009, the Southern Public Relations
Federation and the Public Relations Association of Mississippi both
recognized Aylett's career achievements and her dedication to the
profession with their highest individual honor, the Professional
Achievement Award.
In 2013, the Public Relations Society of America
inducted her into its prestigious College of Fellows.
Her work is
regularly honored in industry competitions.
Community and Professional

American Cancer Society
Member, Mid-South Volunteer Leadership
Institute, 2008-present
Member, South Mississippi Leadership
Council, 2007-present
Member, Fort Worth Metro
Communications Committee,
Chair, Fort Worth Metro Unit
Communications Committee,
Member, Fort Worth Metro Unit Board of
Directors, 1995-1997
Member, Texas Division Communications
Committee, 1995-1996

Camp Fire USA
Absolutely Incredible Kid Day Marketing
Committee, 2004
Violence Prevention Task Force, 1999

Leadership Gulf Coast
Board Member, 2013-present
Graduate, Class of 2008-2009

Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of
Member, 2005-present

National Public Health Information
Member, 1995-1999

Public Relations Association of
Representative to SPRF Board,
State Past President, 2012
State President, 2011
State Vice President/Communications,
President, Mississippi Beach Chapter,
Vice President, Mississippi Beach
Chapter, 2007
VP/Programs, Gulf Coast Chapter, 2007
Accreditation Chair, Mississippi Beach
Chapter, 2007
Scholarships Chair, Mississippi Beach
Chapter, 2006
Member, 2004-present

Public Relations Society of America
Elected National Delegate-At-Large, 2007

National Nominating Committee
Member, 2011

National Membership Committee
Chair, 2006
Co-Chair, 2005
Member, 2004-present

Southwest District
Chair, 2010
Chair-Elect, 2009
Treasurer, 2007, 2008
Membership Chair, 2005, 2006
Co-Chair, Southwest District Conference,

Counselors to Higher Education Section
Director, 2003-2005
Member, 2000-2007

Independent Practitioners Alliance
Executive Committee, 2007-present
Assembly Delegate, 2009
Teleseminar Moderator, 2006
Member, 2005-present

Greater Fort Worth Chapter
Assembly Delegate, 2000, 2001, 2002,
2004, 2005
Presidents' Council Chair, 2006
Ethics Officer, 2004
Past President, 2003
Chapter President, 2002
President-Elect/Membership, 2001
Vice President, Programs, 2000
Secretary, 1999
Committee Chair (various, including
professional development,  
accreditation, job bank)
Member, 1991-present

Southern Public Relations Federation
Preident-elect/Conference Chair, 2014
VP/Professional Development, 2013
VP/Membership, 2012
VP/Communications, 2011
Board Representative, 2009 to present
Member, 2004-present
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