Nicole began working with PR First in May 2011. She has covered the food, hospitality and convenience store industries as a writer for the Griffin Report of Food Marketing, and is a contributing writer to the Plymouth (Mass.) Patch, an online newspaper. Previously, she served as admissions and marketing manager for the Global Master of Arts Program at the Fletcher School, Tufts University. She holds a BA in media studies from Ithaca College.
Arlene Anderton fills a variety of roles at PR First. In addition to serving as Office Manager, she schedules and tracks PR placements for clients and oversees the distribution of press material. Arlene’s background includes work with a Hanover, MA legal firm and a management role with a Weymouth, MA graphic design firm. Prior to joining PR First, she was affiliated with a startup PR firm in Weymouth.
Sharon is the former editor-in-chief of The Southeastern Massachusetts Business Journal. She brings 18 years of experience as a newspaper editor, reporter and columnist to her role at PR First. Prior to her tenure as editor, she was a 10-year correspondent for The Enterprise of Brockton. She has also done extensive work for the Massachusetts Nurses Association, Canton; The Free Press, North Attleborough; Community Newspaper Company, Needham and Sharon; and Wagner Communications of Mansfield. She has also contributed to a number of educational, political and entertainment periodicals and was the former host of a regional cable access show.
Colleen has been a member of the PR First team since August of 2000. She began her career in journalism as a reporter and editor for the Amarillo Globe News, Amarillo, TX, where she covered breaking news and was assigned to the police, medical and religion beats. In addition she provided feature articles for the weekend edition. She is a former freelance reporter and writer for numerous Massachusetts publications including the Wellesley Townsman, the Metrowest Daily News and the Boston area Tab papers. She was a freelance editor for the American Heritage Dictionary published by Houghton Mifflin, Boston. A graduate of Providence College, Colleen earned numerous writing awards as a member of the Texas Press Women. Locally Colleen served as publicity chair for the Norwell project of Habitat for Humanity and is currently a member of the advisory board of Campus of Caring, an organization committed to building a non-profit hospice home on the South Shore. Colleen and Jim Farrell are co-founders of PR Delivered, a business designed to bring a complete public relations campaign to small business owners and not-for-profit organizations.
Jim Farrell, President, founded PR First in March 1998 after seven years experience in the field of public relations. He is the former Manager of Public Relations for Dickinson Direct, Braintree, MA and Vice-President, Client Services at Dubin & Farrell Advertising/Public Relations, Weymouth, MA. Jim worked in the newspaper industry prior to public relations, and was the editor and publisher of two weekly newspapers, the Kingston Independent Voice and Carver Independent. Following the sale of his newspapers, he worked at Mariner Newspaper Group, Marshfield, MA. He is a former columnist for the Business Journal of Southeastern Massachusetts, and previously served on the Board of Directors for the New England Environmental Marketing Association, and for the South Shore Chamber of Commerce. He currently serves on the Hanover, MA Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and is active in a number of business associations including AM Business, Business Builders and the Better Business Bureau.