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NEW YORK: Betty Keepin was elected president of the Women Executives in PR (WEPR) at the group's annual meeting last week.

NEW YORK: Betty Keepin was elected president of the Women Executives in PR (WEPR) at the group's annual meeting last week. Keepin is president of KeepinTouch Communications, a firm headquartered in New York City. Before opening her shop in 1994, Keepin was director of PR for Pedone & Partners Advertising, and also served stints at Burson-Marsteller and Judy Donohue Associates.

NEW YORK: Betty Keepin was elected president of the Women Executives in PR (WEPR) at the group's annual meeting last week. Keepin is president of KeepinTouch Communications, a firm headquartered in New York City. Before opening her shop in 1994, Keepin was director of PR for Pedone & Partners Advertising, and also served stints at Burson-Marsteller and Judy Donohue Associates.

MARINA DEL REY, CA: The Terpin Group has added Fax4Free.com, Happy Puppy and DVD4U to its client roster. All three companies specialize in providing new media services to individual and business subscribers.

MURRAY HILL, NJ: Dun & Bradstreet has named William Summers VP of PR. He was previously director of corporate communications and media relations for Union Camp (Wayne, NJ), and will report to SVP and chief communications officer William Doescher.

NEW YORK: Former MWW Group director Pete Holmberg has joined Andrew Edson & Associates as a VP. In his new position, he will be responsible for developing and implementing IR and financial media relations programs.

NEW YORK: Hill & Knowlton has hired David Groobert as a managing director in the firm's marketing group. He will be based out of the agency's Washington, DC, office. Prior to joining H&K, Groobert was director of public relations at satellite communications provider Comsat.

DALLAS: Alexander Ogilvy has beefed up its client roster with some hot Texas startups and projects close to dollars 2 million in billings this year, according to EVP/GM Don Bartholomew. The new work includes Austin, TX-based furniture e-tailer Living.com, slated to launch this month, as well as startups MetaSolv and NetPliance.

LA JOLLA, CA: The Chopra Center For Well Being, a wellness center founded by author and spiritual guru Dr. Deepak Chopra, has hired CSP Communications to coordinate its PR.

NEW YORK: CondeNet has tapped Spring, O'Brien to launch its new travel and leisure Web site, Concierge.com, later this summer. Spring, O'Brien will also direct media relations and special events.

CLEVELAND: The American Architectural Products Corporation (Boardman, OH) and Ogden Energy Group (Fairfield, NJ) have chosen Dix & Eaton to provide communications counsel.

NEW YORK: New York Women in Communications have announced the election of new officers to the 1999-2000 Board of Directors. Key executives include Elizabeth Crow, editor-in-chief of Madamoiselle (president); Mary Lou Quinlan, vice chairman of the MacManus Group (president-elect) and Barbara Brennan, VP of Lifetime television (past president).

HOLLYWOOD, FL: Sprint PCS has retained O'Connell & Goldberg to handle its PR efforts in South Florida. Sprint has charged the agency with raising its profile in this hotly contested marketplace.

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