Meet the Execs

2022-23 Executive Board

Chapter President:
OLIVIA STRausS

Area of study: Journalism – Strategic Communication Major, Marketing Minor, Social Media Certificate.

Year: Senior.

Hometown: Cleveland, OH.

Why did you join Scripps PRSSA?

I joined PRSSA to network with both young and experienced professionals to gain powerful insights on the field of public relations, marketing and communications. 

What are you most excited for as a member of the executive board?

I am most excited to lead a group of talented young professionals and to help them build a basis for a strong career. I love networking with other students and industry professionals, and I cannot wait to connect with everyone this year. 

What are some of your recent internships/job experiences?

I am currently serving as the Internal Communications Intern at Inspire Brands. Inspire Brands portfolio includes Arby’s, Baskin-Robbins, Buffalo Wild Wings, Dunkin’, Jimmy John’s, Sonic and Rusty Taco. 

What is your favorite restaurant in Athens?

My favorite restaurant in Athen’s has to be El Tenampa. Best place ever!

What is your dream job?

My dream job would be in marketing or communications with a large food brand.

What is your current favorite song?

I’m currently loving “Borderline” by Tame Impala. 

What are some of your hobbies/passions/favorite things?

Food! Whether it’s cooking, eating out with friends or exploring new places, you can always find me near the food. 

Anything else you want to add?

To underclassmen, get involved! Don’t be afraid to reach out and introduce yourself to upperclassmen and professionals, especially Bobcats. We are all here to help each other. 

Twitter:  @0liviastrauss (with a zero)


Executive Vice President:
laine dannemiller

Area of study: Journalism – Strategic Communication Major, Retail Merchandising Minor.

Year: Senior.

Hometown: Loveland, OH.

Why did you join Scripps PRSSA, and what is your favorite thing about the organization?

I joined PRSSA to build connections within my major and learn more about PR and advertising. My favorite thing about PRSSA is the community it has given me at Ohio University. 

What are you most excited for as a member of the executive board?

I’m so excited for our Chapter members to meet the speakers I schedule! I also can’t wait to plan events with the Diversity and Inclusion Subcommittee throughout the school year. 

What are some of your recent internships/job experiences?

I’m currently the project management intern at Marcus Thomas LLC and I’m a Scripps College Ambassador at Ohio University.

What is your favorite restaurant in Athens?

Courtside Pizza!

What is your dream job?

Having my own business.

What is your current favorite song?

My favorite song is “Sunflower” by Vampire Weekend.

What are some of your hobbies/passions/favorite things?

I love to hike, read, cook, write, and volunteer at the dog shelter.

Anything else you want to add?

I cannot wait for the 2022-23 school year and help lead our Chapter!

Twitter: @Lainedannemill1


Vice President OF Member Relations:
Allison young

Area of study: Communication Studies Major with a specialization in Organizational Communication, Advertising and Public Relations Minor, Social Media Certificate.

Year: Junior.

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH.

Why did you join Scripps PRSSA, and what is your favorite thing about the organization?

I initially joined PRSSA to create strong connections but overtime I have also learned how much knowledge and experience I can gain with being a part of the organization. My favorite part of the org is constantly being hands-on. We all have chances to show our own creativity and likeness through collaboration (AND everyone has built strong connections within)!

What are you most excited for as a member of the executive board?

I am super excited to reach out to incoming students at OU. I remember how intimidating it is coming to college and trying to find the best organization. I want to be able to share a welcoming and trusting environment that can be beneficial to students.

What are some of your recent internships/job experiences?

I am currently working for a Slinkevents, which is an events company in Cincinnati. I handle a lot of the social media, but also work heavy on the development and planning of events, and then executing them.

What is your favorite restaurant/coffee shop in Athens?

El Tenampa and Brenen’s!

What is your dream job?

Sports PR for an NFL or large sports team.

What is your current favorite movie?

Everything Everywhere All At Once.

What are some of your hobbies/passions/favorite things?

I love to explore various restaurants locally or through my travels. I love to travel (one day I’ll make it to Greece!), and one of my favorite things to do is watch movies.

Twitter: @allisonmyoung00


Vice president of Finance:
Alyssa Goodenow

Area of study: Journalism Strategic Communication Major, Social Media Certificate.

Year: Junior.

Hometown: Akron/Canton, OH.

Why did you join Scripps PRSSA, and what is your favorite thing about the organization?

I originally joined PRSSA because Dr. D recommended it! I was applying to be accepted into the school of journalism, and I wanted to get as involved with the j-school as possible. My favorite thing about the org is how organized and dedicated we are. I’m really proud to say I’m a member of Scripps PRSSA because we have achieved amazing things.

What are you most excited for as a member of the executive board?

I’m most excited to host fundraisers! I’ve never organized one before and I think it’ll be a great learning experience for me. I also love that I get to be creative with it. 

What are some of your recent internships/job experiences?

I’ve been a (remote) PR Intern for Jane Owen PR, which is based in Hollywood, since March. This is my first internship and I have had a great experience so far. Even through personal matters, everyone on the team has been tremendously understanding and accommodating. I also am the Social Media Manager for a literary journal also based out of CA, called Words & Whispers Literary Journal! I am very happy with my positions and love that they are a bit out-of-the-box! đź™‚

What is your favorite restaurant/coffee shop in Athens?

My favorite restaurant in Athens is probably Broney’s and my favorite coffee shop is Donkey!

What is your dream job?

My dream job would be to work on the communications team for Naughty Dog, one of my favorite video game companies!

What is your current favorite song?

For some reason, I’m currently obsessed with 2010’s pop music that I’ve previously forgotten about.

What are some of your hobbies/passions/favorite things?

Reading, writing poetry, making art, cats, learning info about random niche topics, and spending quality time with my closest friends are all things I enjoy.

Twitter: @GoodenowAlyssa


Vice president Of External Relations:
anna hinkle

Area of study: Marketing Major with specializations in Digital Marketing and Graphic Design for larger company.

Year: Sophomore.

Hometown: Cleveland, OH.

Why did you join Scripps PRSSA, and what is your favorite thing about the organization?

 I joined Scripps PRSSA after I transferred into the Business College at OHIO because of the opportunities I began researching through the website. Once I became a member, I was welcomed with open arms by the existing Chapter and connected with so many wonderful people, who truly work as a team with one another. My favorite thing about Scripps PRSSA is how much my PR and communication skills have broadened. I have truly learned an immense amount of networking that would not nearly be as stressed to me in the classroom. My connections to my peers as well as larger businesses have entirely set me up for success for my future.

What are you most excited for as a member of the executive board?

For my position, I am looking forward to the exciting opportunities I will discover to provide for the members of my Chapter. I want only the best of everyone in the Chapter and that includes experiences upon graduation, or internships I may be able to point out.  

What are some of your recent internships/job experiences?

One of my recent internships I have been grateful to have is a Marketing Internship at the Natural Stone Institute during the Summer of 2022. There, I acquired skills in communication, graphic design, and how to really plan and organize extensive events such as stone summits. I also gained experience working at a non-profit as a team in the workplace, which is totally new territory to me. I am thankful for this opportunity to really get my foot in the door and advance in this environment. 

What is your favorite coffee shop in Athens?

My favorite coffee shop in Athens would have to be Brenen’s 100%. I absolutely LOVE the chai lattes there and could probably drink one every day if I am being honest. When I am away I miss the town overall, seeing my friends on an everyday basis, and the several deer roaming the campus daily. OHIO is such a beautiful, second hOUme. 

What is your dream job?

My dream job is to work for a larger marketing corporation close to the Cleveland area, such as Marcus Thomas LLC, RevLocal, or Handshake Digital. 

What is your current favorite song?

My favorite song is “Only Wanna Be With You” cover by Post Malone, who is one of my favorite artists!

What are some of your hobbies/passions/favorite things?

Some of my favorite hobbies are drawing and painting, going to the gym, walking my dog at the metroparks, listening to music, and traveling around Cleveland!

Anything else you want to add? 

I am extremely grateful to be apart of the wonderful Chapter I hold deep in my heart of Scripps PRSSA. The ladies on the Executive Board with me for the 2022-2023 year have been so welcoming to me as an incoming Freshman and will help me grow as I blossom into my sophomore year and so forth!

Twitter: @annahinkle13


Vice President Of public Relations:
Ellie Coldiron

Area of study: Communication Studies Major, Advertising and Public Relations and Psychology Minors.

Year: Senior.

Hometown: Dayton, OH.

Why did you join Scripps PRSSA, and what is your favorite thing about the organization?

I joined PRSSA to learn more about careers in the communications field and fell in love with PR. Going to weekly meetings has been so rewarding because I get to learn about so many different fields and companies from firsthand experience. PRSSA is a great place to network, develop yourself professionally, and learn what you want to do after graduation. My favorite thing about Scripps PRSSA is the community within the organization. There is always something fun going on and the people are amazing. I have made some of my closest friends through PRSSA. 

What are you most excited for as a member of the executive board?

As VP of PR, I get to do a ton of communication. I am most excited to learn more about different methods of communication in a professional setting, get experience maintaining a website, and get to develop so many pieces for my portfolio. I am very excited to edit PR Success, too!

What are some of your recent internships/job experiences?

Last year, I worked as a writer for Ohio University’s Communications and Marketing Department and a Marketing Affiliate for University Tees. This summer I am working as a Communications and Foundation Relations intern for Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. Next fall, I will start a position as a Public Relations Assistant at OU. 

What is your favorite restaurant in Athens?

My favorite restaurants in Athens are El Tenampa, Bagel Street Deli, and Fluff. 

What is your dream job?

My dream job is to do communication for a non-profit. I am hoping to one day work with an organization focusing on mental health!

What is your current favorite song?

My current favorite song is “thenineteenseventyfive” by push baby.

What are some of your hobbies/passions/favorite things?

My hobbies include going for walks, going to the gym, going to get Mexican food with my friends, watching movies, reading, and journaling.

Twitter: @ellie_coldiron


Vice President of digital communications:
sam spinale

Area of study: Journalism – Strategic Communication Major, Sports Management Minor, Social Media Certificate.

Year: Senior.

Hometown: Avon, OH.

Why did you join Scripps PRSSA, and what is your favorite thing about the organization?

I joined Scripps PRSSA because of the wonderful things I had heard about the organization! I knew that I would gain real-world experience in public relations and make connections that would last a lifetime! My favorite thing about the organization is the friends I’ve been able to make. The memories I’ve created with them will last a lifetime. It’s something I’m forever grateful for!

What are you most excited for as a member of the executive board?

Through my position on the executive board, I’m most excited to be able to post all our greatest moments through social media and be able to look back on an incredible year full of amazing memories!

What are some of your recent internships/job experiences?

Last semester, I worked as a social media content creator for the Ohio University School of Media Arts and Studies and as a social media content creator/reporter for OHIO Athletics. This summer I am working as a corporate sales intern at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

What is your favorite restaurant/coffee shop in Athens?

My favorite restaurant in Athens is Hangover Easy and my favorite coffee shop is Court Street Coffee.

What is your dream job?

My dream job is to work as a Public Relations Manager or a Social Media Manager in NASCAR.

What is your current favorite movie?

My favorite movie is The Sandlot, she’s an oldie but a goodie!

What are some of your hobbies/passions/favorite things?

Some of my hobbies and passions include traveling, boating, shopping, and dining at any Italian restaurant… Please let me know if you have restaurant suggestions!

Anything else you want to add? 

If you ever need anything at all, whether it’s advice, class help, someone to go shopping with, etc.., I’m always here to help!

Twitter: @samxspinale


Vice President of Social Affairs:
Maggie noll

Area of study: Communication Studies Major, Advertising and Public Relations Minor, Social Media & Diversity Studies Certificate.

Year: Junior.

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH.

Why did you join Scripps PRSSA?

I joined Scripps PRSSA because I wanted to learn more about what my interests are and what I am passionate about. Also, to gain professional opportunities and build lifelong friendships! 

What are you most excited for as a member of the executive board?

I am most excited for my position as VP of Social Affairs because I get to create events that are super welcoming for members that bring everyone closer together! 🙂

What are some of your recent internships/job experiences?

This summer, I have an internship with a small business called WoofPack Trails. I am the social media intern, so I create a social calendar for each week for the social media accounts and engage with other accounts. 

What is your favorite restaurant/coffee shop in Athens?

My favorite restaurant in Athens is El Tampana and my favorite coffee shop in Athens is Court Street Coffee. 

What is your dream job?

My dream job would be in a company culture and industry that is welcoming and is the best fit for me!

What is your current favorite song?

 My current favorite songs would be “Beyond” by Leon Bridges and “Happy Instead” by Zach Bryan. 

What are some of your hobbies/passions/favorite things?

Some of my favorite hobbies are listening to music, online shopping, spending time with my friends and family, and playing outside with my two puppies, Maple, and Ruby.

Anything else you want to add? 

I am super excited to be a part of executive board and to make lifelong friendships with my fellow members! 🙂

Twitter:  @maggie_noll


Vice President OF VISUAL COMMUNICATION:
Erica trapasso

Area of study: Communication Studies Major, Marketing and Advertising and Public Relations Minors, Social Media Certificate.

Year: Senior.

Hometown: Columbus, OH.

Why did you join Scripps PRSSA?

I joined Scripps PRSSA in my sophomore because I wanted to gain personal skills and professional connections within the PR industry. Throughout the years, I have been surrounded by people who share a similar passion and I am grateful for the amazing group of people involved!

What are you most excited for as a member of the executive board?

I’m excited to expand my creative side to see what I can create to show off our Outstanding Chapter. I also can’t wait to work closely with our awesome executive board!

What are some of your recent internships/job experiences?

I was a previous Marketing and PR intern at Krupp Kommunications where I learned more about the professional world of public relations. I got to work with some amazing people and clients that I will cherish as I continue on my career path.

What is your favorite restaurant/coffee shop in Athens?

I can sit and do homework at Donkey for hours. It is the best coffee shop to relax with some friends or get a bunch of work done. I also always find myself getting Ginger more than anything else. If you haven’t had their crab rangoons, you need to try them!

What is your dream job?

I don’t know if I have a dream job at the moment. Wherever I am or whatever I am doing in the near future, I just hope I am happy in the position I am in.

What is your current favorite song?

 My current favorite songs are “Beige” by Yoke Lore and “Satellite” by Harry Styles. 

What are some of your hobbies/passions/favorite things?

My favorite thing recently is walking. I love going on long walks. I look forward to it every day. It is a time for me to collect my thoughts and enjoy time on my own.  

Anything else you want to add? 

I am just so excited for this year! I can’t wait to see what our org will accomplish.

Twitter:  @ericatrap


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