Executive Board

President:
Macy Cantrell

Major/minor/specialization: Major: Journalism – Strategic Communication, Specialization: Marketing Communications

Why did you join Scripps PRSSA, and what’s your favorite thing about the org?

I knew Scripps PRSSA was a great fit for me after my first meeting. Existing members were so welcoming to the new faces, and I immediately knew I had found a great group of people. Everyone is extremely hard-working and supportive of each other. I’ve found being part of this group has motivated me to be a better professional, but also a better friend. As a senior, I still see that the members of Scripps PRSSA are what make is so special. I’m excited to lead and continue learning from this amazing group!

What are you most excited about for your position on executive board?

I’m most excited to continue building relationships with existing Scripps PRSSA members, while also getting to know new ones. Our Chapter has helped me grow both personally and professionally since joining. I can’t wait to help other members find opportunities to help them do the same.

What are some of your recent internships/job experiences?

I’m grateful for the many opportunities Scripps PRSSA has provided me and am excited to continue improving my professional skills through real-world experience. This summer I’ll be working for e.l.f. Cosmetics as a Community Management Intern, where I’m responsible for communications across the company’s social media platforms. Last summer I interned with Working Partners Inc., where I produced social media content and wrote articles for the company website and e-newsletters.

On campus, I work as a PR Coordinator for the College of Health Sciences and Professions, where I manage their social media platforms. I also served as Managing Director of this year’s Bateman Competition team. Our campaign, Cultivating Change: Planting the Seeds of Civility, made an impact on campus by teaching Ohio University students the importance of civility in the classroom and workplace.

Favorite thing about Athens, or something you miss about OU/Athens?

The environment at Ohio University caught my attention during my college search. It’s the perfect college town that’s normally only seen in movies and on television. However, it’s the amazing people I’ve met over the last 3 years that makes Athens so special to me. The friendships I’ve made there have had an incredible impact on my life. I have my own Bobcat family in Athens that I’m so grateful for!

What is your dream job?

My dream job is to work in public relations for Disney Parks. Working for this company has always been a dream of mine and the theme parks hold a special place in my heart. The happiness it brings my family has made me passionate about creating opportunities for more families to experience this magic.

What are some of your hobbies/passions?

I’m always looking to try new things, but a few of my current hobbies are reading, being active and doing makeup!

Anything else you want to add?

I’m so excited for the upcoming year and can’t wait to see what the future holds for this amazing organization!

Twitter:  @macy_cantrell22


Executive Vice President:
Kaleb gongwer

Major/minor/specialization: Major: Communication Studies, Minor: Advertising and PR

Why did you join Scripps PRSSA, and what’s your favorite thing about the org?


I joined Scripps PRSSA to not only advance my skillset in the communication industry but to also put myself out there and find my people at Ohio University. The culture of the Chapter is astounding and something I was eager to be part of.

What are you most excited about for your position on executive board?


As EVP, I’m most excited to expand my networking skills through communicating with professional speakers and being of resource to other students who may want to become more involved.

What are some of your recent internships/job experiences?


Serving as an Event Coordinating and Social Media intern at Landoll’s Mohican Castle in Loudonville, OH.

Favorite thing about Athens, or something you miss about OU/Athens?


My favorite part about Athens is how supportive the community is of one another. I always feel free of judgement to express myself and it has grown to be my true home.

What is your dream job?


I’d like to become as well versed as I can within the PR and Communication industry, but have specific interests regarding entertainment venues and media related positions.

What are some of your hobbies/passions?


I am an avid bird watcher and enjoy listening to 2000s music. I like to be in the know about all things pop culture, Britney Spears and fashion trends.

Twitter: @MTVkaleb


Vp OF Member Relations:
rebekah green

Major/minor/specialization: Major: Journalism- Strategic Communication, Minor: Business Analytics

Why did you join Scripps PRSSA, and what’s your favorite thing about the org?

I joined Scripps PRSSA because I wanted to learn more about what I was interested in, plus gain professional development skills. My favorite thing is that I’ve gained those important skills while also connecting with the amazing people also involved.

What are you most excited about for your position on executive board?

I am so excited to meet new members! The opportunities that Scripps PRSSA provides — professionally and personally —are amazing. I can’t wait to share them with everyone that gets involved next year.

What are some of your recent internships/job experiences?

I am a part of the Voinovich Scholar Program, in which I work closely with the Mayors’ Partnership for Progress on primarily communication projects.

Favorite thing about Athens, or something you miss about OU/Athens?

Two things: how welcoming everyone is to each other & how much support there is for local businesses. Athens is the coolest!

What is your dream job?

Working on environmental and corporate sustainability projects would be a dream!

What are some of your hobbies/passions?

I love coffee, yoga, hiking, meditation and cooking. I’ve been trying to learn Spanish recently, too, because I think languages are super interesting.

Anything else you want to add?

Scripps PRSSA always, and excitedly, welcomes new faces! Please feel free to reach out to me, or anyone else, about anything. I’m always open for a coffee date! 😊

Twitter: @rebekahgreen01


Vp of Finance:
lauren reed

Major/minor/specialization: Major: Journalism – Strategic Communication

Why did you join Scripps PRSSA, and what’s your favorite thing about the org?

I joined Scripps PRSSA to learn more about Public Relations from both professionals and my peers. In addition, I was looking for clubs that would help me to gain experience in public relations. My favorite thing about Scripps PRSSA is the positive, helpful environment that is held up by the members. Everyone is very encouraging and hard-working, which has given me a great support network!

What are you most excited about for your position on executive board?

I’m really excited for utilizing financial knowledge to maintain and better the chapter. I’m excited to see what I can assist the chapter in once more opportunities open up post-Covid.

What are some of your recent internships/job experiences?

This summer, I am an intern at the Bethesda Foundation. I have learned a lot about the specific workings at a non-profit, event planning, and internal communication.

Favorite thing about Athens, or something you miss about OU/Athens?

I love being surrounded by the hills and the beauty that is everywhere. Also I can’t talk about Athens without mentioning Pumpkin, the best cat on Court Street!

What is your dream job?

My dream job would be in the non-profit or entertainment industry.

What are some of your hobbies/passions?

I like hiking, cooking, and editing videos in my free time.

Anything else you want to add?

Joining Scripps PRSSA is one of the best decisions I’ve made in the past few years and I’m so happy to be here!

Twitter: @laurenareed01


VP Of External Relations:
olivia christiansen

Major/minor/specialization: Major: Journalism – Strategic Communication, Specialization: restaurant, hotel, and tourism.

Why did you join Scripps PRSSA, and what’s your favorite thing about the org? 

Before I began my freshman year, I heard about the organization from multiple Bobcats in the PR field and I knew I had to be a member of PRSSA. Since joining our chapter, I have developed important public relations skills and made so many important professional and personal connections, proving to me how beneficial being a member of this organization has been. My favorite things about Scripps PRSSA are the constant opportunities for growth and the amazing relationships I have made with other members of the chapter.

What are you most excited about for your position on executive board?

I am so excited to provide members of our chapter with external opportunities and connections that will benefit them greatly. I have gained so much from PRSSA and am grateful to have the chance to enable our members to have an experience as beneficial as mine.

What are some of your recent internships/job experiences?

In the summer of 2020, I was the social media intern at Visit Findlay, the convention and visitors bureau in my hometown. Interning at Visit Findlay gave me the chance to explore my passion for tourism and navigate the field of PR during an unprecedented landscape.

This past summer, I interned at Krile Communications, a strategic communications firm in Sugar Grove, OH. KC provided me with the perfect environment to truly dive into the professional world of public relations. I had the opportunity to work with a wide range of clients on diverse projects.

Favorite thing about Athens, or something you miss about OU/Athens? 

Even when I’m not in physically Athens, that beautiful town is with me in the little piece of my heart it stole many years ago. My favorite thing about Athens is the way it has always felt like home to me and the homesick feeling I get when I’m away for too long. Those feelings are a testament to the amazing people and environment OHIO and Athens have gifted me. There’s no place like hOUme.

What is your dream job?

I would absolutely LOVE working (in literally any capacity) at Saturday Night Live or for one of NBC’s late-night shows or sitcoms! Funny people are my people.

What are some of your hobbies/passions?

One of my greatest passions has always been music! I am grateful that my time at OHIO has allowed me to deepen that passion through my involvement in the university’s treble choir, Bella Voce, and treble acappella group, Title IX. Additionally, I have found new ways to act on this passion and wrote a music-centered blog throughout my freshman and sophomore year. I also love cooking, doing puzzles and all things Marvel!

Anything else you want to add? 

I can’t really put into words how lucky l feel to be part of this Chapter! If it isn’t obvious yet, I am very thankful for all of the people I have met and skills I have gained as a member of Scripps PRSSA. You don’t want to miss out on the chance to have a similar experience—join Scripps PRSSA!

Twitter: @ochristiansen28


VP of Public Relations:

Kelly Lambers

Major/minor/specialization: Major: in Journalism- Strategic Communication, Minor: Marketing, Certificate: Diversity Studies

Why did you join Scripps PRSSA, and what’s your favorite thing about the org? 

I joined Scripps PRSSA because I wanted to gain new friendships and get involved in professional opportunities. Both of these things happened in this organization! My favorite part of Scripps PRSSA is the welcoming and inclusive environment. Every year, there is just a great group of people involved and I’m so grateful!

What are you most excited about for your position on executive board?

I am really excited to continue the great work that the VP of PR role has done in the past. I want to give more opportunities to publicity committee members and I hope to start a chapter podcast!

What are some of your recent internships/job experiences?

My current internship is at the Knights of Columbus as a Communication and Strategic Partnerships Intern. I’m excited for all this entails as it starts soon! My previous internships include: Social Media Intern at Ohio University Undergraduate Admissions and Development Intern at Bethesda Foundation. Both of these roles provided me with so much experience in social media, event planning, database management and more!

Favorite thing about Athens, or something you miss about OU/Athens? 

My favorite thing about Athens is the beautiful campus and kind people. I miss being able to walk around and see familiar faces every day!

What is your dream job?

My dream job is to work in the entertainment industry for a music or theatre company. I also hope to eventually get more into non-profit work as well!

What are some of your hobbies/passions?

I love music. I play guitar, piano and sing! I also enjoy hanging out with friends, going on long drives, and hiking! I’m passionate about being there for others and my faith!

Anything else you want to add? 

I love Scripps PRSSA so much and I’m thrilled to serve on executive board once again for my senior year. Feel free to reach out to me. I would love to be there for all members!

Twitter: @kellylambers


VP of Social Media:
jack hiltner

Major/minor/specialization: Major: Journalism – Strategic Communication, Minor: Marketing, Certificate: Social Media

Why did you join Scripps PRSSA, and what’s your favorite thing about the org? 

I joined Scripps PRSSA after I decided to make the switch from News and Information to Strategic Communications and wanted to immerse myself in the world of PR. My favorite thing about PRSSA is the community that spans across campus as well as on a national scale.

What are you most excited about for your position on executive board?

In the position of VP of Social Media, I am very excited to highlight the work our Chapter is doing as well as our individual members.

What are some of your recent internships/job experiences?

I am currently the Audience Engagement Editor at The Post and a communications intern with the Office of Rural and Underserved Programs at the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. 

Favorite thing about Athens, or something you miss about OU/Athens? 

My favorite thing about Athens is definitely the Ridges and all of the hiking trails behind it.

What is your dream job?

While I don’t know what my dream job is, my end goal is communicating news and world events to audiences more efficiently and accurately.

What are some of your hobbies/passions?

My hobbies and passions include biking, hikes, reading and listening to music.

Anything else you want to add? 

I’m really excited to see how this next year goes especially as we’re possibly transitioning to a new stage of the pandemic.

Twitter: @jackhiltner


VP of Social Affairs:
olivia strauss

Major/minor/specialization: Major: Journalism – Strategic Communication, Minor: Marketing, Certificate: Social Media

Why did you join Scripps PRSSA, and what’s your favorite thing about the org? 

I joined Scripps PRSSA to push myself professionally, but ended up finding lifelong friends that have allowed me to grow both personally and professionally. 

What are you most excited about for your position on executive board?

I am most excited for my position as VP of Social Affairs because I get to bring the organization together and create events that will not only connect our members with one another, but with members from chapters all over the country.

What are some of your recent internships/job experiences?

This summer, I will be interning with Westfield Insurance. I will be working with their marketing and social media team to work on content for their social media pages and their podcast, Closing the Gap.

Favorite thing about Athens, or something you miss about OU/Athens? 

My favorite thing about Athens is the welcoming atmosphere that comes with the beautiful campus/city. Everyone here is so welcoming and it creates an environment that is easy to grow in and allows everyone to push each other to be their best.

What is your dream job?

My dream job would be in an industry that I love, with a company culture that I resonate with. I am unsure what that may look like right now, but I am confident that I will find the right fit!

What are some of your hobbies/passions?

My hobbies include spending time with friends/family, being outside, working out (occasionally) and spending time with my dog Sherman. 

Twitter:  @0liviastrauss


VP OF VISUAL COMMUNICATION:
Katherine keber

Major/minor/specialization: Major: Journalism – Strategic Communication, Minors: classical civilizations and history.

Why did you join Scripps PRSSA, and what’s your favorite thing about the org? 

A strong PRSSA chapter was one of my highest priorities when I looked at colleges and when I visited OHIO, the passion and drive each chapter leader communicated was astounding. Scripps PRSSA felt like hOUme before I’d even enrolled in my first class and it’s continued to be a place of immense personal and professional growth for me in the years since. 

What are you most excited about for your position on executive board?

I’m excited to explore my creative side more through this role! Defining and communicating our visual brand is an exciting challenge for me and I can’t wait to get started. (Plus, I get to work with the BEST eboard!)

What are some of your recent internships/job experiences?

This summer, you can find me drinking plenty of coffee and interning (virtually) with a global leader in healthcare real estate! As an intern at Welltower, Inc., I’m learning about human resources and internal communications in the corporate world. Previously, I interned with the Career and Leadership Development Center on campus and with Imagination Station, a science center in Toledo, Ohio. I’m also involved with Student Alumni Board at OHIO, where I’ll be serving as the 2021-2022 VP of Communications.

Next school year, I’ll be working as a student ambassador for the Scripps College of Communication. If you see me at the Schoonover desk, come over and say hi!

Favorite thing about Athens, or something you miss about OU/Athens? 

We all say Athens is a magical place, and I think the most magical thing about the area is the sense of togetherness it fosters. I’m constantly in awe of how much Athenians support each other and I’m so grateful that during my time as a student, I get to give back to a community that’s given me so much.

What is your dream job?

I’ve always considered myself a bit of a dreamer, so limiting myself to just one “dream job” is nearly impossible! Any job that allows creativity and innovation to take center stage is perfect for me. I’m most drawn to copywriting right now, but have interests in nonprofit and travel and tourism PR as well!

What are some of your hobbies/passions?

I’m always looking for ways to learn new things. I love reading, adventuring to new places, discovering new music, and exploring Athens!

Anything else you want to add?

Special shoutout to our org’s past leaders who encouraged me to dive headfirst into the world of PR when I was just a freshman! I’ll never forget how excited I was to find a group of people who were so supportive of me during my first year at OHIO.

Twitter:  @katherinekeber 

national vp of chapter development:

Alyssa gormley

Major/minor/specialization: Major: Journalism – Strategic Communication, Specialization: Marketing

Why did you join Scripps PRSSA, and what’s your favorite thing about the org? 

I joined Scripps PRSSA after hearing an overwhelming amount of things from first my orientation leader, then my learning community leader and then from the journalism school themselves. I came looking to Scripps PRSSA for professional experience and got so much more than I could’ve ever imagined – professional opportunities, friendships, mentorships, countless memories and a forever family. My favorite thing about this organization is the bond between the chapter that carries over wherever you are, whether it’s giddy laughs in a class or connections for a job – Scripps PRSSA has a bond that holds forever. 

What are you most excited about for your position on the executive board?

Though my position is on the national level of PRSSA, I am so excited to continue working with the Scripps PRSSA Executive Board to expand our outreach and recruitment while advancing the chapter professionally. I’m also looking forward to strengthening the connection between our chapter and PRSSA National. I have a feeling this year is going to be a great year for us and I’m so thankful to be leading such an outstanding chapter!

What are some of your recent internships/job experiences?

This summer, you can catch me as the public relations intern for Marcus Thomas LLC, a public relations agency in Cleveland, Ohio. At Marcus Thomas LLC, I’ll be working on creating content and building relationships with a variety of clients in the Cleveland area. 

Previously, you could find me as the Social Media Specialist for Ohio University’s Office of Global Opportunities. At OGO, I unfolded the stories of students’ study abroad experiences through digital media. 

Between these professional experiences and involvement in Scripps PRSSA, I’ve been shaped, personally and professionally.

Favorite thing about Athens, or something you miss about OU/Athens? 

My heart is always in a million places at once, and one piece is and will always be Athens. Athens is a magical place that has given me more than I could ever imagine. I miss the friendly faces, brick streets and of course, Brenen’s. I can’t wait to return back hOUme soon!

What is your dream job?

I’d love to land a job at a public relations or advertising agency that brings their clients to life with creativity. However, my absolute dream job would be to travel the world while handling my own business on the side. Long story short, be my own boss! 

What are some of your hobbies/passions?

I’ve got way too many, but usually you can find me exploring new coffee shops, flipping through page-turning books, thrifting for the perfect new fit or planning out my next big adventure. Life is too short to sit still! 

Anything else you want to add?

I am more than happy to answer any questions you might have about Scripps PRSSA or PRSSA National. If you found this even a tad interesting let’s connect and grab coffee. A little bit of coffee and chit-chatting can go a long way. 

Twitter:  @gormleyalyssa_

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