Executive Board

President: Taylor Dilley

thumbnail_IMG_2366Year: Senior

Major: Strategic Communication major, Marketing minor and the Social Media Certificate

Career Goals: To work in the communications department for undergraduate admissions at a university

Internships/Experience: Huntington Bank, Wyandot Memorial Hospital and Ohio University Undergraduate Admissions

What Makes Me Happy: Having conversations with people who are clearly passionate about the subject. I love listening to people get excited!

Advice to Underclassmen: Treat college like a full time job. Wake up early, go to classes, do your work in a productive space and don’t go home until it’s finished. Then, you’ll have have your entire evening open for clubs and a social life!

Twitter: @taylor_dilley

Executive Vice President: Erin McMahon

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Year: Senior

Major: Strategic Communication major, Marketing minor and the Social Media Certificate

Career Goals: I would love to work for a global PR firm and have the chance to communicate messages between and across cultures.

Internships/Experience: WQED Multimedia (the PBS affiliate in Pittsburgh), Marketing Intern; The Broad Experience (a podcast about women in the workplace), Associate Marketing Manager; Elias/Savion Advertising Inc. (Pittsburgh), PR Intern; Walker Sands Communications (Chicago, this summer), PR Intern

What Makes Me Happy:  Long runs, traveling, avocados, my beautiful friends and family

Advice to Underclassmen: Don’t compare your college experience, internship experience, grades, etc. to anyone else. Do your best, be your biggest competitor and don’t be afraid to take risks for you!

Twitter: @emcmahon1

VP of Member Relations: Alyssa Murtagh

PRSSA_headshotYear: Junior

Major: Journalism Strategic Communication major, and I am pursuing a social media certificate and women’s gender and sexuality studies specialization

Career Goals: My dream job in PR is to work on a campaign for a large, well-known company or in an agency setting where I have the opportunity to create work for many different clients.

Internships/Experience: Last summer, I was a Communications Intern for the Moon Township local TV station, MCA-TV. This summer, I will be a Brand Journalism and Digital PR intern for Fusion 360, an agency in Salt Lake City, Utah.

What Makes Me Happy:  Sunrises and sunsets, hikes, coffee and my friends.

Advice to Underclassmen: Don’t be afraid to reach out to students older than you! It is the best way to create mentoring relationships and learn from others’ experiences. And, don’t let someone else’s success lessen your achievements or your confidence in yourself.

Twitter: @alyssamurt

VP of Finance: Sara Defibaugh

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Year: Senior

Major: I’m a double major in Strategic Communication and English: Creative Writing.

Career Goals: I hope to one day work for a company that is environmentally and socially aware. While I would love to work for a larger company, I’m also very interested in the travel & tourism industry and litigation.

Internships/Experience: After my freshman year I worked for my dad’s small business researching advertising opportunities and helping them grown their social media. Last summer I wrote for CollegeFashionista, and this summer I’ll be in the country’s capital interning for CLS Strategies!

What Makes Me Happy: Corgis and adventuring with my boyfriend, for sure. I hope to one day go on many great adventures with out little corgi family!

Advice to Underclassmen: Find what you love and stick with it, that’s where your strengths will shine, and you’ll feel most accomplished in your work. Also, surround yourself with positive people. Negativity will turn you into a negative person – don’t let yourself become a product of a negative environment.

Twitter: @saradefibaugh

VP of External Relations: Sadie Newman

AAEAAQAAAAAAAA3iAAAAJGRhMTIyZWYyLWRkZTktNDRkZS1hZWUxLThmZTIxODI1OTM4NAYear: Junior

Major: I am a Journalism Strategic Communication major with a specialization in Classics and World Religion and a certificate in Global Leadership.

Career Goals: To work for a super rad PR agency that specializes in the tourism industry! I have always had a passion for travel and I want nothing more than to combine that with my love of PR.

Internships/Experience: Last summer I interned with the Lake Township Chamber of Commerce as a Communications intern. This summer I look forward to interning in Utah at two different companies: Fusion 360 (a digital marketing agency) as a brand journalist intern and Visit Ogden as a PR/Marketing intern.

What Makes Me Happy: Good people, beautiful plants, travel and a quality cup o’ joe.

Advice to Underclassmen: Take advantage of as many opportunities that Scripps PRSSA offers – even as an underclassman! Getting involved as an underclassman makes you stand out and you make great friends along the way!

Twitter: @RealSlimmSadie

VP of Public Relations: Brigitte Meisse

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Year: Junior

Major: Strategic Communication and Communication Studies double major along with the Social Media Certificate

Career Goals: My absolute dream is to work in the travel & tourism industry! As my grandpa has always said to me, “Find a career that you love so much that you could go to work every day for free.” I hope that my passion for PR and tourism will lead me to that very career.

Internships/Experience: Last summer I was the Public Relations and Marketing Intern for Destination Mansfield-Richland County. I’m currently the Social Media Coordinator for WMFD-TV in Mansfield and I just started a year-long marketing and communications internship with OHIO’s University College.

What Makes Me Happy: Traveling, skiing, Harry Potter, dark roast coffee and my cat Luna.

Advice to Underclassmen: Learn how to say no. While it’s crucial to get involved, it’s easy to stretch yourself too thin. By only being involved in a few activities, you can give those organizations your all and still have time to care for your physical and emotional well-being.

Twitter: @meisse2spicy

VP of Social Media: Natalie Brown

thumbnail__DSC2026Year: Junior

Major: Strategic Communication major with a Business minor

Career Goals:  I hope to work in a big city or overseas doing PR, but I’m still figuring out what area of PR I’d like to focus on!

Internships/Experience: I am interning at Motorola Solutions as the Communications Intern in Chicago this summer!

What Makes Me Happy: Seeing my friends and family happy makes me happy! Plus musicals, especially old movie musicals like Singin’ in the Rain (which is my absolute favorite!)

Advice to Underclassmen: Be a go-getter! Get involved and work hard! It will pay off and people will notice!

Twitter: @nann_brown

 VP of Social Affairs: Emily O’Flynn 

thumbnail_PRSSA_Emily0_012Year: Junior

Major: Strategic Communication major, Marketing specialization, Media & Social Change specialization, Social Media Certificate

Career Goals: I would like to be an account executive for a public relations or advertising firm, specializing in the entertainment or non-profit fields.

Internships/Experience: I helped organize brainstorming events for different P&G brands last summer at Upstream 360 in Blue Ash, Ohio.

What Makes Me Happy: I love helping others, hanging out with my friends, eating at Union Street Diner, going to rock concerts and chilling with my golden retriever.

Advice to Underclassmen: The easiest way to make friends with upperclassmen is swiping them into dining halls!

Twitter: @OFlynn_Emily

VP of Visual Communication: Natalie Butko

thumbnail_PRSSA_NatalieB_011Year: Junior

Major: Strategic Communication major, Marketing minor, Social Media Certificate

Career Goals: Work in the travel/tourism area of PR/marketing to attract visitors to a destination. Eventually, I’d love to end up in my home city of Pittsburgh to share with others the great things the city has to offer.

Internships/Experience: Last year I was a public relations intern at Kennywood Amusement Park. This summer I am interning with VisitPITTSBURGH as a marketing intern.

What Makes Me Happy: Being able to make a difference in the world or someone else’s life.

Advice to Underclassmen: Take advantage of every opportunity.

Twitter: @chatty_natty

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