Executive Board

President:

Vivian MoussA

Hey all you cool Bobkittens! I’m Vivian Moussa and I’m humbled to be your Chapter president this year! I’m a senior in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism majoring in strategic communication with minor in retail merchandising and fashion product development and a social media certificate. My preferred pronouns are she/her.

What are some of your recent internships/job experiences?

The skills and connections I’ve gained in Scripps PRSSA have given me the opportunity to build my professional portfolio. Last summer I interned at Allied Global Marketing, an entertainment marketing agency in Cleveland where I promoted movies like Toy Story 4 and Aladdin to Clevelanders through grassroots promotions. This summer, I’m interning with Amsdell Companies/Compass Self Storage as their marketing intern, where I work on digital marketing strategies to increase storewide sales and target positive customer experiences.

On campus, I work as a marketing strategy assistant for Advancement Communication and Marketing and develop promotional strategies for The Bobcat Store. I was also the managing director for this past year’s Scripps PRSSA Bateman team, where our campaign, Bobcats, Get on the Map received honorable mention for its imitative to raise awareness to the 2020 census. I’m also the incoming event and marketing coordinator for the Office of Global Opportunities and I’m super excited to carry on the Scripps PRSSA legacy of this role!

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

When I first joined Scripps PRSSA, I was transitioning from the “news and info” track into strategic communication. I wasn’t really sure what PR really was or what I was interested in, but through listening to speakers and joining our student-run integrated marketing firm (1804 Communication), I found my passion for strategic storytelling.

Besides the amazing people, my favorite thing about Scripps PRSSA is the travel opportunities. Traveling to Chicago, San Diego and New York City are some of my best college memories and I owe it all to Scripps PRSSA!

What are you most excited about for your position?

I’m most excited to build relationships with all the members of Scripps PRSSA. Our organization has some of the best people I’ve met in my life and I can’t wait to get to know everyone! 2020 has been a year like no other, and it’s important we are all there for each other.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

Don’t worry about all the small setbacks in life. Be proud of yourself!

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

There’s nothing better than walking through College Green with a vanilla chai from Donkey Coffee—and I miss all my friends and living uptown!

What is your dream job?

I love lifestyle trends and have a passion for fashion, so my dream would be to work in fashion/retail PR or marketing. I’m most interested in connecting with people and getting to know why they like a certain product or brand, which is why I love B2C marketing!

Anything else you want to add? 

I’m so excited for this year! Let’s connect.

Twitter:  @vmooose


Executive Vice President:

Alyssa Gormley

​Hey, hi and hello! I am Alyssa Gormley, a rising third-year student studying strategic communication at the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. 

What are some of your recent internships/job experiences?

Previously, you could find me at Ohio University’s Office of Global Opportunities as the Social Media Specialist, where I promoted the stories of students study abroad experiences through digital content. I’m a huge fan of travel and social media, and this position allowed me to combine my passions everyday! Last summer, I worked at Wolff Bros. Supply, Inc., a wholesale distribution center, as their Social Media and Marketing Intern. I managed several social media channels, while getting immersed in the world of marketing. Between these professional experiences and involvement in Scripps PRSSA, I’ve been shaped, personally and professionally, with future plans of reaching for the stars.

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 wonderful things from my orientation leader, Jessica Rutowski, and my learning community leader, Emily O’Flynn. PRSSA has given me countless lessons and memories that I’ll cherish forever. My favorite part about PRSSA is the family I have gained from it, that always supports my decisions and cheers me on from the sidelines. PRSSA is my hOUme away from home! 

What are you most excited about for your position?

I’m super duper excited to spread my love and passions for PRSSA to all of our new and current members! I’m also looking forward to establishing more connections and representing my favorite on-campus organization.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

What a question. The best advice I’ve ever been given is from Cade Fleming, who told me to do as much as I gain and make the most of my time at Ohio University. This time is so precious, and it’s meant to be enjoyed! 

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

My heart is always in a million places at once, and one  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?

My dream job is to work for a company I love while doing what I love, which would entail any realms of public relations, marketing and/or digital media. 

Anything else you want to add? 

Join Scripps PRSSA!

Twitter: @gormleyalyssa_


VP of Member Relations:

Kelly Lambers

Hi! My name is Kelly Lambers and I am a junior studying journalism: strategic communication with a minor in marketing.

What are some of your recent internships/job experiences?

I have learned so much from my recent jobs and internships. I was a development intern at Bethesda Foundation where I learned more about fundraising and event planning for a non-profit while balancing multiple projects. My social media intern position with Ohio University Undergraduate Admissions  job helped me develop skills to implement a campaign from the start to finish while being creative for our target audience!

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

I joined Scripps PRSSA because I knew I wanted to be involved in a professional organization that was relating to my particular interests. I didn’t know much about PR but was invited to the meeting by a friend. It was so interesting to hear from professionals and within my first meeting, I knew I had found my home at Ohio University! My favorite thing about the org is that I learn something new at every meeting and always look forward to Mondays!

What are you most excited about for your position?

I am so excited to be the VP of member relations because the internal atmosphere is what makes this organization so amazing! I want to better member experience and really make connections with every person in the org. I also can’t wait for all the great peer mentor/mentee events and hope to continue to make that dues-paying member benefit super beneficial!

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

Some of the best advice I have ever received is that it is good to be intentional with my “yes” and “no”. It can be difficult to give 110% to too many things in your life, so it’s important to know what to commit to and give those your all! Balance is truly key.

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

My favorite thing about Athens is how beautiful the campus is! I truly take it for granted sometimes. I miss walking around the bricks with my friends and running into my fellow classmates!

What is your dream job?

My dream job is to work for a theatre company because that’s one of my big passions! I also want to eventually work at a non-profit that helps people in need, in whatever way that may look!

Anything else you want to add? 

I just wanted to add that I love Taylor Swift and The Beatles. I also sing, play guitar & piano so if that interests you, let me know and let’s have a jam session!

Twitter: @kellylambers


VP of Finance:

Casey George

Hello! My name is Casey George and I am a junior in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. I am studying strategic communication, with a minor in marketing and a certificate in social media. My preferred pronouns are she/her/hers.

What are some of your recent internships/job experiences?

Currently, I am interning at Nationwide Children’s Hospital as a Translational Research Communication Intern. My favorite part of the job is soaking up new information every day and continuing to sharpen my skills in the communication industry. I work with an amazing team and they have all gone above and beyond to support me throughout my internship.

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

I joined Scripps PRSSA my first semester freshman year because my Learning Community Leader, Emily O’Flynn, was a part of Scripps PRSSA. Emily and a few other seniors in PRSSA told our learning community about it. I loved how Scripps PRSSA offers professional and personal growth and I knew I wanted to be a part of it! My favorite thing about this organization is the amazing professional development opportunities and the support system. Every member in PRSSA is always willing to help their peers with anything and it makes me so happy to see everyone thriving and supporting one another. 

What are you most excited about for your position?

I am most excited about expanding my skill set further as VP of Finance. Both of my parents and brother are finance majors, so I have always been curious about the field. I am grateful to be continuing to grow into a well versed pre professional through PRSSA.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

The best advice I have ever been given is, go for anything and everything you want. Try anything out and don’t be afraid because everything is a learning experience. College is the time to explore your interests and meet new people. Get involved earlier and always be a lifelong learner!

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

My favorite thing about Athens/OU is the beautiful campus and the wonderful people. I have met some amazing people throughout my time at OU. I have experienced wonderful professors and the opportunities through student organizations are unlimited. 

What is your dream job?

My dream job is to become Director of Marketing for a company.

Anything else you want to add? 

I am very excited about another amazing year in Scripps PRSSA! I am looking forward to making many more memories with everyone.

Twitter: @Case_g10


VP of External Relations:

Macy Cantrell

Hello! My name is Macy Cantrell, I am a junior majoring in journalism – strategic communication. My preferred pronouns are she/her.

What are some of your recent internships/job experiences?

This summer I am an intern at an organization called Working Partners, which focuses on creating a drug-free workplace in businesses. Working in a remote environment is different, but it has taught me how to effectively communicate with an audience during a pandemic.

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

I joined PRSSA my freshman year because of how welcoming PRSSA members are. I felt so welcome during my first meeting, I knew then that I had found a great group of people to have in my life for the next four years. This organization is such an amazing way to build both personal and professional relationships.

What are you most excited about for your position?

As VP of External Relations, I am most excited to give members opportunities for professional experience. I have had internships because of PRSSA, and I am very grateful for that. I can’t wait to find and share opportunities to help members with their careers.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

The best advice I have ever been given is do not compare yourself to others. Focus on your own accomplishments and what you are capable of.

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

My favorite thing about Athens is the people. I have made so many amazing friendships at OU,  I can’t wait until we are all together again on campus!

What is your dream job?

My dream job is to work in PR for Disney. I have been a huge Disney fan since I was a kid, and it has always been a dream of mine to work for the company.

Twitter: @macy_cantrell22


VP of Public Relations:

Jakob Warren

Hi friends, my name is Jakob Warren. I am a senior and a double major, studying communication studies and journalism – strategic communication. My pronouns are he/him.

What are some of your recent internships/job experiences?

Although I have nothing going on this summer due to the pandemic, I am spending some time catching up on some courses to complete my degree. However, my favorite internship experience was with the Cutler Scholars Program on campus. Under the program coordinators, I was able to learn the fundamentals of social media management and content creation. I made things like postcards, short interview videos, any any promotional material for the program. I am SO thankful for this experience!

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

Before coming to Ohio University, I knew that I wanted to join a PR student org. Once I got on campus, and after some searching at the Involvement Fair, I stumbled upon Scripps PRSSA and 1804 Communication. I joined both immediately. Scripps PRSSA has given me numerous connections—both on and off campus! Being able to hear from many professionals has expanded my perspectives and expectations when it comes to pursuing a job in public relations for the better!

What are you most excited about for your position?

I’m excited for the outreach opportunities. I can’t wait to provide students in the org with opportunities to expand their portfolios and reasons to get excited for PR!

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

“If you can’t love yourself, how in the hell are you gonna love someone else?”

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

My favorite thing in Athens is definitely the people and friends I’ve made. I also just miss the convenience and energy of Court Street.

What is your dream job?

My dream job would be somewhere at a game publisher or a tech company.

Anything else you want to add? 

I love video games and music. I am free 24/7 to talk about either of these things.

Twitter: @urljakob


VP of Social Media:

Alec Charron

Hi! My name is Alec Charron. I am a senior studying journalism strategic communication with a social media certificate. My pronouns are he/him. 

What are some of your recent internships/job experiences?

This summer, I am a social media coordinator for The Sparks House, a nonprofit in Pittsburgh! I’m in charge of creating content for social media, as well as updating the website. It’s a remote internship, so it’s been interesting working around my own schedule and finding engaging content for social media. I’m super excited for the rest of the summer!

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

I joined PRSSA my sophomore year on a whim because I heard about it through the journalism school. Since then, I’ve made some amazing friends that I’ve grown with professionally, as well as personally. Networking and listening to speakers has been critical to my journalism skills, and I hold these experiences very close to me.

What are you most excited about for your position?

As vice president of social media, I am super excited to engage with new/returning members online and create engaging content for our members to see! I can’t wait to see what this year holds.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

Just be yourself! In PR, it’s important to stand out and form your own path, so being authentic, as well as maintaining professionalism, is essential to success in the industry. Employers find this super valuable.

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

My favorite thing about Athens is the people I’ve met along the way. Because Athens is so small, I’ve always felt engaged with the community and I love being out and seeing my friends on and off campus! I also really miss the food (especially Brenen’s).

What is your dream job?

My dream job would be doing PR for an agency that represents my interests/values well. I haven’t narrowed down what industry I want to work for, but I am excited to see what’s out there.

Anything else you want to add? 

I can’t wait to start off this year on a positive note after not seeing everyone for so long. This organization means so much to me, and I am incredibly honored I was chosen to be the vice president of social media. See everyone in August!

Twitter: @aleccharron


 VP of Social Affairs:

Kaleb Gongwer

Hi! My name is Kaleb Gongwer. I’m a junior majoring in communications with a minor in political science. My preferred pronouns are he/him.

What are some of your recent internships/job experiences?

I’m currently searching for a fall internship and working to save money in Athens for the summer! I have personal experience in working with the public as a server, which stemmed my interests in continuing work with the public eye.

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

I joined PRSSA when I changed my major to communications so I could become more familiar with Ohio University’s opportunities in public relations. PRSSA was also a great chance for me to meet new people and network with those who carry the same passions and interests that I have.

What are you most excited about for your position?

I’m most excited to be able to bring people together for our events and socials so that we can create even more unity in the chapter. I want to show students that PRSSA is more than an organization and is an open door to all who seek opportunity.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

The best advice I’ve ever been given is to always be yourself. Something I’ve never shied away from is sticking to who I am as a person and it’s given me the greatest reward in the people I have around me.

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

My favorite thing about Athens is the freedom of expression. I’ve never felt more comfortable expressing myself than when being in this town because of how encouraging and accepting my college experience has been here.

Anything else you want to add? 

Stream “Mood Ring” by Britney Spears.

Twitter:  @MTVkaleb


VP of Visual Communication:

Olivia Christiansen

Hi! My name is Olivia Christiansen. I am a junior studying journalism-strategic communication. My preferred pronouns are she/her.

What are some of your recent internships/job experiences?

This summer I have an internship with Visit Findlay! So far, I have learned a lot about the importance of collaboration within the workplace, as well as how to have open communication with co-workers.

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

Before I began my freshman year, I had about heard about the organization from multiple Bobcats in the PR field and I knew I had to be a member of PRSSA. I love being able to grow as professionally and personally with my fellow PRSSA members.

What are you most excited about for your position?

I am very excited to come up with new ideas for graphics and for getting more experience with InDesign.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

My high school soccer coach encouraged us to “always strive to get better, even if no one is watching.” That has always stuck with me.

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

My favorite thing about Athens is the people and the culture. There’s nothing like it anywhere else.

What is your dream job?

My dream job is working in communications for the Cleveland Indians.

Anything else you want to add? 

I am so thankful for the opportunity to serve on this year’s PRSSA executive board, and I am so excited to make this year great!

Twitter:  @ochristiansen28 

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