President- Marissa Piffer
Marissa is a senior majoring in strategic communication with a focus in public relations. This is Marissa’s third year being a member of PRSSA and previously served as the Director of Fundraising on the executive board. On campus, Marissa currently serves as a mentor for The DREAM Program and previously served as a Co-Chair last year. Marissa also served as both an Account Associate and Account Executive for PRowl Public Relations, Temple University’s first and only student-run PR firm that is nationally affiliated through PRSSA. Marissa has completed three internships at the American Heart Association, Small Talk Media and Aramark Global Headquarters where she currently interns in the communications department. Marissa enjoys exploring all areas of PR and hopes to expand her knowledge in other fields of public relations. Feel free to talk with Marissa about internship and resume advice, the best coffee spots around the city, and how to get more involved with PRSSA!
Vice President- Marissa Reale
Marissa is a senior strategic communication major with a concentration in public relations. She is also pursuing an event planning certificate. Marissa has been a member of Temple PRSSA since fall 2015 and has previously served on the executive board as Secretary. Marissa is also an Assistant Firm Director of Temple’s nationally affiliated student-run firm, PRowl Public Relations. Marissa has completed three internships at iHeart Media, Johnson & Johnson and 6abc WPVI. Marissa is in the case study and capstone class which will be entered into PRSSA’s national Bateman competition. Marissa is also a member of the Philadelphia Public Relations Association (PPRA) and is the 2017 recipient of the Dr. Jean Brodey Student Achievement Award. Marissa enjoys attending networking events, shopping and cooking. Members can speak to Marissa about internship and networking advice, as well as any other topics!
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Director of Public Relations: Joei DeCarlo
Joei is a junior double majoring in strategic communication and adult & organizational development. She is also pursuing a Master’s in Education through Temple’s 4+1 Program. This is her third year as a PRSSA member, serving on the newsletter committee each year. She is also an Assistant Firm Director at PRowl Public Relations. When she’s not traveling from her home in South Philly to school, you can find her working part-time as legal assistant or listening to Billy Joel. Feel free to talk to Joei about what to order at Starbucks, double majoring, or how to get involved with a student organization.
Director of Fundraising- Lauren Marhefka
Lauren is a senior majoring in strategic communication with a concentration in public relations and a minor in sport management. She joined both PRSSA and PRowl Public Relations her junior year and now serves as the Director of Fundraising and Director of Finance respectively. Lauren has worked and interned for minor league baseball and currently works part-time for the Philadelphia Eagles. After graduation, she hopes to pursue her master’s in Sport Business. But for now she’s most likely to be found watching Harry Potter with an iced coffee in hand. Feel free to talk to Lauren about preparing for internship interviews, working on a resume or her personal experiences in the sports field.
Secretary- Jeremy Rives
Jeremy is a junior majoring in strategic communication with a concentration in public relations and a certificate in event leadership. Jeremy has been a member of PRSSA since his freshman year and served on the newsletter, community service, and public relations committees. Jeremy is an account executive for PRowl Public Relations and works as a tutor for Temple University’s Academy for Adult Learning Program. Recently, he spent this past summer in the London summer study away program through the Klein College of Media and Communication. Jeremy hopes to pursue a career in agency work or image management. Outside of school Jeremy loves to travel, shop and spend time with friends. You can talk to Jeremy about going abroad, jobs on campus or any topic!
Treasurer- Morgan Kruczek
Morgan is a senior majoring in broadcast journalism with a general business minor. This is Morgan’s second semester as a member of PRSSA and it will be her first year on executive board. She is also involved with Temple Update on campus. This summer, Morgan interned at 69 News, worked at Red Robin, traveled with her family and hung out with friends. She is interested in learning more about PR and how it intertwines with journalism. Outside of school, Morgan loves to travel, eat, dance, write and watch sports. Feel free to talk with Morgan about anything from internships and resume advice, restaurants to eat at in the city, or the best smoothie to get at Tropical Smoothie.
Director of Recruitment- Lailumah Faisal
Lailumah is a junior strategic communication major with a concentration in public relations. This will be her second semester as a member of both PRowl and PRSSA. She is excited to continue working with both organizations. Although not sure about which area of PR she would like to work in, Lailumah is considering lifestyle or sports. She is excited that the possibilities in the field are endless! You can find Lailumah ordering breakfast at Richie’s or studying at the Tech Center.
Director of Community Service- Emily McKain
Emily is a junior double majoring in strategic communication with a concentration in public relations and human development & community engagement. She came to Temple University as a freshman and became involved with PRSSA during her second semester. She currently works at Jumpstart Philadelphia and will be an Account Executive at PRowl Public Relations. She has interned at Relief Communications and is most interested in nonprofit work and events.
Director of Mentorship- Grace Hanlon
Grace is a junior majoring in strategic communication with a focus in public relations. This is Grace’s second year as a PRSSA member, and her first holding an executive board position. Aside from PRSSA, she is also involved in PRowl Public Relations, is a member of Alpha Epsilon Phi sorority, and an intern at Allied Integrated Marketing. Grace is interested in agency and lifestyle PR, as well as event planning. Besides communications, Grace loves exploring Philly, cold brew, and Twitter. Feel free to talk to Grace about finding an internship, networking, social media, or just say “hi!”
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Director of Social Media- Kayla Boone
Kayla is a senior strategic communication major with a concentration in public relations. Kayla is passionate about media, debating different topics, and learning about different cultures. In addition to serving as the Director of Social Media for Temple PRSSA, Kayla serves as a Social Media Manager for Temple’s Black Public Relations Society and as the Public Relations Chair of the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance. After graduation, Kayla plans to work in external public relations for a non profit organization.
Conference Coordinator- Chelsea Seidel
Chelsea is a junior majoring in strategic communication with a concentration in public relations and a minor in sports management. Chelsea has been a member of PRSSA since the fall of her freshman year and was an executive board member last year. Chelsea is also a member of PRowl Public Relations and has been a junior account associate. In the past, Chelsea has interned at The Hershey Entertainment Company as well as Temple Athletics. Chelsea will be spending the first semester of her junior year studying abroad on Temple’s campus in Rome, Italy. After graduation she would like to pursue a career in sports public relations, as she loves the sports world. Outside of class Chelsea enjoys shopping in Center City, cooking for people, and drinking tons of coffee. Please feel free to contact her with any questions or if you would just like to connect.
Temple Student Government Representative- Thatcher Williams
Thatcher is a sophomore double majoring in public relations and English. This will be his second semester as a member of PRSSA and his first serving as Temple Student Government Representative. He is interested in fashion public relations along with crisis management and politics. Feel free to talk to Thatcher about fashion or comics. He loves to meet new people and is more than open to making new friends.
PRowl Public Relations Firm Director- Clarissa Ford
Clarissa is a senior majoring in strategic communication with a concentration in public relations. She has a minor in sports management and hopes to find a career in sports media. While last year Clarissa served as the Director of Mentorship, she has been involved with the chapter since her freshman year. This year she will also be serving as the Firm Director for PRowl Public Relations, Temple’s nationally affiliated student-run public relations firm. In her spare time, she runs her own sports blog, She Knows The Rules. Members can feel free to chat with her about anything! Especially sports, blogging, industry trends, internship advice, and social media.
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Advisor: Professor Gregg Feistman
Associate Professor, Strategic Communication