Member List

Lindsay Allen
Professional, CMU Public Relations and Marketing

Twitter: allen1lm
Lindsay, who studied communication and journalism at Central Michigan University, has worked in media relations for her alma mater since 2002.  Lindsay loves the challenge of digging up buried stories — those priceless nuggets of incredibly fascinating and/or off-the-wall information about people and their work, which the people themselves might think are “no big deal” or are “just a part of (their) job(s)” — and then finding ways to compellingly tell those stories to the right audiences. Lindsay also has experience as a professional journalist and as a student journalist.

Teresa Asevedo
Teresa graduated from Central Michigan University in August 2008 with a dual degree in public relations and Spanish. She was actively involved in PRSSA and served on the executive board.

David Baker
Student, St. John Fisher College
Blog: Dave Baker’s Blog
Twitter: davidbaker09
Dave is a senior communications/journalism major at St. John Fisher Colege in Rochester, NY. He is the president of the college’s chapter of PRSSA and is a founding member of PRIMA Connections, the student-run PR/integrated marketing communications firm.

Jared Bryan
Student, Wayne State University

Twitter: jrdbryan
Jared, a group leader on Live it. Learn it. Love it., is a senior at Wayne State University graduating in May with a degree in public relations. He currently serves as president of the James S. Measell Chapter of PRSSA at WSU. He recently completed his service as the Communications Director for the PRSSA 2008 National Conference in Detroit.

Brian Camen
Blog: The PR Practitioner
Twitter: ArizoneBrian
Brian is a public relations professional working in the higher education industry in Arizona. Brian graduated from Arizona State University in May 2007. He has held multiple internships; in the publicity department of Sony BMG, Columbia Records, in the public information department for the national office of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International, and in the PR department of a major law firm in Phoenix.

Alyssa Carter
Bernard Hodes Group
Blog: PR Stuff Etc.
Twitter: AlyssaCarter
Alyssa graduated from the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication with a public relations emphasis and business minor. She currently work as an account coordinator at Bernard Hodes Group, a recruitment advertising firm. She is learning the differences and parallels of PR versus advertising and hoping to expand her knowledge of interactive media solutions.

Courtney Curran
Student, Michigan State University
Twitter: courtneycurran
Courtney is a member of  PRSSA and serve on the e-board as the agency director of Hubbell Connections, the student-run communication agency. She also is a PR intern at the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine and the PR Chairman for her chapter of Sigma Kappa Sorority.

Laura Doty

Lindsay Elias
Student, Central Michigan University

Blog: My Journey in PR
Twitter: LindsayElias
Lindsay is a senior at Central Michigan University, majoring in integrative public relations and triple minoring in advertising, marketing and public affairs. She is the vice president of the Dr. Diane S. Krider Chapter.

Rachel Esterline
Student, Central Michigan University
Blog: A Step Ahead
Twitter: rachelesterline
In January 2009, Rachel founded Live it. Learn it. Love it. As a junior at Central Michigan University, she is pursuing her degree in public relations. She is the director of external relations of PRSSA at CMU and an account executive in PR Central, CMU’s student-run PR firm. She works at Central Michigan Life as an account executive.

Christy Hammond
Student, University of Michigan
Blog: Sports PR Blog
Christy is a senior at the University of Michigan double majoring in Sport Management and Communication Studies. She is in her second season as a PR and Community Relations intern for the Detroit Red Wings and also interns for the U-M athletic media relations department.

Cecilia Hughes
Eastern Connecticut State University
Blog: Ongoing Ramblings
Twitter: ceciliah
Cecilia is in her final year at Eastern Connecticut State University pursuing a degree in communications. She is the 2008-2009 vice president of internships and jobs for PRSSA and loves networking with her peers. Professionally, Hughes has held four internships and is currently working with Weber Shandwick | Powell Tate and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. She also works as the PR & Social Media Coordinator for Creative Concepts in Fairfield, CT.

Heather Huhman
Twitter: HeatherHuhman
Heather writes an entry-level careers column on

Radovan Kavický
Professional, Porter Novelli
Twitter: radovankavicky

Christine Kunde
Student, Central Michigan University

Twitter: ckunde

Lauren Irwin
Graduate, Central Michigan University
Twitter: LaurenIrwin
is a recent graduate from Central Michigan University with a major in integrative public relations and a minor in journalism.

Jessica Lawlor
Student, Temple University
Blog: PRowl Public Relations
Twitter: jesslaw
Jessica is a public relations student at Temple University in Philadelphia. She is the director of public relations for PRowl Public Relations, Temple University’s first and only student-run PR firm, and serves on the executive board of Temple’s PRSSA chapter.

Danielle Leone
Student, Central Michigan University
Blog: The Journey
Danielle is a student at Central Michigan University, majoring in integrative public relations  and minoring in advertising, marketing and public affairs. She has completed one internship at Kresge Eye Institute.

Nick Lucido
Student, Michigan State University
Blog: PR Start
Twitter: nicklucido
Nick, a moderator at Learn it. Live it. Love it., is a junior at Michigan State University studying advertising with a public relations specialization and public administration. He also is the chapter president of MSU PRSSA and works with their student-run communications firm, Hubbell Connections. Additionally, he is a senior account executive and assistant advertising manager at The State News.

Lindsay McHugh
Graduate, Temple University

Blog name: Journey to Oz
Twitter: lmchugh
Lindsay is a recent graduate from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. She was actively involved in PRSSA and has completed several internships in both corporate and non-profit environments. She is currently participating in her first virtual internship with AJR Partners in Miami, Florida. In February, she will be relocating to Melbourne, Australia, and hopes to gain public relations experience abroad.

Ally Padden
Student, Central Michigan University
Twitter: AllysePadden
Ally is a sophomore at Central Michigan University. She is a public relations major and a sign language minor. Ally is member of PRSSA at CMU and serves on the professional development committee.

Judy Palnau
Professional, Michigan Public Service Commission

Twitter:  jpalnau
Judy is the Media and Public Information Specialist at the Michigan Public Service Commission.

Amy Ovsiew
Professional, Stern + Associates
Twitter: amyovsiew
After graduating in May 2008 from Rowan University (NJ) with a dual degree in public relations and journalism, Amy joined Stern + Associates, a mid-size PR agency in northern New Jersey. In addition, she is a member of PRSA-NJ and her hometown PR advisory commission. In her free time, Amy trains for triathlons and knits.

Kristen Pelkki
Student, Central Michigan University
Blog: liveLaughLOVE
Twitter: KPelkk5
Kristen is a Central Michigan University junior, majoring in integrative public relations and minoring in event management and public affairs. She  is on the women’s varsity soccer team at CMU and is involved with PRSSA and PR Central – CMU’s student-run PR firm. She is interning with the Saginaw Spirit hockey team.

Kyle F. Reinson
Professional, St. John Fisher College
Web site: Reinson Creative Consulting
Twitter: reinsoncreative
Prior to becoming a professor at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York, Kyle was a public relations executive with two publicly-traded companies. Although he’s managed employees and myriad public relations functions throughout his 16-year career, his specialty is the use of creative communication approaches to deliver measurable results. Kyle is also president of Reinson Creative Consulting in Pittsford, New York.

Meg Roberts
Professional, New Media Strategies
Blog: PR Interactive
Twitter: megroberts
Meg, a moderator,  is a promotions associate at New Media Strategies in Washington, D.C., where she is a member of the social marketing and digital PR team. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of South Florida, and interned at VOX Global Mandate and Fleishman Hillard.

Angela Seits
Blog: Socially Minded
Twitter: aseits
Angela is an event planner and public relations professional working in Cultural Affairs in Oregon.
Jason Schnaidt
Student, Central Michigan University

Blog: DEFINEyourself
Twitter: JasonSchnaidt
Jason is a junior at CMU and an active member in PRSSA and a new member of PR Central – CMU’s student-run PR firm.  He considers himself to be an independent, self-motivated individual. He is family-oriented and enjoys spending time with friends, volunteering and experiencing new things. Being open-minded, determined, organized and optimistic are qualities he possesses.

Allison LeAnn Stanley
Student, Morehead State University

Blog: Allison LeAnn
Twitter: AllisonLeAnn
Allison is a junior at Morehead State University, nestled in the hills of eastern Kentucky. She is a communications major with emphasis in advertising and public relations and a visual arts minor. Currently, she works in the media relations department of MSU’s Communications and Marketing and serves as president of her PRSSA chapter. Allison is in love with advertising, design, and event planning.

Ellen Trudell
Student, Central Michigan University
Blog: Emarie218’s Blog
Twitter: emarie_t
Ellen attends Central Michigan University and is in her second semester of college. Public Relations is still relatively new to her and she is excited to learn more about it. Ellen is a member of PRSSA.

Nick Wagner
Blog: Team RCIA
Twitter: nickwagner and teamrcia
Nick is the editor of Today’s Parish Minister and Religion Teacher’s Journal and is the author of numerous articles and several books and on parish ministry. He is an active team member with and serves on the board of directors for the North American Forum on the Catechumenate. He has worked in campus, parish and diocesan positions, and he holds a master’s degree from Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota.

James S. Walker
Professional, APCO Worldwide
Blog: Gen Y PR Prescriptions
Twitter: jaywalk1
James is a junior project manager with APCO Online at APCO Worldwide in Washington, DC. James works with a team of people to develop appropriate social media strategy for a range of clients, from non-profit associations to Fortune 500 companies. Prior to joining APCO, James worked at a mid-size health care communications agency. He graduated from The George Washington University in May 2007.

Crystal Ware
Professional, Location3 Media
Blog: My Journey as a Young Professional
Twitter: crystalware
Crystal is an account coordinator with Location3 Media. After graduating with her master’s from the University of Hawaii-Manoa, she began her career in Denver, Colo., discovering innovative ways to bring social media to new and existing clients.


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