Executive Board

2016-2017 Executive Board

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Zachary Jones (Vice President), Katherine Morrison (President), Vasavi Pandey (Vice President)

Katherine Morrison, President

prssa-7211Katherine is a rising senior majoring in public relations with minors in business, international studies, and Korean. She previously served as Director of PR and is incredibly excited to take on the position of President during her last year at Penn State. Katherine has held internships with the National Aquarium in Baltimore and Penn State social media. In the fall of her junior year, Katherine studied abroad in Seoul, South Korea through Penn State and the Council on International Education Exchange (CIEE), whom she most recently completed an internship with as their International Market Research Intern in Portland, Maine.She has a passion for everything PR and communications related, especially in the international and consumer industries. At Penn State, she is also an Account Executive for Happy Valley Communications, a student-run PR firm that gives students hands on public relations and communications work with real clients. Katherine aspires to pursue a career in public relations where she can make an impact and travel to many places around the world.

In her spare time, Katherine can be found running her own photography business, going to any art museum around her, or reading travel blogs. Please feel free to reach out to her with any questions regard the Lawrence G. Foster chapter of PRSSA.

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Vasavi Pandey, Vice President

prssa-7187Vasavi is a senior majoring in public relations, with minors in business and sociology. She first joined Penn State’s PRSSA her freshman year, where she was a member of the Communications Committee and helped write blogs and pieces for the newsletter. Since joining, Vasavi has served as a committee member as well as a committee chair for the Communications Committee. In addition to her involvement with PRSSA, Vasavi  will be the Director of Consulting for HVC for the 2016-2017 school year as well as the THON Chair for the Clown Nose Club.

Vasavi previously interned with telecommunications company, BlackBerry, where she was first exposed to the tech corporate communications industry. This past summer, Vasavi had the pleasure of interning with ad-tech company OpenX in New York City.
In her free time, Vasavi enjoys to sing and play the piano. Her essentials are always a bag of flaming hot cheetos and iced tea. Vasavi plans on furthering her career in corporate tech communications following her graduation.

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Zachary Jones, Vice President

prssa-7055Zack is a senior pursuing dual majors in public relations and political science. Zack joined PRSSA his sophomore year and was a member of the Event Planning Committee and the Communications & Digital Strategy Committees through his junior year. In his final year with PRSSA, he is excited to serve as Vice President.
In addition to his role with PRSSA, Zack serves as an Account Executive with Happy Valley Communications, Press Secretary for the University Park Undergraduate Association and Government Affairs Intern with the Penn State Office of Government and Community Affairs.
Zack’s prior experiences include being a Policy/Public Affairs Intern with the Association of American Universities, a non profit that helps to address many of the issues affecting the nation’s top institutions of higher learning. Additionally, he was a Communications and Marketing Intern with the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBTQ civil rights advocacy group.
An iPhone with a good calendar/planner is Zack’s best friend when it comes to juggling life at Penn State. When he’s not in class or meetings, you can find Zack watching Veep or Scandal, working out in White Building and singing to the queen: Rihanna.
Zack hopes to pursue a career in public affairs for a major non-profit organization or an agency upon graduation.

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Meghan Reinhardt, Director of PR (Fall)

prssa-7066Meghan is a junior studying public relations with three minors in international studies, psychology, and digital media trends and analytics. Meghan joined PRSSA her freshman year as a member of the Strategic Planning committee. Last year, she served as a co-chair on that same committee and is so excited to be the Director of PR!

In addition to being involved with PRSSA, Meghan is also the Managing Editor of Valley Magazine, Penn State’s life and style publication, as well as a member of Delta Gamma. This year, she also has an internship with BlueWhiteTV where she will help promote the site and the contests it holds.

This past summer, Meghan was a marketing intern for MileOne, an automobile company. It was her first internship so if you need any advice on how to tackle your first internship, feel free to reach out!!

Aside from running around campus between clubs and class, Meghan loves to hang out with her friends, find new coffee shops, watch Netflix (probably FRIENDS), and prepare for her study abroad experience coming up in the Spring. In addition to caffeine, Meghan can’t live without Google Docs, Amazon Prime or dry shampoo. Meghan hopes to one day work in the media industry or for the government.

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Jess Frezza, Director of PR (Spring)

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Jess is a junior majoring in public relations and minoring in business, health policy administration and digital media trends and analytics, as well as a certificate in the Curley Center for Sports Journalism. She’s been an active member of PRSSA since her sophomore year and served as the Strategic Planning Chair in the fall semester. In addition to her involvement with PRSSA, Jess has been a THON captain for the past two years, a sports writer for Onward State and will be a Teaching Assistant for Mass Media Law in the spring semester.

Jess previously interned with Penn State Athletics and this past summer, she interned with US Lacrosse. Both opportunities affirmed for passion for the sports industry.

In her free time, Jess can be found with a coffee attached to her hand, FaceTiming her dog, catching up on New York sports or planning trips to travel the world, despite being on a college student’s budget. Jess plans on furthering her career in the sports industry or in something where she can travel after graduating.

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Mary Cassone, Director of Membership

AAEAAQAAAAAAAAZxAAAAJGUwNDU1MmI0LWM0MWItNGJhMi04MzYxLWE0ZTEzMzk0MmRmYw.jpgMary is a senior majoring in public relations, with minors in Spanish and political science. She first joined Penn State’s PRSSA her sophomore year, and since then, has served as a member of both Communications and Event Planning committees. In addition to her involvement with PRSSA, Mary will serve as an account associate for Happy Valley Communications, as well as a THON Committee Chair for the special interest organization “Trilogy.”

Mary previously dedicated her time to The Daily Collegian, Penn State’s student-run newspaper, where she served as both a junior reporter for the News Division and more recently, as a promotions representative for their Business Division. This past summer, Mary interned with Ogilvy Public Relations, a global public relations agency, where she worked for their public affairs department in Washington, D.C.
In her free time, Mary enjoys trips to the beach and listening to music. Some of her favorite things include drinking coffee and watching House of Cards. Upon graduating, Mary hopes to further her career at a large agency in New York City, and aspires to work with crisis mitigation and social change issues.

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Ann Klinck, Director of Chapter Development

prssa-7084Ann is a junior majoring in public relations, with intended minors in Spanish and political science. She joined PRSSA her freshman year as a member of the Strategic Planning Committee. Her sophomore year she was on the Communications/Digital Strategy Committee. Along with her involvement with PRSSA, Ann was a member of the THON Communications Committee. This semester Ann will be interning with The Downtown State College Improvement District, and is very much looking forward to becoming more involved in the community around her.

Ever since Ann’s volunteer work with THON, and her fellowship with the Republican National Committee, nonprofit and advocacy work has been calling her name. She hopes to intern in the D.C. area this summer.

In her free time, Ann enjoys kayaking at her lake in New Jersey, and loves anything to do with the shore. She is most relaxed sunbathing with a good book and the breeze from the ocean rolling over her.

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 Ashley Hansen, Director of Chapter Development

prssa-7043Ashley is a senior majoring in public relations with a minor in business. She joined Penn State’s chapter of PRSSA her junior year, and became an active member in both the Event Planning Committee and the Communications Committee. These two committees allowed her to do two things she loves: write articles for the fall and spring newsletter and create memorable events. She couldn’t be more excited for her role as Co-Director of Chapter Development.

In addition to her involvement with PRSSA, she is a peer mentor for the College of Communications. While her main PR interests lie in entertainment, fashion, and sports, she enjoys engaging in opportunities within any PR sector. This past summer, Ashley interned with a non-profit organization, the Downtown State College Improvement District, where she marketed and promoted various Downtown State College businesses. For the fall, Ashley will be working with Penn State Athletics as a Customer Relations Intern.

In her spare time, Ashley keeps up with anything and everything Disney and spends time with friends and family.


Rebecca Adelmann, Director of Finance

prssa-7049Rebecca is a senior majoring in public relations and minoring in business.  She joined PRSSA during the fall of her junior year when she became a member of the Communications and Digital Strategy Committee.  She felt this committee would be best suited to help further her PR knowledge and writing skills.  Rebecca is also involved with Penn State’s Hockey Management Association, a club that works closely with the men’s and women’s NCAA ice hockey teams.

This past summer Rebecca interned with Cumulus Media where she was immersed into the world of radio communications.  This internship furthered her passion for the entertainment industry.

Rebecca loves pizza, country music and Disney movies, in that order.  You can always find her cracking jokes and trying to make people laugh.  Rebecca plans on pursuing a public relations career in the entertainment industry after graduation.

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Emily Pirt, Director of Regional Conference

prssa-7116Emily is a senior double majoring in public relations and French language and culture. Emily has been an active member of PRSSA since her freshman year, participating in the Communications and Strategic Planning committees and previously serving as last year’s National / Committee Liaison. After assisting with Penn State’s 2015 regional conference, Emily is excited for the opportunity to plan another conference for the Lawrence G. Foster chapter.

Outside of her involvement with PRSSA, Emily serves as the Executive Director for Happy Valley Communications, Penn State’s only full-service, student-run public relations firm. She also blogs part-time for Generation: Financial Knowledge Development to help educate college students on finance, economics, and current events.
Emily has held internships with Discovery Communications, Penn State Athletics, and the Tom Wolf For Governor campaign. After graduation, Emily hopes to pursue a career in television publicity, public affairs, or crisis communications.
In her spare time, you can find Emily watching 80s movies, reading Harry Potter en français, cheering on the Pittsburgh Penguins, and drinking bottomless cups of coffee. She loves getting to know new PRSSA members, so don’t hesitate to reach out!

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Sarah Kim, National Committee Liaison (Fall)

prssa-7129Sarah is a senior majoring in public relations and French. She is excited to start off the year in her new position as National Committee Liaison. In the past, Sarah has been a part of the event planning committee and the communications committee. Since being a part of PRSSA, Sarah has helped plan several events and write for the semiannual newsletter.
Outside of PRSSA, Sarah is the Creative Director for the Daily Collegian and is the social media intern for the State Theatre. Over the summer she moved to Washington DC to work at Brand USA.
When she’s not in class or at work, Sarah enjoys re-watching episodes of the Office, Veep and keeping up with fashion shows.
After graduation, Sarah plans to take a year off to travel the world before starting her dream of working for a PR agency.
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Nicole Trayer, National Committee Liaison (Spring)

AAEAAQAAAAAAAAbMAAAAJDM2MDE5MDdmLWZkNTYtNGVhZS05ZDU3LTc0MWZmZTg2NzI4Mg.jpgNicole is a senior majoring in public relations and international politics. She first joined PRSSA her sophomore year, where she was a member of of the Communications Committee and helped write blogs and pieces for the newsletter. In addition to her involvement with PRSSA, Nicole is a cadet in Army ROTC as well as an abroad columnist for Penn State’s student run newspaper, The Daily Collegian. Nicole’s favorite Penn State memory is dancing for her THON organization, Kaizen, in THON 2016.
Nicole previously interned in Penn State’s Office of Government and Community Relations, where she had the opportunity to learn more about the interaction between the federal government and the university. This fall, Nicole will be spending the semester in Washington, DC interning in the external affairs department at the American Enterprise Institute.
In her free time, Nicole enjoys to read and spend countless hours on Pinterest. Upon graduation, Nicole plans to commission into the Army Reserves and hopes to begin a career in government relations in Washington, DC.

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