2018-2019 Executive Board
Holly Rubin, President
Holly is a senior majoring in public relations with minors in business, international studies and digital media trends & analytics. Holly joined PRSSA her freshman year and was previously the Director of Public Relations and Strategic Planning Chair. In the spring Holly studied abroad in Prague, where she studied Central European Studies and traveled throughout Europe.
Over the summer, she was the International Communications Intern for Viacom in New York City. She worked on networks such as Nickelodeon, MTV, BET, Paramount and Comedy Central.
In addition to her involvement with PRSSA, Holly is a member of the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications Student Council and an inductee of both Phi Eta Sigma and the Golden Key Honor Society. She is also a sister of the Panhellenic Sorority, Alpha Omicron Pi. Holly is looking forward to being the 2018-2019 President of PRSSA and working with the new Executive Board and Chairmen. Some highlights will include attending National Conference, planning Regional Conference, participating in the Bateman competition, fundraising for Penn State Dance Marathon (THON) and more.
Mackenzie Stagnito, Vice President
Mackenzie is a senior majoring in public relations with minors in business and international studies. She joined PRSSA her sophomore year as part of the Strategic Planning committee, served as Director of Chapter Development in 2017 and is so excited to help lead the chapter as Vice President this year.
Mackenzie spent the summer working at Allstate’s corporate headquarters as a strategic communications intern. She has also interned with Penn State Athletics and worked as a management research consultant for the Downtown State College Improvement District. She has held positions within both Greek Life and Movin’ On, Penn State’s annual music festival. Mackenzie studied abroad this past semester in Prague, Czech Republic.
In her spare time, Mackenzie enjoys spending time outdoors, listening to music and, of course, watching Penn State football.
Lauren D’Orazio, Director of Public Relations
Lauren is a senior majoring in public relations and minoring in Spanish. She joined PRSSA her junior year as a member of the Event Planning committee. Before transferring to University Park, Lauren spent two years at Penn State Altoona where she served as the special events captain for Altoona Benefiting THON 2016-2017. She also was on a rules and regulations committee for THON 2017-2018 as the merchandise chair and the event fundraising specialist.
Lauren interned at Philadelphia magazine as a sales, marketing and events intern in the summer of 2018. She is very excited to take on her new roles as the Director of Public Relations and one of the Alternative Fundraising chairs for PRSSA’s THON organization this year!
In her free time, Lauren enjoys spending time with friends and family and watching her favorite movies and TV shows. After graduation, she hopes to travel the world and pursue a career in event planning and public relations.
Alexa Turkovich, Director of Creative Production
Alexa is a senior at Penn State majoring in public relations and minoring in both digital media trends & analytics and English. At Penn State she is the business director of VALLEY Magazine, which is Penn State’s fashion, beauty and lifestyle magazine. She also holds the position of Director of Creative Production for Penn State’s chapter of PRSSA.
Alexa has spent the last two summers interning for public relations firms in New York City, with a client focus on fashion and travel accounts. She hopes to return to New York City post-graduation in May of 2019 to begin her career in public relations.
Kristina Hahn, Director of Membership
Kristina is a sophomore from Green Brook, New Jersey majoring in public relations with a DMTA Minor. She joined PRSSA during her first semester of freshman year and is now going into her fifth semester as a member.
In addition to working with PRSSA, Kristina is involved with Valley Magazine and Odyssey. She currently is on her third semester interning with Penn State Athletics doing live production with them. As well as interning she is involved with Management 296, an independent studies program within Penn State.
Apart from academia world, Kristina loves traveling around the world, she recently spent two weeks in the United Kingdom and plans to study abroad this spring in Florence. She loves working out and is a big foodie. Kristina aspires to live in New York City in a few years at a big PR firm where she can incorporate her love for travel and trying new things.
Rachael Lowe, Director of Chapter Development
Rachael is a senior studying public relations with a minor in recreational parks and tour management. Before becoming the co-director of chapter development, she was an active member of PRSSA’s event planning committee and later became a co-chair the committee.
Outside of PRSSA, Rachael is a member of Sigma Kappa sorority, the Panhellenic communications team, THON, and Movin’ On, Penn State’s annual music festival. This past summer Rachael served as a brand ambassador for Firefly Music Festival and spent her summer traveling to various concerts. Her dream is to work in the music or entertainment industry.
Cailyn McCutcheon, Director of Chapter Development
Cailyn is a senior from West Chester, Pennsylvania dual majoring in public relations and psychology. This is her third year with PRSSA and her first serving as a Director of Chapter Development, after previously holding the title of Strategic Planning Chair.
This summer Cailyn was a Communications Intern at SUEZ – Water Technologies & Solutions, working on communications strategy for engineering systems and chemical product lines.
Elissa Hill, Director of Regional Conference
Elissa is a senior majoring in public relations with minors in business and digital media trends & analytics. She joined PRSSA her freshman year as a member of the communications and digital strategy committee, and has also served as chair of that committee and as the Director of Chapter Development.
In addition to her involvement with PRSSA, Elissa is the editor of Onward State and an at-large member of the University Park Student Fee Board. She has interned with Gatesman, VisitPITTSBURGH and Schreyer Honors College.
In her free time, Elissa can be found writing hot takes about Penn State news, obsessing over Old Main Lawn, or shedding a single tear in anticipation of graduation.
Emma Kauffman, National Committee Liaison
Emma is a senior majoring in public relations with minors in English and digital media trends and analytics. She is also receiving a business certificate through the Smeal College of Business. She joined PRSSA her freshman year as a member of the Strategic Planning Committee. Along with her involvement in PRSSA, Emma is also the VP of Communications for the Penn State Performing Arts Council. She also interned with Penn State Dining and New Tech Network.
This is her second year as a THON Chair. She is also taking on the position of National Committee Liaison, after having attended national PRSSA events. She also would be more than happy to get to know new PRSSA members, so don’t be afraid to say hello!