2016-2017 Executive Board
Katherine Morrison, President
Katherine 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.
Vasavi Pandey, Vice President
Vasavi 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.
Zachary Jones, Vice President
Meghan Reinhardt, Director of PR (Fall)
Meghan 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.
Jess Frezza, Director of PR (Spring)
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.
Mary Cassone, Director of Membership
Mary 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.”
Ann Klinck, Director of Chapter Development
Ann 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.
Ashley Hansen, Director of Chapter Development
Ashley 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
Rebecca 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.
Emily Pirt, Director of Regional Conference
Emily 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.