Editor Biographies, Spring 2017

 

Kahla Anderson (photo by Melody Schmidt)

Kahla Anderson — Bloomfield, Michigan
Editor/Writer

Major/Minor: Public Relations/Computer Technology & Applications

Academic Achievements: Dean’s List (Spring 2016)

Jobs, Internships & Other Achievements: Resident Advisor — Housing and Residential Communities (Present); Digital Strategist — Capstone Agency (Present); Director of Fresh Start — Student Government Association (Present); Director of Housing and Residential Communities — Student Government Association (Fall 2015–Spring 2016); Marketing Intern — Real Times Media (Summer 2016)

Community Service: Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind (present)

Organization Membership: Capstone Agency, Capstone AdFed, National Council of Negro Women (NCNW)

 

Clara Balestrieri (photo by Melody Schmidt)

Clara Balestrieri — Arlington, Virginia
Editor/Writer

Major/Minor: Public Relations/Communication Studies

Academic Achievements: Dean’s List (Fall 2016), Global Studies Certificate Award

Jobs, Internships & Other Achievements: Social Media Coordinator for Beat Auburn Beat Hunger (Fall 2016-present); PR in Paris study abroad program (May 2016); CIS Semester in Florence study abroad program (Fall 2015)

Community Service: C.A.S.A. Fundraising; Sprout Therapeutic Riding Center

Organization Membership: Beat Auburn Beat Hunger, UAPRSSA (Spring 2017); Kappa Alpha Theta Women’s Fraternity (Fall 2013–Spring 2015); P.E.O.

 

Briana Borcic (photo by Melody Schmidt)

Briana Borcic — Denver, Colorado
Editor/Writer

Major/Minor: Public Relations/Entrepreneurship

Academic Achievements: Dean’s List (Spring 2015, Fall 2015), The National Society of Leadership and Success

Jobs, Internships & Other Achievements: Reach Anonymous Chat Mobile App — Campus Promoter (February 2015–May 2015), Industry Immersion — Trip Participant (May 2015), Industry Immersion — Public Relations Director (August 2015–May 2016), Comedy Works Denver — Business Affairs Intern (May 2016–August 2016), Conservatively Unplugged — Assistant Producer (Present)

Community Service: Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter (Fall 2015-Spring 2016)

Organization Membership: CMA (Country Music Association) Edu (Present), Habitat for Humanity (Spring 2017), UAPRSSA (Spring 2017)

 

Lynn Brantley (photo by Melody Schmidt)

Lynn Brantley — Ashburn, Virginia
Marketing Director

Major/Minors: Public Relations/Entrepreneurship and Computer Technology and Applications

Academic Achievements: Dean’s List (Spring 2015), Dean’s List (Fall 2016)

Jobs, Internships & Other Achievements: Student Assistant/Creative Team Leader — UA Center for Academic Success (Present); Zeta Tau Alpha — Director of Sisterhood (Present); Communications Intern — Active Minds Inc. (Summer 2016); Business Development Intern — CourseHero (Fall 2015); Zeta Tau Alpha — Director of Founders Group (Spring 2014)

Community Service: Power of Pink Volunteer, Bright Pink Volunteer, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network Purple Stride and Boys and Girls Club

Organization Membership: Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity for Women, UAPRSSA, Order of Alpha Honor Society

 

Julia Cione (photo by Melody Schmidt)

Julia Cione — Plano, Texas
Editor/Writer

Major/Minors: Public Relations/Psychology and Computer Technology & Applications

Academic Achievements: Dean’s List (Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016)

Jobs, Internships & Other Achievements: Zeta Tau Alpha — Director of Philanthropy (December 2015-December 2016); Business Marketing Organization Intern — AT&T (Summer 2016); Zeta Tau Alpha — Recruitment Chairman (December 2014-December 2015); University of Alabama Cheerleading (May 2014-May 2015)

Community Service: Power of Pink Volunteer, Bright Pink Volunteer, TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation

Organization Membership: Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity for Women, UAPRSSA, Order of Omega Honor Society

 

Erica Cooke (photo by Melody Schmidt)

Erica Cooke — Alpharetta, Georgia
Editor/Writer

Major/Minor: Public Relations/Business

Academic Achievements: Dean’s List (Fall 2014, Spring 2015)

Jobs, Internships & Other Achievements: PRSA Liaison — UA PRSSA (Present), Communications Intern — Fellowship of Christian Athletes (Present), Marketing and Communications Intern — American Red Cross (Present), Insights Strategist — Capstone Agency (Present), Public Relations Strategist — Capstone Agency (Fall 2016), Public Relations Intern — Global Impact Solutions (Spring 2015), Director of Alumnae Relations — Delta Gamma Fraternity (Fall 2014–Spring 2015)

Community Service: Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind, Pine Valley Retirement Facility

Organization Membership: UAPRSSA, Capstone Agency, Delta Gamma Fraternity, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society

 

Josh Downey (photo by Melody Schmidt)

Josh Downey — San Diego, California
Editor/Writer

Major/Minor: Public Relations/Spanish

Academic Achievements: Dean’s List (Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016), UA Scholar (Present)

Jobs, Internships & Other Achievements: Graphic Designer — Zerorez (Summer 2016-Current)

Community Service: Father Joe’s Village (Fall 2012); Westview Wolverines Kid’s Camp (Summer 2012-Summer 2014)

Organization Membership: PRCUA, UACMAEDU

 

Meredith Folsom (photo by Melody Schmidt

Meredith Folsom — Oxford, Connecticut
Editor/Writer

Major/Minor: Public Relations/General Business

Academic Achievements: Dean’s List (Spring 2015)

Jobs, Internships & Other Achievements: Marketing Coordinator — WageWorks (Present); Marketing Intern — WageWorks (2015-2016)

Community Service: Rebound Hounds (2014-2016)

Organization Membership: Capstone Agency, Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)

 

Tristen Gell (photo by Melody Schmidt)

Tristen Gell — Birmingham, Alabama
Editor/Writer

Major/Minor: Public Relations/Communication Studies

Academic Achievements: Dean’s List (Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015); Walter H. and Clara W. McGowin Scholarship; Buffalo Rock/Pepsi Leadership Scholarship; Wade W. Ward End Scholarship; Hohenberg Trust Scholarship

Jobs, Internships & Other Achievements: Marketing and Corporate Communications Intern — Brasfield & Gorrie (October 2016–January 2017); Disney College Program Internship — The Walt Disney Company (January–July 2016); Writer — Odyssey Online (December 2015–February 2016); Sales Associate — TRU Identity (October 2014–January 2016); Public Relations Director — Nucal LLC (August–December 2015)

Community Service: Soccer Strong Mentoring Program, University of Alabama Dance Marathon, UA for St. Jude Executive Board

Organization Membership: Capstone Communication Student Society, Phi Mu Fraternity — Alpha Zeta Chapter, Public Relations Council of Alabama, Public Relations Student Society of America, Sigma Rho Chi, The Oakley Society

 

Nicole Morgan (photo by Melody Schmidt)

Nicole Morgan — St. Petersburg, Florida
Editorial Director

Major/Minor: Public Relations/International Studies

Academic Achievements: Dean’s List (Spring 2016, Fall 2016)

Jobs, Internships & Other Achievements: Director of Media Relations — PRSSA Bateman Case Study Competition (Present), EcoCAR 3 Account Executive — Capstone Agency (Present), Marketing Intern — The Dali Museum (June 2016–July 2016), Media Relations Strategist — Capstone Agency (Fall 2015-Spring 2016), Study Abroad — UA in Oxford (2015), Director of Brand Management — University of Alabama Diabetes Education Team (Spring 2015–Spring 2016), Public Relations Committee (Fall 2014–Spring 2016)

Community Service: Boys & Girls Club of West Alabama, Al’s Pals

Organization Membership: UA Public Relations Student Society of America, Capstone Agency, Chi Omega Fraternity for Women

 

Allison Morris (photo by Melody Schmidt)

Allison Morris — Athens, Alabama
Editor/Writer

Major/Minor: Public Relations/Psychology

Jobs, Internships & Other Achievements: Social Media Manager — NTDS (Present); UA Early College Ambassador (2013); Intern — Spirit of Athens (2013)

Community Service: Goode Foundation (Present); Hospice of Limestone Co. Camp Hope (2013–2014); Samaritan’s Purse (2014)

Organization Membership: UAPRSSA

 

 

Amelia Neumeister (photo by Melody Schmidt)

Amelia Neumeister — Marietta, Georgia
10th Anniversary Design Consultant

Majors/Minor: Public Relations specializing in Technological and Digital Communication Management/Computing Technology & Applications

Academic Achievements: Dean’s List (Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016), UA Scholar (Present)

Jobs, Internships & Other Achievements: Social Media Intern/Belize Study Abroad — Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary (Summer 2016); Web Team — Mosaic Magazine (Present); Creative Department — Capstone Agency (Present); UA PRSSA Director of Web-Based Communications (Present); Study Abroad — PR in Paris (May 2016); Designer/Writer — Mosaic Magazine (Fall 2015–Spring 2016); Study Abroad — UA in Germany Honors (June 2015); Advertising Sales Intern — The Crimson White (Spring 2014)

Community Service: Sassafras Center for Arts and Environment (Spring 2016)

Organization Membership: Capstone Agency, UAPRSSA, UA Honors College, Kappa Tau Alpha Honor Society, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, Million Dollar Band, ALta Marea Winterguard

 

Drew Pendleton (photo by Melody Schmidt)

Drew Pendleton — Ballwin, Missouri
Editorial Assistant and President

Majors/Minor: Public Relations and Spanish/Creative Writing

Academic Achievements: Dean’s List (Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015), President’s List (Fall 2014, Spring 2016, Fall 2016), UA Scholar (Present)

Jobs, Internships & Other Achievements: Publications Committee Leader – UA PRSSA (Present); Director of Media Relations Content Creation – Capstone Agency (Present); Freelance Editor — Mosaic Magazine (Present); PR/Communications Intern – Freshwater Land Trust (Summer 2016); Media Relations Strategist — Capstone Agency (Fall 2015–Spring 2016); Managing Editor — Mosaic Magazine (Fall 2015); Study Abroad — UA in Spain (Summer 2015); Writer — Mosaic Magazine (Fall 2014–Spring 2015); Contributing Culture Writer and Film Columnist — The Crimson White (Fall 2013–Fall 2015)

Community Service: 57 Miles (Fall 2013)

Organization Membership: Capstone Agency, UAPRSSA, UA Honors College, Kappa Tau Alpha Honor Society, Sigma Alpha Lambda Honor Society

 

Brittany Ray (photo by Melody Schmidt)

Brittany Ray — Millbrook, Alabama
10th Anniversary Social Media Manager

Major/Minor: Public Relations with a specialization in Sports and Entertainment/ English

Jobs, Internships & Other Achievements: : Public Relations Intern — KC Prōjects (Present), Social Media Committee Leader — UAPRSSA (Present), Digital Strategist — Capstone Agency (Spring 2016–Present), Intern — College Tourist (Summer 2016), Beauty/ Online Writer — Alice Magazine (Fall 2015–Present), College of Communication and Information Sciences Ambassador (Present), Server — NorthRiver Yacht Club (Spring 2015–Present), Social Media Director for Regional Conference — UAPRSSA (October 2015–February 2016), Mental Health Monologue Director — National Alliance on Mental Illness (Fall 2016–Spring 2016), Individual Fundraising and Recruitment Team — University of Alabama Dance Marathon (Fall 2016–Spring 2016)

Community Service: Christ’s Kitchen (Present)

Organization Membership: UAPRSSA, Capstone Agency, College of Communication and Information Science Ambassador

 

Melody Schmidt (photo by Julia Cione)

Melody Schmidt — Austin, Texas
Design Director

Majors/Minor: Psychology and Public Relations with a concentration in Technological and Digital Communication Management

Academic Achievements: President’s List (Spring 2015, Fall 2014), Dean’s List (Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2014), UA Presidential Scholar (Present)

Jobs, Internships & Other Achievements: Marketing Intern — Tri-Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (Present); Intern — Creative Campus (Present); PR Strategist — Her Campus Alabama (Present); Photographer — Melody K Photography (Present); Graphic Designer — Loopd News (Present); Historian, Social Media Chair and Colony/Chapter Founder — Alpha Omega Epsilon Sorority (Present); Writer and Photographer — UA Service-Learning Magazine (Spring 2016, Fall 2014); Social Media and Publicity Team Committee Leader — Black Warrior Film Festival (Fall 2015–Spring 2016); Digital Strategist — Capstone Agency (Fall 2015); Undergraduate Research Assistant — Caldwell Lab (Fall 2013–Spring 2015)

Community Service: Al’s Pals, Autism Society of Alabama, Belser-Parton Literacy Center, On AllFours, Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter, Tuscaloosa Spay and Neuter Incentive Program (TSNIP)

Organization Membership: Creative Campus, UAPRSSA, UA Honors College, Alpha Omega Epsilon Sorority, Psi Chi Honor Society, Order of Omega Honor Society, Her Campus Alabama, University Chorus, Capstone Agency (2014)

 

Josie Seavers (photo by Melody Schmidt)

Josie Seavers — Chicago, Illinois
Editor/Writer

Major/Minor: Apparel and Textiles/Public Relations

Academic Achievements: Dean’s List (Fall 2013, Fall 2015, Spring 2016)

Jobs, Internships & Other Achievements: Marketing and Events Intern — Modern Luxury Magazine (Fall 2016); Sales Associate — Nordstrom (Summer 2014–Winter 2016)

 

 

 

Kennedy Studdard (photo by Melody Schmidt)

Kennedy Studdard — Mobile, Alabama
Design Strategist

Major/Minor: Public Relations specializing in Technological & Digital Communication Management/Psychology

Jobs, Internships & Other Achievements: Alabama Power Company Communications Intern (Summer & Fall 2016); Platform Magazine Writer/Editor (Fall 2016); AAF’s Most Promising Multicultural Student award recipient for the Class of 2017; PR in Paris study abroad program (May 2016); Honors College Honors Year One Intern (Spring 2016–Present); Public Relations Student Society of America Fundraising Chair (Spring 2016–Present); The Elliott Society, a community service based honors society (Spring 2016–Present); Capstone Agency (Fall 2015–Present); College of Communication and Information Sciences Ambassador (Fall 2015–Present); Honors College Honors Year One Mentor (Fall 2014, Fall 2015); Foley Sports Tourism Intern (Summer 2015); Alabama Power Company Internship through a youth summer intern program (Summer 2014)

Community Service: Autism Society of Alabama, Arts ’n Autism PR volunteer, various projects through Circle K International (i.e., Habitat for Humanity, Trick-or-Treat for Canned Goods, The Color Run, Glow Run)

Organization Membership: UAPRSSA, UA Honors College, The Elliott Society, College of Communication and Information Sciences Ambassador, Capstone Agency, PRCA, Capstone AdFed

 

Kayla Sullivan (photo by Melody Schmidt)

Kayla Sullivan — Bartow, Florida
Editor/Writer

Major/Minor: Public Relations/Communication Studies

Academic Achievements: Dean’s List (Fall 2015)

Jobs, Internships & Other Achievements: Marketing Team — Crimson Heart: Let me tell you my story by Mal M. Moore Foundation (Fall 2016); Tourism Development Intern — Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports Commission (Summer 2016); Office Intern — Main Street Bartow Inc. (Winter 2015/16)

Organization Membership: UA Country Music Association Edu (2014–Present)

 

Terrika Woods (photo by Melody Schmidt)

Terrika Woods — Pell City, Alabama
Editor/Writer

Major/Minor: Public Relations/General Business

Academic Achievements: Dean’s List (Fall 2014–Fall 2015)

Jobs, Internships & Other Achievements: Resident Advisor — Housing and Residential Communities (Present)

Community Service: Tuscaloosa’s One Place (2015–2016)

Organization Membership: National Council of Negro Women (NCNW)

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