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Editor Biographies, Fall 2017

Brooke Bailey, photo by Melody Schmidt

Brooke Bailey — Daphne, Alabama

Major/Minor: Public Relations (Tech + Digital)/Digital Media and Computing Technology

Academic Achievements: President’s List (Spring 2016, 2017); Dean’s List (Fall 2015, 2016); Kappa Tau Alpha; C&IS Academic Achievement Award (Spring 2017)

Jobs, Internships & Other Achievements: Publicity Director, Black Warrior Film Festival (current); Events Manager + Marketing Assistant, Ferguson Center (current); Creative Associate, Capstone Agency; Ambassador, C&IS (current); Intern, JJPR (summer 2017); Intern, Creative Campus (2016-2017); Publicity team, PRSSA

Community Service: Fuse Project Annual Dragon Boat Festival volunteer (summer 2017); Ronald McDonald House of Mobile

Organization Membership: PRSSA, CCSS, BWFF, Honors College, Kappa Tau Alpha

Josh Downey (photo by Melody Schmidt)

Josh Downey — San Diego, California
Vice President & Design Director

Major/Minor: Public Relations (Technological/Digital Comm. Management)/General Business

Academic Achievements: Dean’s List (Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017), UA Scholar (Present)

Jobs, Internships & Other Achievements: Graphic Designer – University of Alabama School of Law (Fall 2017);
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

Caitlin Heffley, photo by Melody Schmidt

Caitlin Heffley — Prosper, Texas

Major/Minor: Public Relations/Consumer Science

Academic Achievements: President’s List (Fall 2014-Fall 2015); Dean’s List (Spring 2015-Present); National Society of Collegiate Scholars

Jobs, Internships & Other Achievements: Summer Intern at GraceBridge (nonprofit organization) (Summer 2015, Summer 2016); Summer Intern at Ayco, a Goldman Sachs Company, Dallas, Texas (Summer 2017); Vice President Communications for Delta Gamma Fraternity (2016); Director of New Member Programming for Delta Gamma Fraternity (2015)

Community Service: GraceBridge Food and Clothing Bank volunteer; Pine Valley Retirement Home volunteer; Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind volunteer; Summer volunteer with UK-USA Ministries; Capstone Church Leadership Team

Organization Membership: Delta Gamma, Capstone Church Worship Ministry, Capstone Church College Ministry and Leadership Team

Dalton Kerby, photo by Melody Schmidt

Dalton Kerby — Muscle Shoals, Alabama
Editorial Director

Major/Minor: Public Relations (Nonprofit Communication)/English

Academic Achievements: President’s List (Fall 2014-Present); College of Communication & Information Sciences Academic Achievement Award (Fall 2014-Present)

Jobs, Internships & Other Achievements: Account Executive/Creative Designer — Capstone Agency (August 2016-Present); VP of Publications — UA PRSSA (May 2017-Present); Accommodations Assistant — UA Office of Disability Services (May 2016-Present); PR Intern — McNeely, Pigott & Fox Public Relations (June-August 2017); PR Intern — Children’s Hands-On Museum of Tuscaloosa (March-July 2016); UA Speak-Off Competitor (April 2016)

Community Service: 2017 CreateAthon Nonprofit Team Lead, Arts ’n Autism Volunteer, The Well College Ministry Leadership Team

Organization Membership: Capstone Agency, PRSSA, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, Kappa Tau Alpha Honor Society, The Well UA

Lexi McKenzie, photo by Melody Schmidt

Lexi McKenzie — Aledo, Texas

Major/Minor: Public Relations/Spanish

Academic Achievements: Dean’s List (Fall 2014-Spring 2017), President’s List (Spring 2017)

Jobs, Internships & Other Achievements: Summer Intern at Bold Public Relations (Summer 2017), C&IS Ambassador (secretary and treasurer)

Community Service: Al’s Pals (Fall 2014-2015)

Organization Membership: PRSSA, Alpha Gamma Delta, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, Honors College, C&IS Ambassador

Mallory McDonald, photo by Melody Schmidt

Mallory McDonald — Rehoboth, Delaware

Major/Minor: Public Relations/English

Academic Achievements: President’s List (Fall 2015-Spring 2016), Dean’s List (Fall 2014-Present), National Honor Society of Collegiate Scholars, Member of Alpha Lambda Delta

Jobs, Internships & Other Achievements: Public Relations and Social Media Associate at NV Media Inc. in New York (Spring 2016-Present); Marketing Consultant for The Odyssey; Media Relations Director/Strategist for Capstone Agency (Fall 2017); Public Relations Committee for PRSSA & Zeta Tau Alpha; Public Relations and Advertising Delegate for College of Communication & Information Sciences Student Executive Council

Community Service: Al’s Pals, Best Buddy, Cape Henlopen Soccer Association

Organization Membership: PRCA, PRSSA, Capstone Agency, Alpha Lambda Delta

Parker Anne Rocco, photo by Melody Schmidt

Parker Anne Rocco — Charlotte, North Carolina

Major/Minor: Public Relations/Spanish

Academic Achievements: Dean’s List (Fall 2014-Spring 2017)

Jobs, Internships & Other Achievements: Public Relations Strategist — Capstone Agency (Fall 2016-Current); Development Intern — Freedom School Partners (Summer 2013, Summer 2015); President — Kappa Kappa Gamma (Spring 2017-Spring 2018)

Community Service: CreateAthon 2017 — Arts ’n Autism; Big Brothers Big Sisters of West Alabama

Organization Membership: Capstone Agency; PRSSA; PRCA; Honors College; Kappa Kappa Gamma

Hope Runyan, photo by Melody Schmidt

Hope Runyan — Birmingham, Alabama

Major/Minors: Public Relations/Spanish and Psychology

Academic Achievements: Dean’s List (Fall 2014-Fall 2015); Curtis and Edith Munson Foundation Internship Grant Award Winner 2017

Jobs, Internships & Other Achievements: Public relations and marketing intern, Black Warrior Riverkeeper (Summer 2017); Publicity team, Black Warrior Film Festival (Spring 2017); Marketing team, Homegrown Farmer’s Market (current)

Community Service: Best Buddies Organization; DREAM Alabama Honors College mentor; ESL volunteer tutor at Shelton State Community College

Organization Membership: Capstone Agency, PRSSA, Honors College

Maggie Schneider, photo by Melody Schmidt

Maggie Schneider — Fort Worth, Texas

Majors: Public Relations/Marketing

Academic Achievements: Dean’s List (Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017)

Jobs, Internships & Other Achievements: Production Intern — WVUA 23 (Fall 2015-Spring 2017), Barista — Starbucks (Summer 2016), Communications Intern — UA Education Policy Center (Fall 2016-Spring 2017), PR Intern — A. Larry Ross Communications (Summer 2017)

Community Service: Event & festival management assistant — Northwood Church; Lunch service volunteer — Haltom City Senior Center; Craft coordinator — Ladera Palms Refugee Apartments; Lunch service volunteer — Tuscaloosa Soup Bowl

Organization Membership: AMS, Crimson Tide Ballroom Dancers

Hyland Stockton, photo by Melody Schmidt

Hyland Stockton — Mobile, Alabama

Major/Minor: Public Relations/Business

Academic Achievements: Dean’s List; President’s List

Jobs, Internships & Other Achievements: Assistant Director of Public Relations, Capstone Agency (May 2017-current); Public Relations Intern, Essential Broadcast Media (Summer 2017); Public Relations Specialist, Capstone Agency (November 2016-April 2017); Honors Intern, Federal Bureau of Investigation (June 2016-April 2017)

Community Service: Culverhouse LIFT program; Big Brothers Big Sisters of West Alabama

Organization Membership: PRSSA, Capstone Agency, Kappa Kappa Gamma

Kirby Tifverman, photo by Melody Schmidt

Kirby Tifverman — Savannah, Georgia

Major/Minor: Public Relations/English

Academic Achievements: Dean’s List; President’s List

Jobs, Internships & Other Achievements: Tuscaloosa Mayor’s Office Public Relations Intern (Fall 2017-current); Capstone Agency Senior Media Relations Strategist (Fall 2015-current); Brasfield & Gorrie Corporate Communications Intern (Summer 2017); Spoon University Marketing Director (Fall 2016-current); Spoon University Remote Editorial Intern (Summer 2016)

Community Service: Turning Point Domestic Violence Awareness; Alpha Chi Omega Walk A Mile

Organization Membership: PRSSA, Capstone Agency, Alice the Mag, Alpha Chi Omega

Hope Todd, photo by Melody Schmidt

Hope Todd — Trussville, Alabama

Major/Minor: Public Relations/Computing Technology and Applications

Academic Achievements: President’s/Dean’s Lists all semesters

Jobs, Internships & Other Achievements: FBC Trussville Children’s Ministry Intern (Summer 2015), Pine Cove Camp Counselor (Summer 2016), University Programs Comm. Team (January 2017-present)

Community Service: The WELL worship leader (Fall 2016-present)

Organization Membership: PRSSA VP of Publications (kinda, @Dalton), Capstone Agency PR Department, President/Co-founder Tuscaloosa for Water (pending approval)

Rachel Tomchin, photo by Melody Schmidt

Rachel Tomchin — Charlotte, North Carolina

Major/Minor: Public Relations/General Business

Academic Achievements: Dean’s List

Jobs, Internships & Other Achievements: UA Office of Student Media Communication Ambassador (Spring 2017-present); Girl Scouts, Hornet’s Nest Council, Remote Intern (Summer 2017); Chick-fil-a Peach Bowl, Bowl Volunteer (December 2017); Girls on the Run International (headquarters), Partnerships & Development Intern (Summer 2016)

Community Service: Crossing Points (Spring 2014-present)

Organization Membership: PRSSA, UA Honors College, Kappa Delta

Grace Turner, photo by Melody Schmidt

Grace Turner — Fairhope, Alabama

Majors/Minor: Public Relations and International Studies (Latin American Business)/Spanish

Academic Achievements: President’s List (Spring 2017); Dean’s List (Fall 2016); Foundation in Excellence Scholar

Jobs, Internships & Other Achievements: Assistant Director of Insights, Capstone Agency (Present); E-Newsletter Editor in Chief, UA Office of Student Media (Present); UX Designer & Content Strategist, NASA Glenn Research Center (Summer 2017); Senior Insights Strategist, Capstone Agency (Fall 2016-Spring 2017); Public Relations Committee, PRSSA (Spring 2016); Regional Conference Hospitality Committee, PRSSA (Fall 2015-Spring 2016); Public Relations Intern, UA Office of Student Media (Fall 2015)

Community Service: English Second Language Tutor; CreateAthon Nonprofit Team Lead, Camp Fire Alabama; Al’s Pals Mentor

Organization Membership: Honors College; Capstone Agency; PRSSA; Community Outreach Coordinator of Alabama Students Without Borders

Terrika Woods (photo by Melody Schmidt)

Terrika Woods — Pell City, Alabama
President & Marketing Director

Major/Minor: Public Relations (Nonprofit Communication)/General Business

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

Jobs, Internships & Other Achievements: Public Relations Associate — Industry Immersion (January 2016-April 2016), Resident Advisor — Housing and Residential Communities (2015-Present)

Community Service: Faith Chapel Kids (June 2017-present), Tuscaloosa’s One Place (2015-2016)

Organization Membership: PRSSA, National Council of Negro Women (NCNW)

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