Editor Biographies, Spring 2018

Greta Banks, photo by Allie Binford

Greta Banks — San Antonio, Texas
Editor/Writer

Majors: Public Relations and Economics

Academic Achievements: President’s List (Fall 2015-Fall 2017)

Jobs, Internships & Other Achievements: Alumni Ambassador — AIFS Study Abroad (August 2017-Present); Student Blogger — AIFS Study Abroad (January 2017-May 2017)

Community Service: Big Brothers Big Sisters West Alabama (Fall 2017-present); Education Outreach (Fall 2015-present); Best Buddies Spain (Spring 2017); Homecoming Community Service Committee (2016); RecycleBama (Fall 2015-Spring 2016); Al’s Pals (Fall 2015-Spring 2016)

Organization Membership: UA Honors College, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society

Allie Binford, photo by Erica Cooke

Allie Binford — Collierville, Tennessee
Editor/Writer

Major/Minor: Public Relations/Psychology

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

Jobs, Internships & Other Achievements: Editor-In-Chief — Alice Magazine (May 2017-Present); Barista — Monarch Espresso Bar (February 2017-Present); Social Media Intern — Monarch Espresso Bar (Spring 2017); Digital Strategist — Capstone Agency (Fall 2017-Present); Marketing Director — Chi Omega (Fall 2017-Present); Marketing Director — Student Alumni Association (January-December 2017)

Community Service: Make-A-Wish Alabama, Boys & Girls Club of West Alabama

Organization Membership: UA Honors College, Student Alumni Association, Capstone Agency, PRSSA, Chi Omega

Cara Bolt, photo by Allie Binford

Cara Bolt — Prattville, Alabama
Editor/Writer

Major/Minor: Public Relations/English

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

Jobs, Internships & Other Achievements: Director of Content Creation (Media Relations) — Capstone Agency (Present); Senior Strategist in Media Relations — Capstone Agency (Fall 2016-Spring 2017); Summer Intern — Montgomery Zoo (Summer 2017); Student Worker — Office of the Vice President for Student Life (Fall 2016-Present); Student Justice on Academic Honor Council (Fall 2016-Spring 2017); Emerging Scholars (Fall 2015-Spring 2016); Semi-Finalist for Holle Public Speaking Award (Spring 2016); Coca-Cola First Generation Scholar (Fall 2014-Spring 2018)

Community Service: Alabama Leads; Alabama Action

Organization Membership: PRSSA, Capstone Agency

Alyssa Comins, photo by Allie Binford

Alyssa Comins — Kimberly, Wisconsin
Editor/Writer

Majors: Public Relations and Marketing

Academic Achievements: President’s List (Fall 2015—Fall 2017)

Jobs, Internships & Other Achievements: Media Relations Strategist — Capstone Agency (September 2017-Present), Vice President of Web-Based Communication — UA PRSSA (April 2017-Present), Public Relations and Event Management Intern — UA School of Social Work (August 2015-Present), A+PR Student Initiative Board (April 2017-Present), Student Coordinator — UA Parent Ambassador Team (August 2016-August 2017)

Community Service: Peer Leader, Culverhouse LIFT program

Organization Membership: PRSSA, PRCA, Capstone Agency, Kappa Tau Alpha National Honor Society

Erica Cooke (photo by Melody Schmidt)

Erica Cooke — Alpharetta, Georgia
Design Director

Major/Minor: Public Relations/Business

Academic Achievements: Dean’s List (Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2017) President’s List (Fall 2017)

Jobs, Internships & Other Achievements: Vice President — UA PRSSA (Present), Account Executive — Capstone Agency (Present), Tide Watch Mentor — Office of First Year Initiatives and Retention (Present), Crisis and Public Affairs Intern — College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at the University of Georgia (Present), PRSA Liaison — UA PRSSA (Fall 2016-Spring 2017), Communications Intern — Fellowship of Christian Athletes (Present), Marketing and Communications Intern — American Red Cross (Summer 2016-Spring 2017), Insights Strategist — Capstone Agency (Spring-Fall 2017), 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
Vice President & 10th Anniversary Designer

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

Alana Doyle, photo by Allie Binford

Alana Doyle — Scottsdale, Arizona
Editor/Writer

Major/Minors: Public Relations/Spanish and Communication Studies

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

Jobs, Internships & Other Achievements: NBCUniversal–Telemundo Headquarters: Primetime Entertainment Publicity Intern (Campus2Career Program), AZ Big Media: Public Relations Intern, Capstone Agency: Digital Department, PRCA: Vice President of Projects, Delta Gamma Fraternity: Vice President of Public Relations, NSCS–National Leadership Council: Social Media Lead & Region 5 Representative, University of Alabama A+PR Department: Departmental Assistant, Industry Immersion – Winter 2017

Community Service: University of Alabama Dance Marathon (UADM) — Public Relations

Organization Membership: PRCA, Capstone Agency, Delta Gamma Fraternity, National Society of Collegiate Scholars

Elizabeth Driver, photo by Allie Binford

Elizabeth Driver — Johns Creek, Georgia
Editor/Writer

Major/Minor: Public Relations/Theatre

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

Jobs, Internships & Other Achievements: Marketing Communications Intern — Center for Advanced Public Safety (August 2016-Present), VP of Community Service and High School Outreach — PRSSA (August 2017-Present), Digital Associate — Capstone Agency (January 2016-Present), Public Relations Intern — Alabama Power Co. (May-August 2017), Resident Advisor — UA Housing and Residential Communities (August 2015-May 2016)

Community Service: Temporary Emergency Services, Culverhouse LIFT Program, Al’s Pals Mentoring Program

Organization Membership: PRSSA, Capstone Agency, National Society of Collegiate Scholars

Maret Montanari, photo by Allie Binford

Maret Montanari — Beaumont, Texas
Editor/Writer

Major/Minor: Public Relations/General Business

Academic Achievements: President’s List (Fall 2015-Fall 2017), UA Presidential Scholar (Fall 2015-Present)

Jobs, Internships & Other Achievements: Firm Director — Capstone Agency (Present), Assistant Firm Director — Capstone Agency (May-December 2017), Account Executive — Capstone Agency (May-December 2017), Public Relations Chairman — Kappa Kappa Gamma (December 2016-December 2017), Assistant Account Executive — Capstone Agency (January 2016-May 2017), Assistant Director of Account Services — Capstone Agency (May 2016-May 2017), Final Four Hospitality Intern — NCAA/National Association of Basketball Coaches (March-April 2017), Student Assistant — University of Alabama Athletics Communications (August 2016-March 2017), Social Media Strategist — The Naismith Trophy (August-December 2016), Registrar — Kappa Kappa Gamma (December 2015-December 2016), College Brand Ambassador — Kelly Wynne Handbags (January-August 2016), Assistant PRSA Liaison — UA PRSSA (August 2015-May 2016), PRSSA Regional Conference Hospitality Committee Member — UA PRSSA (October 2015-January 2016), Public Relations Associate — Capstone Agency (August-December 2015)

Community Service: Julie Rogers “Gift of Life” Program, Big Brothers Big Sisters of West Alabama, Reading is Fundamental, UA Honors College Mentor, Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas

Organization Membership: Capstone Agency, PRSSA, PRCA, UA Honors College, The Elliott Society, Cardinal Key Honor Society, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, Kappa Kappa Gamma, C&IS College Student Executive Council

Darsey Norton, photo by Allie Binford

Darsey Norton — Anniston, Alabama
Editor/Writer

Majors: Public Relations and Political Science

Academic Achievements: Honors College; Dean’s List

Jobs, Internships & Other Achievements: Kappa Delta Vice President-Public Relations, Kappa Delta Standards Board Representative, GNF Marketing Brand Ambassador, Orientation Representative Bama Laundry, Curtsy App Intern

Community Service: Girl Scouts of the USA, Child Abuse Prevention Services, The University of Alabama Crossing Points Organization, Believe UA Mentoring, Secret Meals for Hungry Children

Organization Membership: Kappa Delta Sorority, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Lambda Sigma

Halle Russo, photo by Allie Binford

Halle Russo — Cincinnati, Ohio
Editor/Writer

Major/Minors: Public Relations/Political Science and General Business

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

Jobs, Internships & Other Achievements: PRSA Liaison — UA PRSSA (Present), Public Relations Senior Strategist — Capstone Agency (Present), Assistant Account Executive — The Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations (Present), Marketing Intern — LSI Industries (Summer 2017), Sales Associate — Madewell (Summer 2017), Vice President of Programming — Delta Gamma Fraternity (Fall 2016-Fall 2017), Public Relations Strategist — Capstone Agency (Spring-Fall 2017), Public Relations Associate — Capstone Agency (Fall 2016), Director of Public Relations — Delta Gamma Fraternity (Spring-Fall 2016)

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

Organization Membership: UA PRSSA, Capstone Agency, Delta Gamma Fraternity, The National Society of Leadership and Success, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society

 

Skylar Spencer, photo by Allie Binford

Skylar Spencer — Charlotte, North Carolina
Editor/Writer

*Major/Minor: * Public Relations/Computing Tech and Applications

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

Jobs, Internships & Other Achievements: Vice President of Finance and Membership — UA PRSSA (Present), Marketing and Brand Manager — Office of Student Media (August 2017-Present), Branding and Image Development Coordinator — Office of Student Media (January-July 2017), Media Relations Strategist — Capstone Agency (Present), Media Relations Associate — Capstone Agency (August-December 2017), Outstanding PRSSA Team Member Award — Capstone Agency (December 2017), Marketing and PR Coordinator — Capstone Agency’s CreateAthon (Present), Public Relations Intern — Wilbron Inc. (May-July 2017)

Community Service: Girl Scout’s of America, Prevent Child Abuse America, The University of Alabama Crossing Points Organization

Organization Membership: Capstone Agency, PRSSA, Golden Key International Honour Society, Society for Collegiate Leadership & Achievement, International Dean’s List Society, Kappa Delta Sorority

Hyland Stockton, photo by Melody Schmidt

Hyland Stockton — Mobile, Alabama
Editorial Director

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

 

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)

Stephanie Zielinski, photo by Allie Binford

Stephanie Zielinski — Lakemoor, Illinois
Editor/Writer

Majors/Minor: Public Relations and French/Political Science

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

Jobs, Internships & Other Achievements: Ortho Molecular Products — Marketing Intern (Summer 2017), Lovely Candy Company — Public Relations Intern (Summer 2017), Vegan Voices — Secretary (January 2016-May 2017), High Tide Bar — Public Relations Intern (Summer 2016), The Odyssey — Writer (Fall 2016), Monarch Espresso Bar — Public Relations Intern (Spring 2016), Republic Services — Customer Service Intern (Summer 2015)

Community Service: French Mentoring (August 2017-May 2018), READ Alabama (Spring 2016 and Fall 2017), DREAM Alabama (Spring 2016), Big Brothers and Big Sisters of McHenry County (2012-2015)

Organization Membership: PRSSA, CMA EDU, Cercle Français, Vegan Voices, Alpha Gamma Delta, FATE, University Programs

 

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