Baylee Akins is an aspiring public relations professional with a newly attained degree in journalism, with an emphasis in public relations from San Diego State University (SDSU). Akins interned for Hotel del Coronado, consulted for Holland America-Line and led the campaign team’s publicity and messaging for the Public Relations Student Society of America 2017 Regional Conference at SDSU. Post-graduation, Akins is interning with Havas Formula, a mid-sized public relations agency in San Diego, and is excited to see where the business technology sector of public relations can take her.
Dr. Meg Lamme, APR, is a professor of public relations at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, and a Plank Center Scholar. Building on 15 years of public relations experience in the corporate, nonprofit, and government sectors, her contributions to the academy include teaching public relations classes (among which was the launch of Platform Magazine in 2007), conducting research in the history of the field, serving as a faculty advisor to two PRSSA chapters, and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students in reaching their goals in research and in industry. She is the author or co-author of more than 35 academic publications, including two award-winning books and a monograph, which was recently translated into Spanish and published by Universitat Oberta de Catalunya Press, Barcelona. She serves on the editorial boards of the Women in American Political History Book Series, Lexington Press, and the American Journalism Historians Association, and she is a member of the board of directors of the School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe. She has been Accredited in Public Relations since 2001.
Fallon Chiasson is a sophomore mass communication major, concentrating in public relations, at Loyola University New Orleans. Fallon is the membership director of Loyola’s PRSSA chapter, an ambassador for Loyola’s School of Mass Communication, and is the chairwoman for the School of Mass Communication Leadership Council. As a member of Loyola’s SGA and a campus ambassador, Fallon’s passion for leadership is arguably her most outstanding characteristic. Fallon’s favorite aspects of mass communication are media relations, content creation and digital communication.
I’m Lauren Williams, a senior at The University of Alabama. I am a double major in hospitality management and public relations, with a specialization in digital communication management. I am involved with the Public Relations Student Society of America, Kappa Tau Alpha (communications honor society), and Honors College; I also work on two Capstone Agency client accounts, as well as serve as assistant director of media relations.