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Kalicia Bateman

Kalicia Bateman is a student at Brigham Young University studying public relations. Originally from Vancouver, Canada, she enjoys music, writing, hiking and curating her personal meme collection.

Caroline Richards

Caroline Richards is a junior studying public relations and civic engagement leadership at Brigham Young University. She loves playing her harp, bowling, spending time with her nieces and nephews, Diet Coke, baking and puns. Caroline hopes to work for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day in their public affairs department after she graduates.

Jenna Dalton

Jenna is a junior studying public relations at Brigham Young University. In her free time, she enjoys playing water polo, going to concerts and painting.

Amelia Mecham

Amelia studies public relations at Brigham Young University. She serves as BYU PRSSA Chapter president. In her free time, she enjoys photography, intramural soccer and traveling. Follow her on Twitter @ameliamecham or Instagram @ameliamecham27 or connect on LinkedIn.

Colin Wylie

Colin is a junior at Brigham Young University, studying public relations and nonprofit management. He has served on the BYU PRSSA board for two years as the vice president of publications. In addition to school and work, he started his blog “The Sharp Student” — sharing professional tips for pre-professionals.

Colin Wylie
JoAnne Wadsworth

JoAnne Wadsworth

When JoAnne isn’t busy on her quest for the planet’s best ice cream, she’s usually pondering how to become a real-life superhero. She studies public relations at Brigham Young University and dreams of a job publicizing fiction for young adult readers. She was raised on an Idaho farm and is pretty proficient at milking both cows and words.

Anna Gazdik

Anna is a junior studying public relations at Brigham Young University. In her spare time, she enjoys eating chocolate in all forms and procrastinating her homework.

Anna Gazdik

Maret Montanari

Maret Montanari is a junior public relations major at The University of Alabama. She serves as the assistant firm director and an account executive for Capstone Agency, a nationally affiliated, student-run communications firm at UA.

Baylee Akins

Baylee 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.

Meg Lamme, APR

Dr. Meg Lamme

Dr. 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

Fallon 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.

Fallon Chiasson, Loyola University New Orleans public relations student
Lauren Williams
Lauren Williams, University of Alabama Public Relations Student

Lauren Williams

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.

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