Executive Board

 


Chapter President –

 Meg Cafferty

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Hey guys, I’m Meg! I promise I am not as awkward as this bio – I just hate writing about myself. Choosing my major was at first overwhelming and daunting, but as soon as I learned more about communications and PR, I felt I had found my niche. I have had somewhat of a roller coaster of a college career and until transferring to Salem State, I didn’t enjoy school. Once I started taking my major specific classes I began to really appreciate everything I was learning. Because I was a transfer, I wanted to be able to meet more people that had similar interests. That’s what lead me to join PRSSA.

My minor is environmental sustainability and I really enjoy doing beach cleanups and learning about clean energy.  Two summers ago I lived in Rwanda and it completely changed my life. It was so amazing – seeing firsthand how vital sustainability is guided me to this conclusion.

In my free time I love hanging out with friends, exploring abandoned places, and binge watching Netflix. My dog is my favorite living creature on this planet. Her name is Winnie and she is a 10 year old soft-coated wheaten terrier. Sorry not sorry for the amount of dog pics I post of her on a daily basis.

This year being part of the eBoard I hope to recruit new members and get people more involved. Going to the conference in Austin is going to be a great learning experience and I can’t wait to take back and share some of the things I learned!


Vice President –

Kaila Fuller

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Hi! My names Kaila Fuller and I’m the Vice President this semester! I live in Beverly MA and commute to Salem from there. I live at home with my parents and two foster siblings who both have special needs. I have 2 children (the furry kind, cats specifically) whom I adore. I spend most of my time reading, writing, and I also really enjoy video games. Eventually, I would love to publish a novel (a bit far fetched) and work at the PR department at Bethesda (slightly more attainable).


Secretary –

Katie Kobel

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Hi, I am Katie Kobel and I am the secretary of our PRSSA chapter. I am currently a junior and a communications major with a concentration in Public Relations and Journalism as well as a minor in photography. I have always had a love for photography and have expanded my experience over the year. My hope is that in the future I will be able to get into sports PR and journalism somehow. I am from Webster, Massachusetts which is a small town just south of Worcester, Massachusetts. I chose Salem State because of its location, affordability, and the fact that it had my major and minor available. I have always been involved in sports and athletics as a player and spectator and I really just wanted to take that love for sports and turn it into a career.  


Treasurer –

Andrea Osborne

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Hi guys! I am Andrea and I am a senior at Salem State who is majoring in communications with a focus in public relations and a minor in marketing.

I have been in PRSSA for three years now holding various positions such as treasurer, vice president, and the communications of the club! Being in PRSSA has shown me that there are infinite opportunities that come along with joining this club. I am so grateful to have met the people that I have on my journey through university.  This is my fourth and (hopefully) final semester at SSU. The past four year have been great here with learning from so many amazing and intelligent professors.

A little bit about me is that I have lived in the same house since being born, I have a dog named Pepper and I can tell you anything you need to know about rabbits. I have just recently come back from studying abroad in Glasgow, Scotland which was an amazing experience. I got to learn from other amazing professors more about public relations and marketing. I also learned a lot of Scottish history which was also pretty amazing.

I am so excited to end my time at university with such amazing people and also the amazing experiences I was able to have while being in this club.


Faculty Advisor –

Dr. Robert Brown

Dr. Brown, Faculty Advisor

Dr. Brown, Faculty Advisor

Robert Brown is a professor of Communications at Salem State College. He has held full-time faculty positions for 20 years in departments of Communication at Boston University, Bentley College, and Emerson University, and has been an adjunct professor at Harvard University Extension School, where in 2004 he was honored for distinguished teaching.

Professor Brown’s corporate communications background includes speech writing positions at two former Fortune 500 companies, Atlantic Richfield (now BP) and W.R. Grace & Co, and a consultant to Sharon Merrill Associates, Inc. investor relations, as well as a facilitator and trainer at local area PR firms.  He is a member of the editorial board of Public Relations Review, an academic journal, and research and writing are cited in textbooks on speech writing, research methods, public relations and writing for mass communication. His byline has appeared on the op-ed pages of the Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, Toronto Globe & Mail, and Honolulu Advertiser.

Professor Brown is a member of the Public Relations Division of the National Communication Association (N.C.A.). He is faculty advisor the Public Relations Student Society of America and a member of the Publicity Club of New England, where his students at Salem State won two Bell Ringers (first place) in three tries. His education includes a B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School of Finance/University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Rochester.


Cindy Vincent – Co-Faculty Advisor

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Cindy Vincent has been an assistant professor in the Department of Communications at Salem State University since September 2013. Her teaching addresses social justice issues, incorporates civic engagement opportunities, and focuses on public relations, media studies, and women’s and gender studies. She has taught at Salem State University, the University of Oklahoma, and California State University, Sacramento.
Cindy has worked in public relations for 13 years beginning as a student intern and working her way up to a public relations specialist/project manager.  Her expertise lies in government public affairs where she has worked on community outreach efforts in environmentally affected communities for the U.S. Department of Defense.  Through these projects, she received numerous awards and accolades from the U.S. government, tribal reservations, and local communities. She is currently a public relations consultant for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Cindy is a member of the Public Relations Society of America, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Communication Technology (CTEC) Division, the National Communication Association (NCA) Public Relations Division (PRD), and the NCA Mass Communication Division. She serves as the webmaster/social media coordinator for CTEC and serves on the social media committee for the NCA PRD. Her education includes a B.A. in Journalism and M.A. in Communication from California State University, Sacramento. She is currently finishing her Ph.D. program at the University of Oklahoma.

 

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