Executive Board

 Chapter President –

 Lauren Palazola

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As long as I can remember, I’ve been a writer and a vocalist. It was only a matter of time until I found a passion at a collegiate level where I could fulfill my passion for writing and speaking. My name is Lauren Palazola, and I was born and raised in the lovely city of Peabody, MA. After graduating high school and attending college for a year at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, I had planned to earn my English degree there, but life had other plans for me.  I decided to take some time off from school to travel, during which time I lived in California as well as Arizona.  I believe I found a second home in the desert.

After living away from home, though my heart missed my family and friends, and I yearned to continue my education. After driving across the country, and completing a semester at North Shore Community College, I transferred to Salem State University as a Communications Major with an undeclared concentration. Within the first week of classes, I heard about PRSSA and knew not only that I needed to go to a meeting, but also that I was going to declare Public Relations as my concentration. Right away, I knew this group was where I belonged. After two years in the group, I felt confident enough, as a Junior, to become more involved. This year, I’m this chapter’s President, and I’m very excited to lead the group fearlessly into the future.

When I’m not in class, I’m working as a Pet Stylist at PetSmart, where I have worked for
the last six years, or teaching my dog new tricks. I’ve also taken up yoga and meditation, I love the physical and mental strength I’ve acquired along the way. When I have time, I love reading, listening to music, both in my car and at live performances, and shooting my bow.

This will be the first year that I’ll be attending the National Conference, and I’m so excited to network with new people, and fall more in love with PR!

Follow me on Instagram @TheBostonLegend  and  Twitter: @TheBostonLegend

VP of Chapter Development –

 Andrea Osborne

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Hi, guys! My name is Andrea Osborne and I am a junior at Salem State who is studying Communications with a focus in public relations (PR) also minoring in marketing.

I joined the club last year to learn and figure out if I actually wanted to pursue PR after I graduate. Joining was extremely helpful in finding out that there is so much more to PR and it was a very interesting field. Learning more about PR you will find that there is PR in everything that we do in society. How we present ourselves, to the job that you work at. Knowing more about how PR worked, made it more interesting to me. This lead to my continuation of the club and the major. Trying different things for the club and being more active on campus made it easy to want to be a leader in the club. Now, I am currently the Vice President of chapter development for Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA).

Joining PRSSA is very simple and the people are extremely laid back, which is very nice for people who are introverted. Even going to a few meetings you will find that everyone is close and become amazing friends that you can lean on. Eventually, it is more of a family that is constantly reforming and adding members to it.

In my personal life, I don’t really like long walks on the beach, but I do like to binge watch the show ‘Blacklist’. In my free time, I enjoy listening and discovering various types of music and being around people. Learning about people is quite interesting and comparing stories about common interests. As much as I like learning about people, I have a lot of animals that I love being with and teaching people about. I can pretty much tell you anything you want about rabbits.

This year, I am excited to see what PRSSA will do to impact the community of Salem State. Lastly, I am eager to start stepping up and fill the very big, but awesome shoes our previous VP left for me.

VP of Public Relations –

 

Emily Edwards

Picture & Bio coming soon!

 

Managing Editor –

Jessica Freeman

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Hi, Everyone! I’m Jess Freeman and I’m a senior at Salem State University. I’m a double major of Communications, with a concentration in journalism, and a second major in Geography.

This is my first year being part of PRSSA. I’ve been searching for a club to a part of since my freshman year, and PRSSA’s active membership, activities, and connections to jobs/internships convinced me to join. As a journalism concentration, I look forward to being part of the public relations world and writing stories for PRSSA’s blog through my e-board position.

Over the summer, I interned at the Peabody Essex Museum, as part of the Native American Fellowship Department. I loved working in a museum setting and gaining new skills, like marketing and event planning, through this internship.

In my free time, I enjoy reading, watching TV and thinking about food! I love eating at restaurants, visiting museums, and traveling. I hope to integrate these interests into whatever I do in the future in the communications field. I’m always on the lookout for the next internship or opportunity, and I hope to do something in the communications field related to museums or one of my other interests.

I look forward to being part of PRSSA’s e-board this year, and can’t wait to share updates about the world of public relations through our blog!

You can follow me and all my adventures on Instagram @jess_xo_26  or Twitter @jessiefree263 and if you would like to submit a blog post for our website, feel free to contact me at ssumanagingeditor@gmail.com  

Dr. Robert Brown – Faculty Advisor

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

CindyCindy 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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