Chapter President –
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 in this great organization!
Vice President –
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.
I am Valentina Méndez, I am a Senior at Salem State University majoring in communications with a concentration in journalism. I am also minoring in political science and marketing.
I was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. As soon as I migrated to the U.S. in 2016 I started going to Salem State and my perspective about the world completely changed. I became more involved in social justice issues and my desire to tell the truth about the world became even bigger. Therefore, I decided to join a club on campus to be more involved in the issues I care about. Thus, I chose PRSSA because it was related to my major and I got the sense that I was going to learn, have fun and build a strong networking. This is going to be my second year in PRSSA and it has been amazing.
If I am not in class, I am either working for ResLife at SSU or babysitting, and if I am not doing any of those things I am travelling around the world learning about other cultures, trying new food, but mainly becoming a better person. My life is based on doing the right and treating people with respect because what goes around comes around.
VP of Fundraising/ Events –
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).
Faculty Advisor –
Jessica D.H. Barnett
essica D.H. Barnett teaches in the Media and Communications Department at Salem State University, where she has taught for approximately 20 years. She has been nominated for the university’s Distinguished Teaching Award and The Civic Engagement Hall of Fame.
In public relations, she has earned a Bell Ringer Award and honorable mention recognitions from the Public Relations Club of New England, The National President’s Marketing Award bestowed by the Boy Scouts of America, and various other recognitions.
Her early career in New York City began as the public relations and event coordinator for a contemporary women’s fashion specialty chain with 89 stores east of the Mississippi River. Her later agency work in advertising included clients in publishing and banking. She was asked to create the agency’s public relations arm to conduct the agency’s own institutional PR and service clients’ needs including developing an information campaign for The New York Landmark Conservancy.
In the greater-Boston area, her work has included advertising, public relations, event management and website content development for clients in CEO services, medical technology, real estate, interior design, and for community organizations and non-profits.
After turning her primary focus to teaching, she has continued her public relations work for local non-profits in education, the arts and philanthropic giving.
She is a member of the Public Relations Society of America and the faculty advisor to the Salem State University Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America.
She is a past-president of The Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor, a Rotary Foundation Benefactor, and a Paul Harris Fellow.
Barnett earned her B.A. in Economics from Northwestern University and her M.S. in Communication with a concentration in Public Relations from Boston University.
Cindy Vincent – Co-Faculty Advisor