PRSSA, the foremost organization for students interested in the public relations and communications profession, announced the election of its 2022–2023 National Committee. Alyson Hoffman was elected as National President and will lead the group of student committee members beginning their one-year term on June 1.
“Our students are truly our future, and with the displays from our amazing PRSSA leaders, the future is in great hands,” said Dr. Felicia Blow, APR, 2022 PRSA Chair. “I extend a hearty congratulations to our outgoing PRSSA National Committee members as well as the new leaders joining the team.”
“I continue to be amazed by how qualified our PRSSA National Committee members are,” said Jeneen Garcia, Senior Vice President, Programming, PRSA. “Many of the incoming National Committee members have spent a large portion of their student careers learning remotely due to the pandemic and despite the challenges that have come with that, they are incredibly equipped and ready to lead, connect and engage with our PRSSA members.”
A public relations, communications and marketing triple major at Ohio Northern University, Hoffman previously served as Vice President of Member Services of the 2021-22 PRSSA National Committee. Her speech to her fellow PRSSA members can be found here.
“I am honored to have been elected National President of PRSSA, an organization that I am deeply passionate about,” said Hoffman. “Working with various Chapter and student leaders during my time as Vice President of Member Services this last year has helped me better understand PRSSA, and as we move into this next term, I look forward to serving the society and keeping the students’ best interest in mind.”
New National Committee members also include:
- Immediate Past President: Rachel Meltzer, University of Oklahoma* (December 2021 graduate)
- Vice President of Brand Engagement: Nicole Steele, Biola University
- Vice President of Career Services: Kimberly Aldunate, Florida International University
- Vice President of Chapter Development: Sankalp Sharma, California State University, Sacramento
- Vice President of Digital Communications: Mary Kate Hale, University of Mississippi
- Vice President of Events and Fundraising: Milagros Orcoyen, Universidad Argentina de la Empresa (UADE)
- Vice President of Member Services: Lauren Casole, University of Florida
- Vice President of Professional Development: Mckenna Fleming, Purdue University
*This is a regular transition from the presidency
“It was incredibly rewarding to finally see students begin to reconnect on their campuses this year,” said Meltzer. “It hasn’t been an easy last few years for our Chapters, or our leaders, but our society has stepped up and continued to cultivate the PRSSA experience that reminds each of us why we are here. I am excited to see this next generation of leaders step into their roles and continue to strengthen these important connections within PRSSA and PRSA.”
During the remote election process, delegates were able to review all candidate nomination forms and speeches. Candidates also answered questions via Zoom prior to voting.
The Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion position remains open and those interested in applying for the position should contact Jeneen Garcia at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Public Relations Student Society of America
The Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) is the foremost organization for students interested in public relations and communications. Since 1968, PRSSA has served hundreds of thousands of student members, offering educational programs, resources, scholarships, and mentorship opportunities that prepare students for a successful career in communications. For nearly 50 years, the organization has hosted the Bateman Case Study Competition, which challenges student teams to implement a public relations campaign for an actual client. With nearly 375 Chapters globally, PRSSA is active on college and university campuses across the U.S., as well as Argentina, Colombia, Peru and Puerto Rico. For more information, visit www.prssa.org