Public Relations Student Society of America – Southeast Chapter
Executive Board for 2018-2019
Theresa Pisciotta, President, is serving as the PRSSA-SE Chapter President for 2018-19. She is a senior this year and will graduate in May with a degree in Mass Communication: Public Relations and a minor in Sport Management. She oversees all chapter activities and relationship building with our members.
Katie Lever, President-elect, is serving as the PRSSA-SE Chapter President-elect for 2018-19. She is a junior student-athlete who plays on the women’s soccer team for Southeast. She is studying Public Relations and Spanish. She plans to travel to Peru in January for a study abroad trip. Katie shadows Theresa and helps with recruiting and retaining members.
Emily Sachs, Vice President of Professional Development, is serving as Vice President of Professional Development for PRSSA-SE. Emily is responsible for arranging guest speakers, organizing agency tours and coordinating travel for the entire chapter.
Samantha Wakitsch, Associate Vice President of Professional Development, is a junior majoring in public relations with a double minor in. She assists the Vice President of Professional Development in arranging guest speakers, organizing agency tours and coordinating travel to conferences.
Lauren Epley, Vice President of Finance, is a senior public relations major. As vice president of finance, Lauren is responsible for organizing fundraisers, collecting member dues and keeping record of chapter finances.
Brenna Shea, Director of Creative, is a senior public relations major with a minor in business law, and will graduate in May. She is responsible for creating flyers for all PRSSA-SE events and any other creative need we have.
Ruchika Sharma, Vice President of Communication, is a senior public relations major As Vice President of Communication, Ruchika is responsible for managing social media, creating promotional materials for events, and updating the website.
Tressa Robbins, professional adviser, is currently the Vice President of Implementation at BurrellesLuce as well as a Board member for the Public Relations Society of America – St. Louis Chapter (and past president), and was 2015 PRSA Midwest District Conference Chair. Tressa has years of diversified experience in the world of business, communications, and public relations as well as having previously served on the Marketing/PR Committee for Fair Saint Louis (one of the nation’s largest 4th of July celebrations) for several years. She speaks at local, regional and national PR-related events, and is a frequent—and widely followed—blogger for Fresh Ideas, the Burrelles Luce blog, and guest contributor to myriad other blogs.
Dr. Susan Gonders, academic adviser, is Professor of Public Relations at Southeast Missouri State University and Coordinator of the Public Relations Society of America Global Program in Academic Certification in Education for Public Relations (CEPR). Dr. Gonders considers public relations on an international level an interest of hers. Through her work with CEPR, she has traveled to places such as Europe, Latin America and Asia, and reviewed academic programs that are in consideration for CEPR accreditation.