The James F. Fox Chapter of PRSSA currently has ten executive members representing the chapter. All PRSSA members are encouraged to run for executive positions that they are interested in to gain leadership experience and become more involved in PRSSA. Check out our 2016-2017 officers:
Lauren Martin – President
Lauren is currently a senior at the University of Iowa majoring in Journalism with a minor in Sports Studies. This is her second year on the exec board. Last year she was PR Director and this year she is thrilled to take on her role as President. Ever since she was a little girl, her life has been filled with many sports and she hoped that one day she would become a sports announcer. As she grew older she knew she wanted to keep sports in her life, but now finds that public relations, event planning or marketing better suits her interests. She hopes to one day do public relations for a professional Chicago sports team like the Chicago Bears or Chicago Blackhawks. She participates in intramurals at the University of Iowa and is also involved in other clubs such as Inspire (Student PR Agency), STAR (Students to Assist Recruitment) and a coach for Girls on the Run! In her free time she loves to travel, hang with friends, spend time with her little nephew and of course cheer on her fellow Hawkeyes. Go Hawks!
Tyler McClelland- Vice President
Ty is a senior at the University of Iowa as a Journalism and Mass Communication major with a certificate in writing and a minor in Sports Studies. He has been a member of the James Fox PRSSA Chapter for three years and has worked each year for the student-run, public relations firm: Inspire Public Relations. This will be his first year as Vice President,as last year he was an INSPIRE Co-Director for the executive committee. Ty spent the last year working as the Public Relations Chairman for the Sigma Nu fraternity in Iowa City, where he worked primarily with social media and helping plan events, such as the spring philanthropy, Kickin’ it for a Cure. In addition to school and PRSSA, Ty enjoys playing all sports and exercising. He is especially interested in baseball, and has been to almost every Major League Baseball stadium around the country. Additionally, he enjoys writing, reading, and hanging out with his frat bros. He hopes to use the skills and information learned from PRSSA and his major to work for a professional sports organization in the future. In addition to this, Ty would like to write a fiction novel in the near future. For now though, he hopes to dedicate his time and attention to the members of PRSSA.
Clare Goodwin – PR Director
Clare is a senior at the University of Iowa, finishing up her degree in Journalism and Mass Communication, with a minor in Political Science, and a certificate in Entrepreneurial Management. Upon graduating in May, Clare hopes to get a job in PR and marketing. She has been in PRSSA since freshman year and was actively involved in Inspire on IowaWatch’s marketing team. This past summer she was a marketing intern with Delta Dental of Iowa in Des Moines, where she’s originally from. She’s also involved in Greek life and the ambassador program for JPEC (John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center).
Katie Sextro – Community Relations Director
Katie is a senior majoring in Journalism and Mass Communications. She has worked for the Daily Iowan TV as a reporter and anchor since her sophomore year and she is now a sports reporter, anchor, and producer. She is currently a SJMC Student Ambassador which is sparking more of an interest in public relations and marketing. To get more experience in the public relations field she spent her summer as a marketing intern at Goodwill of the Heartland. As the community relations director she hopes to learn more about public relations and to gain valuable experience. When she graduates she would like to get a job in sports marketing or get involved in public relations for a sports team or an organization that she is passionate about.
Kendall Heininger – Finance Director
Kendall is junior majoring in Journalism Mass Communication and minoring in Business and Cinematic Arts. This is her first year on the executive board but second year in PRSSA and Inspire. As the finance director I coordinate fundraising events, annual budgets, and company tours. This past year she worked alongside the Chicago Blackhawks to gain more experience with event management, marketing, and public relations. Once Kendall graduates she hopes to work in marketing or distribution for the entertainment/movie industry.
Julian Sanchez- Professional Development Director
Julian is a junior at the University of Iowa majoring in Journalism and Sociology. This past summer, Julian spent most of his time learning the ins and outs of public relations as a PR intern at Preferred Public Relations in Las Vegas, Nevada–also his hometown. He has been an active member since the fall of the previous year in both PRSSA and Inspire, where he works with Iowa Watch. Along with these two organizations, he can either be found working in the Language Media Center or the Office of the Vice President for Student Life. Politics, pop culture, and technology are some of his main interests and he is very vocal about anything that falls into these categories. Julian hopes to practice PR in either San Francisco, Washington D.C., or Los Angeles upon graduation.
Molly Georgia- Secretary
Molly is a junior pursuing a degree in journalism, with a certificate in entrepreneurial management. This year marks her first year with the PRSSA exec board, although she has been an active member of PRSSA and Inspire for over a year. As the secretary, Molly records meeting minutes and briefs the group on event and meeting details for each week, coordinates the scheduling of meeting rooms, and assists the president and vice president as needed. Outside of PRSSA, Molly is also a web writer and social manager for the Division of Student Life. Upon graduation, she hopes to take her skills in written communication and media to a position within the PR industry.
Kierra Rogers – FOCUS Blog Publications Director
Kierra is a senior at the University of Iowa majoring in Communication Studies and receiving a certificate in Entrepreneurial Studies. This is her second year being apart of PRSSA, but this is her first year on the executive board. She is elated to be the Focus Blog Publications Director. As the focus blog editor she plans to expand her knowledge and strengths on editing and public relations. This past summer, she interned as a Style Guru for CollegeFashionista along with interning for the Iowa Fashion Project. Fashion, editing, public relations, and social media are some of her interests. Along with PRSSA she participates in Fashion Management Club and STAR (students to assist in recruiting). In her spare time she enjoys reading blogs, novels, traveling, and participating in anything involving fashion. After graduation, she plans on entering the fashion industry as a stylist.
Annie Gaspar – Inspire Co-Director
Annie is a junior majoring in Communication Studies with minors in French and Mass Communication and a certificate in Entrepreneurial Management. This is her second year is PRSSA and first on the exec board. She has been a marketing intern for OrderUp since January and loves learning different ways to appeal to college students. She’s very excited to co-direct Inspire this year and make sure all of the accounts have the best PR team possible. Once she graduates, she plans on going into PR and moving to New York City to become an entertainment publicist.
Madison Petersen – Inspire Co-Director
Madison is a junior majoring in Journalism and Communication Studies. She has been involved with PRRSA and Inspire for two years and has working closely with the IowaWatch public relations team throughout that time. She hopes to pursue a career in sports communications upon gradating. She is also involved in Greek Life, is a metro reporter for The Daily Iowan, and works as a communications intern for the University of Iowa Athletics Department.