PRSSA 2009-2010 Executive Board Biographies

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President: Michelle Tanaka

Hi, my name is Michelle Tanaka and I am the PRSSA Chapter President for the 2009-2010 school year. I am a senior pursuing a B.A. in English and Communications: Journalism. I joined PRSSA at the end of my sophomore year and served on the Executive Board as VP of Membership the following year. After enrolling in the SVC writing class and getting my feet wet with my first agency internship at Wilson PR, I knew public relations was the career choice for me.

This past summer I interned at Publicis Consultants PR and had the opportunity to work on a social media campaign for WONKA candy as well as the product launch for Goodbyn, an eco-conscious lunchbox. Currently I am interning with Barokas PR and serve on the ASUW Publicity and Programming Committee. After graduation I plan on returning back to the Bay Area and would like to work in consumer or technology PR.

For me PRSSA has always been about the people you meet. From the speakers to the advisors to the students in our chapter or in a chapter across the country, these connections are invaluable. One of my main goals this year is to help members create meaningful relationships with their peers and professionals through great meetings, workshops, events and socials.

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Vice President: Tameka Lampkin

My name is Tameka Lampkin and I am pursuing B.A. degrees in Communications and Dance. I was born and raised in Cincinnati, OH. After high school I joined the United States Navy and was stationed in Whidbey Island for two years and Bremerton for three years. I liked it so much I decided to stay in Washington to attend University of Washington.

After taking Professor Fearn-Banks crisis communications class I chose to pursue public relations. I attended the School of Visual Concepts public relations writing class and will be interning throughout the school year. I am also an officer in the Husky United Military Veterans club on campus.

In my free time I love to dance and choreograph modern, hip-hop and jazz dance. I am also an avid traveler. I studied abroad in Switzerland, Italy, and Argentina for communications. I am a huge fan of comedies; my favorite show of the moment is "30 Rock."

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Secretary: Ali Kramer

My name is Ali Kramer and I am Secretary for the UW PRSSA chapter. I am a senior at the University of Washington and I have lived in Seattle my entire life. I am studying Communications with a focus in public relations. I am also in the process of obtaining a sales certificate through the Business School.

Last summer I held an internship position for Richmond Public Relations and studied abroad in Argentina, focusing on the field public relations. This fall I will be interning at Precept Wine Brands in the public relations department.

I am an active member of Pi Beta Phi sorority. I love to travel abroad, learn about different cultures, and meet new people. I am very excited to spend my senior year being involved with PRSSA.

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Treasurer: Megan Petty

My name is Megan Petty and I am the Treasurer of the UW PRSSA chapter. I graduated from Inglemoor High School in Bothell. I'm a junior and studying Communications with a minor in International Studies and a Sales Certificate.

I am an active member of the Kappa Delta sorority and hold a position in public relations for my chapter and look forward to learning through different types of internships this year.

I love being around my family and friends and plan to travel after college. I enjoy hot yoga, golf and volleyball. PRSSA is a great way to learn about public relations and am glad to be a part of this communications network and meet great people!

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Public Relations Director: Brendan Hughes

My name is Brendan Hughes, and I am the Public Relations Director for the UW PRSSA chapter. I grew up across from downtown Seattle on Bainbridge Island, and graduated from the high school there.

I am a senior and a communications major, and plan on pursuing a career in public relations after graduation. This year I plan on finding a couple internships, and participating in the mentorship program this chapter offers with the local PRSA chapter.

My main passions, among the many, are connecting with people, and music. The two seem to go very well hand in hand. During my attendance at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, WA, I was the Musical Coordinator. That position introduced me to the field of PR and then fueled my desire to be a part of it. Today, in addition to my work with the chapter, I do freelance PR consulting for a couple Seattle based production companies.

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Community Relations Director: Elena Caldwell

My name is Elena Caldwell and I am the Community Outreach Director for PRSSA. I organize Chapter fundraisers and plan social events for members. I was born in Washington and was raised on Whidbey Island. I graduated from Coupeville High School in 2007.

Here at UW, I am a sophomore majoring in Communications and will be minoring in Spanish as well. I have been focused on Public Relations since arriving at UW and look forward to getting multiple internships in the upcoming years.

I currently work with the Seattle Mariners in retail. I have had an internship with the Seattle Humane Society working with their marketing director. This upcoming January 2010 I will be interning with the Seattle Mariners in the Procurement office.

In my free time, I enjoy baseball, family and friends with all of my heart.

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Historian: Steven Landry

Hi, my name is Steven Landry, and I am the current Historian for the 2009-2010 school year. I am heading into my senior year as a Communication major.

As Historian I maintain the PRSSA blog with photos documenting the chapter's activities throughout the year; in addition to pictures of events, I also hold onto documents created by our chapter in addition to published works by members of PRSSA.

In my personal time I like to travel, and be active outdoors. I am looking forward to expanding our chapter here at UW, and extend our networking opportunities for our members. Along with being involved with PR, I am also a member of the Fiji fraternity on campus. This coming year I hope to obtain an internship, and expand the reach of PRSSA on the University of Washington campus.

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Want to get involved?

PRSSA Executive Board applications will be available for the 2010-2011 year in May 2010.