Meet Your 2015 New Pros Executive Committee

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It’s hard to believe we’re already a couple months into the year, but the Executive Committee has already been brainstorming and implementing ways to serve PRSA New Pros members throughout the year.

With a mix of returning and new chairs, we’re excited for what 2015 has in store. Read on to learn more about each person on the committee and feel free to get in touch. While you’re at it, don’t forget to join in our monthly Twitter chats and register for PRSA ICON in November. Click here to contact the New Pros Executive Committee members directly.


Nick Lucido
 – Section Chair Untitled design (6)
Location: São Paulo, Brazil
Work: Account Supervisor, Edelman Digital
Education: Michigan State University: B.A. in Advertising with specialization in Public Relations, B.A. in Public Administration
How PRSA benefits me: Now in my 5th year of membership, PRSA has helped me expand my network and meet incredible professionals from across the country and world. Working with my fellow New Professions Section committee members has been a really rewarding experience and helped me make the transition from student to professional.
Fun fact: I moved to Brazil 10 months ago and since I have arrived, I’ve experienced the World Cup hosted in this country, protests against the Cup, a water crisis, a presidential election and a scandal affecting Brazil’s largest company and political party. It’s been an interesting year!

Jessica Noonan – Section Liaison and 2016 Chair-electJessica Noonan
Location: New York, NY
Work: Associate, Burson-Marsteller
Education: American University: B.S. in Business Administration and B.A. in Public Communication
How PRSA benefits me: Since I was a student PRSA has been a go-to resource for the standards of the PR industry. By being an active member of the society I’ve had numerous opportunities to network with some of the stars of our industry.
Fun fact: PR runs in my family – my parents met working in PR nearly 30 years ago!

Amy Bishop – Programming Co-chairAmy Bishop
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Work: Senior Digital PR Strategist, DigitalRelevance
Education: Indiana University: B.A. in Journalism
How PRSA benefits me: PRSA helps me take an active role in national industry discussions and also allows me to connect with my local PR community.
Fun fact: I love dubstep music, naps and strategy board games.

Brian Price – Programing Co-chairBrian New
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Work: Assistant Account Executive, Edelman
Education: Northern Michigan University: B.S. in Communication Studies, Graduate Certificate in Public Management
How PRSA benefits me: PRSA benefits me through providing a network of peers and seasoned professionals to work with and guide me as I begin my career. It’s also given me opportunities to grow through leadership opportunities at my Chapter and insight into the profession.
Fun fact: I’ve never been one for caffeinated drinks in the morning or for energy.

Stephanie Vermillion – Blog Co-chairStephanie Vermillion
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Work: Senior Account Executive, Wordsworth Communications
Education: Boston University: M.S. in Public Relations; University of Dayton: B.A. in Journalism
How PRSA benefits me: I love having the chance to meet so many like-minded people both locally and nationally. I’m also a big fan of the ongoing education resources, because that’s critical to ensure we’re all staying at the top of our game.
Fun fact: Outside of work, running is one of my favorite hobbies. I just completed my fifth marathon, the Disney World Marathon, in January 2015.

Ashleigh Mavros – Blog co-chairrsz_1ashleigh_mavros
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Work: Account Associate, Fahlgren Mortine
Education: Ohio University: B.S. in Journalism
How PRSA benefits me: I couldn’t imagine making the transition from student to professional without PRSA. The organization creates a web of guidance, support and continuous learning to help you discover your aspirations and abilities.
Fun fact: I grew up in a small farm town where I was fair queen and showed heifers for 4H; I definitely enjoy the change to the city life in Columbus!

Erica Brown – Social Media Co-chairErica Brown
Location: Sacramento, California
Work: Account Associate, AugustineIdeas
Education: Sacramento State: B.A. in Communications/Public Relations
How PRSA benefits me: PRSA benefits me by continuing to learn more about the field of communications as well as networking with professionals not only in Sacramento but across the nation and the world.
Fun fact: I don’t drink coffee, my favorite drink to get is an iced soy chai tea latte!

Lauren Loxterman – Social Media Co-chairLauren Loxterman
Location: Houston, Texas
Work: Founder, Soversity
Education: University of Houston: B.A. in Communications, Public Relations
How PRSA benefits me: PRSA has given me a place to grow. I can learn from industry vets and not be afraid to fail because of the support I receive from the society.
Fun fact: I’ve recently been getting back into film acting.

Simon Oh – Newsletter Co-chairScreen Shot 2015-03-05 at 9.51.09 PM
Location: Campbell, California (San Francisco Bay Area)
Education: San Jose State University: M.S. in Transportation Management (in progress); Cal State Fullerton: B.A. in Communications, Public Relations
How PRSA benefits me: Connecting with and learning from fellow PR professionals about how I can succeed as an emerging professional myself.
Fun fact: Fan of tacos, light rail and Simpsons references (“I was saying Boo-urns”)

Hanna Porterfield – Newsletter Co-chairHanna Porterfield
Location: New York, New York
Work: Assistant Account Executive, Development Counsellors International (DCI)
Education: Michigan State University: B.A. Advertising, Specialization in Public Relations
How PRSA benefits me: PRSA has allowed me to connect and relate with public relations professionals working in a variety of industries. Not only that, but I continually gain leadership experience, stay up on industry news and am making friends around the country.
Fun fact: I ran my first sprint-distance triathlon in 2014 and am obsessed with spin class.

JR Rochester – Membership Co-chairJR Rochester
Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
Work: Digital Media Strategist, AAA Carolinas
Education: East Carolina University: B.S. in Public Relations & Interpersonal/Organizational Communications
PRSA Benefits: PRSA has been instrumental in my success as a new professional in and out of the office. It has given me leadership development, professional development and personal life long friends.
Interesting Fact: I was in the United States Army for 11 years and I attended Saddam Hussein’s trial.

Hilary Jurinak – Membership Co-chairHilary Jurinak
Location: Arlington Heights, Illinois
Work: Communications Coordinator, Binny’s Beverage Depot
Education: Columbia College Chicago: B.A. in Marketing Communications
How PRSA benefits me: PRSA provides countless education and networking opportunities.
Fun fact: Midwestern girl addicted to exploring Chicago, networking and enjoying craft beer.

Mike DeFilippis – Mentorship ChairMike DeFilippis
Location: Washington, D.C.
Work: Assistant Project Manager, Direct Impact (subsidiary of Burson-Marsteller)
Education: Boston University: B.S. in Mass Communication with a concentration in Public Relations
How PRSA benefits me: PRSA is a group where I can learn more about the profession from seasoned executives, as well as develop my career alongside like-minded new professionals;
Fun fact: I’m an Eagle Scout.

Lauren Gray – PRSSA Liaison Lauren Gray
Location: Stamford, Connecticut
Company: Project Manager,The Visual Brand
Education: Western Carolina University: B.A. in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations
How PRSA benefits me: PRSA benefits me with networking opportunities that have brought me great friends and connections and by allowing me to continue to learn and grow in various leadership opportunities and from various conferences.
Fun fact: I’ve been to 29 states and 8 countries and plan to add more this year!

Henry Cervera – PRSSA LiaisonUntitled design (10)
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Work: Independent Practitioner for small business owners
Education: Utah Valley University: Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations, currently finishing a degree in Business Management
How PRSA benefits me: PRSA has given me access to an abundant amount of learning channels (on-demand webinars, case studies, the Edge and the PRSay blogs, that help me stay up to date with the latest trends and news of our industry. As a PRSSA member, I started building my professional network. Now as part of PRSA, I can continue to connect with more professionals nationwide through the New Professionals Section.
Fun fact: Committed to run a race each month of the year and is currently training to run his first marathon in April, the Salt Lake City marathon.

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