About Us

What is PRSSA?

PRSSA is the student version of PRSA- the nation’s leading organization serving public relations and communications professionals. PRSSA is made up of over 10,000 college students across the United States, Argentina, Colombia, and Peru. PRSSA is dedicated to teaching students more about the fields of public relations, advertising, and other forms of mass communication. Meetings involve bringing in professional speakers, helping members network, and resume building workshops.

When does ASU PRSSA meet?

Our meetings occur virtually via this zoom link the first and last Thursday of every month at 6 pm.

Executive Board

PRSSA at ASU is run and organized by our student executive board as well as our faculty advisors.

Mary Louise “Lou” Long


Lou is a senior at ASU. She is originally from Arizona. Outside of Cronkite and PR, she is in Barrett, the Honors College and is a Community Assistant. Mary Louise is pursuing a BA and MA in journalism with a focus in public relations and strategic social media opportunities; and a certificate in marketing. As an alumna of Xavier College Preparatory and current student of Barrett, the Honors College, Mary’s developed skills include time management, organization, and strong work ethic. A natural extrovert, she enjoys working within a team, interacting with people and driving enthusiasm for upcoming projects.

Responsibilities include: Managing the executive board, act as a direct liaison with guest speakers, planning the semester schedule and organizing meetings

Connect with Lou! Instagram, LinkedIn

Melinda Sawyer

Vice President

Melinda is a senior. Outside of Cronkite and PR, she is in the sorority Alpha Chi Omega. Melinda previously served on the PRSSA board as the social media coordinator.

Responsibilities include: Assisting president in carrying out her duties, stepping in for the president when she is unable to attend events, leading efforts for partnership with our sponsors

Connect with Melinda! Instagram, LinkedIn

Joseph “Jae” Early


Jae is a sophomore studying journalism with a focus in public relations and a minor in political science. He is originally from Cleveland, Ohio, and a big Browns fan. Outside of school, he spends most of his time hanging out with friends while simultaneously getting into little adventures. He can be often found at his work as a bank teller. He enjoys traveling and playing with the stock market. Outside of PRSSA, he volunteers and has an internship. As an eagle scout, service, and giving back is something he finds important and tries to do as often as he can, in various ways. He volunteers with organizations such as St. Mary’s Food Bank, St. Vincent de Paul of Phoenix, and the Homeless Youth Connection. He also has an internship working on a county-wide political campaign. He says that this internship allows him to get a great view of how politics and running elections works, while giving him exposure as a student. It has also provided for a great resource to grow his network. After undergrad at Arizona State, he would like to go to law school and hopefully do something in the political sphere such as a running campaign, lobbying, or political public relations. He hopes to eventually run for political office someday.

Responsibilities include: Manages money used for club meetings, assists in distributing funding from our sponsors

Connect with Jae! Instagram, LinkedIn

Isabella “Bella” Schneider

Internal Communications Coordinator

Bella is a sophomore in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications and in Barrett, The Honors College. She is originally from the Chicago Suburbs. Growing up near the city inspired her to attend school in Downtown Phoenix since she loves the hip and bustling city vibe. She is in the sorority Alpha Epsilon Phi where she assists with recruitment and manages the Instagram account. She is also in the fashion journalism club The Chic Daily where she writes articles about fashion, entertainment, and lifestyle news. Bella is involved in Jewish life at the Tempe campus and spent the past semester as a marketing intern for the Jewish student organization Hillel. She will spend the upcoming semester interning with Melinda at SparkPoint studio. After graduation, she would like to work for a large PR agency in the events and entertainment department or for a fashion and beauty agency such as Mayfair.

Responsibilities include: Maintaining the chapter’s website and blog, taking notes at each chapter meeting

Connect with Bella! Instagram, LinkedIn

Angelica Olivas

Social Media Manager

Angelica is originally from Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is a junior at the Cronkite School and a part of Barrett. Next semester she will be the PR and Marketing Intern at Make A Wish Arizona. She is also a Cronkite Ambassador where she is able to connect with prospective students and tell them about ASU. Outside of school, she loves to work on creative projects and tries to get outside as much as she can. Upon graduation, she hopes to work for a PR company writing and producing content.  

Responsibilities include: Managing the chapter’s Instagram and Twitter accounts, posting meeting information in a timely manner, when relevant taking photos at events

Connect with Angelica! Instagram, LinkedIn

Krista Paniagua

Faculty advisor

Krista is an ASU PRSSA alum! She is currently the Growth Marketing Manager for EdPlus at ASU. Before this role, she was the Senior Program Coordinator for Cronkite Career Services for 3 years. She attends all our meetings and helps us plan and coordinate events.

Diane Smith

Professional Advisor

Diane helps connect us to the community. She helps us find connections to the PR world outside of ASU and attends club meetings as well. She is the PR and communications manager for Pima Medical Institute. Prior to this, she worked for various PR agencies for 10 years.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Thank you PRSA Phoenix and HMA Public Relations for your continuous support for our chapter. Without them, the functioning of our chapter would not be possible. For more information on how to sponsor ASU PRSSA, please contact us here.