Executive Board

President: Andrew Willett

_MG_7835Twitter handle: @andrewdwillett

LinkedIn URL: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrew-willett-273287b9/

Year: Junior

Major: Public Relations and Advertising

Hometown: Cleveland, OH

Career goals/aspirations: I’d like to become a creative director to help implement integrating marketing and PR campaigns to strengthen brand trust and reputation. I’d love to work with consumer brands as well as environmental causes and mental health initiatives.

Favorite thing to do in Chicago: Exploring the lakeside, eating at the city’s best restaurants, and running through the many different neighborhoods

Hobbies: Working out, traveling and eating!

Favorite Quote: “Let’s not reinvent the wheel.” -Jim Motzer

Most Memorable PRSSA Moment: Making the connections that led me to my first agency internship.


 VP of Professional Development: Brooke Beatty

_MG_7863Twitter handle: @BloggingBrooke

LinkedIn Url: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brooke-beatty1915/

Year: Junior

Major: Public Relations and Environmental Policy

Hometown: Des Moines, IA

Career goals/aspirations: My long-term goal is to work in public affairs for either a global brand or agency.

Favorite thing to do in Chicago: The incredible running community. I am always motivated to get out there and put in an extra mile.

Internship Experience:  Senate Page, Press Intern for United States Senator Chuck Grassley, DePaul Office of Public Relations and Communications, and Hawthorne Strategy Group.

Hobbies: Running, eating, reading, writing, talking to my mom and shopping

Favorite quote: “The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.” – Coco Chanel

Most Memorable PRSSA Moment: Joining PRSSA introduced me to the Bateman Case Competition. This full-year class pushed me to think bigger and gave me the opportunity to bring my ideas to life. Most importantly, the class introduced me to some of my best friends and made a difference. To learn more about Bateman head over to the PRSSA website and visit https://www.ttbtcasestudy.com/


VP of External Relations—Digital: Kate Hohenstatt


Twitter handle: @K8_Hohenstatt

LinkedIn Url: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kathrynhohenstatt/

Year: Junior

Major: Public Relations and Organizational Communication

Hometown: Lindenhurst, IL

Career goals/aspiration: I am looking to explore all aspects of corporate and internal communications. I’m interested in the strategies and tactics companies use to communicate with clients and employees.

Favorite thing to do in Chicago: I enjoy exploring the neighborhoods, trying new restaurants and running along the lakefront.

Internship Experience: DePaul Office of Public Relations and Communications, DePaul Career Center’s ASK Program, Capsim Management Simulations, and Walmart

Hobbies: Writing, reading, working out, cooking, and watching Netflix

Favorite Quote:“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

Most Memorable PRSSA Moment: Attending an onsite visit for Chicago Cubs communications and social media team.


VP External Relations—Social Media: Jessalyn Kieta

_MG_7870 Twitter: @jessalyn_kieta

LinkedIn URL: http://www.linkedin.com/in/jkieta

Year: Senior

Major: Public Relations and Advertising

Hometown: Wheaton, IL

Career goals/aspirations: Food and Hospitality Industries for a PR Agency

Favorite thing to do in Chicago: Trying new restaurants in the city, but as a fall back, I always eat a lot of deep dish pizza.

Internship Experience: The Intuitive Learning Company, Barry Callebaut, and Wagstaff Worldwide

Hobbies: Painting, working out, calligraphy, listening to music, and reading

Favorite Quote: “Some succeed because they are destined to; most succeed because they are determined to.” -Unknown

Most Memorable PRSSA Moment: The Weber Shandwick Agency visit.


VP of Philanthropy: Levi Jacobson

_MG_7853 (1)Twitter: @Levi_Jacobson

LinkedI Url: https://www.linkedin.com/in/levi-jacobson-990975b3/

Year: Senior

Major: Theatre Arts

Hometown: Sumner, IA

Career goals/aspirations: My dream career is to work as a publicist for POLK PR (they handle all of the PR and marketing for all things Broadway! in NYC! Until then, I’d love to work in entertainment and lifestyle PR in Chicago or NYC.

Favorite thing to do in Chicago: I’m a big “bruncher” (who isn’t??), so I have to say trying out new brunch places on sunny mornings with some of my favorite people.

Internship Experiences: I’ve interned at various theatre companies in the city doing membership, box office, eduational, and PR work. Most recently I completed an internship with Carol Fox & Associates doing PR for some of the city’s well-known lifestyle and entertainment companies!

Hobbies:  I love reading non-fiction books focused on pop-culture, theatre, fashion, etc. Think Andy Cohen and Grace Coddington! I also love to roller-blade when the weather is decent, enjoying time with friends and family and binge-watching whatever new TV series Ryan Murphy has produced.

Favorite quote: “You are enough.”

Most Memorable PRSSA Moment: Meeting the publicist from Allied Integrated Marketing who is working on the Book of Mormon and Hamilton in Chicago.


VP of Membership Services: Dalia Awdi

_MG_7873Twitter: @daliaawdi

Linkedin URL: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dalia-a-292b30a3/

Year: Junior

Major: Public Relations and Advertising

Hometown: Beirut, Lebanon

Career goals/aspirations: Global corporate public relations

Favorite thing to do in Chicago: I like to visit ethnic neighborhoods and try out different foods.

Internship Experience: Political Intern at Dan Shoman Inc. and Marketing Director/Brand Ambassador at Lumalit

Hobbies: Exploring new places in the city, studying new languages, reading, and keeping up with current events​

Favorite Quote: “Be yourself, everyone else is already taken” – Oscar Wilde

Most Memorable PRSSA Moment: My first agency visit to Weber Shandwick – the day I decided that Public Relations was exactly what I wanted to go into!

VP of Special Events: Lauren Polito

_MG_7893Twitter: @Lpolito26

LinkedIn URL:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/laurenpolito12/

Year: Junior

Major: Public Relations and Advertising and Communications and Media

Hometown: Hoffman Estates, IL

Career goals/aspirations: To work somewhere that I have the opportunity to continue learning, and integrate my passion for social media. 

Favorite thing to do in Chicago:  Visit farmers markets, and eat the delicious food found at farmers markets.

Internship Experience: Eventors and CDW

Hobbies: Yoga, running, walking around Chicago, and trying new food

Favorite Quote: “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” – Thomas Edison 

Most Memorable PRSSA Moment: Meeting Astronaut Scott Kelly backstage after his keynote at PRSA’s International Conference in October 2016. A special thank you to Ron Culp for this incredible opportunity. 

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