Executive Board

President: Shantae Howell

ShantaeHeadshotTwitter handle: @sashe_shantae

Linkedin url: http://linkedin.com/in/shantaehowell

Year: Senior

Major: PR and Advertising Minors: Psychology Research Methods and Graphic Design


Career goals/aspirations: I am pursuing a career in account management that will allow me to oversee integrated marketing campaigns from research and strategy to execution and evaluation.

Favorite thing to do in Chicago: Going to music festivals and being outside (when it’s warm enough), volunteering, writing and building my photography portfolio!

Internship Experience: Tribune Content Solutions (current), Leo Burnett, Chartwells, Wilks Communications Group, Reboot Illinois, Common Cause Illinois

Hobbies: Singing, writing, listening to music, EATING.

Favorite quote: “€œPromise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”—A.A. Milne


VP of Professional Development: Yara Ismail

YaraHeadshotTwitter handle: @yara_ismail36

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

Year: Junior

Major: Public Relations and Advertising, Minors in Marketing and Communication and Media

Hometown: Oak Lawn, IL

Career goals/aspirations: Work in a big PR agency while getting the chance to travel all over the world.

Favorite thing to do in Chicago: Exploring and finding new amazing places to eat. 

Hobbies: Volunteering, Netflix, Tea making, Make up freelancing, attend concerts.

Favorite Quote: “Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.”—Maya Angelou


 VP of Chapter Programming: Sunny Muehleman

SunnyHeadshotTwitter handle: @sunnymuehleman

LinkedIn Url: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sunny-muehleman-4a7169109

Year: Senior

Major: Public Relations and Advertising Minor: Music Business

Hometown: Lake Villa, IL

Career goals/aspirations: In the future, I would like to handle public relations and communications for music festivals and concerts.

Favorite thing to do in Chicago: My favorite things to do in the city is attend concerts, visit the Lincoln Park Zoo, and walk along the lake.

Internship Experience:  Public Relations intern for the College of Lake County.

Hobbies: Singing in the shower, reading, baking, and watching movies.

Favorite quote: “I have been bent and broken but – I hope into better shape.” – Charles Dickins


VP of External Relations—Digital: Brooke Beatty

BrookeHeadshotTwitter handle: @BloggingBrooke

LinkedIn Url: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brooke-beatty-70b560a7

Year: Junior

Major: Public Relations and Advertising; Public Policy Minor: Professional Writing

Hometown: Des Moines, IA

Career goals/aspiration: In the future, I plan to work in governmental relations or handle the communications for a public figure.

Favorite thing to do in Chicago: My favorite thing to do in Chicago, is running to different parts of the city. Secondly, I love to try different Mexican restaurants. Running and eating, it is a viscous cycle.

Internship Experience: Iowa Senate Page, Press Intern for United States Senator Chuck Grassley, and Media Relations Intern at the DePaul University Office of Public Relations and Communications.

Hobbies: Watching old TV shows with my mom and running in local races.

Favorite Quote:“There is freedom waiting for you, On the breezes of the sky, And you ask  ‘What if I fall?’  Oh but my darling, What if you fly?” – Erin Hanson 


VP External Relations—Social Media: Patricia Murray

PatriciaHeadshotTwitter handle:

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

Year: Senior

Major: Public Relations and Advertising, Intercultural Communication

Hometown: Elk Grove Village, IL

Career goals/aspirations: I would love to work in public affairs or corporate responsibility.

Favorite thing to do in Chicago: Exploring the best the city has to offer from music to food and beyond!

Internship Experience: State Senator Dan Kotowski’s legislative office, Mabbly Digital, and the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce.

Hobbies: Reading, traveling and volunteering.

Favorite Quote: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”—Maya Angelou

VP of Philanthropy: Richard Roesner

RichieHeadshorTwitter handle: @richroesner

LinkedI Url:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/richroesner

Year: Senior

Major: Public Relations and Advertising Minor: Theatre Studies

Hometown: Wheaton, IL

Career goals/aspirations: I would like to work at either a mid-sized or large public relations firm in consumer PR.

Favorite thing to do in Chicago: I like to eat as much Portillo’s and Lou Malnati’s as I possibly can.

Internship Experiences: Welcome Week Coordinator for DePaul University and Public Relations Intern at Margie Korshak Inc.

Hobbies:  Singing, eating, and watching Parks and Rec all the time.

Favorite quote: “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” – Walt Disney


VP of Membership Services: Andrew Willett

AndrewHeadshotTwitter handle: @andrewdwillett

LinkedIn URL: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrew-willett-273287b9?trk=hp-identity-name

Year: Sophomore

Major: Public Relations and Advertising

Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio

Career goals/aspirations: I would like to work in fashion PR, more specifically, GQ Magazine.

Favorite thing to do in Chicago: I love to check out cool restaurants.

Internship Experience: Cleveland Play House.

Hobbies: Eating, dancing, and shopping.

Favorite Quote: “Creativity comes from a conflict of ideas.” – Donatella Versace

VP of Special Events: Lauren Polito

LaurenHeadshotTwitter handle:@Lpolito26

LinkedIn URL: https://www.linkedin.com/in/laurenpolito12?trk=prof-samename-name

Year: Junior

Major: Public Relations and Advertising Minor: in Marketing 

Hometown: Hoffman Estates, IL

Career goals/aspirations: I would like to work at an agency in Chicago, and to work in New York long term. 

Favorite thing to do in Chicago: Eat, especially at Lou Malnatis, Floriole, as well as any and all crepe restaurants.

Hobbies: Yoga, running, and going to farmers markets. 

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

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