President: Shantae Howell
Twitter handle: @sashe_shantae
Linkedin url: http://linkedin.com/in/shantaehowell
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: “Promise 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
Twitter handle: @yara_ismail36
LinkedIn URL: https://www.linkedin.com/
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
Twitter handle: @sunnymuehleman
LinkedIn Url: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sunny-muehleman-4a7169109
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
LinkedIn Url: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brooke-beatty-70b560a7
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
Twitter handle: @PatriciaJMurray
LinkedIn URL: https://www.linkedin.com/in/
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
LinkedI Url: https://www.linkedin.com/in/richroesner
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
LinkedIn URL: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrew-willett-273287b9?trk=hp-identity-name
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
LinkedIn URL: https://www.linkedin.com/in/laurenpolito12?trk=prof-samename-name
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