2017 Board of Directors

 

Elected Positions

President - Caitlin New, APR
Caitlin New is an account supervisor at INK Public Relations, where she leads public relations teams and programs for high growth technology companies in the mobile, financial technology, IT, and enterprise solutions industries. Prior to this, she served as an account manager for Ketner Group PR + Marketing. This is Caitlin’s fifth year on the PRSA Austin board and has served as programs director and programs chair in the years prior to her role as president-elect. Caitlin has been a member of PRSA since 2007 and holds a B.S. Corporate Communications degree from the University of Texas.

Immediate Past President - Jennifer Faulk
Jennifer previously served as PRSA Austin’s director at large, programs. In this role, she helped plan and implement professional development activities to advance the mission of the chapter while ensuring logistics were properly managed and communicated to members, prospects, allied professional organizations, and local media. Jennifer is currently an Influencer Relations Manager at IBM. Prior to that she served as Public Relations Specialist at Spiceworks and also worked with PPR Worldwide, supporting Dell’s corporate reputation business. She holds a B.A. in Mass Communications with a focus in Public Relations from Texas State University.

President-Elect and Director at Large, Programs  – Amanda Blease
Amanda is a senior manager of client services at Hahn Public Communications and has been serving the firm’s clients with media relations and marketing expertise for more than five years. She is a talented writer, a persuasive earned media pitching expert and a strategic communication planner.

She is a valuable and often sought-after client team member to help build campaigns that have encouraged more people to purchase more efficient natural gas appliances and apply for rebates from Texas Gas Service; to eat more delicious hamburgers and visit the iconic Texas brand Whataburger; and to utilize convenient mass transit services and provide valuable input to Capital Metro planning efforts. Additionally, Amanda enjoys helping clients reach the right audience at the right time through strategic marketing communication plans.

Prior to joining Hahn Public, Amanda was a media relations publicist with a local literary agency. Amanda earned her bachelor’s degree in English from The University of Texas at Austin with a minor in communications and a concentration in business foundations. She has also served on the PRSA Austin chapter executive board for more than three years.

Secretary and Treasurer – Sarah Sutton
Sarah is a client services coordinator at Hahn Public, providing media pitching, event coordination and project coordination support to her client teams including Whataburger, Texas Gas Service and Oklahoma Natural Gas. She also helps coordinate Hahn Public’s intern program. Sarah served on the PRSSA executive board during her time at Texas State University, and is looking forward to transitioning into her new role as the Secretary/Treasurer this year. 

 

Director at Large, Accreditation and Director at Large, Ethics – Marmie Edwards, APR
Marmie began working with Austin's PRSA accreditation program last year when she moved from Washington, DC, where she served on the National Capital Board. She focused on nonprofits and media relations there, most recently as VP, Communications for a public safety organization, providing public messaging and PSAs. She consults with nonprofits through Edwards Communications and LaunchPad for Success. Marmie has a BA in journalism from Indiana University and a MS in Strategic Public Relations from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Director at Large, Communications – Lauren Witt
Lauren Witt currently serves as the Director at Large, Communications, for the PRSA Austin Chapter Board; she is responsible for leading the communications committee in promoting chapter events and communicating relevant industry news to members. She previously served on the communications committee as a committee member. Lauren is the Communications Manager at RBI Austin, where she is responsible for managing the organization’s strategic communication and marketing efforts. She graduated from the University of South Carolina with a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications in 2011. 

Appointed Positions

Programs Chair – Sara Lasseter
Sara currently works for Ketner Group PR + Marketing as an Account Executive, developing public relations campaigns and marketing programs for a wide range of clients in the retail technology space. As a former member of PRSSA at The University of Texas at Austin, she's excited to get more involved with the great group of professionals leading PRSA Austin. She's got the travel bug with no intention to shake it, and a soft spot for anything dipped in chocolate. Sara's looking forward to a great year for PRSA Austin!

Communications Committee – Alison Kwong
Alison Kwong is the Public Relations Manager at Bazaarvoice, where she is responsible for managing the public relations, media relations, analyst relations and integrated brand and communications programs for the company. Prior to joining Bazaarvoice, Alison’s previous roles included being a member of National Instruments’ global public relations team, a traveling brand ambassador for the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile and an Account Executive at Weber Shandwick representing a variety of technology, healthcare and consumer clients. Alison graduated with honors from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor's of Science in Public Relations in 2009. She joined the PRSA Austin Chapter Board of Directors in 2011, and served as Director at Large, Communications between 2013 and 2015. She will continue to serve on the Communications Committee for the 2016 calendar year.

Communications Committee  Morgan Moritz
Morgan Moritz is an Assistant Account Executive at Pierpont Communications where she works primarily on accounts across the real estate, oil and gas and professional services sectors. She is a native Austinite and holds her B.S. in Public Relations from Texas State University where she was also a member of the Texas State PRSSA Chapter. Outside of the office, Morgan enjoys painting ceramics, watching football and traveling.

Membership Chair – Ashley Schlosser
Ashley is the Membership Chair for the PRSA Austin Chapter. In this role, she is responsible for recruiting and communicating with new and prospective members.  Ashley has served on the PRSA Austin Chapter board since 2012. She also served as Co-Chair of the 2013 PRSA Southwest District Conference, which was held in Austin and brought in members from six states in the southwest district. Currently, Ashley is owner and founder of Live Out Loud, a public relations, graphic design and events firm specializing in helping local Austin brands succeed. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Ashley worked in the Public Affairs and Crisis Practice of Burson-Marsteller and also worked at global public relations firm Porter Novelli, which specializes in consumer, corporate, healthcare and technology communications.

Programs Committee – Hannah Atteberry
Hannah is the Publications Coordinator at the Texas Dental Association, where she is responsible in managing social media, marketing, and member outreach efforts.  She graduated from Texas State University with a B.A. in Mass Communication and a minor in Business Administration. She loves to bake and her guilty pleasure is reality TV. She lives and plays in South Austin with her Boston terrier Bean.

PRSSA Liaison, The University of Texas at Austin and St. Edwards University – Sarah Luden
Sarah is currently managing Dell's Internet of Things (IoT) Communications program. She's been at Dell for over seven years and held various roles in Corporate Communications across social media, influencer relations, measurement and integrated communications. Prior to joining Dell, Sarah supported a number of technology clients at Cohn & Wolfe. Sarah graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor's of Science in Public Relations and Minor in Italian in 2007. She lives in South Austin with her son Parker, husband Jon and fur baby Riley. 

PRSSA Liaison, Texas State University – Meghan Butler
Meghan Butler is the Account Director at Arrow, an agency that brings brands to life through smart strategy, creative ideas and powerful storytelling. With 15 years combined corporate PR and agency experience, Meghan is a seasoned communications professional and hired pen. She began her PR career in Austin at GCI Read-Poland (now Cohn & Wolfe) where she covered clients such as Dell, RadioShack, Continental Airlines, Nike and Whole Foods Market. Meghan eventually left the comfort of Texas for the wilds of Burlington, Vermont to lead PR for her client, Seventh Generation. She then landed in Nashville at a local agency managing brand and business communications for an American icon - Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey. While her adventures were entertaining, she’s glad to be back home in Austin at Arrow. Meghan earned a B.A. in Public Relations from Texas State University.
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Diversity Chair  Amelia Taurel Folkes, APR
Amelia is serving as Austin PRSA’s first Diversity Chair. In this role, she hopes to bring attention to the issues facing our profession as it relates to diversity and inclusion. She is the PR Brand Strategist for State Farm, helping to shape and implement campaigns that build brand awareness and grow the business among targeted audiences. She has over 15 years of experience in public relations supporting a variety of clients in the fields of technology, government, financial services and non-profit sectors. Her experience encompasses crisis communications, multicultural media relations, and brand reputation management. Amelia has a BA in International Studies and Journalism from Texas A&M University, an MPS in Strategic Public Relations from George Washington University. She earned her APR in 2016.