Mary Cullen, Senior Journalism Major, Technical Writing Minor

mary_cullenAs lead intern of the SoC PD, this is Mary’s second year on the team. After one full year of participating in the most intensive, most rewarding internship the school has to offer, she could not wait to guide a new team of interns down the crazy road towards COM Week. When she’s not running through the halls of Fell, she spends her time at The Vidette where she works as News Editor and member of the Editorial Board. Though journalism is her passion, her heart lays in the sky on a plane to her next adventure. After two study abroad trips with the School of Communication in Paris and Groningen, Netherlands, Mary is always planning her next trip with hopes of one day combining her love of writing and travel.

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Daina Sauls, Junior Public Relations Major, Sociology Minor

daina_saulsIn addition to being a member on the SOCPD team, Daina is also an active member of the Public Relations Student Society of America. She works part-time for the Alumni association and has individually raised around $4,800 for Illinois State. Before joining the School of Communications Promotions and Development team, she worked as a marketing and events intern for the YWCA of McLean County. After college, Daina hopes to work in entertainment public relations creating unique and memorable experiences for others.

Jennifer Wadas, Sophomore Organizational Leadership Communication Major, Sociology Minor

jennifer_wadasAlong with the SoC PD Team, Jennifer Wadas spends most of her free time in the ER/PR and Multimedia offices of WZND Fuzed Radio. She is a lifelong member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS), Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society, and Honor Thespian Society. Jennifer was the internal affairs chair, event coordinator, and performer for a non-profit organization in her hometown called “Magical Moments,” a group in which high school and college students dress as Disney princesses (not in affiliation with the Disney corporation) in hopes to bring smiles to hospitalized children. One day, Jennifer hopes to establish a non-profit organization encouraging children to develop their creative imaginations through performance and self-expression.

Andrea Casali, Senior Public Relations Major, Technical Writing Minor

andrea_cassaliIn addition to interning on the SoC Promotions and Development Team, Casali found her passion within ISU’s Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), serving on the executive board as the 2016-2017 Firm Director and the 2015-2016 National Liaison. She is also a member of the National Communication Association, Lambda Pi Eta, and a member of the social sorority, Alpha Delta Pi. Andrea also works at Illinois State University Marketing and Communications as an editorial intern and office assistant, an opportunity she began as a freshman and continued over the past four years. Upon graduation, she hopes to leave the Midwest and begin her career in agency PR.

MacKenzie Gossard, Senior Interpersonal Communication Major

mackenzie_gossardMacKenzie Gossard is a senior majoring in Interpersonal Communication. She is also graduating in December 2017, a semester early. Besides being a part of the School of Communication Promotion and Development Team, she spends a lot of her time as a Student Manager for ISU’s Dining Services. In her previous semesters, she has also been an active member of Epsilon Sigma Alpha, a service sorority on campus as well as an intern for Palace Events.

Anna Cachares, Senior Public Relations Major, Double Minor in Business Administration and Spanish

anna_cacharesAnna Cachares is a senior public relations major and double minor in Business Administration and Spanish. In addition to the SoC PD team, she is a member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority, where she served as the Public Relations Vice President, and ISU’s Public Relations Student Society of America chapter, where she is a member of the Relations Committee. She previously worked as a public relations intern for Cupcakes and Cocktails, an up and coming business in Chicago. Anna has an interest in lifestyle and entertainment public relations, and hopes to land a job out of college at an agency or corporation in Chicago.

Heather Tidwell, Senior Public Relations Major, Technical Writing Minor

heather_tidwellHeather Tidwell is a senior public relations major with a passion for all things social media, pop culture and coffee. During her freshman year, Heather joined the sorority, Delta Delta Delta, where she has been appointed to three leadership positions, one of which being the vice president. Heather is actively involved in Public Relations Student Society of America as a Relations Committee Writer, and she is also the Senior Editor for the online magazine, Her Campus. In addition to her role as an intern for the School of Communication Promotion and Development team, she is a lead intern for the Office of Admissions Social Media Team.

Mariah Rayhons, Junior Integrated Marketing Communication and Advanced Marketing Analytics Major

mariah_rayhonsMariah is currently a senior Marketing major, specializing in Integrated Marketing Communication and Advanced Marketing Analytics. In addition to the SoCPD Team, she is a Marketing Assistant for the ISU Student Fitness Center. Under this role, she provides written and visual content for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat while encouraging engagement across campus through interactive social and media promotions. Last summer, Mariah had an internship opportunity at State Farm which advanced her marketing skills through development and implementation of her own internal communication strategy. Moving forward, she has a desire to support innovation and development, driven by a mission to positively impact consumers, society, and the environment.

Melissa Henry, Junior Journalism major, Sociology minor

melissa_henryAlong with being an intern with the School of Communications Promotion and Development team, Melissa is involved with 103.3 WZND Radio.  There she is a news and sports reporter as well as a member of their client services department.  Melissa is a national award winning persuasive and informative speaker under the Phi Rho Pi National Forensics Organization.  Passionate about traveling and intercultural relations, Melissa will be traveling to Panama this summer to study mass media and journalism in Latin America.  After graduation, Melissa plans to be a television news reporter.  She enjoys visiting her friends and family in the Chicago suburbs and Denver, Colorado.