Emily McKain: Firm Director
Emily McKain is a senior studying Strategic Communication with a concentration in Public Relations and Human Development & Community Engagement. Currently interning with Sky Community Partners, Emily hopes to work with educationally related non-profits. During her last year at Temple, she is serving with Jumpstart Philadelphia as a volunteer coordinator for her fourth year with the organization. Last year, she served as the Director of Community Service for Temple PRSSA and has previously worked as an Account Associate, Account Executive and Assistant Firm Director with PRowl.
Olivia Bumgardner: Assistant Firm Director
Olivia Bumgardner is a junior studying Public Relations with a minor in Tourism and Hospitality Management. This will be Olivia’s third year working with PRowl Public Relations and she has formerly been an Account Associate as well as an Account Executive. She’s previously interned with Temple University’s School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management and is also a current member of PRSSA. Outside of the PR world, Olivia has worked heavily within Temple University’s Division of Student Affairs as both an Owl Team Leader and Residential Assistant. She enjoys catching up on the ever-changing concepts of the industry and good conversation (while over a cappuccino, of course!
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Courtney Givnish: Assistant Firm Director
Courtney Givnish is a junior studying Public Relations with a minor in General Business Studies. She is also pursuing an Event Leadership certificate. This will be Courtney’s second year working with PRowl Public Relations. She has formerly been an Account Associate for the Klein College Alumni Board as well as an Account Executive for PRowl Internal. Courtney is also a current member of PRSSA. Outside of the PR world, Courtney is heavily involved in her sorority, Delta Zeta. In her free time, Courtney loves exploring the city of Philadelphia, spending time with friends and family, and traveling across Europe. Courtney plans to intern in the summer of 2019 for a PR agency in Philadelphia.
Max Simons: Director of Public Relations
Max Simons is a junior double majoring in Strategic Communication with a concentration in Public Relations and Media Studies & Production. He currently interns with Maven Communications. As a native New Englander, Max has interned in Boston at 451 Agency, Women’s Lunch Place and The Real Estate Bar Association for Massachusetts in their Public Relations departments. On campus, Max can be seen in a cherry polo as an Owl Ambassador tour guide, and this summer, Max will be moving to Denver, Colorado to intern with CoBank. Last year, Max served as a Junior Account Executive with PRowl, and also spent a semester studying abroad at Temple’s campus in Rome, Italy.
Christina Borst: Secretary
Christina is a junior Strategic Communication and Political Science double major, concentrating in Public Relations and minoring in Community Development. She currently serves as the President of Temple College Democrats and as the State Council Chair of Pennsylvania College Democrats. Her love for politics has inspired her to pursue internships with Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania, Ceisler Media & Issue Advocacy, Relief Communications LLC and Philadelphia City Controller Rebecca Rhynhart. Aside from being a member of Temple PRSSA, Christina is an avid concert-goer, policy wonk and foodie.
Faculty Advisor: Gregg Feistman
As Director of the Public Relations major, Gregg Feistman specializes in public relations, reputation management, strategic communications planning, corporate sponsorship, crisis communications, media relations, and organizational communication. Feistman’s more than 35 years of business and PR experience includes past membership on the Philadelphia Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Board of Directors and a multiple recipient of the Philadelphia PRSA Pepperpot and Drumbeater awards. He received Temple’s Outstanding Faculty Service Award in 2014, the Klein College of Media and Communications’ Faculty Award for Service in 2012, and an Outstanding Service Award from the Department of Strategic Communication in 2011. In 2010, he received PRSA’s prestigious Anthony J. Fulginiti Award for Commitment to PR Education.