Clarissa Ford: Firm Director

Clarissa Ford is a senior studying Strategic Communication with a concentration in Public Relations. With a minor in Sports Management, she hopes to one day combine her passion for communication and sports into a career. In her spare time, Clarissa runs her own blog, She Knows The Rules that discusses current issues impacting the sports industry. Clarissa is an active member of the Philadelphia Public Relations Association and Temple’s PRSSA, where she served as the Director of Mentorship on the 2016-17 executive board. Having previously been an Account Associate, Junior Account Executive, and Assistant Firm Director, this will be her third year working for the firm. She enjoys learning about the social media revolution that is changing the dynamics of the public relations industry.

Feel free to reach out to her on Twitter (@ceford16) or via email for advice on internships, blogging, professional development, and more.

Marissa Reale: Assistant Firm Director

Marissa is a senior strategic communication major with a concentration in public relations. She is also perusing an event planning certificate. Marissa has previously been an Account Associate, Junior Account Executive and Account Executive of PRowl Public Relations. Marissa is a current Assistant Firm Director. Marissa is also a member of Temple PRSSA and currently serves as Vice President. Marissa has completed three internships at iHeart Media, Johnson & Johnson and 6abc WPVI. Marissa is in the case study and capstone class which will be entered into PRSSA’s national Bateman competition. Marissa is also a member of the Philadelphia Public Relations Association (PPRA) and is the 2017 recipient of the Dr. Jean Brodey Student Achievement Award. Marissa enjoys attending networking events, shopping and cooking.

Feel free to connect with her on LinkedIn or follow her on Twitter (@riss_re).

Marlie Derstine: Assistant Firm Director

Marlie is a senior at Temple majoring in communication studies and minoring in public relations. She is currently interning with Nationalities Service Center in Center City as an anti-human trafficking intern. After graduation, she plans on working in non-profit public relations, event planning, or fundraising. When she’s not in class or at her internship you can find her serving tables at The Draught Horse bar/restaurant on campus. Marlie studied abroad in Barcelona last summer and hopes to continue traveling and exploring new places in the future. She is also a member of PRSSA and She’s The First, which is an organization on campus that fundraises for girls in developing countries to be the first in their family to go to school.

Connect with Marlie on LinkedIn!

Joei DeCarlo: Assistant Firm Director

Joei DeCarlo is a junior double majoring in Strategic Communication & Adult and Organizational Development. She is also pursuing a Masters in Education through Temple’s 4+1 program. With a love for communicating and leadership, Joei is also an executive board member of Temple’s PRSSA chapter. Joei has been working part time as a legal assistant in Center City for 4 years and writes for RowHome Magazine. She is interested in learning how communication spans across multiple fields. When she is not commuting from her home in South Philly, you can find her listening to Billy Joel or drinking Starbucks.

Connect with Joei on LinkedIn!

Alexa Vecchione: Director of Public Relations

Alexa Vecchione is a senior majoring in Media Studies & Production with a concentration in Media Business. Alexa also has a minor in Public Relations and a certificate in Event Leadership. She has interned at Philadelphia Magazine, FringeArts, Philadelphia Film Society, and Temple University’s School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management. At Temple, Alexa is a Peer Mentor for the Academic Resource Center, where she mentors undecided freshmen in the major exploration process. She is also a member of Temple University’s chapter of PRSSA. Alexa hopes to pursue a career in marketing or PR within the arts and entertainment industry. When not at school or interning, you can find Alexa working at Saxbys or actively looking for dogs to pet.

Feel free to connect with Alexa on LinkedIn or reach out to her for advice on internships, social media, and professional development.

Lauren Marhefka: Director of Finance

Lauren is a senior majoring in Strategic Communication with a concentration in Public Relations and minor in Sport Management. She is this year’s Director of Finance and also serves as PRSSA’s Director of Fundraising. Lauren has worked and interned with minor league baseball, the start-up company and app AthleteCRUSH and currently works part-time for the Philadelphia Eagles. After graduation, she hopes to pursue her master’s in Sport Business but for now, she’s most likely to be found with an iced coffee in hand watching Harry Potter.

Feel free to follow Lauren on Twitter (@laurrrandorder) or reach out to her about prepping for internship interviews, drafting resumes or her personal experiences in the sports industry!

Jill Curcio: Secretary

Jill is a senior at Temple studying Strategic Communications with a concentration in Public Relations. You can probably find her on campus with a cup of coffee in hand. She is an active member of Temple’s PRSSA chapter. Upon her graduation in December, she hopes to work as PR professional is the healthcare industry. Jill is originally from New York City and now loves being able to experience another city, Philadelphia.

Follow her on Twitter (@jillcurcio_) and Instagram (@Jill_curcio)!

Account Executives

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Top: Jeremy Rives, Emily McKain, Matthew Duddy Bottom: Caroline Bardo, Oliva Bumgardner, Leah Hillegas

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.