Leadership

Emily McKain: Firm Director

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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 educational 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

LivHeadhsot.jpgOlivia 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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Alee DeRenzo: Assistant Firm DirectorAlee head shot.jpg

Alee DeRenzo is a senior Strategic Communication major with a concentration in Public Relations. After interning at Seer Interactive in Philadelphia Alee discovered her love for digital marketing. She has also served as a digital media manager for a yoga studio in the city. Prior to becoming Assistant Firm Director, Alee served as Account Executive on the Department of Advertising and Public Relations account. Alee spends her free time volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters and exploring new restaurants with her friends. 

 

Jeremy Rives: Assistant Firm Director

jeremyHeadshot.JPGJeremy Rives is a senior Strategic Communication major with a concentration in Public Relations. He is also pursuing a minor in Political Science and an Event Leadership certificate. Previously, Jeremy served as an Account Executive for the PRowl Internal account and for PRowl’s 10th Anniversary Celebration. He served as the Secretary of Temple PRSSA for the 2017-2018 school year. Jeremy has completed four internships at Philadelphia Style Magazine, The Jost Project, Braithwaite Communications and i-g creative. Jeremy continues to work with i-g creative as the Publicity Assistant for the Executive Producer and Host of This is it TV, Cheldin Barlatt Rumer. Jeremy enjoys shopping, exploring the city and spending time with friends and family.

Max Simons: Director of Public Relations

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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 working in the studio on Temple Talk in their communication department. 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.

Kate Yeager: Director of Public Relations

Kate Yeager is a second semester senior who is pursuing a degree in Strategic Communication with a concentration in Public Relations. She hopes to work in the realm of politics/government or non-profits after graduation in December. Kate will be the Research & Communication Intern at Wolf for PA during the 2018 fall semester. Previously, she has interned with the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Kenney’s Office of Communications, as well as other agencies in Philadelphia. She was previously Secretary and a Junior Account Executive for PRowl. You can typically find Kate working as a Peer Advisor for the Klein College of Media & Communication Advising Office.  In her free time, she enjoys exploring the food scene in Philadelphia and playing with dogs.

Evan Goldwasser: Director of Finance

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Evan Goldwasser is a senior majoring in Strategic Communication with a concentration in Public Relations and minoring in Digital Media Engagement. Previously, Evan has been an Account Associate, Junior Account Executive, and Account Executive, this will be his second year working for the firm. He was presented the 2018 Department of Advertising and Public Relations Excellence in Leadership Award. Evan is the Public Relations Intern for Power Home Remodeling, and before that he was the Social Media Coordinator at Pine Forest Camp. One day, he hopes to be a Director of Communications for a professional sports franchise. In his free time, Evan enjoys watching his New York Giants, Mets, Knicks, and Temple Owls, as well as listening to music and podcasts.

Christina Borst: Secretary

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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

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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.

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