The Executive Board
Digital Media Director and Historian
Nikki Tran is from Woburn, Massachusetts. She is a junior mass communication major concentrating in public relations and minoring in communication studies. In addition to PRSSA, she is currently a marketing and graphics student worker for the Center for Academic Success, CAS.
Nikki hopes to pursue a career in social media public relations for a cosmetic company, designing graphic illustrations, promoting products and improving social media presence.
As Digital Media Director, Nikki is most excited about creating an environment where members can be themselves and gain more experience. When Nikki isn’t designing graphics for PRSSA or CAS, she enjoys painting, shopping, trying new restaurants and spending hours in Sephora.
Garrett Phillips is from Walker, Louisiana. He is a senior Mass Communication major concentrating in political communication and minoring in business administration. His previous work experience includes interning for the Louisiana Democratic Party and marketing for The Oliver. Currently, he is focusing on school work and continuing on to graduate studies.
As president, Garrett is most excited about the networking opportunities among members and real world professionals. When not planning for PRSSA or studying, Garrett enjoys singing along with songs on Spotify – especially in his car. He also likes binge watching Netflix shows and YouTube videos.
Samantha Lanham is from Westlake, Louisiana. She is a Junior Mass Communications major concentrating in public relations and minoring in business. Her previous work experience includes teaching theatre to children and freelance writing for the Lagniappe, a local magazine in Lake Charles, Louisiana. She recently worked as a Public Relations Specialist for Capital Region Builders Association here in Baton Rouge. She is also involved with ImPRint Communications, the on-campus student-run PR firm, working as an account executive and social media manager. She would like to work for a major theatre company doing public relations or social media.
Samantha is excited to showcase the professional and fun side of PRSSA in hopes that more members will join for the best experience. Samantha enjoys coffee, theatre and hopes to pet as many dogs as she can before she dies.
Madeline Reineke is a senior studying mass communication with a concentration in journalism and a minor in German. Her passion lies in telling stories – both fictional and factual – as a means to share hope and inspire people from all walks of life, which is the root of her love for journalism.
Madeline’s past work experience includes a summer internship in Washington, D.C. at The Moak Group PR consultant firm, two years as a sleep-away summer camp counselor, and a semester writing for the entertainment section of The Daily Reveille. Currently, as she has done for many years, Madeline works as a photographer, printer, salesperson, and copy editor for Riverview Photography, a business owned and operated by her mother.
In her free time, Madeline enjoys sketching, writing stories, listening to podcasts and music of all genres, and spending time with her friends, both in Baton Rouge and in her hometown of New Orleans.
ImPRint Co-Director and Regional Ambassador
Meira Charles is a junior Political Communication major from Columbia, South Carolina. Meira is currently considering double minoring in Visual Communication and International Studies. Her previous work experience includes creating and running a social media/online marketing initiative as record sales manager for Eclectic Collectibles Records in her hometown, and coaching gymnastics. In addition to her executive position on PRSSA, she is also the Co- Director of LSU’s student-run nationally-affiliated PR Firm ImPRint Communications, and serves as a Regional Ambassador for PRSSA National Committee. Meira was appointed as the LSU delegate to PRSSA National Assembly in Miami this past spring, and cannot state enough the impact that traveling and networking for PRSSA has had in her life through new friendships and professional development. In the future she would like to work as Creative Director at a marketing agency, or do PR in the artistic sector for a record label or creative company.
When Meira isn’t at a meeting for another student club, you can find her at the gym or hanging out with her gecko, Domingo. As Regional Ambassador Meira hopes to create a stronger community in her region and dreams of hosting her own Regional Conference.
Treasurer and Secretary
Alannie Broussard is from New Iberia, Louisiana. She is a sophomore mass communication major concentrating in public relations and minoring in business administration. In addition to PRSSA, she serves as the co-chair of Manship Ambassador’s events committee and as a resident assistant.
Alannie would like to work as the director of public relations for a cosmetic company, planning launch parties, designing advertisements and controlling the social media for the company.
As treasurer of PRSAA, Alannie is excited to expand the organization and to create more networking opportunities for everyone. Alannie enjoys makeup, modeling, working out and spending time with family and friends.
Sadie Wilks joined the Manship School in August 2015. She previously served as vice president of communication at Louisiana State Medical Society. She has an extensive background in communication and public relations, including special events, website and social media management, strategic planning, volunteer recruitment and fundraising. She also served as managing editor for the Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society, a scientific, peer-reviewed medical journal.
Wilks completed her B.A. in mass communication at the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication in 1998. She achieved her accreditation in public relations (APR) in 2009 by the Universal Accreditation Board and the Public Relations Society of America. She was honored with the First Circle Award from the Baton Rouge Chapter of the Public Relations Association of Louisiana in 2012, and the Senior Practitioner Award from the Southern Public Relations Federation in 2013.