The Executive Board
Digital Media Director and Historian
Samantha Lanham is from Westlake, Louisiana. She is a Sophomore 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 currently works 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.
As digital media director/historian, 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.
Katie Goldstein is a sophomore from Atlanta, Georgia. Katie is studying mass communication with a concentration in political communication with a double minor in business and sociology. In addition to PRSSA, she is an account executive with ImPRint Communications. Katie hopes to merge her love of politics and public relations in her future career.
Katie also works as a Movement Maker Intern for Manship Alumna, Terri Broussard Williams. She works to help manage social media, conduct interviews and write blog articles.In her free time Katie can be found reading about true crime, drinking iced coffee or watching bad reality T.V. with friends.
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 while trying to keep track of his sneaky dog.
Kennedi Bailey Walker is a junior mass communication major with a concentration in broadcast journalism from New Orleans, Louisiana.
This year Walker became the first African American News Director on record for 91.1 KLSU FM. She oversees a team of reporters and hosts her own radio show every Sunday from 5-6pm, “The Kennedi Show.” Walker is also a News and Entertainment reporter for Tiger TV and previously wrote for the Daily Reveille and The Odyssey. This summer Walker was the youngest intern at Louisiana’s number one news station, WWL-TV. She previously worked for WBRZ-TV.
Walker’s favorite aspect of Broadcast Journalism is getting to know people and putting their story out to the public. “I’m a people’s person and I love to help, so to be able to provide a platform for people to tell their story is truly amazing,” Walker says.
Walker is passionate about the Journalism field and aspires to be a national reporter and one day be the host of her own talk show.
Peyton Short is a junior mass communication major concentrating in public relations with a business administration minor. She is the co-director of ImPRint communications, PRSSA at LSU’s nationally affiliated student run public relations firm.
Peyton currently works for Hands Producing Hope, a local nonprofit, as the public relations and marketing intern. Her previous experience includes being the on campus brand ambassador for ZTE USA’s collegiate program. She has been a member of PRSSA since her freshman year and couldn’t be happier with what it is shown her about the professional world of public relations.
Amanda Rabalais is a senior from Lafayette, Louisiana. Amanda is majoring in mass communication with a concentration in public relations. She is double minoring in business and sociology.
Amanda loves crossword puzzles, popcorn and being with her amazing friends. She is excited to welcome in new members to PRSSA and hopes to make this an exciting year for everyone.
Fun fact – some call her family the “Kardashians of Manship”… starting with her father in 1985, her whole family has graduated from Manship!
Kayla Swanson is a junior mass communication major with a concentration is public relations. Kayla loves to write, travel, and meet new people. She finds a new lesson in everywhere she goes and every person she meets.
Kayla is also the secretary of the Association of Black Communicators and a member of ImPrint Communications, the student-run public relations firm. She serves as the Wellness Coordinator for a Footprints To Fitness a health & wellness company start-up in New Orleans and runs the social media for her family’s insurance agency Swanson Insurance Agency.
Kayla’s favorite aspect of public relations is networking and meeting other driven people in the mass communication field. She is passionate about exploring new things whether it’s a new city or a new Adobe program. In the future, she sees herself working for Branding Agency and making local businesses portray themselves in the best way to the community.
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.