Alex Hyken
Conference Coordinator
Public Relations Major, 2015

alexhyken [at]

Alex is absolutely thrilled to be this year’s Conference Coordinator. As a sophomore, she is excited about the awesome opportunity to coordinate PR Advanced.  Alex has interned at Jambox Entertainment and Shepard Presentations, and she is interested in entertainment.  Aside from PR, Alex loves music, trying new foods, traveling, and being a part of BU Greek life.  She looks forward to putting together another great event this year!

David Imani
Social Media Coordinator
Public Relations Major, 2015

davidimani [at]

David is elated to join the PR Advanced team and help organize such an incredible event! David is a Public Relations major and a Theatre Arts minor. He was able to combine these two loves this summer in his internship with a non-profit arts advocacy organization, Arts Outreach. Though he once solely desired to do PR for theatre companies, his recent experiences in PRSSA have made him open to try anything. David’s passion extends beyond the classroom into a myriad of different interests, such as dance, ice-skating and snowboarding (to name a few). David can’t wait to see you all at this years’ PR Advanced convention!

Dana Finley
Social Media Committee
PR Major, History Minor 2015

Dana is so excited to join PR Advanced’s social media team for the 2013 conference! A sophomore in the College of Communication, Dana is a campus ambassador for Foursquare and is interested in someday working for a start-up. When she’s not tweeting her latest check-in, Dana enjoys drinking coffee, painting, and being part of BU’s vibrant Greek community.

Brynn Murphy

Participant and Sponsorship Outreach Committees
Public Relations Major, 2015

Brynn is excited to begin working with PR Advanced after working with PR Unleashed last year. Brynn has interned at Wakefern Food Corporation and is interested in consumer PR. Brynn is also co-captain of the Boston University Lightweight Women’s Rowing Team. She looks forward to helping to create an event that will benefit the students of BU and serve to highlight the talents of many PR professionals.


Merry Lo
Participant Outreach and Sponsorship Outreach Coordinator
Public Relations Major, 2015

merrylo [at]

As a sophomore, Merry is a returning member of PR Advanced. After enjoying the experience from last year’s conference, she is thrilled to work with wonderful people and to have a great time. During summer in Hong Kong, Merry interned at PRIME. She is looking into lifestyle & leisure PR. While not doing work Merry goes around the city to look for good food, especially from food trucks. Apart from that, she also finds baking and photography fun and fascinating. She is pumped to meet amazing professionals in the field!

Shannon Hynes
Social Media Committee
Public Relations Major, 2015
srhynes [at]

Shannon is really looking forward to being a part of PR Advanced. As a transfer student new to BU this semester, she is excited about learning about Public Relations and getting involved on campus. Shannon wants to persue a career in sports PR or entertainment/fashion PR. Shannon also enjoys hanging out with her friends, going to the beach, watching any of the Boston sports teams, and online shopping. Shannon thinks this year is going to be really great, and is very happy to be here!

Sara Engelsman
Career Fair and Participant Outreach Coordinator
Public Relations Major, 2015
sbengels [at]

As a transfer student, Sara is extremely excited to be getting involved at Boston University by way of helping with this year’s PR Advanced Conference: Embrace the Possibilities. Additionally, Sara is a member of the College of Communications Student Assembly and holds a position on the Executive Board as Senator, representing the group in BU’s student government. She also is a general member of Programming Council—a group that plans entertainment and social events for students on campus. Sara hopes to some day work in the field of entertainment public relations and is greatly looking forward to the knowledge and networking opportunities provided by the PR Advanced conference in February.

Jackie Post
Advertising Major, 2015
Career Fair Committee
jpost [at]

Jackie is excited to be working on her first PR Advanced conference this year. As a sophomore, she has had much experience in the field of PR. Jackie has interned at Schneider Associates in Boston, MA and Starworks Group in London, England. Jackie also loves being apart of BU Greek Life as well as the Community Service Center. She looks forward to this years conference!

Vicki Kopidakis 
Public Relations Major, 2015
Creative Promotional Committee
VKopidakis [at]

Vicki is a sophomore in the College of Communication studying public relations.  She is interested in pursuing either fashion or entertainment PR.  Vicki has interned for the fashion start-up, Of a Kind, and she is currently an events intern at Boston University School of Law.  This is Vicki’s first year involved in Boston University’s PRSSA, and she is so excited to be a part of PR Advanced!

Harper Schmidt 

Public Relations Major, 2014
Participant Outreach and Sponsorship Outreach Committees
hschmidt [at]

Harper (COM ’14) is majoring in public relations. Harper has been a member of PRSSA since her Freshman year and has worked on both Unleashed PR and PR Advanced. Harper has interned for Ruby Media Group, Kel and Partners and is currently interning at Regan Communication Group. She is also working with a non-profit, Cameroon One, on their current campaign. In her spare time she enjoys baking, exploring, and window shopping for real estate. She loves traveling and would love to eventually work in the hospitality industry.

Lauren Weil
Public Relations Major, 2013
Participant Outreach
laurenmweil [at]

Lauren (COM ‘13) has been active in PRSSA for the past three years and is excited to take on her new role as Financial Coordinator. Lauren continues to serve on the PR Advanced Committee and was Professional Outreach Coordinator last year. Outside of PRSSA, Lauren has held internships at Elevate Communications, Marry Crotty PR, and is currently participating in Burson-Marsteller’s Harold Burson Summer Internship program in the agency’s LA office. In her free time Lauren enjoys live music and road trips. Lauren is so excited to be a part of PRSSA and cannot wait to see the great things the organization accomplishes this year.


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