Fall 2018 Student Workers
Audra Gormley, Senior Public Relations Major, Co-Assistant Coordinator of Flash Communications
Audra Gormley is a senior public relations major from Mentor, Ohio. This is Audra’s second semester at Flash Communications, and she is excited to dive into more photo and video work for Flash Comm. Audra studied abroad this past summer in Florence, Italy for a month. Audra has been a member of PRSSA for three years and plans to continue her involvement throughout the last year of her college career. After graduation, Audra hopes to work as a public relations professional for an environmental or non-profit corporation.
Devon Recktenwald, Senior Public Relations Major, Co-Assistant Coordinator of Flash Communications
Devon Recktenwald is a senior public relations major with a minor in marketing from Pittsburgh. This is Devon’s second semester at Flash Communications, and she is excited to be an Assistant Coordinator. She previously wrote for The Kent Stater as a recruitment and retention reporter. Devon also plays club soccer. This past summer, Devon was the Parkhurst marketing intern for the Eat’n Park Hospitality Group. After graduation, Devon hopes to work in sports or entertainment PR.
Samantha Abraham, Senior Broadcast Journalism Major
Samantha Abraham is a senior broadcast journalism student with a minor in sports administration and public relations from Pittsburgh. This is Samantha’s first semester at Flash Communications and she is excited about expanding her writing skills. She is currently a producer for the student run news station, TV2, and is on the executive board of her sorority, Phi Mu. This summer, Samantha was the creative services intern at WPXI in Pittsburgh. After graduation, Samantha hopes to work in production or sports public relations.
Francesca Barrett, Junior Public Relations Major
Francesca Barrett is a junior public relations major from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. This is Francesca’s first semester working at Flash Communications and she is excited to be creating content for Kent State and expanding her writing portfolio. Francesca is also currently a member of PRSSA Kent, where previously she was the Treasurer for the 2017-2018 year. This year, Francesca is the editor for PRSSA Kent, she is the PR Recruitment Chair for her sorority, Delta Zeta, and continues to search for more ways to become involved on Kent State’s campus. When asked about her future beyond graduation, Francesca is interested in internal communications and corporate public relations.
Erica Fowler, Junior Public Relations Major
Erica Fowler is a junior public relations major with a marketing minor from Canton, Ohio. This is Erica’s first semester at Flash Communications and she is looking forward to improving her writing skills. She is currently a member of PRSSA and is participating in the 2019 Bateman Competition. This past summer, Erica was the communications intern at Aultman Orrville Hospital. Erica is also the co-founder of the Kent State Ukulele Club and is part of the Kent State Running Club.
Lauren Garczynski, Senior Public Relations Major
Lauren Garczynski is a senior public relations major from Strongsville, Ohio. This is Lauren’s second semester at Flash Communications and is excited to be back. She currently serves as the VP of PR for Kent State University’s PRSSA chapter and was the chapter’s secretary last year. Lauren has spent the last two summer interning in Washington D.C. where she most recently was a communications intern for Women for Women International, a nonprofit humanitarian organization that provides support to women survivors of war. Last year, she was a member of Kent State’s Bateman Blue team under PRSSA’s National Bateman Competition team and has also worked as the College of Communication and Information beat reporter for the Kent Stater. After graduation, Lauren hopes to work in political communications, a political or governmental organization or lobbying on behalf of individuals and causes she believes in.
Alexa Marco, Junior Public Relations Major
Alexa is a junior public relations major with a marketing minor from Youngstown, Ohio. This is Alexa’s first semester at Flash Communications and she is looking forward to the experience and relationships the position brings. Alexa is the Social Media Director for Her Campus Kent State, previous blogger for Kent State’s The Burr, athletic tutor on-campus and a Student Media worker. Alexa enjoys being active around campus and is always looking for opportunities to further her career goals. Alexa’s career goals include working for Cosmopolitan or a sports team.