By: Allyssa Murphy (@allyssa_murphy)
Hi! My name is Allyssa Murphy and I am GV PRSSA’s new VP of Chapter Development! I’m so excited to jump into the new school year with everyone and am looking forward to everything our chapter has planned! Here are some quick fun facts about me before I dive into the deeper details. I love watching TV shows and movies; I actually have a degree in media arts. I created a short film with some friends a couple years ago and we won a student Emmy award for it. I was able to work on the set of Transformers 5 as a production assistant when they were filming in Pontiac, MI, which was such an amazing experience. I also work at a movie theater part-time for the free movies. I have a dog; he is a black lab named Bear, and he is my world. I love to travel, but don’t do it enough. I’m planning a big trip for after I graduate. Tacos are probably my favorite food, but popcorn is my favorite snack. I love to bake – cookies, cakes, brownies, any type of sweets!
I grew up in the Flint area, which is where I earned my associates degree in Media Arts. While attending community college out there, I had the amazing opportunity to work on the marketing team for a small nonprofit called Whaley Children’s Center. That’s when I fell in love with PR and development in the nonprofit world. Whaley is a residential treatment facility for foster children ages 5 to 17 who have suffered severe and profound abuse and neglect. I worked closely with our development team on planning events, setting up fundraisers, and working with volunteers. My favorite part of the job though was working with the kiddos. They were so special, loving, and resilient.
When it came time to get my bachelor’s degree, my boss at the time encouraged me to apply to Grand Valley, and I’m so happy she did. When I transferred to GVSU, I decided to change my major from Media Arts to Advertising and Public Relations, with a minor in Nonprofit Administration. I miss my work family at Whaley Children’s Center immensely, but I know that they’re happy and proud that I’ve moved on to do even more fun things. I now work as a Public Relations and Marketing Assistant for an organization in Grand Rapids called D.A. Blodgett – St. John’s. They are a foster care and adoption agency with over 22 programs to help kids and families right here in our community. I’ve realized over the last three years that helping foster kids is one of my greatest passions, and I’m glad I’ve found another team at DABSJ who shares that passion with me.
I plan on having a couple fun fundraisers throughout the year, so be on the lookout for more information when the time comes. We also plan on doing some more fun things as an organization during meetings! I think it’s important as an organization to unite and volunteer throughout the community together. So this year, I will be focusing on setting up volunteer days with different organizations where we can all participate together as a group. I’m so excited for what we have in store this year for our PRSSA members!
Allyssa Murphy is a senior studying advertising and public relations at Grand Valley State University. She has a passion for nonprofit communication and relations, and she has experience with media arts. You can always find her hanging out with her black lab, Bear.