Your PRSSA executive board is here for you. These are the faces that put in extra hours to plan and execute a successful Chapter for your benefit. Whether you are looking for a mentor, have a quick question about the organization or the PR industry, or just want to chit chat—the board is always available. Read up on their bios below and get to know them! You can also reach our Chapter with general questions at

Executive Board:

Emma Nelson
Emma NelsonPresident
Year: Senior
Hometown: Norton Shores, MI
PR Specialty: Writing, Event Planning
Dream Job in PR: Agency work, but I wouldn’t be mad with working for People Magazine or E! News.
Jesse Schmitt
Jesse SchmittCEO of GrandPR
Year: Senior
Hometown: Rockford, MI
PR Specialty: Research, Writing, Design
Dream Job in PR: Wherever I am given the most creative freedom. My best work is made when I am able to work with my skill set.
Damaiya Harper
Damaiya HarperVP of Member Services
Year: Senior
Hometown: Clinton Twp., MI
PR Specialty: Media Relations, Project Management
Dream Job in PR: Working in the sports industry or music industry dong either event planning or media relations.
Rebekah Banasik
Rebekah BanasikVP of Public Relations
Year: Senior
Hometown: Okemos, MI
PR Specialty: Writing, Community Relations
Dream Job in PR: Doing PR for a nonprofit I’m passionate about, so I can do meaningful work that contributes to positive change.
Payton Peltomaa
Payton PeltomaaVP of Programming
Year: Junior
Hometown: Okemos, MI
PR Specialty: Writing, Event Planning
Favorite PR Class at GVSU: CAP 220 with Adrienne Wallace taught me more than any other class. It went above and beyond the syllabus to answer real life questions other professors did not address.
Victor Carter
Victor CarterVP of Professional Development
Year: Senior
Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI
PR Specialty: Media Relations, Community Relations, Social Media
Favorite Thing About PR: I love how diverse and versatile the field is. There’s so many pieces that go into PR, in order for each piece to fit, there must be a level of collaboration. Aside from that, the people in the field of PR are amazing and love to communicate on a professional and social level.
Amberly Dzimira
Amberly Dzimira VP of Chapter Development
Year: Junior
Hometown: Romeoville, IL
PR Specialty: Community Relations, Event Planning
Favorite Thing About PR: The opportunities are endless. As a PR student, it’s common to hear from professors that it’s impossible to be bored in public relations, and that makes me excited for my future career!
Clare Quirin
Clare QuirinSocial Media Director
Year: Junior
Hometown: Downers Grove, IL
PR Specialty: Writing, Social Media
Dream Job in PR: Edit video content for an outdoor company’s social media.
Brady Mills
Brady MillsPodcast Director
Year: Junior
Hometown: Portage, MI
PR Specialty: Writing, Visual Media
Favorite Thing About PR: I love engaging with people. PR is a way for me to professionally apply my passion for conversation and an analysis of how people receive messages and how to best reach them.

Advisory Board:

Faculty Adviser:

Adrienne Wallace, Ph.D
Adrienne Wallace, Ph.DAssistant Professor, GVSU APR Program
PR Strengths: Digital/Social Strategy, Large-Scale Events, Public Affairs, Crisis Communication, and Community Relations

Professional Advisers:

Jason Manshum
Jason ManshumPrincipal, 45th Parallel Strategies, LLC
PR Strengths: Government Relations, Issues Management, Crisis Communications, Media Relations, Strategic Planning, Public Speaking, Presentations, Writing, and Relationship Building
Becky Olson
Becky OlsonPR Strategist, Bolson PR
PR Strengths: Media Relations, Strategic Planning, Employee Communication, and Influencer Engagement