Executive Board

Faculty Adviser                                

Professor Stephen Quigley, APR, is an Associate Professor in COM where he has taught public relations and communications courses for 12 years. In 2011 Professor Quigley was presented with the Outstanding Educator Award by the Public Relations Society of America. He is a former member of the National Commission on Public Relations Education, past president of the Boston Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), and a past delegate to the National PRSA Assembly. He was the recipient of the 2010 Diane Davis Beacon Award for Lifetime Achievement, the 2009 Boston University Outstanding Student Advisor Award, the 2006 Publicity Club of New England Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2004 Lyndon Baines Johnson Student Advisor of the Year Award, and the 2004 COMSA Faculty Advisor of the Year Award. He’s the lucky husband of a beautiful wife and the proud father of three amazing children (including two BU grads!).

You can email him at squigley@bu.edu; follow him on Twitter @stevequigley.


Martine is a senior focusing in non-profit PR and pursuing a minor in Anthropology. She previously served as Community Service Chair and Member Services Coordinator before departing to adventure across Londontown for Study Abroad. After two years of learning, gaining invaluable experience, and being an overall active member in BU PRSSA, she is extremely excited to serve her final year as President. Her internships at Cone Communications, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Chelsea & Westminster Health Charity, and Ogilvy PR will offer her the necessary knowledge to lead and learn from our 2015-2016 Chapter. PRSSA helped make Martine realize that PR is her niche and something she can intertwine with her passions, making it less like a job and more like a lifestyle. In addition to PRSSA, Martine is a Program Manager at the Community Service Center, gives tours as an Admissions Ambassador, and works at Agganis Arena (free shows, yay!)  When she’s not fulfilling her duties, she loves making music, hiking, and concert-going (which is where all her money goes.)

Email her at mjsubey@bu.edu; follow her on twitter @mjsubey.

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Barbara is a ​senior ​studying Public Relations and ​Women’s Studies. She ​joined PRSSA as a sophomore and ​was a member of the social media committee ​for BU PRSSA’s 2014 ​Regional Conference. Barbara​ joined the BU PRSSA e-board as Regional Conference Coordinator in her junior year and planned PR Advanced: Breaking Barriers, an interdisciplinary conference that spanned boundaries between PR, Advertising, and Marketing. She’s thrilled to serve as BU PRSSA’s Vice President for the first semester of her senior year before heading to BU in LA for her final semester to see if the west coast truly is the best coast. Barbara‘s past internships at The Village Voice and Burson-Marsteller have taught her a wide array of communications skills that she hopes to utilize in this role and in the future. Outside of PRSSA, you can find Barbara giving tours as an Admissions Ambassador, selling tickets at the Huntington Theatre Company, or COM Lawn chillin’ anytime the sun’s out.

Send her an email at balfonso@bu.edu or follow her on Twitter at @barbalfonso.

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Jess Gelbwaks (COM ’17) is a junior majoring in Advertising. After being on the Creative Promotional committee for both PR Advanced: #FuelTheFuture and Breaking Barriers Regional Conferences, she is really excited to take on a new role in the chapter as PR coordinator. Outside of PRSSA, Jess is the Social Media and Branding intern for Thirst Juice Co., a juice and health food startup in Boston. She is excited to learn more about the PR industry this year and apply this knowledge to her roles in both PRSSA and her internship. In her free time, you can most likely find Jess going on a run in Brookline, at the nearest yoga studio, or just hanging out with her friends.

Email Jess anytime at jpg27@bu.edu or tweet her at @jessgelbs.


Financial Coordinator

Kieran Redmond (COM ’16) is a senior majoring in Public Relations and minoring in Political Science. He is serving as the Financial Coordinator for a second term. He is excited to work with the e-board again to help make BU’s PRSSA as valuable of an experience as possible for its members. Kieran has interned with People Making Good and has worked with local political campaigns as an intern in his home state of New York. He has worked as a DJ for COM’s student run radio station WTBU since he was a freshman and he is currently an active member of WTBU’s e-board. He has also written for The COMmunicator. In his free time, he enjoys running, playing intramural ice hockey, and exploring Boston.

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Amy O’Connell (COM ’17) is majoring in Public Relations with a minor in Visual Arts in CFA. She is so excited to take on the role of Programming Coordinator with BUPRSSA and to create opportunities for BUPRSSA members. Aside from PRSSA, Amy is part of the all girls a cappella group, Terpsichore and is a COM ambassador. Music is a huge part of Amy’s life, and she’s interested in pursuing PR in the music industry.  In her spare moments, Amy loves grabbing coffee with friends, exploring the city, and attending shows and concerts.

Tweet her at @amycoconnell or email her at aco536@bu.edu.

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Emily Gianvecchio (COM ’18) is a sophomore majoring in Public Relations with a minor in Italian. After working on the Creative Promotion team for PR Advanced’s 2015 Conference, she’s excited to have a greater presence in the creation on the conference by taking on the role of Conference Coordinator. She hopes her events experience as a Programming Intern at the Overture Center for the Arts in Madison WI will assist her in organizing another enlightening and engaging conference. Outside of PRSSA you can find Emily performing in musicals with Boston University On Broadway, singing in the Symphonic Choir, or traipsing around Boston in search of the best dessert.

Email her anytime at egianvec@bu.edu or tweet her @egianvec.

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Kristie Evans Franco (COM’16) is a senior majoring in public relations with a minor in psychology. After coming to Boston University without knowing what career path to follow, she finally found public relations to be the perfect fit. She has participated in the PRSSA for three semesters and has been a member of the student-run agency Unleashed PR for a year. After acquiring experience in corporate settings and within organization, she is ready to take on the role of agency director in hopes of promoting growth, involvement, and creativity. Her personal interests include music and literature, and she is always looking to learn about other’s personal passions.

You can reach her at kristiee@bu.eduor @kristieev.

ElainWang (1)Member Services Coordinator

Elain Wang (COM’17) is a junior majoring in Public Relations and minoring in Business Administration and Management. This is second semester serving as member services coordinator in PRSSA and she is really excited to work with the members, as well as, the E-Board again. Apart from PRSSA, Elain is also working at the Dean’s Office of COMas an office assistant, so don’t forget to say hi when you see her at the front desk next time. Other than that, Elain is the continuing education chair of Tri Delta at BU.

Email her at elainw@bu.edu; follow her on twitter @elainwang93.

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Caroline is a senior majoring in Public Relations with a concentration in Women’s Studies. After switching her major to PR for her sophomore year, she attended the first PRSSA meeting of the year and has been deeply involved ever since. She’s been active in planning regional conference and spent a year in PRSSA’s student-run agency, UnleashedPR, before serving as the Firm Director last year. For her last semester of college, she can’t imagine spending her time any other way than being a part of PRSSA as a student advisor. She’s made a world of connections through this chapter that have landed her internships at startups and PR agencies such as Cone Communications and Marina Maher Communications. When she’s not in PRSSA meetings (which is rare) Caroline also works at International Admissions and performs with her a cappella group, Aural Fixation. Although a bit sad, she is so excited for a final fabulous semester of seeing this chapter grow.