Executive Board


Amy O’Connell (COM ‘17) is a senior majoring in Public Relations and minoring in Visual Arts in CFA (her minor was inspired by a PRSSA speaker). She has interned for companies such as the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Indego Africa, and Origin Art Gallery in Dublin. She loves finding ways to help people and connecting to as many people as possible. In her free time she loves running, practicing aerial silks, going to the beach at any time of year, and getting nachos at Sunset with friends.

Reach out to her any time (seriously, any time!) at aco536@bu.edu or on twitter @amycoconnell.

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Jess Gelbwaks (COM ’17) is a senior majoring in advertising. This is her second semester as Vice President of our PRSSA chapter. Jess spent this past summer as a Strategic Communications intern at LeadDog Marketing Group, an integrated marketing agency based in New York City, where she had the opportunity to work on awesome accounts and gain real world PR insight. In her free time, Jess enjoys working out, petting dogs, cooking, and talking about her summer house in Cutchogue, NY, her favorite place in the world.

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

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Anai Sanchez Riveron (COM ‘17) is a senior majoring in public relations and minoring in business. Her past experience includes working as a PR intern at a marketing firm (Dimex Capital), a nonprofit (The Sumaira Foundation), and a music festival (Boston Calling). When she’s not rushing down Comm Ave., you’ll find her teaching Zumba at the FitRec. She holds her Mexican roots close to her heart, adding “chile” and lime to EVERYTHING she eats. If you think you can challenge her on that shoot her a tweet @AnaiSanchezRM.

Contact Anai anytime at aisrm94@bu.edu or tweet her at @AnaiSanchezRM.

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Elain (COM ’17) is a senior majoring in Public Relations and minoring in Business Administration with Questrom. This is her third year on the E-Board; Elain was the Member Services Coordinator for the past two years. She is beyond excited to be with PRSSA again after a semester abroad. Besides from being a part of PRSSA, Elain is also the Social Media Director of The COMmunicator, and a member of Tri Delta. You can find her jogging along the Esplanade or looking for new restaurants on Newbury in her free time.

Email her at elainw@bu.edu or @elainwang93.

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Selina Henn (COM ‘18) is a junior pursuing a major in Communication Studies and a minor in International Relations. She previously served as Community Service Chair for PRSSA and as a PR Storyteller at BU’s Community Service Center. After completing a PR internship in Vienna, Austria this summer, Selina is ready to take on the role of this semester’s PR Coordinator. Aside from working with PRSSA and the CSC, her favorite things to do are explore Boston’s ice cream shops and try petting every dog that walks by.  

Email her at selinah@bu.edu or tweet her at @selinaa_h.

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Angelina Leung (COM’19) is a sophomore majoring in Public Relations and minoring in Political Science. After taking part in last years’ conference, TuneIn!, Angelina is excited to take on the role as (Conference Coordinator/Director of Logistics). Outside of PRSSA, Angelina interned with Ogilvy & Mather HK during the summer, and is also part of the BU student government. She’s a major theatre junkie, and you can probably find her binge-watching TV shows on Netflix at all times or scouting for places to add onto her Boston food bucket list.

Feel free to contact her at aleung97@bu.edu.

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Agency Director

Kate Blasco (COM ’17) is a senior born and raised in Queens, New York. Kate has been a member of BUPRSSA and Unleashed PR since her first semester at BU. This past summer, Kate interned for Edelman New York’s financial communication and capital markets team and was a blog contributor for a New York City tech startup. She is currently serving as Unleashed PR’s agency director, and is interning for the Sumaira Foundation, working on event planning, messaging, social media and research.

You can reach her at kblasco@bu.edu.

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Courtenay Sanchez (COM ’18) is a junior majoring in Public Relations with a minor in Film and Television. After serving on the Participant Outreach committee for PRAdvanced: Tune In! Regional Conference, she wanted to expand her role in the chapter and served as the Member Services Coordinator last semester. This year, she looks forward to bringing an improved mentorship program to the club, great tag lines to all newsletters, and even better member bonding events for all PRSSA members. In her free time, she loves going on runs around Boston, exploring diners in the city, and listening to awesome 80’s music.

Email Courtenay anytime at sanchez4@bu.edu or tweet her at @Court_Sanchez.

Faculty Adviser                                

Professor Stephen Quigley, APR, is an Associate Professor in COM where he has taught public relations and communications courses for 16 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.