Board of Directors

Ashley Rea, President
Manager of Communication, Wayne-Sanderson Farms

Ashley Rea is the Manager of Communication at Wayne-Sanderson Farms, the nation’s third largest poultry producer. As Manager of Communication, Rea serves as Managing Editor of the Sanderson Farms Newsletter, a bimonthly publication reaching more than 638,000 annual readers across 34 different states. Aside from her duties as an award-winning editor and writer, Rea is responsible for executing strategies related to the company’s approach to media relations, corporate communication and advertising. She ensures adequate internal communication is maintained amongst the company’s more than 18,000 employees spanning across five states and 17 different cities. Rea is a summa cum laude graduate of Mississippi College, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication with a concentration in Public Relations. She also earned a Master of Science degree in Public Relations from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Kelsey Barrett, Vice President of Programs

Marissa Landon, Vice President of Membership and State Board Representative
Communication Specialist, Wayne-Sanderson Farms

Marissa is a Communication Specialist at Wayne-Sanderson Farms. As a Communication Specialist, Marissa develops, implements and manages messages, strategies and programs intended to communicate the company’s business objectives, culture and values. Marissa also serves as a staff writer for the Sanderson Farms Newsletter. A graduate of Mississippi State University, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication with a concentration in Public Relations and a minor in Agriculture. During college, Marissa held the leadership positions of secretary and vice president for the Public Relations Student Society of America chapter at Mississippi State University. She was also honored during college with the Gold Congressional Award Medal, the highest honor Congress bestows upon a youth civilian. In 2017, she was named Young Alumnus of the Year by the George-Greene County Mississippi State Alumni Association.

Matt Martin, Treasurer
Creative Director, MightyPenguin Design

Matt is the Owner and Creative Director of MightyPenguin Design, an imaginative and innovative source of creative, clever and unconventional advertising, photography, graphic design and public relations. MightyPenguin Design’s nationally-recognized, award-winning work has a distinctive look and feel, garnering numerous ADDYs and PRisms, Lanterns and Maggies, and even a glorious golden cellphone, for a host of regional, national and international clients. He received his BA in English from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and an M.A. in Creative Writing from The University of Southern Mississippi. Matt keeps his writing fresh by teaching English at Pearl River Community College. Designated a Senior Practitioner by the Southern Public Relations Federation, he currently serves on the State Board of Directors for PRAM as the Vice President of Awards and on the Southern Public Relations Federation (SPRF) Board of Directors as the Vice President of Communication.

Tate Williams, Director of Communications


Sara Kathryn Terry, Director of Social Media and Website
Communication Trainee, Wayne-Sanderson Farms

Sara Kathryn is a Communication Trainee at Wayne-Sanderson Farms. As a Communication Trainee, Sara Kathryn manages Wayne-Sanderson Farms corporate social media channels, coordinates digital and social media employment advertising and analytics, and coordinates and composes content for corporate publications. A graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies.


Anthony Palazzolo, Awards Chair


April Jordan, Community Action Chair
Assistant Director of Marketing and Public Relations for Campus Recreation, The University of Southern Mississippi

April is the Assistant Director of Marketing and Public Relations for Southern Miss Campus Recreation. In this role, she oversees all strategic marketing and integrative communications for programming and services affiliated with The Payne Center, the University’s wellness and recreation center on campus. She also manages a team of graphic designers and interns who have been recognized with numerous local, state and regional public relations honors for their work and special event programming. Prior to joining Southern Miss, April spent 10 years in the public relations and marketing industry sharing her passion for communications across a diverse background of companies, including Singing River Health System, United Way for Jackson and George Counties, Beau Rivage Resort and Casino and GodwinGroup Advertising Agency. She received her B.A. in Journalism with an emphasis in public relations from The University of Southern Mississippi. April has been a member of the Southern Public Relations Federation since 2007, serving in numerous board positions for the Mississippi Beach and Gulf Coast PRAM chapters. She currently resides in Hattiesburg with her husband, Chris and their two daughters, Audrey and Aria.

Shelby York, Scholarship and Student Affairs Chair


Jessica Breazeale, MS, APR, Professional Development / APR Chair 
Owner/Consultant, Jessica Breazeale Consulting

Jessica Breazeale is a 2000 graduate of Wesson High School and a 2003 graduate of Copiah-Lincoln Community College, where she was captain of the Colettes, voted “Miss Co-Lin”, vice president of publicity for Phi Theta Kappa, a member of the concert choir, Sojourner show choir, SGA, Trailblazers, and was a Diamond Doll. She holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Public Relations from The University of Southern Mississippi. At USM, she was a Dixie Darling captain and a member of Omicron Delta Kappa organization.  While working towards her master’s, she worked in the USM Office of Admissions as a recruiter for North Mississippi and North Alabama. Breazeale has been a public relations practitioner for 16 years, and began her career working in entertainment on the Disney Cruise Line. She also spent four years working in tobacco education and prevention as a PR spokesperson for a Tobacco-Free Alabama. She has served in various PR and marketing roles within multiple industries. Breazeale now has her own public relations consulting business, which provides services to clients all over the United States. Holding an Accreditation in Public Relations (APR), Breazeale has won numerous public relations awards. She currently serves on the Co-Lin Foundation Board as well as the Co-Lin Band and Colette Alumni Association. Breazeale has been married to her husband Ricky for 12 years and they have one son, Walker. They are members of CenterPoint Church where her husband is the pastor. Anyone who knows Breazeale knows she absolutely loves her profession and that PR is a true passion.


Kat Romero, APR, Secretary/Treasurer Understudy
Public Relations Specialist, City of Laurel

Kat Romero oversees the public relations activities for the City of Laurel, including maintaining and growing the city’s online presence through its website and social media accounts. She is is a graduate of Jones College and the University of Southern Mississippi where she double majored in English and Mass Communication with an emphasis in film production. She began her career with Wyatt Emmerich newspapers working as a reporter and photographer for the company’s papers in both Laurel and Magee. From 2017 to 2021, she worked for the Mississippi Department of Mental Health– first in the public relations department of Ellisville State School as a videographer/producer of staff training videos, and later as the Public Relations Director at South Mississippi State Hospital in Purvis. She has been a member of the Pine Belt Chapter of the Public Relations Association of Mississippi (PRAM) since 2019. She obtained Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) in December 2021.


Dr. Jae-Hwa Shin, APR, Member-At-Large


1996 – Steve O’Malley
1997 – Dena White
1998 – Dana Coleman
1999 – Hazel Cole
2000 – Vanessa Molden
2001 – Tracie Bertaut
2002 – Joanne Marsh
2003 – Joanne Marsh
2004 – Jennifer Venditti
2005 – Sara Paterson
2006 – Christie Walters
2007 – Tracie Rouse
2008 – Matt Martin
2009 – Shawn Mercer
2010 – Julie Russum
2011 – Ashlea Maddox
2012 – Nicole Ruhnke
2013 – Dara Stockman
2014 – Samantha McCain
2015 – Amber Ross
2016 – Catherine Lott/Hanna Knowles
2017 – Matt Martin
2018 – Liz Radley/Josh Wilson
2019 – Josh Wilson/Karelia Pitts
2020 – April Jordan
2021 – Brittney Dykes
2022 – Ashley Rea