Thank you to everyone who served on our Spring 2012 Executive Board! It is my pleasure to introduce the new Fall 2012 Executive Board:
President: Ben Loeb (@loebben)
Ben is a junior at American University studying marketing and public communication. Originally from just outside New York City, Ben has interned in both NYC and DC. He just returned from studying abroad in London and is looking forward to a great semester with AU Social Media Club. He has been involved with the club for the past three years serving as the club’s Treasurer and Vice President. When he’s not in class you can find Ben on Twitter or checking-in on Foursquare.
Vice President: Melanie Bird (@meloffbird)
Curious and practical, Melanie is a freshman majoring in Graphic Design with a minor in Marketing. Raised in North Carolina, this amateur Washingtonian is always looking for new places to discover in the city and hopes to sample as many DC restaurants as possible within the next four years. Melanie used to think of Twitter as place for bored teenagers to mindlessly complain about their lives or inform the world that they “made a sandwich and it was delicious”. However, after joining Social Media Club and getting involved with the awesome Social Learning Summit 2012 she has realized how versatile and valuable social media can actually be. Now officially addicted to #hashtags, Melanie is anxious to get the rest of AU and DC excited about Twitter and to take advantage of all the resources it has to offer.
Treasurer: Ben Wax (@tonymuhplaah)
Ben, also called Tony, is a current Sophomore at AU pursuing degrees in Business and Communications. As treasurer, he vows to tackle the club’s financial problems with vim and vigor, even though there is a vim shortage today’s marketplace. When not in class, Ben/Tony enjoys playing video games and expecting the unexpected, along with having a minor gig as a YouTube superhero.
VP of Marketing: Jenna Rowan (@jennarowan8)
Jenna is currently a sophomore at American University but originally from Philadelphia, PA and is a huge fan of all Philly sports- go Flyers! She ended up in DC because of her love of the city and all the wonderful opportunities it has to offer, and is looking forward to taking full advantage of the city and internships throughout her time at AU. Jenna has a passion for social media and marketing which is why she loves her position and being able to promote AUSMC and all the great events! She is looking forward to another fun semester with the coolest club on campus!
VP of Communication: Claire Shriver (@claireshriver)
Born and raised in Princeton Junction, New Jersey, Claire is a sophomore Public Communication major with a minor in Marketing. A lover of film photography, exploring DC, and music, she is always connected to what’s trending in social media. Claire is an avid blogger for an online college magazine and is thrilled to have the opportunity to intern in New York City this summer. For fun, she rewatches the movie Bridesmaids and uses Instagram to capture anything she reads or eats. Claire is excited for what the club has planned this year.
Secretary: Katie Castellano (@ktcast93)
Katie is a rising sophomore at American University majoring in Public Communication with a minor in Cinema Studies. Born and raised in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Katie grew up swimming competitively. Nowadays, she enjoys reading, watching movies, social media, traveling, listening to music, and exploring DC. Katie has been involved in the AU Social Media Club since the first semester of her freshman year and is excited for another great year with the club!
Director of Design: Hannah Karl (@hannah_karl)
Hannah is a senior at American University studying graphic design and marketing. Based outside of Philadelphia, Hannah has held internships in Philly as well as in DC and London, where she spent her Fall 2011 semester. She’s worked with agencies and as part of the in-house design teams of non-profit organizations, and she hopes to continue with a career in design and branding after graduation. Hannah enjoys seeing live music, eating dessert, and people watching — or, better yet, doing all three at once.
Director of Online Operations: Michael Langman (@michaellangman)
Michael is currently a junior at American University majoring in Communication Studies with a minor in Information Technology and Justice. He loves listening to indie rock music, watching movies, and traveling. Born and raised in New Jersey, Michael has interned in both Trenton and New York the past two summers, gaining experience in both the public and private sector. After graduation, he hopes to work for a social media agency.
SLS Fall Conference Chair: Lela Feldmeier (@lelafeldmeier)
Originally from Syracuse, New York, Lela is going into her sophomore year at American University. She is majoring in Business Administration with a possible specialization in Marketing as well as a minor in Graphic Design. With her love of all things British, Lela hopes to study abroad in England as well as pursue a career that blends both the corporate and creative side of businesses. In her free time, Lela likes to play golf, take photographs, seek out good places to eat, travel, and of course, use social media.