Joanna Byers — Class 2005 — President
Joanna graduated from the MRU public relations program in 2005, completing two directed field studies with the Cantare Children’s Choir and the Alberta Forest Product Association. After graduating, she started with Sustainable Resource Development (SRD) as a Wildfire Information Officer, moving on to be the Provincial Mountain Pine Beetle Information Officer in Edmonton. She has since worked at The Lung Association, Alberta & NWT in Edmonton and FortisAlberta in Calgary. She is currently working as a Contract Communications Advisor at Cenovus Energy focused on internal communications.
Debra Metcalfe — Class 2002 — Past President
After serving for two years as the president of the Public Relations Chapter, Debra recently moved into the role of past president.
A graduate of the Class of 2002, Debra is committed to all things Alumni and is a big supporter of MRU. In addition to graduating herself, one daughter is also an alumni and her other daughter
now attends MRU. Debra works as a public relations contractor, occasionally as an RN and runs a small business.
Amy Eagleson — Vice-President
Amy Eagleson graduated from the public relations program at Mount Royal University in 2010, and completed work terms for both Horizon Housing Society as the Communication and Special Event Assistant and for Mount Royal University as the Public Relations Assistant for Career Services. Throughout the program, Amy held the position as Vice-President of Events for the Public Relations Society. Upon graduation, Amy was asked to come on staff with Horizon Housing Society and manage the communication and fund development for the Society. With her interest in non-profit, and her desire to see needy Calgarians in appropriate, integrated and supported homes, Horizon was an easy decision. In her spare time, Amy enjoys being outside and spending time with her two nieces.
Vacant — Secretary
Andrea Davis —Treasurer
A 2009 PR grad from MRU, Andrea Davis has communications work experience in the corporate, education and government sectors. In 2008, she ventured to Vienna, Austria, for a semester and ended up working at the German Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, China in 2010.
Now a communications specialist for The City of Calgary, Andrea works on the media relations/social media team and likes to stay in touch with the school and program that she says, "gave me wings".
Elizabeth Lennox — Director-at-Large/Faculty Representative
Program: BA Mount Allison University, Sackville, N.B.
Elizabeth has enjoyed working at Mount Royal for the past ten years beginning in the Registrar’s Office and for the past four years, as Public Relations Outreach Coordinator in the Faculty of Communication Studies.
Her previous work experience includes working as an employment counselor for Employment and Immigration Canada. In the past few years, she completed her Human Resource Management Certificate at the U of C and her Public Relations Certificate at Mount Royal University. Elizabeth spent many years volunteering as a board member for the South Calgary Ringette Association and organized events for the Calgary Cougars Junior A Hockey Association.
Jacqueline Civitarese— Director-at-Large/Student Representative
Jacqueline is an avid public relations enthusiast with a zest for culture, an enthusiasm for language and a passion for travel. Currently a fourth year student in the Bachelor of Communication, Public Relations program, Jacqueline has extended her learning by working towards an additional certification, the Certificate of Achievement in International Communications. She has completed both an international exchange in Vienna, Austria and an international work-experience in London, England, where she worked at a boutique public relations agency.
Jacqueline has a passion for creative writing and uses traveling as the acting catalyst for her stories. When not writing strategic communication plans, creating social media campaigns or writing press releases, you can find her immersed in a classroom learning a new language—she currently speaks Italian and is hoping to build upon her recent knowledge of the German language.
In the past four years of her studies, Jacqueline has tried to embrace all opportunities presented to her. She is a member of IABC and volunteers for IABC's Volunteer Portfolio. She is also an active member of the mentorship program that is offered for public relation students and spends her spare time volunteering with different organizations throughout Mount Royal University.
Jacqueline likes the fast-paced environment of the communications world and is excited to graduate next year. Already visiting and/or living in over 39 countries, Jacqueline hopes to gain a position in the tourism and hospitality industry with a company that will provide her the opportunity to travel and learn about different cultures and languages.
Alex Imler — Director-at-Large/Student Representative
Spencer Forgo — Class 2008 — Director-at-Large
Spencer completed the Bachelor of Applied Communications, Public Relations program in 2008. Prior to coming to the PR program, he also spent time studying both fine arts and journalism. After graduating, his passion for the arts and culture ultimately led him to the EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts, where he currently works as the marketing manager.
Angela Sengaus — Director-at-Large
Breanne O'Reilly — Director-at-Large
Maryn Edwards — Director-at-Large