PPRA Member Monday: Camille Mola

Camille Mola is the PR and Communications Manager for the Academy of Vocal Arts. She has been a member of PPRA for over a year.

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Philadelphia native Camille Mola is the PR and Communications Manager of the Academy of Vocal Arts, the world’s only tuition-free institution dedicated exclusively to the study of opera. In addition to this, she is the founder of Positive Publicity Blog, a Philadelphia-based lifestyle blog which covers dining, music, entertainment and more. Her blog has been named a Top 25 Philadelphia Blog by Feedspot for three consecutive years. Positive Publicity has also allowed Camille to take on freelance clients and to enhance her photography side business. She has appeared on podcasts and spoken on panels, and is a member of the Philadelphia Cultural Alliance’s Emerging Leaders Circle. She is a proud 2014 graduate of Penn State Bellisario School of Communications. Camille has been a member of PPRA for over a year.

PPRA: Who are your clients and what projects are you working on right now?

CM: As an opera school which is still operating safely during the pandemic, we have completely adapted to virtual performances and learning. My role has now shifted into marketing and promoting our online performances, as well as interacting with the audio/video team. We have three more virtual performances this season, and I’ll be focused on those, as well as continuing to tell our story in new ways! On a personal note, I’ve been taking on more freelance photography clients.  

PPRA: What is the favorite part of your job?

CM: Securing any type of press, social media postings, or other content that is beneficial to our Resident Artists. AVA is currently comprised of 24 young Resident Artists from around the world, who have worked incredibly hard to get to AVA. We want them to flourish in their operatic careers, and being a part of their journey is so rewarding. 

PPRA: What was your latest & greatest accomplishment at your job?

CM: My greatest accomplishment at my job was probably an Inquirer story breaking the news about our 85th Anniversary Gala Concert, which was to be held at The Met Philly. It would have been the first time in over 80 years that opera would be performed on that stage. As you might have guessed, it was cancelled due to COVID. But it will happen in the future!

PPRA: What one piece of advice would you give to your fellow PR pros?

CM: Attend that networking event, panel, whatever it may be – even if you’re going alone. You never know who you might meet and what relationships you’ll form.  

PPRA: What book or movie could you read or watch again and again?

CM: Drop Dead Gorgeous is my all-time favorite film. I still remember seeing it on E! when I was younger, and it’s the one movie I’ll always return to (and quote word for word). 

PPRA: What’s your favorite spot in Philly?

CM: Ritual Shoppe on Walnut is my favorite shop. I also love Washington Square Park, and sitting outside there with an iced coffee from Talulah’s Daily.  

PPRA: If you weren’t in PR, what profession do you see yourself in and why?

CM: I would still be working in the arts in some capacity! Perhaps on stage? I LOVE the arts and culture scene in our city, and know I would still find myself working in this world in some way. 

PPRA: Favorite Philly Food?

CM: The Coconut Curry Noodles from Cheu 

PPRA Member Monday: London Faust

London Faust is a Digital Media Manager and Account Executive at Bellevue Communications Group where she leads social media and public relations strategy for a variety of accounts.  She has been a member of PPRA for nearly seven years and currently serves as PPRA president.

Twitter: @LondonFaust

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/londonfaust/

PPRA: Who are your clients and what projects are you working on right now?

LF: Currently I’m working on projects for Reading Terminal Market, The Pennsylvania Convention Center, the Presbyterian Historical Society, and Marsy’s Law for Pennsylvania. 

PPRA: What is the favorite part of your job?

LF: Working at an agency allows me to do something different almost every day. 

PPRA: What was your latest & greatest accomplishment at your job?

LF: Reading Terminal Market recently announced the opening of its first-ever Black-owned bakery. We got coverage in the Inquirer, PBJ, Philly Voice, 6abc, NBC10, and PHL17.

PPRA: What one piece of advice would you give to your fellow PR pros?

LF: Never stop learning. Our field is constantly changing and we need to keep up. 

PPRA: What book or movie could you read or watch again and again?

LF: I could watch The Breakfast Club on repeat for days. 

PPRA: What’s your favorite spot in Philly?

LF: Reading Terminal Market (I swear, not just because they’re a client) – they have the best grocery options, delicious prepared food, and an atmosphere that’s unmatched. 

PPRA: Favorite Philly food?

LF: A great soft pretzel.

PPRA Member Monday: Jill Flanagan

Jill Flanagan is a Strategic Communication Consultant and Professor. She has been a member of PPRA for 16 years.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jill-f-24a9782a/

Throughout Jill Flanagan’s 25-year plus career, she has always looked for ways to use her talents in service of others.  From university teaching to working with non-profits to taking on freelance projects that supported local artists, she has consistently sought out opportunities that enhance lives. 

PPRA: Who are your clients and what projects are you working on right now?

JF: Serving as Sponsorship Lead for PPRA and Lecturer at La Salle University.

PPRA: What is the favorite part of your job?

JF: I particularly enjoy the writing aspects of public relations.  Mentoring students and younger professionals is also a highlight.

PPRA: What one piece of advice would you give to your fellow PR pros?

JF: Find a company or client that does work you truly believe in.  Your passion will come across in your work.   

PPRA: What book or movie could you read or watch again and again?

JF: Michael Clayton

PPRA: What’s your favorite spot in Philly?

JF: Valley Forge Park

PPRA: If you weren’t in PR, what profession do you see yourself in and why?

JF: I would love to work in career counseling.  Helping students find internships and jobs was always a highlight of my teaching career.

PPRA: Favorite Philly Food?

JF: Soft Pretzels

PPRA Member Monday: Kellsey Turner

Kellsey Turner is an Account Manager at Vault Communications. She has been a member of PPRA for five years.

Twitter: @kellseyturner

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kellseyturner/

Kellsey was born and raised in Berks County. She moved to Philadelphia to attend La Salle University and hasn’t left since. She currently lives in Point Breeze with her fiancé, but have called many Philly neighborhoods home over the years. 

Shortly after graduating college, she joined the team at Vault Communications where she currently works as an Account Manager. Kellsey’s work is varied, challenging, and exciting, and she is blessed with supportive co-workers who make the work even more fun. 

Kellsey is currently the VP of Membership for PPRA, and she also sits on the board for Sisters Returning Home and the Junior Board for Gesu School. In her free time, she enjoys reading, gardening, discovering new restaurants, and — during non-COVID times — attending concerts, comedy shows, and live theater.

PPRA: Who are your clients and/or what are you working on right now?

KT: My clients include a med tech company that makes life-saving technology to improve women’s health; a materials solutions company that produces the plastics, synthetic rubbers and latex binders within many of the materials we interact with on a daily basis; and a company that designs the hardware and software required to measure, formulate, and manage color.  

PPRA: What is your favorite part of your job?

KT: I love writing, so bylines, case studies, and blog posts are some of my favorite projects to work on. One of my favorite projects to date has been developing a client’s annual Sustainability Report. 

PPRA: What one piece of advice would you give to your fellow PR pros?

KT: I once received an excellent piece of advice to archive my accomplishments throughout my career. I recommend an email folder for saving everything from client compliments and performance reviews to media wins and project examples. This informal digital portfolio has served as a wonderful repository that I can easily reference, whenever necessary. You never know when this may come in handy! 

PPRA: What book or movie could you read or watch again and again?

KT: I adore reading, but will rarely reread a book. Some of my favorites to recommend include “All the Light We Cannot See,” “A Man Called Ove,” and “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.” 

PPRA: What’s your favorite spot in Philly?

KT: The steps of the Art Museum at night. It’s a great view of the city. 

PPRA: If you weren’t in PR, what profession do you see yourself in and why?

KT: I always wanted to write for a living, so I likely would have become a journalist if I wasn’t in PR. 

PPRA: Favorite Philly Food?

KT: Currently, it’s the bacon, pork roll and cheese on an everything seasoned soft pretzel from Rowhome Coffee. This is a recent find for me, and it’s heavenly. Highly recommend checking it out!

PPRA Member Monday: Jaime Martorana

Jaime is the Public Relations Manager for ASTM International, a global standards development organization. She has been a member of PPRA for five years.

Twitter: @JaimeMartorana

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jaimemartorana/

Prior to joining ASTM in 2020, Jaime was the Public Relations Specialist at Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site and a public relations consultant for the Philadelphia Marathon. Jaime is an active member of the Philadelphia Public Relations Association and is currently serving a three-year term as a director. She holds a bachelor’s degree in strategic communications from Temple University. 

PPRA: Who are your clients and what projects are you working on right now?

JM: I am preparing to pitch a new standard on barrier face coverings that will help global manufacturers produce more effective face masks and aid consumers in making informed decisions when protecting themselves against COVID-19.

PPRA: What is the favorite part of your job?

JM: Storytelling.

PPRA: What one piece of advice would you give to your fellow PR pros?

JM: Growing your professional network is important, but fostering and maintaining those relationships is essential. 

PPRA: What book or movie could you read or watch again and again?

JM: The Harry Potter book series. I’d take the books over the movies any day!

PPRA: What’s your favorite spot in Philly?

JM: The Philadelphia Museum of Art

PPRA: Favorite Philly Food?

JM: Soft Pretzels