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SWANSON RUSSELL PROMOTES ONE, HIRES TWO IN ITS PR GROUP
Source: Swanson Russell news release

Swanson Russell announces the promotion of Kellie Habeeb Wostrel to public relations manager, and welcomes new additions to its public relations department: Kelly Miller, Jeff Salem and Kassi Williams.

Wostrel oversees three public relations staff in Swanson Russell's Omaha office. She also manages public relations programs for clients including Land O'Lakes Purina Feed, E-Z-GO and Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health. Previously a public relations counsel, Wostrel has become a leader and educator in traditional and social media initiatives for clients as well as the agency.

Wostrel is a native of Medina, Ohio, but grew up in Omaha. She joined Swanson Russell in 2008 and has more than a decade of media and public relations experience. She previously held positions at Bozell in Omaha, USA Roller Sports in Lincoln and Weber Shandwick in Chicago. She graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and an emphasis in broadcasting.

Wostrel currently serves on the board of directors for the Public Relations Society of America/Nebraska Chapter as vice president of education.

Miller joins Swanson Russell's Omaha team as a public relations associate. She is involved in the planning and implementation of public relations and social media programs for various clients.

A native of Arcadia, Neb., Miller previously was the marketing and events director for the Hastings (Neb.) Family YMCA, public relations manager for Valley County (Neb.) Health System and a staff journalist at a Nebraska weekly newspaper, the Sherman County Times. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Nebraska at Kearney, where she majored in journalism and public relations.

Salem serves as a public relations associate in the agency's Lincoln office. In this position, he plans and executes public relations programs, with his primary clients in the green/turf industry.

A native of Lincoln, Salem previously held positions as news editor and government reporter for the Sun News in Kansas City, Mo. Salem received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, and a degree in journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Williams works in the Omaha office as an account service and public relations coordinator. Her responsibilities include assisting with the management of various marketing communications projects and client relations, media tracking and outreach, and public relations writing.

A native of Knoxville, Iowa, Williams graduated from Iowa State University with degrees in animal science and journalism with an emphasis in public relations. During college, she held various public relations and agribusiness intern positions at Iowa State University Extension, Equine Marketing Group and the United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.