Kory Michael Aversa, CEO/ President @koryaversa
Kory is an award-winning, seasoned public relations pro, event planner and social media guru with 20+ years experience in the nonprofit and small business sector. He hails from Utica and Albany, New York, and graduated from Utica College of Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations (minor Political Science).
Since moving to Philadelphia, he has been a champion in the nonprofit community. Service projects have included work with United Way of SEPA, Plays & Players Theatre, People-Pet Partnership, Safeguards and Delaware Valley Legacy Fund of the Philadelphia Foundation. In 2012, Kory was chair and founder of the new Nonprofit Resource Committee for the Philadelphia Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. In 2013, he was elected to the board of directors for PRSA and continues to help oversee the Nonprofit Resource Committee.
In his spare time, Kory enjoys blogging (Phillylovesfun.com), eating lots of cupcakes, playing with his pup and travelling. He also plays flag football with the Greater Philadelphia Flag Football League.
Catarina Kissinger, PR Assistant @CatKissinger
Catarina is a future entrepreneur with experience in marketing, social media management, and hospitality/tourism.
She is currently an honors student at Drexel University studying Philosophy and International Economics. Born and raised in Reading, Pennsylvania, she spent a few years travelling prior to moving to Philadelphia. During that time, she worked for a tourism company in Alaska, taught English in Nicaragua, and worked in the marketing department of a real estate brokerage in Austin, Texas. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering at animal shelters, seeing live music, and attending events around the city!
ALex Swanson, PR Assistant @AlexSwanson_
Alex is a future social media and public relations pro with experience in social media account management.
She is currently studying Public Relations & Communications at Drexel University. Alex, a Philadelphia native, has a love for all things makeup and food related. She also loves to travel, having spent summer 2018 in Dublin, Ireland and London, England! In her spare time Alex can be found browsing the newest beauty launches and trends, trying a new dish or exploring!
Eri Washington, SPECIAL PROJECTS CONSULTANT @empressEri
Eri is a blogger and future social media superstar with experience in digital marketing, event promotion and social networking account management.
She is currently studying Business Entrepreneurship and Broadcast Telecommunications and Mass Media at Temple University. During her studies, she has worked alongside non-profits and small businesses to increase online reach and unique viewership. Projects include work for the Temple University for ALS , Chatterblast Media, Anything Goes Music Group and Affinity Baking Company.
In her spare time, Eri enjoys writing music, trying new recipes, traveling and attending events.
Look for Eri at special events and festivals during the year when she rocks Aversa PR's social media accounts!
Buster Brown - Office Pup, In Memory September 2013
Buster Brown (originally named Damon) was born at the Mohawk and Hudson River Humane Society on June 10, 2005. He was part of a litter of five females and two males.
The mother was living at the shelter for several weeks prior to their birth. She was severely neglected and abused. A special kennel was set up for her to nurse her back to health and keep the pups safe. To protect the health of the special pups they were divided into three groups and put into foster care with volunteers experienced with Bully Breeds. During this time, Kory was looking to adopt a dog for his new home. He found Buster on Petfinderand drove six hours to meet him. It was love at first sight!
Buster Brown will me missed in our home, office - and by all his friends on East Passyunk Avenue, where he loved to play, sit outside the cafes, walk around the Singing Fountain and go to the dog park. Rest in peace. We always have a special place in our office and home for you!