Chelsea (Stalling) Whittington is a native of Gary, IN and proud graduate of West Side High School (salutatorian), Howard University (B.A. Broadcast Journalism, Magna Cum Laude) and Purdue University (M.A. Organizational Communications, Summa Cum Laude).
Her career in Public Relations and Communications spans more than 25 years having worked for the Peace Corps Recruiting Office in Arlington, VA, the Office of Congressman Charles Rangel (D-NY), JWA Boys and Girls Club, Lake Area United Way, Horseshoe and Trump Casinos, the Gary Community School Corporation, and Johnson Publishing Company, publisher of Ebony and Jet Magazines.
In 2009, Chelsea joined the executive team at U.S. Cellular Corporation as Communications Manager. There, she managed 4 of the company’s public relations firms while promoting the brand of the nation’s sixth largest wireless phone company.
From January 2012 – July 2015, Chelsea served in the administration of Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, the City of Gary’s first female mayor and the State of Indiana’s only female African-American mayor. As Director of Communications, Chelsea oversaw media relations, crisis communications, special events, branding and marketing for her hometown.
In the fall of 2015 to spring 2019, Chelsea was employed by the Chicago Urban League where she served as Director of External Affairs and Special Events. She continues to serve as an adjunct professor at Indiana University Northwest and Indiana Wesleyan University teaching courses in Communications, Social Networking and Special Event Planning.
Since 2015, Chelsea has operated her own PR Consulting firm, C WHITT, where she develops public relations and social media strategies for clients as well as presents workshops and trainings on social media and public speaking. In spring 2019, she made the big leap into full-time entrepreneurship while expanding her clientele to service small businesses, non-profit organizations and governmental agencies.
A long-time member of the Trinity Missionary Baptist Church, Chelsea sings in the choir, is a member of the G.E.E.K Squad and serves as a church hostess. She volunteers for the J.W.A. Boys and Girls Club, Sojourner Truth House, is a member of the Black Public Relations Society of Chicago, the iHeart Media Local Advisory Board and NBC 5 Chicago’s Community Outreach Board.
Whittington resides in Gary with her husband Terrell and their lovable dog Pepper.
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Crystal Lynn O’Brien is a writer and social media ambassador for C WHITT PR. She assists with the development of press releases, articles, blogs and e-blasts. Crystal offers a fresh perspective to the public relations industry and found her passion in doing work behind the scenes. Her creative digital designs and social media content are diverse, stimulating, and timely. As a published author and former radio personality with an assorted business background, she brings great value and energy to C WHITT PR projects and clientele needs.
Amber McKinstry is the Public Relations Assistant for C WHITT PR. She is currently following her passion in Public Relations while going to school full-time to receive her Bachelors in Business Administration with a concentration in Financial Planning. She is the co-founder of Millennial Voices Matter where she is inspiring to make a change. She has a strong eye for capturing amazing moments for C WHITT clients while assisting with events and writing press releases. She has a fresh millennial outlook that she brings to C WHITT PR.
Ollette Washington is a social media ambassador for C WHITT PR. An English teacher by trade, Ollette has extraordinary writing and editing skills. A published author, Ollette brings enthusiasm and needed curiosity to every project. She enjoys developing social media content, taking photos and covering special events for clients.