Alumni and Friends


October 2020

Joshua Azriel, Ph.D. 2006, is a Professor of Journalism and Emerging Media at Kennesaw State University in Marietta, Georgia. He recently published a new book Restricting Los Angeles Paparazzi: California’s Legal Efforts Impacting Free Press Rights.

Mary Baures, B.S. Advertising 1969, is the author of Awakening Awe: An Illustrated Journey to Reverence and Love Heals Baby Elephants – Rebirthing Ivory Orphans. She is a practicing psychologist in Beverly, Massachusetts.

Anna Mewbourne Elias, B.S. Broadcasting 1986, a self-employed author and screenwriter, recently published her first novel, The Vessels, which is under consideration for a television series. She has worked on “Miami Vice” and studio features including “A Time to Kill,” “Practical Magic,” “12 Monkeys,” and “My Dog Skip.”

Deborah Matthies-D’Aurelio, B.S. Advertising 1989, is the author of her first middle-school age novel entitled The Secret Notebook. The story combines fact with fiction and has STEM tie-ins to encourage girls to be inventive and inspire them to careers in engineering.

J. Keith Saliba, B.S. Journalism 2001, M.A.M.C. 2005, Ph.D. 2008, is a Jacksonville (Florida) University Journalism professor and the author of a new book Death in the Highlands: The Siege of Special Forces Camp Plei Me

September 2020

Whit Blanton, B.S. Journalism 1986, is the Executive Director of Forward Pinellas, a Pinellas County, Florida land use and transportation planning organization working in tandem with 25 local governments, the transit agency and the Florida Department of Transportation.

Katie Burns, B.S. Public Relations 2015, is the Digital Marketing & Design Manager for City Parks Alliance in Philadelphia.

Miles Doran, B.S. Telecommunication 2010, is now the Atlanta-based producer for “CBS This Morning” and CBS News. Previously he worked for CBS’s “60 Minutes” in New York.

Jay Greeen, B.S. Journalism 1981, is a health care, environment, insurance and energy reporter for Crain’s Detroit Business. He currently resides in Detroit.

Peggy Shaw, M.A.M.C. 1982, is owner of Wren Cottage Writing & Editing in Decatur, Georgia. She produces press releases and publications for Morehouse College in Atlanta. She is a writer and editor and has published books and poems.

Melissa Smith, B.S. Public Relations 2016, is the Customer Success Manager at Orlando-based Novi AMS, an association management software company for clients using QuickBooks. Smith works remotely from Cedar Park, Texas.

Jennifer Tuel, B.S. Advertisting 2002, is the in-house creative director for Pet Paradise in Jacksonville, Florida. The company specializes in overnight boarding, resort-style day camping, professional grooming and veterinary care.

Tony Wichman, B.S. Public Relations 1996, is the Director of Public Affairs for U.S. Pacific Air Forces Headquarters at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii. In addition to serving as the communication advisor to the Pacific Air Forces Commander and headquarters staff, he is responsible for communication activities in Japan, Korea, Hawaii, Alaska and Guam.

July 2020

Roy Broderick Jr., B.S. Telecommunication 2012, is is President and CEO of Authentique Agency in Atlanta. The full-service marketing consulting firm focuses on creating brand campaigns that genuinely reflect multicultural and LGBTQ life, voices and viewpoints. Clients have included AT&T, Instagram, the Dallas Mavericks and the National Museum of African American Music.

Anna Ellias, B.S. Telecommunication 1986, published her debut novel, The Vessels, on July 14.  Elias is a freelance author and screenwriter and has worked on TV series and studio feature films including “Miami Vice,” “A Time to Kill,” “12 Monkeys,” and “Practical Magic.”

Erika Engstrom, Ph.D. 1991, is the new director of the University of Kentucky School of Journalism and Media. Previously she served as a professor of Communication Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Yvette Miley, B.S.  Broadcasting 1985, 2000 Hall of Fame inductee and UF Distinguished Alumna, is the new Senior Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for NBC News, MSNBC and CNBC in New York City.

Michael Monahan, B.S. Public Relations 1996, is the new President and Chief Executive Officer of Moxē, an integrated marketing agency and subsidiary of Massey Services, based in Orlando, Florida.

Kisakye Mugwanya, B.S. Public Relations 2017, was named the Public Relations Society of America Chicago 2020 Skyline Award Young Professional of the Year. She is an account executive for FleishmanHillard.

Andrew Nathanson, B.S. Public Relations 1989, serves as a film producer for Gator Media, Inc. in Miami. Previously, he worked at the Miami-Dade Film Commission overseeing all filming for the county and more than 25 municipalities.

Meg Rosenoff, B.S. Advertising 2018, is a copywriter for &Barr, a full-service advertising agency in business for more than 60 years in Orlando.

Scott Rubens, B.S. Telecommunication 1986, is a television producer and directory for the United States Agency for Global Media in Washington, D.C.

Kathleen Vacca, B.S. Journalism 1980, holds the rank of captain in the New College of Florida Police Department and the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee campuses.

June 2020

Wright Gres, B.S. Advertising 1969, is a book author for Riverhouse Books. He is the The Empty Grave and Macedonia Passage: Dangerous Cargo. He is based in Savannah, Georgia.

Robert Jury, B.S. Telecommunication 1992, is a screenwriter/director/producer based in Iowa. His new feature film, “Working Man,” was released and is currently available on demand. The film was an official selection in more than a dozen festivals, winning Best Narrative Feature in Savannah and Kansas City, and Best Ensemble at the Fort Lauderdale fête.

Melissa Lorenzana, B.S. Advertising 2003, is the Internal Communications Director for Comcast Advertising’s Technology & Operations group, based in Denver, Colorado.

Erica Morgenstern, B.S. Public Relations 2001, is the Chief Communications Officer for digital health company Welltok. She is based in San Mateo, California.

Seraine Page, B.S. Journalism 2010, is the author of the ebook Freelance Writing 101: Everything You Need to Launch Your Writing Career. She is the CEO of Seraine Page, LLC. She works with brands across the globe as a content strategist to improve search traffic through marketing content.

Julia Thomas, B.S. Advertising 2003 and M.A.M.C. 2004, is the Marketing Manager of Oelrich Construction in Gainesville, Florida.

Tonya Weathersbee, B.S. Journalism 1981, M.A.M.C. 2016 and Hall of Fame 2020, is the Metro Columnist for The Commercial Appeal in Memphis. She was honored as a standout performer in the 2019 Best of Gannett contest for her newspaper columns. The annual awards program spotlights the best work by journalists at the 261 newspapers that comprise the USA Today Network.

April 2020

Erin Collins, B.S. Telecommunication 2005, is the Executive Director of the Florida Alliance to End Human Trafficking in Tallahassee.

Bailey LeFever, B.S. Journalism 2019, is the new Tampa Bay Times/FRONTLINE reporter focusing on stories about aging and seniors. The position is funded by a partnership  between Report for America, the PBS public affairs series and the Tampa news organization.

Shea Perez, B.S. Public Relations 2014, has joined Tampa-based DeMert Brands. parent company of skincare and haircare products including Not Your Mother’s. As Brand Manager, her role is to generate and execute strategic campaigns and initiatives. She was previously Brand Manager for PDQ Restaurants for six years.

March 2020

Robert Davidsson, B.S. Journalism 1976, is the winner of the Florida Historical Society’s 2019 Hampton Dunn Digital Media Award. The award recognizes outstanding media projects expanding the knowledge of Florida history. He created “Origins & History of Palm Beaches” an indexed digital blog and full-text archive allowing free access to 25 original articles.

Daniela Dimitrova, Ph.D. 2003, has been named editor of Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly.

Katherine Fitzwater, B.S. Journalism 2012, is the new Vice President of Marketing and Communications for United Way of Central Florida in Lakeland, Florida.

Andrew Stanfill, B.S. Journalism 2009, has been elected president of the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA). He is currently the deputy photo editor at the New York Times News Service in Gainesville.

February 2020

Allison Banko, B.S. Journalism 2013, is the Recruitment Marketing Manager for Hilton Hotels. She is based in Washington, D.C., and is a member of Hilton’s Global Recruitment Team.

Alex Miniak, B.S. Telecommunication 1999, is the founder, owner and talent for A-LIVE Marketing and Media in San Diego, California. He is also one of only 30 Major League Baseball public address announcers and his work is featured prominently in-park and live across national and regional telecasts. He is also the exclusive voice of Petco Park for the San Diego Padres.

B.J. Terhune, B.S. Journalism 1993, has been promoted to Deputy Metro Editor at the Los Angeles Times.

Ken Schwencke, B.S. Journalism 2009, has been named editor of the News Apps team for ProPublica covering hate crimes and white supremacist movements. He previously worked on The New York Times’ interactive news team and the Los Angeles Times data desk.

December 2019

Eric Burroughs, M.A.M.C. 2000, is the director and deputy editor for BlackRock Investment Institute in London. He oversees publications, digital content and online interactive tools, especially on macroeconomics and portfolio construction research.

Jaclyn De Bonis, B.S. Journalism 2015, is the new content marketing manager for WPromote in El Segundo, California.

Laura DeBruce, B.S. Journalism 1984, is a lawyer, filmmaker and entrepreneur based in Sanibel, Florida. Her most recent film project is a documentary about the Equal Rights Amendment.

Bill Ebersole, B.S. Journalism 1949 and M.A.M.C. 1957, served as a U.S. Air Force pilot in Iwo Jima during World War II. He plans to  return to Iwo Jima with his wife to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the battle. Ebersole is a former publisher of The Gainesville Sun.

Bill Gulliford, B.S. Journalism 1966, has been appointed to the Florida Housing Finance Corporation by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. He is the president of Major Machinery and Equipment LLC in Jacksonville, Florida.

Joshua Pila, B.S. Public Relations 2004, is the general counsel for Meredith Corporation in Atlanta, Georgia.

November 2019

Brian Canning, M.A.M.C. 2009, is Vice President of Business Growth and Marketing for Delta Vacations, a subsidiary of Delta Airlines in Atlanta, Georgia.

Marc Daniels, B.S. Telecommunication 1988, is Director of Broadcasting for University of Central Florida Athletics. He was recognized at UCF’s homecoming football game on Oct. 19 for calling radio play-by-play for his 300th UCF football game and for 25 years of service.

Judith (Jude) Hagin, B.S. Journalism 1988, is a Producer at You Belong to Me LLC in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. She recently completed a documentary film on Ruby McCollum entitled “You Belong to Me: Sex Race and Murder in the South.”

Debra Leithauser, B.S. Journalism 1992 and Hall of Fame 2013,  was named Vice President, Corporate Services and Communications, for Idaho Power. She joined Idaho Power in 2017 after a long career in news media.

Eric Lewis, B.S. Telecommunication 2009, was recently promoted to Project Manager for QC Operations at Netflix, the internet entertainment service, located in Los Angeles, California.

Debbie Mason, CFRE, APR, CPRC, PRSA Fellow and B.S. Public Relations 1981, is the new Executive Vice President and Chief Philanthropy Officer at Stratum Health and Tidewell Hospice in Sarasota, Florida.

Merrie Meyes, Ph.D., APR, Fellow PRSA, B.S. Public Relations 1978, M.A.M.C 1979, is the Editor of ruff DRAFTS, the quarterly newsletter of the Dog Writers Association of America.

Steve Orlando, M.A.M.C. 2007 and Adjunct Journalism Professor, is the new University of Florida Assistant Vice President for Communications. During his 23-year tenure at UF, Orlando has served as Associate Director of UF News & Public Affairs, Interim Associate Vice President for Marketing and Public Relations, Senior Director, Media Relations and Director of Print/Online Media.

October 2019

Liz Campanile, B.S. Advertising 1992, is the CEO of House of Gemini Industries in Pasadena, California. She recently launched a YouTube channel, Adora 2000, to support her accessorizing business and multimedia efforts.

Jamie Cotera, B.S. Journalism 2009, is the co-founder of Compass Legal Marketing in Miami, Florida. The business advises minority and female law firms on strategies to generate business and market their practices.

Bernadine Douglas, B.S. Public Relations 1994, has been appointed Vice President or Institutional Advancement at Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida.

Lukana Justin, B.S. Advertising 1998, is the Senior Vice President of Marketing, for Now Optics, a leading eye health provider under the retail brands of My Eyelab and Stanton Optical, based in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Natalie Fisher, B.S. Advertising 2009, is Managing Partner of Blu Dove Designs located in Gainesville and Orlando. Blu Dove Designs recently partnered with Sportsone Apparel to develop a new rally towel, The Original Growl Towel, that is now officially licensed by the University of Florida.

Susan Spiegel Kehl, B.S. Public Relations 1989, and her husband Don have opened a franchise of The Malted Barley restaurant in Juno Beach, Florida. They were recently profiled in The Palm Beach Post.

September 2019

Melissa Gomez, B.S. Journalism 2018, is a reporter for the Los Angeles Times. She will be on the team covering the 2020 Presidential Election.

J. Michael “Mike” Neumeier, B.S. Public Relations 1993, is a 2019 inductee in the PRSA Georgia Order of the Phoenix and Georgia Public Relations Hall of Fame. Neumeier was honored for his many achievements and contributions to the public relations profession. He is currently, owner, CEO and CMO of the Arketi Group in Atlanta.

Carl Stein, B.S. Broadcasting 1973, has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Press Photographers Association of Greater Los Angeles. Stein retired in 2014 after a 34-year career as a photojournalist at KCBS-TV, the CBS network affiliate in Los Angeles.

July 2019

Jamie Dupree, B.S. Broadcasting 1985, is a journalist with WSB Radio in Atlanta, received the 2019 RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Innovation for “Jamie Dupree 2.0.” Dupree, senior Washington correspondent for Cox Media Group’s Washington Bureau, lost his voice to a condition called protrusion dystonia. WSB worked with a software company in Scotland to recreate his voice electronically. The text-to-voice software allows him to type his reports and run them through “Jamie Dupree 2.0” to turn them into audio for broadcast.

Christine Van Blokland, B.S. Telecommunication 1995, is the host of “Curious Traveler,” an educational travel series broadcast on PBS television stations nationwide.

Patricia Vernon, APR, CPRA, B.S. Journalism 1988, recently earned professional certification in Public Relations and received the designation of Certified Public Relations Counselor from the Florida Public Relations Association. She is one of only 100 practitioners in Florida to achieve this certification. She is currently the director of marketing for Darr Schackow Insurance in Gainesville.

Tonyaa Weathersbee, B.S. Journalism 1981, M.A.M.C. 2016, is the metro columnist for The Commercial Appeal, Memphis’ daily newspaper and part of the USA Today network. She recently received a first-place award along with two colleagues from the Tennessee Associated Press Broadcasters and Media Editors for her work on stories about the 1968 Memphis sanitation workers’ strike.  She also presented a paper at the Latin American Studies Association Congress in Boston on cable news’ influence on rural voters’ attitudes toward their Latino neighbors.

June 2019

Robert “Bobby” Desmond, B.S. Telecommunication 2015, is an associate attorney at Walters Law Group in Longwood, Florida. He focuses his practice on First Amendment, Internet law, and intellectual property issues.

Steven Gallo, B.S. Telecommunication 2013, M.A.M.C. 2015, is the content marketing manager at Reputation Ink, a business-to-business content marketing and public relations agency based in Jacksonville, Florida.

Allison Johnson, B.S. Public Relations 1983 and Hall of Fame 2010, is the executive vice president and chief marketing officer of PayPal in San Jose, California.

Arthur “Art” Levy, B.S. Journalism 1984, is the associate editor of Florida Trend Magazine. His new book, “Made in Florida: Artists, Celebrities, Activists, Educators and Other Icons in the Sunshine State,” published by University Press of Florida, is a compilation of 90 “Florida Icon” interviews Levy produced for Florida Trend magazine between 2007 and 2018.

Chris Peralta, B.S. Telecommunication 2012, M.A.M.C. 2014, is the new executive producer for WSMV-TV News 4, the NBC television affiliate in Nashville, Tennessee.

May 2019

Andy Freedman, B.S. Public Relations 2001, is a five-time Emmy Award-winning director with more than 15 years of experience at CBS Sports. He also a lecturer at University of North Carolina School of Media and Journalism.

Amanda Holt, B.S. Public Relations 2001, M.A.M.C 2003, is the Director of Communications for Jacksonville Jaguars. She is responsible for the corporate relations for the team and related entities. She is one of the team’s primary media relations contacts and coordinates communications campaigns related to fan engagement, ticketing, communication relations and all off-the- field Jaguars programs and activities.

Mindy Marqués, B.S. Journalism 1986 and 2012 Hall of Fame, is the 2019 Gran Caiman honoree at the UF Association of Hispanic Alumni’s (UF-AHA) Gator Guayabera Guateque. Marqués is the publisher of The Miami Herald.

Brittany Wallman, B.S. Journalism 1991, Susannah Bryan, B.S. Journalism 1987, Michael Stocker, B.S. Telecommunication 1986, Dana Banker, B.S. Journalism 1986; and Rosemary Goudreau O’Hara, B.S. Journalism 1976 and 2017 Hall of Fame, are part of the South Florida Sun Sentinel team whose series of stories and editorials on the aftermath of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shootings in Parkland, Florida, won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.

Chris Warren, B.S. Advertising 1993, is the new Chief Operating Officer of Hyrell. Located in North Wales, Pennsylvania, Hyrell specializes in providing applicant tracking systems to franchisors and franchisees for employee hiring.

February 2019

Laurence Bolotin, B.S. Public Relations 2001, has been named director of AJC Chicago. AJC is a global Jewish advocacy network that works to enhance the well-bring of the Jewish people and Israel.

Phoebe Fan, M.A.M.C. 1995, is the head of of Internal Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility at General Motors China in Shanghai City. She is responsible for GM’s philanthropy strategy in China.

Maghan McDowell, B.S. Journalism 2007, is the new Innovation editor at Vogue Business. Located at the Condé Nast International headquarters in London, Vogue Business is a new digital-only business-to-business title offering analysis of fashion, beauty and luxury industries.

November 2018

Andres “Andy” Triay, B.S. Broadcasting 1985, is the coordinating producer for Justice and Homeland Security at CBS News in Washington D.C. Triay has worked at various positions at CBS News since 1985.

Cindy George, B.S. Journalism 1999, is the assistant editor for the Houston-based Texas Medical Center news publication TMC Pulse.

Yolanda Cash Jackson, B.S. Journalism 1980, J.D. 199,  is an attorney at the Florida-based Becker and Poliakoff law firm. She was also selected as one of Daily Business Review’s Most Effective Lawyers in 2018.

Lisa Thatcher-Kresl, B.S. Journalism 1985, is the publisher of Advocate Magazine in Dallas, Texas.

September 2018

C.L. Conroy, B.S. Public Relations 1980, was elected as 26th president of the Public Relations Global Network.

Morgan Ginn, B.S. Advertising 2018, was recently featured in the UF Alumni magazine for work on the Bicycle’s Against Poverty project in Northern Uganda.

Robert “Rob” Lasky, B.S. Public Relations 1989, is the Special Agent in Charge for the Federal Bureau of Investigation Miami Division.

Matt Sauer, B.S. Journalism 1989, M.A.M.C. 1989, is the new general manager of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Sauer also serves as executive editor and will continue to oversee the Herald-Tribune’s newsroom but will now also work with the media company’s seasoned team of executives.

Brian Slowik, B.S. Public Relations 1986, is the senior vice president for Wage & Corporate Disbursement’s for Green Dot Corporation and is the founder of rapid! PayCard.

Julie Talenfeld, B.S. Public Relations 1984, is the president and founder of BoardroomPR, a public relations and marketing agency that was recently ranked seventh on the South Florida Business Journal’s “Largest Public Relations Agencies” list. The agency has eight Gators on staff including three alums who serve in senior management along with Talenfeld: Executive Vice President Todd Templin, B.S. Public Relations 1984; Vice President Jennifer Clarin, B.S. Public Relations 2002; and Vice President Michelle Griffith, B.S. Public Relations 2006.

July/August 2018

Rose Herrera, B.S. Public Relations 1998, is the new associate director for Communications at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Office of the Associate Director for Science in Atlanta.

Rick Jervis, B.S. Journalism 1995, is a national correspondent for USA Today in Austin, Texas.

Randall Metting, B.S. Advertising 1996, is the Texas Brand Ambassador for Woody Creek Distillers.

Andrew Schoss, B.S. Advertising 1985, is an inside account executive for Apple Education, selling to k-12 school districts in Wisconsin and Illinois. He is based in Austin, Texas.

Brooke Shenkin, B.S. Public Relations 2005, is a senior voice president at Cohn & Wolfe, a global communications and public relations agency in Austin, Texas.

John Young, B.S. Journalism 1992, was named 2018 Top Real Estate Agent by the Washingtonian magazine.

June 2018

Erika Hodges Confeda, B.S. Journalism 1996 and M.A.M.C. 2002, is director of communications and marketing at the University of Central Florida College of Business.

Natalie Fisher, B.S. Advertising 2009, is managing partner and co-owner of Blu Dove Designs. The firm has offices in Gainesville and Orlando.

Steven Gibson, B.S. Public Relations 1981, is president of Dealer Risk Services, a provider of risk management services and insurance placements for the automotive, truck, equipment and marine industries, located in Indialantic, Fla.

Mary Beth Head, B.S. Broadcasting 1982, is production manager and producer for UF Health Office of Lifelong Learning in Gainesville, Fla.

Katie Reid, B.S. Journalism 2004, is a partner for accounting firm PwC in Sydney, Australia.

Martin “Marty” Stone, B.S. Broadcasting 1967, is the general manager for Egis Projects, Inc., a provider of toll management services in Central Florida.

May 2018

Andrew Cohen, M.A.M.C. 1998, is the Vice President for Technology Strategy and Operations for Hillel International in Washington, D.C.

Jessica Dinon, B.S. Public Relations 2008, is the director of Brand Communications at Darden, a family of national full-service restaurants headquartered in Orlando.

Peter Frey, B.S. Advertising 1993, is the vice president for Discovery Cove, an Orlando, Fla. adventure park featuring animal encounters and the chance to swim with dolphins.

David Lawrence, B.S. Journalism 1963, is the recipient of the 2018 Florida Blue Sapphire Award in the individual category for his efforts to improve the lives of children in Florida. Lawrence is the former publisher of the Miami Herald and the Detroit Free Press.

Dennis Mesina, B.S. Public Relations 1999, is  public affairs specialist at the Office of Communications and Outreach for the U.S. Energy Information Administration, part of the U.S. Department of Energy.

Rick Schneider, B.S. Telecommunication 1984 and 2013 Alumnus of Distinction is the new senior vice president for the National Center for Family Philanthropy, a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit dedicated exclusively to families that give to them.

April 2018

Latria Graham-Leak, B.S. Telecommunication 2005, is president of Graham Leak Branding and GLB Promos based in Winter Park, Fla.

Candice McElyea, B.S. Telecommunication 1996 is owner and president of THREE SIX OH Public Relations, Inc. based in Sarasota, Fla.

J. Keith Moyer, B.S. Journalism 1977 and Alumnus of Distinctions 2003 is the new publisher of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Jim Swan, B.S. Public Relations 1982 is sales manager for All Points Pioneer, a professional moving company for residents and businesses in Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas.

March 2018

Carrie Ferenac, B.S. Telecommunication 1993, is president and co-founder of  CNTV, a video marketing company located in Orlando.

Alex Harris, B.S. Journalism 2015, is the first climate change beat reporter for The Miami Herald.

Lisa Kiefer, B.S. Public Relations 2007, is the new vice president of Wakefield Research in Washington, D.C.

Vicky Mixson, B.S. Public Relations 1978, is the chief communication officer for Wycliffe, a non-profit Bible translation service located in Orlando.

Laurie Shader Smith, B.S. Advertising 1985, is vice president of Personal Mini Storage.

Kirk Wingerson, B.S. Telecommunication 1994 and B.S. Public Relations 1996, is the marketing division manager for Orlando Venues.

Trish Wingerson, B.S. Telecommunication 1994, is the director of corporate communications for the Orlando Magic.

November 2017

Bruce Demps, B.S. Broadcasting 1978, is the owner of Demps Media Consulting LLC in Atlanta, Ga. He is also currently serving as radio development consultant for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Anne Freedman-Fischer, B.S. Journalism 1971, is the CEO of Speakout Inc. based in Tallahassee, Fla. The company provides leadership communication and public speaking training services.

Debra Leithauser, B.S. Journalism 1992, former president and publisher of the Idaho Statesman is the new communications director for Idaho Power.

Jay Morgan-Schleuning, APR, CPRA, B.S. Telecommunication 1994, is the principal, strategic business communication strategist for Authentic Reputations, LLC in Tallahassee, Fla.

Caitlin Switalski, B.S. Journalism 2017, is a reporter/producer for WLRN News.

Francine Walker, B.S. Journalism – Public Relations 1981, is the director of public information at The Florida Bar in Tallahassee, Fla.

August 2017

Lauren Crawford, B.S. Telecommunication 2015, is a reporter/writer at in New York City.

Jennifer Fusco, B.S. Telecommunication 1992, is the major giving advisor for Greater Public in Minneapolis.

Alicia Gonzalez, B.S. Telecommunication 1992, is principal/public involvement manager at Media Relations Group, LLC in Palmetto Bay, Fla.

Bonnie Mott, B.S. Telecommunication 2015, is a sports multimedia journalist/managing editor for Bucs Wire at USA Today Sport Media Group in Tampa.

Mark Segel, B.S. Telecommunication 1988, is the senior vice president/chief administrative officer for Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation in Tampa.

Charles D. Tobin, B.S. Journalism 1984, joined the Washington D.C. law firm Ballard Spahr.

May 2017

Alex Cornelio, B.S. Advertising 1991, is president and CEO of EchoPartners in Miami, Fla.

Michael Higdon, B.S. Telecommunication 2014, is the new anchor/reporter at WCSC-TV Live 5 News in Columbia, S.C.

JaSheika James, B.S. Telecommunication 2003, is the executive story editor at Twentieth Century Fox in Los Angeles.

Stuart “Stu” Moore, B.S. Public Relations 1992, is the business continuity manager at JM Family Enterprises in Deerfield Beach, Fla.

Annelie Schmittel, Ph.D. Mass Communication 2015, is celebrating her one-year anniversary with Oakland Raiders Player Engagement.

Kenn Tomasch, B.S. Telecommunication 1987, is southwest region internal communications manager for Cox Communications in Phoenix, Ariz.

April 2017

Albert “Al” Diaz, B.S. Journalism 1983, is a photojournalist for The Miami Herald.

Ronald “Ron” Pecora, B.S. Journalism 1968, is the chief marketing officer for Waste Pro USA.

Michael Petros, B.S. Advertising 1986, is the senior vice president, associate branch manager for private wealth management for Robert. W. Baird & Co.

Brian Siemienas, B.S. Telecommunication 1994, MAMC 1995, is the senior director marketing development for Hilton Grand Vacations.

Heather Traynham, B.S. Telecommunication 1996, is the CEO of LightbulbPR.

February 2017

Paolo Delp, B.S. Public Relations 1991, is the president of Delp & Associates Inc., a healthcare consulting firm.

David Galloway, B.S. Public Relations 1974, is a family law and estate planning attorney in Plant City, Fla.

Steve Sherry, B.S. Advertising 1992, is the president of The Sherry Group LLC, a marketing and brand consulting company focusing mostly on business-to-business and technology.

January 2017

Thomas Armstrong, B.S. Advertising 1986, is the President/CEO of Premium Retail Solutions.

Charles “Charlie” Harris Jr
., B.S. Advertising 1978, is the CEO of Central Florida Community Action Agency.

Cindy Kanstoroom, B.S. Advertising 1989, Founder and Principal Managing Partner, NIH Research & Consulting. NIH is celebrating its 25th business anniversary.

Jose Navarro
, B.S. Telecommunication 1998, and Mathew Tainow, B.S. Telecommunication 1996, are the owners of Sidebar and Park Bar in Atlanta.

Judge Louis Schiff, B.S. Public Relations 1977, co-wrote Baseball and The Law: Cases and Materials.

Dalton Yancey (aka Frederick D. Yancey III), B.S. Advertising 1967, is the president of Friends of Carr Cabin, Inc. and serves on the board for Florida Hospital Waterman.

November 2016

Angela Rodriguez, B.S. Advertising 1999, is the vice president of strategic insights at Alma Advertising Agency.

Sandra Fine, B.S. Public Relations 2002, is senior vice president, director of results measurement for rbb Communications.

Patrick Fraser, B.S. Public Relations 1980, is an investigative reporter for WSVN. Fraser has worked on the “Help Me Howard” segment for over a decade. The segment offers options for viewers facing legal issues.

Lucy Reed, B.S. Journalism 1990, is editor emeritus of The Triton: Nautical News for Captains and Crews.

October 2016

Leslie Zlotnick, B.S. Advertising 2000, is the advertising manager for the Yamaha WaterCraft Group.

Mark Segel, B.S. Telecommunication 1988, is the vice president, market manager for NorthStar Bank.

Ronald Oldano, B.S. Public Relations 1984, is celebrating 21 years as a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.

Dana Kanfer, B.S. Public Relations 1991, is a law clerk at the U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida in Tampa.

September 2016

Courtney Baker, B.S. Advertising 2000, is Anheuser-Busch’s Senior Brand Manager for the southeast region.

Cliff Courtney, B.S. Advertising 1980, is the Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer at Zimmerman Advertising.

Jeff Darlington, B.S. Telecommunication 2004, has joined ESPN as a reporter for Sports Center and multiple ESPN platforms.

Kathryn (Stolarz) Deen, B.S. Journalism 2011, was promoted to Managing Editor of The Villages Magazine and The Villages Grandparents Magazine at The Villages Media Group.

Yudi Fernandez, B.S. Journalism 2008, was promoted to Vice President at Schwartz Media Strategies. Fernandez leads bilingual public relations, marketing and digital campaigns for the firm’s real estate, hospitality and financial clients.

Robert Imfeld, B.S. Journalism 2011, has written his first children’s book entitled A Guide to the Other SideIn his paranormal debut, Imfeld tells the story of a boy, Baylor Bosco, and his ghostly twin sister who work together to pass messages from the beyond. The book will be released on Oct. 4.

Ramon Looby, MAMC 2008, was named Senior Vice President, Public Policy at Bank of America.

Dr. Merrie Meyers, B.S. Public Relations 1978, MAJC 1979, is the grants development manager for the Office of Grants Development of Broward College. She also teaches as an adjunct at several South Florida institutions.

Tony Wickman, B.S. Public Relations 1996, is now the deputy commandant of the Defense Information School at Fort George G. Meade, Md. In this role, he assists the commandant in leading a team of 400 military, civilian and contractor professionals in training nearly 3,000 students a year in various public affairs and visual information disciplines from across the Department of Defense, as well as interagency and international partners.

July/August 2016

Tracy Belcher, B.S. Public Relations 2003, is the Director of Marketing and Communications for the Pérez Art Museum Miami.

Christi Bowen, B.S. Telecommunication 1992, is a voice actor for commercials, corporate narrations, e-learning and business training, phone/on-hold messaging and internet videos

David Bruce, B.S. Advertising 1985, is the Vice President of Corporate Communications and Community Relations for Ryder.

Kristin L. Celano, B.S. Public Relations 2004, is Founder and CEO of JaneHudson, a retail lifestyle brand of luxury basics and womenswear clothing for game day and every day.

Rhonda Victor Sibilia, B.S. Broadcasting 1977, is the Communications Director for the Miami-Dade County Commission on Ethics & Public Trust.

Shane Santiago, B.S. Advertising 1999, is Vice President, Digital Director at St. John & Partners in Jacksonville, Fla.

May/June 2016

Kirsten Flanik, B.S. Advertising 1989
has been promoted to president of BBDO New York.

Amy Hammond, B.S. Public Relations 2002
is a St. Petersburg-based writer. Her five-book series encourages children to form a collegiate allegiance early in life. The series includes When I Grow Up, I’ll Be a Gator and follows a young boy as he tours campus and learns what life will be like when he grows up to be a Florida Gator.

Robert McClure, B.S. Journalism 1982
won a Knight Science Journalism Program Fellowship at MIT. The premier global fellowship is for journalists covering science, technology, health and the environment. McClure was one of ten journalists chosen for the 34th class of fellows.

Everton Allen, B. S. Advertising 2011
was promoted to manager of Creative Services for the Miami Marlins.

Carolyn DeWitt, B.S. Public Relations 1980
is a partner at Coherent Counsel where she serves as a diversified business consultant of sales effectiveness, business leadership coaching, strategic planning, and crisis management.

Steve Burkowski, B.S. Telecommunication 1994
is on air talent for the Golf Channel.

April 2016

Don McLearn,  MAJC 1979
was inducted into the National Public Relations Society of America’s National Capital Chapter Hall of Fame. McLearn, who is now retired, served as the commissioner for public affairs at the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for 17 years before joining FleishmanHillard as a senior vice president in the Healthcare Practice.

Chad Robinson, B.S. Telecommunication 2005
is the Miami Marlins’ Public Address Announcer.

David Deliman, B.S. Telecommunication 1994
has recently been named Market Vice President for the Gulf Coast market for Cox Communications.

Mark Feinberg, B.S. Broadcasting 1985
is the owner and executive producer for Fine Productions which specializes in corporate video productions, broadcast television commercials and media video news releases.

C.L. Conroy, B.S. Public Relations 1980
is the founder of The Conroy Martinez Group based in Coral Gables, Fla. Celebrating their 25th anniversary, the organization is a full-service, bilingual and bicultural (English-Spanish) public relations, marketing and social media firm.

Robert “Bob” Rothman, B.S. Journalism 1974
was named Atlanta Lawyer of the Year for First Amendment Litigation by Best Lawyers in America. This is the second time he has been honored in the last three years.  (Profile)

March 2016

Robert “Bob” Bobber Jr., BS Journalism, 1971
is president of RJ Publishing Solutions where he handles small publications. Bobber retired after more than 30 years in newspaper circulation.

Bob Morris, BS Journalism, 1975
is president of Story Farm, a custom publishing company for restaurants, chefs, museums, resorts, and even the average travel noire. Story Farm also offers public relations and marketing. Morris has written five mystery novels set in the Caribbean and Florida.

Ron Rothberg, BS Advertising, 1985
is the digital media manager Mid-South Region for Comcast Spotlight, the Ad Sales Division of Comcast.

Bonnie Solloway, BS Advertising
is the executive producer for the First Coast News WTLV NBC12/WJXX ABC25 show “The Chat.”

Jackii Molsick, BS Advertising, 1979
is a signature member of the Florida Watercolorist Society. She teaches classes at her studio named Jackii Molsick Fine Art.

Marc Lubet, BS Journalism, 1969
is a judge for the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court in Orange County. Previously he was a defense lawyer for 32 years.