Rokeshia Renné Ashley, B.S. Public Relations 2013, is the author of a new children’s book, SunFlower Child. The book celebrates Black girlhood and changes the narrative of colorism and color caste systems.
Christi Bowen, B.S. Telecommunication 1992, is a full-time voice actor for Audible Creations LLC in Franklin, Tennessee. She is the Director of Corporate and eLearning for ACM Talent and the associate producer of VO Atlanta, the largest voiceover conference in the world. She has won two Voice Arts Awards for Outstanding Political Announcement.
Heather Slavkin Corzo, B.S. Journalism 2001, is the new policy director at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). In this position, she will lead a team of policy experts who will advise SEC Chair Gary Gensler on rulemakings.
Josh Lane, B.S. Telecommunication 2014, is the video production senior manager for the Miami Dolphins. He manages video content execution and is part of the videographer/editor production team for both the Miami Dolphins and Hard Rock Stadium.
Jasmine Rangel Leonas, B.S. Journalism 2005, is a public information specialist for the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado, a public research university focused on science and engineering.
Bryan Mingle, B.S. Journalism 1981, is a continuous quality improvement specialist for Lutheran Services Florida. The organization supports recovery best practices in 23 counties to improve mental health and substance use disorder treatment.
Riya Data, B.S. Telecommunication 2019, is an associate producer for Comedy Central in New York City. Data primarily focuses on comedy, with a passion for bringing comedic story lines to unexpected topics.
Debra Krawczykiewicz, B.S. Public Relations 1996, an administrative specialist for University of Florida Information Technology in Gainesville, was recently selected to participate in an inaugural program from the Harvard Business Continuing Education Program.
Darcy Schild, B.S. Journalism 2019, is the associate lifestyle editor for insider.com. She oversees, edits and writes stories across Insider’s style, beauty, home, royals and entertainment verticals. She recently appeared live on British TV network Sky News to analyze Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s interview with Oprah Winfrey.
John Walkinshaw, B.S. Telecommunication 1971, is a senior environmental coordinator for Grenman-Pedersen, Inc. in Tampa. He is the former Director of Public Communications at the Southwest Florida Water Management District.
Erica Bahrenburg, B.S. Telecommunication 2016, is a production associate at Mashable.com in New York City. She handles all talent booking for videos on the website.
Lauren Bobek, B.S. Public Relations 2016, is a publicist for CNN in New York City. She is the publicist for hundreds of CNN’s editorial reporters, staff and executives that make up CNN Digital Editorial, including CNN.com, CNN Politics and Breaking News.
Jamie Cortera, B.S. Journalism 2009, is the co-founder of Compass Legal Marketing in Miami. The marketing consulting company advises lawyers and law firms on the best strategies to generate business.
Mike Horn, B.S. Journalism 1975, is the Mayor of Lewisville, North Carolina. Previously he served as founder/partner at Vela Strategic Marketing and Public Relations, one of the Piedmont Triangle’s 10 largest advertising agencies.
Rex Humbard, B.S. Telecommunication 1987, is the Executive Vice President of Operations for UP Entertainment LLC in Atlanta, Georgia.
Michelle Calcote King, B.S. Public Relations 1998, M.A.M.C. 2000, is the Principal and President of Reputation Ink, a public relations and marketing agency focused on law firms in Jacksonville, Florida. She was recently elected to the Legal Marketing Association Southeast Regional Governing Board.
Jake Logan, B.S. Public Relations 2000, is the Vice President of Institutional Advancement at the University of Texas at El Paso. In his role, he oversees development, alumni engagement and advancement operations.
Rachel Cheyenne Porter, B.S. Public Relations 2010, is a Media Analyst and Buyer at VaynerMedia in New York City. In her position she works on campaigns for Chase Bank.
Jim Roberts, B.S. Advertising 1993, is the founder of Network for Entrepreneurs in Wilmington in Wilmington, North Carolina. The organization is now ranked in the top 100 Emerging Ecosystems in the World by Startup Genome.
Domingo Santana, B.S. Telecommunication 2013, is the TV and Digital Research Manager for CNN/Warner Media in Miami. His position is part of the broader CNN Research/Analytics supporting CNN en Espanol for both TV (U.S) and Digital (globally).
William Schreiber, B.S. Journalism 1986, is the founder/owner of Schreiber Media LLC in Seattle, Washington. His debut novel, a Southern-set family saga entitled Someone to Watch Over, won the Rising Star Award from the national Women’s Fiction Writers Association.
Susan Thomas, B.S. Journalism 1978, is the principal at Sue Thomas Copywriting in Phoenix, Arizona.
Alyssa Gay, B.S. Telecommunication 2017, is the Founder and Chief Content Strategist for Alyssa Gay Consulting in Bradenton, Florida. She also was recently named to the 2020 Business Observer’s “40 Under 40” class.
Joshua Gertzog, M.A.M.J. 1983, is the owner of Grand Strand Answers, a marketing and advertising agency in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Marsha Kiner, B.S. Journalism 1992, is the Interim Executive Director and CEO of Association of Florida Colleges based in Tallahassee, Florida. She was named the 2020 Executive of the Year by the Florida Society of Association Executives.
Christina Morton, B.S. Public Relations 2007, is the new Director of Communications for the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association based in Maitland, Florida.
Thomas Nolen, B.S. Advertising 1995, is the co-founder and CMO of The Roundtrip Group, an advertising and sales consulting firm, based in New York City.
Shea Perez, B.S. Public Relations 2014, has been promoted to Senior Brand Manager of Tampa-based DeMert Brands, parent company of haircare brand, Not Your Mother’s. Her role is to generate and execute strategic communications and strategies.
Jason Pratt, B.S. Telecommunication 1999, a middle school social studies teacher for Hillsborough County Public Schools, is the author of the picture book Three Squeezes published in August 2020.
Cresonia Wong, B.S. Journalism 2017, has joined Teak Media + Communication as a senior account executive. The public relations agency, located in South Boston, Massachusetts, serves nonprofits and sustainable and socially responsible companies.
Victoria Asgard, B.S. Public Relations 2020, is the Client Relationship Manager for Grow Pro Agency in Tampa. The agency specializes in online and social media marketing for the martial arts industry.
James Chapin, B.S. Journalism 2016, is the author of a new novel Ride South Until the Sawgrass published by Lanternfish Press in October 2020. The literary work is set during the tumultuous years of the Florida Territory’s Second Seminole War and early statehood.
Cara Chiaramonte, B.S. Journalism 2014, is the Community Director for Her Campus Media (HCM) in Tampa. She oversees HCM’s campus and influencer communities from high school to post-grad, which are comprised of 40K+ Gen Z and Millennial content creators.
Kayla Hauge, B.S. Journalism 2008, M.A.M.C. 2018, is the Marketing Manager for the environmental non-profit organization Miami Waterkeeper. The organization is dedicated to ensuring swimmable, drinkable and fishable water in South Florida.
Rae Kauder, B.S. Telecommunication 1994, was featured in a Leadership is Female podcast. She is the Founder of rae-works, llc. in Charlotte, North Carolina. Previously she was Vice President for Octogan and was a key member in managing the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Carly Mackler, B.S. Advertising 2019, is an Account Manager for advertising agency Mckinney in Durham, North Carolina. She is responsible for the Choice Hotels, Pampers Pure and Samsung Times Square accounts.
Ali Soule, B.S. Public Relations 2008, is the Chief of Staff for the high-speed passenger rail system Brightline Trains based in Miami. Recently she received the 2020 ATHENA Young Professional Award by the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches and the 2019 PR Star of the Year from the Gold Coast Public Relations Council.
Robin Taylor, B.S. Telecommunication 1990, is Editor/Product Manager for SCW Fitness Education in Palm Harbor, Florida. In her position, she writes and edits three fitness publications and handles purchasing and sales of fitness apparel and equipment.
Kate Wilkinson Bartlett, B.S. Public Relations 2007, is a Public Diplomacy Officer for the US. Department of State in Washington, D.C. She is a diplomat working in Foreign Service and specializes in public diplomacy which manages U.S. embassy communication, public relations, social media and foreign audience engagement oversees.
Suzanne Cala, B.S. Advertising 2002, is the Director of Major Platforms for CNN in Atlanta. She is responsible for evaluating and optimizing CNN presence on off-platforms including social, video and news aggregators.
Jennifer Matto, B.S. Telecommunication 2001, is a Media Production Specialist in the Charleston, South Carolina County Government Public Information Office. She assists with providing social media assets and press releases to local media.
Josh Taylor, B.S. Journalism2002, is the Communications Manager/Public Information Officer for the City of North Port, Florida. Recently he was named President of the Florida Municipal Communicators Association through the Florida League of Cities.
Scottie Andrew, B.S. Journalism 2019, is an Associate Writer at CNN in Atlanta focusing on digital culture and trends.
Michael Barile, B.S. Telecommunication 1988, is the recipient of an NATS Suncoast Chapter Emmy Award in the Best Event Coverage Program category for his role as a writer and producer of “Winning Amelia.” The television special covered the 2019 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. Barile is a Managing Partner at elvacomm in Jacksonville, Florida.
Olivia Blitchington, B.S. Advertising 2018, is the Market Director for the ILS Network in Windermere, Florida. The company is one of the top apartment listing services in the state. In 2019, she received the North Central Florida Apartment Association’s Supplier of the Year Award.
Debbie Domer, B.S. Advertising 1986, is the Senior Director of Brand Marketing for The Honey Baked Ham Company in Alpharetta, Georgia. She oversees brand strategy and growth, new product development and national marketing calendar planning.
Terry Latham Holt, B.S. Journalism 1993, is the Marketing Coordinator for Arlington Commission for Arts and Culture in Arlington, Massachusetts.
Stephanie Lewis, B.S. Public Relations 2006, is the communication and marketing manager for Haines City, Florida. Her position is responsible for coordinating strategic messaging.
Mindy Marques, B.S. Journalism 1986 and Hall of Fame 2012, is the new Vice President and Executive Editor of Simon & Shuster beginning Nov. 30. She is currently Senior Vice President/News and Executive Editor of the Miami Herald.
Jeff Moriarty, B.S. Journalism 1992, is the Senior Vice President of Consumer Products for Gannett. He leads the digital consumer products division across Gannett, now with 260 daily newspapers across 46 states.
Alyssa Nieves-Mendez, B.S. Public Relations 2014, is a content specialist at Calvary Christian Academy in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She serves as the in-house strategic writer, manages social media efforts and leads media outreach efforts.
Taylor Robertson, B.S. Advertising 2007, M.A.M.C 2009, is the Targeted Marketing Director for Vitalant, the nation’s largest independent blood center, in Denver.
John Walkinshaw, B.S. Telecommunication 1971, is a Water Resources Specialist for the environmental engineering firm Greenman-Pedersen, Inc. located in Tampa, Florida.
Christine White, B.S. Public Relations 2007, M.A.M.C. 2009, is the State Director in the Florida Department of Children and Families Office of Well-Being in Tallahassee. She was hired in March 2020 to create an office serving a diverse workforce of more than 12,500.
Tyler Mikell Winkler, B.S. Public Relations 1997, is the Resource Development Officer and Grant Writer for Florida State College at Jacksonville. She is responsible for securing external funds from federal, state, and local grantmaking agencies and private foundations.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 director 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lauren Crawford, B.S. Telecommunication 2015, is a reporter/writer at OKMagazine.com 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Side. In 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.
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.
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.
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)
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.