Public Relations Adjunct Faculty
Many courses are taught by adjunct professors (professionals in their field who teach on a part-time or course-by-course basis). The following professors are teaching in the Department of Public Relations.
Tucker Berardi is a journalist and content creator currently working as a content manager for marketing agency SCAD Media LLC. Tucker received his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in sociology from Florida Atlantic University, and recently his master’s degree in mass communication from the University of Florida. He has been recognized for his environmental reporting as well as his coverage of LGBTQ news with the Excellence in Environmental Reporting Student award from the Society of Environmental Journalists and the Online In-Depth Reporting Mark of Excellence award from the Society of Professional Journalists.
Tucker teaches VIC3001 Sight, Sound, a Motion.
Nicole is a Florida native with over 24 years in the public relations, marketing and business development fields. Her career experience includes sports marketing, fundraising, directing events, physician management, healthcare administration and entrepreneurship.
Nicole received her bachelor’s degree in journalism with a concentration in public relations and advertising from the University of Central Florida. She received her MBA from Nova Southeastern University.
Christine Bucan has served as public relations counsel to some of the world’s leading companies, including Hermès, Escada, Mercedes-Benz and McDonald’s. A former newspaper reporter and magazine editor, Christine knows how to tell a story and thrives in media relations. Her extensive international experience includes running her own public relations firm in Prague and working with the Prime Minister of Croatia to improve the country’s image following its civil war. Today, Christine is an executive vice president at Beber Silverstein Group in Miami where she manages the agency’s PR and social media divisions.
Denise Casey has a rich and varied life experience. Born and educated in Canada, she started her professional life as a nurse and became a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor. When she, her husband, and children moved to America, none of her credentials were recognized and so she returned to school to earn a B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. in Communication Studies. Since then, she has been teaching and training in in Business, Industry and Education. She is a passionate Conservation Ambassador for the San Diego Zoo Global as well as a world traveler. Her recent challenge includes a 500 mile hike on the Camino Santiago Compestelo in Spain.
Lawrence Clark is a no-nonsense communicator, having guided top Fortune CEOs, markets and business leaders to successful strategies and solutions. His MBA in finance and marketing enables him to help students from an experienced integrated marketing communications perspective. He has a lifetime of professional communications experience from newspaper journalist and editor through traditional business publications and presentations, to counsel in nonprofit, petroleum, industrial, financial, bioscience and entrepreneurial public relations industries. He has many years of social media and internet development, including web design and content. Lawrence has taught graduate and undergraduate communications at UM, FIU and UF since 2012.
Jeannie Clary graduated from UF in 2003 with a B.S. in Public Relations with a Specialization in Business. As an independent consultant based in Clearwater, Florida, Jeannie has provided strategic communications expertise and works as an integrated team member within agencies and corporations around the country. She has garnered top-tier results for clients in strategic planning, media relations, crisis communications, social media and content development. Prior to starting her consultancy, Jeannie served on account teams at Weber Shandwick and boutique agencies in Atlanta and Tampa, and served in-house directing all U.S. public relations efforts for global insurance solutions provider Crawford & Company.
She teaches PUR4940, the Gator Club Internship course which focuses on social media. She currently serves as Chair of the UF Public Relations Advisory Council.
Tishawna Dawson currently works within the federal government, where she has held several leadership positions. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the area of public policy, administration and public relations within the government. As a former federal manager, she provided direction and leadership to her staff of 50 employees. She managed the operations of a module to ensure the work met all established goals.
She is also the Founder and CEO of Shining Star Educational Services, LLC, a company that provides quality tutoring services. She has developed and managed educational programs for her corporation as well as for several institutions in Alabama including museums and schools in the Birmingham and Montgomery areas.
Tishawna holds a B.S in Psychology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a Masters of Public Administration degree from Auburn University Montgomery.
Matt Durham has over 35 years of as a professional communicator in varied situations and locations worldwide. He was on Gen Colin Powell’s staff in the National Military Command Center in the Pentagon. He was a Soviet escort during the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty verifications. He was lead communicator during the public release of the F-117A Stealth Fighter and was responsible for all public communications for the operational basing for the B-2 Stealth Bomber. He has escorted international media in Bosnia and Haiti, was in charge of American Forces Network radio/TV operations in Iraq and headed the Combat Camera unit for a joint special operations unit in Afghanistan. He has been the lead communicator for dozens of aircraft accidents, environmental controversies, and natural disasters. He has prepared everyone from Russian generals to repatriated prisoners-of-war for national/international interviews.
Rob Engle is president of Engle & Co. Based in the Washington, D.C. area, the company provides creative public relations strategies.
Prior to forming Engle & Co., Engle served as a press secretary and legislative aide to Senator Paula Hawkins (Fla.), Congressman Dan Mica (Fla.), and Congressman Don Ritter (Pa.).
Engle’s company provides public relations counsel to a number of leading firms and organizations involved in public affairs, high tech, real estate, construction, development, consumer goods, and finance.
He holds a master’s degree from Harvard University and undergraduate degree in journalism/public relations from the University of Florida.
Maria Esterline is an adjunct lecturer for the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications. She was previously an Instructional Designer for the Center of Innovation and Production developing and supporting online courses for the University of Florida from 2017 to 2019. Her work before coming to UF was teaching in K-12 with experience in technology integration.
Maria graduated from Ball State University with a Bachelors in Elementary Education. She earned a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Butler University as well as a Master’s degree in Educational Technology from Indiana University.
She is currently teaching VIC3001: Sight, Sound, and Motion.
Lorne Fisher is CEO and Managing Partner of Fish Consulting, a national public relations agency based in downtown Ft. Lauderdale. Founded in 2004, Fish handles communications strategies for a variety of nationally recognized brands including Dunkin’, Best Western Hotels & Resorts, UFC Gym and more. The agency’s core services range from national consumer and business media relations, franchisee recruitment and internal communications to crisis communications and social influencer marketing.
Lorne has worked in communications for nearly 30 years and graduated from the University of Florida. Prior to launching the agency, Lorne worked for Ketchum, a global PR firm based in NY, and in-house with Visa and Absolut Vodka.
Lori Gibbons has been a professional designer for 15 years and has had the privilege of working with clients across the globe. As skilled design application, digital visualization, and visual storytelling are becoming more required in the workplace, Lori is thrilled to teach design theory and skill to students as an adjunct lecturer of Vision, Sight, and Sound for the Department of Public Relations. Lori completed UF’s Master of Arts in Mass Communication degree program with a specialization in Web Design, has earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The University of Georgia and works as a Web Developer for UF’s Center for Online Innovation & Production. In addition to her daily grind of designing and developing websites, creating graphic designs and editing videos, Lori takes on freelance work for clients in need of branding and online presence.
Lainey Johnson, MBA, is an award-winning marketing and communications expert who has demonstrated a strong track record of helping clients build meaningful brand reputations. Through both agency and in-house marketing and communications roles at organizations such as Hill & Knowlton, McDonald’s USA and Ernst & Young, she has helped companies establish their voices with strategic messaging and positioning through traditional and digital vehicles. As the lines of PR continue to evolve and shift, she is thrilled to bring her real-life experience as a current practitioner straight to the classroom.
Robert Judin is a graduate of the University of Florida, class of 2015, where he earned two B.S. degrees in both journalism and sport management. Robert has gotten experience in corporate partnerships, basketball operations, journalism, graphic design, marketing, and branding via positions with the Charlotte Hornets, Chicago Sky, Watch Stadium, University of Notre Dame, Oregon State University, and the University of Miami. He currently serves as the Director of Marketing & Creative Media for The Draft Network and teaches the Sports Branding course in the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida.
Liudmila Khalitova was born and raised in Voronezh, Russia. She received her B.A. and M.A. in Public Relations from Voronezh State University, and a Ph. D from the University of Florida. She currently works as a media insights manager for a public relations consulting company Cision. Prior to joining Cision, she worked as a public relations manager for an internet service provider. She also has experience in political public relations, social media management, and event management. Her research interests include international public relations, public diplomacy, and public relations measurement.
As an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Public Relations, College of Journalism and Communication she teaches International Public Relations.
Celeste’s career in marketing and communications began in 1996 and includes shopping center management and consumer goods marketing at Gillette and Colgate. In 2004, she founded her own company, Buzzworthy Inc.
She is a graduate of Loyola University with a B.A. in communications and earned a Master’s Degree in Communications with a Specialization in Social Media at UF.
She has contributed as a writer to digital media platforms, including Trecebits, We Are Social Media, Social Media Today and HuffPost.
She is a keynote speaker at events hosted by PRSA, Sales and Marketing Association Puerto Rico (SME) and EXMA in Colombia.
Tina McCorkindale, Ph.D., APR
Tina McCorkindale, Ph.D., APR, is the President and CEO of the Institute for Public Relations, a non-profit research foundation that creates, curates and promotes research and initiatives in the public relations industry. She taught as a professor for 15 years and has more than 10 years of experience working in corporate communication and analytics. McCorkindale is the recipient of the 2017 PRSA David Ferguson Award and was inducted in the PR News Measurement Hall of Fame in 2018. In 2019, she was selected as one of 40 national leaders to participate in the 91st Joint Civilian Orientation Conference.
McCorkindale received her bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in marketing from the University of Southern Mississippi, a master’s degree in public and corporate communication from the University of South Alabama, and her Ph.D. in communication from the University of Miami. She lives in Seattle, Washington.
Kristen Mondshein is a publicist who currently operates her own public relations consultancy. She brings over 10 years of experience working with top tier brands and agencies. Kristen received a dual bachelor’s degree in PR and psychology and also a minor in marketing from the University of Miami. She also received her master’s degree in PR and corporate communications from Georgetown University. Kristen is especially knowledgeable about what it takes to stand out as a publicist in today’s age and develop strong relationships with the media to ensure a standout reputation. Kristen teaches PUR4932 – Media Relations.
Leticia Solaun, Ph.D.
Dr. Leticia Solaun has more than 25 years of experience leading, developing, implementing and providing senior review on communications/public relations projects and programs, social/socio-economic impact assessments, and stakeholder engagement initiatives in more than 40 countries. Her sector experience includes agricultural, transportation (ports, highways, and transit), environmental and natural resource management, traditional extractive and renewable energy, remediation, sustainability, textile, and water/wastewater projects. Dr. Solaun serves as a subject matter expert and advisor to large multi-national corporations and lending and equity financing institutions, public sector organizations, and international development organizations, including the Inter-American Development Bank, United Nations, USAID, and World Bank/International Finance Corporation (IFC). She brings extensive experience conducting sustainable finance assessments for lenders, equity investors, and project sponsors, and implementing communication and engagement programs compliant with international best practices (IFC/World Bank Standards and Equator Principles).
Cindy Spence is a science writer in the UF Office of Research Communications and spends her time talking to people who know far more chemistry and physics than she does. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the College. As an undergraduate, Spence was editor of The Independent Florida Alligator. Spence’s journalism career ranged from the night cops beat at The Orlando Sentinel to assistant state editor at The Tampa Tribune, with assorted beats and editing gigs in between. She has transitioned from journalism to public relations twice, working as the campus news desk editor for UF in the 1990s and writing about UF research, science and scholarship since 2013. Her work has been recognized by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. She is a member of the National Association of Science Writers and the University Research Magazines Association.
Tracy Wright is a seasoned communications professional with more than 20 years of experience in public relations, marketing and strategic communications. She received a bachelor’s degree in public relations and a master of mass communications with a specialization in public relations and health communications, both from the University of Florida.
Tracy currently serves as a freelance writer for publications that focus on parenting, health and wellness, business and community trends. She also serves as an academic editor for the UF College of Emergency Medicine. Prior to that, Tracy worked for more than 15 years in higher education and health care communications. Tracy wrote, managed and edited a variety of magazines, publications, multiple websites, social media accounts and marketing materials. She also worked as a key media relations manager, pitching to and working with members of the external media.