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Tanner Stiehl (B.S. ’11) is a Marine Safety Supervisor for the US Coast Guard.
Kelli Gemmer (B.S. ’14) is the Publications & Promotions Coordinator at the Florida State University Career Center.
Denay Warner (M.S. ’14) is the eCommerce Analyst for Nespresso in New York City.
Abigail Phillips (PhD ’16) is a Postdoctoral Fellow for the Department of Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences at Utah State University.
Anna Benbrook (M.S. ’15) is a Health Educator for the Emory-CDC AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG).
Caleb Castro (M.S. ’16) is a GolfNow Plus Senior Specialist at GolfChannel in Orlando.
Evelyn Bradfield (M.S. ’15) is the Casting Associate Producer for Leopard USA in New York City.
Daniel Gonzalez (’13) is the Advertising Research and Insights Analysts at Comcast NBC Universal.
Ronnie Myers (B.S. ’15) is a Support Engineer for Microsoft in Texas.
Baillie Ward (B.S. ’17) is a Marketing Assistent for Benevate.
Sean Cooley (B.S. ’12, M.S. ’14) is a Communications Manager at Audubon Florida.
Jermaine Washington, JR. (B.S. ’15) is the Software Developer at State Farm.
Ashley Rutstein (B.S. ’12) is the Copywriter at advertising agency LRXD and Apparently Ashley.
Roger Croix Newson (B.S. ’10) is the Senior Database Engineer at Massey Services.
Heath Woodlief (B.S. ’01) is the Senior Producer for the Tennis Channel.
Gregg Bishop (M.S. ’07) is the Commissioner for the New York City Department of Small Business Services.
John “JD” Doughney, IV (M.S. ’03) is the Managing Global Client Partner for Facebook.
Mark Wilson (B.S. ’91) is the Primary Evening News Anchor for WTVT Fox13 Television.
Diane Farnsworth Kachmar (M.S. ’81) recently retired from Florida Atlantic University where she served as a University Librarian for 35 years. During this time, she authored three books and is working on her fourth.
Mary McConnell passed in March 2017.
Richard J. Newman (M.S. ’53) passed away March 15, 2017. He is survived by his wife, Jo Ann Newman (B.A. ’53). Richard was a Business Librarian at Miami Public Library and the Director of Salina Kansas Public Library.
Ryan Cappy (B.S. ’97) opened his law firm, the Law Offices of Ryan Cappy. His practice covers personal injury and is located in Tampa, Fla.
Mike Sklens (B.A. ’06) is FSU Admissions Director of Marketing, Media & Communication.
Sarah Davis (B.A. ’14) is a Content Coordinator at DZone in Raleigh, NC.
Carolina Gonzalez (M.A. ’16) is the Director of E-Commerce for Five Ultimate, an athletics company, in Seattle, WA.
Kelsey Styles (B.S. ’16) is a Junior Art Director at Funworks, a San Francisco based agency.
Laura Clark (Ph.D. ’16) is a post doctoral fellow at the University of West Florida with the Florida Public Archaeology Network in Pensacola, FL.
Ryan McCormick (B.S. ’00) is the co-founder of Goldman McCormick Public Relations. He is a 2016 recipient for a Bulldog Reporter Corporate Social Responsibility PR Gold award for his work on the campaign ‘Truth for Nick Hillary’.
Anna O’Sullivan (B.S. ’03, MPA ’04) was appointed as the Assistant Vice President for News & Strategic Communications of Barnard College, Columbia University in New York City.
Matthew Collins (M.S. ’10) serves as the Director of the Ernest Miller White Library at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He was recently promoted from Associate Professor to Full Professor.
Marjory E. Leposky (B.S. ’98) announced her children’s chapter book Mr. Grumbles will be published with Crimson Cloak Publishing in 2018.
Melissa Johnston (Ph.D. ’10) received the outstanding research award for the entire faculty at the University of West Georgia at a recognition ceremony. Melissa is an associate professor of school library media and educational technology at UWG.
Katharina Muehlbauer (M.S. ’16) joined Ketchum PR in New York City, NY as a Senior Research Associate.
Lynnsey Weissenberger (Ph.D. ’15) is the recipient of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Individual Fellowship for two years of postdoctoral research in the European Union.
Ron Rule (B.S. ’05) won the Global Diversity & Inclusion from his employer, Bank of America.
Julie Jordan (M.S. ’16) has joined the Georgia Dept of Public Health as a Health Education Specialist.
Chrys Egan (Ph.D. ’98) received the Alumni Faculty Appreciation Award at Salisbury University, where she is an Associate Professor of Communication.
Charles R. Anderson (MSLS ’69) retired as the Associate Director of IT and Reference Services for the King County Library System (WA) and recently published his third book, titled Giulio Ulivi; The Inventor Who Might Have Ended Wars.
Milton Paris Jr. (B.S. ’91) is employed with Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, NVAA President and founder of the SF-FSU Black Alumni Group.
Juan R. Guardia (B.S.’97) is Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at the University of Cincinnati.
Matt Taylor (B.S. ’02) is a US Army Major working on the Army Cyber Protection Team as a Cyber Network Defense Manager.
Robert Abbott (B.A. ’86) is a six-time EMMY Award winning producer who spent 14 years with CNN and 11 with ESPN before starting his own company, Hey Abbott Entertainment. He recently produced the ESPN 30 for 30 film Catholics vs. Convicts.
Anna O’Sullivan (B.A. ’03, MPA ’04) was appointed Vice President for News & Strategic Communication of Barnard College at Columbia University in New York City.
Julian Hills (B.A. ’98) is a Public Information Specialist for Pinellas County Government and President of the Pinellas Seminole Club.
Jeff Macharyas (B.S. ’83) is a Senior Graphic Designer for University Communications at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY.
Alexandra Kranick (B.A. ’10) is the Senior Marketing Manager of Brand & Retail for Ibotta, a mobile shopping app based in Denver, CO.
Daniel Kennedy III (M.S. ’74) passed away in April 2016. Kennedy served as a librarian at Mobile University, University of Florida, Orlando Public Library and DeVry University.
Mariam Shaikh (Ph.D. ’15) is the Deputy Director at M/O Information & Broadcasting for the Pakistani government.
Alex Browning (B.A. ’14) is a reporter with WPBF 25 (ABC) in West Palm Beach, Fla.
Hue Reynolds (’03) works with the FL Dept. of Management Services, helping small businesses thrive.
Alexis Carter (M.A. ’15) is a Youth Services Librarian in Jacksonville, FL. Abby Phillips (Ph.D. ’16) has joined Utah State University, working as a post doc fellow on the IMLS grant.
Ashleigh McDonald (B.S ’05) is a Director of Commercialization and Coca Cola Bottling Co. in Charlotte, NC.
Kimberly Kosch (B.S. ’91) is the Senior Court Operations Consultant for the Supreme Court of Florida.
Michael J.A. Davis (M.A. ’10) is the Brand Manager and Chief Designer at the National Institute of Health’s Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Washington D.C.
Anisha Singh (B.A. ’09) is a Campaign Manager for the Center for American Progress legal progress team and an 2016 Notable Nole
Kelly Alvarez Vitale (B.A. ’04, M.A. ’06) is President of Strategic Philanthropy in South Florida and was named an FSU Alumni 2016 Notable Nole.
Marion Taormina Hargett (B.S. ’93) was recently named a Grad Made Good by the FSU Alumni Association and is a member of their national board of directors.
Elizabeth Barrios (M.S. ’16) is a Speech and Language Pathologist at November & Associates Speech Therapy in Port St. Lucie, FL.
Rachel Skibicki (B.S. ’14) serves on the Chick-fil-A One Digital Experience team as the menu management and digital ordering support lead in Atlanta, GA.
Lauren Del Brocco (B.S. ’14) is serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Namibia, teaching grade 6 and 7 English and ICT in the Omusati Region.
Shayla Perry (B.S. ’02) is an Experiential Event Manager with Octogon woring with BMW North America in Atlanta, GA.
Samara Gerard (B.S. ’13) is working at a digital media planner at MullenLowe Profero in NYC.
Abby Phillips (Ph.D. ’16) has joined Utah State University, working as a post doc fellow on the IMLS grant.
Jennifer Luetkemeyer (Ph.D. ’16) has joined Appalachian State University as an Assistant Professor of Library Science.
Lenese Colson (Ph.D. ’16) is joining Old Dominion University as a lecturer in the Darden College of Education.
Lt. Tanesha Tutt (B.A. ’05, M.S. ’06) is an officer in the U.S. Public Health Services Commissioned Corps, working in Public Health.
Lisette Calveiro (B.A. ’14) writes as a contributor to Huffington Post and at Max Borges agency as a copywriter.
Megan Bobiak (B.S. ’00) joined Anson Stoner as an Account Executive in Winter Park, FL.
Alexis Carter (M.A. ’15) has started as a Youth Services Librarian in Jacksonville, FL.
Stephanie Kopplin (M.A. ’13) is a speech language pathologist at Northern Suburban Special Education District.
Sarah Merrill (B.S. ’11) joined Atrium Staffing as the Director of Business Development. She runs the popular @BigKidProblems accounts.
McKinley Lewis (B.S. ’13) has joined Governor Rick Scott’s team as the Deputy Communications Director for the Governor’s Office.
Frankie Ironside (B.A. ’15) works with Sally Corporations, which builds roller coasters and animatronics.
Corey Saban (B.A. ’93) founder of TheLaw.tv has recently started a new venture, Newstation.com.
Sandra Phoenix (MLIS ’07) leads the HBCU Library Alliance.
Kara Hamilton (B.A. ’97) recently published her first book, A New Leash on Life.
Beth (Kemmer) Merrick (B.S. ’93) has dedicated her career to helping others find dream jobs with the Walt Disney Company as a Professional Recruiter. 2016 will mark Merrick’s 23rd year with the company. She is also a Brand Partner with Nerium International.
Jon Jordan (B.S. ’01) is working as Sr. Content Manager for Triad Retail Media in St. Petersburg, Florida, planning and executing digital videos, banner media campaigns and custom content for clients such as CVS, Office Depot, Dollar General, Toys “R” Us and more.
Moriah McLaughlin (B.A. ’15) is working in New York City with Mindshare as their associate negotiator.
Gina Oviedo-Martinez (M.S. ’10) joins the Hillsborough County Public Libraries as a Senior Librarian.
Ryan Sullivan (B.S. ’10) is working as a Windows Systems Administrator for WestRock Company.
Carol Russo (M.S. ’99) is the Community Library Manager at Northwest Regional Library.
Betty Jeanne Taylor (B.S. ’97) is UT Austin’s VP for Inclusion and Equality.
Amy Graham (B.S. ’07) works in the United States Senate as Deputy Communications Director for Senator Capito.
Marin Dell (M.S. ’05) is working as the Head of Digital and Electronic Services at the Texas Tech School of Law Library.
Joe Ferris (B.S. ’04) is working at AT&T as the Principal – Technology Security Engineer as part of the Global Customer Security Services (GCSS) team dedicated to the State of Florida MyFloridaNetwork (MFN) contract.
Shanon Irish (B.S. ’04) is working as a Coordinating Producer and Editor for “Inside the HEAT” and recently won her fifth Emmy Award.
Courtney Duran (B.S. ’11) is working as a Senior Consultant Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington, D.C.
Diane Howard (Ph.D. ’99) is excelling in her career as a painter and recently hosted a successful exhibit in New York City featuring her paintings of the Arctic.
Meredith DaSilva (B.S. ’96) is working as Director of Executive Operations at VISIT FLORIDA and was named by the Tallahassee Democrat as one of “2016’s 25 Women You Need to Know.”
Michelle Ubben (M.A. ’88) is working as COO at Sachs Media Group and was named by PR News as one of the top women in Public Relations.
Tyler Bradley (B.A. ’13) is working as a Social Media Manager at Pitchfork in New York City.
Cameron Daniel (B.S. ’11, M.S. ’13) is working as a Sales Planner at Pandora.
Marin Dell (M.S. ’05) is working as the Head of Digital and Electronic Services at the Texas Tech School of Law Library.
Susannah Wesley (B.S. ’05) is working as the Senior Vice President of Edelman Detriot.
Moriah McLaughlin (B.A. ’15) is working as an Associate Negotiator at Mindshare in New York City.
Michelle Kelly (B.A. ’07) is working as Vice President of Client Services at Hawkins International PR in New York City.
Robin Safley (B.A. ’85) is working as the Executive Director of the Florida Association of Food Banks.
Brett Jula (M.S. ’11) has passed away following an automobile accident.
Maria Gebhardt (M.S. ’09) is working as the Manager of Integrated Marketing Communications and Social Media for Broward County Public Schools. She is also the Editor of the Florida Library Association’s journal, “Florida Libraries.”
Amanda Green (B.A. ’00) is working as the Associate Director for the Healthy Schools Program with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.
Giselle Bodden (B.A. ’12) is working as a Media Planning Coordinator at Discovery Communications for shows that are broadcast in Latin America.
Ann McGee (B.A. ’70, M.A. ’71) is working as the President of Seminole State College and was recently presented with the Chief Executive Leadership Award.
Nicole Dial (B.A. ’06) is working as a University Relations Rxepresentative at DreamWorks Animation in Glendale, California.
Amina Resheidat (B.S. ’13) is working as the Associate Director of Resource Development at PACE Center for Girls, Inc.
Doreen Brown Oyadomari (B.S. ’67, M.S. ’68) is giving the opportunity of a lifetime to students pursuing a bachelor’s in Communication Science & Disorders with the Doreen Brown Oyadomari Endowed Scholarship.
Chris Creel (B.S. ’01, M.S. ’03) is working at Lyft in San Francisco as Sr. Online Marketing Manager.
Morgan L. McCord (B.S. ’13) joined the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity as Press Secretary.
Juan Gomez (B.S. IT ’15) is working with Georgia Pacific Professional as a marketing manager.
Michelle Kelly (B.A. ’07) was recently promoted to Vice President, Client Services, at luxury travel public relations firm, Hawkins International PR in Manhattan.
Timothy K. Giordano (B.S. ’98), principal at Next Impact Ventures, has been appointed to the Board of Advisors of The AAT Project (America’s Amazing Teens), a collaboration of the worlds of academia, science, finance, business and media that discovers, mentors and manages young entrepreneurs and scientists making breakthrough innovations in STEM.
Susannah Wesley, Senior Vice President of Edelman Detroit, has earned the Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US) credential through the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). She is one of a handful of communicators in the US who has earned this credential.
Kara (Mock) Addy (B.S. ’91) recently joined the University of South Carolina in a newly-created position, Executive Director, Donor Communications and Stewardship.
Kris Barton, PhD (B.A. ’00, M.A. ’02, Ph.D. ’07) recently published an edited collection of academic essays on the television series Arrested Development titled A State of Arrested Development.
Marin Dell (MLIS ’05, Spec. ‘07) started new position as Head of Digital and Electronic Services, tenure-track law library faculty position, at Texas Tech School of Law Library (January 2015). Recipient of the 2015 Frank B. Sessa Scholarship for Continued Professional Education (Beta Phi Mu)
Karyn Barber (B.A. ’07, M.A. ’11) recently joined the City of Palm Bay as their Community Information Coordinator and Public Information Officer.
Kim Polacek (B.S. ’98) is the Public Relations Account Services Coordinator at Moffitt Cancer Center, after years of working in television news production throughout Florida.
Anisha Singh (B.A. ’09) was named on Forbes 30 Under 30 for Law and Policy. Her work with anti-discrimination cases against the U.S. Army earned her the award.
Mario Landera, AuD (B.S. ’04) has been promoted to Assistant Professor at the University of Miami’s Department of Otolaryngology, Division of Speech Pathology.
Edward Rodriguez (M.S. ’83) is President of the Gulf Coast Chamber based in Gulf Shores, Al. Under his leadership, the Gulf Coast Chamber was awarded Chamber of the Year for North America in 2015. The prestigious award was presented at the Annual Convention of ACCE in Montreal, Canada.
Jeff Macharyas (B.S. ’83) earned his Master of Science Degree in Cybersecurity and Computer Forensics from Utica College, August 2015.
Theressa Virgil (B.S. ’85) is the Senior Director of Creative Services for the UP TV cable network in Atlanta, GA.
Milton Parris Jr. (B.S. 91) is employed with Miami-Dade Fire Rescue as a firefighter. He also serves as the Alumni President for Miami Norland Sr. High School and is the National Board Co-Chair for the FSU Black Alumni.
Traci (Spriggs) Moreno, PhD (B.S. ’95) continued her education after FSU and received a doctorate in psychology. Today, she is am a clinical and forensic psychologist. She serves the Director of Mental Health Services at the Antelope Valley Community Clinic in Lancaster, CA.
Mario Landera (B.S. ’04) was recently promoted to Assistant Professor at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in the Department of Otolaryngology, Division of Speech Pathology.
Molly (Wahl) Davidson (B.S. ’00) was recently hired as the Vice President for Fund Development at Habitat for Humanity of Jacksonville.
Teresa Temkin (MLIS ’15) currently interns in Washington, D.C. with the Bureau of European and Asian Affairs Public Diplomacy.
Maggie Peterson (B.S. ’11) works with the tenacious and driven people of Bowstern as the Senior Director.
Sandy Smollar (MLIS) currently works as the school librarian at the Plumosa School of the Arts, and was selected as one of two finalists for the 2015 School Library Journal School Librarian of the Year Award.
Tina Chadwick (B.S. ’88) leads at Moxie as the Director of Strategic Integration and owns two businesses, including Tina Chadwick Copy, Inc.
Toby Srebnik (B.S. ’94) was recently promoted to In-House Manager of Public Relations, Social Media and Community Events at Truly Nolen Pest Control.
Sabrina Torres (B.A. ’15) has joined Tallahassee-based Domi Station as a Marketing Coordinator.
Mike Silverman (B.A. ’10, M.S. ’15) earned a highly-coveted position with Lockheed Martin as a Senior Cyber Intel Analyst.
Victoria Hollar (B.S. ’03, M.S. ’05) is the Director of Halcyon Rehabilitation’s Clinical Services.
Plato Smith (Ph.D. ’14) has accepted a tenure-track position with the University of Florida as an Associate University Data Management Librarian.
Chris Kuhn (B.S. ’92) published her first novel two years ago, The Muse Unlocked. This year, she is releasing her second novel, Our Seasons.
Tanya Shores (M.S. ’07) serves Seminole County Public Schools as the District Exceptional Student Education Administrator.
Jennifer Alcorn (M.S. ’07) is a speech language pathologist with Leon County Public Schools and writes a popular SLP blog, Crazy Speech World.
Sue Ann (Clemens) Connaughton (MLIS ’79) After retiring as Director of Intellectual Capital at a consulting company in Boston, Sue Ann began publishing short stories, poetry, book reviews, and essays. She credits her interest in writing to her time as writer and editor for the SOLTAS Newsletter of the GSLIS, and to encouragement from Dr. Goudreau and her advisor, Dr. DePew. In August 2014, she published her first novel, The Unraveling of Mrs. Noland.
Naomi Binnie (MLIS ’14) started as a Librarian with the New York Institute of Technology, Manhattan Library in September. She is working in reference, bibliographic instruction, and access services.
Doreen (Van Assenderp) Cohen (MLIS ’68) recently retired from a career as a librarian with NASA.
Cathy Seeds (MLIS ’10) embraced her passion for reading with her new position at the Florida Department of Education, where she serves as their Library Media Specialist.
Erin Schmidt (M.A. ’09) is running social media for Schmidt Public Affairs, serving as their Digital Media Director.
Nanette Schimpf (B.S. ’89) is Vice President of Moore Communications Group and was recently named the FPRA Capital City Chapter President.
Marc Sirkin (B.S. ’91) after a career leading non-profits such as Autism Speaks and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Sirkin joined retail start-up, SpendBoss, as their CMO.
Caroline Westrup (B.S. ’13) was named the Symetra Tournament Champion with her sights set on the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour next.
Pablo Correa (M.A. ’14) is pursuing his doctorate in Communication through the School of Communication.
Rebecca Kepto (B.S. PR ’15) is working on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ street team.
Amanda Ferguson (B.S. Media Pro ’14) is a producer and editor for the Miami Heat.
Tim Tully (MLIS ’15) is a Business & Career Librarian at the Brooklyn Public Library.
Micah Vandegrift (MLIS ’11) is the first Digital Scholarship Coordinator for Florida State University, where he works to champion open access initiatives for the university.
Jeanne Ford (B.S. Communication ’89) is heading up Corporate Citizenship and the Ambassador program for Walt Disney World.
Adam Worrall (MLIS ’08, Ph.D. ’14) has joined the faculty at the University of Alberta School of Library and Information Science.
Julie Bettinger (B.S. ’83, M.S. ’09) co-authored ‘Blasted by Adversity: The Making of a Wounded Warrior” with fellow FSU alum Luke Murphy. Murphy survived an IED blast in 2006 and has emerged as a public advocate for wounded veterans.
Sam Levine (B.S. IT ’12) recently graduated from Nova Southeastern University with his Juris Doctorate. He hopes to pursue intellectual property law, business law or real estate law.
Summer Gilhousen (B.S. PR ’15) is the Corporate Communications Coordinator for VISIT FLORIDA.
Rev. Brett DeHart (B.S. Communication ’91) has been named Director of Church and Community Relations at the United Methodist’s Children’s Home in Atlanta, Georgia.
Nicole Méndez Dial (B.A. Communication ’06) is the University Relations Representative at DreamWorks Animation in Glendale, CA.
Michael Bellanger (B.S. Communication ’09) has been promoted at Dell. Michael works in external communications and will be leaving Panama for Round Rock, Texas to work at Dell Headquarters.
Dr. Robin Parker (B.S. ’85 M.S. ’86 Communication Disorders) recently passed away. Dr. Parker pioneered research for children and adults on the autism spectrum over her twenty five years of work. She was honored at the FLASHA 2015 Conference with Honors of the Association.
Michael Lindo (B.S. IT ’12) is living in Panama, working at BlueTide IT Consulting. Lindo started the cloud computing company with a group of friends, dedicated to bringing top standards in IT to Panama’s population.
Adolfo Lopez (B.S. IT ’13) joined the BSecure team after graduation, working first in sales and now as the Marketing and Sales Manager for the Panama-based company.
Penelope Deutsch (B.S. Communication ’86) has dedicated her career to working with youth. In June 2015, she was named Volunteer of the Year for the State of Florida.
Toby Doebrich (B.S. ICT ’15) co-founded Optimal Bagging, a company that aims to revolutionize the trash industry. The company makes aerodynamic trash bags that take half a second to replace. Their idea won them $15,000 at OneSpark and an additional $20,000 on KickStarter.
Laura Byrne (B.S. Communication ’01) was featured in the Tampa Bay Times for her work in the Tampa area, where she founded her company, Tampa Families.
Jill Chandler (B.A. Communication ’09) was recognized in ‘Thirty Under 30’ for her work in the Tallahassee community. Jill works for the Zimmerman Agency as a Senior Account Manager and volunteers with Tree House of Tallahassee, an emergency shelter for young children.
Herneshia Dukes (B.S. Communication ’08) was recognized in ‘Thirty Under 30’ for her work at the KIIPP Leadership Academy, a middle school serving grades 5-8. Dukes is the school’s Principal.
Lt. Christopher Gardner (B.S. IT ’09) was recognized in ‘Thirty Under 30’ for his courageous work in the United States Coast Guard.
Mark Neifeld (B.S. Public Relations ’09) was recognized in ‘Thirty Under 30’ for his dedicated to the sports and live event industry. Neifeld works at the Dallas Cowboys AT&T Stadium as an Event Manager.
Elvaro Jiminez (B.S. IT ’11) started a new adventure, opening Isabella’s Napoletana Pizzeria on Gaines Street.
Lt. JG Lee Warwick (B.S. IT ’12) is advancing in the United States Navy as an Information Professional, coinciding with his graduation from the Information Systems Management master’s program at American Sentinel University.
Kendra Scholz (B.S. Communication Disorders ’14) sets her sights on Health Communication, pursuing a master’s in IMC from the School of Communication. Kendra hopes to educate the public about communication and science disorders and other health-related issues.
Jillian Heddaeus (B.S. Information Studies ’05) recently graduated from the Institute for Organization Management at the University of Georgia.
Noel Hutcheson (B.S. ’08, M.S. ’11 Communication Disorders) is working for KidSource Therapy in Little Rock, Arkansas.
D.C. Reeves (B.S. Communication ’07) was named BlabTV’s Sports Director.
Julia Skinner (Ph.D. Information Studies ’15) joined the Kennesaw State University team as a Rare Book Curator. She defended her thesis, Ernestine Rose and the Harlem Public Library: Theory Testing Using Historical Sources, on May 29th.
Vanessa Fuchs (B.S. Communication ’01) was named the D1 Administrator of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators.
Nancy Brockman (MLIS ’14) graduated from the Sunshine State Library Leadership Institute Program.
Michael Bellanger (B.S. Communication ’09) was promoted at Dell, leaving Panama for Round Rock, Texas.
Rachael Deja (B.S. IT ’14) works for General Motors and participated in Austin Over the Edge to benefit Children’s Miracle Network.
Demetrius Solomon (B.S. IT ’13) has found his personal mission at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, where he works as an IT Project Analyst.
Doug Rillstone (B.S. Communication ’79) was named Top Lawyer at Broad Cassel for his work in environmental law.
Heather Baum (B.S. ’13, M.S. ’14 Communication Disorders) is conducting research with nonverbal children with her dog, Rhea, a registered therapy dog.
Linda Most (Ph.D. ’09) has been named the Department Head for Library and Information Studies at Valdosta State University.
Colette Drouillard (Ph.D. ’10) has been granted full tenure and promoted to associate professor at Valdosta State University.
Changwoo Yoo (Ph.D. 10) has been promoted to associate professor and has been granted full tenure at Valdosta State University.
Lt. JG Anthony Micco (B.S. IT ’12) works aboard the USS PREBLE in the United States Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer.
Joannie Descardes (B.S. Communication Disorders ’15) has accepted a position as a Rehabilitation Technician with the Medical Neurological Outpatient Unit at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.
Azmat Rasul (Ph.D. ’15) was awarded Top Paper in Mass Communication at the International Communication Association.
Cristian Gonzalez Mendez (B.S. Public Relations ’15) has been awarded the Jim McKay Scholarship for sports journalism. Mendez will pursue graduate school at the School of Communication in the Fall.
Sara Nodine (MLIS ’09) is the Assistant Librarian and Head of Collection Development at the Warren D. Allen Music Library at Florida State.
Patrick Fulton (MLIS ’15) is the Circulation and Reserve Manager at the Warren D. Allen Music Library at Florida State.
Chris Harrison (B.S. IT ’10) is a Systems Analyst Programmer for Publix Supermarkets.
J.P. Marshall (B.S. IT ’14) was recently promoted to the Help Desk Coordinator at the CCI Help Desk.
Matthew Howard (B.S. IT ’12) is a Cyber Security Analyst for Boeing.
Kelli Gemmer (B.S. MCS ’14) will begin her Master’s in IMC with CCI this Fall, while working as a Media Specialist for the FSU College of Education.
Brittney Farley (MLIS ’15) interned with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), working in the Office of Science and Engineering Laboratories.
Jennifer Wood (MLIS ’14) is pursuing her doctoral degree in the School of Information and was recently awarded the Takeshi Murofushi Research Award towards her thesis.
Erin Kelley (B.S. Information Studies ’02) has opened her own company, Simply Smart Technology, based out of Chicago, Illinois.
Blake Bieber (B.S. IT ’07) is working in project management and information technology at Newell Rubbermaid.
Ann D. Thorton (MLIS ’94) was recently named the Vice Provost and University Librarian at Columbia University.
TaRhonda Harvey (B.S. IT ’02) runs her own consulting firm, Kolmio Global, and helps businesses build their brand and website presence.
Jenny Knipe (B.S. MCS ’15) is interning with the Rachael Ray show in New York City.
Mitchell Bishop (B.A. COMM ’04) is the Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Division of the Office of the Florida Attorney General.
Ed Stephen (B.A. COMM ’92) is the Senior VP of CNN Newssource in Atlanta, Ga.
Nic Stolzfus (B.A. MCS ’12) recently completed a book and documentary, titled “Coastal Dune Lakes: Jewels of Flrida’s Emerald Cost”
Elaine Crepeau (B.A. ’72, MLIS ’73) has created an endowed scholarship in name of her mentor and friend, Dr. Martha Jane Zachert.
Willie Jackson (B.S. IT ’07) is the founder and publisher of Abernathy Magazine.
Carolina Milner Ali (M.S. IMC ’05) is working at a full service advertising agency, LMO Advertising, in Arlington, VA.
Ivey Glendon (MLIS ’11) is with the University of Virginia Library as a Metadata Librarian and is currently working on describing collections to improve discoverability.
Mary Turner (MLIS ’13) is now a librarian at the Auburn Public Library.
Jennifer Underhill (M.S. Info Systems ’07) leads the Florida State University Schools as the School Librarian.
Lauren Gibaldi (MLIS ’05) will publish her first novel, The Night We Said Yes, this summer through HarperCollins.
Kathleen Peiffer (MLIS ’77) was named New Mexico’s State Librarian.
Christina Hecht (Minor IT ’14) is interning with the Safe Sociable London Partnership, working to reduce alcohol-related harm in London, England.
Jordan Wenck (B.S. ICT ’11, M.S. IMC ’12) is thriving as a digital marketing and social media strategist with Bridgestone Golf.
Wendi Cannon (B.S. IT ’97) is the Associate Director of the College of Medicine’s Information Management team.
Maura Hayes (B.S. COMM ’82) is the Director of Operations at Disney’s Time Square Studios.
Becky Post (B.S. COMM ’97, M.S. COMM ’97) is the running her family insurance company, Post Insurance Company.
Demetrius Brown (B.S. ICT ’07) has just accepted a position with General Motors.
Dr. Mary Ashlock (B.A., M.S., Ph.D. ’97 COMM) was named Mentor of the Year at University of Louisville, where she is an Assistant Professor of Communication.
Kathleen Foster (B.A. COMM ’10) is working in Indianapolis, Indiana as the Client Services Coordinator at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Sarishni Poonen Patel (B.S. PR ’06) serves as the Director of Development for the College of Engineering at Florida State University.
Margot Susca (Ph.D. 2012) is now working as the Program Director of the Interactive Journalism weekend master’s program in the School of Communication at American University. Since August 2013, Dr. Susca has worked as a full-time professorial lecturer at AU.
Christie Green (B.S. MCS ’04) is a Marketing & Sales Assistant for Rowland Publishing; known for Tallahassee Magazine, Seminole Booster’s ‘Unconquered’ and many others through the state of Florida.
Mark Neifeld (B.S. Public Relations ’09) is working for AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, as an Event Manager.
Steve Schale (M.S. MCS ’09) and Tim Center (B.S. COMM ’88) are two of the ten investors that make up Awesome Tallahassee, a fund that offers $1,000 every month to Tallahassee-based groups and individuals with ideas to benefit the community.
Kianta Key (M.S. IMC ’10) has owned a successful food truck, The Cravings Truck, and is now working for Delete Blood Cancer DKMS as a Social Media Manager.
Sophia Danvers-Aarons (B.S. COMM ’96) works for Cisco as a Global Integrated Marketing Communications Manager and will have been with the company for ten years in June 2015.
Becky O’Brien (B.S. COMM ’96) attended the Kappa Kappa Gamma National Leadership Academy with four other generations of KKG women from FSU.
Michael Helfrich (B.S. IT ’14) is working for Google as a Corporate Operations Engineer in New York City.
Kevin Davis (MLIS ’13) was awarded the F. William Summers Award, given annually to an outstanding master’s student.
Renaine Julian (MLIS ’14) is working as Florida State’s first Data Research Librarian at Strozier Library.
Arielle Burnett (B.S. COMM ’10) has opened her own agency, The Burnette Agency, after many years of experience in the public relations field.
Casey McLaughlin (MLIS ’06) is employed at FSU’s Research Computing Center, where he coordinates support activities, works with research partners on campus and manages documentation.
Sheena O’Connors (B.S. IT ’07) is working for Black Knight Financial Services as a project manager.
Andrew Barnett (B.S. COMM ’04) is a Senior Vice President, Executive Creative Producer for Hill Holliday in Boston, Massachusetts.
Denny Windgassen (B.S. IT ’10) is working for Citigroup as a Senior Ethical Hack Analyst.
Beth Frady (M.S. MCS ’09) is working for Enterprise Florida as the Director of Public Relations.
Mike Siriwardena (MLIS ’13) is working in Strozier Library at Florida State University as a General Collections Coordinator and a volunteer fireman for the Midway Fire Department.
Christopher Waldeck (B.S. ’13, COMM M.S. ’15 COMM) is working for iHeartMedia as an Account Executive while finishing his graduate degree.
Ron Rule (B.S. ’05, IT) is working at Bank of America as the Senior Vice President, Senior Business Support Manager.
Jervishia Walker (B.S. ’09, IT) was recently named Manager of Public Relations at TransMedia Group, a full-service public relations firm in Boca Raton.
Karen Kayir (MLIS ’12) is working in Japan with the Department of Defense School System as a librarian.
Guy Stephens (B.S. ’88 COMM, M.S. ’89 IMC) is thriving in his advertising career as the Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning at Fry Hammond Barr.
Brent Grooms (M.S. ’10 IT) is working at the Shepherd Center as a Soarian Clinical Analyst in Atlanta, Georgia.
Stephanie Mears (B.S. ‘xx IT) is working at Microsoft in Dallas, Texas as a Senior Support Engineer for Skype/Lync.
Waner Del Rosario (B.S. ’08 IT) works at Lee Memorial Health System as an Information Systems Analyst. He serves on the Fort Myers Flying Club Board of Directors and recently got his Private Pilot Certificate.
Bryant Joseph (B.S. ’14 COMM) recently developed an app, Stadium Runner, that uses smartphones to order concession food for delivery at sporting games, tested in our own Doak Campbell Stadium.
Cecily Sorensen (B.S. ’00, COMM) is the Vice President of Corporate Communications at Firehouse Subs.
Andrew Bertino (B.S. ’08 IT) works for EA Tiburon in Maitland, Florida as a UI Technical Artist. He works on games like NBA Live, Tiger Woods, and Madden.
Dontrail Brinson (B.S. ’07 IT) works in Burbank, California at the Walt Disney Company as a Technical Analyst. He will also appear in the EMMY nominated TV show ‘Shameless’ during it’s 5th season.
Katie Smith (B.S. ’12 IT, M.S. ’13 IMC) is in Kansas City, Missouri working for Cerner Corporation as a Clinical Reporting Analyst.
Sherry Sanderford (B.S. ’89 COMM) serves as the Senior Director of Communications at Aetna Healthcare.
Sarah Jean Ferraris (B.S. ’14 COMM) former Ad Club president is working for Team Detroit as a Digital Junior Project Manager. She works on the Shopper Marketing team for the Ford account.
Laura Linthicum (B.S. ’14 COMM) is working in advertising with Lowe Campbell-Ewald in New York City.
Elizabeth Perez (B.S. ’94 COMM) was named a Top Lawyer for 2014 by South Florida Legal Guide. Perez is working for Broad and Cassel in Fort Lauderdale, where she works on their Health Law, Commercial Litigation, White Collar Defense, and Compliance Practice groups.
Michael Goldberg (B.S. ’88 COMM) returns to Florida as CEO of Zimmerman, one of the largest advertising agencies in the country.
Dr. Lee Shiflett (Ph.D. ’79) is working at University of North Carolina at Greensboro as the Department Chair of the Department of Library and Information Studies.
David Grad (B.S. ’94 COMM) recently received an EMMY for his MTV PSA “It’s Your Sex Life.” Most recently, he joined the branding firm Siegelvision in New York City.
Erin Thompson (B.S. ’14 COMM) is currently working for Fox Television as a production assistant for the show Sleepy Hollow.
Kelly Bowstern (’05 COMM) & Tom Derzypolski (B.S. ’04 COMM), principals at Bowstern Marketing Communications and their team celebrate their Dick Pope All Florida Golden Image Award from the FPRA Capital Chapter Image Awards in July 2014.
Michael Bane (B.S. ’10 IT) released a new FSU themed video for his song “Zone.” He is working as a full time independent recording artist in Tallahassee.
Tyler Adams (’92 M.S., Ph.D. ’95 COMM) is working in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia as a Professor and Vice Dean of Academic Affairs at the Jeddah College of Advertising. Adams has taught across the world and is enjoying the Middle East very much. He was recently selected as a CIES Fulbright Peer Review Committee Member by the Cultural Affairs Division of the U.S. Department of State.
Donny MacKenzie (B.S. ’84 COMM, J.D. ’87) has taken office as the first vice president of the Florida Bar Association. MacKenzie is a member of Holland & Knight’s litigation department. The firm specializes in medical and professional malpractice defense. The past president of Jacksonville Area Legal Aid currently serves on a myriad of local and statewide bar committees, including Florida Bar committees, the Florida Supreme Court Standing Committee on Professionalism, and the Jacksonville Association’s Pro Bono and Guardianship Committee.
Mark Neifield (B.S. ’09 COMM) is the new Manager of Events for the Dallas Cowboys. He joined the team in July 2014 and oversees all event operations and logistics for the Dallas Cowboys Football Club and events hosted at AT&T Stadium.
Daniel Jenkins (B.S. ’02 COMM) received the ALE Rising Star Award from the Association of Leadership Educators. Dr. Jenkins was nominated for his passion in research, teaching and advising. He is the project lead for the Leadership Education Academy and has served as editor of leadership journals and member of several ALE Conference Planning Committees.
Caroline Underwood (B.S. ’06, COMM) has been promoted to vice president at Kreps DeMaria Public Relations and Marketing, where she previously served as an Account Director. When she’s not working, Caroline serves on the board of M.A.D.D.’s Miami-Dade County chapter.
Elaine Crepeau (B.S. ’72, M.S. ’73 LIS) has enjoyed a lengthy and diverse career as a librarian, and now she is focusing on giving back to two of the entities that made a profound impact on her life – Florida State University and Up with People. Crepeau serves on the College of Communication & Information Leadership Board and was hired by Up with People last spring to work on the organization’s archives in conjunction with the University of Arizona.
Collin Gaston (B.S. ’93 COMM) is the vice president and general manager of WSFA 12 News, a Raycom Media entity.
Joey Ricard (B.S. ’07 IT) is running the publicly traded Development Capital Group (DLPM), which gives anyone the opportunity to invest in technology startups by buying the company’s public stock.
Danielle Skeen (B.S. ’09) is a busy advertising professional, who uses her free time to run The Star Boutique, Inc., a charity-driven, pop-up shop that provides clothing, shoes, accessories, makeovers and workshops in self-esteem to underprivileged, teen girls who are affected by homelessness in New York City.
Steven Rodriguez (B.S. ’13 COMM), a producer for the Spanish-language morning show “Un Nuevo Dia” which airs on the Telemundo Network, was a part of a team that won the category Outstanding Morning Program in Spanish at the 41st Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences on June 22.
Aaron Elkins (Ph.D. ’14 LIS), who will officially graduate on Aug. 2, accepted a position as an assistant professor at Texas Woman’s University’s School of Library and Information Studies beginning in August.
Alyce Lee Stansbury (B.S. ’87 COMM) is currently the president of Stansbury Consulting, a leading fundraising firm, headquartered in Tallahassee, Fla., which she founded in 2006. The firm helps nonprofit organizations build robust, sustainable fundraising programs. Stansbury Consulting was a finalist in the service category for the 2014 Chamber Awards, organized by the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce and held on June 3.
Carmen Vitton (M.S. ’87 SCSD), who began her career as a speech-language pathologist, started her own company, Rehab Synergies, three years ago. Vitton is the chief operating officer of the in-house therapy provider, which is strategically aligned to provide skilled occupational, physical and speech-language therapy. The company has grown to over 250 full-time therapists, as well as another 250 therapists employed on an as needed basis.
Michelle Ubben (M.A. ’88 COMM), partner and chief operating officer of Sachs Media, and Jessica Clark (B.S. ’10 COMM), project manager of campaigns and branding, were awarded a Gracie Award® from the Alliance for Women in Media (AWM) Foundation on June 11 in New York City for their work through Sachs Media on a campaign against child sexual abuse. The 30-minute program they produced, Intimate Crimes: The Inside Story of Child Sexual Abuse, won in the category of Outstanding Interview Program or Feature.
Beth M. Paskoff (Ph.D. ’89 LIS) received the 2014 Beta Phi Mu Award, given annually to a library school faculty member or to an individual for distinguished service to education for librarianship, on June 29 at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Las Vegas. Paskoff served as director of Louisiana State University School of Library & Information Science since 2000 and retired on July 1.
S. Lizabeth Martin (B.A. ’92 COMM) is the founder and director of the inaugural Boca Black Film Festival 2014, whose mission is to celebrate and champion independent film works created, designed and inspired by persons of black heritage. She is also a full-time faculty member at Palm Beach State College where she teaches interpersonal communication, public speaking and speech communication.
Jennifer Lamfers (B.S. ’06) is an audiologist is an audiologist working at Oro Valley & Tanque Verde Audiology in Tucson, Ariz.
Eric Policastro (B.S. ’06 COMM) and his trial team were recognized in the National Law Journal’s Big Money Wins publication for the ninth largest verdict in the nation in 2013—a near $49 million jury verdict in a complex civil trial involving issues of breach of contract, conversion, gross negligence and fraud. The National Trial Lawyers also named Policastro to the association’s Top 100 Trial Lawyers list in both 2013 and 2014, and honored him as one of the Top 40 Under 40 Trial Lawyers in 2014.
Skyler Vander Molen (B.S. ’08 IT) is a member of the Communication Design team at Facebook. The former Dean’s List student recently spoke at the 2014 TechExpo, the annual conference and trade show of the Tallahassee Technology Alliance about the importance of global access to the Internet.
Kevin Patterson (B.S. ’11 COMM) recently finished his third year as a television production teacher at Oviedo H.S. Two years ago, he created the Seminole County School Television Awards, a district-wide program that recognizes middle and high school students in the areas of broadcasting, film and video production. In that time, participation in the program increased by 80 percent and attendance of the awards ceremony quadrupled.
Joy Lynn Fields (B.S. ’86 COMM) is the president of Joy Lynn, Inc., a qualitative research consulting company she started in 1995. Last year, Fields received two awards for her accomplishments. Enterprising Women Magazine named Fields one of their 2013 Enterprising Women of the Year, and Fields garnered a Gold Stevie Award for Women in Business in the category of 2013 Female Entrepreneur of the Year – Business Services – 10 or Less Employees – Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations.
Faye C. Roberts (MLIS ‘91) received the 2014 Florida Library Association (FLA) Leader of the Year Award in recognition of her distinguished service to the association. Roberts served as FLA’s executive director for six years until January 2014, and is currently a consultant for the association while its office relocates from Lake City to Tallahassee.
Tim Center (B.S. ’91 COMM) received the inaugural City Year Florida’s Hero of Service Award, which honors a public leader working for social justice as well as expands awareness about the organization’s work to drive student achievement in three of the most important urban hubs in our state. Center is currently serving as the executive director of the Capital Area Community Action Agency, whose mission is to provide a comprehensive, seamless system of services and resources to reduce the detrimental effects of poverty, empower low-income citizens with skills and motivation to become self-sufficient, and improve the overall quality of their lives, and our community. He is also the executive director of Sustainable Florida.
Mike James (Ph.D. ’92 COMM) has been named as the new dean of Harding University’s Honors College effective in 2015. James has been a member of Harding’s faculty since 1985 and began his career at the university in the office of public relations in 1973.
Gina Sprehe (B.S. ’97 COMM) was recently hired as a human interest producer for “The Jimmy Kimmel Show.” Sprehe has worked in television since graduation and spent 10 years as a producer for “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”
Jason Adams (B.A.’98 COMM) received a Master of Divinity Degree from Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa on May 18, 2014. Adams has been called to serve as Senior Pastor at Reformation Lutheran Church in Las Vegas, N.V.
Audrey Morris (B.S. ’05 COMM), Emily Read (B.S. ’02, M.S. ’05) and Fern Senra (B.S. ’02) are playing an integral part in the success of Moore Communications Group (MCG), a top 75 communications firm nationally, which is headquartered in Tallahassee, Fla. In April, the three FSU alumni were promoted within MCG’s account servicing team to bolster the firm’s renowned commitment and excellence in client servicing.
Layla Dowdy (B.S. ’05, M.S. ’07 COMM), a communication & public outreach specialist for NASA, was named to Florida State University Alumni Association’s Thirty Under 30 list, which recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of Florida State’s young alumni.
Shayne Mifsud (B.S. ’05 COMM) recently moved into the position of Director of New Business Development at Dreamworks Animation in the Los Angeles area. He also was named to Florida State University Alumni Association’s Thirty Under 30 list, which recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of Florida State’s young alumni.
Ilya Pozin (B.S. ’05 Information Studies), also a Thirty Under 30 honoreer, is an entrepreneur, writer and investor and a founder of PlutoTV based in Los Angeles. Pozin is also the founder and CEO of Open Me, a social greeting and gifting company backed by Threadless and the founder of Ciplex, a digital marketing agency. He is also a columnist for Inc., Forbes, LinkedIn, The Next Web and other major publications. In 2012, Inc. Magazine recognized Pozin as a ’30 Under 30′ Entrepreneur.
Myka Kennedy Stephens (MLIS ’07) has been appointed as librarian of the Lancaster Theological Seminary effective May 19. Stephens is a library professional with a background in theological and church libraries. She joins Lancaster Seminary after eight years as a library and information services consultant.
Shannon O’Neil (B.S. ’07, M.S. ’08 COMM) recently released her latest novel, “Killer Shine”, adding an unexpected twist to the story by creating a character with the rare disorder of Fanconi anemia. Florida State head football coach Jimbo Fisher and wife Candi’s son Ethan, who was diagnosed with the uncommon blood disease in 2011, served as inspiration for the character. Fanconi anemia (FA) affects one in 131,000 people and currently has no cure.
Melissa Johnston (Ph.D. ’11 Library and Information Studies) was awarded the University of Alabama School of Library and Information Studies’ Student Advisory Council Teaching Recognition Award in April. Students nominate faculty members for the award by writing letters to describe why the faculty member should win the award based on their teaching. Johnston is an assistant professor at Alabama’s School of Library and Information Studies and serves as the School Media Program Coordinator.
Amelia Gibson (Ph.D. ’13 Library and Information Studies) accepted a position as assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Information and Library Science beginning July 1. She also received a Master of Science in Library and Information Studies from Florida State.
Derek Headley (Ph.D. ’13 Communication Disorders) just completed his first year on the faculty of the University of Northern Colorado’s Department of Audiology and Speech Language Sciences. He was voted Faculty Member of the Year by the university’s students.
Sophie Janicke (Ph.D. ’13 COMM) accepted a position as a visiting assistant professor at the University of Arkansas, which she will start in August after finishing a visiting professorship in the Institute for Journalism and Communication Research at Hannover (Germany) School of Music, Theater, and Media. She will be teaching Media, Community & Citizenship, an introductory undergraduate class and also an Entertainment Effects class.
Jennifer O’Flannery Anderson (B.S. ’89 COMM) is currently serving as Vice President for Advancement and Community Relations at Nova Southeastern University.
Mark Zeigler (M.S. ’89 COMM), a research associate and instructor at Florida State University’s School of Communication, was inducted into FSU’s Circle of Gold on April 12 prior to the football spring game. The award, given by the FSU Alumni Association, was created in 1993 to recognize FSU alumni and friends who, through their service and achievements, personify the university’s tradition of excellence.
Carlos A. Kelly (B.A. ’93 COMM) has been elected vice president of the Southwest Florida Museum of History Foundation Board. The museum is located in Fort Myers, Fla. Kelly, an attorney for Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., is a stockholder in the firm’s Commercial Litigation practice group.
Jamie Linden (B.S. ’01 COMM) addressed Florida State University graduates as commencement speaker for the colleges of Arts and Sciences; Human Sciences; and Motion Picture Arts on May 2. Linden joined Bobby Bowden and Merrill Lynch Wealth Management head John W. Thiel as the university’s three commencement speakers this spring. Linden is best known for writing the screenplay for “We Are Marshall” in 2006.
Michelle Gunning (M.S. ’08 LIS) was named this year’s Macy’s/Florida Department of Education Teacher of the Year for Palm Beach County. Gunning is a media specialist at Sandpiper Shores Elementary School in Boca Raton, Fla.
Dr. Even Culp (B.S. ‘74 COMM, M.S. ‘75 EDU) created and now directs Oral Roberts University’s Center for Faculty Excellence. The Center mentors new faculty, offers professional development workshops, and guides faculty members through the promotion, tenure and the sabbatical leave process. Culp also coaches faculty on best practices of online and blended teaching.
Dr. Ronald C. Thomas, Jr. (M.S. ‘84, COMM) has been selected to give a half-day workshop for the Department of Homeland Security in June. He will present “Teaching Online, Face-to-Face, or Hybrid: Which Club to Pull From Your Bag” at the 16th Emergency Management Higher Education Symposium at the National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, Md.
Elam Stoltzfus (B.S. ’88 COMM) earned a Suncoast Emmy Award in the Documentary category for his latest work – Florida Wildlife Corridor: Everglades to Okeefenokee. Stoltzfus joined a team of explorers on a Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition, trekking 1,000 miles in 100 days in 2012 to raise awareness and generate support for the Florida Wildlife Corridor project. The documentary aired on PBS throughout Florida. Stoltzfus also returned to Florida State on March 30 for a special screening of the film and panel discussion, which was hosted by CCI’s Student Leadership Council.
Ginevra Adamoli-Kalbli (M.A ’09 COMM, PhD ’12 COMM) has combined her love of fashion with her skills in digital and social media to create the budding blog
fashion4therealpeople.blogspot.com. She is also currently working as a digital analyst for VISIT FLORIDA, the state’s official tourism marketing corporation, where she analyzes the organizations digital marketing efforts on the website and social media, and assists/help the content team with content and social media strategy for bloggers.
Drew Goldfarb (B.S. ’10 COMM) was named the pregame, postgame and intermissions host and sideline reporter for all the NHL’s Florida Panthers’ home games broadcast on Fox Sports Florida. He also hosts “Inside the Panthers”, which airs on the network.
Justin de la Cruz (M.S. ’12 LIS) was promoted to manager of the Blake Library in Stuart, Fla., which is part of the Martin County Library System. Previously, de la Cruz served as the Digital Literacy Librarian at the Peter & Julie Cummings Library, which is also in Martin County.
Dr. Sophie Janicke (PhD ’13 COMM) accepted a teaching position at the University of Arkansas, which she will begin in August. She is currently serving as a visiting professor in the Institute for Journalism and Communication Research at Hannover (Germany) School of Music, Theater, and Media.
Alan McCall (B.S. ’84, COMM) has been awarded a construction permit from the Federal Communications Commission to build a low power FM (LPFM) radio station near Tallahassee. The facility will operate on 101.9 with an effective radiated power of 33 watts from a site located about five miles east of Tallahassee. The station, which has been granted the call sign WDXD-LP, will feature classic country music, local specialized programming on the weekends, and will feature a full studio for the on-air presentation. http://www.bigdcountry.com
Penelope Deutsch (B.S. ’89, COMM) was appointed to the Children’s Services Council of Charlotte County for a two-year term by Florida Governor Rick Scott last September. She has also served on the board of the Children’s Network of Southwest Florida for the last eight years, and mentors and tutors at-risk children with AMI Kids Crossroads and the Children’s Home Society.
Alex Beltrami (B.S., COMM), Brian Mckenna (B.S., COMM; M.S., COMM) and Matt Thompson (B.S. ‘99, COMM; M.S. ‘00, COMM opened Madison Social — a 6,500 square foot sports restaurant bar with indoor/outdoor eating areas located in Tallahassee’s Collegetown within walking distance of the Doak Campbell Stadium, Madison Social also caters towards business lunches/dinners and aims to reinvent the college bar restaurant experience.
Sean Kennedy (B.S. ’00, COMM) and his History Channel production team garnered an Emmy at the 65th Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Sept. 15 for the documentary series “Remembering 9/11” for History.com, beating out nominees such as “Jay Leon’s Garage”, Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee” and “30 Rock: The Final Season” in the category of Outstanding Special Class – Short-Format Nonfiction Programs.
Meredith (Gorran) Farkas (M.S. ’04, Library & Information Studies) was honored with a 2014 Association of College and Research Libraries Instruction Section Innovation Award. Farkas collaborated on with other faculty members at Portland State University, where she is a general education instruction coordinator, to develop the software Library DIY, which assists students in find the information they need quickly.
Maya Callender (M.S. ’08 Early Intervention; M.S. ’09 Speech Language Pathology) recently received a Moellership Award from the Center for Leadership and Social Change, which will enable her to set off to South Africa in April for a two-month service project. The Moellership Award, named for its founder Bill Moeller, provides selected students at Florida State the opportunity to focus eight to 12 weeks of their summer to full-time service at a not-for-profit agency. The scholarship is awarded to students with a desire to create positive change in communities. Callender is currently a doctoral student at the School of Communication Science & Disorders.
Josef A. Rill (M.A. ’08, COMM) has been named director of business and auxiliary services at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota. Rill was the assistant director of auxiliary services at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg and communication director for Euro International Inc. in Tampa. He also has experience as a classroom instructor and admissions counselor. Rill is pursuing a doctorate in Higher Education Administration at the University of South Florida.
Ashley Blasewitz (M.A. ’09 COMM) was appointed Vice President of Marketing and Communications at Heart of Florida United Way, Central Florida’s most comprehensive health and human services agency. In this role, she will lead the strategic direction of the marketing and communication department.
Aaron Hood (B.S. ’09, Information Technology) received the 2014 Spirit of King Award presented at the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration held in January at George Mason University, where he is Resident Director. The Spirit of King Award is presented to a staff member or administrator at George Mason who has made an exceptional contribution to the development of an inclusive learning environment through his/her programming, advising, student leadership development or other work that involves advocacy for equality and social justice.
Rachel (Koeppel) Mueller (B.S. ’09, Information Technology) has opened Amelia Island Coffee in Fernandina Beach, Fla., with her husband Mark. She is also the owner of the candle company Oil & Wax.
Jessica Clark (B.S. ’10, Public Relations) earned the rare distinction of obtaining a Project Management Professional (PMP)® credential. Clark works as the project manager of campaigns and branding at Sachs Media Group in Tallahassee.
Mark Nicolou (M.S. ’13, Library & Information Studies) recently accepted a position as a systems analyst at Florida Memory — the State Archives of Florida, which is the central repository for the records of Florida State Government. The Florida Memory website serves as one of Florida’s principal venues for citizens to access historical images, sound recordings and documents.
Dr. Khawaja Zain-ul-abdin (Ph.D. ’13, Media and Communication Studies) accepted a tenure line position as Assistant Professor to teach marketing & communication at the Suleman Dawood School of Business in the Lahore University of Management Sciences. This University is the top-ranked academic institution in Pakistan and its Suleman Dawood School of Business has consistently ranked among the top business schools in South Asia for the last two decades. It has a curriculum partnership with the Harvard Business School, teaching M.B.A. courses based on the Harvard case study methodology.
William J. P. Smith, Jr. (B.S. ‘56 Journalism) continues his close affiliation with Florida State University teaching graduate classes in the School of Communication. Courses include Integrated Marketing Communications, Marketing Communications Management and Account Planning. In concert with his students, he is co-founder of The Alliance for Breast Cancer Awareness in Women & Men, and partner at Huckleberry Finn Tomorrow, an Integrated Marketing Communications consulting firm.
Dr. Christopher Hinson (M.S. ’02 & Ph.D. ’07 Information Studies) became a member of the School of Library and Information Management faculty at Emporia State for the Spring 2014 semester to prepare for the launch of the University’s new Master’s of Science in Informatics degree program.
Khawaja Zain (M.S. ’09 COMM, Ph.D. ’13 COMM) recently accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Marketing & Communication at the Suleman Dawood School of Business, Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). LUMS is the top ranked academic institution in Pakistan and its Suleman Dawood School of Business consistently ranks among the top business schools in South Asia.
Joseph Ricard (M.S. ’07 Information Technology) was recently named as President and Director of Development Capital Group, a business that invests in and develops businesses and technologies with significant potential for growth and customer acquisition.
Rachel Besara (M.S. ’07 Information Studies) accepted the position as the Head of the Dirac Science Library at Florida State University in January. Her experience and science background made her the best candidate to lead Dirac forward in its mission to provide excellent service to the STEM students and faculty and to explore new ways to serve these communities.
Deric Waite (M.S. ’10 Information Studies) has been appointed Manager of Card Services at Quinnipiac University. At Quinnipiac, Waite is responsible for the operation of the QCard, an official university ID used to access various campus locations and services, including the university’s meal plans.
Dr. Janet Capps (M.S. & Ph.D. ’11 Information Studies) joined Emporia State’s School of Library and Information Management as an Assistant Professor in Fall 2013 with qualitative and quantitative research skills and interests in the theoretical aspects of information, youth services and literacy.
Dominic C. “Donny” MacKenzie (B.S. ’84 COMM, J.D. ’87 Law) took office as second vice president of The Florida Bar Foundation, a statewide charitable organization that provides leadership and funding for justice in Florida, on July 1, 2013.
Dr. Ronald C. Thomas (M.S. ‘84 COMM) was elected Chair of the Libertarian Party of Volusia County, Florida, representing Daytona Beach and the surrounding area. He is currently a course director for the graduate program in New Media Journalism at Full Sail University in Winter Park, FL.
Charles A. “Chuck” Julian (Ph.D. ’90 LIS) was named Director of the University of Tennessee at Martin’s Paul Meek Library in July.
Ann Mezadieu (B.S. ’91 COMM) was hired as the Director of Human Resources at Daszkal Bolton LLP, an accounting and advisory firm in South Florida in November.
Carlos A. Kelly (B.A. ’93 COMM), an attorney at Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., was appointed to the Southwest Florida Museum of History Foundation Board. The Foundation, along with the Museum staff, strives to make the Museum an innovative, educational and engaging resource for approximately 15,000 visitors a year.
Lisa Griffin Hodgdon (B.A. ’94 COMM), an attorney in the Tampa office of the statewide law firm Broad and Cassel, has earned an AV Preeminent® rating from Martindale-Hubbell®, achieving the organization’s highest marks for both competency and ethics.
Leslie Mille (B.S. ’95 COMM) was honored by the Association of Business School Alumni Professionals (ABSAP) with the Outstanding Service to ABSAP Award in July. Mille also recently accepted the position of Associate Director, Administration at the FSU Career Center. She previously served as the Director of Alumni Relations & Student Engagement at the FSU College of Business.
Samantha Strickland (B.S. ’96, M.S. ’99) was awarded an Emmy® from the Suncoast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in the Commercials category on Nov. 23 in Hollywood, Fla., for her work on Community South Credit Union’s brand video “Fish for the Future.”
James Walter Doyle (B.A. ’06 COMM) was featured in three issues of Gentleman’s Quarterly (GQ) as a recipient of a 2012 GQ Leadership Award. He was also featured in the viral video “Meet Mr. Doyle” for DonorsChoose.org, a non-profit organization. Doyle taught English at Thurgood Marshall Academy in Harlem, N.Y., for seven years before DonorsChoose.org hired him as the organization’s National Director of Teacher Engagement last summer.
Jill Sweetapple (M.S. ’09 LIS) was hired as a Reference Archivist for the Georgia State Archives.
Deric Waite (M.S. ’10 IT) was appointed Manager of Card Services at Quinnipiac University in November. Waite previously served as the program assistant in the FSUCard Center for five years.
John W. Asbury (M.A. ’10 COMM) recently portrayed diarist Adam Plummer in Civil War 360, a three-part miniseries documentary on the Smithsonian Channel, which was broadcast as part of the Smithsonian Institution’s commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War.