Latest Updates from Your Fellow Alumni
Laura Pace Lilley (1989, Journalism),
is public information officer for Mt. Lebanon Municipality and editor in chief of Mt. Lebanon Magazine. Her career has included writing positions at the Centre Daily Times and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, in addition to radio work at CBS Radio in Pittsburgh.
Brenda K. Foster, MPA (1989, Journalism),
senior vice president of Vanguard Communications in Washington, D.C., has been named a PR News 2019 Top Woman in PR for her "far-reaching impact on the field of strategic communications and public relations." Foster was honored for her 30-year career helping nationally prominent nonprofits and government agencies, such as Farm Aid and the American Psychological Association, achieve their social change goals.
Maggie Quinn (2013, Advertising/Public Relations),
has joined the Distilled Spirits Council, the leading voice and advocacy group for distilled spirits in the United States, as director of public relations. She promotes spirits trends, cocktail culture and industry heritage through media relations, special events and media tours, as well as digital and social media activities. She also works closely with media to disseminate the latest industry data and category statistics, resulting in hundreds of yearly articles for the industry.
Richard Matukonis (1974, Mass Communication),
, known professionally as Rick Mason, was the recipient of a 2018 Woodlands Bank Everyday Hero award for his involvement with numerous non-profits and charities in the Williamsport region. He was nominated by the Lycoming County Arts Council.
Marilyn Weisser Stemp (1976, Journalism),
was inducted into both the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum Hall of Fame and the Las Vegas Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2018, in recognition of her work in moto-journalism over almost three decades. She co-founded IronWorks Magazine in 1989, edited the magazine from 2001 to 2014, and now edits Iron Trader News online. Stemp also authored “Harley-Davidson CVO Motorcycles,” a large-format, case-bound history of the company’s custom vehicle operations.
Kevin Dunn (2018, Media Studies),
is a communications assistant for PECO, an Exelon Company
Joe Machi (2002, Media Studies),
made his stand-up comedy debut on "The Tonight Show" on Dec. 16, 2018.
Deborah Reber (1991, Broadcast/Cable),
author, keynote speaker and founder of TiLT Parenting, recently published a new book titled "Differently Wired: Raising an Exceptional Child in a Conventional World" (Workman Publishing). In November 2018, she spoke at TEDxAmsterdam, delivering a talk titled "Why the Future Will Be Differently Wired," and she will be speaking at TEDxPSU in February 2019. She recently moved back to the New York City area after living in the Netherlands with her husband and son for the past five years.
Kacie Lazor (2014, Broadcast Journalism),
is a news production specialist at the Associated Press in Washington D.C. She helps customers across the globe with training and technical support with the newsroom software program ENPS.
Evan Cuttic (2008, Telecommunications),
is manager of global creative marketing for original series at Netflix in Los Angeles.
Mary Kate McCurdy (2013, Advertising/Public Relations),
has been promoted to director at Genesco Sports Enterprises. McCurdy has worked at GSE in New York since 2016.
Erica Brecher (2012, Broadcast Journalism),
is the weekend anchor at WIVB-TV, Buffalo’s CBS affiliate, after four years at WGRZ-TV. In 2017, she married alumnus Andrew Baglini (' 10 EMS). They work on-air at the same station.
Ryan P. Chase (2003, Journalism),
is a lawyer representing catastrophically-injured victims in Philadelphia at the law firm of Ross Feller Casey LLP. He was promoted to partner in December 2018. His firm biography covers his background (www.rossfellercasey.com). Before joining Ross Feller Casey in 2010, he worked at Dechert LLP, one of the largest law firms in the nation. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife and two children.
Alexa Keeley (2009, Broadcast Journalism),
has been promoted to lead video editor at ESPN. She has worked at ESPN since 2013.
Andrew Johnson (2009, Journalism),
is a special agent with the FBI, assigned to the San Francisco field office.
Sloane Keane (1998, Advertising/Public Relations),
was promoted to CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County and the Inland Empire. The local organization is one of the largest chapters in the nation and annual serves more than 3,500 children.
James F. Gerraughty, MBA (1998, Telecommunications),
was elected President-Elect of the Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (APTAC) annual conference in Jacksonville, Florida, in March 2018. He will assume duties as President of the organization in March 2019. APTAC is the professional organization for Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) across the country, providing training and legislative knowledge on government contracting-related issues. The PTACs are divided into 11 regions across the country, with approximately 300 offices and 600 employees. Gerraughty is currently the program manager of the Southern Alleghenies PTAC in Altoona, Pennsylvania, and has been there for six years.
Kaila DeRienzo (2012, Broadcast Journalism),
started her position as the communications specialist at Telecare Corp. in Alameda, California, in July 2018. Additionally, she is in the process of completing her personal trainer certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and was recently hired by Orangetheory Fitness as a coach in the Northern California region.
Katie Blitz (2016, Advertising/Public Relations),
is an account executive at DKC based in the agency's sports group.
Christina Babinsack (1998, Telecommunications),
placed in the top 30 of the Scriptapalooza Screenwriting Contest and is a finalist in the Los Angeles International Screenplay competition with the screenplay "Something Old Something New..
Kelly Hainer, Ron Regan (1998, 1975, Journalism),
for the third year in a row, Kelly (Tabay) Hainer and Ron Regan have been part of a team recognized with a regional Emmy Award. Hainer and Regan were recognized with the Lower Great Lakes Region Emmy for the News Special "Who Killed Kaitlyn?" In addition, Hainer was part of the team awarded the Continuing Coverage Emmy for its work on the series "Broken Roads, Broken Systems," which exposes deficiencies in how Cleveland maintains its streets. Regan was awarded with the Emmys for Health & Science story and for Journalistic Enterprise.
Nancy Chan (2007, Film-Video),
was promoted to associate director of pricing and planning at Fox Sports Ad Sales.
Rick Weber (1979, Journalism),
contributed to his fourth Chicken Soup for the Soul book, "The Power of Yes!" Weber, who previously wrote an inspirational biography, "Pink Lips and Fingertips," is a writer for Gartner, the world's leading research and advisory company, and is based in Fort Myers, Florida.
Robert Roselli (2013, Advertising/Public Relations),
is assistant athletic director of marketing for Rutgers University Athletics.
Greg Myford (1986, Journalism),
was named director of athletics for the University of Alaska Anchorage. Myford takes his 30-plus years in professional and collegiate sports to the UAA Seawolves, where he will oversee the 13-sport program. His career included serving as Penn State’s associate athletic director for business relations and communications from 2004-2013, as well as executive roles with the Detroit Pistons, Tampa Bay Lightning and IMG College. Myford begins his duties July 31.
Addie Manis (2004, Film-Video),
was promoted to director, live action visual effects at Lucasfilm with a focus on television content.
Maggie Shuttlesworth (2008, Journalism),
is a communications specialist for the Pennsylvania Auditor General, Eugene A. DePasquale.
Marc Goldman (1991, Journalism),
was recognized among the first-ever SPOKEies award winners. The SPOKEies honors the best in-house spokespeople representing brands, non-profits and corporations. Goldman was named the winner in the Corporate Sports category for his work as the head of marketing and sponsorship for the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) in Washington, D.C., where he also serves as the organization's spokesperson. The MCM routinely ranks as one of the largest marathons in both, the country and the world, welcoming more than 30,000 runners annually.
Jeanne Yocum (1968, Journalism),
has authored The Self-Employment Survival Guide: Proven Strategies to Succeed as Your Own Boss, published by Rowman & Littlefield.
Devika Rao (2007, Journalism),
has been named president of the O'Neill Communications and has become an equity partner in the interactive marketing and communications agency. She and her management team are working toward full ownership in June 2022 and this promotion is an important step in assuring clients continuity in the management of their ongoing marketing and communications programs. Rao has been with O’Neill Communications since December 2013, most recently serving as vice president of account services. As an award-winning journalist, she previously worked for the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Khabar Magazine and Jezebel Magazine. She is on the board of directors of the Spruill Center for the Arts, Hands on Atlanta Changemakers and is active in both TiE Atlanta and the Georgia Indo-American Chamber of Commerce.
Lindsey Epley (2010, Advertising/Public Relations),
recently relocated to Columbus, Ohio, for a career with Bath & Body Works. As an associate product manager, she develops efficacious body care product lines for the retailer's more than 1,600 store locations. She previously spent eight years working in the grocery retail industry.
Susan Froetschel (1977, Journalism),
is editor of YaleGlobal Online, an online public service magazine based at Yale University that covers globalizaiton.
Brian Mattos (2012, Advertising/Public Relations),
has taken a position at Salesforce.org - the social enterprise arm of Salesforce, and the world's #1 CRM platform. He is managing all of Salesforce's pro bono programs, connecting skilled employee volunteers with over 30,000 nonprofit and educational institutions around the world.
Emily Mahler (Evans) (2004, Journalism),
has been elevated to partner at the law offices of Margolis Edelstein. She graduated from the Temple University Beasley School of Law class of 2010 and has been with Margolis Edelstein since 2011
Maria Canales (2017, Journalism),
is the first-ever communications coordinator for Penn State's School of Labor and Employment Relations.
Colleen Merwick (2001, Advertising/Public Relations),
is a strategy director at Agency TK working across offices in London, Leeds and Los Angeles. She currently lives outside of London with her English husband, and 2-year-old daughter, who inspired her to start a pregnancy and baby blog (www.babyonmybrain.com) to help new moms.
Chris Waldron (1994, Journalism),
was elected to the board of directors of the National Capitol Radio and Television Museum. He lives in Bowie, Maryland, with his wife Mia and their five children.
Jennifer Rauch (1991, Mass Communication),
was promoted to full professor of Journalism and Communication Studies at Long Island University Brooklyn in New York. Her book, "Slow Media: Why Slow is Satisfying, Sustainable and Smart," will be published by Oxford University Press in September 2018.
Lauren Sullivan (2001, Broadcast Journalism),
was named director of digital content for CBS Philadelphia.
Michael Lello (1999, Journalism),
is online copy editor at the New York Post.
Gabby Richards (2015, Broadcast Journalism),
launched Persist Strategies, a Pennsylvania communications consulting firm, in 2017. She works with first-time candidates develop successful campaign plans and sharpen their public speaking skills, assists progressive organizations with messaging and digital communications strategy, and offers advice to those thinking of running for office at both the local and state level. Additionally, Richards has relocated from Philadelphia back to her hometown of Wilkes-Barre,where she has become the newest program manager of Dress for Success Luzerne County, a non-profit committed to empowering women to achieve economic independence.
Michael Corr (1996, Telecommunications),
joined Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, as the director of marketing and communications in November 2016, after 15-plus years in corporate and agency marketing in New York, the Lehigh Valley and Philadelphia. He leads a team responsible for strategic marketing communications designed to effectively promote Moravian College and its emerging graduate programs, and to provide marketing services to all faculty and staff.
Kaila DeRienzo (2012, Broadcast Journalism),
is now a public relations and marketing content specialist at Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California.
Lauren Boyer (2009, Journalism),
is the manager of social media intelligence at National Geographic.
Natalie Plumb (2012, Print Journalism),
is working as the digital and social media coordinator for the Catholic Diocese of Arlington, which serves 21 counties, 70 parishes, six missions, and more than 600,000 Catholics in Northern Virginia.
Allison (Cradic) Rosen (2007, Journalism),
and her husband Jeremy welcomed their first child, Zachary Scot, on April 29, 2017.
Jeanmarie Winger (2017, Broadcast Journalism),
is a community engagement associate with the Philadelphia 76ers.
Nicole Suder (2015, Advertising/Public Relations),
is an associate account executive at Rubenstein in New York Ciy.
Beth (Baumgardner) Vrabel (2001, Journalism),
middle grade book, CALEB AND KIT, is a finalist for the 2017 Cybils Awards for literary merit and kid appeal in children's and young adult literature. CALEB AND KIT, published by Running Press Kids, is Vrabel's fifth release. Her sixth book, BRINGING ME BACK (Sky Pony Press), releases in February 2018.
Mark “Markus” Hinkle (1994, Film-Video),
launched a Christian apparel, gifts and accessories effort in November 2017. He is the founder, managing partner, designer and webmaster for SON LiFE Designs LLC. SON LiFE Designs can be found on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest or via the website at www.sonlifedesigns.com. He lives in Hampstead, North Carolina, with his wife, Tammy ('93) and three children. Hinkle previously worked for many years in theatre, TV and film (onstage, backstage, on camera and off).
Lauren Mele (2008, Advertising/Public Relations),
has co-founded Beachwood Entertainment Collective, a full-service entertainment public relations company with a focus on music, film and talent. Based in Los Angeles, she serves as the vice president of the company, overseeing legendary clients like Brian Wilson (co-founder of The Beach Boys), actor Jeff Bridges, Sublime (estate), actor Bruce Greenwood and others. The company also develops music documentaries and manages up-and-coming independent bands and artists.
John L. Myers (1995, Broadcast/Cable),
is producer of NPR Music's "World Cafe"
John Giblin (2009, Print Journalism),
is an Army Captain with 2/19th Special Forces Group (Airborne) and is currently stationed at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Floirda. He is associate director for Dedicated Endeavors, a 501c3 charity that focuses on mental health.
Adam Faderewski (2006, Journalism),
is now associate editor of the Texas Bar Journal for the State Bar of Texas in Austin.
Scott Dodd (1994, Journalism),
was elected to the board of the Society of Environmental Journalists at the organization's 2017 conference in Pittsburgh. He is the editor-in-chief of Grist, the nation's leading nonprofit environmental publication. On Twitter: @scottdodd
David Falchek (1991, Broadcast Journalism),
was appointed executive director of the American Wine Society, the oldest and largest organization of wine consumers in the United States, in 2017. A member of the American Society of Association Executives, he serves on that organization's public policy committee.
Stephanie (Podey) Kuhl (1997, Telecommunications),
is vice president and associate general Counsel at NCTA - The Internet and Television Association in Washington, D.C. She lives with her husband and daughters in Arlington, Virginia.
Adrienne M. Ciletti (1990, Journalism),
, senior manager of internal commnuications at J.C. Penney Company Inc., earned the Strategic Communication Management Professional (SCMP) certification. Adrienne is among the first to sit for and pass the inaugural exam by the Global Communication Certification Council, an initiative of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). This certification demonstrates her proficiency in advising and leading, management, strategy development, innovation, ethics and reputation management in the field of organizational communications.
Laura Michalski (2005, Journalism),
\=joined The Washington Post as a multiplatform editor in August 2017. Previously, she had worked at The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Virginia. She started there as a Dow Jones News Fund intern in 2005 and became a copy editor, assistant copy desk chief and, most recently, night editor. She now lives in Alexandria, Virginia.
Jennifer O’Meara (2007, Advertising/Public Relations),
was promoted to digital marketing manager at Eruptr in January 2017. She started with the company January 2016. http://www.eruptr.com/
Heather Hilinski Kelso (2009, Advertising/Public Relations),
is an executive communications specialist working for the chairman, president and CEO of Lockheed Martin Corporation.
David Zellers (2015, Telecommunications),
has joined NH Bragg in Bangor, Maine, as a marketing and e-commerce specialist.
Tony A. Phyrillas (1983, Journalism),
is editor/content manager of The Mercury, a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning daily newspaper in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. Phyrillas previously served as a reporter, copy editor, city editor and managing editor of The Mercury.
Katie Blitz (2016, Advertising/Public Relations),
has joined Time Inc. as a public relations coordinator for Entertainment Weekly, Food & Wine, Cooking Light and Extra Crispy.
Kendall Allen (2016, Advertising/Public Relations),
is an account executive with North Hills Magazine in Pittsburgh.
David Boyer (1982, Journalism),
is senior White House correspondent for The Washington Times.
Jim Reeser (1996, Journalism),
sports editor at The Citizens' Voice in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, is now the Mid-Atlantic region chairman for the Associated Press Sports Editors.
Brooke (Pilszak) Duffy (2002, Advertising/Public Relations),
Ph.D., ('02 Ad/PR) recently published her second book, "(Not) Getting Paid to Do What You Love: Gender, Social Media, and Aspirational Work" (Yale University Press, 2017). She is an assistant professor of communication at Cornell University and lives with her husband Michael Duffy ('03 Eng) in Lansing, New York.
Tyler Estright (2013, Broadcast Journalism),
is a managed service representative for Link Computer Corp. in Bellwood, Pennsylvania.
Chris McKim (1995, Film-Video),
recently won a 2017 Daytime Emmy for the documentary "Out of Iraq," which he produced and directed. Previously he was the executive producer and showrunner on the first four seasons of "RuPaul's Drag Race."
Lynn Ondrusek (2012, Print Journalism),
switched gears in her career to the non-profit world, and is the community outreach and communications manager with Third Street Alliance for Women & Children in Easton, Pennsylvania. She is engaged to Dustin Schoof, a 2004 Temple graduate, and they plan to marry in June 2018.
Ben Rupp (2002, Journalism),
accepted a position as a Senior Major Gift Officer at Millersville University in Millersville, Pa. Ben, Karla (wife), and sons CJ (6) and Calvin (1) live in Landisville, Pa.
Chelsea Sweithelm (2012, Advertising/Public Relations),
was promoted to senior communications analyst at Highmark Inc.
Jen Lemanski (2004, Advertising/Public Relations),
was named as one of Houston Business Journal's 40 Under 40 for 2017. She is the practice growth senior manager for Pannell Kerr Forster of Texas, P.C. (PKF Texas), a middle market accounting and advisory firm in Houston. She is also a national board member of the Association for Accounting Marketing. Lemanski recently completed three terms as president of the Greater Houston Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association, where she remains as an at-large board member.
Michael Appleman (2015, Journalism),
is a production assistant for "Andrea Mitchell Reports" on MSNBC. He lives in New York City.
Sam Smink (2010, Journalism),
joined WPTV (an NBC affiliate) in West Palm Beach, Florida, as an investigative reporter.
Katie Robles (2001, Film-Video),
the author of Sex, Soup, and Two Fisted Eating: Hilarious Weight Loss for Wives which provides tips and encouragement for women to lose weight and get healthy and keeps them entertained along the way.
Rob Joswiak (2004, Telecommunications),
and Matthew McCarty ('95 Edu) are both Air Force veterans who were given their first post assignments as Department of State Foreign Service Officers. Joswiak's website covers his background (www.robjoswiak.com) while McCarty is a retired pilot now embarking on a second career as a diplomat. Both were sworn in Feb. 17 by Secretary Tillerson at the Harry S. Truman Building in Washington, D.C.
Kevin Fawcett (2006, Telecommunications),
iis a project manager and certified PMP for Crystal Technologies Group Inc., a technology consulting firm based in West Chester, Pennsylvania, specializing in connectivity, cloud and managed services. He has been with Crystal Technologies for over 10 years ever since he graduated in Summer 2006. He currently resides in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania.
Bruce Wood (MA 1980, Journalism),
gave up his role as the beat writer covering Dartmouth College sports for the local daily to begin a paid subscription website that has offered daily coverage of the Ivy League school's football team since 2005. He's the senior writer for the Dartmouth publication Peak Quarterly and fills in the rest of the year freelancing. His son Matt graduated who from Penn State with a geography degree in 2016 and daughter Kelly graduated from Dartmouth. He and his wife live on a dirt road on the side of Moose Mountain in the rural village of Etna, part of Hanover, N.H.
Craig Waldron Jr. (2014, Journalism),
is a specialty sales representative for Avion Pharmaceuticals Hematinic Division.
Chuck Gloman (1980, Film-Video),
is an associate professor and the chair of the TV/film department at DeSales University in Center Valley, Pennsylvania. His recent film, "Lester's Collection," was awarded as Best Film from the Lehigh Valley at the eighth annual Movies at the Mill International Film Festival in Easton, Pennsylvania.
Matt Papaycik (2007, Journalism),
is a news producer at WSVN-TV in Miami.
Mark Muller (1996, Advertising/Public Relations),
is a regional marketing manager for Creative Artists Agency (CAA) in Orlando, Florida. CAA was recently ranked No. 8 overall (out of 427 total entries) on the first-ever Forbes SportsMoney Index, a ranking of the most influential athletes, agencies, brands and teams in sports.
Grant Shumaker (2013, Advertising/Public Relations),
is a copywriter for Custom Ink in Fairfax, Virginia.
Aaron Clark (2011, Broadcast Journalism),
is the communications director and digital strategist for Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.).
Brittany Sykes (2010, Advertising/Public Relations),
is the PR director at Everything But The House (EBTH).
Samantha Scheller (2010, Broadcast Journalism),
is a complex commercial litigation attorney in New York City, with a passion for media law and First Amendment issues.
Patrick Evans, APR (1990, Broadcast Journalism),
, a Navy commander and defense department spokesman in the Office of the Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon, received the internationally recognized Accreditation in Public Relations (APR). That demonstrates a mastery of strategic communications practice, as well as a commitment to lifelong learning and ethical standards in public relations.
Terry City (1990, Telecommunications),
will be producing an untitled film with New Line Cinema and Ratpac based on ESPN's 30 for 30 film, "Playing for the Mob." The film will be produced in conjunction with City's production company, Steel Titan Productions. Story
Chris Porter (1974, Journalism),
, who attended Penn State Shenango, is vice president of communications and development with Child Development Centers Inc. in Franklin, Pa. He and his wife Cindy have three children and one grandchild.
David Amerman (2013, Print Journalism),
is a marketing proofreader with Dick's Sporting Goods in Pittsburgh.
Andrew Wible (2009, Journalism),
married Bridget Monaghan ('09 Journ/Lib) in October. They first met in The Daily Collegian office, where Bridget worked in the arts section and Andrew in sports. Bridget is a lawyer with Monaghan-Wible Law and funeral director with Oliver Bair/Monaghan Funeral Homes. Andrew is the senior manager, rights, licensing and partnerships with Wolters Kluwer Health.
Devon M. Herrick (2009, Advertising/Public Relations),
M.Ed. is engaged to Jordan Taylor, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Pennsylvania. They plan to marry in the spring of 2018.
Kaitlyn Marchek (2009, Journalism),
married Eric Erb on Sept. 24, 2016, in Philadelphia. She and her husband live and work in New York City, where she is a client experience manager in the pharmaceutical advertising department at Phreesia, a healthcare technology company.
Ashley Gold (2011, Print Journalism),
married Eli Glazier ('12 Lib), a founder of Onward State, in November. She is a technology policy reporter for Politico, formerly covering breaking news for the BBC in Washington, D.C.
Emi Gugold (2016, Advertising/Public Relations),
just accepted her first job working as a content strategist for Odyssey Media Group in New York City.
Peter Chalfin (2008, Journalism),
recently accepted a position as assistant director of leadership gifts at Princeton University.
Diane Nottle (1975, Journalism),
published "American English for World Media: The CUNY Journalism School Guide to Writing and Speaking for Professionals" in November with CUNY Journalism Press. A 20-year veteran of The New York Times, she coaches international students at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism, where she founded and writes the English for Journalists blog. She has taught both journalism and English at universities in New York, Poland, China and Canada.
Meredith Topalanchik (1999, Advertising/Public Relations),
was promoted to executive vice president, operations and client services at CooperKatz & Company. She has been with the agency for more than 11 years. On Jan. 24, 2017, Topalanchik will be honored in New York City at PR News' Top Women in PR Awards Luncheon, which annually celebrates communicators who have made bold advances in managing crises, developing brand messages and protecting and building brand reputations for their organizations or clients.