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Class Notes 2020


Tony Hylton

Tony Hylton  (BSJ, 1965) published his first novel, " Enough , " in November. The book covers what happens when a principled brand of journalism collides with a crooked political machine in the fictional southern West Virginia county of Jordan. Feeling their political power threatened, two political kingpins set in motion a conspiracy that burns the paper to the ground and hatches a plot to murder the young publisher on a deserted country road.


Thomas George (BSJ, 1978) has retired after 40 years working in business, primarily in the medical products community. He’s now in the north Georgia mountains staying active in local affairs.


Allyson Bullian ( BSJ, 1999; MSJ, 2001) is an account executive at O’Brien Garrett in Washington, D.C.

Brian Reinhardt

Brian Reinhardt (BSJ, 1999) works in another impressive Big 12 institution, serving as director of athletics digital communications at NC State in North Carolina.

Matthew Tabeek

Matthew Tabeek (BSJ, 1994) is now the digital managing editor for the Atlanta Falcons. 


Matt Franzblau

Matt Franzblau (BSJ, 2005) is now a development officer for the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County in Boca Raton, Florida. He handles the Young Adult Division in addition to corporate sponsorships. He was also recently named to the National Board of JNFuture as its vice-chair of communications and assumed the role of chair in his local Broward chapter.

Stephanie Mathias

Stephanie Mathias  (BSJ, 2009) is the director of government affairs at Cox Enterprises.


Elyse Anderson (M.S. IMC, 2012) serves as the director of communications and events at Minnesota State University, Mankato’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Leann Arthur (BSJ, 2010) is a content strategist and art director at Rotary International in Chicago, Illinois.

Trevor Builta

Trevor Builta (BSJ, 2019) works as a marketing research assistant at Good Karma consulting in Springfield, Virginia.

Samantha Cossick (BSJ, 2011) is a content strategist at Facebook out of Menlo Park, California.

Alex McPherson

Alex McPherson  (BSJ, 2011; M.S. DMC, 2016) was promoted to vice president, insights and analytics, at Methods+Mastery, a FleishmanHillard agency in Dallas specializing in social strategy and data-driven creative this July.

Maggi Mumma

Maggi Mumma (M.S. IMC, 2019) has joined the Pennsylvania Department of Health as the deputy press secretary.

Rachel Palo (BSJ, 2011; M.S. IMC, 2014) is the communications and marketing manager at Blue Cross Complete of Michigan in Southfield.

Mara Regling (BSJ, 2014; M.S. IMC, 2019) serves as the regional development director at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern West Virginia, in Charleston. On July 26, 2019, Regling was proposed to outside of Martin Hall.

Shelby Toompas (BSJ, 2013) now works as the social media and content editor for WVU’s John Chambers College of Business and Economics.

Laken Vita (BSJ, 2014) is a media assistant for TeamPeople at the World Bank in Washington, D.C.