Class Notes 2021
(BSJ, 1969) was inducted in the City of Wheeling Hall of Fame in the Sports and Athletics
category. His career spanned more than 50 years, during which he was a pioneer
in national, state and local high school sports media coverage; a daily newspaper
and sports editor and columnist in Wheeling; a contributor to national publications
and an author and historian.
Jeff Hertrick (BSJ, 1981) has joined the National Press Foundation
and produced the organization’s first virtual awards celebration in February
2021 honoring journalists for their accomplishments. The 2020 Award
winners included Dr. Sanjay Gupta of CNN, Time Magazine's Molly Ball,
Detroit Free Press Editor Peter Bhatia, NPR's Audie Cornish, and Washington
Post columnist George Will.
(BSJ, 1987) of Annapolis Maryland has retired.
Joshua Austin (BSJ, 2008) is the policy and communications director
for the West Virginia Primary Care Association.
Andrew Beckner (BSJ 2003) is the executive director of public
relations at Anderson University in South Carolina.
Dan Bullock (BSJ, 2005), a New York University faculty member, has
co-authored the book “How to Communicate Effectively with Anyone, Anywhere:
Your Passport to Connecting Globally.” The book reveals a new approach
to global communication across key performance areas, such as public speaking,
effective emailing and negotiation based on the authors’ successful intercultural
experience working with professionals and corporate executives from The United
Nations, Google, Bloomberg, and more. The book features key illustrations,
practical self-discovery exercises, and psychological tips for, ultimately,
becoming a global communicator. Bullock is also a language and communications
specialist at the United Nations Secretariat in New York City.
Kim Davis (BSJ, 2005) is the VP, Group Director for ForwardPMX
Emily Duke (M.S. IMC 2005) began Pretty Creative by Emily Myers
Duke, a public relations and marketing consultancy, to help brands match
their story with the right storytellers. Pretty Creative specializes
in media relations and crisis communications.
Faith Thomas (M.S. IMC 2007) was hired by Tesla to manage global
environmental health and safety document control, as well as oversee technical
documentation and employee engagement.
Carleen Berdini (M.S. IMC, 2019) has been promoted to senior
marketing project manager at Nebo Agency, a human-centered agency built
for the digital age, located in Atlanta, Georgia.
Samantha Joneswood (M.S. Data, 2020) received the Margaret Buchanan
Cole Young Alumni Award in recognition of her continued servant leadership
on behalf of multiple WVU Alumni Association chapters, the John Chambers
College of Business and Economics, and the Reed College of Media. As
a student, Joneswood was involved with WVU PRSSA, the American Marketing
Association, and the Student Alumni Association while also serving as
a Student Ambassador. Joneswood’s career has led her to Knoxville, Tennessee,
where she works for HGTV and actively volunteers with the Smoky Mountain
Chapter of the WVU Alumni Association.
Jessica Mannering (BSJ, 2018; M.S. IMC, 2020) has recently been
promoted to social media & content marketing manager at Hoffmann
Murtaugh, a virtual media planning and buying agency headquartered in
Pittsburgh, PA. In her current role, she is responsible for implementing
a variety of social media, content marketing, and communications tactics
and campaigns. Additionally, she assists in overseeing the growth of
the ESO (earned, shared, and owned) media department.
Debra McGaughey (M.S. IMC, 2017) has been named the president
of the board for the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations.
She is currently the director of communication services at Houston Community
College Central. The council is the professional organization for 1,600
marketing and public relations professionals at two-year colleges in
the U.S. and Canada. McGaughey will serve as president for 2021-2022,
leading NCMPR’s 14-member national Board of Directors. She will preside
over the organization’s 2022 national conference in Denver.
Andy Stofleth (M.S., IMC 2017), the executive director of SBP,
was recently recognized by the Prime Minister of the Bahamas for SBP’s
contributions to retrofit the Rand Memorial Hospital and four clinics
across the Bahamas with water purification systems following Hurricane
Dorian. Stofleth and his team established a public-private partnership
with the Bahamas Public Hospitals Authority, CDC Foundation and Water
Mission to scope, design and build each system to not only produce enough
clean water for each hospital and clinic, but the surrounding community
in future emergencies.
Emily Zekonis (M.S. IMC, 2020) recently moved companies to join
HMP Global, a multichannel leader in healthcare meetings, content, and
education. In her new role as a marketing communications manager, she
oversees the promotions and marketing of healthcare education events.
Tactics include everything from social, digital and traditional marketing