Catching up with
recent graduates

 

2002 graduate Suzanne George Duffy was recently promoted to senior account executive at M Booth & Associates in Manhattan. "It's a fabulous step and will put me as the lead of several accounts," she said. "They include American Express Vacations, Detroit Marriott at Renaissance Center and Rocky Mountain Railtours - as well as continuing work on MGM Mirage, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, and Yahoo! Travel among others." Her e-mail address is suzanned@mbooth.com.

2004 graduate Tim Rosner is an administrative assistant for the Archeological division of Wetland Studies and Solutions, also known as Thunderbird Archeology. "The business is very well run and growing quickly," Rosner said. "I've been so consumed with finding a job and place to live that my art has fallen by the wayside;, but once I move into my new apartment I'm planning on getting involved in one of the local groups of artists and picking up my digital and photographic work on a more serious level again." Wetland Studies and Solutions performs development consulting related to wetlands, the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act and local government water-resource initiatives. WSSI has a 50-person team of engineers, scientists, surveyors, technicians, GIS and GPS specialists and administrative staff based in Chantilly, Va. Rosner's e-mail is trosner@wetlandstudies.com.

2002 grad Cindy Beidel is a communications coordinator at National Geographic in Washington, D.C. She has been with National Geographic for more than two years and is responsible for media relations regarding exhibits and live events at headquarters; special projects (film festivals); traveling exhibits; National Geographic Maps; and National Geographic Expeditions. She is also the intern coordinator for the communications department. Her e-mail address is cbeidel@ngs.org.

2002 alum Erica Stanley recently became the field director at Lake Snell Perry and Associates in Washington, D.C. (www.lspa.com). She is the field director at this national public-opinion-research firm. "Celinda Lake is one of the top pollsters in the field," Stanley explained. "We work with Democratic candidates and progressive-issue campaigns, doing public-opinion research nationwide. As field director, I am in charge of ALL the logistics for every survey and focus group we conduct, which includes everything from finding facilities to helping with survey sampling. I got the job through a contact, who is also an Elon alum, Tanya Brown. She had worked here a few years ago. She is now at the Democratic National Committee, and I had kept in touch with her and constantly asked for help with finding a new job. Something came open here, they called her for suggestions of people and she recommended me. They called me, I didn't even know there was an opening! It is a very exciting job, but also very intense, multi-tasking at its best with very tight deadlines, but it is campaign season after all, and that's what I love!" Her e-mail address is estanley@lspa.com.

1997 graduate Scott Warner, a director with Qorvis Communications in McLean, Va., is listed on the 2004 "15 To Watch" list, published by PR News, a weekly newsletter for the public relations and media relations industry. The list recognizes public relations professionals who take risks and use innovative approaches to get publicity for their clients. Warner's work has helped Qorvis become one of the largest independent PR firms in the Washington, D.C., area. He has been worked in crisis communications for former NBA player Jayson Williams and the family of congressional intern Chandra Levy, as well as publicizing product launches and corporate mergers. He recently coordinated a media relations campaign for SafeNet, a Baltimore-based computer secruity company. He traveled with the company's executives to visit reporters in Boston, Las Vegas, New York and San Francisco. His work resulted in coverage of SafeNet's recent acquisition of two larger competitors in The Wall Street Journal and on CNBC.

2003 graduate Maile Gerken is working as an account executive for WCHS, the ABC-TV affiliate in Charleston, W.V. "WCHS is a Sinclair Broadcast Group station, and we're sister stations with WVAH-Fox," she said. "I am the number-two seller out of 18 in new-business sales. I love my job." Gerken's e-mail address is mgerken@sbgnet.com

2004 graduate Jimmy Thomson is director of marketing and public relations at Stafford Motor Speedway in Stafford Springs, Conn. In addition to marketing the track's events and planning programming he is the lead broadcaster for event nights. "I dealt with the NASCAR Busch North Series in the early part of June," he said, "and I got to know some of the drivers really well. I also worked with a promotion involving AJ Foyt IV, the grandson of Indy 500 veteran AJ Foyt. He currently drives the No. 14 Indy car, and he's joining fellow Indy driver Davey Hamilton for an event on our track. We also had a mini-reunion of former track announcers, as Mike Massaro and Jack Arute of ABC/ESPN returned to the track, as well as FOX pit reporter Dick Berggren. I can't thank Elon enough for the education I was provided. Thanks to my education, my employers can rely on me to do press releases, write feature articles for the program, meet and greet new clients and excel on the microphone." Thomson's e-mail address is sms.jthomson@snet.net

2003 graduate Laura Flynn is working in the marketing department of the Streets at Southpoint in Durham, N.C. The shopping center is one of the largest in the region. It was one of those she had studied for her Elon Senior Seminar research project: "Trends in American Malls to Attract Generation Y Using Emotional Branding." "Im handling more corporate publishing and advertising than many of my peers," she said. "The best part of my Elon experience was having a faculty that cared about the success of each student." Her e-mail address is laurae2003@yahoo.com.

Jessica Rivelli has been named weekend producer at the Scripps station in Tampa, WFTS-TV, an ABC affiliate. Rivelli is a Tampa native who once worked as an intern at WFTS. She had also interned at WFMY-TV in Greensboro as an Elon student, and landed her first full-time job at that Gannett station, where she worked for less than a year before moving to WPTV, the Scripps station in West Palm Beach, Fla. WFTS is her second Scripps station. Her new e-mail address is jrivelli@wfts.com.

Jen Shelton, a 2003 graduate, has taken the position of community sports coordinator for the Daily Record in Hickory, N.C. She handles local recreational and school sports coverage for the newspaper, which is part of the Media General chain. "I'll be responsible for creating a new section of the sports page that is made up entirely of local coverage, from Little League baseball scores to a middle school football game to someone hitting a hole in one or catching an impressive fish," she explained. "My job is to make contacts and be persistent with people to make sure they send me results." Her e-mail address is jenshelton22@yahoo.com.

Gillian Eagan, a 2003 graduate, is working as a page at NBC-TV in Rockefeller Center in New York City. The NBC page program has produced some of NBC's top professionals, including Elon graduate Loren Burlando, who now works behind the scenes as an assistant producer at "Dateline NBC." Eagan's e-mail address is GRED88@aol.com.

Kellie Brielmaier, a 2003 graduate, has moved to her second job in Philadelphia. She is assistant to the executive vice president of the Franklin Institute, a science museum dedicated to outreach and education that also houses the national memorial to Benjamin Franklin. In addition to her work with fund-raising and internal public relations, she is helping organize the annual Franklin Institute Awards. When the Institute was founded by a group of leading Philadelphians to train artisans and mechanics in the fundamentals of science in 1824, it also began honoring excellence in science and technology with these prestigious awards. Past winners include Alexander Graham Bell, Pierre and Marie Curie, Thomas Edison, Niels Bohr, Max Planck, Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking. Brielmaier's e-mail address is kbrielmaier@fi.edu.

Shelby Brown has moved from her programming position at WIS-TV in Columbia, S.C., to a job as a reporter/producer at WITN, the NBC affiliate in the Greenville-Washington-New Bern, N.C., market. "I went to interview for a news producing position, and they ended up offering me an on-air contract on the spot," Brown said. "Needless to say, I'm thrilled, as this is all I've ever wanted to do!" The WITN market is number 103. Her e-mail address is: shelbyvbrown@att.net.

Brief bits

Gabriel Fowlkes,
a 2003 graduate, is an assistant for a Hollywood literary manager/producer. Fowlkes' e-mail address is gsfowlkes@yahoo.com

Debra Bard - deb_bard@hotmail.com- is an associate producer at WGAL (an NBC station) in Lancaster, Pa.

Maggie Sullivan - maggiesullivan2@hotmail.com - is an account executive with William S. Bergman Associates, Washington, D.C.

Sean Carroll - scarroll79@hotmail.com - is working at a PR firm called New Media Strategies.

Pamela Gallerani - nymouseketeer17@yahoo.com - is working with Disney resorts in Florida.

A recap of recent alumni updates:

Samiha Khanna, a 2003 journalism graduate, was hired to cover the Raleigh News & Observer's Durham police beat. Her e-mail address is skhanna@newsobserver.com.

Emily Matesic, a 1999 graduate, has moved to WTAJ-TV, the CBS affiliate in Altoona, Pa. She'd spent the previous two and a half years as a weekend anchor/weekday reporter at WENY, the ABC affiliate in Elmira, N.Y. Matesic won a first-place award in a New York Associated Press broadcast competition last summer for a 90-minute special she produced to commemorate the first anniversary of the September 11th attacks. Her e-mail address is emilymatesic@journalism.com.

Amy Medders Turner, a 1999 graduate, is living in Centreville, Va., where she works as a direct-mail copy writer for Hecht's, a division of the May Company - owner of many U.S. department stores. She earned her master's degree in mass communication and journalism from the University of Georgia, then began with Hecht's. Her e-mail address is amturner77@cox.net.

Brendon Hamlin, a 1992 graduate, is the senior writer/producer in the on-air promotions department for the SPEED channel. The cable/satellite television channel is one of the Fox networks, and its main offices are located in Charlotte. His e-mail address is bhamlin@speedtv.com.

Jessica Messier, a 2003 graduate, works in MTV's Music and Talent Development division in New York. Her e-mail address is Jessica.Messier@mtvstaff.com.

Danielle Matthews, a 2003 graduate, recently left Smithsonian Business Ventures to join Advice Unlimited, a public relations firm in Olney, Md. Her e-mail address is: danielle@adviceunlimited.net.

Brian Hetherington is with Retail Sports Marketing Inc. in Charlotte, working with accounts for Wal-Mart, NAPA, Camping World, Energizer, Remington, Klaussner and NASCAR. Hetherington's e-mail address is brianh@retailsportsmarketing.com.

Lauren Cooper
, a 2002 grad, is assistant director of public relations for the Big South

Michelle Cater Rash
, a 1999 graduate, is Focus reporter for the Business Journal Serving the Greater Triad. Prior to pursuing this position, she had been at the Greensboro News & Record for about four years. Her e-mail address is mrash@bizjournals.com.

Andi Petrini
is community editor for the Concord/Kannapolis, N.C., Independent Tribune. Her position falls third in the newsroom chain of command, behind the editor and news editor. She is also in charge of the paper's internship program and handles special sections. Her e-mail address is apetrini55@hotmail.com.

Kate Botty
, a 2002 journalism graduate, is earning a master's degree in elementary education at the University of Bridgeport. Her e-mail address is katebotty@yahoo.com.

"Music Culture of the Appalachian," a film made by 2003 graduate Steve Brady in a School of Communications course was shown at independent film festivals in Los Angeles and New York this fall. Brady works as a video editor for WFMY News 2, the CBS affiliate in Greensboro. His e-mail address is stbrady23@yahoo.com.

Allison Deiboldt, a 2002 graduate, is working in New York as a research analyst for ABC Kids, a division of Disney. Her portfolio will include programming on ABC, the Family Channel, Disney Channel and Toon Disney. Her e-mail address is Allison.Deiboldt@disney.com

1998 graduate Allison Storelli, an associate producer, and 2002 graduate Emily Coons, associate audience coordinator, are working in key behind-the-scenes positions on ABC-TV's popular morning talk show "The View." The program features Barbara Walters, Meredith Viera, Joy Behar and Star Jones.
If you would like to reconnect with Storelli or Coons, their e-mail addresses are: Allison.Storelli@abc.com and Emily.Coons@abc.com.

2003 graduate Kellen Taylor turned a 2002 summer internship at MSNBC into a full-time job. She works as a production assistant at the cable news network on its weekend morning show. Taylor's e-mail address is Kellen.Taylor@MSNBC.com.

Katherine Baggott, a 2003 graduate, is employed by the Washington, D.C., for Corporate Executive Board, a company doing research across many industries, providing best-practices research, executive education and decision-support tools. Baggott's address is kbaggott@excite.com.

 

 

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