iMedia Students Brave New World

The third class in Elon's Interactive Media program features 41 students who are preparing to lead the charge into a new multimedia world. The cohort will take classes together for the next year and graduate with a master's degree in May. Please read the brief bios they all provided so that you can get to know them better.

Carey Brown grew up in Des Plaines, Ill., and went to Saint Xavier University in Chicago for the past four years, earning her bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications with a minor in writing. She focused on digital concepts through her coursework, including digital writing, an internship working with social media and her senior project on the phenomenon of Twitter. The project sparked her curiosity on how communication is adapting in a new age, and it led her to the iMedia program. During her four years, Carey played for the Lady Cougars soccer program and represented the school as a Student Ambassador. Prior to college, Carey spent her high school years working with special needs children and teenagers and participating in a student-athlete program in Colorado. Through this experience, Carey plans to expand her knowledge of interactive media and helping special needs children and working in non-profit organizations.

Catherine Climaco Dexel grew up in Solon, Ohio. She attended John Carroll University for one year before transferring to The University of Arizona in Tucson.  There, she majored in Art Education and took advantage of all the artistic and adventurous experiences that Tucson had to offer. After graduation Catherine moved to Denver to pursue a career in teaching and her love of snow skiing. She taught middle school art for two years before moving to North Carolina to be with her now-husband who began a career in Outdoor Adventures at Duke University. Catherine taught elementary level art education for two years before deciding to pursue a master’s degree in the iMedia program at Elon University. Catherine is interested in the niche of user experience and how this plays a role in the development of interactive media on a global scale. Catherine’s interests include many creative endeavors from glass blowing to painting and sewing. She also shares a love of the outdoors with her husband, Levi, including rock climbing, backpacking, hiking and white water sports.

Matthew Duncan is a 2011 North Carolina A&T State University graduate with a B.S. in Visual Arts Design (Media Design). During his undergraduate college career, Matthew was an exceptional student both academically and socially, graduating with several honors. As an undergrad, he was president of various organizations, such as Washington D.C. Metropolitan Aggies club and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. Matthew was also active in the Greater Greensboro Community, volunteering with Habit for Humanity, Urban Ministry Foundation and mentoring with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and the local YMCA. He has also been a lead graphic designer for numerous projects, such as NC A&T Ayantee Yearbook, Student Government Association homecoming events and Dudley University Galleries publications. After completing the iMedia program, he anticipates beginning a career as a manager of digital media marketing or as an art director of digital media in the advertising and marketing field. Matthew plans to start his own design/marketing company specializing in brand identity, advertising, print design, web, packaging and environmental graphics.

Antony Earathara is originally from the South Indian State of Kerala, popularly called "God's own Country" because of its scenic beauty, but he has lived most of his life in North India. He completed secondary studies in Calcutta and graduated from the University of North Bengal with a Major in English Literature. From his childhood he had a passion for the world of audiovisual media, which led him to complete a master’s in Religious Education specializing in Social Communication Media, from Salesian Pontifical University in Rome, Italy, in 1987. Thereafter, he was a staff under different roles in Nitika Don Bosco Kolkata, a Catechetical and Multimedia Centre of the Salesians of Don Bosco in the city of Calcutta, until 1997. There, he was involved in training programs, as well as production of audiovisual media for religious and value education. For the next three years he worked with an NGO involved in the rehabilitation of street children of Calcutta city and its suburbs, during which time he was also editing the organization's news magazine. Then, he worked at an administration level at the head office of the Salesians of Don Bosco of Calcutta for eight years, taking care also of the web administration and editing of the news magazine of the organization, among other things. Through Elon’s iMedia progam Antony is keen on honing his skills in the creation of audiovisual media, especially using new digital technologies, so that he can be prepared for his future assignments in Calcutta with the Salesians of Don Bosco.

Nolan Elingburg grew up in Greensboro, N.C., and graduated from Elon this spring with a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Political Science. Nolan was a member of the inaugural class of the summer internship program Elon in New York City, where he interned with TVGuide.com.  While at Elon he also studied abroad in Australia during his sophomore year.  As an undergrad Nolan worked on the grounds crew and media production team for the minor league baseball team the Greensboro Grasshoppers.  He is eager to begin a career in sports journalism and is looking forward to using interactive media to complement his writing.

Nolan Ether grew up in Cary, N.C. He graduated from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, receiving a B.A. in Communication Studies with a concentration in video production and television broadcasting. During the next few years, Nolan worked in a variety of fields, gaining invaluable professional experience while developing his web design, graphic design and journalism skills. Eventually his passion for media led him to Elon University's iMedia program. After completing the program, Nolan hopes to leverage his unique skill set to help organizations use online multimedia to drive awareness of their missions, services or products through engaging and user-friendly digital content.

Jess Gerber grew up in Columbus, Ohio, and graduated from Elon University in 2007 with a degree in Business. She moved to Raleigh, N.C., the day after graduation to begin an internship with Red Hat, an open source software company on N.C. State's campus. The internship grew into a full-time job that she's greatly enjoyed during the past four years. At Red Hat, Jess focused on project management and partnered with the in-house design and brand team, as well as the web and events team. She is extremely excited about being a part of the 2012 Interactive Media class.

Cassie Gooding was born in Texas and raised in Duluth, Ga., where she graduated from Duluth High School knowing exactly what to study in college. After two years, and upon further reflection, she found that she did not, in fact, want to pursue a career in veterinary science and switched majors. While completing a B.S. at Emmanuel College in Communication with a focus in Multimedia Production in 2008, she gained a newfound passion for the study of politics and the effects of media on society as a whole. Before discovering Elon, she put her creative skills to use as a freelance graphic designer while keeping an eye out for something that would fulfill both her creativity and her interests in media and politics. She is very excited to be attending Elon University for the class of 2012, and hopes to do something remarkable with her Interactive Media degree upon graduation.

Karen Grunwald grew up in Wallingford, Conn., and graduated from Elon University in 2011 with a B.A. in Strategic Communications and a minor in Business Administration. While at Elon, Karen was a member of Habitat for Humanity, holding the position of publicity chair, and also an intern with the Burlington Royals, a minor league baseball team, running in-game and stadium promotional activities. Most recently, Karen interned at Plaid Skirt Marketing, a small marketing agency in Raleigh, N.C., helping manage clients’ and the agency’s social media platforms. She is passionate about advertising, marketing and social media and is looking forward to delving deeper into the field of interactive media.

Ty Gwennap is from Asheville, N.C., and lived there with his wife, Anna, after graduation.  He graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in May 2007 with bachelors of arts degrees in Media Production and Advertising through the School of Journalism.  While at UNC, he produced several film projects and co-wrote a feature length screenplay.  Since graduation, he has written, filmed and produced marketing videos for a blood pressure manufacturer and worked as a financial adviser.  One of Ty’s passions is for sports, both playing and watching.  That being said, working in sports media would be the perfect place for him to land after his time at Elon.  He is ecstatic about getting back to his media roots and beginning his new career in the ever-evolving world of Interactive Media.

Alison Harshbarger was raised in Wilmington, N.C. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2007 with bachelors degrees in Studio Art and Communication Studies. After graduating, Alison remained in the Triangle area and has spent the past four years working at a public relations firm that concentrates on risk and crisis management. Her interest for all things media has always been a constant but working on recent projects, including managing the production of training videos for Merck Inc., has led to a renewed desire not only to manage but to create and produce content and graphics. Alison also hopes to explore social media and networking, as well as online publishing during her time as an Elon iMedia student. Her other passions include illustration, music, food and dogs.

Meka Hayes is a graduate of UNC Charlotte, where she earned degrees in English and Mass Communications. Her background consists of television production, script editing and freelance reporting. After working in the field of finance, Meka is ready to return to media. She excited about all of the opportunities that will be available to her after completing the iMedia program.

 

Charity Holloway was born and raised in Charlotte, N.C. She enrolled in Winston-Salem State University’s Mass Communications program with a concentration in Electronic Media in August 2005. In four short years, Charity joined and presided over several academic clubs, including the Mass Communications Club, the Spanish Club, the Student Government Association and, most importantly, the university’s student television station, Ram TV, where she served as station manager for a year. She also had the opportunity to work with a local news station as a production assistant, which further solidified her love for the field of communications. She graduated summa cum laude in May 2009, with hopes of pursing a career in broadcast journalism. While completing an internship with a local production company, she developed an interest in the correlation between the Internet and media. By attending Elon University’s Interactive Media program, Charity desires to learn more about the new outlets in today’s media. With the acquisition of new knowledge, Charity hopes to start an online interactive website for underprivileged people.

Lindsey Huston is from Cincinnati. She graduated from Wofford College in May 2011 with a bachelor of arts in Philosophy and a minor in English. Lindsey pursued philosophy, the “love of wisdom,” because of her love of human perspectives and writing. For her senior thesis, she researched, wrote and defended a paper titled, “A Consideration of Kierkegaard’s Position on Attaining Christian Faith.”  The summer prior to her senior year, Lindsey worked as a full time Americorps VISTA worker at the Haven Shelter in Spartanburg, S.C. She helped publicize the Speakers’ Bureau, comprising formerly and currently homeless speakers, by editing letters submitted to the newspaper. Lindsey also spent January term of her senior year studying the “Camino de Santiago” while traveling through France and Spain. She believes her passion for studying human perspectives and her passion for writing can be translated into a career in journalism, and she hopes the iMedia program will open doors for her future.

Brittany Ison is originally from Carmel, Ind., and recently graduated cum laude from Elon University with a degree in Sport and Event Management and a minor in Business Administration. She first discovered her passion for digital design in high school along with her love for photography. She used these two passions to obtain a job at Elon’s Campus Recreation in the Marketing and Event Management department. While in school she also worked as an intern for an event planning company in Indianapolis. Brittany finds the most fulfillment in her life when she’s doing service work or traveling as much as possible. She’s excited to see where iMedia is able to take her and is looking forward to the future.

Todd Jambon is from New Orleans and has lived in Asheville, N.C., most of his life. He graduated from Western Carolina University in 2005 with a B.S. in Mass Communication. His concentration was in Print Media, in which he took several screenwriting classes from industry professionals. He also took part in shooting two student films called “Trust” and “The Stable.”  In 2008, he moved to Brooklyn, N.Y., to pursue his screenwriting dream and moved to Los Angeles a year and a half later for the same purpose. He has written 14 screenplays during the last nine years. He came back to North Carolina in fall 2010 and now looks to use all the creative skills he has learned in filmmaking in the broad field of Interactive Media.

Joshua Jenkins hails from the small town of Norlina, N.C. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2010 with a degree in Communications Studies, concentrating in interpersonal and organizational communication. While an undergraduate student, he worked as a committee chairman with the campus activities board to plan and promote performing arts events on campus. He also worked behind the scenes and on camera helping to create and develop the student television show “Carolina Style,” alongside a group of dedicated peers. After graduating, he entered the work force but soon felt the interactive media bug after starting his own blog and contributing to another blog helmed by a former iMedia student called Shift88. He knew Elon's Interactive Media program would be exactly what he needed in order to gain knowledge to use toward a promising future and ultimately to help promote his first love—the arts.

Rachel Johnson is from Fort Collins, Colo. She graduated in May from the University of Mississippi with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and Spanish. Rachel was very involved during her undergrad years and found an interest in journalism while writing for the Daily Mississippian, the student newspaper of Ole Miss. After keeping a blog of her experiences studying abroad in Quito, Ecuador, Rachel's passion switched to online journalism and multimedia. Rachel comes to Elon to learn how online and new media can help nonprofits operating abroad, especially in Latin America.

Shwanda P. Jones is a native of Windsor, N.C., where she is an alumna of Bertie High School. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2010. Within the past year, Shwanda has held a position in corporate America, started an organization, been of service to her community and grown as an intellectual, philanthropist and young woman. She hopes to gain much experience and knowledge from the iMedia program within the next year to develop her skills and acquire knowledge from her peers. Her interests include writing, public speaking, film, social media, television and editing, and she looks forward to a phenomenal year with phenomenal people.

Emily Kamischke grew up in Denver and attended high school in Severna Park, Md. She graduated from Elon cum laude in May 2009 with a B.A. in broadcast communications and a minor in religious studies. During her time as an undergrad, she was highly involved with the Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement. After graduation she completed two years of service as an AmeriCorps*VISTA with North Carolina Campus Compact in the Office of Leadership and Service Learning at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Emily is interested in connecting corporations to their communities through reciprocal public good projects. Going into the iMedia program, she plans to focus on interactive media storytelling and its ability to highlight these projects and raise awareness for the issues they impact.

Kate Keeler was born and raised in Mickleton, N.J. At age 13, she moved to Landenberg, Pa., and attended high school at the Tatnall School in Wilmington, Del. After high school Kate attended the University of Delaware in Newark, Del. As an undergraduate, Kate completed several communications based internships, including positions at Delaware Today Magazine and at M, an advertising agency in Philadelphia. While at the University of Delaware, Kate studied abroad in Europe for two winter terms. She traveled to Athens in January 2010 and Sweden and Barcelona in 2011. In May 2011, she completed her undergraduate degree in Interpersonal Communications with minors in Art History and Interactive Media at the University of Delaware, where she earned Dean’s list honors from spring 2009–spring 2011. Kate hopes to use the skills she learns in the iMedia program to pursue a career in digital design and website management.

Chris Kirkham is from Pocatello, Idaho. He attended Brigham Young University - Idaho, and graduated in 2009 with a BS degree in Journalism, the BS being deliberate because the journalism industry collapsed in on itself the second Chris graduated, leaving him jobless, hungry and confused with a near useless degree. Chris found refuge with the other failed journalists in the online marketing world and has spent the last two years building and shamelessly promoting websites for both clients and himself. He currently works for SEO.com as a CSS designer and SEO specialist. Chris loves video production, writing and web design and finds tremendous joy in watching college football and professional basketball. Chris tries to keep up with journalistic endeavors despite the rough economy. He writes about the Utah Jazz for Salt City Hoops, an ESPN TrueHoops blog, and is a contributing writer for Technorati. He also maintains his own blog, Tangents, at chriskirkham.com/blog.

Daniel Krawiec grew up in Raleigh, N.C., before attending UNC-Asheville for a B.A. in Multimedia Arts and Sciences, a degree title that is not confusingly ambiguous at all.  Fittingly, he has worked a slew of seemingly random jobs in the field since escaping the clutches of the food service industry.  Since the advent of his interest in the graphic design area, he has designed corporate identity packages, logos, business cards, book covers, album layouts and websites. He also has professional experience in typesetting, photography and video editing.  Most of this work leans more toward print design than interactivity, but the interactive field has always held a certain amount of intrigue.  Many assume that “interactive media” must refer to web design or game design, and while those are certainly two major areas, he aims to prove that the interactive world has much more to offer.  The forward-looking program at Elon is a perfect fit for this type of growth and exploration, and Daniel is excited to be a part of it.

Kacie Lett is a native of Fredericksburg, Va. She graduated with honors from Virginia Tech in May 2011 with a B.A. in both Communication and Spanish. While at Virginia Tech, Kacie was the vice president of the Society of Professional Journalists, an on- air personality with Virginia Tech Television, a research journalist for the university and a member of the collegiate Spanish Honor Society. Kacie was afforded the life-changing opportunity to study abroad in Valencia, Spain, where she studied Spanish mass media. Upon returning from Valencia, Kacie began a summer internship with NBC Washington. This internship, combined with her time abroad, helped her realize a future career path, where she hopes to combine both areas of study. Since graduation, she has interned with two radio stations in Fredericksburg while awaiting her next step onto Elon. While she once wanted to work in front of the camera, Kacie now wants to work on the inside of a media organization, hopefully blending Spanish, along with her understanding of Interactive Media to reach across new platforms.

Elizabeth Maddox is from Richmond, Va. She graduated from James Madison University with a B.A degree in Media Arts and Design (SMAD) with a concentration in Converged Media in May 2011. Her time at JMU gave her many opportunities to work as a collaborative team with fellow classmates. On one project she helped shoot and edit small videos for a Virtual Tour website of JMU. She also had the chance to create, design and update the photos page for a website to support a student-run late night talk show at JMU. Elizabeth is also working to complete a minor in film studies. This summer she had the opportunity to study abroad in Ireland and take classes to learn about the Irish and film. While she was still at JMU, Elizabeth decided that she wanted to learn more about media arts and fell in love with the iMedia program at Elon. She has a love of film, production, photography, design and art and hopes to expand her skills in Elon's program.

Andrew Mauney lives in Bowling Green, Ky., and graduated in 2011 from Hampden-Sydney College with a B.A. in Philosophy and History. His focus in philosophy on aesthetics only fueled his obsession with typography, graphic design and photography. He has had a diverse educational experience, having studied at Oxford University, helped build a maternity ward in Belize and sung with his collegiate chamber choir for the Mayors of London. Four years of undergraduate study has led him to a love of eating bacon, fence epee and wearing seersucker and bowties to football games. After having worked for four years as a student assistant to the web master at his college, Interactive Media became something that he wanted to pursue since he enjoyed the work and wanted to expand his knowledge in this burgeoning field. Andrew is a member of Phi Alpha Theta, the Union Philanthropic Literary Society and the Society of Collegiate Journalists. He is also an avid redditor and hardcore gamer, which has led him to become a regular writer for Piki Geek (http://geek.pikimal.com/).

Anne McNulty graduated from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 2011 with a B.A. in International Studies and Public Policy.  While at Carolina, she explored an interest in communications and media production through her elective courses.  She expanded upon this interest with internships as both a communications assistant at UNC's Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases and as a production assistant for WUNC's “The Story with Dick Gordon.”  Anne loves working on creative projects and is particularly interested in learning more about how interactive media can be effectively used in advertising campaigns.  Outside of the world of interactive media, she enjoys baking and eating delicious goodies, singing karaoke with friends and wakeboarding.

Jordan Mohr was born in Singapore and raised in Indonesia, Germany, Guatemala and Mexico before moving to the United States at the age of 12. He graduated with a degree in History/International Studies and a minor in German Studies from Elon in 2009. His undergraduate years were punctuated by participation in numerous campus and community projects, prompting him to give a year of service to his country. He completed a year of service with AmeriCorps NCCC ending in May of 2010. Projects he participated in included rebuilding homes in the Mississippi Gulf Coast to building an educational viewing platform at a national park in the mountains of West Virginia. As a Corps member he also served as his unit’s media representative, initiating contact with local newspapers and television studios, giving interviews and placing perspective on his unit’s experience and purpose. It is because of these events and the advent of digital technology that he has been encouraged to pursue a career in interactive media.  

Katelynn Mullins was born in Gallipolis, Ohio, on the border of West Virginia. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and International Studies from Denison University in 2007.  She also completed a semester of study at Universidad Complutense in Madrid. After graduation, Katie pursued a career with an international corporation in Cincinnati, which rekindled her affinity for cultural studies and travel.  At the start of 2010 (just in time for ski season), she took an opportunity abroad, where she has spent the last year and a half working and traveling between Switzerland and England. From recent experiences, Katie believes Interactive Media is a force that is permeating world culture, and she is eager to get involved.

Stephanie Olsen is from Baltimore, Md., and has recently received her B.A. in Strategic Communications and minor in Dance Performance from Elon University. With an interest in furthering the advancement of the arts, Stephanie has devoted her Elon career to bridging the gap between mass media and the arts. She has worked for the Dance Department at Elon University and BodyArt Dance in New York, and she’s interned with the National Dance Education Organization in Silver Spring, Md., and 87 Dance Productions in Winston Salem, N.C. Stephanie has loved her undergraduate experience at Elon and is excited to continue her education with the same institution. With the rapid advancement of multimedia, Stephanie is looking forward to the skills she will gain in the Interactive Media program.

Elizabeth Schroyer is from Hunt Valley, Md. She graduated from Elon University in 2008 with a double major in Corporate Communications and International Studies. While at Elon, she was a Communications Fellow and founding member of Live Oak Communications. She studied abroad in London for a semester and in Guam for a winter term. While in London, she interned at a fashion public relations agency. After graduating, she worked as a Continuous Improvement Coordinator for a military defense company before working and traveling in Australia for a year. She currently lives in Pittsburgh, where she works as an admissions representative for the Art Institute’s online programs and has done some freelance design work. Liz is excited to expand her technical and design skills, building on the theory she learned in her undergraduate career.

Alan Spears was born in Apex, N.C. He graduated from the University of North Carolina Wilmington in May of 2011 with a Bachelors of Arts in English, Professional Writing. Alan also earned a minor in Leadership Studies, which allowed him to work with global nonprofit groups and lend his design and technical skills to help serve others. Alan also worked as a staff writer and graphic designer with The Seahawk, the UNCW student newspaper, and with The Star News, the premier newspaper of Wilmington, N.C. As a freelance designer and writer Alan has experience working with numerous pharmaceutical companies, local business and nonprofit groups. As a passionate sports fan, Alan hopes to one day combine his passion for sport and design with a career focused in sports marketing. Alan is extremely excited to be involved with the Interactive Media Masters program at Elon University. Go Phoenix!

Brandy Stearns grew up in Cocoa, Fla., on the Space Coast. She received her bachelor’s in Journalism from the University of Florida in 2005. While at UF, she worked on staff at the Independent Florida Alligator and interned with Florida Today. After graduation, she worked at the Danville Register & Bee as a copy editor/page designer, where her position on the desk allowed her to assist with multimedia projects. She then moved to WSLS in Roanoke, Va., where she worked as a web producer, overseeing day-to-day postings, feature projects and coordinating FridayFootball.com coverage. Following a layoff, she entered the staffing industry where she recruited for and managed a temporary workforce at a client site. She enters this program looking to refine her skills and return to the digital media industry.

Ryan Stuart grew up in Cleveland and graduated from Kent State University with a B.A. in Interpersonal Communication and a minor in Sociology. During her time at Kent State she traveled to Florence, Italy, for a culture and arts program that challenged her and changed her perspective on her career plans. Upon graduating from Kent State, it was unclear what career path to follow. Ryan was offered a position as a nanny with a wonderful family to help care for two young boys in the Cleveland area. At the same time she was exploring a multitude of graduate programs, attempting to find one that was the perfect fit for her. Ryan believes she has found the right fit at Elon.

Lindsey Taylor grew up in the mountains of Asheville, N.C. Lindsey graduated from Elon's School of Communications with a bachelor’s degree in Strategic Communications. She enjoyed the hands-on undergraduate experience provided by Elon University, so she decided to attend Elon's iMedia program. Lindsey's work experience includes an internship at a full-service advertising agency in Jacksonville, Fla., with an emphasis in public relations. After graduation, she decided to change her path from public relations to the ever-evolving world of interactive media. Lindsey's other interests include movies, animals and travel.

Jessica Torrez-Riley is from a bi-coastal family. Growing up in West Chester, Pa., and Seattle, she learned quickly how to adapt to new environments and situations. Jessica graduated summa cum laude from Boston's Northeastern University with a dual B.A. in Journalism and Cinema Studies. Her diverse experience editing the student newspaper, running marketing and pre-production for the campus' online TV station and filming live sporting events for the school's athletic department led to co-ops at a major daily newspaper and two television/documentary production companies. After graduation, Jessica moved to New York City to pursue her interests in television and sports production. By day she worked on docu-reality TV shows as a production assistant and office coordinator for Al Roker Entertainment. Her nights and weekends were spent in the Major League Baseball-Advanced Media offices as a streaming media assistant for MLB.TV. It was during these late nights when she discovered a passion for interactive media and when her desire to grow from a monitor to a designer and project manager bloomed. Jessica looks forward to learning a great deal about the technical components of web design, application development and online video streaming while attending Elon's iMedia program.

Kelsey Trabue is from Dexter, Mich., and graduated in May 2011 from Wingate University. She earned a B.A. in both Spanish and Communications, with a focus on journalism. A visit from an Elon iMedia representative in a Wingate classroom sparked Kelsey’s interest in the new program. Her job as a graphic designer for Wingate’s AdTeam, a student-run design service, also made her want to develop her skills further. For two years, Kelsey served as a marketing and graphics intern for the HOPE Community Center, a center for adults with disabilities.  She also played several roles in her university’s weekly newspaper publication, the Weekly Triangle. She served as a writer, copy editor, photographer, graphics editor, features editor and eventually editor in chief in her final semester. Through her many positions, she was able to pursue her passion for page layout, graphics, project management and journalism. In addition to these jobs, she was also a member of the swim team all four years at Wingate. Kelsey is particularly interested in social media strategies, branding, and website development, but is excited to learn about all aspects of interactive media to evolve professionally. She aspires to live and work abroad so she can use her skills on a global level.

Louis Tufillaro IV is a local marking professional, musician and freelance web designer. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., Lou relocated to North Carolina where he studied Marketing at UNC Greensboro. Directly out of college he began his career as the marketing manager of a local firm. It wasn’t long before his involvement in web page layout and copy creation developed into an interest for web design. A musician and artist since childhood, Lou has had a lifelong passion for audio and video. This year, Lou hopes to combine his talents with Elon’s iMedia program and bring his skills to the next level. Lou currently resides in Greensboro, N.C., with his wife and daughter.

John West was born in Augsburg, Germany, and has grown up all over the world. Now he lives in Cary, N.C., which has been his home for the past three years. West is a professional documentary photojournalist with more than 17 years of experience in photography, who has received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Photojournalism from Point Park University in Pittsburgh. As an undergraduate student he excelled in his studies and was recognized with numerous awards for excellence in the field of communications, community commitment and photojournalism. He was also voted by the Alumni Association of Point Park University to give the commencement speech to the graduating class of 2007. He works in the field of photojournalism and for the past seven years has photographed extensively for news media outlets, such as Gateway Press Newspapers, Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Jewish Chronicle, Cisco Systems Inc., and the Flextronics Corporation. West works on projects that affect social changes throughout the global community. West works both nationally and internationally on documentaries that strive to bring social awareness through his images. He has operated John West Photography LLC since 2000 and has photographed a variety of photographic genres that include corporate, architectural, wedding and product photography. His main focus is social documentary work and by attending Elon University’s iMedia program he will obtain new educational tools to implement and execute the vision of the stories he chooses to tell.

Katie Williamsen is a St. Louis native and has spent the last eight years in Chicago. She graduated from Dominican University (River Forest, Ill.) with a B.A. in Graphic Design and Studio Art. After graduation, Katie began working for National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) in the Public Information Department. While working for NMSC, she led the design of four annual reports, created and edited outward-facing literature and coordinated the release of seven public announcements every year. This experience has strengthened her knowledge of the media world at large in conjunction with not-for-profit business style. Katie is interested in exploring a future career in a not-for-profit business environment following the completion of her iMedia degree. Katie has an active passion for yoga, interior design, travel and cooking. She and her husband, Chad, are enthusiastic about making North Carolina their new home.

Kelli Yoder, a 2008 graduate of Goshen College, will begin the iMedia program after spending a few years developing her interests and gaining valuable field experience in communicating through various media. Most recently, she was teaching English in the Republic of Georgia. Before that she worked as a multimedia specialist for a small, international, affordable-housing nonprofit called the Fuller Center for Housing. It was in telling its story that her interest in honing her skills in today’s ever-changing communication climate was piqued. She hopes in the future, the skills she learns at Elon will be an asset to another nonprofit doing work that inspires her.