iMedia Students Brave New World

The fifth class in Elon's Interactive Media program features 38 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.

Evan Atkinson, 23, was born in Atlanta but raised in Montclair, N.J. He graduated from Elon University in spring 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Strategic Communications. Since graduating, he interned in marketing for the African-American Leadership Committee/United Way of Greater Greensboro, completed classes in website design and computer graphics, while also volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club of Burlington. Evan hopes to learn more about integrating media tools and enhancing his digital skills. He is excited about the opportunity, and, after completing the Interactive Media program, Evan hopes to find Interactive Media-related employment in professional sports. Evan's passions include basketball, movies, music and animation.

Arielle Aurrichio was born and raised in a village just north of Manhattan, N.Y. She is entering the Interactive Media program with a bit of a unique background, having obtained a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. As a passionate volunteer, Arielle spent much of her college career working with organizations such as the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the Make-a-Wish Foundation. She also spent time event planning for clubs on campus, while holding several leadership positions within Greek life. Arielle looks forward to incorporating her scientific specialties into the program and hopes to explore web development and video. Many of her interests lie in social media and public relations, but she hopes one day to produce media content for non-profit organizations. Her other interests include photography, live music and running.

Tynesha Brown was born in Philadelphia and raised in Wilson, N.C. She graduated from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in December 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Graphic Communications Systems. While attending A&T, Tynesha began working, designing and managing The School of Technology web page, which is where her love for web design began. She is excited to be a part of the iMedia program and is looking forward to building on her knowledge and skills in web design, while also gaining knowledge about digital media and visual communications.

Jennifer Buxton is from Lee, Mass., and went to college in Manchester, N.H., for a Sport Management degree. She has lived in Durham for nine years. Jennifer is a sports fan with a passion for planning and organizing sporting events. Her favorite teams to follow are the New England Patriots and Boston Celtics. Before attending graduate school, she worked in the athletics field as an instructor, referee, league coordinator and tournament director. After many years of working, Jennifer felt the need to change her career and was able to find the right graduate program for her. She has always had a personal goal to get a master’s degree. And in the iMedia program, she hopes to gain more knowledge of website design, graphic design and social media to use in the athletics field.

Sasha Campbell is an eclectic art lover, avid book reader and rising media professional, who was born in San Francisco and raised in Concord, N.C. She graduated from North Carolina State University with two bachelor’s degrees in International Economics & Environment and Art Studies with a concentration in Visual Arts and a minor in Japanese. During her first week of her undergraduate career, she began working as a graphic designer at the school newspaper, the Technician. She fell in love with her job and went on to become lead designer and senior sales associate until her graduation. That was the job that fueled her passion for design and her internships at the North Carolina Museum of Art and The Gregg Museum, which furthered her love of art and all things creative. During her senior year, she studied abroad in Japan for four months, living in Tokyo and thriving in its rich and vibrant culture. Since graduation, she has been working as a freelance photographer, muralist and painter, starting her own side business, Atsuko Art. She has aspirations of becoming a designer for an international organization or nonprofit through the education and expertise the iMedia program offers. She is excited to begin her journey as a Phoenix while creating lasting and impactful relationships with her fellow students and faculty. 

Jessica Chambers graduated in May 2011 from West Virginia University with a degree in Advertising and was honored as an “Outstanding Senior” in her field. While in school, Jessica was a social media/communications manager, produced press releases for the university’s Arts and Entertainment department and worked as a mobile strategist. She also wrote and assisted in editing the summer 2010 addition of West Virginia Executive, the state’s premier business magazine. Upon graduating, Jessica began work at National Travel in Charleston, W.Va., as a travel consultant for government and leisure clients. Primarily coordinating travel for FEMA, she proved she was not afraid of working 12-hour days during disaster season and would do anything for her clients. Through the iMedia program, Jessica wants to lead the way in creating new tourism strategies and become a multimedia storyteller.

Matt Culloty, 22, was born and raised in Baltimore. To escape the “Baltimore bubble,” he went south to Elon only to find himself in a new bubble. Matt spent his undergraduate years working toward his B.A. in Computer Information Systems. While writing numerous hours of code and working with endless databases, he found tranquility in doing front-end design work in his digital art classes. During these years, he maintained his childhood love for lacrosse by working summers as a manager for Aloha Tournaments and playing on the Elon Men’s Club Lacrosse team. Matt is looking forward to the Elon iMedia program, which will help combine his coding and artistic skills.

Ashley Gilmer’s No. 1 goal is to be the best storyteller she can be. The Greensboro native is a multimedia journalist, always looking for her next story. She hopes the skills she learns through the iMedia program will help her navigate the changing landscape of the media industry. She can't wait to learn about web development, mobile applications, design aesthetics and everything else the program has to offer. In May of 2012, Ashley graduated from North Carolina A&T State University with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. Prior to graduating, she obtained and excelled in internships with CNN and FOX 8 WGHP. During her tenure at A&T, she was active with the on-campus television studio. Her junior and senior years she produced and co-hosted an arts and entertainment show titled "Aggie Insider." The student-run production has been one of the most popular shows among the student body in recent years. Upon graduation she was accepted into the Gannett Talent Development Program. Through the program she accepted a position as a multimedia producer with the Daily Advertiser in Lafayette, La. (a Gannett affiliate newspaper). Ashley wore many hats while at the Advertiser. She acted as an online producer, writer and videographer. She also trained the editorial staff on best practices for video production and editing. Ashley considers herself a life-long learner and enjoys challenges and learning new ways of thinking. Earning a master's degree at Elon will no doubt overwhelm her with both.

Morgan Hembarsky hails from Orange County in California and graduated from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa. Graduating in 2013, Hembarsky majored in Journalism and double minored in Mass Communication and Religion. She was a writer for the school newspaper, The Brown and White, and a photographer for Lehigh’s yearbook. Her love for working with people earned her the role of strategic marketing chairman within her sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta, where she was responsible for rebranding the chapter’s identity on Lehigh’s campus. During her time in undergrad, Hembarsky interned for PBS and NPR, guiding her to her passion for broadcasting and television news. She is excited to combine her experience in traditional journalism with new multimedia skills. Her other interest include supporting our troops, attending sporting events and concerts, and hanging out with friends.

Brandon Himmelman grew up in the New River Valley in Virginia, where he graduated from Radford University. He moved to Greensboro, N.C., with his wife in 1999. Prior to enrolling in Elon’s Interactive Media graduate program, he spent 16 years in sales, where he took a keen interest in the power of digital communication and its influence on information, culture and opinions. Brandon left sales wanting to pursue greater interests and discovered the iMedia program. He feels the program has all the perfect elements to develop a sweeping, prodigious amount of knowledge. He hopes such a comprehensive understanding of interactive media will lead to capitalizing on future trends and concepts. He’s also excited about the relationships that are built in the iMedia program and looks forward to forming many lasting friendships. Between the iMedia graduate program and spending time with his wife and daughter, Brandon looks forward to being “a little busy” for the foreseeable future.

David Howell was born in Rocky Mount, N.C., but has lived in every region of the state from the mountains to the coast. It is in these settings that he learned to observe his surroundings. David was especially drawn toward North Carolina’s wildlife—a subject he would pursue with his photography later in life. In order to get a solid background in art, he attended the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where he received his bachelor’s degree in Art History in 2012. Through his studies, he learned of the always changing understanding of aesthetics and how culture is a huge factor in what drives media. As a student, he had the opportunity to travel to Paris, where he worked on an independent study examining Renoir’s later works and the affects his rheumatoid arthritis had on his artistic style. After graduating, he stayed in Wilmington and applied his art history skills toward museum work. He began as a volunteer docent at the Bellamy Mansion, downtown Wilmington’s center historic attraction, and was quickly hired as the weekend manager. He also volunteered at the Cameron Art Museum, where he was thrown into the local art world by selling artists’ works and educating guests about the museum’s revolving exhibitions. David is thrilled to start his new adventure with iMedia and is eager to see the potential the program holds for him. He believes digital media is the future of the world and is excited to bring it to others. Outside of school and work, David enjoys juggling all of his hobbies: playing banjo in a band, bird watching throughout the state, running at the beach and taking pictures of everything.

Brooke Hundley is a native of Colorado and spent the last eight years in the state of New York. Brooke was a 2008 graduate of Ithaca College with dual degrees in Television & Radio Production and Business Management. Upon graduation, Brooke pursued a producing path in network television, working for “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and Warner Bros. Television in Los Angeles before moving into sports production in New York, where she worked with NBC Sports on the 2008 Beijing Olympics and ESPN on college football and Major League Baseball productions. Brooke is excited to join the ranks of the iMedia program after dabbling in social media campaigns and digital marketing and looks forward to new opportunities to hone her creative talents while broadening her knowledge of current trends in the media marketplace.

Jessica Kingman was born in Burlington, Vt., but spent the majority of her life in New Bern, N.C. Unable to fully pry herself away from the beautiful North Carolina coastline, she spent four years at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington before graduating with her bachelor’s in Communication Studies in 2012. During her senior year at UNCW, she and four other students worked to re-brand The College of Arts and Sciences through an extensive marketing campaign. Following graduation, Jessica accepted a position at Viamark Advertising back in her hometown of New Bern where she fell in love with all forms of digital media. She is looking forward to furthering her creative talents while a part of the iMedia program, especially in graphic and web design. Jessica loves to travel and when she’s not curled up with a book (preferably by Khaled Hosseini or David Sedaris), she is planning her trips back to Marseille, France, where she studied her junior summer, or to New York and San Francisco to see her friends and family. 

Grace Krafte was born in New York and raised in Chapel Hill, N.C. She is returning to Elon after graduating in 2012 with a B.A. in Strategic Communications and a minor in Mathematics. Throughout her undergraduate experience, she found her passion for graphic design by combining her creative instincts with an analytical, left-brained approach. She gained design experience by working as a creative executive for Live Oak Communications and interning at Johannes Leonardo, where she worked on creative projects for Google, Coke and Bacardi. After graduating, she began working as a designer for FleishmanHillard in Raleigh, N.C., where she had the opportunity to work on national campaigns for a wide variety of clients, including Citibank, Carmex, Cree and Sirtex. Grace is experienced in graphic design, infographics, video editing and social media monitoring. She is thrilled to be joining the iMedia program and plans to pursue a career in front-end web and mobile development. In her spare time, you might find her rooting for the Red Sox or planning her next trip to Europe.

Luke Lovett was born in Daegu, South Korea, and grew up in Alexandria, Va. He graduated from Elon University with a double major in Strategic Communications and Art in 2012. After a year of working in Los Angeles, Luke has chosen to further his education as part of the iMedia program. In his free time, Luke enjoys staying active outdoors and searching for new art trends from around the world. He hopes to use his degree to pursue a career in creative advertising and design.
 

Molly McBride was born and raised in Winston Salem, N.C. She graduated from Salem College in 2009 with a bachelor's degree in Communication and Psychology. After graduating, Molly moved to Baltimore and worked as an accreditation coordinator at a non-profit medical accreditation company. Molly returned to Winston Salem in 2011 to work at Wake Forest University. For the past two years she has worked in marketing and communication for the Office of Personal and Career Development at WFU. In her role, Molly developed social media content and marketing messages for more than 5,000 undergraduate students. During that time, Molly developed an interest in connecting with people through various media. She hopes to connect that interest, along with the skills she learns through iMedia, with her passion for non-profits.

Brian McLawhorn is an online sports journalist with 11 years of experience, nine of which have been spent with Yahoo! Sports and Rivals.com. Over the course of the last six years, Brian has served as publisher of two websites within the Yahoo! Sports network, covering Duke and Appalachian State University athletics. Prior to his role as publisher, he also served stints covering the football and men’s basketball teams at the University of North Carolina and the University of Alabama. In addition to providing content for individual network sites, the Yahoo! Sports front page and Rivals.com national coverage pages, Brian has also been a frequent guest on Yahoo! Sports Radio, Rivals Radio, ESPN Radio, NBC Sports Radio and Fox Sports Radio, among others. Brian is excited to be part of the 2014 iMedia class and is looking forward to exploring new, compelling avenues in which to tell stories. He hopes to leave the program armed with the necessary tools to advance his career within the sports industry, as well as open new opportunities in other media sectors. Brian, who currently lives in Winston-Salem, N.C., was born in Newton, N.C.; however, as the son of a United Methodist minister, he spent his childhood moving throughout the state. He attended Appalachian State University where he received a bachelor's degree in Communication with a concentration in Journalism. 

Melody Mechanic graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2011 with a B.A. in psychology. That summer, she put her psychology knowledge to good use and became a research assistant for a lab at UNCG. Instantly after working at the psychology lab, Melody decided to move to Spain for a year to teach English at a local elementary school. While abroad, she made the most of her experience by traveling across Europe and visiting many unique cultures. She has traveled to more than 20 countries and is now proficient in three languages: English, Hebrew and Spanish. Prior to starting the iMedia program at Elon, Melody was a preschool teacher in her hometown of Chapel Hill, N.C. This year she hopes to learn more about graphic design and to perfect her media writing skills. In her free time, Melody enjoys club kickball, painting and consuming tremendous amounts of chocolate milk.

Erika Metzger was born and raised in West Palm Beach, Fla. She graduated from UNC Charlotte in 2012 with two Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Communications. In her gap year before iMedia, Erika worked as a production assistant for “American Idol,” a program director for a local Charlotte education station and a media relations assistant for the Winston-Salem Dash, a minor league baseball team affiliated with the Chicago White Sox. During her senior year at UNC Charlotte, she was the editor-in-chief of NinerOnline.com and started NinerTV, a student-run TV network. She managed a staff of 40 people and handled a wide range of shows, from a standard news show to a quirky web-series. Erika is excited to expand her interactive media knowledge and feels that the iMedia program will be the perfect place for her.

Brenna Mickey grew up in the heart of tobacco country in Winston-Salem, N.C. She attended Peace College, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication, minoring in Graphic Design and Marketing. While earning her undergraduate degree, Brenna played basketball all four years, as well as graduated as a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa honor society. Brenna was the Graphics and Layout Editor for the on-campus newspaper at Peace College, as well as the Publicity Chairwoman for the Campus Activities Board. While at Peace, Brenna also completed three internships: a graphic design internship in downtown Winston-Salem, a communication internship for the Communications and Athletic Department at Peace College and a marketing internship at Habitat for Humanity of Iredell County. Directly after completing her undergraduate degree Brenna joined the Peace Corps and completed her two-year service as a Community Development Volunteer in a small, isolated town in northern Albania. During her stint as a Peace Corps Volunteer she led the Gender and Development committee in developing a country wide short virtual video series on gender roles in Albania. She also worked with the town hall of her community developing tourism infrastructure by web development, branding and translations. She has also worked as a freelance graphic designer for several non-profits in the states and abroad. Brenna is an avid world traveler and loves learning about other cultures. In her free time you can usually find her in a gym playing basketball or behind a camera. After her time in the Peace Corps, Brenna decided to continue her learning in Elon's iMedia program to further her skill set and become a more effective, intercultural communicator through online media.

Kara O’Halloran was born and bred in Sag Harbor, N.Y. She has loved the south since the day she started undergrad at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. In 2011, Kara graduated with a communications degree, concentrating in public relations. After college, Kara worked at Hampton Event Management International, where she found her passion planning large-scale special events. Her work at Hampton Event Management saw her create and coordinate all types of events, often for some of the most demanding (not to mention A-list) clients in the world. Kara’s patience and sense of humor have always served her well. Those brief moments she was not working, Kara could be found on the beach or watching one of her favorite teams play live (Jets, Mets or Islanders). Kara is hoping her time at Elon will give her the opportunity to have an impact on the digital media world. She is interested in the social media marketing industry and application development. Kara is excited to learn, collaborate and innovate through interactive media. 

Philip Page is a graduate of the University of North Carolina A&T with a bachelor’s degree in journalism & mass communication. During his undergraduate career, Philip volunteered at WNAA 90.1 FM with outstanding service. Upon graduation, he became a full time DJ & audio engineer in downtown Greensboro, serving many clients, including organizations here in Elon. Philip began DJing at the age of 15, opening up for countless recording artists, celebrities and personalities. Philip also has a passion for sports, as he was an athlete and an accomplished head football and head track coach. He’s looking forward to expanding his horizons at Elon.

Andrea Pereira de Almeida grew up in Bowling Green, Ohio, but also lived for a period in Sao Paulo, Brazil as a child. She attended Bowling Green State University, where she majored in Visual Communication Technology and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 2011. While at BGSU, Andrea competed in both cross country and track for four years and was named a team captain her senior year. She left her mark at BGSU through the design and installation of wall graphics throughout the athletic department and athletic facilities. Upon graduation, she became the assistant cross country and track coach at Bowling Green State University, where her job duties stretched from coaching and recruiting to event planning and program promotion through print and social media. This past year, Andrea concentrated on growing her freelance website and graphic design business. While in the iMedia program, it is her goal to focus her studies on website design by learning and applying best practice technologies to her current skill set. The field of interactive media is a perfect fit for her, because like her, it combines the creative and the logical—engaging the right and left sides of the brain. What she likes the most about this area is that it blends a very calculated way of thinking with an artistic approach. Her goal post-graduation is to work for a cutting edge sports company, where she can combine her love for creativity and athletics.

Reginald Peterson II was born and raised in Greensboro, N.C. He graduated in 2010 from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communications, with a concentration in Electronic Media. During his time at North Carolina A&T, he was an active member of the school’s first broadcast show, “Studio 475 News.” Reginald wrote scripts, shot and edited video, appeared in front of camera, and programmed interactive graphics for WFMY News 2 during his internship his senior year. After graduation, Reginald interned with P&P Productions in Virginia Beach, Va. There, he gained experience producing wedding packages and shooting a local television show. Through his media experiences, Reginald has decided to start his own production company, which will focus on uplifting his culture through different media platforms. With his degree in Interactive Media, Reginald hopes to maintain multiple sources of income through the skills gained from Elon's iMedia program.

Aaron Francis Colfax Petrik was born and raised in the Bay Area of California. There, he fostered a passion for art from an early age and became heavily involved in the street art scene in northern California. During his time in Albany High School, he helped direct and implement multiple murals, including a project for the city of Albany that focused on the empowerment of the local youth community. Aaron graduated in May 2013 with a bachelor degree in Strategic Communications from Elon University. During his time at Elon, Aaron has done many pieces of digital design, decoration, custom drawing and murals for clients, including the Coca-Cola Company, the Food Network, the Recess Ride Shop and Hidden Star Orchards. He is looking forward to transitioning his knowledge of physical media of art into a digital format. One day, Aaron aspires to start his own advertising firm.

Alexandra Pingree, or Lexy for short, was born and raised in Massachusetts, just north of Boston. Lexy graduated from Averett University in 2012 with a major in Equestrian Studies Business Management and a Minor in Communications. She went into Averett hoping to come out a horse professional but quickly discovered that working in a barn for the rest of her life was not for her. After taking a few marketing classes, she began to get a glimpse of a new possible career path. The summer after her junior year, Lexy was required to be an intern at a horse-related job. She discovered EquestriSol, an equine marketing company based out of Lexington, Ky. It was there that she developed a passion for web and ad design. Since graduating from Averett, Lexy has spent the past year intensely competing her two horses, taking photos and working for EquestriSol Marketing. She loves her job, but she has a lot more to learn in this field. Lexy choose Elon’s iMedia program to help her broaden her knowledge of web design, ad design and general iMedia information. She hopes to gain experience with these programs that she can then take into the world. In her free time, Lexy enjoys riding and competing her two horses, hanging out with friends and sharpening her photography skills.

Scott Richardson, from Falls Church, Va., graduated from Elon University in 2013 with a B.A. in Media Arts & Entertainment. He is looking forward to the iMedia program as an opportunity to collaborate with others in a creative environment, while expanding upon what he learned at Elon as a film student. As an undergraduate, Scott served as the executive producer of “Elon Tonight,” Elon’s student sketch comedy show, for two and a half years. He credits the show with providing him an opportunity to develop his writing, directing, producing, shooting and editing skills.

Nikki Schell grew up in Rockville, Md. She graduated magna cum laude from Clemson University in December 2012 with a degree in Communication Studies and an emphasis in sports media. She is a huge Clemson football fan and a lifetime Washington Capitals ice hockey fan. She always had a love of traveling and as an undergrad she was able to study abroad in Australia. She loves photography, social media and graphic design. Through internships and academics, Nikki has had experience in most things iMedia related, from videography to SEO marketing. She hopes to build on her passions and prior experiences while learning all she can in the world of Elon’s interactive media masters program.

Laura Smith is a self-proclaimed Yankee girl with a southern heart, having been born in Philadelphia but raised in Atlanta. Laura graduated from Elon University in 2010 with a B.A. in journalism and minor in psychology. Post-graduation, Laura moved back to Atlanta where she worked in digital marketing at a destination marketing company. She then honed her creative writing skills at Havertys Furniture’s corporate office as a copywriter in the advertising department. Her experience in these roles sparked an interest in learning more about interactive media and how it can play a role in both the marketing and journalism industries. Laura hopes to continue her passion for writing while combining it with new interactive skills as a multimedia journalist or social media marketer. She also wants to further her skills in photo editing with the hopes of doing freelance photography work in the future. Laura’s other interests include traveling, running, cooking, wine and sushi nights with friends, and attempting to successfully carry out Pinterest-worthy DIY projects.

Shekinah Smith was born on the Caribbean island of Trinidad and Tobago and, at the age of 11, her family immigrated to the United States. After two years in New York, her family settled in North Carolina. She attended the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and double majored in Film Studies and Communication Studies. During her freshman year, she joined the on-campus news broadcast club, TealTV. This position later lead her to becoming the production assistant for the Housing and Residence Life department, where, for two years, she was responsible for all the department’s promotional and educational videos for the university’s website and closed circuit TV station, CHWK. In addition, she helped create the Caribbean Student Association and became inducted as a member of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority. During her senior year, she interned for Legion Productions. During her internship, she got the opportunity to assist the lead editors in many of their projects. Currently, she works for Apple, and it is very possible you may run into her at the Genius Bar. Her current position allows her to work with technology and see how it has an impact on people’s day-to-day habits. And that’s affected Shekinah’s decision to enroll in Elon’s iMedia program. She hopes to combine her creativity and self-proclaimed “geekiness” into a successful iMedia career.

Mary Fran Thompson knew she wanted to work in the gaming industry from the moment she walked into Principles of Interactive Game Design her junior year at North Carolina State University. Despite graduating cum laude with a B.A. in English and no programming experience whatsoever, Mary Fran hoped to combine her fervor for video games with her knowledge and love of the Japanese language. Unable to get a position with a developer sans actual translating experience, she finally landed a job with FCC North Carolina, a manufacturer of automatic clutches, as a translator/interpreter. Profoundly unfulfilled and sporting a few gray hairs as a result, she decided to take an alternative route to achieve her dream and applied to Elon’s iMedia program. Mary Fran aspires to become a community manager for a video game developer, creating captivating multimedia promotional content combined with spirited rhetoric in support of upcoming titles.

Russell Varner was born in Los Angeles and raised in Charlotte, N.C. He originally graduated from Elon in 2010 with a degree in Journalism and had so much fun that he decided he would return for grad school. Before coming back to his alma mater, Russell was a sports editor for the Camp Lejeune Globe in Jacksonville, N.C., and a sports copy editor for Berkshire Hathaway, where he copy edited for numerous papers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida and Alabama. He has also covered football in the Southern Conference for SouthernPigskin.com since 2010. As a fan of the Carolina Panthers, Charlotte Bobcats/soon-to-be Hornets, the Los Angeles Dodgers and AC Milan, sports have always been a big part of Russell’s life and he hopes to continue that with the iMedia program. He looks forward to merging his writing, editing and photography skills with everything the program has to offer to become a more complete multimedia journalist.

Daron Vaught comes from Roanoke, Va., and is a 2012 graduate of Emory & Henry College, with degrees in Mass Communications and Creative Writing. For the past year, he's worked in sales (most notably for ESPN Radio in Virginia). At Emory & Henry, Daron was known as "The Voice of the Wasps," serving as the primary play-by-play broadcaster for men's and women's basketball for Emory's 9,000-watt college and community station, WEHC 90.7FM, and hosted two other sports-centric shows. He also founded the GoWasps.com "E-cast," which has since allowed baseball, volleyball and men's and women's soccer broadcasts to be streamed online. Daron was the host of E&H's student-run television programming, EHC-TV. During the summer of 2011, Daron worked for the Morehead City Marlins, a summer collegiate baseball team in the Coastal Plain League, as the director of media relations and broadcasting. Daron's additional interests include punk rock, exercise, food of all kinds, an excessive caffeine intake, social media and—of course—spending time with his wife, Ellen.

Sophie Waller was born and raised in London. She moved to Greensboro, N.C., when she was 13 years old and spent freshman and sophomore year there. But she moved back to the UK to finish high school at 16. She graduated from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne University in 2011, with a bachelor’s in Media, Communications & Culture, which was a mix between current media, journalism and psychology. Two days after finishing college, Sophie moved to New York to start an internship as the Presidents Intern at Tribal DDB, where she got to work on the Reebok account, among others, which really started her love for working on exciting current retail accounts. Her most rewarding job post-university was as a digital content assistant for Westfield London. Sophie enjoyed incorporating her love for social media, web design and style blogging. She has loved working in both the retail and client sides of the business—because she loves meeting new people. From the Interactive Media program, she looks forward to expanding her skills and becoming a more confident web designer. Sophie would like to continue to mix social media, design and retail. Her other interests include any kind of documentaries, random weird facts and the show “Chopped.”

Allie White earned a bachelor’s degree in Interpersonal Communication and minors in Spanish and Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management from North Carolina State University in 2012. At State, Allie spent her years as an active member of her Greek organization, Pi Beta Phi, volunteering as a University Ambassador, studying abroad in Spain and working for the Campus Recreation program and Wolfpack football office. Not wanting to leave the Wolfpack family after graduation, Allie accepted a marketing assistant position with athletics, where she developed marketing plans for multiple varsity sports and assisted with game-day operations. During her time there she received the opportunity to assist the director of graphic design, learning from him and assisting him with multiple projects, including web and print graphics. Allie is looking forward to developing her skills and learning more about visual aesthetics in design and web development.

Jeffrey Williamson is from Reidsville, N.C., and graduated from Elon University in May 2013 with a degree in Digital Art. As an undergrad at Elon, he served as a member of the Sigma Delta chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, where he often acted as the visual creator/promoter of events. He worked for the award-winning on campus Live Oak Communications agency, participated in the Elon in NYC program, studied abroad in Florence, Italy, and served as a digital art lab consultant and a creative designer for Creative Resolutions to design cultural event ads. He is currently a freelance photographer/illustrator and designer. Jeffrey hopes to learn more about the visual/design aspects of communications and project management in hopes of one day becoming a creative director.

Justin Wylie, a native of South Carolina, is a graduate of Clemson University. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Production Studies - Audio Technology, with a minor in Communication Studies. During middle school, Justin began playing guitar and developed a passion for music. He found a “calling” when he auditioned for, and was accepted into, the Audio Engineering program at Greenville County (SC) School District’s Fine Arts Center. His coursework taught him the basics of recorded sound, live sound, sound management/reinforcement, and an insight to all that goes on behind the scenes. At Clemson as an Audio Technology major, he expanded his capabilities and developed his skills exploring the many facets of the audio engineering field. His complementary work in Communication Studies pointed the way for combining his skills as an audio engineer with the exciting elements of broadcast communications. Justin has worked several seasons with the Greenville Drive minor league baseball team (an affiliate of the Boston Red Sox), providing game day audio and in-game music/entertainment. A lifelong sports fan, Justin’s work with the Greenville Drive has piqued his interest in pursuing career options in the sports entertainment and production industry, or in some new area of interactive media yet to emerge.

Craig Zdanowicz is originally from Philadelphia but is currently living in Greensboro, N.C. After attending the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, he went to UNC-Chapel Hill for undergrad, majoring in Physics/Astronomy and Math. He was doing research in Gamma-Ray Bursts and working at the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, while also being an Astronomy 101 Lab TA. But a change of heart caused him to adjust his major during his senior year to Communications - Media Studies and Production. After an extra year, he graduated in 2009 from UNC. Since Craig graduated, he has been working for Apple for about three years doing tech support and training. He has learned a lot from his time at Apple but has been looking to improve media skills. In the iMedia program, Craig hopes to strengthen skills in photography and video, while also learning web design and app development.