Harry Caldwell, also known as Trey, graduated from North Carolina A&T State University in May 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in graphic communication systems. As an undergraduate, Trey marched in the band where he played on the “Cold Steel” drumline. When not in practice, he worked for The A&T Register student newspaper, as well as the student union as its lead graphic designer. Through Elon’s iMedia program, Trey hopes to refine his skills in graphic design while also gaining more experience in coding and digital media.
Chandler Cates-Wessel was born and raised in Providence, Rhode Island. In 2017, she graduated from Elon University with a B.A. in Strategic Communications and a minor in Psychology. As an undergraduate, she worked in the Office of the President and interned during the summers at U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse’s office in Providence and a strategic communications firm, Eckel & Vaughan, in Raleigh. Through these experiences, Chandler has discovered a passion for branding, event planning and advertising. She looks forward to challenging herself in new areas, such as website design, during her time in the iMedia program. In her free time, Chandler enjoys running around campus, spending too much time in Target, or cuddling up with her beloved rescue pup, Ned.
Nick Cook, a native of Greensboro, North Carolina, graduated from Elon University in 2015 with a B.F.A. in Theatre Arts and a minor in Communications. Following graduation, he joined Elon’s Office of Admissions staff as an admissions counselor and helped recruit high school students in the Southeast for two years. When not in class, Nick works as a food tour guide with Taste Carolina. He currently lives in Durham and enjoys showing off the Bull City through its food and culture. Nick is excited to embark on the journey to earn his M.A. in Interactive Media from Elon. Through the program, he hopes to further his knowledge about the digital media world and gain experience in his passions of graphic design and illustration.
Sarah Donahue is originally from Norwich, Vermont, where she grew up playing winter sports and creating art, stories and games. She went to New York City at the age of 18 and studied the arts and other humanities, as well as social and neuro-psychology at Sarah Lawrence College for a few years. During that time, Sarah pursued several volunteer projects exploring the social impact of the arts, and worked as a marketing intern at a performance venue in lower Manhattan. Sarah then spent a year studying health science before ultimately finishing her bachelor’s degree in graphic design, which is how she discovered her interests in UX/UI design, front-end development and content strategy. Sarah finds augmented reality fascinating because of its potential to enhance the way people experience the world and change the way we interact with it. One of her dreams is to help design AR or VR fitness and travel experiences, or programs that could help people learn new skills, enhance existing skills, or facilitate collaboration between people anywhere in the world. Sarah looks forward to working with a group of driven, inspired individuals with diverse backgrounds and skill sets in the Interactive Media program.
Kyndall DySard is from Wake Forest, North Carolina, and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 2017 with her B.A. in communication studies, with a focus on integrated marketing communication and advertising, and a minor in political science. During her undergraduate career, Kyndall held leadership positions in TealTV, UNCW's student-led production network, worked part time as a marketing manager, and designed websites on the side. She is excited to learn new skills that will take her passion for marketing, website design and working with clients to the next level.
Jessica Farmer was born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina. She graduated from Elon University in 2016 with a B.S. in business management. During her undergraduate career, she was a student athlete on the Elon women’s basketball team. Following graduation, she began a full-time position with Highland Brewing Company on its sales/marketing team in the Triangle, serving as the company’s retail account manager. She found her true calling was marketing/digital design during her position with Highland Brewing and is excited to pursue her M.A. in Interactive Media back at her alma mater, gaining the skills needed to excel in the field.
Mara Frontera was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She recently graduated with a degree in communication design and a minor in digital art and French from Elon University. As an undergraduate, Mara participated in the Elon in Los Angeles summer program and completed an internship at Threshold Entertainment, an animation studio company. She managed social media accounts, assisted in branding/marketing campaigns, and created graphic design content to redesign the company’s websites. Her passion for creating visually compelling content and her curiosity for human behavioral patterns is the main reason why she’s excited to be a part of the iMedia program. Everything from the psychological aspect of a design able to inspire people, to the physicality of a convenient/practical design that can change the way people interact with one another in society, motivates her to want to explore all areas of the design world.
Case Gardner was born and raised in North Carolina and grew up in Fuquay-Varina. He graduated from Campbell University in spring 2017, earning a communication studies degree with a concentration in digital and new media. During his time as an undergraduate, Case tried a few different majors in order to find his calling, which ultimately led to him discovering his passion for digital media production. He also worked as a film intern for the Campbell University football team. As an Interactive Media student, Case hopes to learn the skills necessary to become a full-time video editor or perhaps a video game designer.
Dexter Jenkins is from Burlington, North Carolina, and attended Western Carolina University, earning a bachelor’s degree in business marketing. As an undergraduate, he played on the Western Carolina men’s basketball team and was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. Dexter dreams of doing something where he can have an impact and work with a group of talented, creative people. Through the Interactive Media program, Dexter hopes to gain the skills necessary to become a well-rounded digital designer and project manager.
Juwan Johnson is an Arverne, New York, native by way of Charlotte, North Carolina. In spring 2017, he graduated from North Carolina A&T State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication with a concentration in mass media production, a minor in Spanish, and a certificate in business management-entrepreneurship. While at A&T, Juwan marched with the University Band, the Blue and Gold Marching Machine, served as a peer mentor and often volunteered with the university’s television studio. He also interned with WLXI-TV Tri-State Christian Television, and remained a dedicated production volunteer until his enrollment at Elon. In his spare time, Juwan enjoys photography, videography and web design. After obtaining an M.A. in Interactive Media, Juwan hopes to launch his own new media consulting and marketing firm and also plans on educating youth who aspire to become new media experts.
Kelsey Lane was born and raised in Malvern, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Elon University in 2017 with a B.A. in communication design and sociology and minors in leadership studies and African studies. During her undergraduate career, Kelsey was heavily involved with the Periclean Scholars program, and she spent her junior and senior years producing a documentary about food security in Namibia. She is passionate about traveling and learning about other cultures and hopes to eventually pursue a career working internationally with non-governmental organizations to promote awareness. With a variety of interests ranging from web design and photography to graphic design and video production, Kelsey hopes that the iMedia program will give her the opportunity to delve deeper into topics in order to help her determine which track she wants to pursue professionally.
Rhett Lawson, originally from Reno, Nevada, moved to Greensboro, North Carolina, in eighth grade. He later enrolled and graduated from Elon University in 2017 with a B.F.A. in cinema and television production. As an undergraduate, Rhett worked as an equipment specialist for Elon’s production equipment rental service, the Gear Room. He spent a semester in Los Angeles as an intern for the production company EuropaCorp, where read and analyzed industry circulated movie and television scripts. He also worked as a video production manager for Live Oak Communications, Elon’s student-run strategic communications agency. Through this experience, Rhett won a gold ADDY award for student cinematography at the 2016 American Advertising Awards. He’s thrilled to be a part of Elon’s iMedia program and hopes to further his skills in video production and project management.
Lee McPhatter was born and raised in Fayetteville, North Carolina. He received a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from North Carolina A&T State University. During his time at A&T, Lee was a member of the Blue and Gold Marching Machine, where he played bass drum in the percussion section better known as "Cold Steel." He later joined Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity, Inc. After graduation, Lee worked as an associate professional at a group home in Greensboro. Lee’s future plans include landing a job in the media industry and using his skills to give back to his community.
James Miralia studied journalism at Elon University and was a contributor to Elon News Network, the university’s student news organization. James enjoys video games and is creating a gaming association for online gaming communities. As an Interactive Media student, he hopes to learn more about video production tools and front-end web development tools while finding ways to integrate his journalism skills into the mix.
Kendra Sharpe, a native of Burlington, North Carolina, earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. While at UNC Charlotte, she interned for Exchange, an online magazine highlighting the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Recently, Kendra interned at Charlotte STYLE Magazine, managing social media pages and monitoring social analytics, as well as developing a desire to pursue media as a career. With her love for fashion, writing, design and photography, Kendra hopes the Interactive Media program will introduce new ideas in the interactive world, especially in graphic design, media writing, and video production. Kendra’s main goal is being as versatile as possible in the digital age with a creative edge.
Kaylin Skipwith, a native of Burlington, North Carolina, graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2015 with a major in communication studies and a minor in media studies. During her undergraduate career, Kaylin studied abroad in South Korea and learned about the influence of media as it relates to Korean pop culture. After graduating from UNCG, she worked at Pace Communications in Greensboro as an account coordinator. Her experience at Pace revealed to her the elaborate work that goes into creating engaging and creative content; she has been hooked ever since. As a member of Elon’s iMedia program, Kaylin looks forward to developing her skills in preparation for the next phase of her career in digital media.
Arvanna Smart is a native of Rochester, New York, and was raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. In spring 2017, she graduated from East Carolina University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and public relations. As an undergraduate, Arvanna was a news reporter for the East Carolinian and interned at various media outlets. She is thrilled to begin the next chapter of her life at Elon University and can't wait to develop the skills needed to pursue a career in the entertainment industry.
Ashley Sugg is originally from Pine Level, North Carolina. In 2017, she graduated from Campbell University with a B.S. in health communication and a B.A. in communication studies with a public relations concentration. As an undergraduate, Ashley was actively involved on campus. While participating on various student panels and focus groups at Campbell, she also served as advancement chair and senior class representative of student government, vice president and president of her sorority, Sigma Alpha Omega, call team leader in the Office of Annual Giving, and a student worker for the Alumni Office. During her undergraduate career, Ashley also completed three internships. Following Elon’s Interactive Media program, Ashley hopes to tie together her graduate degree, undergraduate degrees and past work experiences.
Gardy Swengbe, a native of Charlotte, North Carolina, graduated from North Carolina A&T State University in May 2016. He received his bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication with a concentration in mass media production. During his undergraduate career, Gardy gained a wide range of experience through internships with organizations such as the Charlotte Hornets and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Gardy is eager to further his knowledge in the realm of technology and use his M.A. in Interactive Media to establish a career and continue to pursue his passions.
Tiffany Taylor, affectionately known as Tip Taylor, is from Durham, North Carolina. In 2010, Tip graduated from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke with a bachelor’s degree in mass communication, concentrating in broadcasting, and a minor in theater. During her undergraduate career, Tip worked as a reporter and anchor for “Carolina News Today,” UNCP’s weekly cable news show. After graduating, she worked as an associate radio producer and programmer for WE-DO Radio Networks in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Tip was also a regular camera operator for the media ministry at Covenant Love Church. She currently volunteers as a marketing adviser for Direct Affect Bully Kennel. Through Elon’s iMedia program, Tip aspires to be a well-rounded media and production professional. In five years, Tip hopes to have her own production company and children’s theater.
Amanda Travis, a native of Durham, North Carolina, graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 2012 with a B.A. in English, concentrating in professional writing, and minoring in psychology. She has since worked in various positions within the financial industry. As the branch manager of a small bank, she assisted with marketing and developed relationships with small business owners in the Triangle area. Most recently, she has worked in accounting at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and as a media tagging specialist at TiVo. In her free time, she also completed a summer screenwriting program at UCLA. Amanda is excited to be a part of the iMedia program and she hopes this will help her develop the technical skills needed to refocus her career on a creative position within the digital media industry.
Imoni Tull was raised in Fort Mill, SC, right outside of Charlotte, NC. She graduated from North Carolina A&T State University in May 2017 with a Bachelors of Science in Journalism and Mass Communications. During her senior year in undergrad, she obtained a position as a Social and Digital Media intern at a production company founded by Elon iMedia alum. Through this internship she realized production and marketing were her passion. Outside of her studies, she enjoys spending time with family and being a big sister to a little girl through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte. After completing the iMedia program she hopes to have the skills she needs in digital media and marketing, so she can professionally pursue her passion and set an example for her family and little sister.
Jonathan Wilkinson was born in Martinsville, Virginia, and has lived in Greensboro, North Carolina for the past 13 years. He graduated from Guilford College with a bachelor’s degree in history and a minor in philosophy. Before Guilford, Jonathan spent six years in the United States Army, where he deployed to Egypt on a peacekeeping mission during the 2012 revolution. As a member of the Multinational Force and Observers mission, he worked with numerous foreign military and civilian personnel to aid in the enforcement of the terms of the Camp David Accords. While conducting his undergraduate thesis work in international relations, Jonathan discovered his passion for communications strategy. Entering with little experience in digital media, Jonathan intends to use his time at Elon to learn skills that allow him to apply his passion for strategic communications to an exciting career in the digital realm.
Dominique Young was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She graduated in December 2016 from North Carolina A&T State University with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications. During her time at A&T, Dominique worked with both the school’s TV sudio and newspaper. These experiences gave her insight on the different roles involved in developing productions and publications. Through Elon’s iMedia program, she hopes to further expand her knowledge in coding and webpage development.