Alumni: 2000s

Staying in touch with old friends and professors also is a way to stay in touch with The Media School. Check out these Class Notes by era.

Class of 2000

Alice Budisatrijo, BAJ’00, graduated from Oxford University with a master’s in diplomacy and international studies. She is the senior producer for the BBC World News in Southeast Asia. (August 2016)

Dawn Reiss, BAJ’00, was named a fellow at the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma. As a recipient of a fellowship on gun violence, she will work on projects in the Midwestern United States for nine months. Reiss, an award-winning Chicago-based freelance journalist, has written for more than 40 media outlets including U.S. News & World Report, The Atlantic, TIME, USA Today and the Chicago Tribune. (August 2017)

Class of 2001

Katherine (Lewis) Albers, BAJ’01, was hired as a content strategist for external communications at Arthrex, a global medical device company based in Naples, Florida. She was previously public information coordinator for Collier County, Florida. (October 2017)

Courtney (Irwin) Chazen, MA’01, joined the International Center for Advanced Renewable Energy and Sustainability at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. In her role as communications specialist, she finds and shares stories on research and collaboration efforts in the areas of energy, environment and sustainability. (December 2016)

Lori Wilson, BAJ’01, has joined WSB-TV in Atlanta, where she anchors the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. weekend news. Wilson previously was an evening anchor at WISH-TV in Indianapolis. (January 2017)

Class of 2002

Sidney Bosley, BA’02, MS’04, works in creative strategy for West Marketing and Advertising in San Francisco. He was previously the associate creative director at Wielden and Kennedy, where he worked on building global and European brands. (December 2015)

Heather (Coon) Lissner, BA’02, is public information manager at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. She received a master’s degree in communications from Johns Hopkins University in August. (February 2017)

Charity Moos Farber, BA’02, works at the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, a consortium of the Big Ten universities plus the University of Chicago, as a manager for academic and international programming. Before working at CIC, she was an assistant director of student organizations and activities at Ball State and a leadership development specialist at Illinois State University. (December 2015)

Tolu Jegede, BA’02, MFA’05, teaches English composition courses at North Florida Community College in Madison, Florida. His writing has been published in Heartlodge Journal, Rockhurst Review, and the Bitter Oleander. In 2005, his book What The Ears Said to the Feet, was published by IU Press. (December 2015)

Shawn Touney, BAJ’02, accepted the director of communication position for Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky, in February. He will manage all staff working with branding, marketing and communications initiatives for the entire university. Additionally, he and his wife recently welcomed their second child. (March 2016)

Class of 2003

McKinzie Roth, BAJ’03, is a lifestyle and entertainment reporter on KGW-TV, Portland, Oregon’s NBC affiliate. Roth made the move from Carmel, Indiana, to the west coast in 2015 to further pursue her broadcast career. Previously, she was a morning radio show host in Indianapolis, an emcee for the NBA Indiana Pacers and starred in numerous commercials for Andy Mohr car dealerships. (February 2018)

Lisa (Nemon) Seidenberg, BAJ’03, is associate vice president at Greentarget, a public relations firm focused on financial and professional services for corporate clients. (December 2017)

Emily Shirden, BA’03, was named a partner at Finn Partners Public Relations and Communications in October. Shirden studied journalism and public relations at IU and now lives in Ferndale, Michigan. (December 2015)

Class of 2004

Mitch Blacher, BAJ’04, is an investigative reporter at WCAU-TV, Philadelphia’s NBC affiliate. He was previously an investigative reporter at KGTV, an ABC affiliate in San Diego. (August 2017)

Christopher Booker, MA’04, is a producer and correspondent at WNET/PBS NewsHour Weekend. (December 2016)

Allison Karns, BAJ’04, JD’08, was named to the Indianapolis Business Journal’s 2018 Forty under 40 list. Karns is the legislative director for the office of Gov. Eric Holcomb. She was previously a legislative correspondent in the office of U.S. Rep. Chris Chocola, assistant majority council for the Indiana Senate, legislative director for the Indiana Public Retirement System, general counsel for the Indiana Department of Homeland Security and policy director for public safety under Gov. Mike Pence. (February 2018)

Jackie (Aguirre) Morales, BAJ’04, was named to the Indiana Business Journal’s “40 Under 40.” Morales is vice president of communications and public affairs at the Indianapolis-based staffing agency the Morales Group. (April 2017)

Julia Nissim, BAJ’04, is senior communications manager at the American Dental Association in Chicago. She specializes in health and wellness content marketing. Prior to joining the ADA, she worked for Edelman Public Relations for nearly eight years. (December 2016)

Cory Schouten, BAJ’04, accepted a position at the Columbia Journalism Review in New York City as senior editor and interim managing editor. Previously, he was managing editor of the Indianapolis Business Journal. He also is president of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. (August 2016)

Chelsea Wald, MA’04, received a grant from the European Journalism Centre to support her study on the connection between organic waste and food security in developing countries. The Innovation in Development Reporting grant was awarded to six finalists selected from 155 pitches. Wald’s project, titled “Waste Not: Salvaging Food Security from the Rubbish Bin,” will be conducted in Indonesia, Haiti and South Africa. (February 2018)

Parker Wittman, BA’04, is an information management specialist working for Aspect Consulting in Seattle, Washington. He specializes in GIS and information systems. He lives with his wife, Angela Lynch Wittman, BA’04(December 2015)

Class of 2005

Jo Beth (Bender) Bootz, BA’05, runs a local digital parenting publication in Evansville, Indiana, for Macaroni Kid. She also works on the national travel team for Macaroni Kid Family Travel and does voiceover work through iRead2Know on iHeartRadio. (August 2017)

Jim Kendrick, PhD’05, is an associate professor in film and digital media at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He is the author of three books: Darkness in the Bliss-Out: A Reconsideration of the Films of Steven Spielberg (2014), Film Violence: History, Ideology, Genre (2009) and Hollywood Bloodshed: Screen Violence and 1980s American Cinema (2009). He lives in Waco, Texas, with his wife Cassie and their children, James and Lily. (December 2015)

Lesley (Surdi) Powers, BA’05, is a freelance director, producer and actor. She lives in Sherman Oaks, California. (August 2017)

Tim Pritchett, BA’05, MA’07, is public relations and information officer for the Monroe County Community School Corporation. (December 2015)

Class of 2006

Kara Seward, BAJ’06, has moved home to Indianapolis after working in Washington, D.C., and  Los Angeles.  She recently joined the Indiana State Teachers Association as communications specialist, reporting to IU alumna Kim Clements-Johnson, BAJ’09. Kara serves as lead writer and editor for the ISTA’s publications and focuses on member communications. (December 2015)

Jennifer Hurtubise, BA’06, was named vice president of the Indiana Hospital Association. In this role, she will manage member communications, lead strategic planning and oversee media relations and digital communications. She is a member of the Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development, Hoosier Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America and Indiana Society of Association Executives. (December 2015)

Jason Martin, MA’06, PhD’11, is an associate professor and chair of the journalism program in the College of Communication at DePaul University. He was selected to receive a 2017-18 Wicklander Fellowship to pursue research on professional journalism ethics. His project will examine how changes spurred by the proliferation of social and mobile media have influenced journalists’ ethical practices in holding public officials and other societal powers accountable. (August 2017)

Sandro Sato, BA’06, accepted a position at United Airlines in Chicago right after graduation. He left the job to accept a position at Dow Chemical. After earning his master of science degree in sustainable development from Oxford University, Sato worked his way up to the country manager for Dow Chemical in Qatar. He was previously a marketing specialist for the company in Brazil. (December 2015)

Class of 2007

Koran Addo, MA’07, is director of communications for the Office of the Mayor in St. Louis, Missouri. He was previously city hall reporter at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. (October 2017)

Rishi Bhilawadikar, MS’07, is writer and producer of the film For Here or To Go? This film discusses the issues facing those who leave their home country to pursue a career in the San Francisco tech industry. The film has been screened at festivals across North America, India and Australia and recently screened at the Seattle Asian American Film Festival. (March 2016

Kirk Butts, BAJ’07, was appointed grants and research manager of Barton College by the school’s president in December 2015. Before accepting this position, Butts was the public relations staff writer for the school in Wilson, North Carolina. He also works as a freelance writer and spends his free time in Raleigh. (March 2016)

Molly Erman, BAJ’07, authored the book Work Life: A Survival Guide to the Modern Office, which will be published in late March. Erman is director of communications at New Lab, a resource space for tech entrepreneurs, in Brooklyn, New York. (February 2017)

Katie Farrer, BAJ’07, is a social brand strategist and agile content lead for IBM in Denver, Colorado. Farrer and her team recently were awarded PR Daily’s Real Time Video Award for IBM’s strategic use of Facebook. (April 2017)

Hannah Fidell, BA’07, is a writer, director and producer in Brooklyn, New York. Her latest feature film, The Long, Dumb Road, was featured at Sundance Film Festival. (February 2018)

Ashley Lawyer, BA’07, is the director of research and development for the program Extra TV and a segment producer for Crime Watch Daily. She was awarded an Emmy for Outstanding Entertainment News Program in 2014. (December 2015)

Erica (Nochlin) Mandy, BAJ’07, was the subject of a Huffington Post interview on her career in journalism. Mandy is a television news reporter for CBS News in Los Angeles, appearing on KCAL9 at 10 p.m. and CBS2 at 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday nights. (April 2017)

Miranda McCage, BAJ’07, is associate director of client service at IBM Interactive Experience (IBM iX), a digital agency network and global design business partner. McCage is based in Austin, Texas. She was previously associate director of client service for Resource/Ammirati, part of the IBM iX network, in Columbus, Ohio. (October 2017)

Amy Mills, BAJ’07, MA’13, is a statistical research manager for the Ladies Professional Golf Association. Before joining LPGA, Mills was a statistical analyst at ESPN Stats and Information Group, where she provided scores, statistics and analysis to all ESPN platforms. In her role at LPGA, she is using data to tell stories and enhance the visibility of LPGA’s golfers and the organization as a whole. (March 2016)

Jessica Gall Myrick, MA’07, is an associate professor at the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications at Penn State University. She had previously been an assistant professor at The Media School. Myrick received her Ph.D. in communications from the University of North Carolina in 2013. (August 2017)

Dana Robinson, BAJ’07, is an assistant account executive at FleishmanHillard in Chicago. She joined the agency as a retail practice group intern in 2007 and celebrated her 10th anniversary with the company in 2017. (December 2017)

Michael Rubino, MA’07, has been named editor-in-chief of Indianapolis Monthly. The Jasper, Indiana, native is known for his award-winning longform articles on everything from tragic childhood illness to Andrew Luck’s beard. (September 2016)

Rachel Sorvig, BAJ’07, was promoted to vice president at Bose Public Affairs Group. As a member of the strategic communications team, she provides clients a wide range of services in the areas of media relations, strategic planning and grassroots advocacy. Sorvig has led several award-winning campaigns at the firm, including a recent project recognized with a Diamond Award from the Public Relations Society of America’s East Central District.

She joined the firm in 2012 and most recently served as public relations director. Sorvig previously served as communications director for the office of Indiana Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman, where she managed communications for the lieutenant governor’s office and five additional state agencies, including those responsible for agriculture and energy policy. (February 2018)

Class of 2008

Lindsy (Wise) Argenti, BAJ’08, is senior marketing communications manager for the non-single-family business at Moen. Based in Cleveland, Moen is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of plumbing supplies, including faucets, sinks and plumbing specialties. Argenti leads marketing initiatives targeted at multi-family homes, hospitality, gaming and commercial use. Before moving to Cleveland, she worked in marketing at Cook Medical from 2010-15.

In October 2017, Argenti also celebrated the birth of her second child, Kieran. “He is doing fantastic and is being spoiled by his 3-year-old big sister Giada,” she wrote. (December 2017)

Brian Buckey, BA’08, is the University of Toledo beat sports writer for The Toledo Blade, his hometown newspaper in Toledo, Ohio. Buckey will focus on the Rockets’ football and basketball programs. (September 2016)

Alyssa Templeton Campbell, BAJ’08, is a senior public relations coordinator with the Kohl’s Corporation in Milwaukee. She was previously a senior media relations specialist at The Inland Real Estate Group of Companies Inc. in Oak Brook, Illinois. She married her husband DJ in Indianapolis in November. (March 2016)

Stephanie Dybel, BAJ’08, is marketing manager at ORIG3N, a Boston-based biotechnology company. She previously worked as an account manager at Chicago-based Idea Booth. (August 2017)

Amy Goetz, BAJ’08, was quoted in an Associated Press story about Target’s use of plaid design across departments on Dec. 29. Goetz is a senior public relations specialist for Target and was previously a senior account executive at Edelman. (January 2016)

Dan Goldblatt, BAJ’08, is director of the Time and Space Discovery Center, a space-science learning facility serving the east side of Indianapolis within the Paramount School of Excellence. (August 2017)

Jayne Jeffries, BAJ’08, MA’09, completed her Ph.D. at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. (August 2017)

Jessica Kelley, BAJ’08, started her own business in October 2014. She runs The Garden Table, a cold press juicery and daytime eatery focused on locally sourced and seasonally influenced breakfast and lunch. The shop is located in Broad Ripple in Indianapolis and was named one of Indianapolis Monthly’s 15 Best New Restaurants of 2015. It was also deemed Indianapolis Monthly’s Best New Juice Bar of 2015. The store plans on opening a second location in downtown Indianapolis on Massachusetts Avenue in May 2016. Kelley credits IU and the journalism school with equipping her with a wealth of knowledge and the confidence to accomplish whatever she wants. (December 2015)

Maria Kelly, MA’08, is now a content marketing manager for 7Park Data in San Francisco. Previously, she was manager of evaluation, marketing and special projects at the Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center. (April 2016)

Diana (Biette) Nolting, BAJ’08, is a product analyst at Indianapolis-based cloud computing company Bluelock. (August 2017)

Lauren (Bristow) Rapp, BAJ’08, is director of communications for Simon Youth Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group, which helps at-risk teens graduate high school. Rapp manages a small team, works closely with the board of directors and is setting a strategic communications vision to grow the foundation’s public school partnerships from 30 to 50 by 2023. She was previously manager of development and communications for the Chicago Public Education Fund. (February 2018)

Ranveer Singh, BA’08, is a prominent Indian film actor. He has received many awards, including Filmfare awards, and is one of the top actors in India. Singh is also known as an Indian style icon. Singh stars in the upcoming movie Padmaavat, which has sparked much attention and controversy prior to its release. (February 2018)

Anne Zelek, BAJ’08, left her position as director of optimization at The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones in New York City for a role at Apple Inc. She is now subscription manager for the App Store and lives in San Francisco. (April 2017)

Class of 2009

Riya Anandwala, MA’09, is the senior communications manager at the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools in Washington, D.C. She had previously been a media relations specialist at St. Louis University. (April 2016)

Haley Bakker-Arkema, BAJ’09, is communications director for RICS Software in Indianapolis. She was previously global communications manager for Nike’s women’s category in Portland, Oregon. (February 2018)

Casey Baksa, BAJ’09, has been named marketing manager at Amazon in Seattle. He will plan and execute marketing campaigns for Amazon’s credit card marketplace. He formerly was communications director at SmarterHQ in Indianapolis. (August 2016)

Kim Estess, BAJ’09, joined O’Diam & Stecker Law Group in Beavercreek, Ohio, as an associate attorney. She handles business planning, real estate work and comprehensive elder law planning, among other things. Estess and her husband, Adam, have two daughters. (August 2017)

Lydia Cox Kaiser, BAJ’09, is a marketing manager at McGuire Sponsel, an Indianapolis-based tax consulting and accounting firm. She was previously a marketing manager at industrial equipment supplier Essco Indy from 2010-2017. (December 2017

Kyla King, BAJ’09, MS’13, is associate director of client services at Emory University in Atlanta. She has been with Emory since 2013. (February 2018)

Nadia LaMantia, BAJ’09, completed a documentary , Badante Straniere: Eastern Europe Comes to Italy, which was funded the former School of Journalism’s Hazeltine Travel Scholarship. (August 2016)

Shawn Mikus, BAJ’09, is a public relations account executive at R&R Partners in Las Vegas, Nevada. (January 2017)

Rorye O’Connor, BAJ’09, is a reporter at the Daily Reporter in Greenfield, Indiana. Previously, she worked her way from staff reporter to associate editor at the Mt. Vernon Register-News in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. (March 2016)

Nick O’Gorman, BA’09, is content operations lead at Jukin Media, a digital video licensing and production company. Jukin acquires the rights to internet videos and distributes them among various platforms. O’Gorman manages the accounts of new syndication partners such as AOL and The Chive. (August 2016)

Zach Osterman, BAJ’09, MA’11, is the IU sports reporter for the Indianapolis Star. As IndyStar’s IU Insider for men’s basketball and football, Osterman covers the Hoosiers in a competitive beat setting year-round. His job takes him to every IU men’s basketball game. (December 2017)

Mary Reisert, BAJ’09, is social brand strategist for IBM Watson in Austin, Texas. She worked in social media and public relations for the Chicago Cubs from 2009 to 2014. (October 2017)

Michael Sanserino, BAJ’09, is education manager at the Society of Professional Journalists. He was previously assistant managing editor of sports at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. In his time at IU, Sanserino served as editor-in-chief at the Indiana Daily Student. (December 2017)

Anna Schilawski, BA’09, works at L’Oreal in New York City where she oversees public relations and influencers for nail polish brand essie. Previously, Schilawski was manager of social strategies at Hyatt in Chicago. (September 2016)

Jay Seawell, BAJ’09, is the recipient of the Award for Innovation in the Documentary Arts from the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University. The archive will collect prints from his projects, “National Trust” and “The Mall.” (August 2016)

Rachel Skybetter, BAJ’09, is a lead copywriter for Lipman Hearne, a marketing and communications agency for nonprofit organizations and higher educational institutions. Her clients include Juilliard, Caltech, University of Minnesota and Notre Dame. She married Kyle Thoms (BA’06) in July. (December 2016)

Nicole St. Pierre, BAJ’09, was named vice president at Edelman in Atlanta. St. Pierre previously had been a senior account supervisor at Edelman’s New York office since 2010. (August 2017)

Rosalyn Wells, BA’09, is a marketing and communication coordinator at the University of Notre Dame. (August 2017)

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