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Nicole Berner Kauffman, BAJ’00, is a fiction writer and freelance columnist. She wrote for newspapers for 10 years before the birth of her children, after which she did freelance writing for magazines and the web. Now, she enjoys writing fiction, particularly mysteries for children ages 8 to 12. Most recently, she authored a column on guns and school safety in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. (March 2018)

Louis Bubala, BAJ’00, is a volunteer counsel for the Student Press Law Center and was recently named outside counsel for the Reno Gazette-Journal. (July 2018)

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)

David Johnson, BAJ’00, is vice president of membership and volunteer engagement for the Association for Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, a professional society focused on promoting the health of women and newborns. Johnson has previously helped advance the missions of nonprofit associations including the American Society of Interior Designers, Drug Information Association, National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association and the American Society of Association Executives: The Center for Association Leadership. In 2013, he was named one of Association Forum’s “40 Under 40” exemplary association executives and one of Association Trends Magazine's "Young & Aspiring Association Professionals.” (March 2019)

Lathay Pegues, BAJ’00, is the president and founder of JohnTom’s Barbecue, a barbecue sauce company that offers specialty products. Pegues, as well as Terrell Cooper, BA’05, and Rodney Robinson, BS’98 (Kelley School of Business), founded the company in 2006. The company’s retail and wholesale footprint includes shelf space in Kroger, Target, Fresh Thyme, IU Health Methodist Hospital, Ball State University, Indiana State University and more. In July 2019, IU Dining awarded JohnTom’s an exclusive partnership for catering across the IUB campus. (October 2019)

LaMond Pope, BAJ’00, covers the White Sox beat for the Chicago Tribune. He previously contributed to the Tribune with coverage of Notre Dame football and basketball. (July 2019)

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)

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)

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)

Guy Cipriano, BAJ'02, was selected to The 2018 Folio: 100 list. Cipriano is the senior editor of GIE Media's Golf Course Industry magazine. The list honors "the best and brightest minds in the magazine media industry today." Earlier this year, Cipriano was honored by the Golf Writers Association of America for his series "When the creek rises," about the devastating West Virginia flood of 2016 and the inspiring recovery of The Greenbrier's golf course maintenance team. (December 2018)

Priya Desai, BAJ’02, is a digital correspondent at Time Inc., including Sports Illustrated, Time Magazine and People in New York City. She previously worked as a reporter and host at NY1 News, The Daily and Verizon Fios 1 News. (March 2018)

Christina Jewett, BA’02, is a senior correspondent at Kaiser Health news. Her series for KHN called “Hidden Harm” won a top prize in the 13th annual Bartlett & Steele Awards for Investigative Journalism. The series revealed that for nearly 20 years, the FDA was striking deals with medical device makers to keep millions of malfunction and injury reports out of a public database.

In October 2018, Jewett took the first-place Katherine Schneider Medal and a $5,000 award for her investigation “Nowhere to Go: Young People With Severe Autism Languish in Hospitals.” The report revealed how teenagers and young adults with autism are spending weeks or even months in emergency rooms and acute-care hospitals, sometimes sedated, restrained or confined to mesh-tented beds. (October 2019)

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, is Executive Director of Marketing and Communication at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. He manages all staff working with branding, marketing and communications initiatives for the entire university.  (July 2019)

Robert Clift, MA’03, PhD’11, is co-director of Making Montgomery Clift with his wife, Hillary Demmon, BA’07.  The film focuses on the various narratives that defined the late Montgomery Clift’s legacy as one of the most influential actors in the history of cinema. Robert Clift, Clift’s youngest nephew, includes family interviews and unreleased archival materials to present a different story about his famous uncle. The film has been shown at various film festivals, including the LA Film Festival and OUTshine Film Festival. Robert Clift and Demmon will attend IU Cinema’s screening of the film on Jan. 28. (January 2019)

Bennett Haeberle, BAJ’03, has been awarded Ohio Valley Regional Emmy Awards in two categories: Investigative Report-Series, for coverage of Ohio’s parole and re-entry systems, and Reporter-Investigative, for composite work. (August 2018)

Haeberle is chief investigative reporter with 10TV, based in Columbus, Ohio. He has also worked at WISH-TV in Indianapolis and WDRB-TV in Louisville. (August 2018)

Alyssa Loveall, BA’03, is an assistant editor for Brooklyn Nine-Nine. She has also worked on Thank You For Smoking, Shadowhunters and The Blacklist, among others. In 2019, was editor and producer for the short film Guest Artist, which won this year’s Heartland Film Festival. (July 2019)

Kristy McClain, BAJ’03, is an account coordinator at Vera Bradley. She has worked at Vera Bradley for 12 years in a variety of roles, including digital traffic specialist, marketing manager and project manager. 

She is interested in freelance writing/editing opportunities. (October 2019)

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)

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)

Kylie Conway, BAJ'04, will serve as lead co-anchor for News 8’s Daybreak, a newscast she has co-anchored for the last three years, in Indianapolis. Conway began her broadcast career as an intern at WISH-TV. She worked in the Hopkinsville, Kentucky; Toledo, Ohio; Dayton, Ohio; and Salt Lake City, Utah, markets prior to joining WISH-TV five years ago. She will begin her new role in January. (December 2018)

Christie Griffin, BAJ’04, began a new role as web manager of digital production with the Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit that funds Sesame Street. She has previously served as senior web editor at Cosmopolitan Magazine, editorial digital director at Fitness Magazine and as digital project editor at Mattel Inc. (January 2019)

Chris Hintz MA’04, MPA’04, started his own company, iSee Communications, in 2016 after more than a decade in marketing and public relations. He helps businesses and nonprofits tell compelling visual stories. (January 2019)

Casey Holsapple, BAJ’04, JD’07, has been promoted to general counsel and vice president of governmental affairs at Kinetrex Energy in Indianapolis. He will lead the development of renewable natural gas products, manage federal and state government relations strategy, and oversee human resources, in addition to his legal duties. Previously, Holsapple worked for Duke Energy as an associate general counsel and with Bingham McHale LLP (now Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP) in its energy and utilities practice group. (March 2019)

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)

Lauren Kay, BAJ’04, is executive director of marketing and media relations at IUPUI. She was previously the director of communications at the Indiana Court of Appeals and executive director of marketing and communications at Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana. (March 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, oversees the Wall Street Journal’s newsletters as senior editor. He manages more than 50 newsletters every week. Most recently, he served as president of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers and was senior editor at the Columbia Journalism Review. Before that, he was managing editor of the Indianapolis Business Journal and spent a year as a Knight-Bagehot fellow at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. (March 2018)

Ericka (Andersen) Sylvester, BAJ’04, published her first book, "Leaving Cloud 9: The True Story of a Life Resurrected from the Ashes of Poverty," "Trauma and Mental Illness," with HarperCollins Publishers. Sylvester is a digital marketing director for the Independent Women’s Forum, a politically conservative nonprofit organization focused on gender-specific economic policy issues. (July 2018)

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)

Drew Blair, BA’05, has anchored WISH-TV Daybreak’s weekend newscasts in Indianapolis for the last five years. Blair started at WISH-TV station as a general assignment reporter. Before joining News 8, she worked for six years at WANE-TV, in Fort Wayne. (December 2018)

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)

Joshua Budd, BA’05, is a school coordinator in Tanzania. As a young man from rural Indiana, Budd struggled with the foreign language requirement of his IU degree. He pursued Swahili in hopes of smaller classes and close relationships with professors, which led to an African Studies minor. Budd moved to Chicago after graduation to pursue filmmaking, and now enjoys his work in East Africa. (March 2018)

Lucretia Cardenas, BAJ’05, is editorial director at KPC Media Group in Fort Wayne. She was awarded Editor & Publisher’s 25 Under 35 honor in 2018, which recognizes future generation newspaper professionals for their passion and leadership. (April 2018)

Terrell Cooper, BA’05, is an account director at the advertising agency BBDO Worldwide. Previously, he was an account director at Mediabrands Society, and has worked in a variety of other jobs in advertising. 

Cooper is also a co-founder of JohnTom’s Barbecue, along with Lathay Pegues, BAJ’00, and Rodney Robinson, BS’98 (Kelley School of Business). The group founded JohnTom’s Barbecue in 2006, and has grown the company’s retail and wholesale footprint in Indiana and beyond, with shelf space in Kroger, Target, Fresh Thyme, IU Health Methodist Hospital, Ball State University, Indiana State University and more. In July 2019, IU Dining awarded JohnTom’s an exclusive partnership for catering across the IUB campus. (October 2019)

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)

Lori Orlinsky, BAJ’05, will publish her first children’s book, “Being Small (Isn’t so Bad After All),” an illustrated picture book about a little girl who is scared to go to school because she's the shortest kid in the class and can’t do the same things her classmates do easily, such as play basketball or go on rides. Over the course of the story, the girl’s mother teaches her about the good things about her height and the things only she can do because of it, making the girl excited to go to school again. The book will be available on April 16. (April 2019)

Larra Overton, BAJ’05, is the producer and on-air talent for the Colts.

Previously, she worked at Fox59 WXIN/CBS 4 WTTV as a sports anchor. She has also worked with the Colts as a preseason sideline reporter and as host of the weekly news magazine Colts Up Close. (June 2019)

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)

Erica Anderson, BAJ’06, has joined Vox Media as executive producer of content and partnerships, where she will supervise an expanding portfolio of content and experiences for Recode’s Kara Swisher.

Anderson most recently served as head of news ecosystem for the Google News Lab in New York City. Prior to Google, Anderson was one of the first 300 employees at Twitter following a role at CBS Evening News, where she helped make Katie Couric America’s first TV network news anchor to use social media for journalism. She also covered the 2008 election for MTV News. (January 2019)

Sherhara Williams Downing, BAJ’06, is founder and master trainer at Level Communications LLC in Houston, which she founded in 2014. Downing teaches customized communication practices to improve performance, productivity and involvement. (January 2019)

Deanna Fry, BAJ’06, is a producer for CBS This Morning. Previously, she spent two years as the Washington Bureau Coordinating Producer for Heart Television in Washington, D.C. Prior to that, she worked as a line and segment producer for Fox 59 in Indianapolis, and she has held a variety of other producing jobs. Fry’s first TV news job was at PBS in Merrillville, Ind.

Fry said she was born to be a journalist, and that her IU education prepared her to work in national news. Her goal now is to pay it forward to other young women of color looking to break into the TV news business, because news organizations cannot tell America’s stories if the newsroom does not reflect America. (November 2019)

Jon Gorman, BAJ’06, was named executive director of the Network of Vertafore Users in November 2019. Previously, he was senior vice president at Cornerstone Credit Union League, the nation’s largest regional credit union trade association. Prior to that, he was director of alumni communications at Ball State University and director of member communications for the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies. (November 2019)

Aishah Hasnie, BAJ’06, will take on a role as an overnight anchor and news correspondent at Fox News in New York City starting in February. Previously, Hasnie worked at WXIN-TV Channel 59 in Indianapolis for more than seven years as a news anchor and investigative reporter. (January 2019)

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)

Jennifer Rauch, PhD’06, had her book Slow Media: Why Slow is Satisfying, Sustainable and Smart published by Oxford University Press in September 2018. Rauch’s book focuses on how people use and produce media and aims to help readers better understand relationships between slow philosophy, journalism, e-waste, media mindfulness and Luddism, as well as social and environmental sustainability. She is a professor of Journalism & Communications Studies at Long Island University Brooklyn. (September 2018)

Amanda Robert, MA’06, has joined the American Bar Association Journal as a legal affairs staff writer, where she will cover the ABA, its initiatives and its leaders. She recently worked as a communications specialist for a national intellectual property law firm and as a contributing writer for a national legal newswire in Chicago. (March 2019)

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)

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)

Heidi Tebbe, MA’06, is the collections and research librarian for engineering and data science at North Carolina State University. Previously, she was an NCSU Libraries Fellow working with large scale video walls in the James B. Hunt Jr. Library and a senior media developer at GP Strategies. (April 2018)

Brittany Terwilliger, BA’06, is the author of "The Insatiables” (Amberjack Publishing 2018), a satire about a young woman's climb up the corporate ladder and the irrevocable choices she must make to survive. After graduating from IU, Terwilliger lived and worked in Europe for many years. She is an alumnus of the Tin House Writers Workshop and her short fiction has appeared in Pithead Chapel and New Pop Lit. She was a guest at the Oct. 2018 First Thursdays Festival on the IU Bloomington campus. Terwilliger is communications manager in the Office of the Bicentennial at IU. (January 2019)

Aaron Waltke, BA’06, wrote for the Wizards and Trollhunters portions of Guillermo de Toro’s Tales of Arcadia universe. He has also written for the show Unikitty!(July 2019)

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

Carly Birnbaum, BAJ’07, is senior director of integrated marketing for MTV at Viacom in New York City. She was previously senior sales development manager at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and an activation manager at Starcom MediaVest Group, where she managed sponsorships and brand integrations for Coca-Cola. (March 2018)

Ashley Brown, BAJ’07, is Director of Research Services at Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, Carrboro, NC. Brown’s role includes project management, research and analysis, and student engagement at the institute. She first joined the Kenan Institute as an intern. (January 2019)

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)

Candice Crane, BA’07, is the founder and CEO of beverage company Petal, which makes sparkling botanical drinks with floral flavors. (June 2019)

Molly Erman, BAJ’07, has been named director of corporate public relations at L’Oréal USA, based in New York City.

Erman brings to L’Oréal more than a decade of experience in legacy publishing, including Vanity Fair, Knopf and The New Yorker, as well as in emerging technology and startup culture. She is the author of Work Life, a survival guide for the modern office, published in 2017. (August 2018)

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)

Brittany Hite, BAJ’07, will improve the content management system and strengthen other tools and processes that support the Los Angeles Times' journalism as newsroom project manager starting Feb 25. Most recently, she worked at Barron's where she oversaw a website launch while training a 50-person staff on a new CMS. 

She has also served The Wall Street Journal as a news assistant in New York, online editor in Hong Kong, multimedia editor in Beijing and mobile editor for Asia in Hong Kong, before becoming senior mobile editor in New York in 2016. 

She was a member of the 2018 Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media. (February 2019)

Adam J. Hoelzel, BA’07, is an independent screenwriter and a production supervisor for Walt Disney Studios, producing a variety of projects including trailers for Disney’s home entertainment division.

Hoelzel’s latest screenwriting project, “Beast of Burden,” stars Daniel Radcliffe. The movie debuted in select theaters nationally and on iTunes and Video on Demand. The story is centered around Radcliffe’s character, a pilot, who gets involved with a drug cartel making deliveries across the U.S./Mexico border. (March 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)

Ashley Lang, BAJ’07, is senior manager of communications at Gatorade. Previously, she held several positions at Fleishman-Hillard and was the first public relations professional at Trunk Club, a Nordstrom company. (November 2018)

Kim Leduff, PhD’07, is vice president of the new Division of Academic Engagement and Student Affairs at the University of West Florida. She has worked at UWF since 2013 in a variety of roles, including chief diversity officer, associate vice provost for equity, diversity and international affairs, and vice president for the Division of Academic Engagement. (September 2019)  

Paige (Ingram) Lieberman, BAJ’07, was recently promoted to acting director of stakeholder engagement for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Water. She writes speeches for the office’s leadership and strategically engages with stakeholders on proposed rulemakings. (July 2018)

Erica (Nochlin) Mandy, BA’07, is the founder and host of theNewsWorthy, a daily podcast providing listeners with the day’s news in less than 10 minutes. Since its launch, the podcast has been featured on Apple Podcasts, Salon.com and RadioPublic. Previously, Mandy was a staff reporter at CBS News in Los Angeles. (March 2018)

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)

Jennifer Rettig, BA’07, is a freelance television producer who has worked on shows across multiple networks and genres, including MTV’s “Catfish: The TV Show,” TNT’s “Boston’s Finest,” CNBC’s “The Deed” and A&E’s “LivePD.” She has overseen many aspects of making television, including development, production and post-production. Rettig is the creator of HGTV show “UnSpouse My House,” premiering summer 2019. (May 2019)

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, has been named communications director, Lilly Bio-Medicines, at Eli Lilly and Company. Previously, Sorvig worked at Bose Public Affairs Group in Indianapolis as public relations manager, public relations director and most recently as vice president. Sorvig led several award-winning campaigns at the firm, including a project recognized with a Diamond Award from the Public Relations Society of America’s East Central District. (March 2019)

Lindsy (Wise) Argenti, BAJ’08, has been named marketing manager for Coastal Pet Products Inc. in Alliance, Ohio. She manages an eight-member team that covers merchandising, social media, packaging and other creative services, and market insights. Before stepping into the role, Argenti worked for Moen Incorporated and Cook Medical. (October 2018)

Matt Beuoy, BAJ’08, graduated with a BS from the IU School of Nursing in 2018. He passed his licensing exam and is officially a nurse at IU Health’s University Hospital, where he works in the Krannert Unit. The Krannert Unit specializes in care for gynecological oncology and reconstructive urology patients. Beuoy says he loves the new job. “It was definitely meant to be for me,” he said.

Matt also takes photos, which he shares online: https://mattbeuoy.photoshelter.com/ (July 2018)

Christopher Booker, MA’08, is a correspondent and producer for PBS NewsHour Weekend in New York City. He also teaches at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. Before joining PBS, Booker worked as a video journalist with the Financial Times.

Prior to that, he was an assistant professor at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism and spent two years on their campus in Doha, Qatar. He started his career as a video and multimedia journalist for the Chicago Tribune and adjunct professor with Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism. (September 2019)

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 Koch, BAJ’08, is celebrating seven years as a public relations lead on the communications and public relations team at Target, leading the Minneapolis-based retailer’s holiday and design partnerships programs. She was previously a senior account executive at Edelman. (April 2019)

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)

Priscilla Hernandez BAJ’08, manages engagements and special projects for the United Arab Emirates Minister of Climate Change and Environment in Dubai. Previously, she served as head of communications for the UAE Consulate General in New York City. She also served as associate director of APCO Worldwide’s Chicago office. Hernandez is also completing a master's degree in international relations at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. (August 2019)

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)

Ashley Kirklen, BA’08, was hired as a news anchor and reporter at WLWT Cincinnati. She previously worked as a morning anchor and reporter at WGXA in Macon, Georgia. (August 2018)

Lucia Kramer, BS’08, is vice president at Weber Shandwick in New York. Previously, she was Team Lead at Biosector 2, a global healthcare communications agency. Prior to that, she was an account director at Weber Shandwick. (November 2019)

Marsha Lovejoy, BAJ’08, is Global Manager, External Corporate Communications for Cook Medical in Bloomington, Indiana. Lovejoy oversees the company’s global public relations, social media and other media efforts. (July 2019)

Diana (Biette) Nolting, BAJ’08, is a director of product at Anvl, an Indianapolis-based computer software company. In 2019, she was named one of Indianapolis Business Journal & Techpoints’s Tech 25 for her work in Tech Product/R&D.  

Previously, Nolting was a product analyst at Indianapolis-based cloud computing company Bluelock. (September 2019)

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)

Lacy Whitaker, BA’08, MA’14, married IU alumnus Justin Whitaker in November 2016. They welcomed their first child, Jace Alan, in April 2019. (August 2019)

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)

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 launching Whirlaway Marketing, an Indianapolis-based public relations and marketing agency. 

Before moving to Indianapolis earlier this year, Bakker-Arkema worked as Nike’s global communications manager, based in Portland, Oregon, where she developed and supported the company’s global communications strategy for women’s running, training and lifestyle apparel. She began her career at Golin in Chicago, working as an intern, assistant account executive, account executive and media manager. (November 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)

Ana Livia Coelho, BAJ’09, is a senior communications manager at Quartz in London. She was previously a senior publicist at ESPN in New York City. In June 2018, she and her now husband, Nick Jardine, exchanged wedding vows at Nick’s parents’ home in Portugal. The two will live in London. (June 2018)

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)

Ana Jardine, BAJ’09, is European Marketing Director at The Lovie Awards, which are awarded to internet and digital media creators. She is located in London. (July 2019)

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 the head of public relations at LEGOLAND Florida Resort in Orlando. He has also worked as an account supervisor at Chicago-based Wagstaff Worldwide where he developed and implemented marketing and communications plans for luxury hotels. (September 2019)

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 Reschke, BAJ'09, has been the higher education reporter for the Herald-Times since 2014. He formerly was news editor and education reporter in Martinsville. (October 2019) 

Michael Sanserino, BAJ’09, is managing editor at sports journalism website The Athletic. 

He was previously education manager at the Society of Professional Journalists and 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. (June 2019)

Anna Schilawski Spitzer, BA’09, is director of brand communications for Essie in New York City. In this role, Spitzer leads brand partnerships, develops new influencer programs and oversees the U.S. strategy for PR and events. She has previously held roles at L’Oréal, Hyatt Hotels and Victoria’s Secret. (September 2018)

Jay Seawell, BAJ’09, is a photographer based in Los Angeles. He earned his MFA in photography from Columbia College Chicago, and his photographs have been included in numerous exhibitions in the United States and the Pingyao International Photography Festival in China.

Seawell is a two-time nominee of The Baum Award for An Emerging American Photographer. He is also the 2016 recipient of the Award for Innovation in the Documentary Arts from the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University, and the winner of the Magenta Foundation Flash Forward competition in 2018. (November 2019)

Conor Shea, BAJ’09, is head of U.S. marketing for Chicago-based IG, a global leader in online trading with offices in 14 countries. He received his MBA through Notre Dame's intensive executive program. Shea formerly worked as manager, global marketing, at Discover Financial Services. (July 2019)

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)

Emily Wilson, MA’09, was appointed to the board of directors at the Alzheimer's Association Greater Indiana Chapter. She has also served on the board of directors at the Starfish Initiative, a college access mentorship program for economically disadvantaged students in Marion County. Wilson is also vice president at Bose Public Affairs Group and a member of both United Way Emerging Leaders and Women United. (August 2019)