Alumni

ALUMNI, STUDENTS, AND FRIENDS OF THE DEPARTMENT:

We’re very proud of our many Communication alums who have achieved great professional and career success in a wide range of fields including law, public relations, real estate, television and film, sales and marketing, advertising, human resources, the non-profit sector and education (to name just a few fields in which our alums are now working). Our alumni are leaders in their respective industries and professions, including managers, directors, executives, presidents, founders and faculty. To see where a Communication degree can take you, read these stories about just a few of our alumni and what they have accomplished since graduating from Mizzou’s Department of Communication.

If you are a Communication graduate and would like to be added to this list, please contact our Department Chair, Dr. Mitchell McKinney (McKinneyM@missouri.edu). If you are a current Communication major and you’re interested in learning more about the career paths our alumni have taken, feel free to contact them. The alumni featured on this page have agreed to serve as a source of information for our majors interested in communication careers in their areas.

We wish all of our alumni continued success and look forward to hearing more of your stories!

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Brian Abrahams Brian Abrahams

Brian Abrahams (BA ’99) works as the Customer Vice President for the Campbell Soup Company in Seattle, Washington. Immediately after graduation, Brian was hired in 1999 at Anheuser-Busch, Inc. in St. Louis, MO.  He started out entry level as a Special Events Coordinator. Currently, he is the Customer Vice President for the Campbell Soup Company located in Seattle, WA and manages the global business at Costco. Markedly, Brian received the "Outstanding Performer Award" in 2009 while working at Anheuser-Busch. 

Seattle, WA
Michael Atchison Michael Atchison

Michael Atchison (BA, ’90) attended law school at Mizzou after graduating in 1990 with his degree in Communication.  He spent seven years as a commercial litigation lawyer in Kansas City before pursuing other interests.  In 2006, his book True Sons:  A Century of Missouri Tigers Basketball was published by The Donning Company Publishers and remains the definitive history of Missouri basketball.  He published a novel, XL, in 2012, and his writing about collegiate sports and popular culture has appeared in Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times, The Providence Phoenix and other publications.  Michael remembers the practical, critical, and creative skills he learned at Mizzou.  He cites them as equally valuable to him as a lawyer and as a writer, where being persuasive and engaging is imperative.  Today, Michael continues to write, and he holds leadership positions for a variety of educational and local children’s welfare organizations.

Kansas City, MO
Stephanie Bishop Stephanie Bishop

Stephanie Bishop (’07) is an Online Marketing Content Analyst at Maritz, Inc., outside of Saint Louis. On a day-to-day basis working in digital marketing, Bishop consults with clients on social media, creates and brainstorms ideas for email marketing and search engine optimizations, and reviews and consults with clients on their paid search campaigns. Bishop highly recommends that students take advantage of all the opportunities that the University offers to its students.

St. Louis, MO
Jessica Casey Jessica Casey

Jessica Casey (’12) is the Executive Assistant to the President of Unscripted Alternative Television at Warner Bros. Entertainment. As the go-to person for the president of her department, Casey screens all pitch submissions, manages the department’s day-to-day calendar, books travel, completes expense reports, and roll calls. By rolling calls Casey is able to listen-in and really learn how her superiors conduct their business. Having this hands-on experience has allowed her to feel very much apart of the team. Additionally, Casey has the opportunity to watch all pitch and pilot material where she is able to voice her opinions and suggestions. She lives in Los Angeles. 

Los Angeles, CA
Mary Chalender Mary Chalender

Mary Harris Chalender (BA ’83) is a General Sales Manager for KY3, Inc., a TV station located in Springfield, Missouri. As the GSM, Chalender oversees the sales operation for a Broadcast Television Station Group, owned by Schurz Communications.  Owning and operating 5 stations under the KY3, Inc. umbrella, Chalender always has a busy schedule. Additionally, they are the ABC, NBC and CW affiliates for the market. From her husband to her two boys, Mizzou pride has been running through the Chalender family since 1983. If there is any advice that Chalender can offer current students and future alums of The University of Missouri, it’s this: “Take advantage of every opportunity at Mizzou; get involved and stay connected.”

Springfield, MO
Ty Christian Ty Christian

Ty Christian, (BA ’77), is an award winning marketing and sales executive with over 30 years of diverse marketing experience. He is currently the president and managing partner of TRC Consulting Group LLC., a full-service communications firm with offices in Orlando and Washington, D.C. Ty has worked with brands such as GM, Boeing, the NBA, GE, Toyota, and Pepsi creating co-op programs which earned millions in funds annually. Ty served as the managing partner in one of the world’s most noted marketing firms in the travel and tourism industry and has developed award-winning campaigns for notable brands such as: World Cup, Olympic Soccer, Mexico, and others. One of Ty’s major life accomplishments will always focus on his role in making the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial become a reality. He served as the chief marketing strategist for the project in order to raise $120 million to build the memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Christian donated a replica of the monument to the university, and it currently resides in the lobby of Ellis Library. Christian is a member of the Arts and Science Strategic Development Board and is also a member of the department's own Advisory Council.

Orlando, FL
Kevin Crane Kevin Crane

Kevin Crane (BA ’84) is a Circuit Judge in Boone County. After Crane graduated, he went directly into Law School at MU. After receiving his Juris Doctorate Degree, his first job took him to Jefferson City as an Assistant Attorney General. After 3 years with the AG, Crane took a job as an Assistant Prosecutor in Boone County, and shortly thereafter, he was appointed to be the Prosecutor. Crane got elected and re-elected until he ran for his current position as Circuit Judge in 2006.

Columbia, MO
Carissa Culiner Carissa

Carissa Culiner (BA ’08) is a television personality and journalist currently residing in Los Angeles, CA. Born and raised in Jefferson City, MO, Carissa started her broadcasting career in country radio co-hosting Scotty & Carissa in the Morning on the award-winning station, Clear 99 (KCLR-FM) in Columbia, MO. The morning show duo won several awards including "CMA Small Market Personality of the Year" and the "Marconi Radio Award for Personality of the Year." During that time, Carissa also served as the station TV Personality for Columbia's FOX-affiliate, KQFX. On-camera hosting became Carissa's focus when she became an anchor and managing editor for the online news company, Newsy in 2012. At Newsy, Carissa helped manage the company's partnership with AOL, specifically focusing on AOL's "Morning Rush" and "TV Replay" series. She also hosted for Newsy and other company partners, including TIME Magazine and About.com. In 2015, Carissa was very proud to become a correspondent for "E! News" and its digital series, "E! News Now."

Los Angeles, CA
Joe Dillard Joe Dillard

Joe Dillard (BA ’13) is the REALTOR Party & Local Board Relations Coordinator with Missouri REALTORS in Columbia, MO. Joe assists with the Association’s Advocacy and Professional Development initiatives, especially regarding continuing education courses and member support. He has a passion for current events and political affairs, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from the University of Missouri.

 

Columbia, MO
Peter Drochelman Peter Drochelman

Peter Drochelman, (BA’ 80), began his career selling radio and TV commercial airtime to advertising agencies throughout the Midwest. Peter decided to try something new and later tried his hand in the video industry, first gaining experience as a “grip.” Soon he worked his way up as a sound man, dolly pusher, teleprompter operator, videographer, lighting director, and director before finally reaching the rank of a producer. Believing in the power of video as a medium, Peter began his own communication group in St. Louis called The Drochelman Group. Today, The Drochelman Group strives to meet clients’ communication needs by using mediums such as videos, websites, photography, animation, interactive media, and graphic art pieces to produce creative and memorable projects.

St. Louis, MO
Larry Eder Larry Eder

Larry Eder (BA ’65) after graduation, Larry worked as film editor and assistant with Hardcastle Film Association in St. Louis MO, then as AD at KTVI working on Romper Room, a long-running children’s show. At KTVI he then spent seven years as a producer/director, which was always his goal upon graduation.  Larry then moved into corporate television as a producer with McDonnell-Douglas, (now Boeing), where he worked until his recent retirement. Over his career, he received several Air Force awards, a Blakesly award for Public Affairs, and Telly and Communicator awards. 

Tracy Feller Tracy Feller

Tracy (Thomas) Feller, (BA ’82), is currently with the Office of Regional Programs as a Director of Development for the University of Missouri. She travels for all areas of Mizzou in the eastern sector of the United States. Feller spent 28 years in promotional public relations in the tourism, transportation and broadcasting industries. She returned to Columbia in 2000 and has been working for her alma mater for 13 years, first in Communication and Public Relations for the MU Sinclair School of Nursing as their Director of Public Relations and now in Advancement. In her current role she is charged with securing financial support for the University, as well as forging lasting bonds with alumni. At MU, she was active on the Alumni Association Student board (AASB), was in Alpha Chi Omega Sorority, and served on Homecoming and Greek Week Committees while at Mizzou. Today she uses her skill set to be an asset to her University.

Columbia, MO
Gene Gillespie Gene Gillespie

Gene Gillespie (’80) is currently living in Black Mountain, NC where he is the Vice President of Strategic Accounts & Officer for Communispace Corporation. He oversees business development for the marketing teams and client base throughout the Southern US region. After graduation with degrees in Communications and Business, Gillespie spent two years in the Management Training program at Proctor & Gamble. He then worked for E&J Gallo Winery for nine years in business development and marketing. Whether it was cheerleading for Mizzou during his four years at college or becoming Homecoming King his senior year of school, Gillespie always made sure that he was involved in the extracurricular life that Mizzou offered.  Gillespie recently became connected once again with the University when he became a member of the Atlanta Alumni Association and is a new member of the Advisory Council for the Department of Communication. 

Black Mountain, NC
Gregg Goodman Gregg Goodman

Gregg Goodman BA ’85 is president of The Mills/ A Simon Company based out of Chevy Chase, Maryland, which is the largest U.S. publicly traded Real Estate Company. Gregg, as president, is responsible for 15 super regional centers totaling over 25,000,000 square feet spread across the United States.  Several of their properties are the #1 tourist destination in their state and are known worldwide. Gregg started in Kansas City post graduation and then shortly thereafter,  moved to St. Louis and worked as a broker in retail real estate. Gregg then migrated to Chicago and worked for a company in mall leasing and became a senior executive. In 2008, he was named President of The Mills, a division of Simon Property Group, which, is the largest real estate investment trust in the world.

Anna Hargis Anna Hargis

Anna Hargis, (MA ’95), is the Director of Advertising for the Shelter Insurance Company in Columbia.  After college, Anna moved on to be a promotion writer/producer for KOMU-TV. When she was promoted to Assistant Production Manager, she came back to Mizzou, part-time, working on her MA degree in Communication. During this time, Anna was promoted to Marketing and Promotions Director of KOMU. She worked there for 11 years before accepting the position of Director of Advertising for Shelter Insurance. Anna has been awarded the Best of Show in Audio/Visual Communications from the Insurance Marketing and Communication Association in 2011 for video ads she and her team created.

Columbia, MO
John Leonard Harris John Leonard Harris

John Leonard Harris (’84) lives in Lincoln, Nebraska. He is the founder and president of Encouragement Unlimited, Inc., as well as a Career Transition Trainer for the Insignia Federal Group at the Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha. John also serves as a pastor at Christ Temple Mission Church and is an employment consultant with the US department of labor. After earning his undergraduate degree in Speech and Dramatic Art (with an emphasis in Radio-TV-Film) John earned a Master’s degree in education from UN-L. John is a popular keynote motivational speaker and corporate trainer.  Hew is also on the internet.  He posts a daily YouTube offering -- "Encouragement Word of the Day" – a popular feature offering advice on relationships, personal care, faith, hope, friendship and change. To add to his list of successes, John was awarded the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “Wall of Honor” recognition by Scott Middle School, which selects an individual for their contribution to promoting diversity and contributing to the betterment of the city of Lincoln.  While at Mizzou John was involved with the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. (President), the National Pan-Hellenic Council (President) and the LBC (Legion of Black Collegians) Gospel Choir.  He was also a member of the Chancellor's Student Advisory Board.

Lincoln, NE
Bob Hesskamp Bob Hesskamp

Bob Hesskamp, (BA ’82), as a Senior Vice President of CNN, INC., Bob is responsible for CNN's Worldwide Broadcast Engineering and Turner Broadcasting's Media Technology teams. After graduating, Bob spent time free-lancing in St. Louis; then, in 1983, took an entry-level position in Video Journalism at CNN Headline News, and worked his way up to director within four years. Bob moved into management and when CNN started their affiliate news service, CNN Newsource he helped start the live shot service and become field production supervisor for Newsource. In 1994, Bob moved to CNN International as Director of Operations. Bob added Domestic Operations responsibility and was a member of the team that led CNN's move into Time Warner Center in New York.  Bob was then asked to lead CNN's Engineering team in 2004. Bob has received the Broadcasting and Cable Magazine Technology Leadership award in 2008 and his teams have received the Technical Emmy, IBC Technology innovation awards and the Broadcast Engineering Excellence Award.

Cheryl Kelly Cheryl Kelly

Cheryl Kelly (BA, ’83) is an insurance agent for State Farm currently residing in Columbia, MO. Following graduation, she worked for one year as an account representative at Lyn Zanville Inc., an advertising agency in Dallas, Texas, before returning to Columbia. In April of 1985, Cheryl accepted a job with State Farm Insurance as a communications specialist and later moved into management where she supervised all claims and operations communications for the Missouri/Kansas personnel. She became an agent for State Farm in April 1988, and continues serving Columbia for their insurance needs today.  Cheryl met her husband, Mike, on their third day at MU as freshmen, and they married in June 1987.  They have three wonderful children, Lauren Kelly Crosby, also a graduate of MU, Brian Kelly, and Matthew Kelly. They also have one grandchild, Davis.

Columbia, MO
Benjamin Lamb Benjamin Lamb

Benjamin Lamb, (BA ’00), is living in Santa Monica, California where he is the Senior Content Manager for the Recording Academy (the organization that produces the GRAMMY Awards). Ben has an EMMY Nomination and he is also a Webby Award Winning producer. While at Mizzou, Ben did his studies in production. Ben is married to his college sweetheart and they have three adorable children.  

Santa Monica, CA
Duane Lammers Duane Lammers

Duane Lammers, (BA ’83), is the Chief Operating Officer for Granite Broadcasting in O’Fallon, Missouri, and is a consultant for Silver Point Capital. He has held many executive positions in the television industry, including a role in which he supervised 50 television stations as the Executive Vice President of Nexstar Broadcasting in Terre Haute, Indiana. Today, Duane remains on the Advisory Council for the Department of Communication, giving his time and leadership to ensure the success of other Mizzou’s Communication students.

O’Fallon, MO
Rob Lehr Rob Lehr

Rob Lehr (BA, ’04) is an Account Supervisor managing the Kastner & Partners in St. Louis office. His main role is to oversee Red Bull regional marketing efforts out of the St. Louis office. Rob is responsible for the strategic and creative development of advertising, design and event marketing for Red Bull's South and East business units in the U.S. Recent success includes National Red Bull Flugtag Day on September 21, 2013, which saw 5 U.S. cities host Red Bull Flugtag on the same day and draw in over 400,000 spectators to witness the event live.

St. Louis, MO
Adam Levbarg Adam Levbarg

Adam Levbarg (BA ’97) is currently a SAG-AFTRA Business Representative. After graduation, Adam moved to Los Angeles and began temping at entertainment jobs. His first full-time job was as a personal assistant to a TV and theater director. In 1999, he landed a job with a small PR firm. While there, he learned all about publicity and Oscar campaigns and even did some talent wrangling on the red carpet for the Emmys, Oscars and People's Choice Awards. Levbarg ran Oscar screenings primarily for Miramax Films, and then for the first Lord of the Rings film. He transitioned to doing this privately, running screenings for the remainder of the Lord of the Rings films and continued to run Oscar screenings for nearly a decade for New Line Cinema, Warner Independent Pictures, and Paramount Vantage. Next, he was hired by the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), which in 2012 merged with sister union AFTRA. As a SAG-AFTRA Business Representative, Adam’s job is to educate and enforce the collective bargaining agreements (CBAs) that his department administers.   

Carolyn Sperry Lewis

Carolyn Sperry Lewis (’93) lives in Los Angeles, California where she is the Vice President of Production Management for CMT (Country Music Television) Development for the West Coast. After graduation, Carolyn spent “5 incredibly adventuresome years in DC” working for a network that covered politics. In 1998 she moved to Los Angeles where her first job was working on an MTV game show. She worked freelance for MTV, NBC, FOX and USA.  After five years, she settled down at VH1 where she began full time work. In addition to VH1, in 2008, Carolyn began working with LOGO (LGBT channel), and in 2012 she moved to LOGO exclusively as vice president.  A year later she moved to CMT. In her current role, Carolyn focuses on all the finances and logistics to bring the creative vision to the screen. During her time at Viacom, Lewis has worked in reality, documentary, sketch comedy, scripted, and game show and she also co-produced an independent feature film. Lewis finds her work challenging and fulfilling and balances her career with her family life of a husband and two young children.

Los Angeles, CA
David Lile David Lile

David Lile, (BA ’77), is the host of “Columbia Morning” on News/Talk Radio 1400 KFRU in Columbia, Missouri. He conducts live interviews every morning and is responsible for running the show through its various segments. Of all his responsibilities, David enjoys conducting interviews and connecting with his listeners.

Columbia, MO
James MacMorran James MacMorran

James MacMorran, BA ’86, is currently a sound designer, mixer, and audio engineer at Avatar Studios in St. Louis, where he has worked for over 12 years composing music, providing voiceovers, and creating other forms of audio for corporate videos, commercials, and documentaries. His career continued to flourish, both as an audio engineer and as a composer. For his work in sound design, he has won five Emmys, five Telly Awards, two Addy Awards, and four awards in music composition.

St. Louis, MO
Ali Milano Ali Milano

Ali Milano, (BA '10), is currently the Senior Publicist at Dietch PR, a fashion PR agency located in Los Angeles. After graduation, Ali moved to LA to begin an unpaid internship with a Fashion PR company, which eventually turned into a full time PR position. Shortly thereafter, Ali took a position with jewelry designer, Sonya Frisina where she helped to spearhead and relaunch her whole business and jewelry line.  It was only after the wealth of knowledge she gained relaunching a business that she received the offer to work as a publicist at Dietch PR. Ali’s position oversees all editorial and celebrity aspects for each of their clients and facilitates all stylist appointments within their showroom.

Los Angeles, CA
Bart Montgomery Bart Montgomery

Bart Montgomery, BA ’84, MA ’85, is a Senior Writer/Producer On-Air Promo Creative for Fox Broadcasting Company. He has worked in Hollywood for over 25 years as a writer, director, and producer for numerous promotions, trailers, and presentations for entertainment from television shows to movies. He has worked on promotional materials for films such as Batman, Lethal Weapon, and Robocop, and for television shows like The Simpsons, 24, and, most recently, Fringe. Bart has received multiple awards for entertainment marketing, but he notes a true honor as doing the Vulcan salute with Leonard Nimoy while directing him in a promo shoot.

Hollywood, CA
Michael Mulvihill Michael Mulvihill

Michael Mulvihill, BA ’94, is the Senior Vice President for Programming and Research for the Fox Sports Media Group. In this position, he is primarily responsible for the scheduling of all sports programming across the Fox networks, including national and college football, baseball, basketball, soccer games, and NASCAR racing. He is also responsible for acquisitions, advertising sales, business development, and relations with the network. Through his career at Fox, Michael has been recognized as a “young and powerful” leader in both the Sporting News magazine and as a “40 under 40” representative through the Sports Business Journal.

New York City, NY
Tom O’Neal Tom O’Neal
Columbia, MO
Melody Parry Melody Parry
Columbia, MO
Kris Peck Kris Peck

Kris Peck, BA ’88, has been employed as a Prop Master for a variety of films, including The Dark Knight, Mission Impossible, Ghost Protocol, and the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy. After graduation, he began his career as a Production Assistant at HBO. Kris later decided to enter the world of film, and he served as a prop master under the guidance of industry veteran Tommy Tomlinson. During this time, he met director Gore Verbinski, who would hire him as Prop Master for 9 films, including Pirates of the Caribbean, and change his career forever. Currently, he is Prop Master for Tomorrowland with director Brad Bird, a new Disney film starring George Clooney.

Kristin Peterson Kristin Peterson

Kristin Peterson, (BA ’02), is in brand management at The Richards Group, a Dallas-based branding and full-service advertising agency. As the largest independent advertising agency in the country, her clients over the years have included standard-setting brands such as Corona Beer, Ram Trucks, Red Lobster, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, and Wawa. Today, she leads all communication with her clients and facilitates projects throughout the agency. Kristin is responsible for coordinating with the creative, media, brand planning, accounting, and legal teams in order to complete projects on time, on budget, and on strategy.

Dallas, TX
Howard Richards Howard Richards

Howard Richards (‘88, BA) is a former member of the Mizzou Football team, he is the color analyst for the University of Missouri Football radio broadcast, and is a former NFL player for the Dallas Cowboys (1981-86) and the Seattle Seahawks (1987).  He was selected in the first round of the 1981 NFL draft as one of the top collegiate players in the nation.    He currently is the Executive Director of Institution Security and Development for Harris-Stowe State University.  Prior to that served as a Special Agent for the Central Intelligence Agency and also he was a real estate consultant in Virginia (and was a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Sales Club).  As a member of the CIA, he provided security protection and conducted site advances for four CIA Directors/Deputy Directors.  He managed comprehensive security programs at the US Embassy in Tel Aviv and the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem.

 

St. Louis, MO
Terrie Robbins Terrie Robbins
St. Louis, MO
Krista Roberts Krista Roberts

Krista Roberts (BA ’03) is currently an Account Executive at Swank Motion Pictures in St. Louis, MO with over 10 years of experience in sales, marketing, and project management. After graduation Krista went to work at Enterprise Rent-A-Car, where she held several different positions. Then she went to Swank where she promotes sales, establishes relationships with customers, and manages movies and television for various cruise lines. Swank is the world’s largest non-theatrical distributor of motion pictures for public performance. 

St. Louis, MO
Damon Romine Damon Romine

Damon Romine, (BA ’88), is the current National Director of Communications & Marketing at SAG-AFTRA. In this position, Damon manages the two labor union’s external communications, social media platforms, newsletters, and the award-winning magazine SAG-AFTRA. This requires a great deal work, considering SAG-AFTRA itself represents more than 165,000 actors, broadcasters, and recording artists. Damon has held various jobs in the entertainment field, including: working in TV movie development and production, writing and editing for entertainment magazines, and acting as GLAAD’s Entertainment Media Director. Today, Mr. Romine’s SAG-AFTRA Communication team holds awards for Communication Excellence given by PRWeek, the Public Relations Society of America, the International Labor Communication Association, and Graphic Design USA.

Los Angeles, CA
Judy Scheer Judy Scheer

Judy Scheer (BA, ’85).  After graduation, Judy worked as a television reporter for then ABC affiliate, KMIZ-TV in Columbia, MO. Today, Judy is an actor and writer in Los Angeles, CA working on projects for television, film, theater, voice-over, web, and publishing. She also helps run a Creative Communications Agency, YESDESIGNGROUP located in Los Angeles. (Former radio broadcaster - major markets)  

Los Angeles, CA
Mark Schotte Mark Schotte

Mark Schotte (BA '82) is partner in two production companies: Bark Productions and19 Below, both located in Kansas City. After graduation, Mark relocated to Dallas and was a freelance productions assistant and location scout for two and a half years. After moving to Kansas City, he began working for Bark Productions, which focuses mostly on creating TV spots and web videos. After his work with Bark Productions, Mark started 19 Below, which is more specialized in editing, motion graphics, and audio facility. He is presently partner in both of these companies and living in Kansas City.

Kansas City, MO
Holly Selvey Holly Selvey

Holly Selvey (BA '02) is supervisor for Network Media at ABC Network. During her undergraduate years, Holly interned at KOMU. After graduation, she worked her way from the bottom in LA by taking a low-pay freelance position as a videotape logger for reality TV shows where she transcribed rough video interviews. Shortly after, Holly worked as a traffic coordinator for a radio network. She used that experience to get her first job scheduling promos and interstitials at E! Networks in the On-Air Promotions department, which writes and produces promos. While working there, Holly got hired doing the same thing for Disney Channel where she scheduled tickers and animated bugs as well in the Media Planning Department. Today, Holly now happily works doing the same position only at ABC Network.

Los Angeles, CA
Stan Silvey Stan Silvey

Stan Silvey, (BA ’87), is the Assistant Athletic Director of Broadcast Operations for the University of Missouri Athletic Department. In this position Stan oversees SEC Network Digital productions, video board production, weekly coaches television shows, and the Mizzou Network digital platform. After graduating from the University of Missouri, Stan became involved in the television industry, working for shows such as This Week in Mizzou Football, The Norm Stewart Show, and This Week in Mizzou Basketball, eventually leading to an Executive Producer position. In 2009, he moved to Missouri Valley College where he took over as an Instructor of Mass Communication and Director of Broadcast for two years, before leaving for his current position at Mizzou. Today, Stan is also adjunct faculty for the Missouri School of Journalism and the Department of Communication, and a member of the University of Missouri Department of Communication Advisory Council.

Columbia, MO
William “Bubba” Singleton William “Bubba” Singleton

William “Bubba” Singleton (BA, ’81) began his radio career at KCOU and during his senior year began broadcasting professionally on KFMZ.  He worked at several radio stations such as Magic 108FM and WASH-FM, WBLS, WNEW-AM, and WQEW where he had a variety of jobs such as midday personality, music director, and production director. During this time, he began a voice-over career, booking national radio and TV commercials for name clients like Miller Beer, GEICO, HBO, Direct Auto, Fisher-Price, and Coke Zero. Singleton also served as the voice of the Montel Williams Show for 7 years and Showtime At the Apollo for 5 years. His radio career continued as he went to WBLS in NYC and served as their production director and part time radio host.  He then worked for Metromedia Radio, creating a weekly show based upon his knowledge and love of jazz and standards, called Sunday Morning Sunshine. Singleton is now a voice-over actor (known professionally in the industry as Bill Andrew Quinn) in national radio and TV commercials. He also works as an audio book narrator. Singleton received the Emily Bissell award from the American Lung Association of Northern New Jersey and was also recently elected as a New York delegate to the national AFTRA (now SAG-AFTRA) convention. 

Deb Snellen Deb Snellen

Deb Snellen (MA ’80) is the Director of Organizational and Professional Development for the Office of Advancement at Mizzou.  In this role, Deb is responsible for the acquisition and placement of talent, learning and development programs, performance management, and career pathing for the nearly 175 employees of the Division. 

In 1988, Snellen formed her own consulting firm and for the past 25 years traveled nationwide providing workshops, seminars, and facilitation services for organizational development and improvement. In 2008, Snellen received a Faculty Alumni Award from the Mizzou Alumni Association. In 2010, she received the Tiger Pride Award from the Mizzou Alumni Association and was also named the Member of the Year from the Kalispell, MT Chamber of Commerce for her work with Leadership Flathead. Lastly, Snellen was an honor tap to QEBH in 2006 at Mizzou.

Columbia, MO
Jonathon Steinmetz Jonathon Steinmetz

Jonathon Steinmetz (BA, ’98) is the Manager of Digital Video for CNN.com. Jonathon is a member of the video production team that produces and publishes all the video on CNN.com and the digital platforms. He weighs in on Standards and Legal questions regarding video, and recently has started taking on the project/product management role working with various development teams. After graduating from Mizzou, Jonathon was hired as a Video Journalist. After about a year as a VJ, he became a Feeds Coordinator. During this time CNN started recognizing the potential of the website and editors were being asked to be producers. Steinmetz became one of the first editors hired out to CNN.com. Jonathon is a senior member of a team for the CNN website which has won an Emmy, numerous Peabody awards, among others. Jonathon currently lives in Atlanta, GA.

Atlanta, GA
Aaron Stoller Aaron Stoller

Aaron Stoller (BA '98) is a commercial film director. He fell into commercial directing by way of the MTV On-Air promotions department where he was shooting a variety of spots for the channel. Throughout the near decade Aaron worked for MTV, he directed hundreds of campaigns, many of which won top honors from Cannes, ADC, AICP, D&AD and the Clios. While working at biscuit filmworks, Aaron launched a number of notable campaigns for brands such as AT&T, ESPN, Virgin Mobile, Clorox and Tooheys New Australian lager. In 2009, MTV enlisted Aaron to direct a series of MTV Movie Award promos and the show intro, each featuring a cast of big-name celebrities. Several of his recent spots have earned industry accolades including “Shake On It” for ESPN, which was awarded a One Show Silver Pencil, an Andy Award, a Silver Clio and recognition from AICP. His work on Clorox “Daddy” was also honored with a Silver Clio. Aaron currently lives in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles, CA
Mark Stone Mark Stone

Mark Stone (’81) lives in Phoenix, Arizona where he is a Broadcast Technician IV at EchoStar. EchoStar Corporation is a premier global provider of satellite and video delivery solutions. After graduating from Mizzou, Stone was an editor for CNN, and worked with the likes of ABC, CBS, Time Warner Cable and now EchoStar. In ’83 he was a member of the CNN team who won their first Peabody Award for Significant News and Information Programming. Then 1993, Stone won a national Emmy for a report that he edited for ABC News 20/20. 

Phoenix, AZ
Beth Swierk Beth Swierk

Beth Swierk (BA, ’01) works as a senior managing associate at Finn Partners, a PR firm in Chicago. Before graduation, she interned at WGN Radio in Chicago, and after graduation, she went back to WGN as a part time producer. After a year of part time work, she was offered a job in the commercial traffic department. After 2 years, she was offered a job a producer in programming. She worked 6 years as the executive producer for the Kathy and Judy Show and as the executive producer for The John Williams Show until its end in 2012.  After 12 years in radio, Swierk decided to venture out and try something new.  She is now a senior managing associate in PR at Finn Partners in Chicago.  She also owns her own business, All Star Interviews, where she consults intern and job candidates how to put their best foot forward in an interview. Notably, she has received two Gracie Awards for Best Radio Talk Show.

Chicago, IL
Colby Tanner Colby Tanner

Colby Tanner (’98) is the Senior Director of Real Estate for Sam’s Club. Tanner heads all development in the Western United States dealing heavily in real estate. Tanner attributes many of his skills in communication to his communication degree from Mizzou. Tanner’s day-to-day operations include negotiating acquisitions, presenting projects to the executive committee, testifying at city council meetings, and leading several teams of attorneys, engineers, architects, public affair managers, and brokers to further Sam’s Club’s development needs. 

Alexandra Vaenberg Alexandra Vaenberg

Alexandra Vaenberg (’10) lives in Saint Louis, Missouri where she is a Branding Specialist for Nestle Purina. On a day-to-day basis, Alex finds herself doing everything from corporate website development, social media management and multimedia communication strategies. She works on a team of four to manage the employment brand for Purina. it is Her job is to strategically market Purina in hopes of recruiting the best and brightest talent to the company. After graduating from Mizzou, Alex accepted a position as a Social Media Manager at a small ad agency Saint Louis. Within her first three months, Vaenberg was able to transition into a Project Manager role where she served as a liaison between the clients and the creative team. As a student intern while at Mizzou Alex served as the marketing intern for the Missouri Grand Prix, a pre-Olympic swimming championship event sponsored by USA Swimming. This competition brought athletes from all over the world, with aspirations for the 2012 Olympics.  

St. Louis, MO
Emily Vielhauer Emily Vielhauer

Emily Vielhauer, BA ’02, is a Sales Support Manager for Gift Card Impressions in Kansas City, MO. GCI creates innovative packaging for gift cards.  She is responsible for working with GCI’s sales team and external customers to setup new programs and make sure GCI’s products are shipped to their retailers for execution.  She also gathers and analyzes data from retailers to gain customer insights on what products consumers are buying.

Kansas City, MO
Andrew Vontz Andrew Vontz

Andrew Vontz, (BA ’97), works as the Director of Content at TRX, a physical training company that provides innovative workout equipment, training programs, and professional education to clients. Andrew manages a team of employees who create, optimize, and curate messages and copy for all of TRX’s promotional materials, its social media, and relations with outside editorial pieces. He has worked in the magazine industry for many years, and has the honor of having over 500 articles published as a freelance journalist. Andrew currently lives in San Francisco, CA.   

San Francisco, CA
Steve Wagner

Steve Wagner (BA ’84) moved to Springfield, Missouri after graduation and worked in production at KOLR 10 TV.  Later that year, Steve moved back to his home town of St. Louis, and began working as a Video Production Manager for Gelco Truck Leasing, where he produced instructional and corporate videos for their national operations.  From 1988 to 2006, he enjoyed working in Los Angeles, first as an assistant cameraman and later as a camera operator for television shows such as ”Freaks and Geeks”, “The District”, “The O.C.”, and many feature films including “Space Jam” and “Speed”.  In 2006, Steve relocated back to Springfield, and is currently the General Operations Manager for Great American Title Company, serving as the liaison between the corporate office, 12 branch offices, and their underwriters, insuring technology services and telecommunications.

Springfield, MO
Kevin Wandell Kevin Wandell

Kevin Wandell (BA '06) is the Director of Development at FX Networks (FX, FXX, FXM) in Los Angeles, California. During his time at Mizzou, he worked on the production team at KOMU, starting as a graphics operator and ending his time at the station as a technical director for the nightly news.  Additionally, he associate produced This Week in Mizzou Basketball for FSN Midwest.  After graduating with degrees in Communication and Spanish, Wandell moved to Los Angeles and got his start in LA in the television department at John Wells Productions where he worked on the NBC series, ER.  From there he moved to HBO, working on the development and production of drama series such as Game of Thrones, Luck and In Treatment.  In his current role at FX Networks, Wandell is part of the creative team that develops the new comedy and drama series for the cable network's channels.  Since joining the company, he has worked on the development and production of numerous projects that have gone to series, including The Americans, The Bridge and Chozen.

Los Angeles, CA
Susan Miller Warden Susan Miller Warden
Washington, MO
Peg Weathers

Peg Weathers (B.A. ’83, M.A. ’00) is the Assistant Vice President for Community Relations at Saint Louis University.  What Peg especially enjoys about her job is the opportunity to engage authorities – academics, civic leaders, corporate executives – and the general public in addressing community challenges.  Currently her work is focused on retaining college graduates in the St. Louis region and the economic benefit they provide.  “Identifying what it takes to get this group to ‘stick’ is fascinating and a critical element for regional economic success.”  Prior to coming to SLU, Peg served as the Executive Vice President for Grand Center, Inc. for 10 years where she launched and managed successful community development efforts, as well as served as the chief development officer.  Peg has been involved with politics at the Federal, State and local levels, serving as an appointee in the Clinton Administration (1993-200) as an aide to Secretary Federico Peña, U.S. Department of Transportation, and Secretary Bill Richardson, U.S. Department of Energy.  She served as Deputy Campaign Director for Bob Holden's 2000 Governor's race and worked on Francis Slay’s first Mayoral campaign in 2001.  

St. Louis, MO
Bill Wells Bill Wells
Columbia, MO
David Whillock David Whillock

Dr. David Whillock (Ph.D., ‘86) is an Associate Provost and Dean of the Academy of Tomorrow.  He served as the Dean of the Bob Schieffer College of Communication from 2008 to 2015, Associate Dean from 2002 to 2008 and Interim Dean from 1999 to 2002.    He came to TCU in 1991 from the University of Alabama.  He teaches courses in History of the Cinema, Film Theory and Criticism, National Cinemas, American Culture in Film and The Evolution of the Blues. Dr. Whillock has published in the areas of the American Vietnam War Film, Hate Speech, and Film Images and Identification.  Recently his documentary “Chopper Blues” was included in Charles Jones book Chopper Blues.  This documentary was part of the MidAmerica Arts Alliance presentation on War and Art.  He has published in the Journal of Film and Television, The Journal of Popular Culture, and Southern Communication Journal. He has contributed chapters in America Rediscovered: Critical Essays on Literature and Film of the Vietnam War, Hate Speech, and Vietnam War Films.  He was a founding member of the American Communication Association.  His research interests includes Film and History, the Vietnam War in American cinema, The Blues and the African American Experience in the mid 20th Century, and New Technologies in our way of knowing.

Grapevine, TX
Darrin Widick Darrin Widick

James Darrin Widick (’89) currently resides in Lee’s Summit, Missouri where he runs Group 3 Solutions. In 1995, Widick created his own business titled Widick Marketing Inc. Recently, there was collaboration between Widick Marketing and two smaller agencies, and from that collaboration, Group 3 Solutions was born. Presently, Widick runs Group 3 Solutions as well as their web development, search engine and PR efforts. 

Kansas City, MO
Steven Wujek Steven Wujek

Steve Wujek, BA ’91, is the current Vice President, Account Director at Barkley Advertising Agency in Kansas City, Missouri. At Barkley, he leads a team that provides marketing, public relations, and digital communication services to clients such as UMB Financial Corporation and Scout Investments. Steve uses his communication skills daily in order to create effective advertising strategies that inform and influence his audiences. Also, notably, Steve was involved in the “Save the Quad” campaign that saw the restoration of the green area surrounding our columns, protecting the historical beauty of the Francis Quadrangle for generations to come.

Kansas City, MO