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This directory is a listing of Communication Arts and Sciences (or Speech Communication) alumni who have volunteered to serve as a resource for other Penn State students. In particular, everyone listed in this directory has volunteered to be a point of contact for current or recent CAS majors who would like to discuss how their degree has influenced their career after graduation. Using the search fields below, you can sort this directory by occupational field and/or decade of graduation. This directory can be a valuable step in exploring the diversity of careers made possible by a degree in CAS.

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Jennifer Young Abbott

1998 MA, 2003 PhD

Professor of Rhetoric

Abbott is a Professor of Rhetoric at Wabash College. Since graduating from Penn State with a doctoral degree in Speech Communication in 2003, Abbott has taught classes in rhetorical studies and gender studies at the liberal arts college, and she has served as Department Chair and Division II Co-Chair. Her research focuses on the rhetoric of the news media and mediated representations of gender. Abbott’s experience at Penn State was both rigorous and fulfilling and set the stage for a career in academia.

Michele Maas Agostini


Development/Communication Consultant

Agostini’s experiences at Penn State created pathways for a lifetime of personal and professional success. Upon graduating from Penn State in 1992 with a degree in Speech Communication, Agostini applied lessons from college to a variety of fields. Agostini worked as a marketing representative for two large pharmaceutical companies, earned a master’s degree in speech communication, taught public speaking to college students for ten years, and currently works as a consultant specializing in fundraising, event planning, and public speaking.

Earned an M.A. in Speech Communication

James H. Albanese


Adjunct Instructor

Albanese studied radio and television broadcasting at Penn State, graduating with a degree in Speech Communication in 1983. While at Penn State, Albanese became an announcer on Penn State’s student radio station and announced for a dormitory radio station (“South Halls Radio”). Following graduation, Albanese worked for 25 years in the Altoona radio market. In 2009, Albanese began teaching communications at Penn State Altoona and still works in radio part time as an announcer at WQZK, “105.9 QWK-Rock,” in State College.

Rebecca Alt


Assistant Professor of Communication

Alt, who was a first-generation college graduate, graduated from Penn State in 2013 with a degree in Communication Arts and Sciences (Rhetoric). Alt was involved in various clubs and activities at Penn State, which is also where her passion for CAS was developed. Following graduation from Penn State, she earned her MA and PhD from the University of Maryland. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Communication at Lenior-Rhyne University in North Carolina.

Lisa Arrell


Director of Tourism Sales

Arrell graduated from Penn State in 1980 with a degree in Speech Communication and a minor in Broadcasting. Since attending Penn State, Arrell has had a successful career in broadcast journalism and is now currently working in marketing as a Director of Tourism Sales.

Nadine Baarstad


VP, Client Development

Baarstad is a Vice President Client Development at Foodmix Marketing Communication. While at Penn State, Baarstad participated in Ski Club, Greek life, sports events, and studied abroad as a junior. After graduating with a degree in Speech Communication in 1988, Baarstad took a job at a large, national ad agency before finding a niche in account management. Baarstad quickly became a partner at the firm. Since then, Baarstad has worked for several companies before finding a home at Foodmix.

Nancy Mosser Bailey


Owner/Casting Director

While at Penn State, Bailey cultivated interests in theatre and television broadcasting that turned into a life-long career. After graduating in 1978 with a degree in Speech Communication, Bailey’s first job was in production at Pittsburgh’s NBC affiliate which lead to work on Mister Rogers’s Neighborhood. Bailey freelanced as a producer and as a director in both Pittsburgh and Boston. Bailey also produced corporate videos for a Boston-based software company. In 1990, HBO hired Bailey for casting on a film. Now, Bailey is the owner and casting director of Nancy Mosser Casting.

Jaclyn Baksa


Client Administrator

Baksa graduated from Penn State in 2005 with degrees in Communication Arts and Sciences and Women’s Studies. Penn State allowed Baksa to create a rigorous learning experience that was both fulfilling academically and plotted a course for career success. After graduation, Baksa secured a job at Vanguard and is currently working as a client administrator. Baksa’s degree in CAS is useful for working with clients and serving the LGBTQ community at Vanguard.

Lori Baum


Community Relations Leader

Baum is the Community Relations Leader for Mosaic. Currently, Baum coaches twelve of the Community Relations Officers in the organization on how to fundraise and work in the nonprofit field. While at Penn State, Baum studied Speech Communication and graduated in 1986. After graduation, Baum worked for a fundraising fulfillment company. Baum also worked in fundraising in several different capacities, including vendor, consultant, and directly for nonprofits.

Nancy Bernstein


Senior Director Integrated Sales

Bernstein graduated from Penn State in 1982 with a degree in Speech Communication and a minor in Broadcasting. Since graduating, Bernstein has moved through careers in local news, local sports, and other networks, such as CNBC, SNN, and SNY. Bernstein is now a Senior Director in Integrated Sales and has worked for the NFL Network for the past 13 years. Prior to joining the National Football League and NFL Network, Bernstein was a feature producer and studio producer for FOX Sports, and won 4 Emmy's as a contributing producer to FOX NFL Sunday for 11 years.

Amanda Mercedes Blanchette


Client Specialist

Robert “Bob” Booz, Ph.D.


Retired Director of Development

Booz served as the Director of Development for the Office of the Senior Vice President of Research and Dean of the Graduate School at Penn State. While working full-time for the university, Booz earned a Ph.D. in Applied Communication in 1999. Booz’s experiences as both an employee and a student at PSU opened many new opportunities both professionally and personally. In retirement, Booz enjoys volunteering, woodworking, spending time with eight grandchildren, and traveling in Europe.

Jennifer Borda

1998 M.A., 2002 Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Communication and Department Chair

Borda earned both a M.A. and Ph.D. in Speech Communication at Penn State. As a graduate student, Borda valued Penn State’s academic excellence, especially in the field of communication. After graduating in 2002, Borda began working as a professor at the University of New Hampshire. Borda, who is now an Associate Professor of Communication and Chair of the Department of Communication at UNH, continues to publish and remains an active scholar. Borda co-founded UNH’s Civil Discourse Lab which is committed to non-partisanship and a focus on process rather than product or content.

Sadie Buckallew


Production Project Manager

Buckallew received her bachelors degree in Communication Arts and Sciences with a minor in World Literature in 2013. While working part time at the Comic Swap in downtown State College, she was able to land an internship at PSU Press during her undergraduate years which led to a fulfilling career in publishing. She currently works as a Production Project Manager at Wolters Kluwer in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and freelances as a comic book script editor.

Stephen Buzard


Funeral Director

Lauren Camacci


Content Creator

Camacci graduated from Penn State in 2017. Camacci is a content writer/editor in the software development industry in Cleveland, Ohio, having transitioned into a non-academic career after her eight years at PSU CAS. Academically, her main area of expertise is presidential rhetorical criticism and critical studies of men and masculinities, with particular interest in how popular culture mediates, shapes, and challenges what it means to be a man in America. Camacci is assistant chair of the Chestnut Hill Harry Potter Academic Conference, is a regular guest on _The Deconstruction Workers_ podcast, and loves cross-stitching.


Joanne Casey


Business Analyst

Mary T. Casey


Assistant to the Pastor

Casey graduated from Penn State in 1986 with a degree in Speech Communication. As a student at Penn State, Casey was a member of the state champion Forensic Team. Upon graduation, Casey took a job as a Flight Attendant with US Air, retiring in 2015. Currently, Casey resides in Ellicott City, MD and serves as Assistant to the Pastor at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

John A Cavicchio III



Cavicchio graduated from Penn State in 1994 with a degree in Speech Communication. Since graduating, Cavicchio spent approximately 15 years in private practice, including five as the partner/founder of a small law firm. For the past several years, Cavicchio has represented neglected and abused children in Court as counsel in Allegheny County of Pennsylvania. 

Barbara Cohen



While attending Penn State in 1977, Cohen was an RA in North Halls. After graduation, Cohen attended the Wharton School of Business and pursued a career in marketing and consulting. Cohen was first employed in brand management at P&G in the soap and detergent division. Cohen states, "A large, global consulting firm tempted me and I have had a long career in management and marketing consulting". For 15 years, Cohen ran a consulting firm in Chicago, IL. As of recent, Cohen is currently retired, but still have a perspective on how to marry the Liberal Arts with business.

Randall Cook


Disability Resource Coordinator

Cook is the Disability Resource Coordinator for Broome-Tioga Workforce New York. At Penn State, Cook studied Broadcasting, graduating with a degree in Speech Communication in 1979. As an undergraduate, Cook focused on radio and television, getting involved with WDFM and the Daily Collegian. In fact, a PSU professor gave Cook a tip that turned into a first job in broadcasting. Since this early experience in broadcasting, Cook’s career has transitioned from broadcast news to public relations.

Kathleen DeBuck


DeBuck earned a degree in Speech Communication from Penn State in 2005. While at Penn State, DeBuck was involved in ADPi, THON, and Homecoming. DeBuck was also a member of Parmi Nous and Lions Paw. After graduation, DeBuck worked in the nonprofit sector for five years, running Events and Fundraising with Corporate Partners. Now, DeBuck is co-owner of DeBuck’s Sod Farm of NY, Inc. DeBuck primarily runs HR, Accounts Payable, Web and Marketing while also managing other family business like the small 9-hole golf course and driving range.

Maryann Deno Brock


Legal Assistant/Executive Assistant for TBrock Trucking

Brock was an active student at Penn State captaining the Sailing Team, participating in the Outing Club, serving as the Vice President of the Association of Residence Hall Students, and serving as the President of Parmi Nous. After graduating from Penn State with a degree in Speech Communication in 1982, Brock graduated with honors from the Lawyers Assistant Program in 1983. Since then, Brock has served as a Legal Assistant/Paralegal with law firms in Hempstead, New York and in Washington, D.C. In 1990, Brock moved to Nebraska continuing a career as a paralegal while also teaching at a Montessori preschool and running a home day care.

Elizabeth M. Devoir


Director, Talent Acquisition

Devoir earned a degree in Speech Communication from Penn State in 1992. While at Penn State, Devoir was involved in Concert Choir and was a member of the Phi Gamma Nu Business Fraternity. Devoir has worked in Human Resources, specializing in Talent Acquisition (Recruiting) for over two decades. Devoir is certified with the HR Certification Institute, Society for Human Resource Management, and the Human Capital Institute in Strategic Workforce Planning. Currently, Devoir is Director, Talent Acquisition for Ankura Consulting Group, LLC.

Kelly A. Durkin



Durkin graduated from Penn State in 1994 with a degree in Speech Communication and a minor in Business. Since earning her degree from Penn State, Durkin went on to graduate from Seton Hall School of Law in 1997. Durkin worked for two private law firms doing insurance defense and commercial litigation. In 2003, Durkin began working for Bergen County Law Department. Currently, Durkin works for the Health Department as an Attorney.

Jen Ellefson


Instructional Designer

Ellefson earned a degree in Speech Communication from Penn State in 1999. While at Penn State, Ellefson competed as a rugby player. After graduating, Ellefson earned an M.A. in Instructional Systems Development from UMBC and became an instructional designer in 2003. Ellefson has freelanced in instructional design since 2006. In addition to career in instructional design, Ellefson coaches girls high school rugby and is a coach educator with USA Rugby.

Karen Eross


Product Marketing Copywriter

Tan Falkowski Wells


Senior Director Client Solutions

Wells earned both a B.A. and a M.A. in Speech Communication at Penn State. Wells’ education created work opportunities at the Center for Performing Arts and the Bryce Jordan Center. After graduating in 2001, Wells earned an M.F.A. in theatre production and management and has since worked in operational management, production of live events (festivals, shows, tradeshows, and concerts), and is currently the Senior Director Client Solutions for Freeman, a large live event/experimental marketing company.

Josie Ganzermiller


Communication and Management Faculty

Ganzermiller graduated from Penn State with a degree in Communication Arts and Sciences in 2008. While at Penn State, Ganzermiller developed a passion for management that turned into a career. After graduating from PSU, Ganzermiller worked in business for a few years while earning a Master’s. Ganzermiller then taught CAS at Penn State York before pursuing a doctorate at the University of Maryland. Now, Ganzermiller is a member of the Communication and Management faculty at Johns Hopkins University—Carey Business School.

Charlene M. Gaus


Regional Director, Volunteer Services

Gaus graduated from Penn State in 1991 with a degree in Speech Communication. Gaus studied at DuBois, Behrend, and University Park campuses while at Penn State. As a student, Gaus was an athlete, orientation leader, and a Lion Ambassador. After graduation, Gaus earned a M.A. in Student Affairs in Higher Education and worked in Residence Life, Greek Life, Leadership Training, Student Activities, and Alumni Affairs at various universities. Currently, Gaus is the Regional Director, Volunteer Services in the Penn State Alumni Association.

Philip Geanacopoulos


Marketing Manager

Geanacopoulos graduated from Penn State-University Park in 2005 with a degree in Communication Arts and Sciences and minors in Business and Information Systems and Statistical Analysis. Since graduating, Geanacopoulos has worked for a number of companies in South Florida, China, New York and currently works for Precision Medical, Inc as Marketing Manager and resides in the Lehigh Valley.

Pat Gehrke



Gehrke graduated with a Ph.D. in Communication Arts and Sciences in 2003. After graduation, Gehrke joined the faculty at the University of South Carolina. At USC, Gehrke has served as program director, basic course director, online course director, and chair or member of nearly 20 search committees, in addition to various other administrative roles. Gehrke was promoted to full professor in 2018.

Lucy M. Gnazzo



Gnazzo graduated from Penn State in 1983 with a degree in Speech Communication and a minor in Broadcasting. Gnazzo has worked on award winning documentaries and has spearheaded national events with state and national leaders. Currently, Gnazzo has her own company, LM Gnazzo Promotion Strategies, where she is the President and owner. 

Richard J. Goedkoop


Professor (retired)

Goedkoop earned a Ph.D. in Speech Communication from Penn State in 1980. Goedkoop began work as a faculty member at La Salle University in 1980 and served in this capacity until retirement in 2012. While working at La Salle, Goedkoop was a founding director of La Salle’s M.A. program and introduced the course in communication and ethics that became a required course. Goedkoop taught a variety of courses at La Salle including media courses and communication law. 

Rich Goldbeck


Staffing Executive

Goldbeck graduated in 1989 from Penn State with a degree in Speech Communication. Currently, Goldbeck is a Staffing Executive for Goldbeck Consulting. While attending Penn State, Goldbeck was actively involved in campus leadership with, "The Campaign for Penn State," and the Thon overall committee. Goldbeck is also part of the Liberal Arts Alumni Society.

Ellen W. Gorsevski


Associate Professor/Communication Program Coordinator

Gorsevski graduated from Penn State in 1999 with a degree in Communication. Gorsevski describes her experience at Penn State to be, "Exciting, challenging, and a steep learning curve with wonderfully wise and generous professors,". Gorsevski is currently an Associate Professor and Communication Program Coordinator at Bowling Green State University. 

Jonathan Graham


Cinema Drone Pilot/Camera Operator

Graham graduated from Penn State in 2008 with a degree in Communication Arts and Sciences. As a CAS major, Graham pursued a variety of interests including photography, business, and science. After graduating, Graham began work for the family business which required the marketing skills developed at PSU. Graham changed careers in 2012 to pursue a new passion. Now Graham works as a Cinema Drone Pilot/Camera Operator for Flying Monster, LLC.

Jillian Greenstein


Demand Planner

Greenstein graduated from Penn State in 2012 with a degree in Communication Arts and Sciences and a minor in Business. After graduation, Greenstein held the position of a Client Management Consultant for a private jet company. After some time, Greenstein changed industries and started a career with Clark’s Shoes corporate office as an Account Manager. Greenstein has been with Clark’s for 5 years and is currently a Demand planner, to provide forecasting and sales analysis for their wholesale business. 

Andrea Gregg

M.A. in 2000, Ph.D. 2016

Director of Online Pedagogy and Credentialing

Gregg earned two advanced degrees from Penn State. The first was an M.A. in Speech Communication with an emphasis in rhetoric in 2000. The second was a Ph.D. in Learning, Design, and Technology in 2016 with a research focus on the lived experiences of learners in online higher education. Penn State taught Gregg to teach, research, and practice across disciplines. Now, Gregg works as the Director of Online Pedagogy and Credentialing for the department of Mechanical Engineering.  She is responsible for the learning design of the online program, leads the microcredentialing and badges efforts of the department, and integrates innovative teaching practices into the STEM curriculum.  

Alex Habbaz



Habbaz received a degree in Speech Communication and a minor in Business Logistics from Penn State in 2000. After graduating, Habbaz started his own business, Fleet Distribution Centers, LLC where he is the CEO. Over time, Habbaz's business has grown into a five-million dollar company with 60-100 employees.

Sherri Headrick

PhD, 1997

Co-founder, Director of Marketing

Headrick graduated from Penn State in 1997 with a degree in Communication and a minor in Political Science. After graduating from Penn State, Headrick was an Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama until 2001. Headrick also worked at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center for 10 years, which involved both national and international travel. Currently, Headrick and her husband run their own business, LEAN Frog Business Solutions, Inc. The business helps school systems improve efficiency and effectiveness in non-instructional areas and increase the value they deliver for students, staff, and community. In 2016, LEAN Frog Business Solutions, Inc. was selected as U.S. Chamber of Commerce South-eastern finalist for small business of the year.

Mark Hlavacik

2009, PhD 2014

Associate Professor

Dr. Hlavacik is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of North Texas. He is the author of Assigning Blame: The Rhetoric of Education Reform (Harvard Education Press, 2016), a book adapted from his dissertation and thesis work in the department of Communication Arts and Sciences at Penn State. In Communication Studies at UNT, Dr. Hlavacik is a member of the rhetoric faculty, the graduate faculty, and he is the faculty advisor the COMM Library.

Patrizia Hoffman


Emeritus Professor Communication

Hoffman earned two advanced degrees from Penn State: M.A. and Ph.D. in Communication Arts and Sciences. While a graduate student at PSU, Hoffman taught 100A, 100B, 100D, and Organizational Communication. Hoffman also acted as temporary director of the basic course. Hoffman’s experience as a graduate student laid the groundwork for a tenure-track position at Lock Haven University. Hoffman taught at LHU for thirteen years, earned the position of full professor, and is now retired with Emeritus status and living in Asheville, North Carolina.

Pamela D. Hopkins


Director, Speech Communication Center

Hopkins earned a M.A. in Speech Communication in 1985 from Penn State. As a graduate teaching assistant, Hopkins developed strengths as an effective instructor: time management, course development, and student interactions. After graduation, Hopkins continued to work in the field of communication at East Carolina University where Hopkins is Director of the Speech Communication Center. Hopkins has also worked at mental health centers as a communication specialist.

George L. Hosac



Hosac graduated with a degree in Speech Communication with an emphasis in Broadcasting in 1977. After graduation, Hosac moved to California and secured a job with the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department in 1984. Hosac worked for the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department for 30 years, retiring in 2014. Now, Hosac lives in Las Vegas.

Jennifer Iwu


Senior Manager

Angela Johnson


Human Resources Officer

Johnson received a degree in Communication Arts and Sciences and a minor in Women's Studies from Penn State in 2007. After graduation, Johnson went on to earn her Master's degree from Towson University in Human Resources. Johnson worked in recruiting and HR in a private sector for 8 years. Currently, Johnson works for the U.S. Government as a Human Resources Officer. 

Sharlene Johnson


Senior Assessment and Referral Specialist

Johnson earned a degree in Speech Communication from Penn State in 1980. Since graduating from PSU, Johnson has earned a master’s degree in counseling and is a doctoral candidate in counseling. Johnson is a licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor, Bachelor Social Worker, and Chemical Dependency Counselor. Currently, Johnson is Senior Assessment and Referral Specialist for the University of Texas Health Science Center Houston. Johnson has won numerous public speaking awards in Toastmasters International and is a Laughter Yoga Leader.

Laura Kastner


Consulting Analyst at Acenture

Kastner graduated from Penn State in 2017 with majors in Communication Arts and Sciences and Statistics. After graduation, Kastner was a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Malaysia. Kastner is now currently a Consulting Analyst at Accenture and has been with the company for 5 months. While dual majoring at Penn State, Kastner was involved in the Savior Faire A Capella group, helped tutor in the Undergraduate Speaking Center, volunteered on THON committees, worked at the Psychology Department’s Leadership Assessment Center, and gave tours with Lion Ambassadors.

Pamela Kaufman Wagoner



Wagoner graduated from Penn State in 1985 with a degree in Speech Communication. Wagoner retired from a 30+ year career as a Chief Human Resources Officer and started a consulting company providing coaching, leadership development, and productive conflict to C-Suite executives.

Gretta D Kellogg


IT Project Manager/Research Engineer

Kellogg graduated from Penn State in 1995 with a BA and MA in Speech Communication. Kellogg is an IT Project Manager/Research Engineer. Kellogg has expressed great gratitude that Penn State supported the vision of believing that computing technologies can be secondary to the communication needs of the people who use them. 

Mary Kenney


Senior Counsel

For Kenny, majoring in Speech Communication at Penn State set the stage for a career in law. After graduating from Penn State in 1989, Kenny earned a J.D. from Villanova which, combined with an education in communication, created opportunities to work in diverse environments. Kenny, who is currently Senior Counsel for Occidental Petroleum Corp., practiced law in rural Adams County, PA, and, then, worked as a corporate counsel in Abu Dhabi, UAE; Muscat, Oman; and Midland, Texas.

Kelly Kent


Medical device executive account manager

Kent graduated from Penn State in 1993 with a degree in Speech Communication. While attending Penn State, Kent worked as a bartender. Since graduating, Kent moved to Texas where she is married with a blended family of 4 children and 2 dogs and works in the medical device sales field.

Paul M. Khait


Head of Global Training, Education, and Market Enablement

Khait graduated from Penn State in 1994 with a degree in Speech Communication. The years Khait spent as a student at Penn State offered opportunities to learn, grow, and experience the transition to becoming an independent thinker and doer. Khait is currently Head of Global Training, Education, and Market Enablement with Philips.

Paul Fredric Kirvan


Independent Consultant

Since graduating with a degree in Speech Communications, Kirvan has worked for numerous companies and started his own consulting business. While at Penn State, Kirvan was involved in Orientation, Spring Week, Thespians, Block S, and was a member of a fraternity. Several years after graduating, Kirvan served as president of the Penn State South Jersey chapter and attended many college nights at local universities representing Penn State. Currently, Kirvan serves as a Liberal Arts mentor as well as being a mentor to younger professionals within his profession. Kirvan credits group dynamics coursework he took while at Penn State as being beneficial to his career, especially useful when managing projects, facilitating meetings, and interacting with people.

Megan Klenzing


Tax Examiner

Klenzing was a Penn State student at two campuses: Mont Alto and University Park. At Mont Alto, Klenzing was a Lion Ambassador, member of the student council, and played on the basketball team. Klenzing was involved in the Council of Commonwealth Student Governments at both campuses. Klenzing graduated with a degree in Communication Arts and Sciences in 2007. Since graduating, Klenzing has worked for multiple companies including her role as an IT Development Scheduler for NASCO. Currently, she is a Tax Examiner.

Yvonne Michelle Kline


Skill Building Specialist

Kline received a degree in Speech Communication from Penn State in 2004. In 2006, Kline completed a Master’s degree in Communication and is currently working towards a PhD. Kline was one of the first students to enroll in Penn State York’s 4-year speech communication program.

Scott Kodish


Health Communications Specialist

Kodish graduated from Penn State with a degree in Communication Arts and Sciences in 2010. Through CAS, Kodish became interested in health communication and worked as a research assistant for Michelle Miller-Day and Michael Hecht on the Keeping it REAL drug prevention program. This experience shaped Kodish’s career path. After graduating from PSU, Kodish earned a M.A. in Health Communication from George Mason University in 2013. Kodish worked for the nonprofit, the Public Health Foundation, then started a fellowship in the federal government. The fellowship became a full-time job in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration.

Donald Lancaster


Retired Special Education Teacher

Lancaster earned a degree in Speech Communication with an emphasis in Broadcasting from Penn State in 1979. At Penn State, Lancaster worked with WDFM—which is now WPSU. After graduating, Lancaster worked for over 30 years with the Pittsburgh Public Schools as an Emotional Support Special Education Teacher, and thirteen years, part time, on a psychiatric ward. Lancaster earned an M.Ed. in Special Education from Duquesne University in 1989. Since retiring, Lancaster is a two-term Indiana (PA) Borough Councilor and serves on 8 committees with Indiana County and Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Susan Larkin


Vice President

Larkin graduated from Penn State with a degree in Speech Communication in 1990. Larkin is the Vice President of Allied Personnel Services, the largest staffing service in the Lehigh Valley. Allied has been partnering with leading businesses since 1984 and focuses on building strong relationships with clients while providing an unparalleled knowledge of the local labor market. Larkin has led the growth of Allied for the past 24 years. She holds multiple industry certifications, including SPHR, the SHRM Senior Certified Professional designation, and Certified Staffing Professional from the American Staffing Association, and she is very active in the community. She serves on numerous boards, including the Women in Leadership task force for the American Staffing Association, and locally as an executive board member for Communities in Schools of the Lehigh Valley. Her commitment to the community led her to be named a Lehigh Valley Business Woman of Influence in 2015.

Kara Laskowski

1999 M.A., 2006 Ph.D.

Professor, Chair

Laskowski earned a Master's degree in Speech Communication in 1999 and a Ph.D. in Communication Arts and Sciences in 2006 from Penn State. Since graduating from Penn State, Laskowski has been involved in academia serving as and Instructor at Juniata College until 2003. Currently, Laskowski is a Professor at Shippensburg University. Laskowski is also part of the APSCUF -- A Faculty Union for 14 state universities and a state-wide executive council officer. 

Amy Levenson Close


Mother/Care Giver. Pursuing a part time HR opportunity

Close graduated from Penn State with a degree in Speech Communication in 1982. As a student at PSU, Close took advantage of the Career Center and participated in the study abroad program in Manchester, England. After graduation, Close earned over 25 years of experience in Human Resources and has worked as a Technical Recruiter, HR Generalist and Manager, Career Consultant, and Recruiting Manager. Over the course of Close’s career, Close has worked at GE, Johnson and Johnson, as well as Miller Brewing Company. 

Casey Levine


Manager, Customer Success

Levine double-majored in Communication Arts and Sciences and English at Penn State, with a Minor in Rhetoric. Since graduation in 2010, she found a career as a Customer Solutions Specialist at Appraisal Management Company, where she oversaw a team of 21 specialists and account managers. In 2016, Levine switched markets to SaaS (Software as a Service). Levine is currently a Customer Value Manager at Coupa Software and manages relationships with some of the country’s largest financial and other institutions.

Rob Liddle



Liddle graduated from Penn State with a B.A. in Speech Communication in 1987. While at Penn State, Liddle took advantage of broadcast learning and involvement. Liddle worked for Radio Shack, gaining over 30 years of upper-management experience. Liddle then became a high school teacher in Lee County Schools in Fort Myers, Florida. Building on Penn State experiences, Liddle now owns a radio station.

Adrienne Lisko


Project Manager

At Penn State, Lisko was a Speech Communication major and a member of the Golden Key National Honor Society. After graduating in 1989, Lisko used skills developed in the classroom to land a job in sales: working as a supervisor for the PSU Alumni Fund Telemarketing team. Later, Lisko joined CARTUS, a relocation management company. As a Project Manager with over 25 years of corporate experience, Lisko’s time at Penn State made a career highly focused on small/large group communication and business communication possible.

Asley Loftus (maiden name: Stoddard)


Social Worker

Loftus double-majored in Communication Arts and Sciences and Spanish at Penn State, graduating in 2009. As an undergraduate, Loftus actively participated in THON as a committee member. In 2013, four years after graduating from Penn State, Loftus earned a Master of Social Work from Temple University. Since then, Loftus has worked in the healthcare and non-profit sector. Loftus is currently as a social worker at Magee Rehab Hospital, working with patients suffering from stroke and spinal cord injuries.

Ross MacCallum



MacCallum graduated from Penn State in 1980 with a degree in Speech Communication. At Penn State, MacCallum was a member of the Speech Communication Undergraduate Forum and the Golden Key Honor Society. MacCallum studied abroad in Manchester and worked for WPSX-TV while an undergrad. Since graduating, MacCallum has worked primarily in TV news broadcasting in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Currently, MacCallum works as a Consultant/Trainer in technology/IT for HA Design, LLC. A few of the firm’s notable government clients include Voice of America in D.C. and PBS.

Heather Macharola


General Manager Holiday Inn Express

Eric Malis


Co-founder and partner

Malis earned a degree in Communication Arts and Sciences from the Schreyer Honors College at Penn State in 2005. While at Penn State, he was involved in THON and Parmi Nous. He also earned his JD from the George Washington University Law School in 2010. Malis has held several positions in law firms, the federal government, private sector and nonprofit organizations. He is currently a co-founder and partner at Talis Partners, a legal and strategy consulting firm, and co-founder and CMO at Lincode, an AI and computer vision startup.

Bre Mapston

2018 (M.A.)

Advocacy and Communications Manager

Mapston studied Communication Arts and Sciences at Penn State, graduating with a Master’s degree in 2018. Mapston now runs the University-wide advocacy effort, Advocate Penn State, and she advises the University affiliate student organization: Lion Caucus. Attending Penn State allowed Mapston to use the knowledge gained from a Communication Arts and Sciences degree in both her career and everyday life.

Nancy Marte


Associate Director, Inclusion

Marte earned a degree in Speech Communication from Penn State in 1988. As a PSU student, Marte attended both the Berks and University Park campuses. After graduation, Marte’s career in retail management started with Staples. Marte then transitioned to Sales and Sales Management. Marte now works as Associate Director, Inclusion Department for Covance/LabCorp—a 60,000 employee healthcare company. Marte has 20 years of experience working in a variety of HR roles at Covance.

Kaylin Martella


Milieu Therapist/Nursing Student

Martella Graduated from Penn State in 2008 with a degree in Communication Arts and Sciences. Since graduation, Martella has worked with individuals with disabilities in a variety of settings. Currently, Martella works as a Milieu Therapist in a psychiatric hospital as well as attending nursing school full time.

Terri L. Maruca


Senior Vice President of Public Relations

Maruca graduated from Penn State in 1992 with a B.S. degree in Communication. Since graduating from Penn State, Maruca has had a successful career in communications, marketing, and public relations. She has also worked in professional sports and for non-profits. For the past 19 years, Maruca has worked at Nevada's largest Public Relations agency.

Kevin Matlack


Facility Administrator

Matlack graduated from Penn State with a degree in Speech Communication in 1992. After graduating from Penn State, Matlack focused on a career in the management field within the retail industry. Recently, Matlack chose to switch into the healthcare field where he is currently a Facility Administrator.  

J. David Maxson


Professor of Communication

Maxson graduated with a Ph.D. in Communication Arts and Sciences in 2018. Maxson was one of two students in Fine Arts and Humanities to win an Alumni Association Dissertation Award in 2018. After graduating from Penn State, Maxson accepted a position as Professor of Liberal Arts (Communication) at the Savannah College of Art and Design. According to Maxson, the collegiality and rigor of the Department of Communication Arts and Sciences paved the way for a productive academic career.

Keith L. McClellan, Esq. MBA

1978, 1991

Chief Financial Officer and General Counsel

McClellan graduated cum laude from Penn State with degrees in Speech Communication and Political Science. While at PSU, McClellan served as President of the PSU Speech and Debate team for four years. McClellan was active in the Penn State Outing Club and the PSOC ski patrol. McClellan was also a candidate for Student Trustee, member of ODK, President of Parmi Nous, and member of the Lions Paw Senior Society. After graduation, McClellan traveled extensively in Asia, Australia, the U.S., and Europe pursuing various technology deals. Now, McClellan is Chief Financial Officer and General Counsel with VeRail Technologies, Inc.

Michael McCoy

1999, 2003

Adjunct Instructor

McCoy graduated from Penn State with a B.S. in Speech Communication and International Studies in 1999. After completing these degrees, McCoy earned an M.A. in Linguistics and Applied Language Studies in 2003. As an undergraduate, McCoy won the Evan Pugh Scholar Senior Award. After graduation, McCoy was an English Language Fellow with the U.S. Department of State for three years. McCoy served eight years as the Executive Director Fulbright Commission/Indonesia. Now, McCoy is an Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies at Penn State.

Christine Matturro McLaughlin



McLaughlin put lessons learned as a Speech Communication major to work right after graduation in 1991. McLaughlin is an accomplished health and parenting writer and editor and, since 2005, has authored six books. Growing Friendships: A Kids’ Guide to Making and Keeping Friends, McLaughlin’s latest book, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2017. McLaughlin’s hobbies include writing, biking, walking/hiking, and watching Penn State football.

Brian Mehalick


Areas Sales Manager

Mehalick graduated from Penn State with a degree in Speech Communication in 1997. While at PSU, Mehalick developed skills and professional networks that laid the foundation for success in business. Currently, Mehalick lives in State College and works as an Area Sales Manager—focusing on the East Coast in Mental Health—for Lundbeck Pharmaceutical. Mehalick is also a youth soccer coach.

Robert V. Miller



Miller graduated from Penn State with a Ph.D. in Speech Communication in 1984. After graduation, Miller spent 13 years in higher education before pursuing a career in health care research in both the private and public sectors. Miller is President/CEO of IntelliQ Health Insights. Outside of work, Miller is involved in Rotary International, seminars on writing, brass band, church, and local and state politics.

Daniel Mills


Senior Manager of Marketing Communications

Mills graduated from Penn State in 2009 with degrees in Communication Arts and Sciences and Journalism. Mills’ education at PSU developed skills needed for a successful career and provided resources to learn, grow, and excel as a professional. After graduation, Mills landed a job as a business manager. When the company closed abruptly, Mills secured a position as Senior Manager of Marketing Communications for the University of Baltimore.

Marcie Monachello


Social Worker

Monachello graduated from Penn State with a degree in Speech Communication in 2004. Monachello decided to continue education, graduating with a Master of Social Work in 2008. Currently, Monachello is a Social Worker employed by the Upper Darby School District. In addition to the B.A. and Master’s degree, Monachello earned a Home and School Visitor Certification in 2014 and a License of Clinical Social Worker in 2015.

Kevin K. Murphy


President and Chief Executive Officer

Murphy, who graduated in 1984 and is a second-generation Penn Stater with sons who are in the third-generation, will both attend and work at Penn State. Murphy was active in Pi Kappa Phi and a member of the first class of Lion Ambassadors. Since graduation, Murphy has worked in the health care industry, served in state government and built most of his career in philanthropy managing grantmaking foundations.

Martin J. Nealon Jr.


Project Manager, DOD

After serving in the Air Force for four years, Nealon studied Speech Communication at Penn State. Nealon graduated in 1987. As a student at PSU, Nealon was involved with the campus radio station. After graduation, Nealon acquired 20 years of management experience in the private sector and ten years in the public sector working as a Project Manager for the Department of Defense. Nealon’s military experienced combined with a PSU degree has given Nealon opportunities to visit parts of the world that most people never get a chance to see.

Kim Nguyen-Mussatto


Senior Associate Marketing Manager

Nguyen-Mussatto graduated from Penn State with a degree in Communication Arts and Sciences in 2010. Nguyen-Mussatto’s primary academic interests at Penn State revolved around advertising and public relations. Currently, Nguyen-Mussatto lives in California and works as a Senior Associate Marketing Manager for Basic American Foods. Nguyen-Mussatto credits PSU’s alumni base with creating career opportunities and forging community connections.

Michael Nocera


Vice President Executive Recruiter

Nocera earned a Master of Arts in Speech Communication from Penn State in 1994. After graduation, Nocera began working in executive recruiting—Nocera now has 20 years of experience in this career. Nocera has worked with Korn/Ferry International, Dell, Bank of America, Capital One, and currently works with Bank of the West as Vice President Executive Recruiter.

Victoria O'Donnell

1962, 1968

Retired Professor Emerita

While attending Penn State, O’Donnell earned her M.A. and PhD in 1962 and 1968. She was also an assistant debate coach. After graduating from Penn State, O’Donnell was a professor of communication and a department chair at the University of North Texas, Oregon State University, and Montana State University with a teaching career that spanned over 40 years. O’Donnell was the Director of the University Honors Program at Montana State University for 12 years. O’Donnell was also a communication consultant with state and federal government and an expert witness for the tobacco litigation. Currently, O’Donnell is a retired professor emerita and enjoys writing about persuasion, propaganda, and television criticism. 

Gail Bernitt Oliver


Senior Vice President—Sales and Marketing

Oliver graduated from Penn State in 1986 with a degree in Speech Communication. After graduation, Oliver began working for Sedgwick and is now the Senior Vice President—Sales and Marketing. Oliver grew up in State College but moved all over the country and world after college. Oliver relocated back to State College a few years ago.

Mike Orbeny


Customer Service Representative

Orbeny graduated from Penn State with a degree in Speech Communication in 1987. Originally, Orbeny pursued a career as a sportscaster, but changed careers to customer service. Currently, Orbeny is a Customer Service Representative for Highmark Blue Shield. Even after graduation, Penn State continues to be an important part of Orbeny’s life. Orbeny is very involved with the York Chapter of the alumni association.

Brian L. Ott


Professor of Rhetoric and Media

Ott is Professor and Head of Communication at Missouri State University. Since earning his PhD in Speech Communication from Penn State in 1997, Ott has held academic appointments at Colorado State University, University of Colorado Denver, and Texas Tech University. Ott has been studying rhetoric, media, and their intersection for more than 20 years, and he has authored numerous books and articles on the changing nature of communication in the digital era.

Jennifer Owlett


Assistant Professor--Communication

Owlett graduated from Penn State in 2008 with a degree in Communication Arts and Sciences. Owlett studied in the Schreyer Honors College as an undergraduate at PSU which provided opportunities to engage in research. Owlett was also a member of the Student Philanthropy Council, interned with the Attorney Generals Office, and participated in CAS study abroad. Since graduating from Penn State, Owlett earned an M.A. at the University of Delaware and a Ph.D. from Purdue University in Communication. Currently, Owlett is an Assistant Professor of Communication at William Paterson University.

Tammy Palmatier


Licensed Agent, Realtor/Entrepreneur

Palmatier graduated from Penn State in 2006. While attending Penn State, Palmatier was very active in the community by participating in community events and worked part-time at the YMCA and the BJC where she enjoyed the wide genre of concerts and events. Palmatier was recruited right out of college to a large commercial real estate company and have been in the industry in various facets since then. Palmatier most recently has begun her segue into the residential side of real estate and entrepreneurship. Palmatier states, "Many of the classes that were part of the curriculum and professors that guided me fully prepared me for a lucrative career that I had not anticipated yet thoroughly enjoy each and every day".


Claudia Palumbo



Palumbo graduated from Penn State with a degree in Speech Communication in 1989. Palumbo’s communication degree and liberal arts training opened a variety of career opportunities in human relations, including operations, policy, evaluation, metrics, and systems and technology. Currently, Palumbo is retired after a career working for the National Institutes of Health.

Jon R. Perry



Perry graduated in 1991 from Penn State with a degree in Speech Communication and a minor in Theater. Perry has had a successful career being a lawyer, and is currently a Shareholder for Rosen Louik & Perry. Since graduating from Penn State, Perry has created a Children's Charity that serves over 300,000+ families.

Brian Peteritas


Director of Marketing and Communications

Peteritas received a degree in Communication Arts and Sciences from Penn State in 2010. After graduation, Peteritas took a job as a Social Media Strategist at Governing Magazine in Washington DC. Over time, Peteritas transitioned over to working in the communications department for two trade associations. Currently, Peteritas is the Director of Marketing and Communications for the American Frozen Food Institute, which advocates for the interests of the frozen food and beverage industry.

Frank Petrusic



Petrusic graduated from Penn State in 1973 with a B.A. in Speech Communication/Broadcasting. While attending Penn State, Petrusic worked for 4 years at the student radio station (WDFM) with studios in Sparks Building and part-time at WJAC Radio in Johnstown. Petrusic also served as P.A. announcer for one year for the Penn State basketball team at Rec Hall. After graduation, Petrusic worked as a Production/Program Assistant, Producer/Director and Associate Production Manager at WJAC-TV in Johnstown, PA and their Corporate Video Services Dept. for 24 years. Petrusic went on to work as a Pharmaceutical Representative for Merck & Co., after working at WJAC-TV.

Thomas L. Phillips


International Sales and Purchasing

Phillips earned a degree in Speech Communication from Penn State in 1975. As a student, Phillips studied for two years at the Hazleton campus before finishing at University Park. The Speech Communication degree opened many professional doors for Phillips. Currently, Phillips works in International Sales and Purchasing for Richmond International Forest Products—a position that Phillips has held for 22 years.

Pamela Hallamore Pollard


Operations Manager

Pollard transferred to Penn State as a junior, graduating with a degree in Communication Arts and Sciences in 2007. As an undergraduate, Pollard participated in THON and was a Lion Scout. After graduation, Pollard began working for the U.S. General Service Administration, a government agency that is responsible for providing space and project management services federal government agencies. This position was secured through the PSU job fair and alumni network. Pollard is currently an Operations Manager for a two-million square foot federal facility and dozens of federal leases in downtown  Philadelphia.

Stephanie Krouse Powell


Manager of Talent Development

Powell earned a Master of Arts in Communication Arts and Sciences at Penn State in 2003. As a graduate student, Powell served as both a Research Assistant and a Teaching Assistant—teaching both CAS100A and CAS100B. After graduation, Powell worked as an Adjunct Professor for four years at Bloomsburg University and West Chester University. Powell also served as a Communication Skills Training Consultant as well as serving in other professional HR capacities. Powell has spent the last three years working for AirProducts in the position of Manager of Talent Development.

Anne Pym McDonald


Professor Emerita, Grower/Farmer

McDonald graduated in 1987 with a degree in Rhetoric and Public Address and a minor in History from Penn State. After graduating from Penn State, McDonald was a professor of Rhetoric and Public Address for undergraduate and graduate students at California State University. Currently, McDonald is retired and enjoys growing almonds and walnuts and farming at McDonald Orchards.

Ed Rakochy


Rakochy graduated from Penn State with a degree in Speech Communication in 1979. As a student, Rakochy focused on broadcasting and radio, serving as Program Director of WDFM—the student radio station—in 1978 and 1979. Rakochy also interned with WFMZ-TV in Allentown, PA which led to a 30-year-long career in film and television. For 13 years, Rakochy taught part-time at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, CA. Now, Rakochy is semi-retired and serving as the advanced cinematography instructor at Los Angeles Film School.

Jennifer Ramirez


Enrollment Coordinator

Geff Rapp


Senior Managing Partner

Rapp received a degree in Speech Communication and a minor in Marketing from Penn State in 1983. Rapp is currently the Senior Managing Partner at Group G Marketing Partners. His role is involved with marketing, communications, and advertising consulting.

Dayna Reidenouer


Feature Writer and Photographer

Reidenouer was an active student at Penn State. Majoring in Communication Arts and Sciences, Reidenouer held a variety of positions including RA, officer in Alliance Christian Fellowship, and teaching assistant for public speaking. After graduating in 2003, Reidenouer joined Clipper Magazine as a proofreader. Riddenouer is currently a feature writer and photographer for Eagle Printing and Publishing Company. In addition to this work, Reidenouer cultivates a passion for fiber arts as a member of the Lancaster Spinners and Weavers Guild and the Lancaster Area Sewing Network.

Joseph B. Richey


Sr. Manager—Strategy and Transformation

Richey graduated from Penn State in 2009 with a degree in Communication Arts and Sciences. While at Penn State, Richey was President of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity, THON Communications Captain, and Corporate Relations Lead for PSU Homecoming. After graduation, Richey began his career in advertising at a New York City marketing agency, then became a Marketing Consultant for IBM, Inc. in Raleigh, North Carolina, and a Senior Consultant in Client Transformation with Accenture, Inc. Richey currently serves as a Senior Manager of Enterprise Applications, Strategy and Transformation at Red Hat, Inc, an IBM company.

Rosanne M Roberts Archuletta


Principal - Owner

Roberts Archuletta graduated from Penn State in 1978. At Penn State, Roberts Archuletta was a Public Relations Chair for the Association of Women Students. Most of Roberts Archuletta's career has been spent as an entrepreneur. Roberts Archuletta's expertise includes training and coaching in the financial services industry, retail industry, with small businesses, among others. For the past 13 years, Roberts Archuletta has been on the Board of the New Mexico Small Business Development Center.

Pierre Rodgers


Associate Professor of Sport Management

Rodgers earned a Ph.D. in Speech Communication from Penn State in 1991. After graduating from PSU, Rodgers took a teaching position at Kent State University as an Assistant Professor in Communication Studies. Rodgers then became an Associate Professor of Communication Studies at Morgan State University. Currently, Rodgers is an Associate Professor and Co-Academic Program Coordinator of Sport and Recreational Studies at George Mason University.

Stacy Rosenbaum Kovalycsik


Assistant Director--Recruitment

Rosenbaum Kovalycsik graduated from Penn State with a degree in Speech Communication in 2003. After graduation, Rosenbaum Kovalycsik secured a position in on-campus recruitment in Washington, D.C., then moved to Hoboken and worked in New York City for a few years. In 2006, Rosenbaum Kovalycsik began a career in undergraduate admissions as a New Jersey-based Regional Recruiter. Rosenbaum Kovalycsik has spent the last 12 years working for Penn State and currently manages a team of 12 recruiters.

Susan Ross


Public Affairs Officer (Diplomat)

Ross graduated with a Ph.D. in Speech Communication in 1992. Ross’ dissertation analyzed the writings of life-sentenced women prisoners, focusing on rhetoric, language and culture, and women’s rights. After graduation, Ross worked in higher education from 1992 to 2002, which included a Fulbright Lectureship in Pune, India and service as an Assistant Dean at Zayed University in Dubai. Ross is currently a Public Affairs Officer for the State Department. As a diplomat, Ross has served in Suriname, Chile, Malta, Pakistan, and Micronesia.

Matthew Royse


Marketing Director

Royse graduated from Penn State in 2000 with a degree in Speech Communication. Royse was drawn to the Department of Speech Communication after discovering a strong interest in the field of marketing during a summer internship at WPSU-TV. Royse’s career required a lot of moving—living in Washington, D.C., Chicago, and now Raleigh, N.C. Royse earned an M.B.A. from DePaul University in integrated marketing communications and marketing strategy and planning. Now, Royse is the Marketing Director at Syntax in Research Triangle Park (RTP) in North Carolina.

Michelle Sandidge


Chief Community Affairs Officer

Bethanne Schmid


Network Manager

Schmid earned a degree in Speech Communication from Penn State in 1991. As an undergraduate at PSU, Schmid worked as a sales representative for the Daily Collegian. This experience, along with networking with Penn State alumni, enabled Schmid to build a resume and land a job in sales. Schmid is currently the Network Manager for Novartis Pharmaceuticals.

Beth Semic-DeLisle


First Impressions Director

Beth spent many wonderful years as a student at Penn State. She graduated in 1999 with a PhD in Speech Communication after completing a BA and MA in the same discipline. Beth was fortunate to discover her love for teaching in the college classroom as a graduate teaching assistant at Penn State. That experience lead to a nearly 20-year career as a professor of interpersonal communication and conflict management at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. About seven years ago Beth and her husband returned to Pennsylvania and Beth taught interpersonal communication at Delaware County Community College. In recent years, Beth has transitioned from academia to non-profit work where she enjoys creating vision, developing training and establishing assimilation processes for the hospitality ministry at Church of the Saviour in Wayne, PA as Director of First Impressions. She would love the opportunity to encourage and mentor other Penn Staters.  

Jennifer Sharpe


Procurement Business Partner

Sharpe graduated from Penn State in 1990 with a degree in Speech Communication. While attending Penn State, Sharpe participated in a variety of activities with her sorority, Alpha Chi Omega. Sharpe is currently a Procurement Business Partner with ARI. Sharpe has also had continuous career trajectory with roles at Lockheed Martin, IKEA, and Exelon.

Marcia Shaw

1978, Ph.D.

Management Consultant

Shaw graduated from Penn State in 1978 with a Ph.D. in Communication. After graduating from Penn State, Shaw worked for Oregon State University in the department of Speech Communication for 12 years. Shaw left from OSU and began a management consulting company. The consulting company Shaw created specializes in team building, executive coaching, and conflict management.

Cathy Sherrill


Meeting Planner

Sherrill earned a degree in Speech Communication at Penn State in 1981. As a student at PSU, Sherrill studied abroad in Manchester, England which solidified a love of broadcasting, travel, and adventure—passions that Sherrill turned into a career. As a meeting planner, Sherrill travels a great deal throughout the United States and ventures to Europe almost every year. Sherrill is the owner of Hotel Hunters.

Elizabeth Shirey


Licensed Psychologist

Shirey graduated from Penn State with a Ph.D. in Speech Communication in 1986. As a graduate student, Shirey took courses in both Speech Communication and Psychology and eventually sat for the PA Psychology Licensure exam and became a PA Licensed Psychologist. After graduation, Shirey worked for Penn State as a counselor, and later part time at two counseling centers in Bellefonte. Currently, Shirey is a Licensed Psychologist running a private practice in State College.

Tony Shurer


Higher Education Administration/Academic Advising

Shurer graduated from Penn State in 2004 with a degree in Communication Arts and Sciences and a minor in Human Development and Family Studies. While attending Penn State, Shurer was a Resident Assistant for 3 years and connected with various leadership groups and experiences. After graduation, Shurer moved to North Carolina and earned a M.Ed. from NC State University in 2007. Shurer’s first role at NC State was with University Housing, followed by 10 years in the Office of Student Conduct. Now, Shurer works in Academic Advising to provide support to incoming international students. 

Lisa Sibilia


Art Educator

Sibilia has been an Art Educator for the past 11 years. Sibilia attained an MA in Educational Leadership and is currently enrolled at Stanford University’s LEAD Corporate Innovation Program. Most recently, within the last 3 years, Sibilia has been collaborating with former Disney global leaders and former Imaginers to launch a new technological innovation with anticipated launch in November 2019.

Bonnie Sierlecki


Associate Professor of Communication Studies

Sierlecki earned both a M.A. and a Ph.D. in Communication Arts and Sciences with a focus in rhetoric at Penn State. As a graduate student, Sierlecki was both a fellow with the Center for Democratic Deliberation and a Graduate Assistant. Sierlecki taught more than four different undergraduate courses and won teaching awards from both CAS and the College of Liberal Arts. Currently, Sierlecki is starting a Center for Civil Dialogue at Edgewood College where Sierlecki works as an Associate Professor of Communication. At Edgewood, Sierlecki teaches courses about communication and sports.

Harris Simkovitz


Managing General Agent

Rob Smith



Smith graduated from Penn State in 1986 with a degree in Speech Communication. Smith has worked in the solid waste/recycling industry for 32 years. Since graduating from Penn State, Smith created his own company, Capitol Waste and Recycling Services, where he serves as the President/Founder. The company has operations ranging from Pittsburgh to Cincinnati with 160 employees and 90+ trucks operating each day.

Brian Snee

1995, 2000

Professor and Chair

Snee earned both an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Speech Communication from Penn State. Since graduation, Snee secured a position at Manhattanville College, a small college just north of New York City. Currently, Snee is Chair of the Communication and Media Department at Manhattanville College. Snee has published three books—two with Communication Arts and Sciences Professor Emeritus Tom Benson.

Melissa (Stover) Snyder


On-Air Personality

With a B.A. in Speech Communication and a focus in broadcasting, Snyder has steadily worked in radio since graduating from Penn State in 1985. Snyder worked an airshift for both WDFM and WPSX and worked for the College of Agriculture in the communications department. Additionally, Snyder worked for a variety of commercial radio stations in State College. Snyder is now an on-air personality for Christian FM Media Group—a national network distributed by Westwood One that airs across the United States and Nova Scotia.

Adam Steinhaus


Global Head of Sales & Client Services

Steinhaus graduated from Penn State in 2000. While studying at PSU, Steinhaus was very engaged with campus politics, Greek life and Communication Arts and Sciences. While studying rhetoric, public discourse, persuasion and philosophy at Penn State, Steinhaus found a real passion in public speaking. Since graduating, the skills learned from obtaining a degree from Penn State have been keys to professional success.


Ann Summerall-Jabro



Sumerall-Jabro earned an M.A. in Journalism and a Ph.D. in Speech Communication at Penn State. As a graduate student, Summerall-Jabro worked in Old Main in Broadcast Operations. After completing graduate school, Summerall-Jabro secured several teaching positions focusing on experiential learning in collegiate settings. Currently, Summerall-Jabro is a professor and consultant at Robert Morris University.

Jim Thomas


Director of Creative Services

Thomas earned a degree in Speech Communication and a minor in Broadcasting from Penn State in 1981. After graduating from Penn State, Thomas held a variety of positions including Writer, Producer, Vice President of Marketing, and TV Station Manager. Thomas is currently the Director of Creative Services for KDVR TV/KWGN TV.

Cassandra Thurston


Senior Account Manager

Thurston graduated from Penn State with a B.A. in Communication Arts and Sciences in 2008. Since graduation, Thurston earned an M.A. in communication from Rutgers University. Thurston used a background in communication and business to secure a job as Senior Account Manager with JK Design.

Leah Triola


Director of Policy Compliance and Administration

Triola graduated from Penn State in 2009 with a degree in Communication Arts and Sciences and a minor in Spanish. After graduation, Triola attended Law school where she earned her license to practice law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Triola practiced plaintiff's personal injury law in Doylestown, PA for a year and a half. Recently, Triola has been working for the NFL for the past 6 years. She is the Director of Policy Compliance and Administration in the Football Operations department at the League office in New York City.

Ritch Vogan


Owner ATP (

Vogan graduated from Penn State with a degree in Speech Communication in 1975. Vogan began his career in 1975 directing news for WDBO-TV in Orlando, FL. In 1979 he was recruited to direct the TBS Evening News for the Turner Broadcasting System (TBS). This news show was the first hour long cable newscast in the nation and was the start of CNN. At TBS Vogan was Senior Director and Producer for over a thousand shows. These included: The TBS Evening News, Winners, Nice People, Motorweek Illustrated, and the Coors Sports Page. Vogan left TBS in 1987 to produce and direct shows for ESPN. In 1999 his company, ATP, became a “Packager” for ESPN, creating programming for the Network. These events included: Unlimited Hydroplanes, F1 Boat Racing, and BMX Bike racing. Sports that Vogan has Produced or Directed include racing and events: Cars, Motorcycles, Offshore Boats, Water Skiing, Snow Skiing, Beach Volleyball, Kayaking, Monster Trucks, Iditarod Sled Dog Race, Drum Corp International, Sun & Fun Lakeland Fly-In, Rallies, Marches and more.


Aric Wagner


Managing Director

Shanna Wise

2009, 2019 EdD

Business Advisory Solutions Management Consultant

Wise graduated from Penn State in 2009 with degrees in Communication Arts and Sciences and Latin American Studies. While at Penn State, Wise worked as a communication research intern. After graduation, Wise worked for Americorps. After these experiences, Wise moved to Scottsdale, Arizona and found a career as a Web Development Manager at Grand Canyon University. Currently, Wise is a Business Advisory Solutions Management Consultant for Slalom Consulting. Wise pursued both an MBA and an EdD while working as a program manager at GCU and recently completed her EdD in Organizational Leadership in July 2019.

Ira F. Wolins


Income Maintenance Caseworker

Wolins graduated from Penn State in 1983 with a degree in Speech Communication and a minor in Broadcast Journalism. Wolins's first job after graduating from Penn State was with the Madison Square Garden Network as a TV production assistant. Wolins worked in radio and television broadcasting for 10 years. She also held positions with the United States Census Bureau and the Division of Human Services. Currently, Wolins is an Income Maintenance Caseworker for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Diane C. Xanthopoulos Carr


Adjunct Professor/ESL Tutor & Private ESL Tutor

Xanthopoulos Carr graduated from Penn State in the summer of 1981. Xanthopoulos Carr first started at the Brandywine campus, majoring in Theater Arts, but soon transferred to main campus at University Park and switched to majoring in Speech Communication. However, before transferring, Xanthopoulos Carr studied in the continuing education program at San Fransisco State University. While attending Penn State, Xanthopoulos Carr attributes classical courses, such as rhetoric, that helped with guiding in educating her children. After graduating from Penn State, Xanthopoulos Carr obtained another B.A. in Christian Education and a M.S. in Education. Currently, Xanthopoulos Carr works for Camden County College and does private tutoring online for ESL students.