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Katharine Ann Campbell (BSJ, 1969) is the administrator/CEO of Mayers Medical Center in Fall River Mills, Calif.

Al Martine (BSJ, 1968) is the principal at Meadow Bridge High School in Meadow Bridge, W.Va.

Bob Shaffer (BSJ, 1964) planned to retire at the end of 2007, following a 39-year career in corporate public relations, to pursue a second career in his newly established leisure travel business specializing in cruises for couples, families and groups.


Tom Heatherman (BSJ, 1972) is the corporate communications director for Michael Saunders & Company in Sarasota, Fla.

Barbara Grim Keiling (BSJ, 1978) is the principal of Thurmont Middle School with Frederick County Public Schools in Frederick, Md.

Susan Massengale (BSJ, 1975) is the public information officer for the North Carolina Division of Water Quality in Raleigh, N.C.

Janet McNally (BSJ, 1977) is vice president of human resources for the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association in Harrisburg, Pa.

Michael Stephan III (BSJ, 1976) is a district sales manager for Yellow Book USA in King of Prussia, Pa. He recently celebrated his 16-year anniversary with Yellow Book USA working the Philadelphia markets. Stephan also celebrated his 27th anniversary of marriage to Linda Stephan with their two daughters Taylor and Madison.

Marc Waldeck (BSJ, 1979) is founder and president of Brave New Markets in Owings Mills, Md.

Bob Weinzierl (BSJ, 1973) marked his 30th year with WTHR-TV, the NBC affiliate in Indianapolis, Ind. Weinzierl served as chief photographer there since 1983. Over the years, he has won the Indiana News Photographer of the Year three times and was nominated for Regional Emmys, as well as an IRIS and New York Film Festival awards. He has covered every Indianapolis 500 race since 1979 and was elected to the Indy 500 Oldtimers Club in 2004.


Jack Aylor (BSJ, 1980) is the director of development for Treasure Coast Campus Florida Atlantic University in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Prior to that, Aylor was director of development at Frostburg State University.

Laura Garner (BSJ, 1986) is the director of marketing communications for the National 4-H Council in Chevy Chase, Md.

Jennifer Houtman (BSJ, 1988) was named publisher/editor of The Marietta Times in Ohio. She recently served her second term as member of the Associated Press Managing Editors Board of Directors and will serve as chairwoman of the Ohio Newspaper Association Convention Committee. Houtman has been with The Marietta Times since 1994 as a reporter, city editor and managing editor.

James Kelly (BSJ, 1980) joined the faculty of the Indiana University School of Journalism as an associate professor in August 2007. He previously spent 17 years at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Kelly received his Ph.D. from IU in 1990. He teaches photojournalism and publication design and is currently heading a project to strengthen journalism reporting of HIV/AIDS in India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, with funding from the U.S. Department of State.

Marc Kramer (BSJ, 1982), president of Kramer Communications, was selected to be a columnist to write on entrepreneurship for, the second most visited online financial publication on the Internet, and was selected to be a weekly contributor on entrepreneurial advice for the country’s third largest all-news radio station, KYW 1060 AM, in Philadelphia.

Sue (Scancella) Morgan (BSJ, 1981) is a senior web content developer for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

William O’Connell (MSJ, 1980) is in his 10th year at Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio, following a 20-year career in the U.S. Army and a Ph.D. program in journalism at Ohio University.

Michael Tomasky (BSJ, 1982) was appointed editor of, the Guardian’s U.S. website, in May 2007, and is responsible for developing the Guardian’s online presence in America.


Chad Cipoletti (BSJ, 1995) is currently the creative director at Rapp Collins Worldwide in Los Angeles, Calif.

Morgan Clevenger (BSJ, 1991) accepted the position of Regional Vice President for SIFE USA Campus Programs, effective July 1, 2008. He came to SIFE World Headquarters in January 2005 as a Program Director where he was charged with creating special emphasis in SIFE Criteria 4: Financial Literacy with the HSBC Financial Literacy Programme. As the demands of the HSBC relationship grew, he was promoted to Development Director in September 2006. The HSBC Financial Literacy Programme has been a huge success with nearly 17,000 university students working with more than 416,000 individuals to better their understanding and application of financial literacy concepts.

Craig Ferrence (BSJ, 1997) is art director for Ground Zero in Los Angeles, Calif. He and his copywriting partner shot 15 commercials with Chris Fowler, Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit of ESPN College GameDay, which began airing last fall.

Cynthia Ingle (BSJ, 1990) is an announcer/producer for C-SPAN Television in Washington, D.C. Ingle hosts live and recorded public affairs and political programming in the evening. Prior to that, she freelanced as an announcer/host at C-SPAN for 10 years, while working as a reporter for the public radio program, Marketplace, The World and The Christian Science Monitor, among other news outlets.

Rodney Jones (BSJ, 1991) is a key account manager for Great American Financial Resources in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Eric Lenkowitz (BSJ, 1999) is a reporter/assignment editor for the New York Post in New York, N.Y.

Margie Mason (BSJ, 1997), AP’s medical writer, was awarded a prestigious fellowship from the Neiman Foundation and will spend a year at Harvard University studying the international response to emerging infectious diseases in developing countries.

Thomas D. Perry (BSJ, 1992) and Traci Perry welcomed William Thomas Perry on Dec. 4, 2007. He was born in Parkersburg, W.Va. The family celebrated his birth with their first daughter, Taylor Danielle Perry.

Daniel Pulka (BSJ, 1996) is the director of marketing for Pepper Hamilton in Philadelphia, Pa.

Ryan Shaffer (BSJ, 1999) is a senior specialist in channel marketing for Diebold, Inc., in Uniontown, Ohio.

Matthew Tabeek (BSJ, 1994) is an assistant sports editor for The Fayetteville Observer in Fayetteville, N.C.

Jennifer Zolak (BSJ, 1996) is an e-commerce manager for GNC in Pittsburgh, Pa.


Breanne Alioto (BSJ, 2007) is a creative specialist for in Baltimore, Md.

Heather Bonecutter (BSJ, 2007) is a recruitment counselor for WVU in Morgantown, W.Va.

Stephanie Bostaph (BSJ, 2007) is working as an office receptionist at the U.S. Senate in Washington, D.C.

Catherine Byers (BSJ, 2002) is the public relations and communications director for the Lewis School of Princeton in Princeton, N.J.

Scott Castleman (BSJ, 2005) is an account coordinator for Gallagher/Goodwin-Gregg Communications Group in Charleston, W.Va., which was recently acquired by Charles Ryan Associates.

Heath E. Combs (BSJ, 2003) was named editor of Furniture/Today’s new Green e-newsletter. Combs is responsible for managing Furniture/Today’s online coverage of eco-friendly furniture, including news and analysis relating to the sourcing, marketing and retailing of green products. He joined Furniture/Today in 2006 from the High Point Enterprise, where he covered local business.

Stephanie Ballard Conrad (BSJ, 2003) is married to John Conrad, a 2003 WVU graduate. They had their first daughter Paige Camille Conrad in May 2007. Stephanie is Assistant Director of University Events at WVU.

Amber Corrin (BSJ, 2006) is an assistant editor at SIGNAL Magazine/AFCEA in Fairfax, Va.

Megan Damewood (BSJ, 2007) is a customer service manager for Bed Bath and Beyond in Morgantown, W.Va.

Megan Frush (BSJ, 2007) is an assistant media planner for CARAT USA, an independent media and advertising agency in Atlanta, Ga. Frush handles the accounts for Carrabba’s, an Italian restaurant in Atlanta.

Samantha Haverlock (BSJ, 2006) is the education coordinator for the West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program at the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center in Morgantown, W.Va.

Jonah Jabbour (BSJ, 2003) lives in Virginia Beach, Va., and works as a videographer for Christian Broadcasting Network.

Charles Johnson (BSJ, 2003) is an assistant general manager for the Hagerstown Suns in Hagerstown, Md.

Robin Johnson (BSJ, 2006) lives in Rockville, Md., and is an account executive for WWDC-FM Washington, owned by Clear Channel Radio.

Angela Jones (BSJ, 2004) is a public relations specialist for WVU Hospitals in Morgantown, W.Va.

Kevin Kinkead (BSJ, 2007) is a producer for WJBF News Channel 6 in Augusta, Ga., and his show is currently rated #1 in the DMA.

Cherie (Boudreau) Lee (BSJ, 2002) is a proposal coordinator for USIS in Falls Church, Va.

Jenilee Mason (BSJ, 2006) is a producer at WBOY-TV in Clarksburg, W.Va.

Rontina McCann (BSJ, 2003) is the main anchor for WVNS-DT in Ghent, W.Va.

Kelly McNeil (BSJ, 2007) is working for USA TODAY as an advertising sales coordinator in McLean, Va.

Julia Megyesy (BSJ, 2007) is a production assistant for Retirement Living Television in Washington, D.C.

Randall Mull (MSJ, 2001) is a technical writer for SAIC in Sterling, Va.

Ashley Norman (MSJ, 2003) resides in Miami Beach, Fla., and is an account executive with Cheryl Andrews Marketing in Coral Gables, Fla.

Stephanie Octave (BSJ, 2004) is an admissions counselor at WVU and recently finished her master’s degree in corporate and organizational communications at WVU.

Hallie Painter (BSJ, 2006) is an account executive with FedEx in Moon Township, Pa.

Marea Pariser (BSJ, 2002) recently returned to the United States after four years in Japan. Praiser accepted a job as associate producer for NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) in their Bureau for America in New York.

Erin Rooney (BSJ, 2005) is a senior marketing associate for Digitas in New York, N.Y.

Amanda Shane (BSJ, 2006) was recently promoted at PBS to a newly created position with PBS KIDS and PBS KIDS GO!

Jessica (Guice) Spatafore (BSJ, 2006) is a media buyer for Media Vision in Bethesda, Md.

Matthew Stanmyre (BSJ, 2004) is a sportswriter for The Washington Post in Washington, D.C. He covers high school and college sports in the greater Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.

Kathryn Sturms (MSJ, 2006) serves as the CSC and public relations representative for WVU Extended Learning in Morgantown, W.Va.

Faith Thomas (MS-IMC, 2007) is a public affairs officer for the U.S. Navy in Oak Harbor, Wash.

Tom Vose (BSJ, 2007) is a production coordinator for Snippies in New York, N.Y.

Brent Warden (BSJ, 2007) is a marketing assistant with Greenbrier County Convention and Visitors Bureau in Lewisburg, W.Va.

Andrew Worob (BSJ, 2005) is an account executive for G.S. Schwartz & Co. Inc. in New York, N.Y.

Bradley Wright (BSJ, 2007) is a sales and account manager at TKD International in York, Pa.


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