Our faculty are CEOs, CMOs and industry leaders from across the country who have contributed their expertise to help develop programs and courses. They bring their real marketing communications experience into your virtual classroom.
Public Relations Consultant with Extensive Teaching Experience
Helena Angell, PhD, has over 25 years of teaching experience in higher education, and has taught at Rollins College, the University of Florida, WVU, and in other venues.
President of Purplegator and Advanced Telecom Services
Teaches IMC 629 - Mobile Marketing
Bob Bentz is president of mobile-first marketing agency Purplegator. He also led Advanced Telecom Services from a start-up, with no outside financing, to $62.2 million in annual sales with offices in the USA, Canada, UK, Czech Republic, and Taiwan. He is the author of Relevance Raises Response: How to Engage and Acquire with Mobile Marketing.
Owner, DAC Marketing
Dr. Alan Christopher has not yet decided what he wants to be when (and if) he grows up. He and his family live in Austin, Texas, the live music capitol of the world. His company, DAC Marketing, is primarily engaged as a manufacturer’s representative in the promotional products industry in the Southwest.
President and Chief Executive of Brand Urbanity
Dr. Debra Brittain (Britt) Davenport is the president and chief executive of Brand Urbanity, a full-service branding and IMC firm with offices in Phoenix and Los Angeles. She has more than 30 years of experience as a senior PR, marketing, and branding executive.
Over 30 years of experience in higher education; research focused on communication effects in advertising
Dr. Sandra Ducoffe has over 30 years of experience in higher education, teaching traditional and online courses at several colleges and universities, including: the University of Texas at Austin, Michigan State University, Fairfield University, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Maryland University College, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Executive Producer at Rochester Institute of Technology
Mark Fragale is an award-winning producer in college video production and has worked at Rochester Institute of Technology for the past 19 years. Previous to RIT, he worked in Los Angeles as a camera operator and director of photography in the film and television industry for over a decade.
Associate Professor, Author
Teaches IMC 618 - PR Concepts & Strategy and IMC 641 - Social Media and Marketing
2012 Alexia Vanides Online Teaching Award Recipient
Dr. Karen Freberg is a presenter, research consultant in social media and crisis communications and author whose research has been published in several book chapters and academic journals including Public Relations Review and Media Psychology Review.
Product Marketing, Communications, Digital Media, and Global Business Strategy Expert
Joe Gura currently serves as worldwide marketing lead for Enhanced Solutions in Microsoft’s Support Solutions Group, helping organizations harvest the most potential from their technologies.
Executive Communications Manager for Gensler
Robert Krueger is the Executive Communications Manager for Gensler, the world’s largest architecture and design firm. In this firm-wide role, he works directly with the Co-CEOs to promote Gensler while developing strategic content and managing the external brand positioning of the Co-CEOs.
Aflac, Brand Manager – Social Media
Teaches IMC 634 - Digital Storytelling
Tod Meisner possesses more than 15 years of experience in digital and traditional marketing, brand and advertising strategy, social media management, public and media relations, sports information and employee communications. He is certified by The Direct Marketing Association as a Digital Marketing Strategist and is a Second Wind certified Agency Account Manager. Meisner is also a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.
Adjunct Instructor, and Marketing Communications and Corporate & Community Event Planning Consultant
Jim recently completed a 40-year career at American Greetings Corporation where he served as director of trade marketing and events.
Strategic Business Executive
IMC 634 – Digital Storytelling
Will Oechsler is the senior vice president of U.S. operations for Our Daily Bread Ministries headquartered in Grand Rapids, MI. In this role, he oversees all domestic publishing, media, marketing, strategic partnerships, outreach, and customer experiences. He also serves on the global executive team for this 75-year-old nonprofit that operates in 150 countries worldwide.
Chief Creative Strategist at Local Boy
As a seasoned professional storyteller, Hugo Pérez is an expert at finding the compelling thread in brand stories that makes consumer connections come to life. His own story weaves across institutions, corporations, agencies, and firms of all types, fueled by wide-ranging global experiences.
Associate Professor of Marketing at Messiah University
Marketing Strategist and Online Instructor
Teaches DMC 661 Audience Research and Segmentation, IMC 629 Mobile Marketing and IMC 640 Introduction to Digital Marketing Communications
Amy Alyson Teller is a Lead Instructor for WVU’s Digital Marketing Communications Program at the Reed College of Media where she teaches Intro to Digital Marketing Communications and Audience Segmentation. She also teaches Event Execution, Event Promotion, and Event Planning in Public Relations at the undergraduate level and is a host of WVU's Marketing Communications Today podcast where she interviews industry thought leaders on topics that explore Marketing Communications Strategies to inform and inspire audiences.
Mentor and Consultant
Teaches IMC 642 - Web Metrics & SEO and IMC 634 - Digital Storytelling
Vice President of Marketing for Whitefish Credit Union
Josh Wilson is an award-winning marketing professional with more than 10 years of experience in financial institutions and government. He is passionate about combining data-driven marketing strategies with authentic content to provide measurable success.