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Joe Barnes

Joe Barnes

Full-time Faculty at the Albers School of Business and Economics

2014 Alexia Vanides Teaching Award Recipient

Joe Barnes has more than 20 years of senior level journalism leadership experience. He is a full-time faculty member at the Albers School of Business and Economics, Seattle University; author and community leader. 

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Bob Bentz

Bob Bentz

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.

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Melissa Boatwright

Melissa Boatwright

Director of Sales Insights for Europe and Latin American at LinkedIn

Teaches IMC 610 - Introduction to IMC (DINFOS cohort) and IMC 618 - PR Concepts and Strategy

Melissa Boatwright is the Director of Sales Insights for Europe and Latin American at LinkedIn. She leads a team of data storytellers who use data aggregated from the 700+ million LinkedIn members to help companies improve their talent, sales, learning or marketing strategies.

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Lee Boggs

Lee Boggs

Mass Media Professional

Lee Boggs has worked in mass media since 1990, including news, public relations/marketing and digital communications. 

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JoAnn Catherine Burnett

JoAnn Catherine Burnett

Instructor and Web Marketing Consultant

Teaches IMC 642 - Web Metrics and SEO

In addition to serving as an online adjunct instructor teaching Web Metrics and Search Engine Optimization in the Digital Marketing Communications Program, JoAnn Burnett is a Business Instructor at WVU Keyser.

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Kristen Buzan

Kristen Buzan

Senior Marketing Manager

Teaches IMC 641 - Social Media and Marketing

Kristen Buzan spent over a decade at AT&T where she led the team responsible for the U-verse TV customer base with a focus on increasing revenue and reducing customer churn.

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Robin Cobbey

Robin Cobbey

President of a full service marketing research firm specializing in communications, new technology and consumer products

Teaches IMC 611 - Marketing Research & Analysis

Dr. Robin Cobbey holds a B.A. in Anthropology and M.A. in Journalism from Ohio State University.  Her doctorate is in Mass Communications with a minor in Marketing from Syracuse University, where she held the John Ben Snow Research Assistantship in the Communications Research Center at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. 

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Jocelyn Allen

Jocelyn Coley

CEO and Co-Founder of The Allen Lewis Agency, a full-service marketing and communications firm

Teaches IMC 645 - Diversity and Inclusion in IMC

In May 2015, Jocelyn K. Coley (née Allen) embarked on what she calls “Jocelyn3.0”, partnering with best friend Chandra S. Lewis to launch The Allen Lewis Agency (TALA), a full-service marketing and communications firm. As CEO, Coley puts her creative skills and passion for connecting individuals, brands and businesses to use daily for clients big and small.

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Rita Colistra

Rita Colistra

Associate Professor of Public Relations

Teaches IMC 618 - PR Concepts and Strategy

Dr. Rita Colistra is an associate professor of public relations in the Reed College of Media. She returned to her home state in 2008, after earning her Ph.D. from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Roy H. Park Fellow. She earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from West Virginia University.

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Stacey Creely

Stacey Creely

Public Relations Professional

Teaches IMC 610 - Introduction to IMC



Stacey Creely currently serves as director of public relations and assistant director of admissions at The Linsly School, an independent, coeducational boarding and day school for grades 5-12 in Wheeling, West Virginia.

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Matthew Cummings

Matthew Cummings

Manager, Public Relations & Social Media at Erie Insurance

Teaches IMC 610 - Introduction to IMC



2012 Alexia Vanides Online Teaching Award Recipient

Matthew Cummings is the manager of public relations and social media at Erie Insurance (NASDAQ: ERIE), a Fortune 500 auto, home, business, and life insurance company based in Pennsylvania. In this role, he leads the brand’s public relations, social media, and content marketing team.

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Britt Davenport

Britt Davenport

President and Chief Executive of Brand Urbanity

Teaches DMC 665 Customer Engagement StrategiesIMC 636 - Campaigns (Provided-Client Case) and IMC 648 - Executive Comm and Leadership

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.

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Whitney Drake

Whitney Drake

Senior Manager of GM Brand & Story Bureau at General Motors

Teaches IMC 610 - Introduction to IMC

Whitney Drake has created compelling activations around some of the world’s largest events, including the Super Bowl, American Idol, SXSW and Warriors in Pink.

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Duane E. Dub

Duane E. Dub

Former Global Senior Marketing Manager in IMC at IBM

Teaches IMC 611 - Marketing Research and Analysis



With a long career in management, leadership and strategic marketing applications, direct marketing, database, advertising and public relations, Duane Dub brings deep knowledge and expertise to every business challenge and teaching opportunity.

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Sandra Ducoffe

Sandra Ducoffe

Over 30 years of experience in higher education; research focused on communication effects in advertising

Teaches DMC 661 - Audience Research and Segmentation and IMC 612 - Audience Insight

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.

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Mark Fragale

Mark Fragale

Executive Producer at Rochester Institute of Technology

Teaches IMC 643 - Digital Video Production

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.

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Karen Freberg

Karen Freberg

Associate Professor, Author

Lead Instructor - Digital Marketing Communications Program
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.

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Grace Gao

Grace Gao

Extensive experience in the areas of assessment, research design, applied statistics and standard setting

Teaches IMC 611 - Marketing Research & Analysis

Dr. Grace Gao earned her Ph.D. in Educational Research and Evaluation from Ohio University and has a Master Degrees in Accounting and International Studies from Ohio University.

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Joe Gura

Joe Gura

Product Marketing, Communications, Digital Media, and Global Business Strategy Expert

Teaches IMC 629 - Mobile Marketing and IMC 640 - Introduction to Digital Marketing Communications

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.

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Bonnie Harris

Bonnie Harris

IMC Consultant with more than 20 years of experience

Teaches IMC 636 - Campaigns (Provided-Client Case) and IMC 612 - Audience Insight

2017 Alexia Vanides Online Teaching Award Recipient

Bonnie Harris is the founder of Wax Marketing, Inc. an integrated marketing agency based in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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David Hazelton

David Hazelton

Design Director for ProShares

Teaches IMC 610 - Introduction to IMC and IMC 621 - Current Topics in IMC



David Hazelton has over 30 years of professional experience in design, branding, and marketing. As design director for ProShares, Hazelton is responsible for brand consistency across all channels of the company’s marketing, advertising, and corporate communications.

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Joseph Jaffe

Joseph Jaffe

Author, Entrepreneur, Consultant and Thought Leader on marketing, innovation and change

Teaches IMC 649 - Brand Evolution Strategy

Joseph Jaffe is a multiple author, serial entrepreneur and one of the most sought-after consultants, speakers and thought leaders on marketing, innovation and change.

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Susan K. Jones

Susan K. Jones

Tenured Professor of Marketing at Ferris State University and the principal of Susan K. Jones & Associates

Lead Instructor - Integrated Marketing Communications Program
Teaches IMC 616 - Direct and Digital Marketing and DMC 665 - Customer Engagement Ethics and Strategies



2011 Alexia Vanides Teaching Award Recipient

Susan K. Jones is an award-winning professor, author and consultant with expertise in direct and digital marketing.

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William T. Jones

William T. Jones

Entrepreneur and Innovator who consults on product development, industrial process improvement, sales and marketing

Teaches IMC 617 - Consumer Sales Promotion and IMC 626 - B2B Direct Marketing



William T. (Bill) Jones brings value to his students, consulting clients and customers through his combination of skills and experience in sales, sales management, engineering, product development, team building and innovation.

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Adrienne King, Ed.D.

Adrienne King

Vice President for University Marketing and Communications at the University of Toledo

Teaches IMC 647 - Higher Education Marketing

Dr. Adrienne King joined The University of Toledo as associate vice president of marketing and communications in January 2019 and was promoted to Vice President for University Marketing and Communications in 2021. 

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Robert Krueger

Robert Krueger

Executive Communications Manager for Gensler

Teaches IMC 648 - Executive Comm and Leadership

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.

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Melvin Landry

Melvin Landry

Marketing Services & Advertising Procurement Professional

Teaches IMC 613 - Brand Equity Management

Marketing procurement professional who has worked category management in marketing and advertising categories for over 15 years in an array of industries. 

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Lynne Leger

Lynne Leger

SVP, Centerstone Executive Search & Consulting

Teaches IMC 612 - Audience Insight and IMC 636 - IMC Campaigns (Provided-Client Case)

Lynne Leger has more than 25 years of experience in the retail, package goods and entertainment sectors.

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David W. Marold

David W. Marold

Former Marketing and Sales Executive

Teaches IMC 636 – Campaigns (Provided-Client Case)


David Marold’s career included managerial and executive positions in marketing and sales. His passion turned to teaching in 2008 becoming an instructor in marketing and IMC at Eastern Michigan University and in IMC at WVU as an instructor in 2010.

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Frank Marra

Frank Marra

Professor and Practitioner in Rochester, New York

Lead Instructor - Integrated Marketing Communications Program
Teaches IMC 618 - PR Concepts and StrategyIMC 628 - Applied Public Relations and IMC 631 - Crisis Communication

Frank Marra worked and studied for five years with Dr. Jim Grunig, the world’s leading scholar in public relations. He is a specialist in crisis management and developed the first theory of crisis public relations.

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Kristin Meeks

Kristin Meeks

Owner of WV Social Media Consultants

Teaches IMC 639 – Content Marketing



Kristin Meeks is a consultant that specializes in the integration of digital and traditional marketing practices.

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Beth Michalec

Beth Michalec

Assistant Professor of Corporate Communication, Penn State Lehigh Valley

Teaches IMC 611 - Marketing Research and Analysis

Dr. Beth E. Michalec is a West Virginia native and proud WVU alumna. She joined the College of Media’s faculty in Summer 2007 as an adjunct instructor and has taught multiple advertising and public relations courses online and on campus. 

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Jim Morrison

Adjunct Instructor, and Marketing Communications and Corporate & Community Event Planning Consultant

Teaches IMC 643 - Digital Video Production

Jim recently completed a 40-year career at American Greetings Corporation where he served as director of trade marketing and events.

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Bill Nevin

Bill Nevin

Assistant Vice President of Communications for the WVU Foundation

Teaches IMC 610 - Introduction to IMC



Bill Nevin is assistant vice president for communications for the West Virginia University Foundation, the private fundraising arm of West Virginia University.

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Will Oechsler

Will Oechsler

Strategic Business Executive

Teaches 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.

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Kristi Hansen Onkka

Kristi Hansen Onkka

Healthcare Marketing Consultant, Educator and Speaker

Teaches IMC 627 - Healthcare Marketing and IMC 646 - Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality in IMC

An innovator of online digital experiences for both HCP and consumer/patient with more than 19 years of marketing experience.

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Hugo Perez

Hugo Pérez

Chief Creative Strategist at Local Boy

Teaches IMC 693 - Influencer Marketing and IMC 634 - Digital Storytelling

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.

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Nathan Pieratt

Nathan Pieratt

Award-Winning Designer and Creative Director

Lead Instructor - Integrated Marketing Communications Program
Teaches IMC 610 - Introduction to IMC and IMC 625 - Advanced Creative Concepts

Nathan Pieratt is an award-winning designer and creative director. He has over 15 years of industry experience developing creative strategy for Fortune 500 brands, such as Frito-Lays, Walmart, and AT&T.

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William Pitzer

William Pitzer

Illustrator, Designer and Writer

Teaches IMC 635 - Visual Information Design

William (Bill) Pitzer is an illustrator, designer and writer, specializing in creating compelling content for print and online media.

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Geah Pressgrove

Geah Pressgrove

Associate Professor of Advertising and Public Relations, WVU Reed College of Media

Teaches IMC 610 - Introduction to IMC

Dr. Geah Pressgrove is an assistant professor at the Reed College of Media where she teaches introductory, skills and advanced courses in the advertising/public relations program. Pressgrove is also the faculty advisor for the award-winning WVU PRSSA chapter.

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Veronica Purvis

Veronica Purvis

Associate Executive Director at TREX Association Management Solutions for the Skin of Color Society (SOCS)

Teaches IMC 637 Internal Brand Communication

Veronica Holmes Purvis, MSM, CAE is an award-winning, strategic executive and brand leader as well as a speaker and author with over 20 years of experience leading staff and driving missions within member associations and non-profits.

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Keith Quesenberry

Keith Quesenberry

Associate Professor of Marketing at Messiah University



2020 Alexia Vanides Teaching Award Recipient

Keith A. Quesenberry spent nearly 20 years as an associate creative director and copywriter for advertising agencies such as BBDO and Arnold Worldwide, and working with clients spanning from startups to Fortune 500 companies. Quesenberry is also the author of “Social Media Strategy: Marketing and Advertising in the Consumer Revolution” now in its third edition with Roman and Littlefield publishers. 

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James Ramos

James Ramos

Adjunct Associate Professor at The Graduate School at University of Maryland University College

Teaches IMC 614 - Media Analysis

Dr. James Ramos has more than 14 years of experience teaching consumer behavior, marketing management and ethics, and a long career in advertising for companies like Louis Vuitton, Benetton and NBC.


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Stacie Rivera

Stacie Rivera

Public Relations Professional with more than 20 years’ experience

Teaches IMC 627 - Healthcare Marketing

Stacie M. Rivera joins the West Virginia University College of Media Online Programs instructor faculty as an accredited public relations professional with more than 20 years’ experience in health care communications.

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Archie Sader

Archie Sader

Former Partner in a Global Advertising Agency

Lead Instructor, IMC 636 - IMC Campaigns (Selected-Client Case)

Archie Sader is a former partner in a global advertising agency, clients included NFL Properties, Business Week, Standard and Poor's, NBA Properties and other leading firms in sports marketing, financial services and publishing.


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Larry M. Stultz

Larry M. Stultz

Operated Design and Advertising Firms in New Orleans and Atlanta

Teaches IMC 615 - Creative Strategy & Execution

2010 Alexia Vanides Online Teaching Award Recipient

Dr. Larry Stultz has been on the IMC faculty since 2007. He served as department chair for the Bachelor of Arts in Advertising program at The Art Institute of Atlanta, where he taught courses in conceptual thinking and campaign development for twenty years.

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Philip R. Sturm

Philip R. Sturm

Professor of Brand Management Courses for 15+ years

Teaches IMC 613 - Brand Equity Management

Dr. Philip Sturm has been teaching graduate-level brand management courses at three universities for the past +15 years.

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Bob Sukys

Bob Sukys

Founder and Director of BrandMine

Teaches IMC 636 - Campaigns (Provided-Client Case)

2016 Alexia Vanides Online Teaching Award Recipient

As Founder and Director of BrandMine, Bob Sukys’ focus is on consulting and training practices in branding, marketing and consumer communication, and creating and managing best practices for advertising production to ensure brands achieve the best advertising at the most efficient cost.

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Mark Tietbohl

Mark Tietbohl

Mentor and Consultant

Lead Instructor - Digital Marketing Communications Program
Teaches IMC 642 - Web Metrics & SEO and IMC 634 - Digital Storytelling



2018 Alexia Vanides Teaching Award Recipient

In addition to serving as an adjunct instructor for Web Analytics/SEO and Mobile Marketing in the IMC program, Mark Tietbohl is currently engaged in providing marketing and business development strategy support to technology industry clients.

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Neelesh Varde

Neelesh Varde

Global Product Manager at Roquette

Teaches DMC 663 - Brand Data Collection and Visualization and IMC 623 - Global Brand Communication

Dr. Neelesh Varde is a Global Product Manager at Roquette and an adjunct instructor for both the WVU IMC and Data Marketing Communications programs. He is the developer and current instructor of the IMC Global Brand Communication Course and the DMC Data Visualization course.

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Patrick Warner

Patrick Warner

Marketing Professional with more than 15 years experience

Teaches IMC 622 - Multicultural Marketing



Patrick Warner has worked in marketing since 2003, and has spent over seven years at The Nielsen Company, a global leader in market research.

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Deidre West

Deidre West

Director of Special Events and Celebrity Relations for Children's Health Fund

Teaches IMC 624 - Cause Marketing and IMC 613 - Brand Equity Management

Deidre West's experience in event planning includes a wide range from luncheons, dinner and conferences to high-profile events for celebrities and professional athletes, product launches, consumer brands in fashion, food and beverages industries, galas, retail stores, and a hotel grand reopening.

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