The marketing communications programs at WVU have aided brilliant and talented people to achieve their dreams and to find success within the industry. Alumni are encouraged to submit their job promotions, successful campaign stories and other additional materials for us to share on our website, social media accounts and in future blog articles.Share Your Successes
Caitlin recently accepted a position at Responsival, a Pittsburgh based digital marketing agency. She will be working as a Client Success Manager, ensuring that new and existing clients from Responsival's list of 200+ businesses have everything they need - whether it's a new website or content marketing - to be successful.
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"I am so excited to be starting with this phenomenal company. This opportunity will allow me to blend the skills I learned at WVU with my passion for customer service. I can't wait to make a difference for businesses across the country and help them reach their goals."
As of January 1, 2021, Kat was promoted from Senior Director of Strategic Marketing to Vice President, Marketing & Business Engagement. In this new role, she will oversee both the marketing and business engagement (sales) teams. The business engagement team is responsible for working directly with clients to understand the challenges their businesses are facing and then work with their team of consultants and instructors to identify a customized solution that will meet their needs.
"The master's certificate in data marketing communications was the perfect compliment to my master's degree in IMC. Together, these programs helped me to become more strategic and ensure all of our marketing efforts were aligned to our organizational goals."
After completing his first semester in the Data Marketing Communications program, Justin has landed a new position as a Marketing Operations Analyst at UKG. He will focus on creating and managing digital engagement workflows, manage the data and logic needed to deliver successfully automated campaigns, and work with multiple teams across UKG to help deepen customer relationships and engagement. Justin is excited to continue through the Data Marketing Communications program and to be able to use what he learns day-to-day in his new role.
"I'm thrilled to bring a level of expertise in data marketing to UKG, and am excited to continue to apply the knowledge I learn in the program to my role every day!"
Seth recently accepted a new role as Social Media Analyst on the Global Marketing Team with Circle K Convenience Stores. In this role, he will assist with and execute the social media strategy for Circle K, collect and analyze data related to social media marketing campaigns and provide data-driven insights to support increasing Circle K's social media presence and gaining visibility for the Circle K brand among consumers and strategic partners.
"I'm incredibly excited to join the Global Marketing Team at Circle K! I am also extremely grateful for the education I received as a student in the IMC program at WVU. This program has been very beneficial to me already in my young career, and I am excited to see what the future holds. Let's go!"
Andy Stofleth was promoted to Executive Director of SBP Bahamas in February 2020. SBP is a long-term disaster resilience and recovery nonprofit founded in New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina that rebuilds homes for low-to-moderate income families. Andy deployed to the Bahamas in September 2019, following Hurricane Dorian on a five day fact finding trip to document the immense need and then share that story with SBP's network of donors and supporters. As a strategic communicator, Andy quickly established key relationships on the ground that were critical for early and long-term support. Realizing he could better serve SBP and the Bahamian people by overseeing the operation from the ground, Andy transitioned out of his role as Director of Communications to lead SBP's first international operation.
"It's easy to think of career trajectory as a linear path. If we define career success in these terms, you can easily miss out on a wealth of opportunity. While my day-to-day has shifted significantly since accepting the role of Executive Director, I'm also able to own and define success for this operation and the team. It's been incredibly rewarding."
Kaitlyn was recently promoted to Social Media Coordinator at TrueSense Marketing. She will be working on the social execution of children’s hospital, food banks and Meals on Wheels clients, as well as monitoring the success of campaigns.
"I'm excited to work with a strong team that aids nonprofits with their fundraising efforts."
Shane Carlisle was promoted to Public Relations Manager at Academy Sports + Outdoors. In his new role, Shane oversees earned media, community relations, crisis communications, media relations, and media training for the retail company. The promotion also comes at an exciting time as Academy Sports + Outdoors goes through an initial public offering.
Michelle Forshner was promoted to the role of Senior Manager, Digital Customer Experience, this summer! Michelle has worked with San Francisco Bay Area-based biotech company Genentech for five years, working primarily within the arm of digital marketing. After contributing CX enhancements, launching two products, managing several cross-portfolio projects for the team, and completing her MS in Integrated Marketing Communications from West Virginia University, Michelle was promoted to Senior Manager. "Michelle consistently demonstrates strong subject matter expertise, excellence in delivery, and cross-channel leadership. She has played an instrumental role in some key portfolio-wide projects for Genentech."
Eric Winkfield will oversee diversity, equity and inclusion efforts at both M Booth and M Booth Health as Vice President.
Toyin Awesu-Uhuegbu currently serves as the Director of Communications for the Congressional Black Caucus for the U.S. House of Representatives. As the Director of Communications, Toyin works with the collective body of Black lawmakers in Congress to create awareness about critical issues to the African-American community and the legislative policy response of the Members on these issues.
"With so much at stake in 2020 for Black America, I couldn't have picked a better time to support the work of the Black lawmakers in Congress fighting for policies to ensure that every American has access to the American dream."
Jaime Hunt was recently named the VP & Chief Marketing and Communications Officer at Miami University. Hunt's latest promotion stems for over 16+ years in higher education marketing leading demanding projects such as website redesigns, institutional rebrands and complete restructuring of internal marketing communications processes.
"I am eager to collaborate with the exceptional students, faculty and staff at Miami to share the university’s unique story and further enhance its brand and reputation."
Nathan Pieratt is the head of marketing for the startup SWIPEBY and has successfully launched a crowd investment campaign on the platform Republic.co. Nathan has helped the company raise over 170K in a week for this campaign.
Hilari Barton was recently hired as an Account Supervisor at Trevelino/Keller in Atlanta, GA, the fastest growing firm in Atlanta and third fastest growing in the southeast.
"Despite the pandemic and uncertainty in today's market, I have been lucky enough to land a new job - and a promotion."
Ashlee Sweigart recently received a promotion to Sr. Manager, Marketing for the Global Application Tooling division at TE Connectivity. This role has allowed her to be part of the leadership team and define the marketing strategy.
"This was an exciting move for me as my role was previously focused on Digital Marketing, but my personal development goal was to move into a broader-focused Marketing leadership position."
Tommy Morgan was recently recognized for his work leading the public relations team and driving integrated campaign across Avalara's marketing teams. This recognization, "Brand Champ," was awarded during the company's bi-annual marketing awards event.
Lauren Loyless recently accepted a position with FEMA in the Region 6 Office of External Affairs. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Dallas.
Brian Gallaher managed a large digital marketing and communications project to launch a brand new website for Water Street Tampa. The new digital hub for Water Street Tampa will serve as a brand education and awareness platform, as well as a marketing and leasing tool for the urban development in downtown Tampa's waterfront.
Alexandra Ritchie recently wrote an open letter to the UW_Green Bay community to change the narrative around the barriers that higher education serves to demolish and created a website for UWGB's inclusive excellence department. She was asked to be apart of WBAY's segment Power 2 Change, a series focusing on the stories of Black people in the Community.
Jordan Smith was recently promoted to Senior Admissions Counselor at WVU Tech in Beckley, WV.
"It was a dream of mine to attend WVU as a kid, to now call myself an alum, and an employee of this storied university is more than humbling. There is no way I would have qualified for my recent promotion without my IMC degree. I owe my recent success to this program and all of the professors that guided me along the way!"
Amanda Sains is the head of marketing at Joolies Organic Medjool Dates in Venice, CA. She launched the brand at the tradeshow Natural Products Expo West in 2019 with only packaging prototypes and a stand-out booth design. Now, about a year and a half later this July, the brand is distributed nationally in over 1,500 doors with many different products including Dates and Date Syrups and flavors.
"I have been in the Food & Beverage CPG Space for the last 7 years brand building startups to 300+ doors. I've led rebrands and helped start completely new brands with strong hats in both marketing and sales. It is such a fun space to be in as a marketer, especially for those young, scrappy and healthy/wellness-focused folks out there, I highly encourage anyone and all to explore working in the food & beverage CPG industry."
Jose Huitron has moved into the role of Director of Student Innovation Programs with Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
"I have the awesome opportunity to both build entrepreneurs and help them launch new startups. The sky is the limit!"
Beth Michalec was promoted to Assistant Professor of Corporate Communication at Penn State Lehigh Valley. She also recently earned her Ph.D. in Rhetoric from Duquesne University and defended her dissertation titled "Opening Gates: Elevating Corporate Social Responsibility Communication and Strategic Philanthrocapitalism for Positive Social Change." Additionally, she was selected as Fulbright Specialist 2019-2023 and has received various awards.
Stephanie Marchant is the Lead First Year Seminar Instructor at Reinhardt University, mentoring new faculty and graduate assistants within the group after spending time as an adjunct professor and graduate admissions team.
"The IMC program at WVU provided me with the opportunity to pursue a career in higher education, and the relationships with classmates and professors provided a strong foundation for how I approach teaching. Now I have students looking to me for advice, and even referred a recent graduate from Reinhardt to the IMC program this year. I am proud to be a Mountaineer!"
Alexandria Savage recently started a job in Roanoke Virginia as a reporter for WFXR News.
Nicole Lightbourne has been promoted to the Web, Social Media & Analytics Lead at Raytheon Missiles & Defense.
Francie Williamson became the Communications Coordinator for the Department of Psychiatry at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
M. Patrice Johnson was recently named the Director of Marketing and PR for Arts Huntsville and PR for Arts Huntsville in Huntsville, AL. Arts Huntsville is a non-profit organization whose main goal is to help others engage with local arts, entertainment, and culture as well as support our mission of improving our community and schools by enabling access to high-quality arts programming and education. In addition, we organize and host numerous arts and music festivals throughout the year.
"As an active duty military spouse, this program allowed me to still be able to have my own career while traveling due to my husband's. I was fortunate enough to not only be able to get great industry knowledge from the program — I was also able to start a great career that I love!"
Mara Lambert became the Development Director for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern West Virginia.
"This has been a very rewarding experience thus far, but of course, thanks to COVID-19, has been one of the hardest experiences I've had. I never in a million years thought that I would be responsible for raising funds during a pandemic in an already-struggling economy."
Fiona Green joined Amazon as Sr. Marketing Manager on the brand team for Amazon Advertising, based in New York City. In her role, she leads the team's campaign strategy to elevate Amazon Advertising's position in the advertising industry. Recently, she launched a new executive interview series to hear how industry leaders are responding to recent global events, like COVID-19. The first interview of the series featured Mark Read, the global CEO of WPP, the world's largest advertising agency.
Christopher Caserta has recently joined the United States Medical Management (USSM) as the Vice President of Business Development. USMM is a leading management services organization and provider of home based primary care services for complex/fragile patients. Chris is an award-winning, healthcare and senior living strategist, marketer and operator with 20+ years of administration experience.
Angel Fitzpatrick was named the communications strategist at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in July 2019.
"It is an exciting time to be working at NASA and I am very proud to be working on strategic communications plans for multiple projects, events, international symposiums, and for the Marshall Space Flight Center."
Lillian Lalo has used her IMC degree to become a "Sponsored Content Reporter" for Nexstar Media, allowing her to combine her news reporting role into a marketing role. She has also started a podcast, "Toxic Positivity" to spread education about the pitfalls of multilevel marketing companies.
"Since graduating from the Integrated Marketing Communications Masters program at WVU, my career has excelled in ways I would never have dreamed without my higher education. My job gives a platform for sponsored storytelling! I like to call it a 'PR professionals dream.'"
Sherrel Sampson is the Founder & CEO of Canviiy®, an innovative, organic-based health and wellness brand. Canviiy has official partnerships with Moffitt Cancer Center®, USF Health®, Tampa International Airport® and has been featured by renowned media outlets including Allure, SHAPE, ESSENCE, Black Enterprise, AspireTV, POPSUGAR and named a semifinalist in the HSN/Good Housekeeping Entrepreneurs’ Competition.