2019-2020 Alumni Board

The ComArtSci Alumni Board plays a pivotal role in increasing the value of a ComArtSci degree. Our alumni board members provide valuable guidance and bring awareness and understanding of the current industry landscape. These dedicated alumni leaders bring tremendous value to the College and the University through their contributions of time, expertise, leadership and financial support. We are grateful for their participation and ongoing support.

Alumni board members serve as ambassadors to the wider ComArtSci community and bring their special talents, skills and insights to enrich the student experience, foster lifelong connections for alumni and to celebrate and honor the successes of our outstanding alumni. Our alumni board is as diverse as the populations and the programs that we serve.

Executive Board



Jeff Genthner

Senior Vice President and General Manager, Fox Sports South/ Carolinas / Tennessee/ Southeast
B.A. 1980 Telecommunication


Brian O’Connor

Vice President
VP, Brand and Corporate Communications, Princess Cruises
B.A. 1991 Telecommunication


R. Matt Davis

Chair - Development
President, Driftwood Leadership LLC
(Retired) President, Dow North America; SVP, Global Corporate Affairs, The Dow Chemical Company
B.A. 1986 Journalism

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Karen Twigg May

Chair - Student & Alumni Engagement
Managing Director, Media Relations, United Airlines
B.A. 1993 Journalism


Anne Marie Schiller

Chair - Marketing/Communications
Global Chief Client Operations, RAPP
B.A. 1984 Advertising



Jarrett Bell

NFL Columnist, USA Today
B.A. 1981 Communication


Traci Carpenter

Communications Manager and Speechwriter, Google
B.A. 2005 Journalism


M.L. Elrick

Investigative Reporter, WJBK-TV/Channel 2 (Detroit)
B.A. 1990 Journalism


Aiman Farooq

Social Marketing Consultant
B.A. 2013 Media & Information


Susan Goldberg

Editor in Chief, National Geographic; Editorial Director, National Geographic Partners 
B.A. 1984 Journalism


Mary Grealy

President, Healthcare Leadership Council
B.A. 1971 Audiology & Speech Sciences


Wanda Herndon

President, W Communications
B.A. 1974; M.A. ’79 Journalism

Jason Hillman

Vice President/ General Counsel, Cleveland Cavaliers
B.A. 1994 Journalism


Erica Hughes

Sr. Integrated Media Lead, Chick-fil-A
B.A. 2008 Communication/PR

Chris Kuechenmeister

SVP NA Communications, Pepsico, Inc.
B.A. 1995 Advertising


Brian T. Murray

Creative Director, EA Sports
B.A. 2006 TISM


Barbara Petee

Chief Advocacy & Governmental Relations Officer, ProMedica; Executive Director, Root Cause Coalition
B.A. 1984 Journalism


Steve Robbins

Owner, SL Robbins and Associates
M.A. & Ph.D. 1996 Communication


Liz Ross

President and CEO, Periscope
B.A. 1994 Advertising

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Jeff White

President, JWhite Properties; Co-owner and developer, The Lake House
B.A. 1986 Telecommunication

*Alumni board members serve two, three-year terms from July 1-June 30