Professional Advisory Board
In 1997, JMC formed a Professional Advisory Board (PAB) of prominent alumni and communication industry professionals with strong ties to the JMC program. The PAB links JMC to industry leaders and helps ensure our continuing ability to prepare students for 21st-century media careers.
PAB members have given generously over the years to help fund scholarships and gifts, provide internships, assist with special projects and help students and new graduates with professional placements.
Membership on the Board is by invitation only, normally resulting from nominations by faculty, current board members or alumni. Board members typically serve three-year renewable terms. The Board is led by a chair who serves a three-year term.
2013 Membership Roster
Cynthia Vrsanky Schulz, PAB Chair, Nonprofit Consultant, CVS Consulting.
Debra Adams Simmons, Managing Editor, The Plain Dealer
Cindy Kurman Barrie, President, Kurman Communications, Inc.
Elizabeth Bartz, President and CEO, State and Federal Communications, Inc.
Carol Costello, Anchor, CNN
Wayne Dawson, Co-Anchor and Report, WJW-TV
A. Brian Dengler
David Dix, Publisher, Record Courier
Tom Duke, APR Fellow PRSA, PR Consultant, Duke Public Relations
Al Fitzpatrick, Retired, Knight Ridder
Meghan M. Glynn, Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport
Jeannine Guttman, CEO, Boss Communication
Michael Hanke, Retired, General Manager, Canton Repository
James King, Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Affairs, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company
Nancy Lee, Vice President, Business Development, New York Times News Services
Lorraine Stewart Lockhart, President/Founder, RCG: The Rojek Consulting Group
David Meeker, APR Fellow PRSA, Senior Facilitator, Meeker-Young LLC
Todd Mesek, Vice President, Marketing and Communications, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
Bill Miller, Editor, National Press Club Record
Mike Murray, World Synergy Enterprises
Jim Nash, Managing Partner, Marcus Thomas Assoc.
Mark C. Nylander, Executive Director, Advertising & Marketing International Network
William Oliver, Senior Vice President, Public Affairs, AT&T
Glenn Proctor, Founder/Creative Coach, REDDjobb LLC
Robert Rosenbaum, President, TheMarketFarm
M. L. Schultze, Assistant Director, Programming and Operations, WKSU Radio
Gretchan Sekulich, Vice President of Communications, FirstEnergy
Brooke Spectorsky, President & General Manager, WKYC-TV
Gina Stikes-Shoehalter, Director of Marketing, msnbc.com/NBC News
Stephanie Danes Smith, Retired, Director for Support, Central Intelligence Agency
Denise L. Taylor, Senior Project Manager, The Weather Channel, Inc.
Brian Tucker, Vice President/Publisher, Crain’s Cleveland Business
Gary Wells, Managing Director Global Communications, Dix & Eaton Corporation
Tom Welsh, Retired, FirstEnergy
Bruce Winges, Vice President and Editor, The Akron Beacon Journal