College of Media | Alumni Notes

College of Media | Alumni Notes


  • Heidi Isenhart '93 AVD
    Heidi W. Isenhart, a partner with the law firm of ShuffieldLowman, has been named one of the 50 Top Women Lawyers in Florida by Super Lawyers. Super Lawyers, owned by Thomson Reuters, recognizes attorneys who have distinguished themselves in their legal practice. The selection process is multi-phased and rigorous. Peer nominations and evaluations are combined with third-party research and validation of the attorney's professional accomplishments. Isenhart was named by Super Lawyers as one the top 50 women lawyers in the state. In addition, she is one of only three elder law attorneys (male or female) to make the statewide Super Lawyers list from the Orlando area. Isenhart has been named to the Super Lawyer’s list each year since 2011. In addition to elder law, Isenhart also practices in Medicaid planning, guardianship, probate and trust administration, probate and guardianship litigation, estate planning and special-needs trusts.
  • 8/6/2014
    Heidi W. Isenhart, a partner with the law firm of ShuffieldLowman, was recently selected as 2014 Legal Elite attorneys by Florida Trend magazine.
  • 7/3/2013
    USA Gymnastics today announced that Luan Peszek of Indianapolis has been named vice president of women's program, effective immediately.
  • Naomi Bata '98 ADV

    archer>malmo, the Mid-Souths leading marketing communications agency, today announced that veteran public relations professional Naomi Bata has joined the team as chief public relations officer. Bata brings more than 15 years of communications experience across consumer, corporate and health care sectors. She will report to Russ Williams, the agencys CEO.

    Bata will oversee the public relations and experiential marketing divisions, which offer public relations and communications services to a diverse roster of national and Memphis-based clients. These services include strategic national and trade media relations, social media monitoring and outreach, issues management support, and large-scale experiential marketing.

    Read the full release here.

  • 12/17/2012
    Shaili Bhatt '02 ADV, was elected to serve on the board of directors for The Qualitative Research Consultants Association. She joins eight other experienced qualitative researchers in representing the QRCAs nearly 1,000 global members that work with clients to use the power of qualitative marketing research. Bhatt currently works at C+R Research, as well as with the U of I Leadership Center as a first-year alumna of their Leadership programs and as a guest facilitator for student leadership programs that are hosted throughout Chicago.
  • 7/6/2012
    Alum Heidi Isenhart In Top 2% of Florida's Attorneys
  • 7/2/2012
    Ivan Benson has been recognized by The Network Journal as one of its annual 40 Under 40 Honorees award winners.
  • Blaise D'Sylva '89 MS ADV

    Blaise D'Sylva '89 MS ADV joins Anheuser-Busch as Vice President, media, sports and entertainment marketing, as of Jan. 16. He will oversee the planning, negotiating and activation of Anheuser-Busch's major investments in national, local and digital media, plus premier sports marketing properties such as the NFL, NBA, Major League Baseball and more.

  • Laura Ortoleva '79 MS ADV

    Laura Ortoleva '79 MS ADV has helped spread the good news about RE/MAX in northern Illinois for the past 20 years. For her dedication and success, she was recently honored with the Distinguished Achievement Award during the real estate network's annual awards ceremony. The Distinguished Achievement Award is one of the most prestigious awards given by RE/MAX and it is only given when an honoree of special merit earns it. This marks the second time the award has been given by the RE/MAX Northern Illinois network since it was founded in 1977.

  • Bianca Reggi '08/'09 MS ADV

    Bianca Reggi '08/'09 MS ADV, copywriter for Ogilvy & Mather in New York, has been busy this year. She's been working on concepting the ad from Ogilvy for the speaker series at Cannes for Ogilvy’s 100th birthday, and had her headline featured on the back cover of the Cannes Program (pictured at right). She saw her first print ad for IKEA in a magazine last month.

  • Bobra Crockett Hoggard '88 ADV

    Bobra Crockett Hoggard '88 ADV is an Assistant Professor of Advertising at The Art Institute of Phoenix. She was recently given her second faculty honor, the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Faculty who contribute to Student Success.

  • Bethany Snyder-Morse '03 ADV/'03 LAS

    Bethany Snyder-Morse '03 ADV/'03 LAS recently welcomed her fourth child, William Michael Morse, who was born April 11, 2011 at 9 lbs. 6 oz and 21 inches in Elk Grove Village, IL. He joins siblings James (4), Julia (3), and Charles (1).

  • Frank Sinton '84 ADV

    Frank Sinton '84 ADV has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer of A. Smith & Co. Productions. In his new role at the reality TV company, Sinton will oversee internal operations as well as the development of the company’s production slate. He also will continue to spearhead A. Smith & Co. Properties, a division primarily focused on feeding cable pipelines, and will report to co-founders Arthur Smith and Kent Weed.

  • Del Birch '77 MS ADV

    Del Birch '77 MS ADV has joined the United Way of Erie County as the organization's vice president of community building. In this capacity, he will direct and align all United Way of Erie County community investments. Birch most recently worked as vice president of Executive Pulse Inc., an Erie-based technology and consulting firm focused on economic, work force and community development. Birch, who returned to Erie in 1993, has been active with tall ships festivals in 1993 and 1995, and is coordinator of the East Bayfront Neighborhood Watch.

  • Steve Layman '06 AgComm

    Steve Layman '06 AgComm has accepted a new job as the sports director at WTVF-TV in Nashville—a top 30 market. He has been the SD at KOKI in Tulsa, Oklahoma. As an AgComm student, Steve took many broadcast journalism classes. WTVF is Nashville’s leading station, tops in ratings, a CBS affiliate and among the CBS stations with the largest audience in the United States. Jumping from Tulsa to Nashville is a near 40 market jump for Steve, who is a Champaign native. Tulsa is market #61, Nashville is 29 (out of 214 TV markets in U.S.). 

  • Andy Frazee '98 ADV/'05 MFA

    Andy Frazee '98 ADV/'05 MFA, recently awarded with the Brittain Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Georgia at Athens, has won the 2011 Subito Press Book Competition for his poetry manuscript The Book of I. The competition is hosted by the Subito Press, a nonprofit publisher with the Creative Writing Department at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Contestants submit their poetry or fictional work, up to 70 pages and 100 pages, respectively. Generally well-known poets and writers determine the winning poetry and fiction submission, publish it and then invite the winners to give a reading at the University of Colorado in the Spring. Read more...

  • Aaron Goldman '00 ADV

    Aaron Goldman '00 ADV has joined Kenshoo as Chief Marketing Officer. Kenshoo is a a leading global provider of technology solutions for online advertisers, agencies, and aggregators. Goldman also recently published "Everything I Know about Marketing I Learned from Google," a book on how innovative brands have integrated lessons from Google into their own marketing strategy. 

  • Julie Theisen Klassen '87 ADV

    Julie Theisen Klassen '87 ADV was named a finalist in the inspirational romance category of the 2010 RITA awards for her novel "The Silent Governess." The awards are sponsored by the Romance Writers of America, an international professional association.

  • Kathryn Schaeffer Pabst '77 ADV

    Kathryn Schaeffer Pabst '77 ADV has been recognized by the state of Texas with the Rising Star Teacher of Excellence Award. A high school English teacher, she lives in Fairview, Tex., and is the author of "Taken: A Lament for a Lost Ethnicity," an account of the life of her father, a German farm boy who endured slave labor under the Russians in the World War II era and escaped to the U.S.

  • Patrick McCarthy '10 ADV

    Patrick McCarthy '10 ADV has been seeking a career as an advertising copywriter since graduation. He hopes to secure a job in Chicago or Ireland, where he wishes to relocate.

  • Roy Bergold '91 MS ADV

    Roy Bergold '91 MS ADV has joined Dorsey & Co., a management consulting company in Cleveland, as managing director, communication and creative strategy. He retired from McDonald's after a 32-year career in advertising with the Oak Brook-based fast-food chain.

  • Tom Hord '11 ADV

    Tom Hord '11 ADV was elected by his peers for Campus Honors Program's Honors Student Council Executive Officers for 2010-11 academic year.

  • Trente Blonski '11 ADV

    Trente Blonski '11 ADV was member of the Committee to Support Homecoming in 2009-2010. Blonski particpated in the Intercultural Study Tour to Japan through Campus Honors Program, and she received the Paula Gottschalk Scholarship.

  • Paul Hirsch '88 ADV

    Award-winning creative directors Paul Hirsch '88 ADV and Josh Denberg have launched of Division of Labor, a creative and strategic brand studio that writes, directs and produces content across all media platforms. The two set up Division of Labor to act as a collective, which will partner with different people for different projects, from branding through execution and distribution. The company launches with assignments from Microsoft, Dendreon and the LA Marathon.

  • Janice Ferri Esser '82 MS ADV

    Janice Ferri Esser '82 MS ADV has written continuously for daytime dramas including "The Young & the Restless" and "The Bold & the Beautiful" for over twenty-one years. In March of 2010, she won her fourth Writers' Guild of America Award and received her seventeenth Daytime Emmy nomination as a member of the "Y&R" writing team. Esser resides with her husband Robert Esser '93 BUS in Lake Forest, Ill.

  • Donald Jugenheimer '65/'68 MS ADV/'72 PhD COMM
    Donald Jugenheimer '65/'68 MS ADV/'72 PhD COMM

    Donald Jugenheimer '65/'68 MS ADV/'72 PhD COMM, recently retired professor of advertising at Texas Tech University, received the Charles H. Sandage Excellence in Teaching Award (known as the "Sandy") from the American Academy of Advertising at their annual meeting in Minneapolis this past March 18-21. The Sandy award recognizes outstanding contributions to advertising teaching, such as performance of students as advertising (or business) professionals or as advertising teachers, case study development and textbook publication, and innovative course development. The organization notes that this award must be based on evidence of lifetime achievement and has only been awarded five other times since its founding in 1996. A graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the author or co-author of many books, Professor Jugenheimer served as president of the organization over twenty-five years ago.

  • Wei-Na Lee '85 MS ADV/'88 PhD COMM

    Wei-Na Lee '85 MS ADV/'88 PhD COMM, professor of communications at The University of Texas at Austin, has been named the editor of The Journal of Advertising, the premier academic publication for the advertising field. The Journal covers significant intellectual development pertaining to advertising theories and their relationship with practice and serves as a forum to reflect the collective thinking and empirical understanding that result from recent changes in the field of advertising and advertising education. Lee's three-year term will begin in 2010.

  • Beryl Schnierow Greenberg '82 ADV

    Beryl Schnierow Greenberg '82 ADV recently established her own coaching business: Career Coaching by Beryl. She combines life coaching with career counseling and her knowledge of the advertising and marketing business to help advertising and marketing professionals find the life they love and a career to support it. She works with professionals who are thinking about making a transition or who are currently engaged in a job search. She was previously a Vice President with Tesar-Reynes, a national executive search firm specializing in integrated marketing communications. She resides in Oak Park, Ill., with her husband and three boys. Beryl was previously the president of the College Alumni Association and board member on the James Webb Young Board.

  • Caitlin Morris '08 ADV

    Caitlin Morris '08 ADV is in the Marshall Islands, a remote group of islands between New Guinea and Hawaii, as a volunteer for World Teach, a nonprofit group sponsored by Harvard University's Center for International Development.

  • John D'Ambrogio '87 ADV

    John D'Ambrogio '87 ADV is vice president of strategic development for Baird & Warner, an Illinois residential real estate brokerage. He works in the firm's business development office in Chicago.

  • Dennis Collins '75 ADV

    Dennis Collins '75 ADV has been named president, effective December 31, 2009, of Tech Image, recognized as one of the most influential technology public relations agencies in the U.S. A 30-year veteran of marketing and management, Collins has worked with technology companies since 1981, and has experience in channel management, social media, retail, and all facets of communications production. He has served on the board of directors for the Illinois Institute of Art and the Indianapolis Chapter of the American Diabetes Association.

  • Rachael Atchison '05 ADV

    Rachael Atchison '05 ADV has been named as one of the Springfield Business Journal's 2009 Forty Under 40 list. Atchison is recognized for her work as promotions manager for FOX55/27 Illinois and Central Illinois CW, as well as her volunteerism with local organizations including Big Brothers Big Sisters, March of Dimes, and United Cerebral Palsy.

  • Don Elmore '80 ADV

    Don Elmore '80 ADV, and his wife Susan, have become the proud owners of a local Champaign-Urbana stalwart, the Jane Addams Bookstore in downtown Champaign. Longtime customers, the Elmores purchased the store from its founder Flora Faraci, and they hope to expand the business with author events and online sales.

  • Elaina Norlin '92 ADV/'96 MS GLSIS

    Elaina Norlin '92 ADV/'96 MS GLSIS has been appointed the new director of the African American Research Library and Cultural Center at the Broward County Library in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. As a nationally known lecturer, author, and consultant, Norlin has extensive experience with the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences and the Online Computer Library Center, where she honed her experience in online library services, programming, outreach services, grant development, and Web useability. She is the co-author of several books, and has been a workshop presenter and keynote speaker on library issues, particularly regarding libraries and computers.

  • Todd Salen '80 ADV

    Todd Salen '80 ADV was honored with a National Philanthrophy Day Award, handed out by the East Central Illinois chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. He was honored for his work in a performance in the memory of Kathy Murphy, a co-founder of the Champaign-Urbana Theatre Company. He has also done extensive volunteer work for the Urbana Sweetcorn Festival, and volunteers for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes annual golf outing and community projects through his church and the Champaign Rotary Club.

  • Aaron Stash '00 ADV

    Aaron Stash '00 ADV, who currently works in the marketing department at United Airlines, was a featured actor in the Norm Foster play, " The Affections of May," at the Attic Playhouse in Highwood, Ill., this fall.

  • Leslie Bardo '90 ADV

    Leslie Bardo '90 ADV has been named Senior Vice President for External Affairs with the Chicago Urban League. She has nearly 20 years public relations, consumer marketing, program development, sponsorship development, strategic communications, community relations, art direction, and event management. Bardo is also a published writer, most recently, "Family Affair: What it Means to be African American Today" (Agate/Bolden). Bardo resides in Chicago.

  • Beryl Greenberg 82 ADV

    Beryl Greenberg ‘82 ADV was named the the Vice President of Tesar- Reynes Advertising and Promotional Marketing firm in 2008. Greenberg currently serves as a member of the James Webb Young Board. She is married with three children and lives in Oak Park, Ill.

  • Tim Love '72 MS ADV

    Tim Love '72 MS ADV was recently appointed CEO of Omnicom APIMA (Asia Pacific India Middle East and Africa) in July. In the new position, he will be based in Singapore and New York City, with the bulk of his time in Singapore.

  • Roman Paluta
    Roman Paluta '79/81 MS ADV

    Roman Paluta '79/81 MS ADV has joined Bailey Lauerman as vice president, chief marketing officer. Paluta was most recently chief marketing office, senior partner for Carmichael Lynch in Minneapolis. He helped drive much of that agency's successful new business growth throughout the last decade.

  • Jessica Popper '00 ADV

    Jessica Popper '00 ADV, who currently serves as Supervisor/Primetime in Integrated Marketing and Promotion for ABC Television Network, was on-site for the August 2009 taping of Extreme Makeover Home Edition in Champaign-Urbana. Popper stopped by to visit with faculty and shared her insider's knowledge of the hosts and tricks for the popular show. The episode will air in April 2009.

  • Steve Raquel '92 ADV
    Steve Raquel '92/'93 MS ADV

    Steve Raquel '92/'93 MS ADV was featured August 19 in an online CNN video on Science and Technology News. Raquel, vice president of marketing for, joined Evan Brown, an intellectual property attorney, and Adam Ostrow, editor-in-chief of the technology blog,, to weigh in on the Southeastern Conference's policy banning social media from sporting events. Watch the entire CNN video.

  • Bob Lachky '75/'77 MS ADV

    Bob Lachky '75/'77 MS ADV, former Anheuser-Busch Chief Creative Officer, was featured in the AAF-Ad Club Saint Louis' Creative Speakers Luncheon at Saint Louis University's Busch Student Center on August 12. He will be honored by the club with the AAF Silver Medal Award in recognition for his contribution to the St. Louis Advertising Community. Hailed as one of the best-liked and most-respected marketing executives, not only in the beverage industry, but in all consumer product marketing, Lachky helped create some of the most memorable and iconic campaigns of the past two decades, including the Budweiser frogs, "Wassup?!" and the top-awarded radio campaign in history, "Real Men of Genius."

  • Frank Sinton '84 ADV

    Frank Sinton '84 ADV will serve as executive producer on the Travel Channel's new television show, "The Streets of America: The Search for America's Worst Driver." Based on an international format that has sold to more than a dozen territories, the show puts bad drivers through a series of challenges to find the worst of the bunch. The original "Britain's Worst Driver" was a hit for U.K.'s Five Channel and spawned several more "Britain's Worst ..." series. Local editions of the show have also been sold to Canada, Australia, Belgium, Holland and Sweden. "Streets of America" will take place in some of "America's most iconic driving cities," and is set to air during the first quarter of 2010.

  • Kareem Dale '95 ADV/'99 JD/MBA

    Kareem Dale '95 ADV/'99 JD/MBA delivered the graduation address at his alma mater, where he was the valedictorian in 1991. Dale currently serves as Special Assistant to the U.S. President for Disability Policy.