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M.A. Graduates Job Placement

Many of our M.A. degree graduates in Communication Studies seek employment across a variety of organizations, including K-12 and higher education; local, state, and federal government; local and state nonprofit organizations; and local, state, and national corporations, whereas some of our others continue their education in other master's or doctoral programs. Listed below are some of our graduates, their current positions, and their current organizations. 

Lucy Allara (2009)/Senior Program Manager/Empower Media Marketing/Cincinnati, OH

Kelsie Andrews (2017)/Marketing & Communication Coordinator/Kimball Construction/Baltimore, MD

Christine Anzur, Ph.D. (2015)/Assistant Professor/East Tennessee State University/Johnson City, TN

Melissa Cyphert Bass (2009)/Scheduling Coordinator/Jann C Barber, DDS/Morgantown, WV

Anna-Carrie Beck, Ph.D. (2014)/Department Head of Communication/Coastal Carolina Community College/Jacksonville, NC

Jocelyn Bibbee (2005)/ Senior Recovery & Resolution Representative/Optum/Morgantown, WV 

Jane Bishop (2016)/Space Management Specialist/Federal Government/Clarksburg, WV

Nicole A. Smith Boyd (2007)/Creative Services Project Manager, University Communications and Marketing/University of Lynchburg/Lynchburg, VA

Bob Boyter (2012)/Student Support Specialist/West Virginia University Parkersburg/Parkersburg, WV

Crystal Boyter (2012)/Executive Vice President of Commercial Lines/Peoples Insurance/Marietta, OH

Elaine Bobo (2017)/Executive Director of Communications/Berkeley County Schools/Martinsburg, WV

Terrie Brady (2010)/Office Manager, Admissions and Financial Aid/West Virginia Wesleyan College/ Buckhannon, WV

Jessica Bramer (2009)/Teacher& Adjunct/John Marshall High School & West Liberty University/ Wheeling, WV

Daniel W. Brewster (2004)/Teaching Instructor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology/West Virginia University/Morgantown, WV

Shannon Brogan, Ph.D. (1999)/Professor of Communication/Kentucky State University/Frankfort, KY

ElizaBeth A. Brown (2015)/Supervisor of Driver Operations/Frederick County Public Schools/ Winchester, VA

Katherine Burgess (2018)/Training Administrator/American Electric Power/Columbus, Ohio

Erica Byrd (2013) Communications & Development Specialist/The Nature Conservancy in West Virginia/Elkins, WV

LeAnne Call (2014)/Ambulatory Services Director/Charleston Area Medical Center/Charleston, WV

M. Deanna Campbell/World Languages Teacher/Ritchie County High School/Ellenboro, WV

Amy Carpenter (2009)/English/Language Arts Teacher & Language Arts Department Chair/North Marion High School/Farmington, WV

Melissa Ceo (2012)/Business Development Manager/C. A. House Music/St. Clairsville, OH

Peggy Cashdollar (2011)/Kindergarten Teacher/New Manchester Elementary School/New Manchester, WV

Kristen Childress (2016)/Technical Development and Support Manager/West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources/Charleston, WV

Brooke (Zackery) Clingerman (2007)/Buyer/Mylan Pharmaceuticals/Morgantown, WV

Amantha L. Cole (2013)/Director of Grants and Planning/Fairmont State University/Fairmont, WV

Katie Condon (2013)/Assistant Director, Recruitment & Enrollment Management/West Virginia University/Morgantown, WV

Ralone Cool (2005)/Teacher/Kanawha County Schools/Charleston, WV

Terrence Copney (2016)/Enrollment Counselor/South University/Pittsburgh, PA

William (Bill) E. Crane (2004)/United States Property and Fiscal Officer/West Virginia National Guard/Charleston, WV

Gregory A. Cranmer, Ph.D. (2012)/Assistant Professor, Department of Communication/Clemson University/Clemson, SC

Zac Cuffe (2011)/HR Business Partner III/Sprint Corporation/Overland Park, KS

Angie Cummings (2006)/Registrar & Professor/Blue Ridge Community and Technical College/Martinsburg, WV

J. Grant Cupp (2011)/Market Development Coordinator/K & L Gates, LLP/Pittsburgh, PA

Raven Cupp (2017)/Program Specialist, West Virginia Healthy Start & HAPI Project/West Virginia University School of Medicine/Morgantown, WV

Tara Curtis (2000)/Director of Communications & Marketing/West Virginia University Extension Service/Morgantown, WV

Juan D’Brot (2006)/Senior Associate/National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment/Morgantown, WV

Mark B. Davis (2009)/Fine Arts Curriculum Specialist/Kanawha County Schools/Charleston, WV

Sonja Davison (2005)/Middle School Teacher/Kanawha County Schools/Charleston, WV

Tiffany Davis (2011)/Program Director, Nuclear Medicine Education/West Virginia University Medicine/Morgantown, WV

Sarah L. (Carr) Dean (2013)/Salesperson & Realtor/Heritage Real Estate Co./Fairmont, WV

Frankie Michelle Dennison (2011)/Executive Director/Harrison County Humane Society/Shinnston, WV

Fran C. Dickson, Ph.D. (1978)/Full Professor/Eastern Kentucky University/Richmond, KY

Christine Yurko DiRico (2010)/Senior Manager, U.S. Talent Acquisition/Ashfield Healthcare/ Philadelphia, PA

Betsy Ditrinco (2012)/Supply Chain Manager/AeroSafe Global/Rochester, NY

Amy Diznoff (2015)/Advising Specialist/West Virginia University/Morgantown, WV

Mary E. Donato (2014)/Assistant Professor, Communication Studies/Buena Vista University/Storm Lake, IA

Stacy M. Downey (2010)/Clinical Associate/West Virginia University Medicine/Morgantown, WV

Timothy M. Downs, Ph.D. (1984)/President/Northern State University/Aberdeen, SD

Katie Neary Dunleavy, Ph.D. (2004)/Associate Professor, Communication/La Salle University/Philadelphia, PA

Sarah Edwards (2015)/Office Administrator/Serenity Hills Life Center/Wheeling, WV

Jessica Fabbricatore (2014)/Instructor & Ph.D. Student, Department of Communication/University of Georgia/Athens, GA

Andrea Salina Fleming (2012)/Executive Director/Fairmont Community Development Partnership, Inc./Fairmont, WV

Jennifer (Seeley) Flora 2014)/Wellness Center Director/Shepherd University/Shepherdstown, WV

Bryce Fordyce (2019)/Women’s Basketball Video Coordinator/West Virginia University/Morgantown, WV 

Meghan Gauthier (2007)/Claims Specialist/Social Security Administration/Baltimore, MD

Kathryn Garlitz (2017)/Senior Talent Acquisition Coordinator/Cielo/Wheeling, WV

Jim Guiliano (2016)/Host of “Jimmy G in the Morning”/Andrulonis Media/Myrtle Beach, SC

Natica Glover (2006)/Department and Grants Manager, OB/GYN/West Virginia University Medicine/ Morgantown, WV

Zachary W. Goldman, Ph.D. (2012)/Assistant Professor, Department of Management/University of Louisville/Louisville, KY

Jackie Griggs (2017)/Coordinator of Academic Affairs & Assistant Professor of Communication and Business/Blue Ridge Community and Technical College/Martinsburg, WV

Kelly Guthrie (2019)/Program Assistant, Davis College of Agriculture/West Virginia University/ Morgantown, WV

Joan Harman (2003)/Director of Public Relations/West Virginia Farm Bureau/Buckhannon, WV

Jarod Hartwell (2009)/Teacher/Summers County High School/Hinton, WV

Christine Hess (2011)/Assistant Director of Enrollment Services/WVU Potomac State College/ Keyser, WV

Kimberly Leezer Himes (2007)/Contracting Officer/Federal Government/Clarksburg, WV

Lisa Hunt-Turner (2016)/Senior Manager Strategic Research Initiatives/West Virginia University Research Office/Morgantown, WV

Larry Irving (2009)/Senior Casualty Resolution Specialist/Westfield Group/Columbus, OH

Andrea (Cunningham) Jackson (2005)/ESOL Teacher/Spruce Creek High School, Volusia County Schools/Port Orange, FL

Meghan Jacobi (2008)/Associate Director, Publisher Development/PubMatic/New York City, NY

Aaron Wesley Johnson (2019)/Welder, Engineering Department/CSX Transportation/Charleston, WV

Lucy Gray Kefauver (2009)/Director of Distance Education/West Liberty University/West Liberty, WV

Angela Jones-Knopf (2017)/Corporate Director of Media Relations and Public Affairs/West Virginia University Medicine/Morgantown, WV

Julie Kniceley (2017)/Implementation Manager/Ascension Recovery Services/Morgantown, WV

Sara LaBelle, Ph.D. (2011)/Assistant Professor, School of Communication/Chapman University/ Orange, CA

Martha Leeson (2014)/Program Coordinator/West Virginia University Parkersburg/Parkersburg, WV

Jason Lewis (2005)/Manager, Transfer Credit Evaluation/American Public University System/Charles Town, WV

Deborah Lockhart-Hively (2013)/STEM Division, Caperton Center for Applied Technology/West Virginia University Parkersburg/Parkersburg, WV

Josh Lopitz (2018)/Player’s Club Dual Rate Supervisor/Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tampa/Riverview, FL

Joseph Luchok (1973)/Member/The National Press Club/Washington, DC

Colleen C. Malachowski, Ph.D. (2009)/Associate Professor of Communication/Regis College/Weston, MA

Traci Mallow (2014)/Plant HR Manager/Kerry/Harrisonburg, Virginia

Ashley (Seals) Martin (2014)/Director of Sales and Marketing/Moving Mountains Studios/Charlotte, NC 

Tess Martin (2013)/Admissions Counselor & Assistant to the Vice President of Enrollment Management/West Virginia University Parkersburg/Parkersburg, WV

Robert Maser (2008)/Evaluation Consultant/Wells Fargo/Raleigh, NC

Jessica (Lascoli) Masoner (2002)/Interim Assistant Dean, College of Arts and Sciences & Department Chair, General Studies, College of Arts and Sciences/South University/Savannah, GA

Amy McCormick (2003)/Principal/McCormick & Co Consulting/Portland, OR

Leeanne M. Bell McManus, Ph.D. (2003)/Professor, Business Communication/Stevenson University/Owings Mills, MD

Laura McMillin (2009)/10th grade English & Honors & SAT Prep Teacher/Oak Glen High School/New Cumberland, WV

Tom Meade, Ph.D. (2009)/Assistant Professor in Residence/University of Connecticut/Storrs, CT

Captain (Ret.) James Hasten Merrill (2017)/Chief Administrative Officer/Action Facilities Management /Morgantown, WV

Richard Meece (2007)/Teacher/Independence Senior High/Coal City, WV

Justin D. Mitchell (2015)/Biometrics Engineer/Tygart Technology, Inc./Clarksburg, WV

Matt Mullin (2019)/Manager/Orion Strategies/Martinsburg, WV

Michelle Nabers (2013)/Office Administrator/West Virginia University Parkersburg/Parkersburg, WV

Ben Nesselroad (2006)/Math Teacher/Ravenswood High School/Ravenswood, WV

John Nordlund (2008)/Operations Director/TTEC/Springfield, VA

Kelly Odenweller, Ph.D. (2011)/Assistant Teaching Professor/Iowa State University/Ames, IA

Sarah Opatz (2017)/Project Coordinator/West Virginia University, School of Public Health/ Morgantown, WV

Brenna M. Orr (2019)/West Virginia Health Network Manager/Adagio Health/Pittsburgh, PA

Mary Palma (2008)/Math Teacher (Retired)/Ohio County Schools/Wheeling, WV

Jessica (Kirk) Plimpton (2012)/Customer Outreach Specialist/ Public Service Enterprise Group/ Newark, NJ

Joseph (Dewey) Ponthieu (2004)/Sr. Process Analytical Specialist/MMR Constructors Inc./Baton Rouge, LA

Connie Ponthieu (2004)/Elementary Education (Retired)/Kanawha County Schools/Baton Rouge, LA 

Alicia Vandine Pucky (2003)/Corporate Director of Human Resources/Fresh Mark, Inc./Massillon, OH

Tanya Martin Reece (2006)/English Instructor/Giles High School, Dual-Enrollment New River Community College/Pearisburg, VA 

Leah Ripley (2013)/Associate Director of Admissions/West Virginia Wesleyan College/Buckhannon, WV 

Caitlin Rexrode (2010)/Registrar/Pierpont Community & Technical College/Fairmont, WV

Joe E. Richards (2002)/Retired Consultant/Charleston, WV 

David Rife (2017)/Catering Manager/West Virginia University Dining Services/Morgantown, WV

Mike Robinette (2004)/Commercial Insurance Agent/Glessner Professional Center/Wheeling, WV

C. Kyle Rudick, Ph.D. (2010)/Associate Professor/University of Northern Iowa/Cedar Falls, IA

Raechel Russell (2017)/Lecturer/Baylor University/Waco, TX

Christine Santy (2014)/Case Manager/Easterseals/Georgetown, DE

April R. Saunders (2011)/Senior TANF Policy Specialist/West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources/Charleston, WV

Bridget Saunders (2014)/Supervisory Human Resource Specialist/West Virginia Army National Guard/Charleston, WV

Carrie Scanlon, Ph.D. (1995)/Regional Director of Marketing for Delaware North: Wheeling Island Hotel Casino Racetrack and Mardi Gras Casino and Resort

Elizabeth Seebaugh (2010)/Owner/G & G Design/Granny’s Girly Goodies/Parkersburg, WV

Andre Sexton (2015)/State & Local Government Account Executive/Qualtrics/Provo, UT 

Jessica Sharps (2011)/Director of Communications/Fairmont State University/Fairmont, WV

Chris Sheppard (2005)/Middle School Teacher/Kanawha County Schools/Charleston, WV

Robert Sidelinger, Ed.D. (1996)/Associate Professor/Oakland University/Rochester, MI 

Jaclyn (Jaci) Slone (2005)/Senior Registered Client Associate/Wells Fargo Advisors/Charlotte, NC

Amber Small (2016)/CME Specialist/Memorial Health System/Marietta, OH

Steven Smith (1997)/Operations Manager/Cisco Systems/Raleigh, NC

Justin Southern (2011)/Financial Advisor/Wells Fargo Advisors/Charleston, WV

Betsy Spellman (2003)/Chief Marketing Officer/Steptoe & Johnson PLLC/Bridgeport, WV

Shannon Sprague-Fogus (1996)/Marketing Instructor/Jackson River Technical Center/ Covington, VA

Brandon Squires (2019)/Senior Academic Advisor/West Virginia University/Morgantown, WV

Teresa G. Sterns/Executive Assistant to the President/Glenville State College/Glenville, WV

Kathryn (Kate) Stotler (2008)/Government Teacher, Berkeley Springs High School/Morgan County Schools/Berkeley Springs, WV  

Sherry Stover (2009)/Building Inspector, Community Development/City of Bristol/Bristol, TN

Carri Strunk (2010)/Prevention Specialist/New River Health Association/Scarbro, WV

Andrew David Sutherland (2017)/Instructor of Communication Studies/Blinn College/Bryan, TX

Meaghan Bryce (Cox) Swartz (2005)/Reading Intervention Specialist/Jonathan Alder Local Schools/ Plain City, OH

Kelly Regan Taber (2004)/Administrative Associate/New River Community and Technical College/ Beaver, WV

Elycia Taylor (2005)/Instructor/Columbus State University/Columbus, Ohio

Matthew Thomas (2017)/Production Associate, Aerospace Engineering Standards/SAE International/Warrendale, PA 

Ryan A. Thorn (2010)/Economic Development Manager/Office of U.S. Senator Joe Manchin/ Charleston, WV

David Tibbles (2005)/Paid Advertising Director/JumpSIX Marketing/Springfield, MO

Mary C. Toale, Ed.D. (1998)/Executive Assistant to the President, Affirmative Action Office, & Professor/ SUNY Oswego/Oswego, NY

Mary (Eidsness) Towslee (2006)/Self-employed/Richmond, VA

Twyla Tustin (2017)/Senior Learning Systems Professional/Humana/Rivesville, WV

Brianna Vento (2016)/Senior Program Coordinator/West Virginia University/Morgantown, WV

Janelle Vickers (2018)/Staff Genealogist/National Society Daughters of the American Revolution/ Washington, D.C.

Wesley R. Walls (2005)/Chief, Public Affairs and Community Relations Service/Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center/Clarksburg, WV

Faye L. Wasik (2003)/U.S. Government, Department of Justice/Supervisory IT Specialist/Weston, WV

Andrea Goodman Weber, Ed.D. (1997)/Assistant Dean of Advising and Student Life, School of Communication/Chapman University/Orange, CA

Keith Weber, Ed.D. (1995)/Graduate Director & Professor, School of Communication/Chapman University/Orange, CA

Jessica Westfall (2017)/Development Director/West Virginia Symphony Orchestra/Charleston, WV

Tammy E. Whitacre (2003)/Interim Executive Director/Mountaineer Boys and Girl Club/Morgantown, WV

Susan L. Wilkins (2011)/Public Relations and Special Projects Coordinator/Pocahontas Memorial Hospital/Buckeye, WV

Nicole (Kimble) Wilson (2009)/Mental Health Specialist/Fairfax County Department of Family Services/Fairfax, VA

Katie Willard (2014)/Deputy Director of Marketing and Communications/West Virginia Department of Commerce/Charleston, WV

Tracey Wygal (2004)/Teacher (Vocal Music and Theater Arts)/Daniel Morgan Middle & Intermediate Schools/Winchester, VA 

Lisa Yakuboff (2008)/Accountant/J.D. Pantzis, CPA, PC/Brooklyn, NY

Koji Yoshimura (2019)/Ph.D. Student/Texas Tech University/Lubbock, TX