Mass Communication Alumni

FP's Mass Communication graduates can be found working at ESPN, the Hartford Courant, Paramount Pictures, independent production companies, technical magazines, and almost every other media job imaginable, as well as attending graduate school and law school. Read some alumni news below.

Alumni News

John Spence
Johnathan Spence ('09)

Johnathan Spence (’09), from West Palm Beach, FL, is a Project Manager for IBM.  Johnathan took Media Studies courses as part of his American Studies degree, going on to obtain an MA in Applied Sociology from U.Mass Boston.  He lives in Portsmouth, NH.

Elizabeth Squire
Elizabeth Squire ('12)
Angelica Benjamin
Angelica Benjamin ('08)
Nalina Shapiro
Nalina Shapiro ('10) is Morning Reporter and Weekend News Anchor at WIVB/WNLO TV, Buffalo, NY

Elizabeth Squire ('12) from Monson, MA, has been accepted to the master's degree program in Health Communication at Emerson College in Boston, MA.  She studied broadcast journalism while at Pierce.

Katherine Lukianov (’10) from Framingham, MA, has been accepted to the M.A. program in Media Studies at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. While at Pierce, she studied both media production and media studies. For her outstanding academic work, Kit was chosen as the 2010 recipient of the Outstanding Media Studies Student Award.

Paulo Corso (’08) from Rehoboth, MA, is Associate Producer at WGBH in Boston, MA.

Angelica Benjamin (08’) of Union City, CA, is a human resources
generalist for LetsTalk.com, a technology services company in San

Francisco, where she is responsible for all company communications.

She has also co-founded Digitally Chic, a networking community for

young professionals, and is currently launching DC Cares, a volunteer initiative that will work to raise awareness of local charity organizations in the San Francisco-Bay Area community.  Angela focused on media studies, and played women’s basketball, while at Pierce.

Keith Harrington (’99), from Salem, MA, is Producer for the 11:00 News at WMUR in Manchester, NH. Before returning to New England, he worked at CNN and HLN in Atlanta, where his work garnered many awards.

Nalina Shapiro ('10), from Saratoga Springs, NY, is a morning show reporter  and weekend news anchor at WIVB/WNLO TV (CBS) in Buffalo, NY.  She has covered a wide range of stories including politics, "Occupy" Buffalo protests, crime, and community events, as well as stories on the environment, education, and sports.  While at Pierce, Nalina was active as a broadcast journalist, reporting for "Dan Rather Reports," anchoring news shows for Franklin Pierce television, and interning extensively at television stations from Manchester, NH to Boston and New York City.  

Jay Sansone (’08) from New York, NY, is a staff videographer for Essence Magazine.  In addition, he is a music video director, an editor for AOL.Com, writer for CNN iReport, and has established his own photography business http://www.jaysansone.com/.  He resides in Manhattan.

Angie Wirtanen
Angie Wirtanen ('06)

Angie Wirtanen (’06), from Westminster, MA, is a Digital Marketing Specialist for Carnegie Communications in Westford, MA. She works with non-profit colleges and universities, employing digital strategies for recruitment solutions. Previously, she worked in advertising for the ABC affiliate WCVB in Boston. Angie was a Fitzwater Scholar while at Pierce, interned at CBS Boston and NH Public Radio, and studied journalism.


Dan Gouthro (’05), from Assonet, MA, is a Senior Account Manager for Regan Communications Group. He coordinates and executes publicity campaigns for well-known brands in business, hospitality, and entertainment.  Prior to his current work in public relations, Dan worked in television news at stations in NH, later and RI , where he held the positions including Assignment Editor, Producer and Executive Producer.

Sylvia Savadjian ('03), from Manhasset, New York is film publicist and curator for the Maysles Institute in New York, NY, a non-profit organization founded by documentarian Albert Maysles in 2005. Previously, she worked as a publicist at the documentary distributor Icarus Films, and the PR agencies Donna Daniels PR and Sophie Gluck & Associates. She also worked as the Director of Theatrical Marketing at Kino International and in marketing and business development at HBO.

Sara Barnthouse
Sara Barnthouse ('04)

Sara Barnthouse ('04), from Newark, Delaware, is the owner of DeVine Reps, based in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Sara is a multi-faceted agent, serving as a liaison between advertising agencies, film directors, film editors, animation studios, VFX houses and music composers. and helping to find suitable creative talent choices for feature films, broadcast commercials and interactive content. Sara recently attended the Cannes Film festival for the first time, representing her roster of directors.

Kerri Kanelos (’02), from Warwick, Rhode Island, majored in Media Studies, and minored in Women’s and American Studies while at Pierce. She went onto receive her M.A. from Simmons College in Gender and Cultural Studies, and is currently the Executive Director of Youth Pride, Inc., (a non-profit organization dedicated to the needs of LGBTQQ youth) in Providence, RI.  Kerri is also an established freelance writer and blogger.

Kevin Green (’00), of Easton, CT, is the Vice President, Strategy at Digital Influence Group in Boston, a full service digital marketing agency with social media at the core.  Responsible for developing innovative digital marketing and advertising solutions, Kevin works directly with senior executives at a wide range of organizations from Global Fortune 100 to young start-ups.  Over the past decade, he has  received numerous industry awards for work with clients such as IBM, Visa International, Electronic Arts, T-Mobile, and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care.  At Pierce, he focused in media studies and journalism.

Jorge Rocha ('00), of Providence, RI, is Senior Assistant Director of Athletic Media Relations at Providence College. He also has received an MA in American History from Providence College since graduation.  Jorge studied journalism while at Pierce.
 
Daniel Lee White (’00)
, from East Lyme, Connecticut, is a director, filmmaker, actor, and media producer.  His first feature film is Cost of the Living: A Zom Rom Com (2011).   He also owns the media arts company Love Thy Job and produces a comedy show called Bring Your Own Improv.  While at Pierce, Daniel founded the community service organization Reality Check, which he continues to mentor.  Reality Check has gone on to garner numerous awards for outstanding leadership, prevention, and awareness.

Jessica Lloyd ('06), of Seymour, CT, is employed as Leadership Board Advisor for Forrester Research in Cambridge, MA. She researches and delivers products centered around interactive marketing and emerging media. In addition to her marketing major, Jessica minored in Media Studies.

McGillicuddy

Genevieve McGillicuddy (’94), of Nashua, NH,  is Senior Director of Brand Activation for Turner Classic Movies.  She also serves as Managing Director of the annual TCM Classic Movie Film Festival, now in its third year.  After graduation, she received an M.A. in Film Studies from Emory University in Atlanta, GA.

Tyler Reynolds-Rothstein with ESPN personality Desmond Howard.
Tyler Reynolds-Rothstein with ESPN personality, Heisman Trophy winner, and Superbowl MVP Desmond Howard.

Tyler Reynolds-Rothstein (’07), of West Hartford, CT, has been employed with Pearson Charitable Foundation since graduation.  Combining media literacy with production skills, he has led Digital Arts Residencies across the United States to educate students from a wide range of economic and cultural backgrounds, including students recovering from Hurricane Katrina.  He has organized Earth Day documentary work and winning films from students who completed his residencies were featured on Current TV, the Smithsonian Channel, as well as Ken Burns’ National Parks Project.

Allison Smith ('07) of Nashua, NH, has completed her M.Ed. in Higher Ed. Administration from Northeastern U. She is Manager of Volunteer Programs at Science Club for Girls in Cambridge, MA, where she manages social media and branded content, and recruits mentors for girls in the areas in science, to increase participation in STEM programs, and in politics. Allison took media studies courses while at Pierce.

Jason Potterton  (‘07) began working at ESPN in 2008 and, in the same year, won a Sports Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding New Approaches in Sports Broadcasting for the project  Superbowl MVPs.

Jason Gilbert (‘07), of Windsor Locks, CT, is Editorial Production Assistant at ESPN for the Streak for Cash daily fantasy game.  He has been on numerous podcasts, ESPN.com videos, and the TV show Sports Nation.

Tracy Dumais (‘06), of Frenchville, ME, is employed as Program Assistant for the New Hampshire Victims’ Compensation Program, located at the Attorney General’s Office in Concord, NH. This program financially assists victims of crime in New Hampshire.  Tracy creates and designs presentations and outreach materials for programs and state conferences in the victims’ service field.
 
Christopher Potter (‘07), of Jaffrey, NH,  is a communications associate for the Institute for Market Transformation in Washington, D.C. IMT is a non-profit organization promoting energy efficiency, green building, and environmental protection.

Andrew Morse (‘94), of Schenectady, NY, is Director of Communications at the Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association in NH. His responsibilities include strategic marketing initiatives and implementation as well as media relations.   After Pierce, he received an M.S. in Healthcare Administration from New England College.

Jay McCormack (‘95) is Media Manager at ESPN.  He is currently pursuing an MBA in Sports Management from Franklin Pierce University.

Richard Goode  (‘96) is currently Associate Manager of Production Operations at ESPN. He oversees a group of 140 people who are responsible for operating all technical positions in the control rooms at the headquarters of ESPN in Bristol, CT.   

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Todd Coleman (left) accepts his Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Sports Reporting.

For his work at ESPN, Avid editor W. Todd Coleman  (‘96) was awarded the Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Sports Reporting in 2008 for a SportsCenter feature on tennis champion and philanthropist Sister Andrea Jeager.  In 2005, he won a Sports Emmy for his contributions to NFL Countdown, winning in the category Best Studio Show.

Michael Norris (’97), is a Senior Analyst in the Trade Books Group for the market research firm Simba Information, Inc. in Stamford, CT.

Lisa Miskiewicz (’01) and her brother Ray Miskiewicz (’04) created a video called “It’s not Waste if it’s Energy!”  The video details how an innovative power plant in Union County, NJ uses trash to make energy.  Lisa is Deputy Clerk/Office Manager for Union County Utilities Authority in Rahway, NJ, and Ray is the owner of 3 North Productions, a video production company.  Click here to view the video.

Dana Frazao ('06) received 2nd place in the 2009 New England Hometown Video Awards for her film, "The Artful Learner," about art in the Danvers, Massachusetts school system. This video was for her final thesis to earn her Master of Education degree from Endicott College, completed in 2009.  She has also finished a long time project called Penny Pincher's about saving money in a tough economy. She plans to enter this into film festivals in the upcoming year.  Click here to check out Penny Pincher's. Dana is still employed at Danvers Community Access Television and resides in Gloucester, MA. 

Stephen Lacey '06 of Renewable Energy World
Stephen Lacey '06, on location, capturing sound for his Inside Renewable Energy podcast

Stephen Lacey ('06) is a producer and staff writer with RenewableEnergyWorld.com, a leading online magazine that covers the global renewable energy industries. He travels around the world reporting on new technologies, policy developments and the financial markets. His weekly podcast, called Inside Renewable Energy, goes out to more than 17,000 people each week. He also produces video content for the site, writes stories and edits columns for online and print.

Jeff Cornell ('09) from East Granby, CT, works for MTV in New York City, most currently as an editor for the show "16 an Pregnant and Teen Mom." He also freelances as a photographer, and, with another FPU friend and graduate Justin Martell, owns and operates the production company Ship to Shore Media, LLC.

Andrew Scher (‘88), Executive Producer of the #1 new syndicated talk show in the country, The Doctors, visited campus this fall and met with FP students.  He gave an address in the Patterson TV Studio and also met one-on-one with MC students to share career advice.  Scher has built a distinguished career in television, and shared his experiences as a senior producer for "Dr. Phil," and as an executive producer and development consultant for Banyan Productions ("Trading Spaces," A Baby Story," "A Dating Story").

Amy Renczkowski ('04) has won the Connecticut chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists' award for investigative reporting. Renczkowski is an associate editor for the Times newspaper in New London, CT. She covers Montville, Preston and Ledyard, and won a first-place award in investigative reporting for a series of stories about poor conditions at the Lincoln Park housing complex in Preston. The state began an investigation of the housing complex as a result of Renczkowski's reporting.

John Perry ('92) from Salem, MA, was nominated for a Daytime Emmy on February 8, 2006. Perry is a Producer for the Dr. Phil show, which was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Talk Show. This is Perry's third nomination: Dr. Phil was also nominated for this same category in 2005 and 2004. Before joining the Dr. Phil show, Perry worked on the Leeza show.