The mission of the Professional Advisory Board of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication is to elevate the national and international stature of the School. 

The SJMC thanks these distinguished board members for their participation and support.

Active Members

Ken Aagaard
Professional Advisory Board
President
Company Name: Creative Broadcast Techniques

John Altenbern
Professional Advisory Board
President
Company Name: Crawford Johnson & Northcott, Inc.
Location: Des Moines, IA

Malcolm Christie
Professional Advisory Board
Fundraising Consultant

Philip R. Currie
Professional Advisory Board
Retired Senior Vice President/News, U.S. Community Publishing Division
Company Name: Gannett Co. Inc.
Location: McLean, VA

Jeff Grisamore
Professional Advisory Board
President & CEO
Company Name: EGR International Inc./BlackLab Media
Location: New York City, NY

Peter Gross
Professional Advisory Board
Director and Professor, School of Journalism & Electronic Media
Company Name: University of Tennessee

Jim Heininger
Professional Advisory Board
Founder and Principal
Company Name: Dixon|James Communications
Location: Oak Park, IL

Jack Hirschfield
Professional Advisory Board
Director, Oncology and Neurology U.S. Public Affairs
Company Name: AbbVie
Location: Lake Forest, IL

Maudlyne Ihejirika
Professional Advisory Board
Assistant City Editor/Columnist
Company Name: Chicago Sun-Times
Location: Chicago, IL

Barry Jackson
Professional Advisory Board
Strategic Advisor
Company Name: Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP

Pete Jeffries
Professional Advisory Board
National Engagements Director
Company Name: AARP Campaigns & Government Affairs
Location: Washington, DC & Des Moines, IA

Carla Keppler
Professional Advisory Board
Executive Director
Company Name: Golin
Location: Chicago, IL

Alan Kotok
Professional Advisory Board
Editor and Publisher
Company Name: Science Business

Zack Kucharski
Professional Advisory Board
Executive Editor
Office: The Gazette
Company Name: The Gazette

Les Landes
Professional Advisory Board
President
Company Name: Landes & Associates

Jeff Liebermann
Professional Advisory Board
Assistance Vice President of Development, Main Campus
Company Name: University of Iowa Center for Advancement
Location: Iowa City, IA

Lynn Manternach, Ph.D.
Professional Advisory Board
Co-Founder (Retired)
Company Name: MindFire Communications
Location: Cedar Rapids and Quad Cities, IA

Mark Mathis III
Professional Advisory Board
Partner/Chief Creative and Strategy Officer
Company Name: AMPERAGE Marketing & Fundraising

Troy Melhus
Professional Advisory Board
Director of Communications
Company Name: Association of Metropolitan School Districts
Location: Saint Paul, MN

Morgan Olsen
Professional Advisory Board
Editor, Head of Print and Digital
Company Name: Time Out Group

Mike Owen
Professional Advisory Board
Deputy Director
Company Name: Common Good Iowa
Location: Des Moines, IA / Iowa City, IA

Dana Roberson
Professional Advisory Board
Executive Producer
Company Name: PBS Newhour Weekend

April Rueber
Professional Advisory Board
Marketing and Communications Director
Company Name: Zeno Group
Location: Chicago, IL

Isaiah Scales
Professional Advisory Board
Post Production Manager
Company Name: Walt Disney Television
Location: Los Angeles, CA

John Tieszen
Professional Advisory Board
Marketing Consultant
Location: St. Louis Park, MN

Daniel Valentine
Professional Advisory Board
Senior Manager
Company Name: Tampa International Airport
Location: Tampa, FL

Nick Westergaard
Professional Advisory Board
Chief Strategist
Company Name: Brand Driven Digital

Cori Zarek
Professional Advisory Board
Director of the Digital Service Collaborative
Company Name: Georgetown University
Location: San Francisco, CA

Emeritus Members

Neil Brown
Professional Advisory Board Emeriti
Executive Editor and Vice President
Company Name: St. Petersburg Times
Location: St. Petersburg, FL

Frank Brownell
Professional Advisory Board Emeriti
President
Company Name: Brownells Inc.
Location: Montezuma, IA

William Casey
Professional Advisory Board Emeriti
Publisher
Company Name: Daily Iowan
Location: Iowa City, IA

Eva Dahm
Professional Advisory Board Emeriti
Owner
Company Name: Coach Catalyst
Location: Naperville, IL

Wayne Drash
Professional Advisory Board Emeriti
National News Desk Director
Company Name: CNN

Dana Engelbert
Professional Advisory Board Emeriti
Vice President; Marketing
Company Name: Goodwill of the Heartland

Ken Freedman
Professional Advisory Board Emeriti
Vice President/General Manager
Company Name: KWQC-TV6

Joe Hladky
Professional Advisory Board Emeriti
Chairman of the Board
Company Name: The Gazette Company
Location: Cedar Rapids, IA

Bruce Japsen
Professional Advisory Board Emeriti
Health Care Journalist
Company Name: Forbes

Steve Levigne
Professional Advisory Board Emeriti
Retired Vice President, U.S. Strategy & Insights
Company Name: McDonald's Corporation

Beth Malicki
Professional Advisory Board Emeriti
Anchor/Reporter
Company Name: KCRG-TV
Location: Cedar Rapids, IA

Alan Moyer
Professional Advisory Board Emeriti
Retired Managing Editor
Company Name: Arizona Republic
Location: Glendale, AZ

Tiffany O'Donnell
Professional Advisory Board Emeriti
Chief Operating Officer
Company Name: IWLC: Iowa Women Lead Change
Location: Cedar Rapids, IA

Lamont Olson
Professional Advisory Board Emeriti
Managing Editor; Better Homes and Gardens
Company Name: Meredith Corporation
Location: Des Moines, IA

Chuck Peters
Professional Advisory Board Emeriti
President and CEO
Company Name: Gazette Communications
Location: Cedar Rapids, IA

Diane H. Ramsey
Professional Advisory Board Emeriti
Principal Project Manager
Company Name: Rockwell Collins
Location: Cedar Rapids, IA

Shari Roan
Professional Advisory Board Emeriti
Health Writer
Company Name: Los Angeles Times
Location: Los Angeles, CA

Brian Ross
Professional Advisory Board Emeriti
Chief Investigative Correspondent
Company Name: ABC News
Location: New York, NY

George Shirk
Professional Advisory Board Emeriti
Editor in Chief
Company Name: Shirk Media

Susan M. Shullaw
Professional Advisory Board Emeriti
Principal
Company Name: Susan Shullaw & Associates
Location: Iowa City, IA

Roger Thurow
Professional Advisory Board Emeriti
Senior Fellow for Global Agriculture and Food Policy
Company Name: The Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Location: Chicago, IL

Glenn Townes
Professional Advisory Board Emeriti
Writer
Company Name: Black Enterprise Magazine
Location: New York, NY

Alan Waxenberg
Professional Advisory Board Emeriti
Retired Vice President/Publisher
Company Name: Victoria Magazine
Location: New York, NY

Tim Westerbeck
Professional Advisory Board Emeriti
President
Company Name: Eduvantis, LLC
Location: Chicago, IL

Sheba Wheeler
Professional Advisory Board Emeriti
Features Writer
Company Name: Denver Post
Location: Denver, CO

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