Dean's Advisory Council
The Scripps College of Communication Dean's Advisory Council was founded in 2000 by then-Dean Kathy Krendl. The group, made up primarily of alumni, is composed of professionals from throughout the communication field. The council is available to the dean for guidance and advice on curriculum matters as well as the direction of the industry.
The Dean's Advisory Council typically meets in person twice each year—usually once on the main campus of Ohio University in Athens and once in a different city—as well as quarterly via conference call. The council currently numbers 20 members, as follows:
- Hebah Abdalla, BSJ '86
- Andy Alexander, BSJ '72
- Eric Bell, BSC '92
- Kyle Bowser, BSC '80
- Carolyn Cuppernull, BSJ '86
- Judy Dashiell, BSJ, BA '86
- Dayna DiRienzo, BSJ '82, MS '83
- Bruce Dunn, BSC '82
- Dwight Ferguson, BSC '79
- Matthew Freedman, BSJ '97, MSA '98
- Valerie Haskell, BSJ '72
- Mary Hettinger, BSJ '82, MFA '84
- Bryan Ireton, BSC '90
- Michael Jenkins
- Ken Klein, BSJ '82
- Eric Mayville, BSVC '07
- Ethan McCarty, BA '97
- Paula Shugart, BSC '81
- Terrie Temkin, BSE '71
- David Wubbolding, BSJ '86
BIOGRAPHIES & PHOTOS
- Hebah Abdalla, BSJ ’86
Hebah Abdalla is an Emmy award-winning producer with more than 20 years of experience in broadcast news, working in an array of television markets—from local to international. She also serves as the Semester-in-DC program director for the Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University. As a media professional, she was an integral player in the launch of a statewide news channel in Ohio and two news channels for a global broadcast network.
Hebah's passion for mission-driven pursuits led her to the role of communications director for a non-profit where she was later promoted to vice president. Her leadership in designing and implementing communications strategy led to measurable successes in brand marketing and donor engagement.
As both journalist and communicator, she has the demonstrated ability to communicate to a variety of audiences across platforms. She helped to launch one of the first digitally integrated television programs, The Stream, recognized globally for innovation and in the U.S. cable television industry for its reporting on public affairs.
Her career began at CNN in Atlanta, where she became an assignment editor for the award-winning show World Report. Hebah later returned to her hometown of Columbus, Ohio, managing daily and breaking news coverage as an assignment editor for CBS affiliate WBNS and helping to launch its statewide news channel, the Ohio News Network.
She received the Emmy Award as an assignment producer and in 2011, contributed to news coverage of the Arab Spring that merited a Peabody Award. During her tenure on The Stream, the program received an Emmy nomination, the Royal Television Society Award for Most Innovative Program, the Gracie Award for Outstanding News Talk Show, and Webby People’s Choice Award for News and Politics Series.
Hebah earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism degree from Ohio University.
- Andy Alexander, BSJ ’72
Andy Alexander serves as advisor to the dean of the Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University. Prior to this role, he was the ombudsman for The Washington Post, where he served as the readers' representative to ensure editorial excellence in print or online.
Prior to joining the Post in 2009, Alexander was the Washington bureau chief for Cox Newspapers, overseeing a staff of roughly 25 reporters and editors in the nation’s capital as well as bureaus in Baghdad, Jerusalem, London, Beijing, Mexico City, the Caribbean, New York and the West Coast. Alexander began his career as a reporter for the Melbourne Herald in Australia, later joining the Dayton Journal Herald where he worked as an investigative reporter and as political writer. He came to the Cox Washington Bureau in 1976 as the Journal Herald's correspondent, joined the national staff in 1984 and was named foreign editor in 1989. He became deputy bureau chief in 1994 and was named bureau chief in 1997. He has reported from more than 50 countries and covered armed conflicts in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
Alexander graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism degree.
- Eric Bell, BSC ’92
Eric Bell is a senior product sales specialist for networking, security and cybersecurity at CBTS in Columbus, Ohio.
Prior to that, he worked as a channel manager and then a senior major account manager at Juniper Networks and was an account executive at AT&T.
Eric earned a Bachelor of Science degree in communication studies with a minor in business from Ohio University.
- Kyle Bowser, BSC ’80
Kyle Bowser serves as the senior vice president of the Hollywood Bureau of the NAACP. In this capacity, Mr. Bowser is responsible for advancing NAACP's Hollywood projects, relationships, and overseeing NAACP's Image Awards production.
Kyle Bowser has worked as an entertainment industry executive for more than three decades. His experience spans the areas of film, television, music, theater, radio and digital media.
Kyle lives in Los Angeles where he produces multimedia content and where he helped to establish the Scripps College OHIO-in-LA program, an immersive work/study course for OHIO students pursuing careers in the entertainment industry.
A native of Philadelphia, Kyle earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Ohio University in radio/television communication and a Juris Doctor degree from Widener University School of Law.
- Carolyn Cuppernull, BSJ ’86
Carolyn is the director of business development for Inmarsat Government, a global satellite operator. She is responsible for establishing and executing a business development strategy for the Federal Civil business segment, aligning sales and strategic long-range financial plans against the business development plan for the Federal Civil and related public safety state and local markets.
Prior to that, she was director of sales & business development for XTAR, LLC; practice development manager for Akerman LLP; one of the founding principals, CAO and board member for Jefferson Government Relations, LLC; and director of seminars for the federal markets group at Hill & Knowlton Public Affairs Worldwide.
Carolyn and her husband Gary reside In Great Falls, Virginia and are, proudly, a house divided with one daughter having graduated from the University of Virginia, and another daughter currently a junior at Virginia Tech. Carolyn earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism degree from Ohio University.
- Judy Dashiell, BSJ, BA ’86
Judy Dashiell is the senior vice president of the National Fisheries Institute, where she is responsible for business operations and consumer education. NFI, based in McLean, Va. is the leading trade association of the U.S. seafood Industry.
Prior to her time at NFI, Judy was director of marketing for the American Chemistry Council and director of communications for International Business Forms Industries.
Judy earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism degree in magazine journalism from Ohio University. She is a second-generation Bobcat. Judy resides in Williamsburg, Va. with her husband, Paul.
- Dayna DiRienzo, BSJ ’82, MS ’83
Dayna Liberati DiRienzo is a freelance writer and project manager and the owner of inTandem Communications LLC, based in Pittsburgh, Pa. She has 30 years of experience in marketing communications, mainly in the health care, higher education and financial services sectors. She specializes in writing and supervising design for annual reports, marketing publications, websites and digital content and producing videos for websites.
Dayna and her husband, Guy, are the parents of three college grads (one Buckeye and two Bobcats) and one high school junior. She received both her Bachelor and Master of Science in Journalism degrees in from Ohio University.
- Bruce Dunn, BSC ’82
Bruce Dunn is a digital media technology teacher at Seabreeze High School in Volusia County, Fla. He has 43 years of experience in the broadcast media production and telecommunications industry, beginning at WOUB-TV as an undergraduate student worker at Ohio University.
After graduation he had a brief experience with the NFL’s Washington Redskins in 1981. In 1982 he became producer/director and then the production manager of WKID TV-51, a commercial independent station in Hollywood, Fla. In 1984 he became operations manager of Channel 51 to restructure the station from an English-speaking independent station to a Spanish broadcast network affiliate - WSCV TV-51. He was production/operations manager for the operation known today as the Telemundo Network. He enhanced his managerial abilities and production technical skills in the industry through contractual projects with BET Sports, ABC Sports, NBC Sports, ESPN and independent projects. He worked as graphics manager for NBC during the Olympic Games in Barcelona in 1992, earning his first National Sports Emmy. He received his second Emmy in 1996 for the Atlanta Olympic Games.
Bruce was the executive producer for the Penn State Sports Network and the head of production for WPSX/WPSU-TV, Penn State Public Broadcasting from 1989 to 1996. He then served as the director of production for WCEU TV-15 in Daytona Beach, Fla.
In 2005 he was promoted to associate vice president and general manager of Daytona State College Public Broadcasting of Central Florida up until June 2011. In January 2009 he administered a change with FCC approval of the TV station call letters from WCEU-TV to WDSC-TV. He was an instructor teaching Media Broadcast Technology through the College of Business Administration and worked with a group of students through a partnership program in northern Ireland.
From 2012 to 2016, Bruce was a supervisor at ESPN for the build out of its 4k/8K facility, home of two SportsCenter studios and the NFL Live and Countdown studio. He launched the College Football studio for ABC Sports and the Wraps studio for various other sports on ESPN. In 2011, he resumed the position of executive producer at DUNN Enterprises of Central Florida Inc., originally created in 2002.
Bruce is married to Sheri Newble with two adult children and two grandchildren. Bruce’s spare time is spent with family and friends, heavily engaged in social media, on golf courses and performing his duties with DUNN Enterprises securing personal services and consultant contracts as an associate director and producer through Raycom Sports, CBS, The NFL Network, NBC, Fox Sports and the ESPN family of Networks for College Football, Basketball, Baseball, Racing, Lacrosse as well as other Olympic sports.
Bruce earned a Bachelor of Science in Communication degree at Ohio University.
- Dwight Ferguson, BSC ’79
Dwight Ferguson has been a produce and CPG industry executive for more than 30 years. He was most recently president and CEO of Naturipe Farms, LLC, a leading global fresh fruit grower/shipper based in Salinas, Calif. Prior to that, he held similar positions at Eurofresh, Inc., the country’s largest greenhouse operation, headquartered in Willcox, Ariz., and Florimex International, BV, the world’s largest cut flower distribution company, based in Aalsmeer, The Netherlands.
Dwight began his career in sales and operations roles at Procter and Gamble and The Pepsi-Cola Company. He is currently the incoming chairman of the Produce Marketing Association.
A native of Cleveland, Ferguson earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Ohio University in organizational communication. He also holds a Master of Management degree from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Mich.
He and his wife, Nancy, reside in Tucson, Ariz. They have recently established the Ferguson Family Scholarship to benefit students in Scripps’ Communication Studies program.
- Matt Freedman, BSJ ’97, MSA '98
Matt Freedman is the senior vice president of branding at Continental Office. He has been building brands and leading teams in both agency and client settings for more than two decades.
Matt’s background includes a strong history of brand development, consumer promotions, retail merchandising, events, sponsorships and strategic planning for clients in financial services, higher education, consumer packaged goods, pharmaceutical and food and beverage industries.
He earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism degree and a Master of Sports Administration degree from Ohio University.
- Valerie Haskell, BSJ ’72
Valerie’s career path has taken a few twists and turns since graduation from Ohio University. Her first job entailed purchasing responsibilities for the Delta Queen overnight paddle wheeler entailing everything from ordering roast beef to diesel fuel. Shortly after, she started reviewing restaurants and writing feature stories for Ohio Magazine. That position transitioned into a similar position at The Cincinnati Enquirer, where she wrote about fashion and travel, and wrote a weekly restaurant review column for several years.
Valerie has focused her public relations knowledge learned at OHIO on fundraising. She has helped raise money for Cincinnati non-profits such as the zoo, ballet and symphony. She is a founding board member of the Mason Dixon Steeplechase benefitting Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and also responsible for establishing a public-school foundation which has successfully raised well over $1 million.
Every fall, Valerie returns to campus to host to underwrite the business etiquette dinner for Scripps College of Communication students. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism degree from Ohio University.
- Mary Hettinger, BSJ ’82, MFA ’84
Mary Hettinger’s more than 30-year career in communications has taken her to the bottom of a multi-million-gallon reservoir water tank, behind an Omnimax® dome screen, in a lab viewing a four-celled human-to-be, and in the middle of a pig race—to name a few of the places.
She is currently a senior management consultant at Blue Beyond Consulting, where they help build organizations where both the business and people thrive. Prior to that, she has helped nonprofits and Fortune 500 companies, such as Textron, Iron Mountain, Staples Inc., and EMC (now Dell EMC) engage employees using internal communications, organizational change management and culture as key tools.
A native of Massachusetts, she earned BSJ and MFA degrees from Ohio University, providing her a solid foundation from which to propel a successful career. She firmly believes in “giving back” and has done so by taking a leadership role in Ohio University alumni’s “Massachusetts Chapter Serving New England” for many years.
She and her husband, Kenneth Hettinger (also an OHIO graduate), currently live in the suburbs of Boston, while their adult children are growing in their own careers in California.
- Bryan Ireton, BSC ’90
Bryan Ireton has 30 years of professional experience in the IT industry, most recently as CEO of Atos North America. He also had a lengthy career at Accenture where he served in a variety of roles including director of operations for financial services across North America. He also served as President of Accenture Credit Services and CEO of Accenture Mortgage Cadence during his tenure at the company. Prior to Accenture, Bryan held leadership roles in the telecommunications industry with both AT&T and MCI.
Bryan is jointly based in Irving, Texas and his family home in Dublin, Ohio. He is married and has three daughters. He enjoys spending his free time with his family and is also a hovercraft enthusiast.
- Michael Jenkins
Michael R. Jenkins is an industry solutions vice president for AT&T. His region leads a global portfolio of accounts principally in the transportation, logistics, automotive and manufacturing industry with revenue responsibility more than $850 million. Partnering with his clients and global teams providing a full range of IT and network integration solutions, and mobility services, including strategic sourcing, security, IT transformation, professional services and call center applications on a global basis
He has more than 25 years of experience working with most industries and government clients and has crafted several award-winning solutions to drive business value, improved net promoter scores and client satisfaction. Michael has been awarded the AT&T Chairman’s Award as a seven-time member to Diamond Club representing the top one percent of the company for business plan results and client satisfaction. He has also been awarded the AT&T Quality Award for forging an innovative Total Quality Management Program with clients and suppliers.
Michael holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Central Michigan University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame, graduating with high honors. He is also on the executive board member for the University Sales Education Foundation and Fatherhood Ohio.
He and his wife Janet live in Muirfield Village, Ohio, with four college-/millennial-aged children and one grandchild and enjoys the outdoors, boating, golfing, hiking, skiing and gardening.
- Ken Klein, BSJ ’82
Ken Klein leads federal advocacy for the growing out-of-home media industry. Ken has a deep understanding of policy issues that intersect media, advertising, politics, the First Amendment and regulation of out-of-home media. Ken forged award-winning partnerships that support public safety and the environment. He is widely published and frequently quoted on topics like fast delivery of emergency messages and other public service communications as well as innovation in digital technology. He also serves as an expert witness.
Ken’s career spans four decades in media (AP wire service, print journalism), politics (U.S. Senate staff), and trade association leadership. He and his wife Susan DeFord live in Silver Spring, Md.; they are parents of three adult sons. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Journalism degree from Ohio University.
- Eric Mayville, BSVC ’07
Eric Mayville is the co-founder and CEO of Fairgame. Previously, he co-founded the digital agency, Wondersauce, where he focused on ensuring that the company was run efficiently with an environment that spurs creativity, innovation and respect. Wondersauce grew from two people to more than 115 entrepreneurial individuals with offices in New York City, Columbus, Los Angeles, London and Costa Rica during Eric's time with the company.
Eric has held a variety of roles within companies such as Code & Theory, Razorfish and MTV. Those roles included motion design, front-end development, visual design, creative strategy and user experience design and planning. At Wondersauce, his entrepreneurial spirit has been paramount to Wondersauce’s growth and strategy. Eric, in partnership with a co-founder, lead the acquisition of the agency by Project Worldwide. Eric was named one of Business Insider’s Most Creative People in Advertising 30 Under 30 and is involved in the charity organization, The Caddie Scholarship Fund, where he represents Sleepy Hollow Country Club and their caddies in pursuit of college degrees. Beyond all of that, during his downtime, Eric is an avid golfer, cook, photographer and ATV rider.
Eric earned a Bachelor of Science in Visual Communication from Ohio University.
- Ethan McCarty, BA ’97
Ethan is the founder of Integral Communications Group in the New York City area. Previously, he was the global head of employee and innovation communications for Bloomberg LP, where he led a team of employee and external communications professionals who activated, informed and enabled Bloomberg's 18,000+ employees worldwide. During his tenure at Bloomberg, he launched an employee social media ambassador program, re-launched the company’s employee digital communications platform, and rebooted the composition of the team.
Prior to that, Ethan was the director of strategic consulting for IBM’s World Wide Marketing and Communications Labs. As IBM’s global director for social strategy and programs, he developed enterprise standards, governance, tools, services, skills and measurement frameworks to continuously improve IBM's brand presence on external social media, as well as the activity of IBM employees on social media. While at IBM, Ethan also managed the internal and external web presence for IBM Research; served on the strategic communications team, where he co-authored IBM’s blogging guidelines, contributed to the launch of IBM's social intranet and worked on IBM’s annual report to shareholders; and served as editor-in-chief of IBM’s global intranet. Prior to that, he managed IBM’s alumni relations effort, a community that grew to more than 105,000 during his tenure.
Ethan is also a lecturer on both digital media and analytics and employee engagement for Columbia University’s Master’s program in strategic communications. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in creative writing and a master’s degree from the New School for Social Research in New York City.
- Paula Shugart, BSC '81
With more than 30 years of experience in the television industry, Paula M. Shugart has been a driving force in entertainment television production for domestic and international audiences. As president of the Miss Universe Organization (MUO), and producer of the MISS UNIVERSE®, MISS USA® and MISS TEEN USA® pageants, Paula oversees all business transactions and is responsible for the production of the live, worldwide telecasts each year. She is also a mentor and role model to the company’s three titleholders as they travel the globe as spokeswomen for several charitable alliances on behalf of MUO.
Shugart joined MUO in 1998 as the Vice President of Production and in 2001, was appointed President by Donald J. Trump. Paula has made it her goal to break the stereotypes typically associated with beauty pageants. She has also increased the company’s philanthropic impact around the world. In 2002, Paula oversaw the sale of 50% of MUO to NBCUniversal. In 2015, Donald Trump sold the organization to WME|IMG, the global leader in entertainment, sports, events, media and fashion. In addition to overseeing yearly, multi-million-dollar sponsorship deals, Paula has further expanded the Miss Universe brand by introducing several new product licensing ventures for the company.
Prior to her time with MUO, Paula lived in Los Angeles and worked on some of the world’s largest live television productions: The Academy Awards, American Music Awards Golden Globes, International Rock Awards and President Clinton’s 50th Birthday Celebration, among many others. She also served as producer on the original talent competition, “Star Search” for seven years, as well as a multitude of other programs. Paula has also worked on the television productions of two of the music industry’s greatest driving forces: Madonna and the Rolling Stones. Paula has also been a daytime television producer.
She is currently an active member of the Directors Guild of America, the Producers Guild of America and the Women's Leadership Board at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, elected for her professional accomplishments and demonstrated commitment to women and girls.
Paula earned a Bachelor of Science in Communication from Ohio University, where she has since received the Medal of Merit Award. She and her husband Carl have been married for nearly 20 years and share their time residing in both New York City and Charleston, S.C.
- Terrie Temkin, BSE ’71
Dr. Terrie Temkin retired from a career spanning more than 40 years as an internationally-acknowledged thought leader in the areas of nonprofit governance, board development and planning on April 1, 2020. She was recognized as an award-winning speaker and a group facilitator who, as one meeting planner stated, served steak with her sizzle. Terrie credits her time at Ohio University for honing those skills.
Terrie wrote prolifically. Her articles can be found in journals and newsletters all over the world. She penned chapters in five books and conceived of and edited the ground-breaking You and Your Nonprofit Board: Advice and Practical Tips from the Field’s Top Practitioners, Researchers, and Provocateurs.
Terrie further contributed to the field through her active leadership in numerous national organizations including the Alliance for Nonprofit Management, the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action, and the Society for Nonprofit Organizations.
And, for more than 20 years, Terrie taught nonprofit governance and volunteerism at Barry University and Florida Atlantic University as an adjunct faculty member. Terrie was a co-founder of the respected consulting firm CoreStrategies for Nonprofits, Inc.
Today, Terrie is enjoying exploring more of the world and delving into new interests, taking classes at local universities and attending lectures. She continues her longtime commitments to serving as a panelist for the Carbonell Awards, South Florida’s version of the Tony Awards, and serving as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council at the Scripps College of Communication.
She graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor of Science in Communication degree in speech.
- David Wubbolding, BSJ ’86
Dave Wubbolding has been the communications coordinator for Columbus State Community College since 2008. In that role he oversees internal communications for more than 1,000 faculty and staff members and more than 27,000 students each semester. He also helps coordinate external communications with print and broadcast media.
The Cincinnati native began his professional career as a television journalist in Joplin, Mo. That was followed by stops in Virginia, North Carolina and, finally, the NBC station in Columbus, Ohio, where he worked from 2004 until he transitioned into his current role at the college. (Along the way, he also began using David Wayne as a professional name.) Wubbolding graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism degree from Ohio University.