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Meet the Team

Hailee Tavoian

Hailee Tavoian

Director of Strategic Communications

Hailee bounced around higher ed gaining insights and experience from academics, alumni and fundraising. Today she leads tactical communications and programming to tell the student life story at OHIO to anyone who will listen.

Loves a side hustle
Writes for clients on east and west coasts. Scripps College Adjunct Instructor and advocacy champion. Amateur home renovator and mother of twin toddlers.

Lifelong learner
Bachelors in Broadcast Journalism and Masters in Strategic Communication both from Southern Utah University

Crisis Communication Certificate from Ohio University

Erika Clusman

Assistant Director of Creative and Web Strategy

Erika loves the pairing of strategy and creative work. In fact, she’d say there’s nothing better! In her role, she leads creative services within the Division to produce campaigns that elevate the student life experience.

Still reading? Wow! A few career highlights

Career and Leadership Development Center: Learned university marketing on the fly! Peace Corps, Mongolia: Spent two months riding in a car without brakes before she realized it. Participant Media: Met famous actors — they're all nerds.

Big nerd here

Bachelors in film from Columbia College Chicago

Masters in counseling from Colorado State University: Go Rams!

Masters in design from Ohio University: In-progress, gotta finish that master’s project!

Isabella Pennese

Isabella Pennese

Graduate Assistant, Content Strategy

Isabella is an OHIO alum who loved Athens so much she came back to obtain her master’s! She is currently studying Journalism, which helps tremendously in this position as she curates and copyedits content for the team.

A day in the life

Outside of work and classes, you will typically find Isabella attempting to tame her devious puppy (who will not let her go a single Zoom meeting without making an appearance), or on the hunt for the best cappuccino in town (which is still yet to be found).

Cannot stop taking OHIO courses

B.S. in Journalism, News and Information; Specialization in Graphic Design

Minor in Modern Language Studies: Italian

Graduate Certificate in Leadership through Digital Innovation and Transformation

Master of Arts, status in-progress…

Sophie Reed

Sophie Reed

Graphic and User Experience Designer

Sophie is a senior studying Visual Communications: Interactive Design and Social Media. In this position, she handles graphic and UX design requests and frequently obsesses over font and color pairings. 

World-traveler status loading

After having multiple study abroad opportunities canceled due to the pandemic, Sophie is patiently waiting to break out her hiking boots and set out to see the world. When she’s not adding to her travel Pinterest board, she is probably watching Netflix or crafting. 

Keeping busy

Scripps Ambassador for Scripps College of Communication

Former graphic designer for the Office of Global Opportunities and former designer for Thread Magazine

Ohio University Multimedia Society Member

Akira Jakkson

Akira Jakkson


Akira is the go-to video expert for SACM, producing weekly content for student life social channels. He's studying media production and film with a certificate in Middle Eastern and North African Studies. On track to direct and write spooky films, and prioritizes highlighting minority groups in his work.

Getting out there

Very interested in travel — but hasn't left the country just yet — expecting to change that this winter with a study abroad in Seville, Spain.

Involvement worth noting

President of the Society of Photographic Illustrators 

Secretary of AVW Studios

Bobcats for Shelter Dogs — preferring dogs to most people!

Kara Fazzone headshot

Kara Fazzone

Social Media Coordinator

Kara manages the Bobcat Well-Being & OHIO Student Life accounts, as well as the parents Facebook page. She is a senior in graphic design with a certificate in entrepreneurship here at OHIO.

Always creating
In her free time, Kara enjoys doing all things crafty. Whether it’s making cool posters or jewelry — or cooking up something new in the kitchen — she always keeps busy. Someday, Kara hopes to own her own business selling her creations.

Things worth noting
Kara is an avid Cleveland Browns fan, and also runs the social media accounts for her sorority Alpha Gamma Delta.