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Communications Alumni Advisory Board

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Overview

Your network to navigate tomorrow’s media landscape

The School of Communications offers an Alumni Advisory Board to provide our students with strong networks and professional opportunities across the globe. Members of the Alumni Advisory Board bring decades of experience and leadership, and provide crucial insight into a broad scope of communications industries in film, graphic design, journalism, media strategy and public relations. They also act as liaisons to a number of leading organizations, including Comcast, CBS Atlanta, New England Patriots, Prudential Financial and Citibank.

In addition to sharing their connections and experiences, board members assist students from all communications programs with mentoring, internships, career placement and other activities. These exchanges allow highly successful School of Communications graduates and their network to gauge the skill sets, talents and interests of current students.

Advisory Board Members

Rich Barry ’89
Executive Creative Director
Speed Social Marketing

Tim Beach ’90
Senior Director/Game Entertainment & Special Events
Arizona Cardinals Football

Jason Braff ’09
Digital Marketing Manager
Comcast 

Jonathan Carlson ’03
Chief Investigative Reporter
CBS Atlanta

Cathy Christino ’86
Vice President/Marketing
Triangle Home Fashions

Stephanie Cunha ’04
Retail Public Relations
CVS Health

Claire Currie ’10
Director/Executive & Corporate Communications
Prudential Financial

Angelique Fiske ’14
Lifestyle Editor/Patriots.com
New England Patriots

Faith Forman ’13
Global Brand, Marketing and Communications Digital Lead 
EY-Parthenon 

Ayah Galal ’17
Reporter and producer
WFSB-TV

Ben Handelman ’07
Anchor/Journalist
WITI Fox 6 News

Ray Hernandez ’04
Public Relations Director
Otis Elevator

Jaclyn Hirsch ’09
Strategist/Test Manager
Citibank

Brian Kelly ’99, MS ’02
Deputy Editor
ESPN

Marlon LeWinter ’03
CEO/Founder
NRGized Media

Kirsten Owens ’13, MBA ’14
Senior Manager, Corporate Communications
Arvinas, Inc.

Brianne Richard ’09 
Awards Events Manager
Amazon Studios

Ben Shapiro ’07
President 
Shapiro Consulting

Bruce Taylor ’81
Cinematographer/Director
TaylorVision Productions

Advisory Board Bios

Rich Barry

Rich Barry

Rich Barry ’89

Executive Creative Director
Speed Social Marketing

Rich Barry is a creative director who likes to get his hands dirty. As vice president/creative director of Viacom International Media Networks, he personally slimed thousands of kids all over the world! As one of the creators of “Slime Time Live,” “U-Pick Live,” TEENick and more, Barry has done almost every job in media from live TV director to international creative director. He began his career working for radio host Howard Stern in New York City and moved to Nickelodeon in Orlando, Florida, as a production coordinator. Years later he returned to New York and helped create the live production team, which produced over 1,300 episodes of TV. He has massive experience in brand building, promotion and digital short form. In 2018, he combined his passion for motorsports with his knowledge of promotion and social media platforms to open Speed Social Marketing. He continues to race and is an accomplished, high-performance driving instructor. 

Tim Beach

Tim Beach

Tim Beach ’90

Senior Director/Game Entertainment & Special Events
Arizona Cardinals Football 

Tim Beach has spent three decades producing events, game presentations and program content across the sports landscape. He’s currently in his seventh season with the Arizona Cardinals as the senior director of game entertainment and special events. He spent 19 successful seasons with the New York Islanders and has enjoyed stays with the Anaheim Ducks, Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Yankees, with whom he began his career as an intern in 1989. In addition, Beach has worked the soccer World Cup in 1994, two hockey World Cups, six Super Bowls, nine tennis US Opens, the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, and many game days with the Yankees and New York Jets. At Quinnipiac, he was active with WQAQ, theater club productions, campus events and was a resident assistant.

Jason Braff

Jason Braff

Jason Braff ’09

Digital Marketing Manager
Comcast 

As digital marketing manager for Comcast Advertising brands Effectv and FreeWheel, Jason Braff leads social media strategy and administers the Comcast Advertising social media advocacy program. He also produces, writes, and curates content across the digital properties of both brands to drive affinity and awareness. Prior to starting at Comcast Advertising in 2018, Braff served as senior client solutions manager at Qnary, where he managed client success for 25-plus accounts ranging from C-level executives at Fortune 100 companies to fast-moving tech startups. He also worked at Videology (now Amobee) as a communications lead. While at Quinnipiac, he served as editor-in-chief for The Chronicle student newspaper and co-founded The Quad News. 

Jonathan Carlson

Jonathan Carlson

Jonathan Carlson ’03

Chief Investigative Reporter
CBS Atlanta

An Emmy-winning veteran investigative reporter and anchor, Jonathan Carlson is chief investigative reporter at the CBS station in Atlanta, the 10th largest television market. With nearly two decades of experience in local television and print news, he has broken countless stories of local and national importance, some of which have led to major reforms. He began his journalism career at the age of 16, reporting for his hometown newspaper, and then moving to larger city dailies. Carlson has been published in the New Haven Register, Connecticut Post and Hartford Courant, during his college years. He also wrote for The Chronicle, anchored Q30 news, and made the most of local news internships during his time at Quinnipiac.

Cathy Christino

Cathy Christino

Cathy Christino ’86

Vice President/Marketing
Triangle Home Fashions

Cathy Christino is vice president of Triangle Home Fashions, where she is responsible for branding, communications and content creation. She has broad experience in brand development, integrated marketing, digital strategy, sales support, media, content production, events, promotions and public relations. Christino has led cross-functional teams and worked with major companies and clients across several key categories including luxury, lifestyle, media, entertainment, home fashions, b2b, tech, finance, auto, real estate, education and health care.  She has headed up marketing for major media brands where she has transformed the global media strategy, spearheaded digital transformations and launched new media products. At Quinnipiac, Christino majored in mass communications with a minor in marketing and served for three years as Promotions Director for WQAQ.

Kwegyirba Croffie

Rich Barry

Kwegyirba Croffie ’11

Producer
CNN

Kwegyirba Croffie is a producer at CNN in New York, working with their Chief Business Correspondent Christine Romans. Before joining CNN in 2016, Kwegyirba worked at News 12 Connecticut and NBC. She graduated from Quinnipiac University in 2011, with a BA in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in theater. While at Quinnipiac, Croffie was a founder sister of Alpha Delta Pi, an orientation leader and was inducted into Lambda Pi Eta and Order of Omega. Kwegyirba was also a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the National Association of Black Journalists.

Stephanie Cunha

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Stephanie Cunha ’04

Retail Public Relations
CVS Health

Stephanie Cunha leads the integrated external communications campaigns for the CVS Pharmacy retail business. She has worked on many innovative projects during her tenure at CVS, but she is most proud of being part of the team that brought the retailer’s award-winning Beauty Mark initiative to life. A former consumer and investigative producer, Cunha’s work garnered three Associated Press awards, an Edward R. Murrow Award and an Emmy. Her stories exposed a number of issues, resulting in changes in local laws and the closure of a nursing home with health violations. At Quinnipiac, she reported for The Chronicle and Q30 news and had internships at the “TODAY” show and NBC’s local affiliate WJAR. Her Q30 news story on homelessness in New Haven earned her an award from the Society of Professional Journalists, and in 2004 she earned the School of Communications Outstanding Student Achievement award.

Claire Currie

Claire Currie

Claire Currie ’10

Director/Executive & Corporate Communications
Prudential Financial

Claire Currie has nearly a decade of experience in financial and corporate communications. She has led executive and senior leadership positioning campaigns for PGIM Fixed Income, PGIM Private Capital, Chubb, Schwab Trading Services, Northern Trust Asset Management and MFS Investment Management. Currie is experienced in crisis communications, proxy battles, investor relations and public affairs. At Quinnipiac, she participated in the film society and wrote for The Chronicle.

Angelique Fiske

Angelique Fiske

Angelique Fiske ’14

Lifestyle Editor/Patriots.com
New England Patriots 

In Fall 2019, Angelique Fiske began her fourth season with the New England Patriots, where she writes about the team’s off-the-field activities and hosts a podcast covering the same. Before landing in Foxboro, Massachusetts, she covered local news for The Reminder, a weekly newspaper in western Massachusetts. At Quinnipiac, Fiske was the editor of QBSN, president of Kappa Delta, an orientation leader, and she took part in a service trip to South Africa.

Faith Forman

Faith Forman

Faith Forman ’13

Global Brand, Marketing and Communications Digital Lead
EY-Parthenon 

Faith (Goumas) Forman leads the brand, marketing and communications digital efforts for EY-Parthenon, a strategy consultancy that is part of EY’s Transaction Advisory Services. She supports the practice’s website, social media platforms, and employee and internal communications. At Quinnipiac, Forman was in the Alpha Chi Omega sorority, where she served as vice president of recruitment, and was a member of the Lambda Pi Eta communications honor society. Upon graduating, she has held communications roles in New York City, Connecticut, and Boston, including on the public relations team at the Public Relations Society of America and as a member of the inaugural class of the communications leadership program at United Technologies.

Ayah Galal

Ayah Galal

Ayah Galal ’17

Reporter and producer
WFSB-TV

Ayah Galal is a reporter and producer for WFSB-TV, which is the CBS News affiliate in Connecticut. She joined the Channel 3 Eyewitness News team in December 2018.

Galal is a graduate of Quinnipiac University, where she double majored in journalism and political science. During her time at Quinnipiac, she was actively involved with Q30 Television, the student-run television station on campus.

Galal graduated Summa Cum Laude and received the Alumni Association Academic Achievement Award for highest scholastic achievement in her class. She interned at WTNH News 8 while in college and was hired there as a news producer upon graduation.

Ayah is a Connecticut native with a passion for travel, reading and coffee. She also serves on the board for the Connecticut Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Ben Handelman

Ben Handelman

Ben Handelman ’07

Anchor/Journalist
WITI Fox 6 News

Ben Handelman is an award-winning journalist based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He anchors evening newscasts at WITI, the local fox affiliate. At Quinnipiac, he helped launch Sports Paws, a Bobcats sports show still going strong today on Q30. He got his start in broadcast journalism by calling play-by-play for the women’s ice hockey team. He began is career in Illinois, where he worked at TV stations in Springfield and Champaign and met his wife, Ashley Sears, who also works at WITI as a reporter. They live along Lake Michigan where he dreams of Quinnipiac’s first Frozen Four championship and a Cinderella run by the basketball team.

Ray Hernandez

Ray Hernandez

Ray Hernandez ’04

Public Relations Director
Otis Elevator

Ray Hernandez is director of public relations and government affairs at Otis Elevator. He has held roles of increasing global responsibility throughout his career including corporate communications, PR, digital/content marketing, and employee/executive communications. Hernandez remains involved with the Quinnipiac community through speaking engagements and student mentoring. He also served as a professional mentor for QU teams participating in the 2016 PRSSA Bateman Competition.

Jaclyn Hirsch

Jaclyn Hirsch

Jaclyn Hirsch ’09

Strategist/Test Manager
Citibank

Jaclyn Hirsch works on the Product Strategy team at Citibank. Before joining Citibank, she conceptualized and launched Fans.com—a desktop and iOS product for music fans. Previously, she wrote for The Tracy Press in Tracy, California, and was an editor and content manager at Patch. At Quinnipiac, Hirsch was a writer and editor at both The Chronicle and The Quad News.

Brian Kelly

Brian Kelly

Brian Kelly ’99, MS ’02

Deputy Editor
ESPN

Brian Kelly is a deputy editor with ESPN Digital Media. He has held a variety of positions over his two-decade career at the company, including college football editor, overseeing a staff of 27 writers. He also worked at ESPN Radio and the ESPN.com newsdesk. His current role is  with the audience engagement team, helping to oversee the digital media efforts with programming, push notifications and streaming platforms. At Quinnipiac, Kelly was a sports reporter for The Chronicle and hosted a radio show on WQAQ.

Marlon LeWinter

Marlon LeWinter

Marlon LeWinter ’03

CEO/Founder
NRGized Media

Bulldog. That’s just one word to describe Marlon LeWinter. With over 18 years of experience in the public relations industry, LeWinter is known for his ability to power through to “get it done.” Having worked both at an agency and in-house, he brings a breadth of national consumer and media relations experience. He has helped to develop and execute award-winning campaigns for a variety of clients, including Under Armour, Microsoft, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Hugo Boss, Timex and the American Cornhole League. He worked with Venus Williams and her clothing line, EleVen, and in 2016, he started his own PR/marketing company called NRGized Media, which builds brand awareness and develops promotions that generate press and produce bottom-line business results for clients. In August 2019, LeWinter was named a finalist for a PR Platinum Award in the sports marketing category.

Kirsten Owens

Kirsten Owens

Kirsten Owens ’13, MBA ’14

Senior Manager, Corporate Communications
Arvinas, Inc.

Kirsten Owens leads corporate communications for Arvinas, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company. Previously, she worked for Alexion Pharmaceuticals, as well as TellMed Strategies, an agency focused on the biotech and pharmaceutical industry. Prior to focusing on health science, Owens worked for United Technologies Corporation (UTC) and was selected for the company’s communications leadership program, where she spent time rotating throughout the digital communications, marketing and public relations functions. At Quinnipiac, Owens was a founding member of QuinniPR, a student-run public relations firm, and served on the executive boards of the Public Relations Student Society of America, the Communications Honor Society (Lambda Pi Eta) and the Quinnipiac Women’s MBA Association.

Brianne Richard

Brianne Richard

Brianne Richard ’09

Awards Events Manager
Amazon Studios

After 10 years of experience in marketing and branding, Brianne Richard found a home with Amazon Studios in their Awards Department, focusing on campaigning events for the streaming studio's array of award-winning content. Perviously, she served as manager of marketing and digital communications at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, heading the social media and digital communications strategy for the Emmy Awards and the Television Academy’s year-long marketing efforts. At Quinnipiac, she was a member of the Lambda Pi Eta communications honor society. Despite moving to the West Coast, she remains involved with Quinnipiac, working to strengthen the QU community in Southern California as the chapter president of the alumni association for the area. 

Ben Shapiro

Ben Shapiro

Ben Shapiro ’07

President
Shapiro Consulting

Ben Shapiro is an Emmy Award-winning television audio engineer specializing in live sports broadcasts. In addition to his work in television, Shapiro owns a small web development and technology consulting company. He began his career working in the broadcast department at Empire City Casino in Yonkers, New York, and advanced within the company until 2012, when he decided to pursue his lifelong dream of self-employment. Since then, he has broadcast games for each of New York’s major sports teams, including events such as the World Series, NBA Finals, Stanley Cup Finals, and the US Open. SShapiro has traveled throughout the country for sporting events and TV shows including “American Ninja Warrior,” “Ultimate Beastmaster” and “Spartan Ultimate Team Challenge.” A career highlight was working at both the 2016 and 2018 Olympic Games.

Bruce Taylor

Bruce Taylor

Bruce Taylor ’81

Cinematographer/Director
TaylorVision Productions

Producers, directors and ad agencies from around the globe rely on TaylorVision to bring together the most highly skilled production teams for their projects. Recently, its Emmy-winning crews have worked with actors James Earl Jones and Pat Carroll, shot commercials for the One and Only resort in the Bahamas, Super Bowl features for CBS, FOX and NFL Network, wild Alaskan adventures for Royal Caribbean, VH1’s “Behind the Music,” and  interviews with former president Bill Clinton and former British prime minister Tony Blair for a film titled, “Port of Destiny.” At Quinnipiac, Taylor served as production manager at WQAQ radio and as a videographer for a video magazine show called “Insight.” He also parlayed an internship at ESPN into 17-year run shooting features for all of its top shows and leaving in 1997 to form his company.