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Christina L. Dolan

Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales, Sonata Senior Living
Orlando, FL
BA 1988, Communication, Purdue University
MA 1997, Marketing, Rollins College, Crummer Graduate School of Business

Christina is an advertising and marketing veteran with over 30 years of experience working with some of the most recognized brands in the world, including The Ford Motor Company, Volkswagen Group of America, The Walt Disney Company, Universal Parks and Resorts, and Arnold Palmer Enterprises. Over the past several years, her focus shifted to directing healthcare and population health marketing programs for large healthcare systems, clinical trials organizations, the senior living industry, as well as her own marketing consulting firm, Brand Hum LLC. Currently she serves as the SVP, Marketing and Sales, for Sonata Senior Living, a regional operator of senior living communities in Florida. Christina is passionate about giving back. In addition to serving on the Advisory Board for the LAMB School of Communications, Christina sits on the Board of Directors for the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation. Christina lives in Winter Park, Florida with her husband, Tom, and sons, Shaun and Ryan. In her spare time, Christina enjoys spending time with her family, cheering on her beloved Boilermakers, and walking her black lab, Madison.

Christina’s Twitter page identifies her interests as: Ad Geek. Car junky. Windy City girl at heart. Black Hawks Fan, Bulls Fan, Bears Fan, Cubs Fan, Boilermaker.


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Josh Miles

Principal and Founder, Miles Design
Vice President of Marketing Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS)
Indianapolis, IN
BA, 1999, Communication, Purdue

Josh Miles is a brand-obsessed consultant, keynote speaker, and caffeine addict. Josh serves as a fractional CMO and marketing consultant to startups, commercial real estate companies, and A/E/C firms. Josh is also the CMO for Codelicious, a startup delivering comprehensive, full-semester computer science curriculum for grades K-12, that any educator can teach. As a past TEDx presenter, Josh speaks coast-to-coast, including hosting the podcasts Obsessed Show and PSM Show. Josh is the author of “Bold Brand 2.0 - How to Leverage Brand Strategy to Reposition, Differentiate and Market your Professional Services Firm.” And Josh is an advisory board member of the Purdue University Lamb School of Communication. As a Purdue CLA alum, Josh was awarded the 2016 Emerging Voice Award. Josh previously served as CMO for SMPS, and co-founded MilesHerndon, a branding agency specializing in brand strategy, corporate identity, website, and user interface design.

Josh’s unique point of view on the future of branding, design, and marketing has been sought after by organizations, corporations, and university design programs. Josh was honored as one of the Indianapolis Business Journal’s 40 Under 40, and was also named 40 Under 40 by Delta Sigma Phi.
Josh is a long-standing advocate for bacon, loves to cook keto, hit the gym, and photograph new places in his travels. Josh lives in Carmel, Indiana with his two ridiculously cute kiddos.

One of Josh's favorite memories of his time at Purdue as a student is competing in the Mom's Weekend U-Sing competition, where he met his wife (pictured).

Josh Miles and his then-girlfriend, now-wife, embrace and look at the camera

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Kristen Morris

Senior Vice President and Chief Government Relations Officer, Atrium Health
Charlotte, NC
BA, 1986, Communication, Public Affairs and Math Sciences, Purdue University

Ms. Morris joined Atrium Health in April, 2020. In her new role she will continue to position Atrium Health as a voice in defining the future of healthcare through leadership at the local, state and federal levels. She brings a deep knowledge of the complex issues faced in healthcare daily and her nearly 30 years of healthcare strategic government relations experience is invaluable.
Formerly she served as Chief Government and Community Relations officer with Cleveland Clinic, in Ohio. Here she directed corporate social responsibility and advocacy strategies and played a key role in the Clinic’s mission in the United States and abroad. Her areas of responsibility include cultivating and maintaining relationships at the federal, state and local government levels to monitor development and influence legislative outcomes that affect the mission of the Cleveland Clinic; fostering continual development and partnership with the government agencies to conduct critical research and share best practices; ensuring good relations, communications and involvement with the city of Cleveland and its civic organizations; developing and leading community relations strategies and initiatives that support public health goals in the neighborhood; and creating and engaging civic education programs to promote education in the sciences and health disciplines.

Ms. Morris’ background includes ten years representing the biotech and medical device industries, eight years as the Vice President of Legislative Affairs for the American Hospital Association and several years representing physician associations including a stint at the American Medical Association. She also lobbied on behalf AdvaMed, the medical device industry’s primary trade association.

Ms. Morris graduated from Purdue University. While in college, she interned for the Ways and Means Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. She returned to D.C. after graduation to serve as a legislative assistant on Capitol Hill from 1986-1990.

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Jon Nussbaum

Liberal Arts Professor Emeritus of Communication Arts and Sciences & Human Development and Family Studies, Pennsylvania State University College of Liberal Arts
University Park, PA
Ph.D. Purdue University, 1981
M.A. West Virginia University, 1978
B.A. Marquette University, 1976

Dr. Nussbaum specializes in the communicative behavior of individuals across the life span. He currently studies how older adults achieve a high quality of life as they manage their family, friendship, and professional relationships encountered within the health care system. Professor Nussbaum has served as President of the International Communication Association, President of the International Society of Language and Social Psychology, editor of the Journal of Communication. He has been appointed a Fulbright Scholar in the UK, and he is a Fellow of the International Communication Association and the American Psychological Association (Div. 20: Adult Development and Aging). Professor Nussbaum teaches courses on research methods, organizational communication, lifespan communication, and family communication. Professor Nussbaum has directed more than 30 dissertations and served on over 120 dissertation committees across numerous disciplines.

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Jim Payne

Anchor, WESH, Winter Park, Florida
B.A., Purdue University, 1980

Jim Payne joined the WESH 2 News team in 2000. Jim is an experienced, award-winning journalist who believes in making a difference in his community.

Jim came to central Florida from WRAL-TV in Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina. He also honed his skills at WRBL-TV in Columbus, Ga.; WKJG-TV (now WISE-TV) in Fort Wayne, Ind.; WTWO-TV in Terre Haute, Ind.; WFLI-TV in Lafayette, Ind.; and the NBC News Southwest Bureau in Houston, Tex.

Jim received journalism's most prestigious honor, the George Foster Peabody Award, for his work on the month-long investigative series "Building Homes: Building Problems." The reports detailed problems with new home construction in central Florida. He’s also been honored with an Alfred I. duPont Award for his work on the space shuttle Columbia disaster, the Edward R. Murrow award for his work on the WESH 2 News documentary "Code Blue: Crisis in the ER"; numerous awards from the Associated Press and Radio Television Digital News Association; the Jefferson Award for Public Service; The President’s Award for Volunteer Service; and numerous Emmys.

He’s also been named part of Orlando’s Best TV News Team by Orlando Magazine.

He was born in Green Bay, Wis., and attended Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., earning a bachelor's degree in communications.

Jim has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Special Olympics Florida for more than a decade, and helps fundraise for the Edgewood Children's Ranch in Orlando. However, his most well-known community service effort takes place annually; the Jim Payne Fearless 5k for the Children raises money for Kids House, a non-profit organization assisting victims of abuse.

When he's not working, Jim enjoys running, weight training, hockey, golf and spending time with his wife, Sharon, and sons Jimmy and Michael.


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Andrea Pender

Director of Business Development, RLG Consulting Engineers
Dallas, TX
BA, 2004, English Language and Literature, General, Purdue University
Andrea has over 16 years of Business Development experience. With a passion for building relationships Andrea works closely with her clients and uses her leadership skills to mature and develop strong client and consultant relationships. Andrea uses her experience to create an inspiring atmosphere of teamwork and collaboration within the marketing and business development team. As Director of Business Development she manages the team by applying her signature spark of energy to every project she engages in. Andrea serves as the Immediate Past President of the Dallas Chapter of SMPS as well as the President of the Park Forest Library. She currently resides in Dallas, TX with her husband and two dogs.
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Michelle Tucker

Executive Vice President, Executive Creative Director Edelman Chicago, IL
Adjunct Professor Loyola University Chicago, IL
Chicago, IL
BA 1995, Communication, Purdue University

Michelle is an Executive Vice President, Executive Creative Director at Edelman, where she leads fully integrated, multi-channel campaigns across the health and wellness division. Throughout her 25-year career, Michelle has worked for a variety of marketing and advertising firms including:
  • Scout Marketing as a VP, Managing Creative Director
  • Havas Worldwide Chicago as a Group Creative Director
  • FCB, a global ad agency, as Vice President, Creative Director
  • Wirestone (now Accenture) as a Creative Director
  • Frankel (now Arc Worldwide) as a Senior Copywriter
With a magical blend of insightful strategy, boundless creativity, and inspiring leadership, Michelle has created and championed award-winning, results-driven brand campaigns for world-class consumer and healthcare brands such as Johnson & Johnson, Ragú Pasta Sauce, Jim Beam Bourbon, Similac Baby Formula, DISH Network, Pfizer, and Eli Lilly, just to name a few. Michelle's passion lies in creative brand storytelling that sparks movements to inspire change for the better.

A proponent of mentoring and educating young talent, Michelle is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Communications and the School of Continuing & Professional Studies at Loyola University Chicago. Michelle is a native Chicagoan, where she proudly sings "Hail Purdue!" to anyone who asks what her favorite song is.
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Jim Yukich

Independent Entertainment Professional
La Quinta, CA
BA, 1978, Communication, Film Production, Purdue University

Jim Yukich is a Director, Producer & Editor who began his career at Capitol-EMI Records in Hollywood. After leaving Capitol-EMI, he formed FYI, an independent Film/TV production company, where he directed and produced more than 500 videos and TV Specials. He has worked with stars as varied as The Beach Boys, David Bowie, Phil Collins and Genesis, Gloria Estefan, Michael Jackson, and Iron Maiden. He’s also directed many variety, comedy, and concert specials, and was the co-creator of the Billboard Music Awards. In between TV and Video projects, he directed 2 feature films. Most recently he directed over 1500 episodes of E! network’s hit show, Chelsea Lately, hosted by late-night’s most acerbic comedian, Chelsea Handler and the long running Entertainment Tonight. He currently finished Concert Specials for Def Leppard and Journey, and is directing David Spade’s Netflix After Party Show. He has been nominated for nine MTV Awards, has won three ACE awards and two Grammy awards.

Jim Yukich studied TV & Film at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana where he currently serves on the Brian Lamb School of Communication Advisory Board while continuing to grow his profile and connections.

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Brian Lamb, Ex Officio Advisory Board Member

Founder and Former Executive Chair, C-SPAN

Washington, D.C.

Brian Lamb is founder of the C-SPAN Networks and C-SPAN's former executive chair. He’s been an integral part of C-SPAN since he helped the cable industry launch it on March 19, 1979, serving as the network’s CEO until March of 2012.

Today, C-SPAN employs approximately 250 people and delivers public affairs programming via three HD television channels nationally to cable and satellite customers; globally to Internet users via and 15 other internet sites; and to radio listeners through C-SPAN radio, a Washington, D.C FM station also available through a C-SPAN app and numerous digital audio services.

Brian has been a regular on-air presence at C-SPAN since the network’s earliest days. Over the years, he has interviewed Presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama and many world leaders such as Margaret Thatcher and Mikhail Gorbachev. Over 15 years beginning in 1989, he interviewed 800 non-fiction authors for a weekly program called Booknotes. Five books of collected interviews have been published based on the Booknotes series. Brian also hosted Q & A, an hour-long interview program airing on Sunday evenings with people who are making things happen in the public sphere.

Brian Lamb is a Hoosier, born and raised in Lafayette, Indiana. Interested in broadcasting as a child, he built crystal radio sets to pick up local signals. During high school and college, he sought out jobs at Lafayette radio and television stations, spinning records, selling ads, and eventually hosting his own television program. After graduating from Purdue with a degree in speech, Brian joined the Navy. His tour included the USS Thuban, White House duty during the Johnson Administration and a stint in the Pentagon public affairs office during the Vietnam War.

In 1967, his Navy service complete, Brian went home to Lafayette. It wasn’t long before he returned to the nation’s capital where he worked as freelance reporter for UPI radio, a Senate press secretary and in the White House Office of Telecommunications Policy as national strategy was being developed for communications satellites.

In 1974, Brian returned to journalism, publishing a biweekly newsletter called The Media Report.  He also covered telecommunications issues as Washington bureau chief for Cablevision magazine.

It was from this vantage point that C-SPAN began to take shape. Congress was about to televise its proceedings; the cable industry was looking for programming to deliver to its customers by satellite.  Brian brought these two ideas together with C-SPAN, which launched with the first televised House of Representatives debate on March 19, 1979. In 1986, C-SPAN2 was launched to carry Senate debates live. Later C-SPAN nonfiction editorial products include BookTV, American History TV. 

Brian’s work with C-SPAN has been recognized with the Presidential Medal of Honor and the National Humanities Medal. In 2011, Purdue University recognized its alumnus with the formation of the Brian Lamb School of Communication.

Brian and his wife Victoria are longtime residents of Arlington, Virginia. When he’s not reading newspapers or non-fiction books, Brian is often in hot pursuit of the latest country music release.