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Alumni Christina

Christina Dolan

CORPORATE HEAD OF MARKETING , BRIDGE SENIOR LIVING,

ORLANDO, FL

 

DOLAN.CHRISTINAL@GMAIL.COM
BA 1988, COMMUNICATION, PURDUE UNIVERSITY
MA 1997, MARKETING, ROLLINS COLLEGE, CRUMMER GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS

Christina is an advertising and marketing veteran with more than 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 Alumni Advisory Board for the Brian Lamb School of Communication, 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, and Boilermaker.

Kellie Hamrick

Kellie Hamrick

MANAGING DIRECTOR, CRA,

RANDOR, PA

BA 2003, COMMUNICATION, PURDUE UNIVERSITY

As a Managing Director in CRA’s Research Practice, Kellie Hamrick uses her methodological expertise to advise clients on research around a variety of issues, including employee alignment with the corporate strategy, organizational effectiveness, and leader communication. Some of her recent clients include Allegis Group, Dell Technologies, McDonald’s USA, BDT Capital Partners, and Bayer. Since joining CRA in 2005, Kellie has led the development of their measurement approach to elevating organizational performance by conducting cross evaluations tailored to clients’ industries and cultures. She was also instrumental in creating CRA’s proprietary Leadership Communication Effectiveness model, which identifies the specific skills and behaviors leaders need to effectively communicate with their direct reports.

A native of Indiana, Kellie received her B.A. from Purdue University before moving to Pennsylvania to complete her Master’s degree at The Pennsylvania State University.

Alumni Josh

Josh Miles

FOUNDER, BOLD BRAND LLC
INDIANAPOLIS, IN

JOSH@BOLDBRAND.COM
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.

Kristen Morris

Kristen Morris

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF GOVERNMENT RELATIONS OFFICER, ATRIUM HEALTH
CHARLOTTE, NC

KRISTEN.D.W.MORRIS@GMAIL.COM
BA, 1986, COMMUNICATION, PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND MATH SCIENCES, PURDUE UNIVERSITY

Kristen Morris, is senior vice president and chief government relations officer for Atrium Health, one of the most comprehensive and highly integrated not-for-profit healthcare systems in the nation. As a member of the executive council, Morris is responsible for driving public policy to advance the health and wellbeing of the communities they serve.

With more than 30 years in government relations, Morris joined Atrium Health in March 2020. Previously, she served as the chief government and community relations officer for the Cleveland Clinic. In this position, Morris directed corporate social responsibility and advocacy strategies. Prior to the Cleveland Clinic, she was the divisional vice president of Federal Government Relations for Abbott Laboratories, a Fortune 100 company. In this role, Morris led the company’s Washington, D.C. office. She also led Government Relations and Public Policy for Boehringer Ingelheim, another top 10 pharma company and, before that, she managed the American Hospital Association’s lobbying team.

Morris has a history of community leadership having served on multiple not-for-profit boards. Currently, she is a member of Purdue University’s Brian Lamb School of Communication Alumni Advisory Board, the Cleveland Leadership Center Board and The Assistance Fund Board. She is also an active member of the selective In Counsel With Women.

Morris received her bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and began her career in the U.S. House of Representatives where she was responsible for a portfolio of domestic policy issues.

Alumni Jon

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

JONFNUSSBAUM@GMAIL.COM
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.

Alumni Jim

Jim Payne

ANCHOR, WESH 2 TV, WINTER PARK, FLORIDA

JPAYNE@HEARST.COM
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.

Andrea Pender

Andrea Pender

DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, Manhard CONSULTING
DALLAS, TX

ANDREAP@GEISLERPENDER.COM
BA, 2004, ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE, GENERAL, PURDUE UNIVERSITY

Andrea has more than 18 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.

Michelle Tucker

Michelle Tucker

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, EXECUTIVE CREATIVE DIRECTOR EDELMAN CHICAGO, IL
ADJUNCT PROFESSOR LOYOLA UNIVERSITY CHICAGO, IL
CHICAGO, IL

MDTUCKER6@GMAIL.COM
BA 1995, COMMUNICATION, PURDUE UNIVERSITY

For more than two decades, Michelle has championed results-driven campaigns for world-class consumer and healthcare brands. In her current role as Executive Vice President, Executive Creative Director, US Creative Health Lead at Edelman, she inspires creative teams to create purpose-driven campaigns that drive systemic change and positive impact within the health and wellness space and society at large.

In addition to a current client roster that includes Eli Lilly, Pfizer, AbbVie, Haleon and Alcon, Michelle and her team have placed a keen focus on women’s health, mental wellness, and health equity efforts.

Prior to Edelman, Michelle spent three years as VP, Managing Creative Director of Scout Marketing. Michelle’s recent experience also includes three years as Group Creative Director at Havas Worldwide Chicago where she spearheaded the re-brand of Ragú Pasta Sauce. She also spent 12 years at FCB Chicago, where she was a VP, Creative Director leading brand campaigns for Johnson & Johnson, Similac Baby Formula, Visa, and Jim Beam, just to name a few.

Michelle lives in the city of Chicago and can often be found cheering on her beloved Boilermakers and Chicago sports teams, including the Bears, White Sox, Blackhawks and Bulls. A strong proponent of mentoring and fostering young talent in the industry, Michelle is also an Adjunct Professor in the School of Communications and the School of Continuing & Professional Studies at Loyola University Chicago.

Alumni Jim

Jim Yukich

INDEPENDENT ENTERTAINMENT PROFESSIONAL
LA QUINTA, CA

JIMYUKICH@AOL.COM
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.

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 C-SPAN.org 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.