The mission of the Nicholson School of Communication Advisory Board is to foster partnership between NSC and its various constituents and affiliations, both within the school and extending to the larger community.

The overlying goal of the board is to assist the administration and faculty in maintaining and enhancing the quality and excellence of the school in its educational and research missions.

Composition and Membership

NSC’s Advisory Board is comprised of a geographically and professionally diverse cross-section of alumni, friends, and professionals selected for their ability to provide advice to the director on how to strengthen teaching, scholarship and service at the Nicholson School of Communication. Membership on the board is recognized as both a privilege and an opportunity for significant service to the school. NSC pledges to treat board members with respect, professional courtesy and graciousness, recognizing the contribution of service and resources that they are providing to the school.

Membership on the NSC Advisory Board is by invitation of the director of the Nicholson School of Communication and is non-compensated. Out of pocket expenses associated with membership and/or participation including travel and transportation, accommodations and other incurred personal expenses are to be borne by the individual member and/or their employer (by arrangement). Members who reside more than 50 miles away from the UCF Orlando campus may request assistance with travel costs for attending the annual Advisory Board meeting in advance of making travel arrangements. Reimbursement of any such expenses requires prior approval. With prior approval and advance notice NSC may also, at its discretion, pay for specific events, services and programs related to the work of the board.

NSC shall create and maintain a list of active board members and officers. Continuation of board membership is contingent upon consistent active member status. Periodically, the NSC director shall review board membership and invite new board members to replace inactive members.

 julie anderson

Julie Anderson

Editor-in-chief, South Florida Sun Sentinel

shawn bartelt

Shawn Bartelt

Vice President and General Manager, WFTV-TV

cindy barth

Cindy Barth

Editor, Orlando Business Journal

lisa cianci

Lisa Cianci

Local News Editor, Orlando Sentinel

jay coffin

Jay Coffin

Editor, Golf

peter cranis

Peter Cranis

Vice President of Global Marketing, Visit Orlando

shelby curry

Shelby Curry

Internal Communication Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

linda ferrell

Linda Ferrell

Professor, Anderson School of Management, University of New Mexico

oc ferrell

O.C. Ferrell

Professor, Anderson School of Management, University of New Mexico

 jorge friguls

Jorge Friguls

Director of News Operations, Entravision Communication

michael griffin

Michael Griffin

Vice President of Public Affairs, Florida Hospital

heissam jebailey

Heissam I’m in. Jebailey

Managing Partner, Jebden Management

heather kelly

Heather Kelly

Senior Communication Manager, Missions Systems and Training, Lockheed Martin

marc ladin

Marc Ladin

Chief Marketing Officer, Tiger Text

lee lerner

Lee Lerner

Editor and Publisher, Sunny Day News

john mahony

John Mahony

Chief Operating Officer, Kavaliro Staffing Company

lisa malone

Lisa A. Malone

Former Director of Public Affairs, NASA Kennedy Space Center and NSC Kennedy Space Center Liaison

clay mcmillan

Clay McMillan

Owner, CMI Production Services


David Miller

Director of Digital Media, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

22 donna mirus bates

Donna Mirus Bates

Senior Vice Pres. of Marketing Communication & Content Development, Universal Orlando Resort

23 clay newbill

Clay Newbill

President and Executive Producer, 310 Entertainment

 tony nicholson

Anthony J. Nicholson

Benefactor, Nicholson School of Communication

25 sonja nicholson

Sonja Nicholson

Benefactor, Nicholson School of Communication

26 sam olenick

Samantha O’Lenick

Executive Dir., Corporate Communication & Community Partnerships, Fl. Hospital

Sean Parry

Sean Perry

Founding Partner aXis Magazine / aXis Productions & Events

27 sal paolantonio

Sal Paolantonio

National Correspondent, ESPN

29 barry ragsdale

Barry Ragsdale

Litigator, Sirote & Permutt, P.C.

Amy Rettig

Amy Rettig

Senior Vice President, Public Affairs at Nielsen

31 jeffrey robertson

Jeff Robertson

Chief Executive Officer, Chinese Agape Foundation

32 judge jose rodriguez

Judge Jose R. Rodriguez

Ninth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida, Juvenile Division

33 dan ward

Dan Ward

Vice President and Partner, Curley & Pynn Public Relations

Purpose and Function

The Advisory Board shall be a service organization for the Nicholson School of Communication whose goal is to assist the administration and faculty in maintaining and enhancing the quality and excellence of the school in its educational and research missions.

In this role, the board shall typically have the following functions:

  1. To provide feedback and advice regarding the mission, programs, accomplishments, needs and aspirations of the Nicholson School of Communication; and to assist the director in promoting these areas to specific constituencies as needed.
  2. To contribute to a relationship between the school, its alumni, and the professional community by providing an opportunity for exchange of ideas regarding the direction and future of the school.
  3. To participate in programs and activities of the Nicholson School of Communication. Specific contribution may include guest speaking engagements, mentoring, providing internship opportunities and career advising, and other extra-curricular programming.
  4. To advise and assist the director with respect to the development activities (fundraising and friend-raising), strategic planning, and educational direction of the Nicholson School of Communication.
  5. To meet at least once annually as a board to receive reports on the state of the school, participate in discussions regarding programs, plans and performance and to provide feedback and input as requested.