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Career of the Month

The Department is proud to feature monthly profiles of Media & Communication Department Alums, describing their individual career paths and sharing tips with students on how to plan for their own future careers. Profiles focus on the wide range of careers that our liberal arts oriented program has helped to launch.

Past Profiles:

Kendall Bryant '05Kendall Bryant

Kendall Bryant, Manager of Green Universal at National Broadcasting Company Universal (NBCU), is responsible for helping to bring an environmental perspective to NBC’s broadcast content. In addition to working on NBCU’s Green is Universal and Earth Weeks, she is using every opportunity to promote environmental awareness throughout the company, from the commissary to corporate headquarters.

 

Brian Meeley '89Brian Meeley

Brian Meeley, Class of 1989, describeshimself as a family man.Married for sixteenyears, he is father to nine-year-old twins and a sixteen-year-old dog. Having come from a big family, it is only natural that spending time with his family is of key importance to him. Going camping or just being outdoors is his favorite pastime after a busy work week. As Vice President of the Potomac Communications Group, Brian has spent his career working in Public Relations and Marketing.

 

Justin Buchbinder '04Justin Buchbinder

Justin Buchbinder ’04, is an Internet Creative Director in NYC. He returned to Walson Hall last November to give a presentation about social networking called Get Serious, Get Social, Get Paid.

 

 

 

Brian TetaBrian Teta

Every winter, the American sport that makes the most money—football—has its championship—The Super Bowl. Every year, Muhlenberg Alumnus, Brian Teta, makes the trip to the big game. Not as a fan, but for work. He’s not a reporter or a broadcaster. Teta is a producer for the Late Show with David Letterman. He is sent as a wooer. His job is to bring the winning team’s quarterback to New York City to appear on Letterman the next day.

 

 

Tracie Konopinski

Tracie Konopinski '05

As the lead organizer for the Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group (PIRG), Tracie Konopinski ‘05 has worked on campaigns dealing with important issues affecting the public interest. Many of these efforts have key roles in influencing the passage of legislation.

 

 

Allie SchnallAllie Schnall '08

As the Communications Coordinator at Oxygen, an increasingly successful network owned by NBC, Allie thought she had landed her dream job. Every day, she was tasked with pulling press clippings related to the network. Allie was responsible for making sure that others knew what was going on in popular culture and how Oxygen figured into the entertainment world.

 

 

Mike Alexander, '06 Mike Alexander headshot

As the Director of International Marketing at Island Def Jam Music Group, Alexander is responsible for the coordination of Marketing, Sales and Publicity when artists tour abroad. He splits his time between traveling and working in the New York City office.

 

 

 

Elizabeth Kelsey Nevitt, '04 EKN

A lobbyist on energy and climate policy, Elizabeth Kelsey Nevitt describes herself as the communication person in a world full of political science majors. Elizabeth communicates specific ideas everyday that could easily be misinterpreted if her writing was not clear and accurate. She is also frequently called upon to put extremely complicated topics into easy to understand language that is accessible to the general public.

 

 

Steven Grossman '00 Grossman

Head of Non-Scripted TV & Branded Lifestyle at The Collective, Steven Grossman reached his current position at The Collective in 2009. He says, "the personal attention and opportunities I got at Muhlenberg helped me initially realize my leadership potential. I learned how to motivate people, articulately express ideas and gained valuable critical thinking skills. I was also taught how to work both independently and collaboratively with others."

 

 

Donna Wright-Somerville '85 Donna Wright-Somerville

Donna has worked as a television producer for twenty years and now she is a media consultant, using the skills she learned as a producer to help others create television programming. Donna’s first experience in “starting up” a television program was a talk show hosted with Matt Lauer in Boston.  She has also worked with Joan Rivers and Phil Donahue on talk shows.  Since then, Donna has produced various shows for companies including CBS, Buena Vista Television, Telepictures, and Dick Clark Productions.

 

Laurie Tarkan '84 Tarkan image

Laurie Tarkan is not a doctor, but she has helped countless people make important medical decisions--and best of all, she does it right from home.  Laurie is a freelance health writer whose work is published in magazines like Health and Parenting, as well as The New York Times. She has also authored several books, including My Mother's Breast:  Daughters Face Their Mothers' Cancer, a psychological exploration of the daughters of breast cancer sufferers.