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Annual Alumni Awards

Advertising Alumni Award Winners

2020 Brad Jacobus (’06) Chief Marketing Officer & Founder, JRW Partners
2019 Leslie Osborne (’97) Chief Executive Officer, Watauga Group/CyBear Interactive
2018 Curtis Rose (’03) Chief Operating Officer, EP+Co
2017 Erin Hauck (’07) Senior Director of Digital Investment, Hearts & Science
2016 Erik Izo (’87) Group Creative Director, mcgarrybowen, NYC
2015 Adam Brown (‘94) Executive Strategist,
2014 Dana McCullough (’95) Vice President – Account Director, McCann Erickson
2013 Kevin Kirksey (’98) Senior Director for Brand Communications & Digital, Nike North America

Communications Studies Alumni Award Winners

2020 Curt Maggitt (’14) Owner, TooMagitt LLC/HCB, MBA Student
2019 Graham Thomas (’08) Deputy Director of Partnerships, tnAchieves
2018 Heather Fasano (MS ’15; BA ’12) Associate Sales Representative, Medtronic – Carolinas Region
2017 Amy Harp Donahue (MS ’11; BA ’09) Director of Marketing and Communications, River City Company
2016 Tiffany M. Haverly (’08) Communications Director, US Representative
Phil Roe (R/TN)
2015 Elizabeth Clement Webb (‘03) Special Assistant to the Deputy Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation
2014 Tyler Summitt (’13) Head Coach, Louisiana Tech Women’s Basketball Team
2013 Dean Rice (’94) Chief of Staff, Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett

Information Sciences Alumni Award Winners

2020 David Johnson (’93) Director of the Fayetteville (Ark.) Public Library
2019 Zoe Hoyle (’94) Science Writer/Editor (retired), U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station
2018 Sandra Treadway, PhD (MS ’07) Librarian & State Archivist of Virginia, Library of Virginia
2017 Kendra Albright (PhD ’02; MS ’85) Director – School of Information Science, Kent State University
2016 Gloria Sharrar (’82) Senior Vice President of Technology & Operations(retired), Bank of America
2015 Dr. Danuta Nitecki (‘76) Dean of Libraries and Professor, College of Computing and Informatics, Drexel University
2014 Marcellus Turner (’88) City Librarian, Seattle Public Library System
2013 Dr. Shali Zhang (’88) Dean of Libraries & Professor, University of Montana

Journalism and Electronic Media Alumni Award Winners

2020 Teresa Walker (’87) Tennessee Sports Editor, Associated Press
2019 Sharrie Williams News Anchor, WPVI-TV, 6ABC Philadelphia
2018 Frank Gibson (’76) Public Policy Director, Tennessee Press Association (retired)
2017 Steve Dean (’74) Owner – FamFive Productions; creator – WBIR-TV’s Heartland Series
2016 Knight Stivender (’99) Director of Marketing & Business Development, Alcott Marketing Science; Co-Founder & CEO, Girls To The Moon
2015 Tori Blase (‘93) Supervisor & Executive Producer, CNN
2014 Viola Gienger (’84) Senior Writer, United States Institute of Peace
2013 Dean Littleton (’92) Vice President & General Manager, WATE-TV Knoxville

Public Relations Alumni Award Winners

2020 Jamie Lonie (’10) Digital Media Marketing Specialist, Founder, Amplifi Digital
2019 Ed Patterson (’89) Vice President of Communications, Madison Square Garden Company
2018 Rebecca Huckaby (MS ’03) Vice President of Public Relations, Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority
2017 Kellie Davie (11) Founder of KeyCom PR
2016 Tiffany Utsman Carpenter (’96) Associate Vice President of Marketing, The University of Tennessee System
2015 Ellen Liston (‘84) Publicist, The Dollywood Company
2014 Isaac Wright (’03) Vice President, American Bridge & Correct the Record 2016
2013 Mary Beth West (’94) Principal, Mary Beth West Consulting