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John Morgan
Immediate Past Chair
Associate Vice President
Quinnipiac University
Hamden, CT
John.Morgan@qu.edu

John Morgan Bio

John-MorganJohn W. Morgan, associate vice president for public relations, has been at Quinnipiac University, Hamden, Conn., since 1996. In his position, he is responsible for the university’s media relations, issues management and crisis communications. He also is a member of Quinnipiac’s Emergency Management Team.

Morgan works closely with the Quinnipiac faculty to place them in the media to comment on their areas of expertise. He has been successful at placing Quinnipiac faculty members on several national cable television networks, including MSNBC, Fox News Channel, CNN, ABC News, CBS News and NBC News. He also has placed Quinnipiac faculty in several major national publications, including The New York Times, U.S. News & World Report, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and Dallas Morning News.

Morgan has been a member of the executive committee of the Counselors to Higher Education, a section of the Public Relations Society of America, since 2013. He currently serves as chair of the section and has served as chair-elect and communications chair. He also has served on the committee that plans the section’s Forum.

Morgan also is a former president of the Southern Connecticut Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. He was named the PRSA 2006 Practitioner of the Year by the three PRSA chapters in Connecticut. He also is a member of the Publicity Club of New York.

After 10 years as director of public relations at Quinnipiac, Morgan was promoted to associate vice president for public relations at Quinnipiac in 2006. Before coming to Quinnipiac, Morgan served as director of public relations at Waterbury Hospital from 1993 to 1996. Before that, he was the assistant director of public relations at Danbury Hospital from 1988-1993. Before entering the field of public relations, Morgan was a bureau chief and reporter for both The Telegram and Bridgeport Post in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Morgan holds a graduate degree in journalism from Quinnipiac University and a bachelor’s degree from Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, Conn., where he was named the university’s outstanding journalism student in 1983. He and his wife, Susan, live in Woodbury, Conn. with their twins, Anson and Olivia. 

Sheena McFarland
Chair
Director of Marketing + Communications
David Eccles School of Business
Salt Lake City, UT
sheena.mcfarland@eccles.utah.edu

Sheena McFarland Bio

Sheena-McFarlandSheena McFarland, Ed.D., is the Director of the Marketing + Communications team at the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah. Sheena brings more than 5 years of higher education communications and marketing experience, and more than a decade of experience working at a daily newspaper. During her 6 years at the Eccles School, Sheena has served as a Communications Specialist, Associate Director, and Director of Marketing + Communications. She also has spent the past 3 years serving as an Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Marketing at the Eccles School.

Sheena is passionate about equity, diversity, and inclusion in higher education spaces and beyond. She serves on the University of Utah’s MLK Week Organizing Committee and was the Morris Media & Society Lecture Keynote Speaker at Utah State University in 2019, addressing “Minoritized No More: Ending Marginalization in Marketing.”

Sheena joined the PRSA Counselors to Higher Education Executive Committee in 2019. She is serving as the chair-elect in 2021, and she hopes to serve as chair in 2022. Sheena previously served on her local Greater Salt Lake Chapter’s Board from 2016-2017.

Sheena earned her Master of Public Administration and Doctorate of Educational Leadership & Policy at the University of Utah in December 2019. Her doctoral research focused on which factors increase persistence of women students in STEM fields. She also holds a certificate in Integrated Marketing and Communications from the University of Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah with a B.A. in communication and minors in French and biology teaching.

Sheena is an avid traveler, having visited all 7 continents, and enjoys stargazing and spending time with her husband, James, and their Jack Russel terrier, Amber. Sheena is a rabid Real Salt Lake fan.

LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sheena-mcfarland/

Renea Morris, APR, Fellow PRSA
Chair-Elect
Vice Chancellor for Marketing & Communications
University of Denver
Denver, CO
renea.morris@du.edu

Andrea Boyle Tippett
Secretary/Historian
Director, External Relations
University of Delaware
Newark, DE
aboyle@udel.edu

 

AT LARGE MEMBERS

Michael Hagearty, APR
Communications Chair
Director, Campus Communications & Events
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, GA
michael.hagearty@comm.gatech.edu


Sean Rossall
Summit Co-Chair
CEO & Managing Partner
RW Jones Agency
Pasadena, CA
Sean@rwjonesagency.com
Sean Rossall Bio

Sean-RossallAs CEO of RW Jones, Sean is our senior-most public relations counselor. During his nearly two-decade career, he has played an integral role in counseling clients and helping them to implement full-scale strategic communications programs and issues management initiatives. With a lifelong passion for education, Sean works closely with presidents and executive leaders to think strategically about their institutions and their role in both shaping institutional narratives and contributing to the public discourse in meaningful ways. 

Prior to joining RW Jones, Sean led the crisis and media relations practice at one of Los Angeles’ largest and oldest PR and public affairs firms. In this role, he connected clients’ PR and political strategies in ways that supported their sometimes-disparate demands.

www.rwjonesagency.com | O: 323.999.5201 | M: 310.210.7586 | sean@rwjonesagency.com 

https://www.linkedin.com/in/sean-rossall-89a4245/

Renell Wynn
Retention and Mentorship Chair
Vice President, Communications
Wesleyan University
Middletown, CT
renell.franklin@gmail.com
Renell Wynn Bio

Renell-M-Wynn headshotRenell Wynn has more than 15 years of substantial executive experience, driving the communications and marketing strategies of some of the most prestigious universities in the United States by helping research institutions advance the human condition through service, care, research, teaching and learning. Currently, she is vice president for Communications at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT 

Her passion for learning and service as a marketing executive has been extended to the support of community organizations that are dedicated to helping young people thrive. As a board member of many Boys and Girls Clubs, Girls Scouts of America, and Parent Teacher Association, Renell believes these groups builds young people’s character, confidence and positions them for successful lives.

Ms. Wynn received her master's degree in business administration from William Woods University and a bachelor's in English from Spelman College. She has one son who is living and thriving in the Washington, DC

April Kaull
Programming Chair
Interim Executive Director of Communications
West Virginia University
Morgantown, WV
AKaull@mail.wvu.edu
April Kaull Bio
April-Kaull

April Kaull is the Executive Director of Communications for University Relations and Enrollment Management, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the unit, which is charged with telling West Virginia University’s story.  

Kaull joined WVU in January 2015 after spending more than 20 years as a broadcast journalist in West Virginia.

A two-time graduate from WVU, Kaull received her bachelor’s degree in broadcast news in 1995 and her master’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communication in 2016. She also serves as an adjunct faculty member at the WVU Reed College of Media.

Kaull is an active member of PRSA Counselors to Higher Education (CHE). As the Programming Committee Co-Chair, she works to develop and present programming focused on the most pressing challenges facing higher education.

A native West Virginian, Kaull grew up in Harrison County and now calls Morgantown home with her husband where they enjoy exploring the natural wonders of the Mountain State and cheering on the Mountaineers in all sports.

Connect with Kaull via email at akaull@mail.wvu.edu, via Linkedin or Twitter.

Brian Whitson
Recruitment Chair
Chief Communications Officer
William & Mary
Williamsburg, VA
bwwhit@wm.edu
Brian Whitson Bio
Brian-Whitson

Brian Whitson leads University Communications at William & Mary.

As the Chief Communications Officer, Whitson serves as the university's senior communications strategist and is a member of the President's Cabinet and Executive Leadership Team. His responsibilities include university-wide media and public relations programs, issue management, crisis communications, the William & Mary News, research communications, national news, university web and design, social media, visual identity and online and print publications.

Whitson also chairs the university's Emergency Communications Team, as well as a coordinating committee of communications professionals from across campus. Since March 2020, he has led a university-wide Unified Communications Team that includes squads devoted to marketing and branding, internal and external communications, COVID response, and editorial, media and social media.

Whitson has been a part of the executive committee for PRSA’s Counselor’s to Higher Education since 2018 and currently serves as chair of the recruitment committee. He received his B.S. in Mass Communications from Virginia Commonwealth University where he completed the News Editorial track within Mass Communications. Before coming to W&M in 2003, Whitson worked as a daily newspaper reporter. His last journalism position was covering higher education for the Daily Press in Newport News.

Whitson and his wife, Monet, have two adult sons, Morgan and Garrett, and three spoiled Boston Terriers, Mo, Riley and Dexter.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brian-whitson-9642a89/

Lance Kisller
Associate Vice President of University Relations
Eastern Washington University
Cheney, WA
lkissler@ewu.edu
Lance Kisller Bio
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Lance Kissler is the Associate Vice President of University Relations at Eastern Washington University, overseeing marketing, communications, and alumni relations for the university. Lance brings more than 15 years of experience to this role, including prior experience at STCU and Pacific University. He earned his Masters of Science in Communications and BA in Graphic Communications from Eastern in 2010 and 2004, respectively. He also teaches classes on social media, digital marketing and PR at both EWU and Whitworth University as an adjunct instructor.

As a member of PRSA since 2005, his commitment to the public relations profession includes serving on the Counselors to Higher Education section executive committee, as well as former officer roles with the Greater Spokane PRSA and Portland chapters. 

Lance currently serves as the Chair of the City of Spokane Human Rights Commission. He formerly served on the boards of INBA (the regional LGBTQ+ and ally chamber of commerce), CASE District VIII, and Leadership Spokane, as well as gubernatorial appointments on the Governor’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS and the Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board. He graduated with the Leadership Spokane Class of 2014 and has volunteered with the End the Violence campaign (a collaboration of domestic violence service organizations in the Spokane area), the Red Cross, SNAP, Spokane AIDS Network, and the Spokane Humane Society, amongst others. In 2012, EWU honored him with the inaugural Inspirational Young Alumnus Award, and in 2016 he received the Spirit of the Red Cross award for his service to the community.

www.linkedin.com/in/lkissler

Andrea Gils Monzon
Diversity Chair
Marketing Director
JacobsEye Marketing Agency
andrea.gils@jacobseye.com
Andrea Gils Monzon Bio

headshot of Andrea Gils

A native of Uruguay, Andrea is the Marketing Director for JacobsEye Marketing Agency, where she oversees the portfolio of marketing programs, development and execution of insight and analytics-driven strategies, integrated marketing, and lead generation campaigns. She’s responsible for the agency’s client portfolio account management as well as IT, event/experiential, marketing and media teams. She supports the agency in business development pitching to government agencies such as JE’s newest client, the State of Georgia, and its various agencies and departments.

With a decade of experience in developing and implementing multicultural integrated strategic marketing and communications campaigns, Andrea’s areas of expertise include marketing operations, strategic planning, branding, global and multicultural marketing communications, digital media strategy, project management, website UX design, research & technology, analytics & measurement. 

Her past experience spans across a diverse range of industries, including clients and in-house work for U.S. Secret Service, Air National Guard, Entrepreneurs’ Organization, DeKalb County Department of Health, State of Georgia, University of Kentucky, University of Missouri, Southeast Missouri State University, WiRED International, Constellation Brands, Wells Fargo, Silk and others.

A champion for DEI, Andrea is passionate about international education, multiculturalism, diversity of thought, equity and inclusion. Andrea currently serves as the Immediate Past Chair of PRSA’s Diversity & Inclusion National Committee and Diversity Chair for the PRSA Counselors to Higher Education Executive Committee.

In her role as National D&I co-chair, she was responsible for developing and implementing PRSA’s first-ever three-year strategic plan, and launching PRSA’s new series Diverse Dialogues that has brought together D&I leaders and experts to share insights and best practices, guiding 4,000+ communications professionals in having critical conversations that enable real change. 

 

Tammy Demel
AVP, University Relations
Kennesaw State University
Marietta, GA
tdemel@kennesaw.edu

 

Jonathan Riskind
Assistant Vice President, Public Affairs
American Council on Education
Washington, DC
JRiskind@ACENET.EDU
Jonathan Riskind Bio

headshot of Jonathan RiskindJonathan Riskind oversees ACE’s Office of Public Affairs, which works to maintain the Council’s presence as a top source for media on higher education issues and policy, enhance public understanding of a wide range of higher education topics, advocate on behalf of ACE membership on key issues, and promote the important work of ACE programs. He works closely with ACE’s Office of Government Relations to help communicate the Council’s public policy positions to policymakers and the media, and works with divisions across the Council to increase visibility and awareness of ACE programs and initiatives.

 

Riskind arrived at ACE in April 2012 after a career in journalism. He was a longtime reporter and Washington Bureau Chief for The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch, where he covered Congress, the White House, federal agencies and state and national political campaigns, and was the recipient of numerous journalism awards. Prior to joining the Council, he served as Washington Bureau Chief for a group of papers in Maine, including the Portland Press Herald.

 

He holds a bachelor’s degree from Macalester College (MN), and is a native of Chicago.

Michael Warden
CHEAG Chair
Senior Counsel/Principal
Warden Public Relations
Brookhaven, GA
michael@wardenpr.com

 

Dana Fair, APR at large
Senior Marketing Communications Specialist
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
danafair@umich.edu
Dana Fair Bio

Dana Fair headshot

Dana Fair has provided over 30 years of strategic communications leadership in the public and private sectors with experience in global and domestic matters. He holds a B.A. in English from the University of Michigan and a M.A. in higher education administration from Eastern Michigan University.

A chief communications officer, Dana has managed communications issues in areas such as automotive, civic engagement, counseling, disability services, fraternity and sorority life, health and human services, information assurance and privacy, international affairs, LGBTQ+ affairs, multi-ethnic affairs, sexual assault prevention and awareness, technology, university housing, and more. 

He has delivered on strategic communications outcomes involving climate for marginalized communities, people of color, and religious/spiritual communities; conflicts connected to hate/bias incidents and political polarization; social matters related to child abuse, drug abuse, fan behavior, and hazing; and administrative concerns around institutional budgets and investments, immigration, mental health, town-gown relations, and vendor engagement and labor practices. 

He has been recognized by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education with a Circle of Excellence bronze medal and the Association of College and University Housing Officers International with an award for communications planning. At the Voronezh Institute of High Technologies in Russia, he received an International Program of Academic Exchanges certificate for his presentations to leadership on the importance of diversity and co-curricular education in academia. 

 

An accredited (APR) member of the Public Relations Society of America, Dana has served on CHE’s executive committee for nearly seven years – returning in 2021 to collaborate with the multi-university team of executive leaders and to assist in delivering on the section’s mission and goals.

 

Jamie Ceman at large
ceman@chapman.edu  
Vice President for Marketing and Communications,
Chapman University

 

Katie Drake at large
katie.drake@eccles.utah.edu
Associate Director, Marketing and Communications
David Eccles School of Business, University of Utah

Melissa Farmer Richards at large
mfrichar@hamilton.edu
Vice President for Communications and Marketing
Hamilton College

Stephen Roulier  at large
sroulier@springfield.edu
Vice President for Communications and External Affairs
Springfield College