- GRADUATE STUDIES
- STUDENT LIFE
FP's Mass Communication graduates can be found working at ESPN, the Hartford Courant, Paramount Pictures, independent production companies, technical magazines, and almost every other media job imaginable, as well as attending graduate school and law school. Read some alumni news below.
Liz Clark ('13), from North Attleboro, MA, is an Instructional Media Specialist at the Boston University Medical Campus. She films and provides technical support for lectures in the 2nd year Medical School curriculum. Liz majored in Music Technology and minored in Mass Communication.
Ahmos Diaz ('13), from Lowell, MA, is currently studying for his Master's in Integrated Marketing Communication at Emerson College in Boston, MA. While at Pierce, he majored in Mass Communications with a focus on broadcast journalism and production.
Elizabeth Squire ('12) from Monson, MA, has been accepted to the master's degree program in Health Communication at Emerson College in Boston, MA. She studied broadcast journalism while at Pierce.
Katherine Lukianov (’10) from Framingham, MA, has been accepted to the M.A. program in Media Studies at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. While at Pierce, she studied both media production and media studies. For her outstanding academic work, Kit was chosen as the 2010 recipient of the Outstanding Media Studies Student Award.
Evan Goyette ('10) from Adams, MA, is master control operator at INSP-TV, and is the owner of Goyette Media Group. Evan currently resides in Fort Mill, SC.
Nalina Shapiro ('10), from Saratoga Springs, NY, is a morning show reporter and weekend news anchor at WIVB/WNLO TV (CBS) in Buffalo, NY. She has covered a wide range of stories including politics, "Occupy" Buffalo protests, crime, and community events, as well as stories on the environment, education, and sports. While at Pierce, Nalina was active as a broadcast journalist, reporting for "Dan Rather Reports," anchoring news shows for Franklin Pierce television, and interning extensively at television stations from Manchester, NH to Boston and New York City.
Jeff Cornell ('09) from East Granby, CT, works for MTV in New York City, most currently as an editor for the show "16 an Pregnant and Teen Mom." He also freelances as a photographer, and, with another FPU friend and graduate Justin Martell, owns and operates the production company Ship to Shore Media, LLC.
Johnathan Spence (’09), from West Palm Beach, FL, is a Project Manager for IBM. Johnathan took Media Studies courses as part of his American Studies degree, going on to obtain an MA in Applied Sociology from U.Mass Boston. He lives in Portsmouth, NH.
Paulo Corso (’08) from Rehoboth, MA, is Associate Producer at WGBH in Boston, MA.
Angelica Benjamin ('08) of Union City, CA, is a human resources
generalist for LetsTalk.com, a technology services company in San
Francisco, where she is responsible for all company communications.
She has also co-founded Digitally Chic, a networking community for
young professionals, and is currently launching DC Cares, a volunteer initiative that will work to raise awareness of local charity organizations in the San Francisco-Bay Area community. Angela focused on media studies, and played women’s basketball, while at Pierce.
Jay Sansone (’08) from New York, NY, is a staff videographer for Essence Magazine. In addition, he is a music video director, an editor for AOL.Com, writer for CNN iReport, and has established his own photography business http://www.jaysansone.com/. He resides in Manhattan.
Allison Smith ('07) of Nashua, NH, has completed her M.Ed. in Higher Ed. Administration from Northeastern U. She is Manager of Volunteer Programs at Science Club for Girls in Cambridge, MA, where she manages social media and branded content, and recruits mentors for girls in the areas in science, to increase participation in STEM programs, and in politics. Allison took media studies courses while at Pierce.
Jason Potterton (‘07) began working at ESPN in 2008 and, in the same year, won a Sports Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding New Approaches in Sports Broadcasting for the project Superbowl MVPs.
Jason Gilbert (‘07), of Windsor Locks, CT, is Editorial Production Assistant at ESPN for the Streak for Cash daily fantasy game. He has been on numerous podcasts, ESPN.com videos, and the TV show Sports Nation.
Christopher Potter (‘07), of Jaffrey, NH, is a communications associate for the Institute for Market Transformation in Washington, D.C. IMT is a non-profit organization promoting energy efficiency, green building, and environmental protection.
Tracy Dumais (‘06), of Frenchville, ME, is employed as Program Assistant for the New Hampshire Victims’ Compensation Program, located at the Attorney General’s Office in Concord, NH. This program financially assists victims of crime in New Hampshire. Tracy creates and designs presentations and outreach materials for programs and state conferences in the victims’ service field.
Dana Frazao ('06) received 2nd place in the 2009 New England Hometown Video Awards for her film, "The Artful Learner," about art in the Danvers, Massachusetts school system. This video was for her final thesis to earn her Master of Education degree from Endicott College, completed in 2009. She has also finished a long time project called Penny Pincher's about saving money in a tough economy. She plans to enter this into film festivals in the upcoming year. Click here to check out Penny Pincher's. Dana is still employed at Danvers Community Access Television and resides in Gloucester, MA.
Stephen Lacey ('06) is a producer and staff writer with RenewableEnergyWorld.com, a leading online magazine that covers the global renewable energy industries. He travels around the world reporting on new technologies, policy developments and the financial markets. His weekly podcast, called Inside Renewable Energy, goes out to more than 17,000 people each week. He also produces video content for the site, writes stories and edits columns for online and print.
Jessica Lloyd ('06), of Seymour, CT, is employed as Leadership Board Advisor for Forrester Research in Cambridge, MA. She researches and delivers products centered around interactive marketing and emerging media. In addition to her marketing major, Jessica minored in Media Studies.
Angie (Wirtanen) Ward (’06), from Westminster, MA, is the Director of Digital Services for Carnegie Communications in Westford, MA. She works with non-profit colleges and universities, employing digital strategies for marketing & recruitment solutions. Previously, she worked in advertising for the ABC affiliate WCVB in Boston. Angie was a Fitzwater Scholar and Media Fellow while at Pierce, interned at CBS Boston and NH Public Radio, and studied journalism.
Dan Gouthro (’05), from Assonet, MA, is a Senior Account Manager for Regan Communications Group.
He coordinates and executes publicity campaigns for well-known brands in business, hospitality, and entertainment. Prior to his current work in public relations, Dan worked in television news at stations in NH, later and RI , where he held the positions including Assignment Editor, Producer and Executive Producer.
Amy Renczkowski ('04) has won the Connecticut chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists' award for investigative reporting. Renczkowski is an associate editor for the Times newspaper in New London, CT. She covers Montville, Preston and Ledyard, and won a first-place award in investigative reporting for a series of stories about poor conditions at the Lincoln Park housing complex in Preston. The state began an investigation of the housing complex as a result of Renczkowski's reporting.
Sara Barnthouse ('04), from Newark, Delaware, is the owner of DeVine Reps, based in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Sara is a multi-faceted agent, serving as a liaison between advertising agencies, film directors, film editors, animation studios, VFX houses and music composers. and helping to find suitable creative talent choices for feature films, broadcast commercials and interactive content. Sara recently attended the Cannes Film festival for the first time, representing her roster of directors.
Sylvia Savadjian ('03), from Manhasset, New York is film publicist and curator for the Maysles Institute in New York, NY, a non-profit organization founded by documentarian Albert Maysles in 2005. Previously, she worked as a publicist at the documentary distributor Icarus Films, and the PR agencies Donna Daniels PR and Sophie Gluck & Associates. She also worked as the Director of Theatrical Marketing at Kino International and in marketing and business development at HBO.
Kerri Kanelos (’02), from Warwick, Rhode Island, majored in Media Studies, and minored in Women’s and American Studies while at Pierce. She went onto receive her M.A. from Simmons College in Gender and Cultural Studies, and is currently the Executive Director of Youth Pride, Inc., (a non-profit organization dedicated to the needs of LGBTQQ youth) in Providence, RI. Kerri is also an established freelance writer and blogger.
Lisa Miskiewicz (’01) and her brother Ray Miskiewicz (’04) created a video called “It’s not Waste if it’s Energy!” The video details how an innovative power plant in Union County, NJ uses trash to make energy. Lisa is Deputy Clerk/Office Manager for Union County Utilities Authority in Rahway, NJ, and Ray is the owner of 3 North Productions, a video production company. Click here to view the video.
Kevin Green (’00) is Executive Director of Marketing Digital Strategy, and Innovation at Dell. At Pierce, he focused in media studies and journalism .
Jorge Rocha ('00), of Providence, RI, is Senior Assistant Director of Athletic Media Relations at Providence College. He also has received an MA in American History from Providence College since graduation. Jorge studied journalism while at Pierce.
Daniel Lee White (’00), from East Lyme, Connecticut, is a director, filmmaker, actor, and media producer. His first feature film is Cost of the Living: A Zom Rom Com (2011). He also owns the media arts company Love Thy Job and produces a comedy show called Bring Your Own Improv. While at Pierce, Daniel founded the community service organization Reality Check, which he continues to mentor. Reality Check has gone on to garner numerous awards for outstanding leadership, prevention, and awareness.
Keith Harrington (’99), from Salem, MA, is Producer for the 11:00 News at WMUR in Manchester, NH. Before returning to New England, he worked at CNN and HLN in Atlanta, where his work garnered many awards.
Michael Norris (’97), is a Senior Analyst in the Trade Books Group for the market research firm Simba Information, Inc. in Stamford, CT.
Richard Goode (‘96) is currently Associate Manager of Production Operations at ESPN. He oversees a group of 140 people who are responsible for operating all technical positions in the control rooms at the headquarters of ESPN in Bristol, CT.
For his work at ESPN, Avid editor W. Todd Coleman (‘96) was awarded the Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Sports Reporting in 2008 for a SportsCenter feature on tennis champion and philanthropist Sister Andrea Jeager. In 2005, he won a Sports Emmy for his contributions to NFL Countdown, winning in the category Best Studio Show.
Jay McCormack (‘95) is Media Manager at ESPN. He is currently pursuing an MBA in Sports Management from Franklin Pierce University.
Andrew Morse (‘94), of Schenectady, NY, is Director of Communications at the Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association in NH. His responsibilities include strategic marketing initiatives and implementation as well as media relations. After Pierce, he received an M.S. in Healthcare Administration from New England College.
Genevieve McGillicuddy (’94), of Nashua, NH, is Vice President of Brand Activation for Turner Classic Movies. She also serves as Managing Director of the annual TCM Classic Movie Film Festival, now in its third year. After graduation, she received an M.A. in Film Studies from Emory University in Atlanta, GA.
John Perry ('92) from Salem, MA, was nominated for a Daytime Emmy on February 8, 2006. Perry is a Producer for the Dr. Phil show, which was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Talk Show. This is Perry's third nomination: Dr. Phil was also nominated for this same category in 2005 and 2004. Before joining the Dr. Phil show, Perry worked on the Leeza show.
Andrew Scher (‘88), Executive Producer of the #1 new syndicated talk show in the country, The Doctors, has visited campus several times and met with FP students. He gave an address in the Patterson TV Studio and also met one-on-one with MC students to share career advice. Scher has built a distinguished career in television, and shared his experiences as a senior producer for "Dr. Phil," and as an executive producer and development consultant for Banyan Productions ("Trading Spaces," A Baby Story," "A Dating Story").