Meet the UMSL Marketing Advisory Board

Consumers are changing the way they communicate with and research brands, and brands are changing the way they promote & engage with consumers. We are embracing these digital & social technologies to communicate in ways that were inconceivable just a few short years ago. We are shifting our attention from traditional media marketing to internet, wireless devices, and other digital platforms. The world of marketing as we know it is being disrupted at lightning speed due to these new technologies.  

To ensure the marketing curriculum at the University of Missouri–St. Louis is relevant, timely and meaningful for our students and that they have the latest skills, we have created a cutting edge “Digital Medial Marketing” Advisory Board with some of the biggest influencers in the Digital and Social Media space here in St. Louis hailing from companies such as Purina, Maritz, FleishmanHillard, Brown Shoe, Lockerdome and Perficient. Over 30 members in total reside on our board. 

Amy Warren

Amy has an extensive digital marketing background specializing in paid search marketing. She works for MEC Global, a WPP company that buys 1/3 of all the advertising in the world.

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Lisa Grimm

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Lisa Grim is the Vice President of Digital Marketing at Twist Marketing, a $2 million full service marketing agency based in Dogtown.  Lisa’s role at Twist is to drive measurable results for clients by translating corporate objectives into digital strategies, implementing omni-channel campaigns, leveraging technology platforms and utilizing qualitative/quantitative analytics.

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Angela LaRocca (Board Chair)

Angela LaRocca the UMSL Marketing Advisory Board Chair has a well-rounded background which includes 10+ years of performing, screenwriting, event production, digital marketing, and brand management.

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Mark Sanders

Mark has always been interested in sports and technology, including the 4 years he played baseball and majored in Marketing & Communications at UMSL. As much as he dreamed of putting on a major league uniform,

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April Mullen

April is a digital marketing strategist specializing in email marketing and cross-channel relationship marketing strategies. Currently, she serves brands across a variety of business verticals as a strategist at StrongView, a Selligent Company. At StrongView, a highly-ranked email services provider by Forrester Research, April focuses on client strategies and driving product innovations through her leadership in StrongView's innovation lab.

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Matthew Coble (Chair)

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Matthew Coble is CEO of G Inc., a digital innovation agency based in St. Louis that helps startups grow their businesses, works with corporate clients on new product development and innovation initiatives, and pursues internal startup ideas of their own.

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Brianna Smith


Brianna Smith is a Digital and Social Media Marketing Strategist specializing in creating and implementing inbound marketing strategies for small and large companies. She currently serves as the Integrated Marketing Manager at TeraRecon, the largest independent provider and a global leader in advanced image processing innovation for CT, MR and PET; where she develops cross-departmental digital marketing strategies to nurture and grow TeraRecon's global customer base.

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Melissa Hamilton

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Melissa Hamilton leads Momentum’s Midwest integrated production team. In the past 15 years of her career, she's help lead a number of award winning projects including Coca-Cola's Share a Coke experiential, Nabisco's 1D VIP program and application, Buffalo Wild Wings' Big Shot and Big Kick promotion and app, PG&E's Energy House Calls reality show, and Small Business Stories for The Hartford.

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Caryn Tomer

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Caryn is a writer, editor, and storyteller for all kinds of media. She’s spent the majority of her career at the corporate level, with a deep passion for digital media. So much so, it was the main area of focus for her thesis while finishing her master’s degree in Mass Communications.

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Pamela Franklin

Pamela is a lead recruiter at Creatives On Call, stands out among local St. Louis creative industry recruiters. Pamela immerses herself, both on a personal and professional level, with the creative community.

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Chris Dornfeld

Chris has been President of Bonfyre since 2011 overseeing the day to day operations and and playing a pivotal role in shaping the direction of the company.

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Rhonda Drake

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Rhonda Knehans Drake founded Drake Direct in 1996 following more than 12 years in various information management roles. Rhonda's background includes experience in all aspects of integrated marketing from conceptualization of

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Ed Reggi

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Ed Reggi is an award winning actor, director, comedian and producer. When Reggi is not making people laugh, he's uses improv to coach corporate executives.  Ed Reggi is a lifelong storyteller--who has the stories to prove it. Before leaving the Big Apple to join midwest living, he worked as a professional improvisational actor in New York City, Chicago and LA.

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Rick Spiekermann

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Rick Spiekermann is Nestle´ Purina’s Director of Content, Community Management & Partnerships.  He leads a team focused on Purina’s efforts in social and digital content in collaboration with brand teams.  Over the last 2 years, he has built a multifunctional team and partner network that has proven brand/business objectives can be achieved with content.

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Heather Bartel


Heather Bartel is a marketing leader specializing in digital marketing, social strategy, content development and data-driven insights. With more than a decade of emerging technology and communications experience, she is leading brand, marketing and communications for evolve24, an analytics and insights company that helps marketers use big data to make more confident business decisions.

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Robert Mastis

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Bob is a principal and founder of Digital Intersection, a marketing communications company. He has more than 15 years of experience serving as a database marketing professional. He has extensive experience within customer analytics,

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Jennifer Oertli


Throughout her career, Jennifer has focused on Human Resources, Talent Management, and Organizational Design in marketing and advertising industries where managing and developing creative minds is critical to business outcomes. Her recent past positions include VP- and Director-level roles at Rodgers Townsend (a DDB/Omnicom Group Company) and Manifest Digital.

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Steve Bauer

Steve is a Senior Vice President & Partner at FleishmanHillard. He has more than 15 years of experience in public relations, digital, social media and integrated marketing communications. Steve is the US Central Region lead for

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Jill Davis

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An UMSL alum and St. Louis native, Jill Davis is a marketing professional with over 10 years’ experience in both B2C and B2B marketing.  She currently serves as the marketing manager at HOK helping to position the St. Louis office of the global architecture firm to win projects that shape city skylines across the country and around the world.

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Vernon Ross

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Vernon Ross is Founder and CEO of Ross Public Relations & Marketing, podcast host, speaker and Social Media Strategist. His marketing career has spanned several industries, from medical, to video game marketing.

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Justin Lopinot

Justin currently serves as public relations director at Savvis, a CenturyLink company. In this role, Justin oversees global external communications, including strategy and implementation of public relations, analyst relations and

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Wesley Morgan

Wesley is founder of Morgan Studio/East, a firm dedicated to helping companies with planning, design and execution of sustainable strategic marketing communications programs. Highlights of this venture include a successful new

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