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 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 20 members in total reside on our board. 

Amber Fox

Amber currently serves in the Human Resources Associate/Talent Acquisition role at Momentum Worldwide – St. Louis. For the past five years, she has contributed to the development and implementation of innovative strategies in recruitment, retention, onboarding, diversity and inclusion, organizational development, employment branding, and culture building. Prior to Momentum, Amber wore many hats at local digital agency, Infuz. There, she served as the Executive Assistant to the CEO while broadening her knowledge of the digital space. She has a strong passion for college recruitment and reaching out to young adults to increase their knowledge and love of the marketing industry. As part of her outreach efforts, Amber manages the St. Louis, Atlanta and Chicago portion of Momentum’s summer internship program.

Julie Thomas

Julie is currently a Manager of Executive Development and Organizational Learning for Brown Shoe. She leads the creation and implementation of the Executive Development strategy to accelerate the development of Sr. Leaders and High-Potential associates. She leads the design development and implementation of learning strategies and programs and the development of learning connections through the use of social and informal learning methods and tools (SharePoint).

Prior to Brown Shoe, Julie spent 10 years leading the IT training department.

Julie is a learning and development professional with almost 20 years of experience in the design, development and delivery of training. She has 30 years of supervisory experience in the fields of retail, merchandise planning and allocation, and IT.

Julie graduated from UMSL with a degree in Business Administration. She is a member of the UMSL Professional and Continuing Studies Leadership Council. She serves as board secretary of Gateway Greening, a community gardening and urban agriculture non-profit organization.

When not working, she enjoys sewing and quilting, garden photography, growing vegetables and time with her family—husband Mike and college-age sons, Chris and Andrew.

Amy Warren

Marketing Professional, MEC Media Agency

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 social media. His duties also include collaborating with corporate and product marketing on key initiatives, supporting internal communications, assisting with investor relations and directing agencies in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Justin also currently serves as an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Communication at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He teaches such as Interpersonal Communication, Mass Communication and Organizational Communication to the next wave of communication professionals.

Prior to joining Savvis, Justin was an account executive at the Standing Partnership, where he built and maintained the reputations of clients through a range of internal and external communication approaches such as social media, issues management, short- to long-term strategy, crisis planning and communications, community relations, traditional marketing, change management programs and projectmanagement.

Justin has also served as an information specialist at UMSL and an editor at the Suburban Journals. He earned a master’s degree in communication from UMSL and a bachelor’s degree in English from Fontbonne University.

Angela LaRocca

 Marketing Professional, Unidev

Kevin Murphy

Kevin is a Team Lead in the Partner Business Solutions division within Google. He has been at Google for 9 years and was a graduate of NYU Masters in Direct & Interactive Marketing in 2006. Kevin has worked with large publishers like the Wall Street Journal, Conde Nast, Meredith Corp, Wenner Media, and Cox Corporate Communications.

April Mullen

April has an extensive digital marketing background specializing in email marketing and cross-channel relationship marketing strategies. Currently, she serves brands across a variety of business verticals as a senior strategic consultant at DEG, a full-service digital consultancy based in Overland Park, KS.

April is an active member of the DMA Email Experience Council (EEC) and through participation in that organization, co-authored a guide on cross-channel marketing. April has given the keynote address on the topic of automated lifecycle programs at Responsys Interact 2012 in San Francisco, CA. On a local level, April serves as the digital promotion lead on a special interest group of the AMA-St. Louis Chapter.

You can follow April on Twitter @aprildmullen.

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, he was one of those thousands of college athletes that went professional in something else.

Following his college career he took a position at a Technology start up company called LockerDome where he was the first employee. Although the early years were indeed difficult and most challenging, he managed to blend a great concept with robust technology and a team of talented and hard working employees to help Lockerdome become the fastest growing sports technology platform in the world.

Since 2010, he has been the Director of Business Development for LockerDome helping to grow to its current active user base from 600 to 14million.

He has been successful in developing key strategic partnerships that include many of the top amateur sports programs, professional athletes, professional sports franchises, and other related sports properties and brands.

He is thankful for the great foundation that his education in the classroom and experiences on the baseball field at UMSL has provided. The future looks bright for LockerDome and he is proud to have been there from the start and look forward to helping lead our efforts to further growth & success.

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. Chris served as CIO for the City of St. Louis and in executive roles in several high growth start-up companies, including a venture backed health services company that grew to over $10 million in monthly revenue and 500 employees in 2006. His past experience spans business and technology strategy, business and product development, design and economic development policy. He is actively involved in developing the entrepreneurial community in St. Louis, has served on numerous civic boards, and was recognized in 1999 as one of the “40 under 40, most promising young business leaders” by the St. Louis Business Journal.

Matthew Coble (Chairman)

Matthew is a senior leader on FleishmanHillard’s digital and creative strategy team and has more than 18 years of experience in digital marketing, professional services, and information technology. Matt is a pragmatic visionary with broad experience conceiving of and delivering innovative marketing and technology solutions that delight customers and drive business results. During his tenure with FH, Matt has worked with a number of our clients including AT&T, Enterprise, Merck, Panera, and Tyson Foods.

Before joining FH, Matt served as the general manager in the Atlanta office of the digital agency Schematic. In that role, he led the company’s operations in the Southeast, with clients such as The Coca-Cola Company, the Library of Congress, Microsoft, NPR, the NBA, NBC, the PGA Tour, and Turner Broadcasting. His team’s work on the broadband video player for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing earned NBC an Emmy in the category “Outstanding New Approaches to Sports Event Coverage.” In 2008 and 2009, Mr. Coble’s team collaborated with National Public Radio on a full redesign of the NPR.org website that earned a 2010 Peabody Award.

Chris Douglas

Chris is the Director of Digital Strategy and User Experience at Switch. Chris' knowledge base spans across research gathering, concept development and user experience. As a Creative Director with a background in integrated marketing, Chris understands how to create ideas that transcend the digital space. Chris has developed digital and integrated creative campaigns for Anheuser-Busch, Purina, Energizer, Charter Business, Elsevier, Whirlpool, Splenda and Craftsman to name a few.

Michael Bryars

Michael presently serves as Vice President & General Manager of evolve24, a Maritz Research Company, specializing in transforming social and unstructured data into audience understanding to inform decision making and optimize business outcomes. Michael also serves as the Vice President of Technology Innovation for Maritz. Over the span of his career Michael has been a pioneer, thought leader and driving force behind the innovation and successful commercialization of many new products and services across a number industries including technology and consumer electronics, semiconductor, automotive and the Internet.

Craig Kaminer

Craig is the founder & CEO of Twist, a leading digital marketing agency that helps challenger brands outsmart, not outspend, their bigger & better known competitors. The firm specializes in the strategic integration of digitally optimized earned- and owned- media, specifically: creative content (branding, copywriting, info graphics, video and photography); website design & development, social media campaigns, SEO, PPC and lead generation; and influencer (VIPs, media, and blogger) relations. Prior, Craig was founder and CEO of Influence, Managing Director of Weber Shandwick, and Account Manager at FleishmanHillard. Craig started his career in NYC as publicist for the Italian Government. 

Nick Gilham

Nick is a member of the social media team at Blick & Staff Communications. He works with clients including Energizer on digital and social media strategy. Nick is also the founder of A Branded You, a social media and personal branding consulting firm. He has more than 10 years of experience in information technology and digital marketing.

He holds an MBA from Washington University’s Olin Business School and a BS in Information Systems from the University of Missouri–St. Louis. He enjoys networking and giving back to the community. Nick is a board member of Social Media Club St. Louis and serves on marketing committees for the St. Louis Area Foodbank and Gateway River Greenways.

Erin Moloney

Erin is the Director of Digital Marketing and Social Media at Perficient, Inc., a publicly traded national IT consulting firm based in St. Louis, MO. She is also currently the President of the Social Media Club of Saint Louis. She presents on a variety of digital media topics at conferences, luncheons and workshops nationally. Erin is active on Twitter at @ErinE.

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. She knows the industry from her years of managing people and projects as an Account Executive in several local agencies, such as McGowan Crain and GraMatr. Pamela graduated from Butler University in Indianapolis, IN with an emphasis in Marketing in 2005 and moved back home to St. Louis to begin her career in the agency setting. Pamela has been with Creatives On Call since 2011, working specifically with candidates to introduce them to new career opportunities. She gets involved with the candidates because she believes in St. Louis and the folks that make it great!

Ivan Temelkov

Ivan is a systematic, analytical, punctual, goal-driven, and consistent digital media marketing professional using industry-leading sizzle and flare with direct focus on bottom line results and true ROI achievement. A seasoned veteran with over seven years experience in the digital media marketing umbrella having worked with a variety of B2B and B2C clientele including Charter Communications, AT&T Communications, Maritz, Spectrum Brands, The Michelson Organization, WSI, and Audible just to name a few.

An excellent written and verbal communicator always striving for perfection, attention to detail, and exploration of new strategies within the digital media world. Thru seasoned industry experience and proven success in Search Engine Optimization, Search Engine Marketing, Social Media Advertising, Blog Marketing, and Website Development arenas he has been able to not only establish a dominant personal brand but also open gateways to life-changing career ventures.

Most recently in 2012 as part of an experimental exercise he was able to establish a major local SEO trend around "digital marketing" spawning a typhoon of interest within St. Louis marketplace. A monumental achievement that solidified seasoned expertise in the digital media marketing realm.

An avid user of Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and LinkedIn as daily communication platforms. Always interested in business networking, making new friends, learning more about the digital media world, and enjoying uninterrupted leisure time when time permitting.

Rhonda Drake

Courses: Data Analytics & Visualization

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 strategy to test market design and implementation in roll-out. Rhonda's experience emphasizes the importance of leveraging information to make marketing decisions. This experience has enabled her to assess the most effective and efficient ways to improve marketing efforts for her clients. In addition to consulting, Rhonda is an Assistant Professor at New York University in the Master of Science in Integrated Marketing program teaching “Statistical Measurement for Marketing,” “SAS Data Mining for Marketers,” and “Social Media Analytics".

Juli Brown

Juli has been a pioneer in digital communication research during her time at Nestlé Purina Petcare. She established the first social listening enterprise program at Nestlé, partnered with industry leaders to create methodological advances and drove technology recommendations to enhance research capabilities in the field. She has piloted several new and innovative approaches to learning in the space which resulted in many industry firsts in digital research for Purina. In her current role as Communication Strategist, Juli guides communication planning for numerous Purina brands across the spectrum of paid, owned and earned mediums. Juli, a St. Louis native, is a graduate of Indiana University in Bloomington and holds an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis.

Robert Mastis

Marketing Professional, Digital Intersection

Financial Aid

Scholarships can be awarded through the Wendell Smith Scholarship Fund, where partial financial assistance is available to persons enrolling in eligible noncredit certificate programs through the School of Professional & Continuing Studies.

The Workforce Investment Act governed by the Workforce Investment Board distributes funds through the UrbanForce program at the St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE)