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. 

Matthew Coble (Chairman)

Matthew Coble

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. Read More

Amber Fox

Amber currently serves in the Human Resources Associate/Talent Acquisition role at Momentum Worldwide – St. Louis.

Read more: Amber Fox

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

Read more: Justin Lopinot

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.

Read more: Amy Warren

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

Read more: Kevin Murphy

Angela LaRocca

Angela’s well-rounded background includes 10+ years of performing, screenwriting, event production, digital marketing, and now brand management.

Read more: Angela LaRocca

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,

Read more: Mark Sanders

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.

Read more: April Mullen

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.

Read more: Matthew Coble (Chairman)

Caryn Tomer

Caryn Tomer

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.

Read more: Caryn Tomer

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

Read more: Michael Bryars

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.

Read more: Chris Dornfeld

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

Read more: Nick Gilham

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.

Read more: Chris Douglas

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.

Read more: Pamela Franklin

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.

Read more: Craig Kaminer

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

Read more: Rhonda Drake

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.

Read more: Erin Moloney

Robert Mastis

Robert Mastis

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,

Read more: Robert Mastis

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.

Read more: Ivan Temelkov

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

Read more: Steve Bauer

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

Read more: Juli Brown

Vernon Ross

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.

Read more: Vernon Ross

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.

Read more: Julie Thomas

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

Read more: Wesley Morgan

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)