Saint Louis University

Communication Advisory Board

The advisory board consists of professionals in a wide range of communication careers, and its primary purposes are to offer insight into the essential skills the Department of Communication should teach its students and to make suggestions about how the department can improve its curriculum to reflect the changing communication industries.

The board is made up of a mix of SLU alumni and community members. Members must live in the St. Louis area and commit to attending the board's twice-annual meetings. Members serve either a two- or three-year term, which is renewable once for a maximum of six years.

Advisory Board Application

We ask that applicants:
  • Are SLU alumni OR St. Louis community members
  • Reside in the St. Louis area
  • Are able to attend board meetings, which are held twice each year (generally in October and April)
  • Work/volunteer in one of the many communication-related fields, including media, public relations, advertising, human resources, development, fundraising, event planning, corporate communications, marketing, etc.

Please direct questions to the board's faculty liaison, Dr. Amber Hinsley at ahinsley@slu.edu

Advisory Board Members

Patrick Brown

Patrick Brown

Director of Legislative Affairs / Special Assistant to the Mayor

SLU Major & Department:

  • Political Science

Community & Public Service:

  • Mayor Slay's Vanguard Cabinet
  • Planning Commission, City of
    St. Louis - Member
  • College Summit - Former
    Board Member
  • Big Brothers & Big Sisters -
    Volunteer Committee
  • AmeriCorps St. Louis - Former
    Junior Board Member
  • Forest Park Southeast
    Neighborhood Association - Member      

Maggie Crane

Maggie Crane

Press Secretary for St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay

SLU Major & Department:

  • Communication
  • Certificate in Women's Studies

Awards & Achievements:

  • Best Hard News Feature - Society of
    Professional Journalists
  • 1st Place Individual Achievement - AP
  • Best Hard News Feature - AP

Community & Public Service:

  • Kids Rock Cancer Advisory Board
  • Make-A-Wish Volunteer                          


Rich Eichwald

Rich Eichwald

Sr. VP & Sr. Partner at Fleishman-Hillard

SLU Major & Department:

  • English

Awards & Achievements:

  • 22 years at Fleishman-Hillard
  • Previously with Boeing (then McDonnell Douglas)
  • MFA from the Writers Program,
    Washington University
Community & Public Service:
  • Board of Directors Urban League
    of Metropolitan St. Louis


Melissa Hamilton

Melissa Hamilton

Sr. Integrated Producer at Momentum Worldwide

SLU Major & Department:

  • Communication

Awards & Achievements:

  • 2011 award winning production
    for Enterprise-Rent-A Car
  • Regional Addy award winner
  • 2010 award winning production
    for The Hartford including an
    FWA award, Webby,
    Communicator & OMMA
  • Featured in Communication Arts,
    and Digg.com's 50 top trending sites

Community & Public Service:

  • Various speaking engagements
    with respect to digital and social
    marketing - Leadership St. Louis,
    Local Municipalities, National
    Parent Teacher Association,
    various universities
  • Founding member of Gateway
    Interactive Marketing Association (GIMA)


Lynn Hensel

Lynn Hensel

Director of Photography & Partner at Spot Creative Media Group

Awards & Achievements:

  • Co-creator and partner at Spot
    Creative Media Group
  • Emmy award for Spot TV show
  • Two regional Emmy awards at
    KTVI FOX 2                                

Katie Ingold

Katie Ingold

Project Director, Maritz Research

SLU Major & Department:

  • Masters, Communication

Awards & Achievements:

  • Maritz Golden Compass Award

Community & Public Service:

  • Frequent guest speaker for
    Communication Department workshops
  • Member, STL Social Media Club


Erik Lunsford

Erik Lunsford

Staff photojournalist and editor, The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod

SLU Major & Department:

  • Communication

Awards & Achievements:

  • Finalist, Pulitzer Prize in breaking
    news (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
  • Other recognition from Pictures of
    the Year International, Joop Swart
    Masterclass of World Press Photo,
    the Southern Short Course in
    Photography, the Atlanta
    Photojournalism Seminar, the Florida
    Press Club, and the Society of
    Professional Journalists.
  • Previously worked as a newspaper
    photojournalist at the St. Louis
    Post-Dispatch, the Palm Beach Post
    in West Palm Beach, Florida, and
    the Stuart News in Stuart, Florida.

Community & Public Service:

  • Adjunct professor of photojournalism
    at SLU


Jim Mayfield

Jim Mayfield

SVP, Executive Creative Director, Schupp Company

Awards & Achievements:

  • The One Show, OBIE, National
    Reggie, Mercury Radio, Effies,
    Emmy and multiple Addy award winner.
  • Judge, Regional Addys

Community & Public Service:

Current

  • Executive Board: Missouri 22 Lacrosse
  • VP, St. Louis University High School
    Lacrosse Club

Past

  • New City School Board of Trustees
  • The College School, Board Member

Pat McGonigle

Pat McGonigle

News Anchor, KSDK, NewsChannel 5

SLU Major & Department:

  • Communication

Awards & Achievements:

  • AP 1st Place, Investigative
    reporting, Omaha Nebraska
  • Regional Edward R. Murrow,
    Breaking News Coverage, Rochester, NY
  • Emmy Award, Community Service
    Project, KSDK, Series:
    "Bullying: Enough is Enough"

Community & Public Service:

  • Komen Race for the Cure volunteer
  • A Place to Call Home volunteer
  • Guest speaker for various charities
  • Adjunct instructor


Bess Menousek

Bess Menousek

Brand Insights Manager, HughesLeahyKarlovic

SLU Major & Department:

  • Communication

Community & Public Service:

  • Big Brother Big Sister                          


 

 

Juli Plassmeyer

Portfolio Director, Nestle Purina PetCare Co.

SLU Major & Department:

  • BSBA/Marketing and MBA

Awards & Achievements:

  • Nestle Global Innovation Award (2011)
  • Nestle Very Best Marketing Award
    - Consumer Insights into Action (2012)
  • Purina Innovation/Renovation Award
    (2009, 2012)

Community & Public Service:

  • Mentoring inside and outside of Purina     

Michael Zuccarello

Michael Zuccarello

Managing Director, Training & Development at Wells Fargo Advisors

SLU Major & Department:

  • Masters, Communication

Community & Public Service:

  • Chair, Board of Trustees,
    Securities Industry Institute/Wharton
  • Trustee, City Academy,
    Board of Trustees
  • Team Leader for Student Incentives,
    Wells Fargo Advisors/ St. Louis
    Public Schools Partnership                      

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