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Sharmeen Ahsan-Bracciale

Sharmeen Ahsan-Bracciale

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Director of Graduate Services

Sharmeen Ahsan-Bracciale joined SOC in April 2008 as the Director of Graduate Services. Prior to her role at SOC, she served as the Administrative Director of the Executive Development Program at The George Washington University School of Business. P... [More]

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Carl Beimfohr

Carl Beimfohr

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Associate Dean for Operations and Strategic Initiatives

Ed, who joined SOC in May 2010, brings an unusual background with dual career tracks in media and higher education management. On the media side, Ed has been an entrepreneur in FM radio, a trained actor (SAG & AFTRA member), video producer/director (... [More]

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CharLynn Bolden

CharLynn Bolden

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Grants Manager

CharLynn Bolden joined SOC in October 2009 as the Grants Manager. She has contracts and management experience where she worked for the DC Office of the State Superintendent, DC Justice Grants Administration, and IBM, where she spent nearly a decade. ... [More]

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202-885-2110
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Laura BonDurant

Laura BonDurant

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Assistant Dean, Student & Academic Affairs

Laura BonDurant joined the SOC in Janauary 2010. Prior to her role in the SOC she served as the Director of the Center for Academic Success at The Catholic University of America. Previously she was the Assistant Dean at Georgetown University's School... [More]

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Casey Bridgers

Casey Bridgers

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Academic Program Assistant

Casey Bridgers joined the AU School of Communication in January 2011. As an Academic Program Assistant she supports the division directors and adjuncts for the Film & Media Arts and Journalism divisions. She also maintains the schedule of classes.Pri... [More]

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202-885-3175
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Stephanie Brookstein

Stephanie Brookstein

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Director of Online Programs

Stephanie Brookstein is the Director of Online Programs for the School of Communication and also serves as an adjunct instructor for the School of Education, Teaching and Health. In both roles, Stephanie draws from her experience and education in psy... [More]

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202-885-6467
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Youzeng Chen

Youzeng Chen

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Media Production Technician

Works primarily in the Media Production Center, assisting Director of Media Operations to ensure the TV facilities operate efficiently at all times that involve the creation of high quality video and digital media programming. Responsible for all the... [More]

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Andrea Dargin

Andrea Dargin

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Faculty Affairs Coordinator

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Amy Eisman

Amy Eisman

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Director, Media Entrepreneurship & Interactive Journalism

Amy Eisman is director of the MA in Media Entrepreneurship, launched in 2012, and of the weekend MA in Interactive Journalism. She previously was SOC's Director of Writing Programs. Eisman was with Gannett for 17 years, first as a cover story editor ... [More]

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Frank Fitzmaurice

Frank Fitzmaurice

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Director of Technology Services

Frank Fitzmaurice joined the School of Communication after spending more than thirty years in Washington news and media organizations. At SOC he oversees the technology staff at the school's various labs and classrooms, as well as the Wechsler Theate... [More]

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202-885-2027
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Tara Flakker

Tara Flakker

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Academic Advisor

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202-885-2088
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Christine Frezek

Christine Frezek

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Academic Advisor

Christine Frezek joined the School of Communication in September of 2009. As the Senior Academic Advisor, she works with students who have last names beginning N through Z. Christine worked in advising and career development for 4.5 years prior to co... [More]

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202-885-2090
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Matthew Gohn

Matthew Gohn

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Theatre & Video Services Manager

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202-885-2042
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Jill Swiatowy Heitzmann

Jill Swiatowy Heitzmann

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Assistant Director, Undergraduate Recruitment & Retention

Jill has been a part of the School of Communication since 2009, leading recruitment and retention initiatives for undergraduates in the School of Communication. She works to build community and positively affect retention through student involvement ... [More]

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202-885-2038
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Katherine Helgeson

Katherine Helgeson

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Academic Program Assistant

Katie Helgeson joined the AU School of Communication in March 2013. As an Academic Program Assistant, she supports the division directors and adjuncts, and also maintains the schedule of classes. Prior to joining the SOC staff, Katie spent two year... [More]

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202-885-3616
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Leila Hernandez

Leila Hernandez

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Administrative Assistant

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Kristian Higgins

Kristian Higgins

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Financial Operations Manager

Kris is the Financial Operations Manager for SOC's research centers. He has a background in non-profit management, having spent more than a decade overseeing grants and programs. Kris holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Washington - Seatt... [More]

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Ellen Jimenez

Ellen Jimenez

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Senior Administrative Assistant

Ellen Mata joined the School of Communication staff in the summer of 2008 as the Senior Administrative Assistant for the undergraduate office. She previously worked at Cesar Chavez Public Charter School as the Attendance Monitor to the Middle School ... [More]

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Jean Kinnahan McGee

Jean Kinnahan McGee

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Graduate Academic Advisor

Jean McGee serves as the graduate advisor for all graduate students, full-time, part-time, and weekend, in the School of Communication. She has been working with the SOC graduate students since 2006. Prior to that she worked with SOC undergraduate st... [More]

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Mark Loker

Mark Loker

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Graduate Program Specialist

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202-885-2025
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Jeffrey Madison

Jeffrey Madison

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Media Services Manager

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Don Michael Mendoza

Don Michael Mendoza

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Strategic Program & Events Coordinator

Don Mike Mendoza arrived in the SOC Strategic Partnerships & Programs Office in March 2014 after serving as a Membership Director for Urban Adventures company VIDA Fitness since 2012. Currently, he is responsible for managing the SOC Dean's Internshi... [More]

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Sharon Metcalf

Sharon Metcalf

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Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships & Programs

Sharon Metcalf blends a strong background in communications with strategic partnerships in media and education. She gained journalistic insight from several perspectives, working in Washington DC for two network news bureaus – ABC World News and NBC ... [More]

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Theora Milledge

Theora Milledge

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Senior Manager, Web & Marketing Communication

As Senior Manager of Web and Marketing Communication, Tia oversees strategy and content development for the SOC website and coordinates social media and marketing campaigns designed to better engage current and prospective students, alumni and donors... [More]

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Laura Murray

Laura Murray

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Assistant Dean for Budget & Facilities

Laura Murray has been a staff member at American University since 1977. Currently she works as the Assistant Dean for Budget and Facilities in the School of Communication. Her unit is responsible for the school’s administrative needs such as budget m... [More]

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202-885-2063
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Kristi Plahn-Gjersvold

Kristi Plahn-Gjersvold

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Director of Projects

Kristi Plahn-Gjersvold is SOC’s Chief of Staff, working with the Dean as well as faculty and staff of the School of Communication in developing initiatives for the School’s centers, institutes, projects and campaigns, as well as providing leadership ... [More]

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Zachary Prichard

Zachary Prichard

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Manager of Computing Labs

Zack took over the position of Computer Labs Manager for the School of Communication in August 2008. Prior to that, he spent two years working within the SOC’s Office of Technology as a graduate student in the Film Video program. In his role as Labs ... [More]

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Dani Rizzo

Dani Rizzo

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Online Content Manager

Serving as the Online Content Manager, Dani is responsible for maintaining the SOC website, social media strategy and online marketing efforts to better promote the School of Communication. Before joining SOC in 2013, Dani managed digital communicati... [More]

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Rose Ann Robertson

Rose Ann Robertson

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Associate Dean for Academic Administration

Rose Ann Robertson was a newspaper reporter and wire service editor for 20 years, editing and directing coverage of plane crashes, natural disasters and national and state elections. She has been at AU since 1993. She is a former president of the Was... [More]

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Lisa Rocco

Lisa Rocco

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Assistant to the Dean

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Konyha Francine Songa

Konyha Francine Songa

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Event Planning Manager

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Marc Tomik

Marc Tomik

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Graduate Program Specialist

Marc Tomik joined the School of Communication in October 2008 as the Graduate Services Assistant. Before joining SOC, Marc had been an undergraduate at American and served as a teaching assistant and the student representative to the Board of Trustee... [More]

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Geoffrey Turner

Geoffrey Turner

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TV Film Equipment Specialist

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202-885-2092
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Jessica Vazquez

Jessica Vazquez

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Academic Advisor

Jessica Vazquez joined the School of Communication in June 2012. She is part of the undergraduate academic advising team and will be working with students whose last names begin with A through F. Jessica has worked in the field of education for four ... [More]

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202-885-2079
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Melanie Werner

Melanie Werner

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Budget Coordinator

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Kaitlin Whitman

Kaitlin Whitman

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Manager of Photographic Services

Kaitlin Whitman joined the School of Communication in August 2012. She is an AU SOC alum, graduating with her BA in Visual Media in '09. Kaitlin oversees SOC's Photography Lab, maintaining the darkrooms, classroom studio, and equipment used by photog... [More]

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