The School of Communication Visiting Committee consists of a group of communication professionals, alumni, and UM trustees who meet regularly to review and advise the School’s leadership regarding its strategic goals and program accomplishments. In particular, the committee is dedicated to:

  1. Providing the Dean with ongoing input and feedback on the strategic plan.
  2. Helping the Dean and the School obtain the necessary resources for the success of its strategic plan.
  3. Providing the Board of Trustees and the Academic Affairs Committee with regular updates on the progress of the School.

Current Visiting Committee Members

Linda Alexander
Co-Founder and EVP Communications and Corporate Development, The Mighty Networks, Inc.
Former EVP Communications, Viacom International Media Networks

Joaquin Blaya
Executive Chairman of the Board, Lantica Media
Founder and CEO, Blayamedia
Parent B.S.C. ’94, B.S.C. ’00

Robert Denholtz
B.B.A. ’71
President, CEO and Director, Durex, Inc.
Parent B.S.C. ’03

David Epstein
Managing Partner, Presidential Capital Partners
Parent B.S.C. ’17, B.B.A.’19

Isadore Havenick
B.S.C. ’00
Vice President, Magic City Casino Miami

David Isaacs
A.B. ’71
Writer/Script Consultant, Cheers, Frasier, M*A*S*H, and more
Producer, Life on Mars, Mad Men, and more
Parent B.S.C. ’15

William Koenigsberg
B.B.A. ’77
President, CEO and Founder, Horizon Media, Inc.
Parent B.S.C. ’14

Mark Lass
COO/Treasurer, PNS Communications, LLC
Parent B.S.C. ’20

Lauren Mann

Craig Minassian
B.S.C. ’92
President and CEO, Minassian Media, Inc.

Javier Morgado
B.S.C. ’99
Executive Producer of New Day, CNN

Jackie Nespral
A.B. ’89
News Anchor, NBC 6

William O’Dowd
President and Founder, Dolphin Digital Media, Inc.

Anne Parducci
B.B.A. ’82
Principal and Founder, CaribouKids, LLC
Former EVP Family Entertainment & Marketing, Lionsgate

John Pike
A.B. ’71
Chairman and CEO, AMP… The Communications Partnership
Former President, Paramount Network Television and International Production

Rick Ray
Operating Partner, Virgo Investment Group, LLC
Partner, NURAY HOLIDINGS
Parent B.S.C. ’10

Fabio L Ribeiro
Founder, Strom Capital
Board Member, Partido NOVO

Steve Roberts
President & COO, Roberts Companies
Parent B.S.C. ’10

Michael Robin
A.B. ’85
Executive Producer/Director, Major Crimes, Longmire, Dallas, The Closer, Rizzoli & Isles, Nip/Tuck, Trust Me, State of Mind, and more

Cymonie Rowe Hinkel
B.S.C. ’94
Circuit Judge, The 15th Judicial Circuit of Florida

Marvin Shanken
B.B.A. ’65
Chairman and Owner, M. Shanken Communications, Inc.

Maria Shojaee
A.B. ’85
Parent B.B.A. ’07, B.S.C. ’10

Robert A. Staub
B.B.A. ’56
President, Staub, Warmbold & Associates, Inc.
Parent M.A. ’11

Roni Scherman Stein
A.B. ’76
Associate Director, The NFL Today
Parent M.F.A. ’07, B.S.C. ’08

Jeffrey Steinhour
Managing Partner & CEO, Markham & Stein Unlimited, LLC

Johnny Taylor
B.S.C. ’89
President and CEO, Society for Human Resource Management

Bill Terlato
CEO, Terlato Wines
Parent B.S.C ’15

Haresh Tharani
Chairman & CEO, Tharanco Group
Parent B.S.C. ’16

Patricia Toppel
B.E.D. ’58
President and Director, The Toppel Family Foundation, Inc.

Nick Verbitsky
President & CEO, United Stations Radio Networks
Parent B.S.C. ’09

Maribel Perez Wadsworth
BSC ’93
President, USA TODAY NETWORK and Publisher, USA TODAY, Gannett Co., Inc.

Frankie Wolfson
President, Marine R. Corporation
Grandparent B.G.S.C. ’14/M.A.L.S. ’17

Jeri L. Wolfson
President, Jeri L. Wolfson Foundation