Sandy M. Hermanoff, Founding Chair
Sandy graduated in 1965 with a B.A. in Journalism. She is CEO and President of Hermanoff Public Relations, and resides in Bingham, MI.
“My passion for journalism began at an early age, and my years at Ohio State have been invaluable in every step of my career. The Lantern is truly a Buckeye gem since 1881 – may time and change surely show a firm friendship for the School of Communication today and for many years to come.” LinkedIn
Stephanie (BA, Journalism, '92) is an experienced brand strategist who has worked for some of the world's best-known brands, including Subway, Mentos and Club Med. She spent 17 years at The Coca Cola Company before moving into her current role as vice president of planning for Dentsu Aegis Network, a multinational media and digital marketing communications company. She attributes much of her success to the foundation she built at Ohio State.
"I am a huge advocate of The Ohio State University. There are so many opportunities and resources when attending a large university." LinkedIn
Ted graduated in 1971 with a B.A. in Journalism. Prior to retirement, he was President and CEO of John G. Shedd Aquarium. He resides in Lakeside, MI.
“My J-School experience provided me with the necessary support as I moved into the business and animal world. I owe my success to a fabulous professor, Dr. Walt Seifert who helped me with my career path. Most important I am a proud Buckeye!”
Trevor W. Coleman (B.A. 1986) is the Chief Speechwriter/Senior Communications Counsel for the Chancellor of the State University of New York (SUNY) and Director of Correspondence for the Press and Communications Office. It is the nation’s largest comprehensive public university system with 1.4 million full and part-time students spread throughout 64 campuses around New York State, with more than 90,000 employees and an $11 billion annual budget.
He has been a communications and diversity consultant and guest speaker at numerous organizations and institutions around the country. Coleman specializes in helping organizations focus on how their thought and institutional leaders can more effectively communicate on issues pertaining to race, gender and cultural competency while managing crisis communications. LinkedIn
Magi graduated in 2001 with a B.A. in Political Science. She is a trusted advisor to some of the nation’s top business executives, currently serving clients through her consulting group, Curtis Consulting, while exploring her next entrepreneurial endeavor. She resides in Nashville, TN.
“Being a Buckeye is a part of who I am. The knowledge I gained, the lessons I learned (inside the classroom and out) and the relationships I built while at The Ohio State University, all shaped me tremendously and laid the foundation upon which I have built my career. I am thrilled to be able to give back to the University and the School of Communication, and hopefully ensure the next generation of Buckeye leaders feel supported and prepared to tackle the world.” LinkedIn
Jocelyn graduated in 1972 with a degree in journalism. She is retired from Atlanta’s Channel 2 WBS-TV after more than 45 years of service as an anchor, reporter, producer, editor and director. Jocelyn was the first African American news anchor in the Atlanta market and has won numerous awards for her journalism.
“The Lantern helped me land my first job in television in the early 1970s. It was my portfolio and the only proof of performance that I was an established journalist, especially since there were no videotapes to show back then. I am grateful that first job led to a 46-year broadcast career and ultimately an induction into the Atlanta Press Club and Georgia Broadcasters Hall of Fame!” LinkedIn
Zuri is an Emmy Award winning TV host + Hollywood red carpet correspondent — currently on top rated entertainment news show, 'Access Hollywood' and NBC's 'American Ninja Warrior'. The Ohio native's self-run YouTube channel (HeyZuriHall) for down-to-earth girl talk boasts 5M+ views, and counting.
Before deciding to join the team at Access Hollywood, Zuri could be seen across all E! Entertainment platforms as an E! News correspondent; and before that, she was based in NYC where she had an on-air talent overall deal at MTV. She began her career by climbing the local news ladder — including time as a lead hard news anchor for the CW affiliate, in the Top #5 market of Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX. LinkedIn
Susan Henderson (M.A.1979) is a proven leader in public relations and communications with more than three decades of experience as a senior communications executive. She has served as chief communications officer for some of the most highly regarded and leading companies in their respective industries including Kohl’s Corporation, Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company, Harley-Davidson, Inc., and Rite Aid Corporation. She resides in the greater Chicago area.
“I credit much of my professional success and achievements to the knowledge, discipline and relationship-building capabilities I developed while a teaching/research assistant and full-time master’s degree student at OSU. I look forward to helping students achieve their full potential as the next generation of our future leaders in the field.” LinkedIn
Jeffrey graduated in 1972 with a B.A. in Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication. He is President at Kamin & Associates, Inc. He resides in Atlanta, GA.
“Not living in Ohio and being far removed from daily activities at OSU, The Lantern has always helped me feel CONNECTED.” LinkedIn
Patricia Boyer Miller
Patricia graduated in 1972 with a B.A. in Journalism. She is President of the Nobel Learning Communities. She resides in Wayne, PA.
“But for The Ohio State University Lantern I would not be the communicator I am today. My writing skills, ability to meet deadlines, and passion for accuracy contributed greatly to my leadership success.” LinkedIn
Rich graduated in 1980 with a B.A. in Journalism. He currently is founder of Big Sprocket LLC, a marketing consultancy working with business-to-business technology companies in Silicon Valley and beyond. He resides in San Mateo, CA.
“My time at The Ohio State University and especially my experience working on The Lantern and learning from my classmates and School of Communication professors provided me an incredible foundation. Whether working as a newspaper reporter or marketing consultant, I use these fundamental skills every day. I want to ensure others enjoy an equally rich experience!” LinkedIn
John graduated in 1979 with a B.A. in journalism. He is an author and retired attorney/partner at Willkie, Farr & Gallagher LLP. He resides in New York, NY.
“The Lantern is the best possible training ground for any profession that involves writing, fact-gathering, and analysis of complex issues. I use the skills I learned at the Lantern every day. I am proud to be able to give back something to the School of Journalism in return for everything it has given me.” LinkedIn
Shawn Ramsey graduated with a B.A. in Journalism in 1984. Today, she’s a senior partner with global PR firm, FleishmanHillard, and resides in Dallas, TX. She has more than 30 years of experience in reputation and issue management, working for a variety of Fortune 100 companies.
“I had the unique experience of both writing for The Lantern and selling advertising. The skills I learned – resourcefulness, critical thinking and hustle, among many others – still help me each and every day. I’m honored to be able to give back to Ohio State and, I hope, help students as they prepare for the world of work.” LinkedIn
Joy graduated in 1992 with a B.S. in Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies. She is CEO at Savula Family Enterprise. She resides in Atlanta, GA.
“I have always been deeply proud of being an Alumni of The Ohio State University. As a student, I was an intern within the Sports Information Department, writing stories and highlights for various athletic teams that were featured in The Lantern. It was my first experience as a writer, and it gave me a strong foundation of learning as well as the confidence to continue writing throughout my career. I am excited to be a part of a group that supports The Ohio State University and its efforts to continue the tradition of giving the students a voice via The Lantern.” LinkedIn
Jay graduated in 1971 with a B.A. in Journalism. Prior to retirement, he was President of Cox Newspapers, Inc. He resides in Atlanta, GA.
“The Lantern brought to life what I learned in the classroom from 1967-71. At a tender age I got lessons that served me well for a career in newspapers. The joy I felt each time the Lantern published remained with me for four decades of newspapering. The values it instilled remain today.” LinkedIn
Kate graduated in 2002 with a B.A. in Communication. She is Director of Communications at DaVita, Inc. She resides in Denver, CO.
“Stories matter. As a communicator, it’s important to find a thread that binds a community. The Lantern brings a community – of students, alumni, a city – together through its stories.” LinkedIn
Trevor Thompkins is an assistant manager of Chevrolet car, performance and motorsports communications for General Motors. He has worked in internal and external communications roles supporting company leadership, manufacturing facilities across the US and iconic vehicle brands. Trevor graduated in 2016 with a degree in Strategic Communications from The Ohio State University.
The professors, courses, resources and friends Trevor encountered at Ohio State have had a significant positive impact on his life. He’s honored to be able to give back to the university and help students find success in their future endeavors. LinkedIn.
Ilene graduated in 1978 with a B.A. in journalism, and worked as a speechwriter to then-Senator Joe Biden, former Senator Fritz Hollings, former Treasury Secretary Lloyd Bentsen, and auto legend Lee Iacocca. Most recently she served in the Pentagon, handling communications and digital media for Army Logistics. She resides in Arlington, VA.
“My journalism professor, Martha Brian, used to lock the door at the start of class to lock out late arriving students. Then she would give automatic Fs for misspelling a name. It was her way of teaching us that deadlines and facts matter. In my writing career, filled every day with meeting deadlines and getting facts right, her journalism lessons served me well.”