Terrance Smith ’11 | CRS Alumni Panel Speaker

The Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies boasts an amazing community of more than 2,000 active alumni. Graduates of our program have gone on to great success in a wide variety of career fields, including education, law/public policy/politics, media, organizational communication/business, and public relations/marketing. Many of them return to campus to speak with and provide valuable mentorship opportunities to current CRS students.

We are equally proud of all our alumni and eager to share their stories. If you are an alumnus with news to share, please connect with us.

Featured Alumni

Marc Mason

Marc Mason

B.S., M.A., M.P.A., C.A.S., Syracuse University

2012, 2015

Human Capital Consultant, Federal Management Partners, Inc.

Marc Mason is a human capital consultant with Federal Management Partners, Inc. (FMP). FMP’s mission is to help organizations become more responsive, efficient, and effective by providing high value and quality service. In addition to a bachelor’s degree in CRS, he holds a joint master’s degree in public administration and international relations from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Watch a video of Marc discussing why CRS and Syracuse made a difference in his career.

Evin Floyd Robinson

Evin Floyd Robinson

B.S., M.S., Syracuse University

2012, 2014

Co-Founder, New York on Tech
Technology Consultant, Accenture

Evin Robinson co-founded New York on Tech, a nonprofit organization that aims to create and improve pathways for impoverished students and those from underrepresented populations to gain exposure to and proficiency in the fields of technology and innovation. In addition to a bachelor’s degree in CRS and economics, Evin holds a master’s degree in information management from Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies. He was listed in Forbes magazine's sixth annual “30 Under 30” listings of the most influential people under the age of 30. Watch a video of him discussing the value of the skills he learned in CRS.

Terrance D. Smith

Terrance D. Smith

B.S., Syracuse University

2011

Director of Residential Life & Community Programs, Springfield Commonwealth Academy

After graduating from CRS, Terrance Smith started his own entertainment company, Simply Terrance Productions, anchoring operations in Belgrade, Serbia, and Prishtina, Kosovo, where he conducted a two-year study on how artists developed resilience in post-war-torn regions. His findings were featured in National Geographic as well as his book Inside These Walls, written by collaborative partner Mackenzie Reiss ’12. In 2015 he premiered his first feature-length documentary Scratching a Broken Record in Eastern Europe. Watch a video of Terrance discussing how CRS prepared him for his career.

Gerry McNamara

Gerry McNamara

B.S., Syracuse University

2006

Assistant Coach, Syracuse University Men’s Basketball

Gerry McNamara virtually took over Central New York during his Syracuse University basketball career. After pursuing a career in the professional ranks, he returned to Syracuse to join the Orange coaching staff. In 2011-12, he was promoted to a full-time assistant’s post, working primarily with Syracuse’s guards. He has tutored NBA first-round draft picks Dion Waiters, Michael Carter-Williams, and Tyler Ennis. Watch a video of Gerry talking about how his CRS education helped him become an effective coach.

Chapin Springer

Chapin Springer

B.S., Syracuse University

2004

Communications Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Chapin Springer is a communications officer for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which works with partner organizations worldwide to help people lead healthy, productive lives. His focus at the foundation is education; he talks to people about the foundation’s work, priorities, and impact in schools across the United States. Watch a video of Chapin discussing why he chose to major in CRS and how it prepared him for his career.

Nicki Mayo

Nicki Mayo

B.S., Syracuse University

2001

Multimedia Journalist, Nicki Mayo News, LLC

Nicki Mayo is the multimedia journalist behind Nicki Mayo News, LLC. She is a national correspondent, covering breaking news for the Associated Press Radio Network and contributing to the Race and Ethnicity team. Nicki also reports and produces videos for the American Heart and Stroke Association and teaches journalism and speech at Cheverly STEM Education Center while serving as president of the Baltimore Association of Black Journalists. Watch a video of Nicki talking about her CRS experience.

Michelle Lane-Cull

Michelle Lane-Cull

B.S., Syracuse University

1996

Senior Manager, Deloitte Consulting

As a senior manager at Deloitte Consulting, Michelle Lane-Cull specializes in organizational transformation and strategy and works with the federal government. She began her career at the White House in President Bill Clinton’s administration with networking help from a fellow CRS alumnus. Watch a video of Michelle describing why majoring in CRS was the best choice she ever made.  

Mike Hopkins

Mike Hopkins

B.S., Syracuse University

1993

Head Coach, University of Washington Men’s Basketball

Mike Hopkins was named head coach of the University of Washington men's basketball team in March 2017. Previously he was a member of the Syracuse University men's basketball coaching staff, which he joined in 1995. He played a key role in the recruitment and success of Carmelo Anthony, Rakeem Christmas, Johnny Flynn, Jason Hart, Gerry McNamara, Andy Rautins, and many more who all were able to pursue professional basketball careers either in the NBA or overseas. He is also one of the most popular players in Syracuse University basketball history. Watch a video of Mike talking about the skills he learned in CRS and their importance to his career.

Notable Alumni

Specialization
2014
Zachary Weiss

Director of Public Relations & Brand Partnerships, Nice Laundry

2013
George Kingma

Licensed Real Estate Salesperson, Douglas Elliman Real Estate

2013
Juliet Maloff

Communications Manager, Central New York Community Foundation

2013
Ian Dickerson

Enterprise Accounts Executive, Accurate Background

2013
Suraj Balani

Digital Analyst, Havas Worldwide

2013
Lauren Polun

Sales Representative, Stryker

2013
Tali Simon

Education Programming, Park Avenue Synagogue

2013
Stephanie Rose

Jr. Publicist, A+E Networks

2013
Devin Redmond

Associate, Goldman Sachs

2013
John Wolohan

ITC Communications, Pratt & Whitney

2012, 2015
Marc Mason

Human Capital Consultant, Federal Management Partners, Inc.

2012, 2014
Evin Floyd Robinson

Co-Founder, New York on Tech
Technology Consultant, Accenture

2012
Shane Kimmel

Regional Vice President, Ash Brokerage

2012
Andrew Steinbeiser

Marketing Communications Manager, Valiant Entertainment

2011
Priscilla-Marie Ilarraza

Public Relations Specialist, Seiko Corporation of America

2011
Terrence O’Neill

Assistant Golf Professional, Moraga Country Club

2011
Bethany Devendorf

Sales Engineer, Hearst Magazines

2011
Jon Hogan

Assistant Director of Individual Giving, Huntington’s Disease Society of America

2011
Amanda Fishman

Marketing Producer, Client Services, Quartz

2011
Igor Carvalho

Social Strategy Manager, Nickelodeon

2011
Dan Orlando

Reporter/Media Consultant, Penton

2011
Terrance D. Smith

Director of Residential Life & Community Programs, Springfield Commonwealth Academy

2011
Wei Wong

VP, Strategy Director, SS+K

2010
Daeya Tarolli Malboeuf

Executive Director of Communications, Syracuse University Enrollment Management/SU Abroad

2010
Candice Celestin

Digital Communications, International Trade Administration

2010
Sable Alexis Nerette

Musician/Artist

2010
Juanita Ward

Head Girls Basketball Coach, Hartfield Academy

2010
Alex Redlus

Associate Project Manager, JLL

2010
Algerson Andre

Marketing Manager, The Execu|Search Group

2010
Alex Adelson

Account Executive, Match Marketing Group

2009, 2011
Kevin Kern

Archivist

2009
Cory Ferreira

Senior Business Development Director, Oracle

2009
Andrew Farah

CEO, Density/Managing Partner, Rounded

2009
Arthur Jones

Indianapolis Colts, National Football League

2009
Matthew Sonneborn

Communications & Political Strategist, U.S. House of Representatives

2009
Lauren Thomas

Production and Marketing Partnerships Coordinator, the Walt Disney Studios

2009
Jenn Vasquez

Proprietor/Marketing Consultant, JCV Consulting
Manager, Digital Production - Marketing & Communications, American Association of Advertising Agencies

2009
Kerri Adler

Program Scheduling Coordinator, EpixHD

2008
Donathan Brown

Associate Professor, Ithaca College

2007
Chelsea Strodel Leveille

Director of Operations, Syracuse University Women’s Lacrosse
President, Sugarfoot, LLC.

2007
Christopher House

Assistant Professor of Communications Studies, Ithaca College

2007
Sharon Clott Kanter

Deputy Style Director, PEOPLE Magazine | PEOPLE.com

2007
Yadira Harrison

Vice President, Civic Entertainment Group, A Seacrest Global Group Company

2006
Gerry McNamara

Assistant Coach, Syracuse University Men’s Basketball

2005
Bridget Matty

Director for Community Partnerships at National Security Council, The White House

2005
Matthew Liebman

Account Executive, Television Sales, ESPN

2005
Jeff Skuse

Vice President, Marshall Boxes, Inc.

2005
Jacqueline Smith

Office of U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)

2004
Chapin Springer

Communications Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

2004
Jenn Pedde

Global Manager, Alumni & Community, Oliver Wyman

2004
Christine Rose

Vice President of Services, AnchorOps

2004
Erin Way

Website Associate, American College of Cardiology

2003, 2005
Andrew Lee

Industry Analyst, GSA

2003
Capt. Alvin Phillips

United States Homeland Security

2003
Lisa Wolk

CEO, SpectreVision

2002
Marc Gagnon

Financial Services, EY

2002
Graham Warner

Chief Operating Officer, Global Transaction Banking Americas, Deutsche Bank

2001
Nicki Mayo

Multimedia Journalist, Nicki Mayo News, LLC

2001
Mohamed Jalloh

Partner, Jalloh & Jalloh LLC

2001
Joe Rocchio

Vice President of Sales Enablement, MasterCard Advisors

2001
Josh Altman

Realtor and TV Personality (Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing)

1999
Danielle Nottingham

Correspondent, CBS News

1998
Donovan McNabb

National Football League Quarterback; Broadcaster, NFL Network

1998
Matt Caruso

Director, Corporate Communication, Innovation & Enterprise Solutions, KPMG US

1996
Michelle Lane-Cull

Senior Manager, Deloitte Consulting

1996
Pete Yorn

Singer-Songwriter (Musicforthemorningafter, Pete Yorn)

1995
James Janack

Associate Professor of Communication, Eckerd College

1993
Mike Hopkins

Head Coach, University of Washington Men’s Basketball

1993
Brian Balthazar

Vice President of Programming and Development, HGTV

1991
Alison Gutterman

Owner, Jelmar (CLR and Tarn-X Product Brands)

1991
Kevin Chernett

Executive Vice President, Global Partnerships and Content Distribution, Live Nation

1990
Richard McAuliffe

Chairman, Mayforth Group

1988
Stephanie Goldman

Incoming President, Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey; Board Member, Lighthouse International and Parkinson’s Foundation

1986
David Greenberg

President, Greenberg Capital LLC

1985
Jocelyn Greenky

Brand Architect; Owner, Sider Road Media; Author, The Big Sister’s Guide to the World of Work: The Inside Rules Every Working Girl Must Know

1985
Emme

Supermodel, Entrepreneur, Author, Lecturer, Women’s Advocate

1985
Jake Tanksley

Senior Human Resources Business Partner, Syracuse University

1985
Phil Romain

Chief Human Resources Officer/Associate Executive Director, Health & Home Care

1983
Michelle Paige Patterson

President, MRP Global Relations, Inc.

1983
Karen Davis

Director of Career Services, Syracuse University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science

1960
Ted Koppel

Broadcast Journalist (Nightline, Talk of the Nation)