Alumni Support

Meet the Alumni Society Board

The Hubbard School Alumni Board is made up of 10 to 13 members who serve in 3-year terms. Members are drawn from the Hubbard School alumni community and represent both the journalism and strategic communication industries. The board meets monthly to coordinate a number of programs designed to keep alumni connected to the school, including the Alumni Mentoring Program, Alumni mixer events, the Alumni Award for Excellence, and the Above the Fold Award.

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Alumni Society Board Leadership

Suzy Langdell, President
BA 2006
In Suzy’s current role as Chief Marketing Officer at MONO, she values world-class creativity, people who care deeply about what they do, curiosity and doing the right things right. Before joining MONO, she worked at agencies including BBDO, Carmichael Lynch, Fallon, and Wieden+Kennedy. Her work has impacted strong brands like Target, Procter & Gamble, Sony, Herbal Essence, Arby’s and Danone. Suzy graduated summa cum laude from the Hubbard School of Journalism & Mass Communication in 2006, and she credits her time at the School for being the main conduit for an exciting career that’s spanned nearly 20 years in the advertising business. 

Alumni Society Board Members

Alexa (Trussoni) Cushman
BA 2006
Alexa serves as the Director of Healthcare and Life Sciences Industry Marketing at MuleSoft. She has over a decade of experience working in various aspects of the tech industry and was formerly a television news producer. Ms. Cushman is a graduate of the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities where she received her BA in Professional Journalism along with a minor in Communications Studies in 2006. She and her family now call Boise, Idaho home.

McKenna Ewen
BA 2009
McKenna Ewen is a producer for CNN Digital, where he shoots, writes and edits short documentary films. As a visual storyteller, Ewen brings a cinematic approach to news. He travels the country in search of extraordinary people, challenges conventional wisdom and explores the universal conflicts that connect us all. Prior to joining CNN, Ewen worked at The Washington Post and Minneapolis Star Tribune, where he told stories that empowered people to make the world healthier, safer, freer, greener and wiser. He was named Editor of the Year in 2020 and 2021 and Multimedia Journalist of the Year in 2017 by the White House News Photographers Association. He has received 10 regional Emmy Awards with recognition from NPPA, POYi, SPJ and RTDNA. As a childhood cancer survivor, he graduated magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota. He lives in Excelsior, Minnesota.

Riham Feshir
BA 2008
Riham Feshir has been with RBC Wealth Management since 2021. She is a senior writer working on the corporate communications team to craft articles for various channels, strategically plan and execute content for external audiences and research and pitch byline articles for placement in the financial press as well as mainstream media. She was previously a reporter for Minnesota Public Radio News covering immigration issues, police killings and racial inequities. She was the co-creator of 74 Seconds, an innovative podcast that covered the first-ever trial of a Minnesota police officer criminally charged in an on-duty death. Her work on the podcast won national awards, including a Peabody, Livingston and Third Coast Best Documentary.

Maggie Habashy
BA 2007
Maggie Habashy has been with GREATER MSP since December 2019 and in a full-time role since May 2020. Maggie is responsible for all strategic planning and execution of communications to support the goals and objectives of GREATER MSP and the region at large. Prior to joining the team, Maggie led communications, marketing, social media, local business and community engagement for the 2019 Men’s Final Four in Minneapolis. Maggie has worked in a variety of corporate and consumer public relations roles, with emphasized experience in media relations and crisis communications. Maggie started off her career in news at FOX-Minneapolis and a producer after she graduated from the University of MN with a Journalism degree.

Adam Meyer
BA 2005
Adam Meyer is Publisher of the Jackson Hole News&Guide and Jackson Hole Daily, along with the magazine titles produced by Teton Media Works, Inc. where he is Chief Operating Officer and Vice President. Adam leads all divisions of Teton Media Works including newspaper, digital, revenue, business services, printing, and distribution. Through an era of news disruption, divestment, and misinformation, Teton Media Works has continued revenue and audience growth as a family-owned, local media company. Adam serves on multiple nonprofit boards. He is a seasoned Grand Canyon boatman, a passionate public lands user, snowmobiler, and cyclist. He and his wife Jen live South of Jackson with their two dogs.

Nicole Miller
BA 2018
Nicole Miller is an Associate Director of Planning at Starcom, a Publicis media agency located in Chicago, IL. Prior to Starcom, Nicole worked at Haworth Marketing + Media, located in Minneapolis, MN. Nicole has had the pleasure of working across a variety of clients such as: Walmart, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, the Academy Museum, Blue Cross Blue Shield, the Paper and Packaging Board, VF Corp. (Timberland), Rite Aid, and more.

Shreya Mukherjee
MA 2007
Chief Strategy Officer, MSLGROUP (Part of Publicis Groupe)

Michael Schommer 
MA 2009
Michael Schommer is the assistant director, strategic communications, for the Metropolitan Airport Commission. Prior to that, he served as the Minnesota Department of Health communications director. Michael earned his master’s degree in strategic communication from the University of Minnesota in 2009. He was president of the National Public Health Information Coalition, and served as a board member for the organization since 2015. Professional areas of interest include crisis and risk communication, communications psychology and information processing.

Karen Schultz
MA 2009
Karen Schultz joined the Hubbard School alumni board bringing her extensive marketing and business development experience. She’s worked in the airline industry as well as at various agencies— PR, digital marketing, energy efficiency marketing and three advertising—in client services and communications, but mostly as a director of business development while also leading agency PR and marketing. Currently, Karen runs a small business focusing on Business Development, PR and Marketing for agencies and small to mid-sized companies, called OneAirSpace. The name reflects her previous career in the airline industry, but also her passion for collaborative and authentic communications that help businesses reach their goals. 

Contact Karen at [email protected] for more information about:

  • Identity, Marketing, PR and Business Development for agencies and small to mid-size companies
  • Entrepreneurship/Gig Life
  • Networking
  • Reimagining a career

Emme Strauss
BA 2005
In her current role as Head of Production + Creative Operations at Google Brand Studio, Emme Drews has been responsible for helping bring to life some of Google's biggest brand moments over the past few years including the Helpfulness brand campaign, Racial Equity, Year in Search, Covid-19 efforts, Google One, Olympics, and the Google Store (2015 Webby Award). Prior to Google, Emme worked on the agency side on clients such as Toyota, Nike, Visa, Intel, Bank of America and Merck in roles across account management, production and operations in San Francisco, New York and Minneapolis. She currently lives in the Bay Area with her husband and two young daughters. 

Ex-officio members
Elisia Cohen, Director
Amanda Fretheim Gates, Communications Manager
Carly Eichhorst, Chief of Staff
Rebecca Rassier, Associate Director of Student Services