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

Jenni Pinkley, Board President
BA 1997
Jenni Pinkley is the senior video producer for the Minneapolis Star Tribune. She oversees video production, including assigning, coaching and training on daily news stories and projects. She has won four Upper Midwest Regional Emmy awards, three National Edward R. Murrow awards and other industry awards for multimedia projects over the years, as well as multimedia teaching and judging engagements.

Contact Jenni for more information about: 

  • Photo and Video Storytelling
  • Working in the newspaper industry
  • Multimedia

Karen Schultz, Board Vice President
MA 2009Karen 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. 

Alumni Society Board Members

Riham Feshir
BA 2008
Riham Feshir is a reporter at MPR News, where she covers race and immigration. She was the co-creator of 74 Seconds, an innovative podcast that covered the first-ever trial of a Minnesota police officer charged in an on-duty death. Her work on the podcast won national awards, including a Peabody, Livingston and Third Coast Best Documentary. Since joining MPR News in 2015, Riham has dug deep into various issues important to readers and listeners of all communities, all across the state, including mental health, racial inequity and police shootings.

Nicole Garrison
MA 2002
Nicole Garrison is director of communications, content strategist at RBC Wealth Management-U.S., where she oversees all external communications, internal communications and some content marketing strategy for the firm. In her role, Nicolve bridges the gap between traditional corporate PR and classic marketing in order to help organizations increase brand recognition and connect with statekholders in an authentic way. 

A journalist by training, Nicole spent the first eight years of her career as a business reporter, covering a multitude of beats, including food manufacturing, health care and financial services. While working at the Pioneer Press, Garrison's work earned her multiple awards from the Associated Press, the Society of American Business Editors and Writers and the Minnesota Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. 

Since leaving journalism, Nicole has established a reputation as a trusted communications advisor to senior corporate executives and government officials. She started her career in public relations at the state of Minnesota, where she served as communications director for the Department of Commerce, leading a team of six communications professionals and served as the lead advisor to two commissioners. She has also served as vice president of public relatinos for U.S. Bank, leadning external communications for all institutional business lines and for all of the bank's Midwestern and Eastern markets.

Contact Nicole at for more information about:

  • Public relations
  • Transitioning from journalism to corporate communications
  • Social media
  • Content marketing
  • Executive thought leadership
  • Leveraging sponsorships to build brand

Eric Hansen
BA 2005
Eric Hansen is a senior copywriter at Colle+McVoy, where he delivers big ideas and words of all sizes for Cub Cadet, Target, Schell’s Beer, and He has spent time in both integrated and digital agencies, including space150 and BBDO Minneapolis. His brand experience could be described as “meaty,” spanning Buffalo Wild Wings, Red Baron Pizza, Jack Link’s, SPAM, Hormel Black Label Bacon … and 3M. While enrolled in the Hubbard School, Hansen was a member of Ad Club and National Student Advertising Competition, and enjoyed his first paid copywriting experience at the Minnesota Daily.

Contact Eric for more information about:

  • advertising and branding
  • copywriting
  • social content
  • portfolio development
  • Gopher hoops

Brian Hurley
BA 2003, BFA 2003
Brian Hurley is the Creative Lead at Public Works in Minneapolis. In his position, he oversees the creative development of ideas in various mediums for his company’s brands. For the past 15 years, his creative thinking has driven brands such as Pebbles Cereal, Yoplait, Minnesota Wild and Payless Shoes. His work has been recognized by The Emmys, The One Club, the ADDYs, the AdFed Show and the EFFIEs.

Contact Brian for more information about: Advertising, design and creative

Allison Kuznia
BA 2002
Allison Kuznia is an Account Director at Colle McVoy, where she provides brand leadership on Associated Bank, CHS and Cenex. Her more than 16 year agency career has landed her at GdB, Martin Williams and Olson (now ICF Next), prior to Colle McVoy. Her brand experience encompasses both traditional and non-traditional award-winning work for brands such as the University of Minnesota, Explore Minnesota, MacPhail Center for Music, Revlon, Marvin Windows and Doors, 3M and Kraftmaid Cabinetry. While enrolled in the Hubbard School, Allison was an avid member of the Ad Club and National Student Advertising Competition, where her team placed 3rd in the national competition.  

Contact Allison to learn more about: 

  • Advertising and branding
  • Account leadership
  • Integrated Marketing 
  • Hockey of all kinds 

John Maher
BA 1984
John Maher is in his eighth season as Vice President of Brand, Content and Communications for the National Hockey League’s Minnesota Wild. In this role, Maher leads the management of brand, creative and content production efforts, as well as supervising staff responsible for corporate communications, game presentation, events, publications, Minnesota Sports & Entertainment (MSE) Creative Services and media production. Maher also oversees the team’s Broadcast Department. Maher joined the organization in July of 2000 as Director of Production Services and was first tasked with building the creative and technical capabilities needed to launch all elements of the Wild’s Inaugural Season game and event presentation at Xcel Energy Center. He was named Senior Director of Creative Services in 2002 and Senior Director of Marketing in 2005. In 2004, he coordinated MSE’s launch of the Minnesota Swarm in the National Lacrosse League (NLL) and was named NLL Marketing Executive of the Year in 2005. John is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Saint Paul Police Foundation.

Contact John for more information about:

  • working in the pro sports industry
  • the evolving media channel landscape and rise of social media
  • the blurring lines between marketing/communications/PR

Tim Nelson
BA 2009, MA 2019
Tim Nelson is an Account Supervisor for Padilla, ranked nationally as one of the top 10 independent marketing and PR firms in the country. He has a strong focus in media relations as well as in communication strategy for the business-to-business, health and technology sectors. Prior to joining Padilla, Tim was a co-founder at a boutique Minneapolis agency, serving as both video producer and account lead for a number of Minnesota businesses. While enrolled in the School of Journalism, Tim was an active contributor for the Star Tribune, as well as for “University Report,” where his coverage of the 2009 Red River Floods was nominated for a regional Emmy Award. 

Contact Tim at for more information about:

  • public and media relations
  • working in an advertising agency
  • social media
  • digital strategy
  • broadcast + digital journalism

Jacqueline Smith
BA 1993
Jacqueline Larson is the Communications and Marketing Manager for St. Louis Park. She develops and executes communication, marketing and engagement strategies to reinforce the city’s brand. She also leads and manages the communications division, which is responsible for varied services, including print publications, web content, cable TV, social media, traditional media and public relations. Larsen serves as public information officer for the police and fire departments and handles some event planning.

Contact Jacqueline for more information about: 

  • Government Communications (including cable TV)
  • Web Content
  • Social Media
  • Public Relations

Jennifer Sorenson
BA 2001
Jennifer Sorenson is the Campus Director for Brightmont Academy, an accredited private school offering one-to-one instruction for students in grades 6-12, and tutoring for students in grades 3-12. She operates the Apple Valley, Minn., and Plymouth, Minn., campuses where she oversees all operations including student success initiatives, academic outcomes, staff development, and effective internal and external relationships. Her background includes operations, recruiting, and creating, implementing and facilitating an executive development program. She is passionate about providing all young people access to an education that allows them to pursue their chosen path.

Contact Jennifer for more information about:

  • networking
  • developing mutually beneficial partnerships
  • leadership development
  • working full-time during graduate school

Kelli Theiler
MA 2014
In Kelli's current role as Associate Director of Strategy at Roundpeg Consulting, she takes a "consumer first" approach to research & strategy. By beginning with the attitudes, opinions and behaviors of people, she uncovers insights that help brands focus on what matters to their buyers in today's culture. Before joining Roundpeg, she spent time at local advertising agency, Carmichael Lynch, and consumer insights firm, Gartner/Iconoculture. Her work has impacted strong brands like Securian Financial, Corona, Modelo, Target, 3M & Subaru. She earned her Master of Arts in Strategic Communication from the University of Minnesota in 2014 and Bachelor of Science in Advertising from the Art Institute in 2010. As a lifelong Minnesotan, enthusiasm for the outdoors runs in her blood. On weekends, you can find Kelli camping, biking or taking in an outdoor concert.

Tanya Wright
BA 1995
Tanya is currently the Communications Director at the University of Minnesota Admissions Office. She started her career working on events at the Ronald McDonald House and on the public relations team at Nordic Track. She’s worked in a wide-range of marketing areas including launch and management of the new brand "Be The Match," co-creation of the 5k Walk+Run event concept and re-launch and expansion of the Be The Match On Campus collegiate program.Contact Tanya for more information about:

  • non-profit healthcare marketing and communication
  • brand launch, growth and management
  • sales team collaboration and marketing support
  • cause product marketing

Ex-officio members
Elisia Cohen, Director
Sue Couling, Events Manager
Amanda Fretheim Gates, Communications Manager
Christine Mollen, Undergraduate Student Services Coordinator
Erika Nelson, Chief of Staff
Rebecca Rassier, Associate Director of Student Services