CCI Board of Visitors

History and Purpose

As a means of establishing communications between the private and academic sectors, the board provides counsel and advice regarding goals and objectives, student experiences, resources and financial support by identifying potential funding sources. In today's ever-changing communication and information environment, the Board of Visitors provides leadership and guidance to help the college better prepare today's students and tomorrow's communication and information leaders.


The Board of Visitors serves in a collaborative relationship with the leadership and faculty of the College of Communication and Information to improve the educational opportunities of students and advance the reputation of the college's respective schools. Members work as ambassadors to the information and communications industry, potential donors, prospective graduates and the university as a whole. BOV members contribute their professional expertise and perspective, time and energy, direct and indirect professional support and lend their influence to the success of the program.

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Current Members
Name Job Title Place of Employment
Cathy G. Ackermann President and CEO Ackermann Public Relations and Marketing
Tori Blase CNN Supervisor/Executive Producer Time Warner/CNN
David Bohan Chairman & Founder BOHAN Advertising/Marketing
Adam Brown Executive Strategist
Alan Carmichael President Moxley Carmichael, Inc.
Bonnie Carroll Founder and CEO Information International Associates, Inc.
Jacqueline C. Cavnar Market Analyst Decision Resources Group
Elizabeth Clement Webb Special Assistant to the Deputy Director Federal Bureau of Investigation
Diana Condon Director of Advertising Knoxville News Sentinel
Bob Conrad Library Director Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Jeff Copeskey US Government Relations – Southern Region Exxon Mobil Corporation
Michael J. Costa General Manager WTVC Television/Sinclair Broadcast Group
Kay Dempsey CEO The Dempsey Companies
Jerry Ehrlich President & Executive Creative Director The Brand Squad
Edward "Trey" Fabacher Former VP/General Manager WGCL-TV, CBS Atlanta & WPCH-TV, Peachtree TV
Alisa Harrison SVP Communications & Marketing International Franchise Associaion
Ed Ingle Managing Director of Government Affairs Microsoft Corporation
Cindy McConkey Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications Scripps Networks Interactive
Mark A. McNeely Senior Partner McNeely Pigott & Fox Public Relations, LLC
Hilda Schmissrauter Murray Executive Vice President and Partner TPC Printing and Packaging
Pamela J. (Pam) O'Connor President/CEO Leading Real Estate Companies of the World
Larry Patrick Managing Partner Patrick Communications & Legend Communications
J. Phenise Poole Associate General Counsel Omnicare, Inc.
Carol Poston Manager, Marketing Services LifePoint Hospitals
Tim Sellers Partner, Director of Operations & Client Development Inferno
Gloria Sharrar Retired Senior Vice President, Technology & Operations Bank of America
Kimberly Steger VP Operations, Director of Marketing Concierge Choice Physicians
Patalia Tate Vice President, Marketing & Creative Strategy Scripps Networks Interactive
Charles Tombras President & CEO The Tombras Group
Marcellus Turner City Librarian The Seattle Public Library
Theresa Venable Librarian and Programs Coordinator Children’s Defense Fund (Haley Farm)
Martha S. (Missy) Wallen Chairman, Knoxville Group Pinnacle Financial Partners, Inc.
Mary Beth West Principal Mary Beth West Communications, LLC
John T. Williams Chief Executive Officer The Regional Eye Center
John M. Williams Principal JMW Communications
Deb Woolley Owner Customized Management Training and Consulting
Honorary Member
Name Job Title Place of Employment
Peyton Manning Quarterback Denver Broncos