AdPR Advisory Council adds to board

The Department of Advertising and Public Relations at Grady College is proud to announce the newest board members to its AdPR Advisory Council.

The council was established in spring 2014 to focus efforts in expanding opportunities for internships and other professional experiences for students, expanding corporate resources for the program and attracting top-tier guest lecturers and visiting faculty.

“We are grateful for this tremendous group of professionals who are dedicated to giving their time and guidance in support of our AdPR students,” said Tom Reichert, head of the Department of Advertising and Public Relations. “The support of our alumni is impressive as they want to give back to the program that got them where they are. We are particularly indebted to the board members who are not alumni who are participating in the spirit of building the program and extending a hand to provide quality learning opportunities.”

The new board members include the following:

Joe Erwin is president and co-founder of Erwin Penland, which represents national and regional clients including Verizon Wireless, Denny’s, Michelin, Lockheed Martin and General Motors. The Erwin Center for the Study of Advertising and Communications at Clemson University (South Carolina) is named for Erwin and his wife, Gretchen. He is a graduate of Clemson University.

Beth Marshall is the senior director of public relations for the Atlanta Braves overseeing all aspects of the Braves corporate communications efforts including community affairs, sales and marketing, media outreach, publications and serving as liaison between Major League Baseball and the Braves broadcasting partners. She has also worked with the Professional Bowlers Association Tour, Women's National Basketball Association league office and Planet Hollywood. She is a graduate of Harcum College (Pennsylvania).

Tricia Mueller is the senior vice president and chief marketing officer for Home Depot, overseeing the company’s strategic marketing vision, as well as its category marketing and brand development. Prior to Home Depot, Mueller served in marketing roles at The Sports Authority, American Signature and ShopNBC. She is a graduate of Plattsburgh State University (New York).

Brian Wong is the founder of Kiip, a new mobile marketing firm that rewards achievement milestones in games and apps. Previously Wong, who has been named to Forbes’ “30 under 30” list for three years and Mashable’s “Top 5 Entrepreneurs to Watch” list, launched Digg’s Android mobile app. He is a graduate of the University of British Columbia.

Other members of the AdPR Advisory Council include:

Dawn Brun (ABJ ’04), Porter Novelli (Atlanta)


Tripp Cagle (ABJ ’81), Southern Company (Atlanta)



Solange Claudio, Moxie (Atlanta)


Brad Dodge, Dodge Communications (Atlanta)


Ciro Dias dos Reis, Imagen (Sao Paulo, Brazil)


DeShele Dorsey, Dorsey Impact Solutions (Atlanta)



Margaret Dunning, Widmeyer (Washington, DC)


Brian Elliott, Amsterdam Worldwide (Amsterdam)


Kim Getty, Deutsch (Los Angeles)


Bob Gilbreath, Ahalogy, (Cincinnati)


Neil Hirsch (ABJ, ’00), IHG (Atlanta)


Annie Hou, consultant (Atlanta)


Sean Jones, Comcast Spotlight (Atlanta)


Tom Landrum (MA ’87), UGA (retired) (Athens, Ga.)


Mara Maddox (ABJ ’96), consultant (Atlanta)


Ellen Ryan Mardiks, Golin, (Chicago)


Andrew McLean, Mercury Media (New York)


Mark McMullen, The List (Atlanta)


Tricia Melton (ABJ ’85), Turner Entertainment (Atlanta)


Donna Peeples, Motivated (Atlanta)


Manny Rodriguez, 22squared (Atlanta)


Michael Schrier, SessionM (Atlanta)


Tina Stow (MA ’03), PhRMA (Washington, D.C.)


Brad Taylor (ABJ ’83), Coca-Cola (Atlanta)


Deborah von Kutzelben (ABJ ’93), BBDO (Atlanta)


Kip Voytek, Rumble (New York)


Karen White (ABJ ’87), Amgen (Los Angeles)


Julie Winskie, Mercer (New York)


Date: October 2, 2015
Author:  Sarah Freeman,
Contact:  Tom Reichert,