Tom White spent 11 years in the video production classroom, teaching high school students the techniques and tools needed to succeed in live news and sports production. His nationally recognized programs have worked with the students of the Carmical Sports Media Institute since 2016. Prior to working in education, Tom was a marketing and online content director for what is now iHeart Radio in Atlanta. Outside of work, you will find Tom spending time with his family at a baseball field or a hole-in-the-wall restaurant.


Prior to Grady College, Darlene Bradley worked with UGA Finance and Administration since 1994, starting in the accounts payable department then moving to the budget office.

She was born in Vicenza, Italy, and is bilingual speaking French and English. She is the mother of two daughters and the proud grandmother of a granddaughter and grandson.  She has kayaked many of the rivers in Georgia, including the famous Suwanee River in the south of the state. She enjoys the great outdoors, traveling and gardening.


Peabody is happy to announce that Maggie Stephens has joined our team in the newly created position of Awards Coordinator. Maggie will oversee the administration of the awards process, events and boards. Maggie is a UGA graduate in Comparative Literature, and worked at UGA previously in the Office of Special Events. Most recently, she worked with USA Volleyball in Colorado Springs, Colorado.


Jackson Schroeder is the public relations specialist for Grady College’s external relations team. He graduated from Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism news and information and a specialization in political science. 

Prior to UGA, Jackson served as the editor-in-chief of a local news publication in Brooklyn, a content manager for an online higher education publication and a sports reporter in both Athens, Ohio, and Brunswick, Georgia. He has also spent time as a freelance culture reporter in Brooklyn, covering everything from restaurant openings to the history of local bookstores.

In his role at Grady College, Jackson assists with the communications efforts of the college through the website, media relations and social media.


Chris Thompson graduated from Athens Technical College with an associate’s degree focused on applied science in emerging technologies. He comes from a long background in the service industry as well as years of experience in live production and recording arts. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, going camping in their camper and making music on his computer and then playing it for people at shows.


Marcella Genut (AB ’18) joined the academic advising team in January 2022. Prior to serving Grady College as the prospective student academic advisor, she worked for the CDC and nonprofit Extra Special People in a variety of communications roles. Marcella is a University of Georgia alumna, having earned a B.A. in Public Relations.


Mary Ellen Barto has more than 30 years experience working in advertising and media agencies, client marketing organizations, and as an industry consultant.  Prior to joining UGA, Mary Ellen worked for Luckie & Co, establishing a Media Center of Excellence within the agency.  She also spent 13 years as Vice President of Brand Media and Field Marketing at Arby’s Restaurant Group, where she oversaw strategic media planning and field marketing for the company, managed multiple agency relationships, and was part of the marketing leadership team responsible for the brand’s revitalization.  Mary Ellen also held senior positions in some of the industries most respected advertising agencies, including Ogilvy & Mather/Mindshare (New York and Atlanta) and BBDO/OMD (Atlanta), working with a diverse array of clients, including consumer package goods (Kraft Foods, Hershey, Pepperidge Farm, McCormick), telecommunications (ATT), insurance (Nationwide,) financial (American Express) hotels (Sheraton Hotels), Tourism (US Virgin Islands Tourism), as well as retail and QSR brands.

Mary Ellen has an undergraduate degree in Business/Psychology from Albright College (Reading, Pennsylvania).

She joins UGA as Manager of the Talking Dog Agency, guiding and supporting and growing the student-led organization.


Tyler was first acquainted with the New Media Institute as an Entertainment and Media Studies student. In order to explore his growing interest in user experience design, development, and all things NMI, he became a member of the inaugural Emerging Media Double Dawg class earning his Emerging Media Masters in 2021. Now Tyler can be found roaming the fourth floor as an NMI admin and the faculty advisor to incoming and returning undergraduate and graduate students in the New Media Certificate. He’s also teaching a variety of New Media courses and helping expand the NMI through the cultivation of industry relations.


Ashton Hedrick joined the academic advising team in July 2021. Prior to serving Grady College as an advisor, she worked in an administrative role in Franklin College undergraduate advising here at UGA. Ashton is a University of Georgia alumna, having earned a B.A. in History (2016). She also holds a Masters in Library and Information Science from Valdosta State University (2019).