Meet the #BrandPointPleasant Team

Fall 2019 Team

Rita Colistra, Ph.D.
BrandJRNY PI & Director
Faculty Leader: Point Pleasant Campaign Team

Problem Solver | Researcher & Explorer |
Earth momma | Appalachian
Carly Smith
Account Coordinator


Fiancé, Dog mom, Dunkin enthusiast, Good Vibes Only
Sam Stocksdale
Graduate Assistant & Chief Strategist


Delaware Born | Data Nerd | Runs on Coffee
Adrianne Uphold
Brand Manager


Tattoo Collector | Townie | Dog Mom | Radiate Positive Energy
Chelsea Harper
Research Director


Dog mom | Appalachian Grown | Craft Beer Enthusiast | Pepperoni Roll Connoisseur
Anne Parker
Research Director


Buckeye turned Mountain Mama | Half-Marathon Runner | Data Nerd
Clairice Hemme
Creative Director


Mountain woman | Cheese Queen | Traveler | Wine all the time
Ruth Deely
Public & Community Relations Director


Daughter of the King | Up North | 321 | Potato | Cheesin
Nick Morin
Digital & Social Media Director


Guts Over Fear | Swiss Army Knife Skill Set | Untapped Legend | Drake Stan
David Smith
Teaching Assistant Professor
Brand Storytelling Lead

Photographer | Videographer | Skeptical technology enthusiast | Dad
Andrés Warren
BrandJRNY Photographer
Crystal Check
BrandJRNY Videographer
Kenzie Pigott
BrandJRNY Visual Storyteller
Max Shavers
BrandJRNY Photographer
Jeff Boggess
BrandJRNY Videographer
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Spring 2019 Team

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Rita Colistra, Ph.D.
BrandJRNY PI & Director
Faculty Leader: Point Pleasant Campaign Team
Sam Stocksdale
Graduate Assistant & Chief Strategist
Carly Smith
Account Coordinator
Hannah Williams
Brand Manager & Chief Strategist
Jessanne Thompson
Creative Director
Adison Ammons
Advertising Director
Chelsea Harper
Digital Media Director
Adrianne Uphold
PR/Community Relations/Media Relations Director
Rebecca Jerome
Social Media Director
David Smith
Teaching Assistant Professor
Brand Storytelling Lead
Clairice Hemme
Point Pleasant Photographer
Sara Brinsfield
BrandJRNY Videographer
Seth Seebaugh
BrandJRNY Photographer
Miranda Wolfe
Point Pleasant Videographer
Hunter Bennett
AR/VR + Community Storytelling team member
Logan Kinney
AR/VR + Community Storytelling team member
Max Shavers
Teaching Assistant
Kristian Davis
Point Pleasant Photographer
Corbin Mills
Point Pleasant Photographer
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Housed at the WVU Media Innovation Center, BrandJRNY is a community branding initiative that is a grant-funded collaboration between the American Electric Power Foundation and WVU Reed College of Media.

The Initiative was previously funded by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation for our three pilot projects.

Original website designed by Mariah Elliott, under the direction of PI and Director Dr. Rita Colistra.

Photos and content may not be used without written permission by contacting brandjrny@gmail.com.

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