Meet the Team

The Hosts

Lougan Bishop is the web & digital media manager at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. Having lived in small towns his entire life, Lougan always dreamed of experiencing something bigger. While gaining his undergraduate degree, he discovered that internet communities could do just that. That passion brought him into his current field of web and digital marketing. At Belmont, Lougan leads the development of university’s strategy for digital marketing including web, social media and video. In his free time, you can find him spending time with his family, out on the running trail, enjoying a wide array of science fiction media, watching anime or eating ramen.

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Jackie Vetrano is the online marketing and social media manager at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As a transplant from New York, her use of pop instead of soda, pickiness of the size of chicken wings (they’re not called Buffalo wings), and a snow shovel in the trunk of her car doesn’t help her blend in with the Raleigh, North Carolina community where she lives. Professionally, her passion lies in content strategy, data-driven decisions, and strategic digital marketing. She is also earning a Masters of Professional Studies in Integrated Marketing Communications from Georgetown University. In her free time, you’re most likely to find her out on a run, petting her cat, listening to podcasts, or eating sushi.

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The Team

Emma Hawes is an associate account executive for Postmates, but has a heart for education. The Sikeston, MO native relocated to Nashville, TN in August 2017 while finishing her M.S. in communication from Purdue University. In December 2014, she obtained her B.A. in communication with concentrations in journalism, broadcasting, and public relations from Mississippi State University.

Hawes occasionally works freelance broadcasting technician where her tasks vary from stage manager, utility, production runner, and parabolic microphone operator for ESPN games. Hawes manages her blog “Literature in a Hurry” where she writes about music and book launches. In her spare time, She loves reading, shooting photography, doing pilates, and attending concerts.

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Mariah Barksdale is a social media community leader at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was born and raised in Texas, and though not all of her exes reside there, her favorite BBQ place (Salt Lick BBQ) does. A lover of travel, when she’s not at home hate-watching The Bachelor in Durham, N.C., she’s usually immersing herself in different perspectives and culture (and let’s be real, food) around the world. As a social media marketer, she has a passion for using her digital skillset to uplift diverse voices and make connections with the world around her. Whether it’s an Instagram Story or a meme, Mariah loves crafting vibrant stories to engage with online communities and help them grow.

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