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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Jenna Spinelle loves a good story and has spent the past 15 years telling them as a journalist, marketing professional, and most recently, as a podcaster. She is the communications specialist for the McCourtney Institute for Democracy at Penn State, where she hosts and produces the Democracy Works podcast in collaboration with WPSU, central Pennsylvania’s NPR station. She is also the founder of The Democracy Group, a network of podcasts about civic engagement, civil discourse, and democracy.

When she’s not podcasting, Jenna plans and executes all of the McCourtney Institute’s external communications. She also teaches journalism in Penn State’s Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications and works with national and international clients as a freelance writer and marketer.

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The Producer

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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Hosts Emeriti

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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Jon Blankenship is the Director of Digital Media Strategies for Development and Alumni Relations at Vanderbilt University. Jon has more than 17 years of experience in the marketing and communications field and 10+ in higher ed. Jon hails from the small towns of Scottsville, Ky. and Lafayette (pronounced: Lah-FETTE), Tenn. At every stop in Jon’s career, the people, teams and relationships have been what get him motivated in the mornings. When not working, you can find Jon spending time with his wife and two girls in Franklin, Tenn., running, reading about pop culture or enjoying a pour of good bourbon watching the sunset.

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