Communications Office Staff
Michael P. StrysickDirector of Communications
Combs Center — Office 300
Michael's nearly 20 years of professional experience is split evenly between his work as a faculty member and administrator. He earned his Ph.D. in comparative literature at Binghamton University, SUNY, and shortly thereafter completed an NEH Summer Seminar at Yale University with the now late R.W.B. Lewis. He has taught English at Georgia Tech, campuses in the Kent State and University of Wisconsin systems, Davidson College and Wake Forest University, where he transitioned to administrative staff and began his career in communications.
More recently, Strysick served as executive director of college relations and associate vice president for institutional advancement at Austin College in Sherman, Texas.
Immediately prior to his appointment at Centre, Strysick worked as a Strategic Partner with Patton McDowell & Associates, a Charlotte-based consultancy that provides philanthropic counsel and organizational strategy.
20 Questions with Director of Communications Michael Strysick
Centre College names new director of communications (March 17, 2011)
Diane JohnsonSenior Associate Director of Communications
Combs Center — Office 312
Diane has been a college writer and editor for more than 20 years, most of them at Centre. She graduated with distinction from the history honors program at the University of Virginia. Like Sherlock Holmes, it is a hobby of hers “to have an exact knowledge of London.” Diane is also a little photo shy.
Tom SturgeonAssociate Director of Communications for Visual and Web Design
Combs Center — Office 307
Tom, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, has been at Centre since 1993. Prior to Centre, Tom worked at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center Office of Medical Communications. He received a B.F.A. from the University of Kentucky in 1991. He likes piña coladas and getting caught in the rain.
Amy Clark WiseAssistant Director of Communications for Public Relations and Marketing
Combs Center — Office 304
Amy Wise joins the Centre Communications staff with 15 years of direct experience in public relations and marketing communications. Her career has followed a path of marketing roles, including work at Preston-Osborne, the Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism, and most recently, Commonwealth Cancer Centers of Kentucky, where she served as Director of Communications.
A Danville-Boyle County native, Amy is an alumna of the 2009 Leadership Boyle County program. She is also active in professional organizations relevant to her field and serves on the advisory board of several civic organizations in the community.
Amy graduated with honors in 1998 from the University of Kentucky School of Journalism and Telecommunications, earning her B.A. in Integrated Strategic Communication.
She lives in Danville with her husband, Kendal, and two children, Molly and Colin.
Communications Office welcomes Lanigan and Wise
Ryan LaniganVisual and Web Designer
Combs Center — Office 306
Ryan is a native of Lincoln county who has been in the design field for 8 years.
He has that rare combination of left and right brain skills that make him talented both artistically and analytically. Not only does he have an impressive portfolio of print, illustration, and web design work, but also he is proficient in video editing and web coding, including experience with WordPress. A graduate (summa cum laude) of EKU's graphic design program, Ryan has also worked at Wausau Paper, Alltech and DecoArt. In addition, he has worked as a freelance artist, and you would recognize that work most notably through his logo design for the 303W restaurant in Danville. Ryan has also worked with companies such as Westcon, Avaya, Polycom, Keeneland Thoroughbred Racing, Iomega, EKU, Kentucky Ale and BossaNova Consulting.
Ryan and his wife Renee' have two sons, Aiden and Asher.
Communications Office welcomes Lanigan and Wise
20 Questions with Visual and Web Designer Ryan Lanigan
Combs Center — Office 303
Robert comes to us from Richmond, Virginia. He studied at the School of Media Arts and Design at James Madison University and worked at the National Center for State Courts as their chief photographer and digital media assistant. Robert brings a wealth of experience, creativity and talent to this position. Beyond his impressive still photography, he offers strong skills as a videographer and brings a savvy eye to other areas of importance in our office, such as digital archiving and social media.
Mary Kay (Katie) JonesPublications and Web Communications Assistant
Combs Center — Office 301
Mary Kay began working at Centre in 2000 and is responsible for a variety of duties within the Communications Office including the weekly Notesworthy online newsletter, Centre website updating, athletic media guides, publications, project coordination, and many administrative duties. Before coming to Centre, she worked as a graphic artist and photographer for a ceramics and craft manufacturing company.
Getting to know...the Communications Office's Mary Kay Jones
Cindy LongAssociate for News and Marketing
Combs Center — Office 308
Cindy has worked at Centre since 2001. She holds a B.A. in journalism from Indiana University and is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer.
20 Questions with Associate for News and Marketing Cindy Long
John RusnakWeb and Communications Assistant
Combs Center — Office 309
Originally from Pittsburgh, Pa., John joined the staff at Centre in 2008. He has a B.S. degree in computer science from the University of Pittsburgh, where he held several jobs over the years. John also worked various computer-related positions at a healthcare company. In his spare time, he enjoys creating artwork, cooking, songwriting, recording, playing piano, and performing with Dump Truck on the Run, a local rock band.
Mariel SmithCommunications Fellow
Combs Center — Office 302
Mariel is a Winter Park, Florida native who graduated from Centre in 2011 with an English major and Creative Writing minor. Deciding not to pursue a career as Lil Smitty (budding rap-mogul and star of the Centre hip-hopumentary of the same name), she went on to get her Masters in Public Administration at Morehead State University. She was the Marketing Director at the Danville Community Arts Center for a year before joining the Communications Office staff.