600 West Walnut Street
Danville, KY 40422
Combs Center (Warehouse)
853 West Walnut Street
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Monday – Friday, excluding College holidays
Office of Communications Staff
The communications staff works closely with the admission office and other offices on campus to tell the Centre story.
Produces digital photography and videography in support of College-wide marketing, recruitment, fundraising, and stewardship efforts. Also, manages the College’s digital archive and its Instagram, Flickr, Vimeo, and YouTube channels.
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.
Serves as editor of the College alumni magazine and produces other print materials in support of recruitment and stewardship.
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.
Provides administrative and production support for a range of Communications projects, and also helps manage departmental billing and budgets.
Mary Kay (Katie) began working at Centre in 2000 and is responsible for a variety of duties within the Communications Office. Some of her duties include updating sections of the website using Wordpress, publication design and production using Adobe InDesign and Photoshop, as well as a variety of administrative and organizational duties within the department.
Before coming to Centre, she worked as a graphic artist and photographer for a ceramics and craft manufacturing company.
Provides creative direction for the full range of departmental projects, including print and web design, photography, and videography. Also, serves as the College’s webmaster.
Visual and Web Designer Ryan Lanigan joined the communications office in April 2013, bringing with him a wealth of design education and experience, and made redesigning Centre’s website his first order of business.
“The main goal of the redesign was to create a site that functioned as an intuitive tool for prospective students to learn more about Centre College,” Lanigan says. “To that end, it was important that the site be responsive so that it is easily viewable on mobile devices, as well as the most popular desktop browsers, without compromising our visual standards.”
“Implementing an easy-to-use CMS allows people from various backgrounds and geographic locations to edit their content online,” Lanigan continues. “The lack of a universal CMS on the previous site was definitely an area of need.”
Increased visits are a useful indicator of a successful and more navigable web presence, as well as acknowledgement that Centre’s prominent position as a national liberal arts college is reaching a broader audience via its website.
And while ease of user experience and increased traffic are the primary goals, the accolades of your peers is also gratifying. To date, Centre’s new website has been awarded an American Advertising Federation ADDY Award, a Graphic Design USA American In-house Design Award and a Gold designation from Hermes Creative Awards.
A graduate (summa cum laude) of EKU’s graphic design program, Ryan previously 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.
Provides support for a range of Communications efforts, including news, marketing, and publication projects.
Cindy has worked at Centre since 2001. She holds a B.A. in journalism from Indiana University and is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer.
Assists in the development, design, and maintenance of the College’s website, and provides editorial support for admission publications.
Originally from Pittsburgh, Pa., John moved to Danville in 2003 and worked as a web design consultant before joining 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 physical fitness, creating artwork, cooking, songwriting, recording original music, playing piano/keyboards, and performing with his musical duo The Sunspots.
Kerry joined the communications office in 2017. Prior to Centre, she was a reporter for The Advocate-Messenger newspaper.
She received a B.A. in journalism from Asbury University in 2016. During her time at Asbury, she was on the staff of the campus newspaper, The Asbury Collegian. As part of the journalism program at Asbury, Kerry had the opportunity to attend the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and report Kentucky-related stories for several Kentucky media outlets, including LEX18, Kentucky Monthly Magazine and The Jessamine Journal.
Serves as the College’s chief communications officer, leading the image building and marketing efforts, and as a member of Centre’s senior administration.
Michael’s many years of professional experience is split 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.
Strysick served as executive director of college relations and associate vice president for institutional advancement at Austin College in Sherman, Texas. 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.
Visualizes the Centre brand and story to internal and external audiences in support of the College’s integrated marketing efforts, and oversees the College’s Brand Standards Guide.
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.
Serves as second in command to the Director of Communications in all public relations, media relations, and marketing efforts, and speaks to the media on behalf of the College in the Director’s absence.
Amy joined the communications office in April 2013, bringing with her 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.
Publications and Advertising
As a team Communications is proud to accept these honors from various creative award organizations and professionals within the marketing and communications field.
Hermes GOLD Award: 2015-16 Donor Report (2016)
Hermes PLATINUM Award: Viewbook (2016)
SILVER Award: Centre Experience Ad Campaign, Magazine Category (Collegiate Advertising, 2016)
GOLD ADDY Award: 2015-16 Recruitment Brochures (2016)
SILVER ADDY Award: 2015-16 Donor Report (2016)
PLATINUM MarCom Award: The Centre Experience advertising campaign (November 2015)
GOLD MarCom Award: The 2014-15 Centre College recruitment brochures (November 2015)
American Inhouse Design Award: The 2014-15 Centre College print ad campaign, titled “It’s All Part of the Centre Experience” (May 2015)
American Inhouse Design Award: The 2014-15 Centre College recruitment brochure series (May 2015)
GOLD Hermes Creative Award: The Centre Experience advertising campaign (May 2015)
AAF Award: Centrepiece Magazine Summer 2015 (Lexington, February 2015)
AAF Award: Centre College Recruitment Brochures (Lexington, February 2015)
AAF Award: Centre Experience Ad Campaign (Lexington, February 2015)
AAF Award: Norton Center Season Campaign, (Lexington, February 2015)
GOLD Award: 2014-15 Recruitment Brochures, (Collegiate Advertising, February 2015)
AAF Award: Centre College Airport Display Design (Lexington, February 2014)
AAF Award: Centre Commitment Ad Design (Lexington, February 2014)
AAF Award: GSA Takes Centre Stage Ad Design (Lexington, February 2014)
Increased visits are a useful indicator of a successful and more navigable web presence, as well as acknowledgement that Centre’s prominent position as a national liberal arts college is reaching a broader audience via its website. And while ease of user experience and increased traffic are the primary goals, the accolades of your peers is also gratifying.
American Advertising Federation ADDY Award (2015)
Graphic Design USA American In-house Design Award (2015)
GOLD designation from Hermes Creative Awards (2015)
BRONZE Award from Collegiate Advertising (February 2015)
GOLD Digital Burgoo: The Convergence of Branding Website (Re)Design, Public Relations and Social Media (MARCOM, December 2014)
American Graphic Design Award for the redesigned Centre College website (September 2014)
GOLD Hermes Creative Award for the redesigned Centre College website (May 2014)
USA American In-house Design Award for the redesigned Centre College website (April 2014)
AAF Award Centre College Website Redesign (Lexington AAF, February 2014)