The Office of Communications is responsible for the quality and consistency of Centre’s marketing efforts, with the specific purpose of promoting the College and its people, programs, and achievements uniformly across our messaging and visual identity.



Diane Johnson

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Senior Associate Director for Publications and Centrepiece Editor Work Centre College Communications Combs Center (Warehouse) Third Floor Room 312 Work Phone: 859.238.5717

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.


Mary Kay Jones

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Production Coordinator Work Centre College Communications Combs Center (Warehouse) Third Floor Room 301 Work Phone: 859.238.5716

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.



Ryan Lanigan

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Lead Designer for Creative Services Work Centre College Communications Combs Center (Warehouse) Third Floor Room 306 Work Phone: 859.238.5720

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.


Cindy Long

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Marketing and Publications Coordinator Work Centre College Communications Combs Center (Warehouse) Third Floor Room 308 Work Phone: 859.238.5714

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.



John Rusnak

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Web Content Coordinator Work Centre College Communications Combs Center (Warehouse) Third Floor — Room 309 Work Phone: 859.238.5722

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 Steinhofer

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News & Digital Content Specialist Centre College Cell Phone: 859.421.3329 Work Phone: 859.238.5698

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.


Michael Strysick

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Director of Communications Work Centre College Communications Combs Center (Warehouse) Third Floor Room 300 Work Phone: 859.238.5710

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.


Tom Sturgeon

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Associate Director of Design for Brand and Stewardship Communications Work Centre College Communications Combs Center (Warehouse) Third Floor Room 307 Work Phone: 859.238.5715

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.



Amy Clark Wise

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Associate Director of Communications Work Centre College Communications Combs Center (Warehouse) Third Floor Room 304 Work Phone: 859.238.5748

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.



The Communications office is located on the third floor of Combs Center.

Mailing Address:

Communications Office
Centre College
600 West Walnut Street
Danville, KY 40422