top of page
Meet our Speakers
Ryan Ashworth is the Head of Production, managing all projects that come in and out of the studio, and is responsible for both creative and financial decisions regarding the process of each video campaign. Since joining Stockworth Studios, Ryan and his team have collectively won 7 awards in both the Commercial and Short-Form Documentary space. Before that, Ryan was a Producer/Editor with the Orlando Magic where he created content for the NBA franchise. Ryan continues to help businesses generate millions of dollars through video production by matching his talent for driving revenue with visionary storytelling. His biggest piece of advice is "Don't overthink it. Pretend like you're talking to your younger self. Would what you're creating make you even want to laugh, cry, or say wow? Crafting something without the intention of making someone want to watch it a second... or maybe even a third time is sacrificing your gift for creativity."
Director and Producer, Stockworth Studios, and Flagler grad
Kenon A. Brown is a professor in the Department of Advertising and Public Relations (A+PR) at the University of Alabama. He is also the director for the Institute for Communication and Information Research and co-director for the Beyond Sports Initiative. Prior to his academic appointment, Kenon worked for eight years in restaurant management and marketing. His research interests include image and reputation management, particularly in sports, and minority recruitment in mass communication. During his academic career, Kenon has worked with several sport and entertainment organizations, including the International Olympic Committee, FOX Sports, Twitch, NASCAR and the Country Music Association, specifically assisting with strategic planning and diversity and inclusion initiatives.
Professor, University of Alabama
Co-Director, Beyond Sports Initiative
Tracey Eaton is an associate professor at Flagler College. He was a foreign correspondent for the Dallas Morning News before joining the college. He has worked throughout Latin America and is a former Fulbright scholar in Ecuador. His freelance journalism clients have included NBC News, USA Today, Newsweek and the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting. He has also written for Insider, a digital media brand with an audience of more than 221 million.
Professor and Journalist
Tony Fox is a well-respected and seasoned media executive with over 30 years of strategic communications experience in the television industry. He has held a variety of senior positions at such diverse national media companies as HBO, CBS, Comedy Central, MTV Networks and Al Jazeera America. His expertise includes media relations, corporate communications, crisis management, corporate responsibility, event production and management, media training, internal communications, digital marketing and social media. Most recently Fox served as a communications consultant for Al Jazeera America, the US-based 24-hour news network and offshoot of the Qatar-based international Arab news channel Al Jazeera. He was a senior member of the network’s US launch team where he developed communications strategy and executed pre-launch media, business, and community outreach plans. He also coordinated dozens of on-air and editorial talent announcements, executive and talent interviews, media tours of the network’s state-of-the-art newsrooms and studios and he publicized a dozen domestic news bureau openings. Prior to that, he was the executive vice president of corporate communications at the MTV Networks Entertainment Group, comprised of cable networks Comedy Central. Spike TV, and TV Land and several digital properties including atom.com and GameTrailers.com, among others. While there he managed three separate results-oriented PR teams as well as a centralized corporate PR unit. He and his team successfully drove ratings, ad revenue and cultural awareness for numerous hit television series including The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, South Park, The Colbert Report, Chappelle’s Show, The Ultimate Fighting Championship, Deadliest Warrior, Hot in Cleveland and Happily Divorced. Fox joined Time-Warner’s fledgling Comedy Channel in 1990 and the network soon merged with MTV Network’s competing all comedy network HA! a year later to become Comedy Central. He began his 21-year stint at Comedy Central as director of media relations and held a variety of executive communications positions, ultimately being promoted to executive vice president of corporate communications in 1990. In addition to successfully launching most of the network’s biggest and most culturally significant television hits, he also developed several impactful pro-social campaigns including Comics Come Home and RX Laughter as well as an award-winning public service campaign called Central Issues, in partnership with the Advertising Council. Fox began his career at Home Box Office in 1981 and quickly rose to become the network’s manager of sports publicity, supporting such major sports properties as Inside the NFL, Wimbledon, World Championship Boxing, including the rise of Mike Tyson, and numerous award-winning sports documentaries. This later led CBS-TV to recruit him as director of sports publicity to spearhead the communications efforts for network’s unprecedented The Dream Season, the largest collection of major league sports franchises in the history of broadcast television. He retired in 2013. Join Tony for lunch in the D-Hall on Tuesday. See the Events page for details and to register for the lunch.
Former Executive, HBO Sports and Comedy Central
Tim Franta graduated from Flagler in 1987 with a degree in English. He is excited that Flagler College is now offering a Cinematic Arts major. He has two passions in his life: space exploration and filmmaking. Tim is the vice president of Starfighters Space, a company that is developing the smallest rocket to make it to space by being air launched from an F-104 at supersonic speeds. Starfighters Space is based at the NASA Kennedy Space Center Shuttle Landing Facility. Tim wrote the story for and produced WOMAN IN MOTION a feature length documentary about NASA’s 1977 venture to hire Star Trek Lt. Uhura, Nichelle Nichols, to assist in recruiting the first women and minority astronauts. This documentary won many awards including an Emmy nomination for best original music for a documentary. The film has been uploaded to the International Space Station. It was also the first feature Paramount+ bought and is streaming there. Tim is currently producing, writing and directing an original series on the Florida Highwaymen entitled American Originals.
Vice President, Starfighters Space
Meet Abigale Kreinheder, Flagler College class of 2023 is originally from Lakewood, New York, but called St. Augustine home for three years. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts, concentrating in political science, economics, and English. With a passion for writing and storytelling, she delved into journalism and communication studies in her final semester. Beyond the classroom, Abigale was a columnist for local newspapers and a contributing writer for Trill Mag. She was the recipient of the 2023 Pulitzer Center Campus Consortium Reporting Fellowship where she travelled to Indonesia to report on The Last Traces of Wild Kopi Luwak. This opportunity transformed her understanding of journalism, her worldly perspective, and further instilled a love for storytelling and traveling. Join Abby for lunch on Tuesday in the Markland House. See the Events page for details and to register for the event.
Pulitzer Center grant recipient and Flagler grad
A 2009 communications Flagler alumna, Lauren (Cribb) Peacock, is a #1 Amazon author and an award-winning Producer. She has 13 years’ experience in film, commercial and branded content developing and shepherding productions of all sizes. Lauren had the pleasure of Executive Producing the award winning film Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean (premiering at Seattle International Film Festival, released theatrically in the US, the UK and Germany and subsequently featured on Netflix & Amazon Prime), Co-Producing rom-com Lady-Like (winner of Best Director at Sunscreen Film Festival and featured on Netflix) as well as be a part of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival favorite For Ellen directed by So Yong Kim, starring Paul Dano & John Heder. Lauren has negotiated with top agencies like WME, CAA, UTA to secure elite talent including comedians and musicians. Her expertise in directing production logistics and creative has led her to work with clients like Under Armour, ABC, Coca-Cola, Garmin, Lindsey Vonn, Wiz Khalifa, Overtime Elite, StudioNow, and MGM Resorts International. She has contributed to over 30+ publications such as Woman’s Day, Brides.com, Authority Magazines and is also an annual judge for the Page Turner Awards. Lauren currently has 4 features in development, including one feature based off her #1 Amazon book.
Author and Producer
Mitzi Saul is a creative, passionate community leader with more than 15 years in successful marketing communications, project, and event management. As an independent contractor, she enjoys working in the nonprofit and B-to-B sectors developing compelling, strategic marketing campaigns, events, and public relations activities for regional healthcare, business, and consumer audiences. Mitzi led the development and implementation of marketing activities of the Jewish Federation & Foundation of Northeast Florida to build financial resources, community involvement, and volunteerism. She spent more than 10 years with Community Hospice and Palliative Care in various marketing communication roles, receiving two PRSA PRism Awards for video and special events. She held several leadership positions in the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Jacksonville chapter, including chapter president, and headed the IABC Southern Region Silver Quill Awards as chairperson and presenter in New Orleans. Mitzi is the board secretary of the PRSA North Florida chapter. Join Mitzi for the PRSA Workshop on Wednesday. See the Events page for details and to register.
PRSA North Florida chapter
Hilke Schellmann is an Emmy-winning investigative reporter and journalism professor at NYU. She has reported for HBO, NPR, The New York Times, The Guardian, and The Wall Street Journal, where she has led a team investigating how artificial intelligence is changing our lives. Her 'extraordinary' (Variety) documentary for PBS, "Outlawed in Pakistan," premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where The Los Angeles Times dubbed it 'among the standouts.' It won Emmy, Overseas Press Club, and Cinema for Peace awards.
Emmy Award-winning Journalist and Author
Grad School Lunch and Learn
Scott Dickson would describe himself as a Messenger for the Masses. After graduating from Flagler College, Class of 1996 and earning a Master Degree in Tourism Administration from The George Washington University in 2003, Scott has paved a career in tourism brand marketing for over 20 years having worked for such global brands such as Southwest Airlines, SeaWorld Orlando where he launched the brand positioning for Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark, the Boston Celtics as an intern, Merlin Entertainments – Madame Tussauds and Sea Life attractions and currently serves as the Marketing Manager for Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures. In addition to his brand marketing career, Scott is also a voiceover actor with 9 years of experience having voiced for brands such as Bright House Communications, Marvel Snap Gaming App, Zoo Tampa at Lowry Park and Gerald R. Ford International Airport to name a few. This is where being a messenger comes in. Scott’s favorite hobby is anything that has to do with basketball. Having played for Flagler College, the love of the game has led him to coaching AAU basketball for 3 years and being an Assistant JV Basketball Coach this past year…and anyone who knows, a coach yelling doesn’t mix very well with a voiceover career, especially when his son is on the team. Scott currently lives in Orlando, enjoys traveling, when he can and spending time with his wife (who is also a Flagler College graduate, Class of 94) and 3 kids Sydney (23), Maya (19) and Grant (15).
Graduate student, University of Central Florida
Jessica Hoffman, M.S., is a second-year Strategic Communications PhD student studying Risk and Crisis at the University of Central Florida. Her research interests include nonprofit management, harm reduction, social media, and TTI industry awareness. She received a M.S. in Communication Management from the University of Central Florida in 2022 and a B.A. in Strategic Communications from Flagler College in 2020.
Graduate Student, University of Florida
Katie Collins is a video editor and producer specializing in documentaries and entertainment. She is pursuing her Master of Arts in Mass Communication at the University of Florida while working as a contract video editor at Variety, a teaching assistant at UF, and serving the not-for-profit space with Film Florida. Katie is also an award-winning editor through her documentary short, "Unfit to Stand." The film explores the realities of those living with mental illness in the criminal justice system and a profile of the families who tragically fell victim to that system. The film won a Telly Award and was a Student Academy Award Semi-Finalist. Katie earned her Bachelor of Arts in Digital Media Production and Journalism at Flagler College in 2020.
Dr. Jin Hammick is an associate professor of communication at Flagler College. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Florida in mass communication and a master’s degree Global Marketing Communication and Advertising from Emerson College. Her research focuses on brand-consumer relationships on social media, virtual/augmented reality, the effects of online communication on communication outcomes and personality characteristics. Her published research can be found in Computers in Human Behavior, Journal of Marketing Communication, PR Journal and the PRism. She has been a faculty advisor for the Flagler College PRSSA Chapter for the past 10 years and is currently a public relations program coordinator. She’s actively involved in the academic community, serving as the Vice President of KACA-AEJMC (Korean American Communication Association – Association for Education, Journalism and Marketing Communication). Before earning her Ph. D from the University of Florida, Dr. Hammick had over 10 years of work experience in marketing communication, public relations and interactive marketing. Her clients include global companies such as Samsung, SAP, Abbott Laboratories, BMC Software, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, Amore Pacific and Kia Motors.
Marketing Manager, ASA Entertainment
Mac graduated from Flagler College in 2021 with a Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Communication. Following her graduation, she embarked on her professional journey with Ketchum, a global marketing and communications consultancy, as part of the paid social team. Her responsibilities included overseeing paid social media campaigns for a diverse client base, including brands like Whirlpool, Libby's Vegetables and Kikkoman. Recently, Mac has taken on the role of Marketing Manager at ASA Entertainment, a leading action sports event company. In her current position, she manages both organic and paid social media efforts, in addition to leading print and digital marketing initiatives for major events such as the Super Girl Surf Pro and the No Hate Tour. Mac's work at ASA allows her to leverage her expertise in projects that are not only meaningful, but also align with her passions.
Marketing/Promotions Coordinator, St. Augustine Amphitheatre & Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
Born and raised in upstate New York, Kody moved to St. Augustine to attend Flagler College, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies in 2019. In 2021, Kody joined the marketing team at the Amphitheatre and Concert Hall. In this role, Kody drives the venues’ ticket sales with integrated marketing campaigns that involve email, social media, Google ads, billboards, print materials, and more. He co-manages media relations by responding to media inquiries and preparing press releases. During his tenure, the Amphitheatre has been named the number-one ticket-selling venue in the United States and number-two in the world. Kody estimates he has overseen promotions for over 200 events. In his spare time, Kody enjoys discovering new artists and playing the drums.
Account Coordinator, Boardroom PR
Bri Grall, Account Coordinator, focuses on traditional and digital PR initiatives as well as social media campaigns for BoardroomPR clients in several industries including hospitality, law, real estate, technology, non-profit and industry associations. She focuses on content creation — writing press releases and blogs, as well as implementing results-driven social media strategies, producing short videos and graphics, and developing community management campaigns to increase engagement and awareness for the firm’s clients. Bri also handles media outreach as well as putting together reports with key metrics to share with the account management team and clients.
Marketing Account Manager and Digital Content Producer, Connect Agency
Abby graduated from Flagler College in 2020 with a B.A. in Digital Media Production and Journalism. After graduation, she joined Connect Agency, a marketing & advertising firm in Jacksonville. At Connect, Abby blends her passion for digital marketing with strategic video content creation to support her clients, many of whom run local Jacksonville-based businesses. She also co-manages the agency's internship program, where she has the privilege of teaching students the ins and outs of work in her field.
Convention Operations Manager
Callie graduated from Flagler College in 2020 with a B.A in Business Administration and Strategic Communication. Flagler provided many opportunities that grew her passion for event marketing, including the organization of COM Week. In early 2023, Callie joined the American Diabetes Association as a Convention Operations Manager. Alongside a team of event professionals, she plans, promotes, and executes the ADA’s two most prestigious annual meetings, Clinical Update Conference and Scientific Sessions. Scientific Sessions is the world’s largest meeting dedicated to diabetes research. In this role, Callie manages vendor relationships, attendee communications, and all event logistics to create an impactful experience at each convention. In her first year, the 83rd Scientific Sessions took place in San Diego, CA, hosting over 11,660 attendees, in person and virtually.
Black Communication Professionals
Hannah Duffey graduated from Flagler with a degree in journalism in December 2023. As a student journalist, she focused primarily on covering the Black community.
Social Media Manager and Content Producer, Flagler College
Stay tuned for more information about Morgan Goodwill.
Communications Manager/Storyteller, the links
Keeli Scarlett is the communications manager and storyteller at the link in Ponte Vedra, Florida. She graduated from Flagler College in May 2023 with a degree in strategic communication. As a storyteller, Keeli specializes in copywriting and brand building.
Associate Producer, News4Jax
Rory joined News4jax in June 2022. He grew up in Jacksonville and went to Riverside High School. He graduated from Flagler College in 2022 with a degree in Digital Media Production with minors in Media Studies and Film Studies. You can find Rory at the movie theaters on his days off.
Associate Producer, WJCT News 89.9
Kathy Waterman joined WJCT News 89.9 as associate producer after graduating from the University of North Florida with a degree in multimedia journalism. She was previously a production intern on the station's talk shows.
Show Me the Money (or not): Creating Funding for Documentary Filmmaking
Professor, Flagler College
Tracy Halcomb, Ph.D. has over 25 years of experience teaching at the college-level in communication law, audio, and video production. She is currently Professor of Communication and Coordinator of the Cinematic Arts program at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida. Halcomb completed her M.A. in Mass Media and her PH.D. in Mass Media Law and Policy at Bowling Green State University. She has executive produced numerous student productions broadcast on network and PBS affiliate television stations in the Jacksonville, Florida market. Halcomb served as producer and sound recordist for the award-winning documentary Cracking Aces: A Woman’s Place at the Table (2018) about female poker players who pull the veil back on the world of professional poker and the hurdles of exploitation and harassment which they must overcome. She recently produced a new documentary with Acadia Pictures Inc. about MLB scouts.
Visiting Filmmaker, Flagler College
Jim Gilmore is a documentary filmmaker whose work focuses on American culture, social justice and history. He is the director of over 20 films on a variety of topics, from Zimbabwe: A Racial Revolution (1988) about the transition from white-ruled Rhodesia to black-ruled Zimbabwe, to Cracking Aces (2018), which profiles the groundbreaking women who fought to shatter the glass ceiling of professional poker. Currently he recently completed production on a new documentary about professional MLB scouts. Gilmore holds a MA in Broadcasting and Film from the University of Iowa and is the executive producer of Acadia Pictures, an independent production company he founded in 1995. In addition to his work in documentary media he teaches cinematic arts Flagler College and serves as the associate director of the Acadia Institute of Oceanography in Seal Harbor, Maine
Beyond the Feed
Cam is a junior at Flagler College majoring in Strategic Communication with a minor in advertising. She is the president of PRSSA, director of business development at Aura Agency, and a member of Phi Alpha Omega sorority on campus. Cam loves all things social media and has worked in the social media industry for 5 years through various internships and loves creating content herself!
Noell Jett, a dynamic force based in St. Augustine, FL, spearheads a life of multifaceted brilliance alongside her husband Daniel. As a dedicated homeschooling matriarch to five children, she seamlessly balances her roles as a renovation virtuoso, home-building enthusiast, marketing guru, meticulous cleaner, organizational maestro, and visionary designer. Noell's captivating journey unfolds on @jettsetfarmhouse, engaging an audience of over 5 million with the compelling content she meticulously crafts. In addition to partnering with some of the top brands in America, Noell channels her passion for social media into serving as an influential agent, representing and empowering fellow content creators in their online endeavors.
Lauren and Steven Keys
Trip of a Lifestyle
Lauren and Steven Keys became millionaires on five-figure salaries. By intentionally keeping household expenses low after college graduation, they grew a buffer of cash and investments that freed them from work and enabled them to do some really fun stuff, like taking six months off to explore Hawaii and another seven months to travel to every National Park in the US. They retired from their full-time jobs at 29, and they run Trip of a Lifestyle to help others follow in their footsteps.
Totally St. Augustine
Renee Unsworth turned her 16+ years of journalism experience into social media content creation starting in 2014. As the founder of Totally St. Augustine, she shares her passion for things to do in the nation’s oldest city … and helps others with social media management — from museums, local nonprofits, to restaurants and real estate brokers.
Gargoyle: Ink and Impact
Stay tuned for more information about Sara Orr.
Gabby Alfveby is the head editor of the Gargoyle. She has a love for sports and telling the stories of women in sports and the fight for equality. Recently she has interned for Narrow Magazine and created her own magazine, ‘74 King. At Flagler, she has taken her work beyond the classroom by taking up photography and helping tutor students in the Learning Resource Center.
Megan is an international studies major and digital media production and journalism minor. She enjoys writing about local environmental issues. Megan is a senior and plans to attend grad school for a degree in international affairs after she graduates from Flagler.
Former Gargoyle editor
Before graduating in fall 2023, Hannah was the co-editor of the Gargoyle. Influenced by her own experience as an athlete and listening to sports talk radio in the car on the way to school, she earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism. She tells human interest stories highlighting issues and challenges within communities. She believes it is important to get into a community to explore topics that matter to me like keeping black traditions alive, black culture, and the importance of sport for young up-and-coming athletes. The Gargoyle was been the foundation for her to build on and become a more well-rounded writer. In her final semesters at Flagler, she started building her platform ‘She Knows Sports’ which gives athletes a platform to be their true, authentic selves.
Nick is a sports journalist from the Jersey Shore. I’m most knowledgeable in basketball, baseball, and football. He loves everything from the X’s and O’s to the personality behind each player, and he himself in being able to turn any game into a story.
Chloe is a member of the Gargoyle Staff, studying journalism, communication, and business. She is also a member of the Flagler Cross Country/Track & Field Team. She specializes in writing about local news and social issues in the U.S.
bottom of page