Fellowship Personnel

Social Media Fellows

Many individuals make this program possible, from advisors to mentors to guest speakers. The following is a list of all faculty, staff, and alumni involved since the beginning of the Fellowship Program:

Dr. Sarah Alhouti, Assistant Professor of Marketing at the Providence College School of Business

Sarah Alhouti, Ph.D.
Creator of the Fellowship Program | Fellowship Advisor 2016-17
Sarah Alhouti is assistant professor of marketing at Providence College.

Adam Benjamin

Adam Benjamin ‘91
Fellowship Sponsor | Fellowship Mentor 2017 | NYC Company Visit Presenter 2017 | Fellowship Training Guest 2017 | Fellowship Mentor 2017-18
Adam Benjamin spent 8 years as Group Director at Facebook in the Global Marketing Solutions division. Adam started with Facebook in early 2010 where he was brought in to help build the Global Customer Marketing team, offering strategic marketing guidance to some of the world’s largest brands. In 2006, Adam was CEO and co- founder of UGENmedia, a social media technology company, working with clients such as Facebook, Twitter, and Apple. UGENmedia was acquired in 2008 by Vitrue Inc., which was soon after acquired by Oracle.

Before starting UGENmedia, Adam served as vice president and general manager of the Email Solutions division for DoubleClick Inc. He joined DoubleClick in 1997 and built the global customer support and sales engineering divisions, expanding and opening offices in New York, Colorado, Ireland, and Australia. During his tenure at DoubleClick, he served as VP of several technology divisions including Email, Search and Adserving. Prior to DoubleClick, Adam worked for Reuters of America in the Global Accounts division where he designed internet-based research and trading applications for JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch. He also worked for Prodigy Internet where he oversaw the development and daily operations of over 350 content properties.

Adam started his professional and entrepreneurial career right after college as a founding member of HeartBeat Corporation, a multi- media software company which partnered and co-developed video game hardware and software with Sega of America and Electronic Arts. Adam holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Providence College and resides in New York with his wife Meg (PC’91) and their three amazing children.

Meg & Adam Benjamin

Meg Benjamin ‘91
Fellowship Sponsor 

Brian Catinella

Brian Catinella ’13 & ‘15G 
Fellowship Mentor 2017-18
Brian Catinella is the Assistant Athletic Director of Marketing & Promotions at Providence College. He graduated from Providence College in 2013 and received his MBA from the Providence College School of Business in 2015. He has worked for the Providence College Athletic Department for three years.

Dan Demmons

Dan Demmons
Fellowship Training Guest 2016 | Fellowship Training Guest 2017 | Fellowship Mentor 2017-18
Dan Demmons is the director of web design, architecture, and services at PC. He is a higher education focused web management professional with 20+ years of experience.

Vicki-Ann Downing

Vicki-Ann Downing 
Fellowship Mentor 2017-18
Vicki-Ann Downing is the assistant director of editorial services in the Division of Marketing and Communications at Providence College, where she has worked since 2011. She is the primary writer for Providence College Magazine and the college’s news website and assists with social media writing, editing, and posting. She studied journalism at Boston University and previously worked as a newspaper reporter and editor in Massachusetts, where she received numerous editing and writing awards. She lives in Dighton, Mass., and is married and the mother of three.

Carolyn Duane

Carolyn Duane ‘14G 
Fellowship Mentor 2017-18
Carolyn Duane is the assistant director for budget, operations, and data management for the PCSB, and she joined the Providence College School of Business in October 2012. Prior to coming to PC, Carolyn worked as an administrative manager in the Academic Program and Dean’s Offices for the School of Management at Simmons College. Carolyn has over ten years of experience working in various roles in higher education, and holds an MBA with a concentration in finance from Providence College and a BA in Management from Simmons College.

Cemal Eken

Cemal Eken, Ph.D.
Fellowship Training Guest 2016
Cemal Eken is professor of marketing Emeritus at Providence College.

Michael Hagan

Michael Hagan ‘15 
Fellowship Training Guest 2016 | Fellowship Mentor 2017 | Fellowship Training Guest 2017 | Fellowship Mentor 2017-18
Michael Hagan is communications specialist at Providence College.

Chris Judge

Chris Judge ‘05 
Fellowship Guest 2017 
Chris Judge graduated from PC in 2005 with a degree in accountancy. While a GA in Athletics he learned how to shoot and edit video as the Volunteer Video Coordinator of men’s basketball. After receiving his MBA in 2007 he became equipment manager in Athletics where he created highlight films, commercials, and ended up taking over production of the video board at the Dunkin Donuts Center. In 2011 he became the College Videographer in Web Services working primarily on video for the new providence.edu. And in January 2016 moved to Marketing and Communication where he produces lives events, videos/photos for social media and the website. In addition to the production at the Dunkin Donuts Center he also runs the video board on campus in Alumni Hall, Schneider Arena, and Anderson Stadium.

Liz Kay

Liz Kay 
Fellowship Training Guest 2016 | Fellowship Mentor 2017 | Fellowship Training Guest 2017 | Fellowship Mentor 2017-18
In college, Liz Kay was a science major who spent all of her free time in the college newspaper office. After graduating with a B.S. in neuroscience from the University of Rochester, Kay worked as a newspaper reporter at the Los Angeles Times and the Baltimore Sun, covering education, religion, breaking news, and consumer issues. Now Kay manages social media for Providence College, coordinating campaigns, monitoring engagement, and analyzing competitors.

Kristen Lainsbury

Kristen Lainsbury 
Fellowship Training Guest 2016 | Fellowship Training Guest 2017 | Fellowship Mentor 2017-18
Kristen Lainsbury is an award-winning writer, creative director, and marketing professional with more than 20 years’ experience in strategic communications and journalism. Since 2015, she has served as senior director of marketing and creative services for Providence College. In that role, she leads, develops, and executes communication campaigns, publications, and digital initiatives in support of the College brand. Additionally, she serves as creative director for the College’s print and digital marketing efforts. She manages a team of seven writers, designers, and strategists who focus on advancement, admission, and academic marketing. Her team’s work has been recognized nationally and internationally by the Council for the Advancement of Secondary Education and the University & College Designers Association. Kristen came to PC in 2012 as director of marketing, and in 2013 was promoted to director of marketing and creative services. Kristen previously spent five years as a writer and editor for the University of Maine’s Office of Public Affairs, where she oversaw admission marketing, was a key contributor to UMaine Today magazine, and coordinated select media relations outreach. She spent 12 years as a feature writer and columnist for Maine’s largest newspaper, the Bangor Daily News. She is a proud alumna of the University of Maine, where she graduated with a B.A. in journalism. Additionally, she has completed graduate work in art history at the University of Maine and executive programs in innovation and strategy at MIT’s Sloan School of Management. She lives in Barrington, R.I., with her husband, Jason, and their three children, Parker, Mabel, and Poppy.

Brian Lamoureux

Brian Lamoureux ’94 
Fellowship Training Guest 2016 | Fellowship Training Guest 2017 
Brian Lamoureux is a Partner at Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara where he focuses on civil litigation, employment law, and social/digital media law. He graduated from PC in 1994 (Political Science), received a master’s degree in Political Science from URI in 1996, and earned his law degree and a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University in 1999.

He is also a Faculty Practitioner in the PCSB where he teaches Business Law (MGT 330) and an MBA course he created called “Digital and Social Media in the Business Environment” (MBA 685). He has written numerous articles on social media issues and has appeared on many conference panels and broadcast media outlets discussing contemporary social media topics. He also routinely speaks with children and parents regarding social media and cyberbullying issues.

Leah Martin

Leah Martin 
Fellowship Co-Advisor 2016 | Fellowship Mentor 2017 | Fellowship Advisor 2017-18
Leah Martin is the executive assistant to the Dean and marketing/communications coordinator for the PCSB. She joined the Providence College School of Business in January 2016, upon her move from Chicago to Providence in November 2015. Prior to her move to PC, Leah worked successfully with a number of businesses and organizations on two main themes – how to create an effective social media presence, and how to keep doing it – as a consultant with her company, Fanfire Social Marketing. Leah has almost ten years of professional marketing experience, with a focus in digital/social media marketing, in which her highlights include guest publications and the grand prize for the city of Chicago’s small business social media contest. Leah holds a BA in Communication from Northwestern University, and is currently working towards her MBA from Providence College.

Bill Masterson

Bill Masterson ’97
NYC Company Visit Presenter 2017
Bill Masterson is the former head of global advertising performance at Twitter.

Steve Maurano

Steve Maurano ’78
Fellowship Mentor 2017
Steve Maurano is the associate vice president of public affairs, community, and government relations at Providence College.

Sylvia Maxfield

Sylvia Maxfield, Ph.D. 
Fellowship Mentor 2017 | Fellowship Mentor 2017-18
Dr. Maxfield is a Harvard Ph.D. with career experience spanning academia and business. She is a widely published author on risk, regulation and governance topics, particularly focused on finance and globalization. As Dean of the Providence College School of Business, she leads a 70-person team of faculty and staff dedicated to providing a world-class business education deeply and uniquely rooted in the liberal arts. In business, Dr. Maxfield was Vice President and Senior Sovereign Credit Analyst at the Wall Street firm of Lehman Brothers. Before becoming Dean of the Providence College School of Business, as Professor at Simmons College she held many leadership positions at including Faculty Senate President. At Yale for ten years, Dr. Maxfield held joint faculty appointments in Management and Political Science and directed the Master’s program in International Relations. Dr. Maxfield is a Director of the State Investment Commission of Rhode Island.

Ryan Olohan

Ryan Olohan ’96
NYC Company Visit Presenter 2017
Ryan Olohan is the national industry director of healthcare at Google.

Tess Povar

Tess Povar 
Fellowship Training Guest 2017
Tess Povar is the assistant director/career coach for the PCSB, and she started her position at Providence College in January 2016. Prior to joining PC, she worked in various corporate roles first starting in Marketing and Events at Alex and Ani, then getting experience in a start-up retail company called BENRUS spearheading all of the Public Relations then ultimately ending up at Time Inc. working on Sports Illustrated, Travel + Leisure, Food & Wine and Coastal Living as a Publicist. Tess wanted to bring her business expertise and professional development skills back to higher education to help students find and land their dream jobs. She received her BA in Public Relations and Communication Studies from University of Rhode Island’s Harrington School of Communication and Media.

Nick Rojas

Nick Rojas ‘16G 
Fellowship Mentor 2017-18
Nicholas Rojas is the Athletic Video Coordinator at Providence College. He graduated from Ithaca College in 2014 and received his Graduate Degree in counseling from Providence College in 2016. He has worked for the Providence College Athletic Department for two years.

Jen Rynearson

Jen Rynearson 
Fellowship Mentor 2017-18
Jen Rynearson is the Assistant Athletic Director for Media Relations at Providence College. She graduated from Western Connecticut State University and has worked in the Providence College Athletic Department for 17 years.

Dean Welshman

Dean Welshman
Fellowship Mentor 2017-18
Dean has worked as a designer and an art director for the past twenty years. Prior to working as PC’s lead designer, he worked at Saabye & Company and Rhode Island Monthly Magazine in Providence and also for a museum at the University of Washington in Seattle. He earned his degree in graphic design from the Rhode Island school of Design (RISD) with a major in graphic design and also did advanced course work in design at the Maine College of Art, The University of Rhode Island and at the University of Washington in its Visual Communication Design program. He has received awards and recognition for his work from CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education), The Rhode Island Press Association, The American Association of Museums, Arcade Journal Magazine and Print Magazine’s Regional Design Annual.