Meet the Faculty & Staff

Kim DelValle, M.A., Technical Assistant

Kimberly Del Valle earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Arts from Marywood University. She specialized in Advertising and Public Relations with a minor in Journalism. She continued her studies at Marywood and earned her Master’s degree. At Marywood, she teaches audio production and is the faculty adviser for the weekly live broadcast of TVM News. She also works part-time in the Production Department at WNEP-TV.

Douglas Lawrence, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Douglas Lawrence is a faculty member of Marywood University, where he is a former Chair of the Communication Arts Department.  He also serves as the Program Director of the Health Communication Program.  His latest Documentary, “Sacred Rituals” was presented the prestigious Jimmy Stewart Award.  Lawrence is the author of five books published by Putnam, Perigee and Walden Books.  He has produced a film for the Department of Education, and continues to present communication workshops and seminars. He presented the keynote address for the World Health Organizations, World Health Day. Lawrence produced, directed and wrote the music for the Play Narrative: George, The Pullman Porter.  He was morning news producer for CBS affiliate WYOU TV and has numerous other productions to date.  In addition, he co-composed the alma mater for Holy Cross High School.  He did vast research in the Peoples Republic of China, working in a teaching hospital and studying at the Nanjing Medical University to complete his dissertation.  His current research includes investigation into patient/physician relationships centered on communication issues.  As an avid hiker, he believes in the connection of art, self-awareness, and joy as a connection to progress on our planet.

Ernie Mengoni, B.A., Director of Broadcast Operations

Ernie Mengoni studied communications at Marywood University (BA) and is currently pursuing his MA. Before joining Marywood, he was the Assistant Production Manager at Fox 56. At Marywood, he teaches a video production lab and is the Coordinator of Broadcast Operations. As Coordinator of Broadcast Operations, he is responsible for the daily operation of WVMW-FM, Marywood’s 2000 watt radio station and TV Marywood, Comcast cable channel 21. He also produces videos for the University, most recently recruitment videos for the Graduate Psychology program. Ernie enjoys playing piano.

Michael Mirabito, Ph.D., Professor/Chairperson

Michael Mirabito received a B.F.A. from New York University (Institute of Film & TV), an M.A. from New York Institute of Technology (Communication), and a Ph.D. from Bowling Green State University (Radio & TV). His publications include two books: The Exploration of Outer Space with Cameras: A History of the NASA Unmanned Spacecraft Missions (McFarland Press, Inc., 1983) and The New Communications Technologies (co-author; Focal Press; 5 editions from 1990-2004). More recently, Mirabito has focused on digital imaging and has participated in group and solo photography shows throughout the country. His teaching and research/creative work interests range from the new communications technologies to space exploration to Holocaust studies.

Paul J. Sevensky, M.A., Assistant Professor/Director, Advertising/Public Relations Program

Paul Sevensky earned his bachelor’s degree in Journalism & Communications in 1974 from Point Park University in Pittsburgh and although he was a member of the news media only briefly before going into advertising and public relations, he has an ongoing interest in the state of the news media. He was with an advertising and public relations agency for two decades, serving as Vice President of public relations. After his agency work, he was a solo consultant in advertising and public relations for another 12 years. He has taught at Marywood for 25 years as an adjunct instructor. In 2011, he earned his master’s degree in Communication Arts from Marywood. He is the faculty adviser to the Marywood Chapter of the American Advertising Federation (AAF), the professional adviser to the Marywood Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) and a special consultant to The Wood Word. He likes reading, writing, photography and gardening, all of which require patience.  He is a contributor to the photography blog The Roving Photographer and you can view his posts here.

Susan Maruska, Secretary

Susan Maruska started working at Marywood part-time in May of 2011 as the billing secretary for the Communication Sciences & Disorders Department. Susan now serves as secretary for the Communication Arts Department.  She is a graduate of Wyoming Area High School, Exeter, and Luzerne County Community College, Nanticoke, Pa. When she’s not at work, she enjoys reading, movies, being outdoors, and spending time with her husband and son.

Lindsey Wotanis, Ph.D., Associate Professor/Director of Broadcast Journalism Program

Lindsey Wotanis studied journalism at Wilkes University (BA) and the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism (Ph.D.). She also studied rhetoric at Carnegie Mellon University (MA). She combines her interest in journalism, writing, rhetoric, and social media through her research and creative work. At Marywood, she teaches news writing, communication theory, and several other journalism courses. She serves as co-adviser to The Wood Word, Marywood’s student-run online news source, and the Marywood chapter of the Society for Collegiate Journalists (SCJ). In 2013, she was named Outstanding New Adviser, a national award presented by SCJ. She also serves as Vice President for Communication on the SCJ National Board. She enjoys reading, writing, and traveling to Ireland on study abroad trips. In her spare time, she’s pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Wilkes University.

In addition to our full-time faculty, we have a number of accomplished guest lecturers who share their talents and expertise with our students.

Mandy Boyle, M.A., ’11, SEO Team Leader, Solid Cactus, Inc.; freelance writer

Iris Davison, B.S., Owner/Development Consultant/Writer of I. Hope Productions and Co-owner/Development Consultant/Writer of Random Girl Productions

George Graham, Chief Engineer, WVMW-FM and Director of Artistry and Repertoire, WVIA

Laura Houser, Ph.D., ’13, – Director, Research Compliance, Office of Research/Sponsored Programs at Marywood University

Erica Mahady, M.A., ’03, Organizational Development Consultant for Lehigh Valley Health Network and the University of South Florida

Lisa Mazzarella, B.A., On-air Morning Host/Producer for national public radio affiliate WVIA/FM

Meg McGuire, MFA, adjunct English teacher at Marywood University and fitness teacher/certified Pilates trainer

Chris NortonB.A., Senior Vice President, WVIA

Patricia (Tricia) Richards, ABD, PR/Marketing Communications Consultant

William Murphy, Commercial Editor, Fox 56 TV.

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