Loyola University Chicago

School of Communication

Loyola University Chicago's School of Communication Board of Advisors

Jenny Banks

Jenny Banks is an alumnus of Loyola's School of Communication and former editor of the Phoenix. She spent the first half her career in the Creative Marketing Advertising Industry working for corporations and advertising agencies in various roles as editor, marketing manager and art director. Jenny made the move to Creative Digital Recruiting 10 years ago combining her passion for all things creative and building the teams that make that happen. She has recruited for digital agencies like Manifest Digital, Razorfish, Fjord, Accenture Interactive, & Aquent. Currently, she's contracting with Manifest Digital helping to build Creative teams in 6 digital studios across the US.  Jenny has recruited for digital platforms including roles such as User Experience, Service Design, Content Strategy, Visual Design, and Front-end Development.  Jenny's strengths include building great relationships with her hiring managers, behavior based interviewing, process improvement, talent acquisition systems and analytics and vendor Management. Jenny is highly knowledgeable in the industry and brings a large network to her work.

Trish Biondo

For 28 years, Trish Biondo’s voice streamed across Chicago airwaves as a well-known on-air personality for morning drive and middays on WUSN-FM.  Trish has been nominated four times by the Academy of Country Music as Major Market Broadcaster of the Year. Trish was a columnist for the station’s “Chicago Country Magazine,” and co-hosted the station’s weekly video show. She has conducted interviews with powerful figures in country music, entertainment, sports and politics for radio, the web, social media and television.   

Trish also served as WUSN’s Promotions Director, Research Director and Music Director. She was a winner of Billboard’s Music Director of the Year.

Trish volunteers for many charitable organizations, but is most proud of helping to create the framework for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s "Country Cares for Kids" radiothons.    

She has been inducted into Mother McAuley High School’s “McAuley Hall,” a prestigious honor for distinguished alumni.

Trish earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication here at Loyola and holds a Master’s Degree in Education from St. Xavier University.

Laureen Cassidy

Laureen Cassidy is vice president, corporate communications for Baxter International where she oversees a global communication team responsible for the company’s sustainability efforts, corporate reputation, internal and external communications, business communications, and the company’s non-profit foundation.  She joined Baxter in June 2010 after a nearly 20-year career in Public Affairs and Communications at Abbott where she established the communications function outside of the U.S. on behalf of the company’s pharmaceutical, nutritional and hospital businesses, and led the U.S. pharmaceutical communications team during a time of significant growth and scientific advancement.

She serves on the Women’s Leadership Council for Loyola University Chicago’s Quinlan School of Business and on the Dean’s Advisory Council for Loyola’s School of Communication.

Laureen holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and a Master’s in Business Administration; both from Loyola University Chicago.

Amy Le

Amy Le is the co-owner of DucknRoll Food Truck & Catering, Chicago’s newest addition to the food truck craze. DucknRoll is a concept inspired by Vietnamese bánh mì sandwiches, with a contemporary take on flavors from China, Japan, Korea and Thailand.

Previously, she worked as a reporter for the Sun-Times news group, Lerner Newspapers, GrubHub.com and Today’s Chicago Woman magazine. Le earned her B.A. in communications at Loyola University Chicago.

Brian P. McIntyre

Brian P. McIntyre is the Senior Vice President of Basketball Communications for the National Basketball Association.  McIntyre is responsible for the direction and ongoing activities of the NBA’s overall communications strategy including global communications for the NBA, WNBA and the NBA’s developmental league. During his 31-year career with the NBA, he has overseen the public relations activities of every major NBA event including playoffs, championships, all-star games and the draft. McIntyre is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago and was inducted into the Loyola (Ill.) Academy Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999.

Ruthellyn Musil

Ruthellyn Musil is the former senior vice president for corporate relations at the Tribune Co. where she also served as vice president for corporate relations from 1995 to 2004 and corporate director of communications from 1992 to 1995. She’s also held many other leadership positions with the Tribune Co. Musil holds a bachelor's degree in English from Loyola University Chicago and an MBA from Northwestern University.

Thomas M. Purcell

Thomas M. Purcell is the Executive Producer of The Colbert Report.  Purcell has been with "The Colbert Report" since its launch in 2005, previously serving as supervising producer and head writer. In fall 2009, his writing team won the show's first Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program. In 2009, “The Colbert Report” won a sought-after Peabody® Award for Excellence in Broadcasting. Also during his tenure at the show, he has received a Writer’s Guild Award in 2008.  Purcell is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago.

Martin J. Stock

Marty has spent 30 years building brands with young adult men.  He is CEO of Cavalry, a WPP agency founded in 2012 dedicated to marketing to young adult males.  Cavalry is the lead agency for Coors Light, Coors Banquet, Keystone, and multiple new products from MillerCoors including Redd’s Apple Ale, Third Shift and Smith & Forge Cider.

Prior to Cavalry, Marty spent 23 years at Foote, Cone & Belding/Chicago where he was EVP/Director of Account Management along with running the Coors, then ultimately MillerCoors business.  Marty also worked with ESPN, the NFL, and the NHL.

His career in beer began at D’Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles/St. Louis where he worked on various Anheuser Busch brands along with ConAgra Frozen Foods.

In the mid-1980s, Marty was with Y&R/Chicago.  His career began at Meldrum & Fewsmith/Cleveland working on General Mills and B.F. Goodrich.

Marty is a 1984 graduate of Loyola University and sits on the advisory board of the School of Communication.

Howard A. Tyner

Howard A. Tyner spent more than 38 years reporting and editing in the United States and abroad. Early in his career, Tyner spent a decade oversees in Europe and the former Soviet Union as a correspondent with United Press International. He joined the Chicago Tribune in 1977, became the Tribune’s Moscow bureau chief in 1982, and later returned to Chicago and was made the 19th editor in 1993. Finally, Tyner was the vice president of editorial for Tribune Publishing before retiring in 2003.

Tyner received a B.A. from Carleton College and an M.S.J. from the Medill School of Journalism. He is chairman emeritus of the World Press Institute and served on the boards of the American Press Institute, the Alfred Friendly Press Fellowships and the Arthur F. Burns Press Fellowship program.

James Warda

James Warda, author of "Where Are We Going So Fast?," has over 25 years of experience in the field of communications, including roles of increasing leadership responsibility at several Fortune 100 companies, most currently at Walgreens Boots Alliance. His background also includes being a contributing columnist for the "Chicago Tribune" and Pioneer Press, a blogger for ChicagoNow, podcaster and a writer and speaker for Chicken Soup for the Soul Enterprises. As a teacher, speaker and workshop presenter, he encourages others to focus on the most important, human moments at work, at home, and everywhere in our lives. During his career, he has led and participated on teams that have won prestigious communication awards, including the Gold, Silver and Bronze Quills from the International Association of Business Communicators. Plus, he has spoken at communication conferences across the country and served as guest lecturer at Loyola University of Chicago. And, he also happens to be a Loyola alum, having attending both Loyola University of Chicago and Loyola Academy. Most important, he strongly believes in Loyola University's Promise of "preparing people to lead extraordinary lives."

Zandra Zuno

Zandra Zuno is Senior Vice President and Practice Leader of Multicultural and Hispanic Marketing at Golin Harris Public Relations. Zuno previously served as vice president and director of marketing and manager of global integration at Golin Harris and as a senior consultant at Zimat Consultores, the largest public relations firm in Mexico. Zuno earned her Bachelor’s degree in Communication from Loyola University Chicago and an MBA from Northwestern University.