Leadership Team

Megan Gonzalez

Megan Gonzalez

  • Executive Director of University Marketing & Communications
  • megang@uwf.edu

Megan Gonzalez serves as the Executive Director of University Marketing & Communications at the University of West Florida, where she develops and manages implementation of the university’s integrated marketing communications plan. Megan leads the department comprised of creative, marketing, web and public relations professionals.

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Jay Massey

Jay Massey

Jay Massey is responsible for implementing enterprise-level web and internet marketing strategies, policies and procedures for the University. Jay brings more than 25 years of commercial experience to the table, with 15 of them dedicated to specifically managing web application development and internet marketing. Having a solid understanding of all things web within the context of the vast world of integrated marketing equips Jay to serve as a valuable resource within the University Marketing and Communications team.

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Pola Young

Pola Young

Pola Young serves as the Creative Director for University Marketing and Communications, and her passion shows through everything she does. She must now return to her daily jive of juggling and herding cats…

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Support Staff

Christina Anderson

Christina Anderson

Christina Anderson is the Front-End Web Designer for University Marketing & Communications. She possesses a strong background in script programming and graphic design and works closely with Jay Massey, Jason O'Connell, and the growing community of content providers across the university, assisting with content integration and development in the campus web content management system.

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John Blackie

John Blackie

John serves as the photographer for the University of West Florida. Throughout the course of his 20 years as an active part of the University Marketing and Communications team, John has been providing a variety of photography services to the campus community.

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Brittany Boyd

Brittany Boyd

Brittany initially joined the University Marketing and Communications team as an intern while finishing her degree here at UWF. Because of her previous experience within the department, Brittany understands the daily pressures it operates under, making her a perfect fit as the Marketing and Design Manager.

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Jason O'Connell

Jason O'Connell

Jason O'Connell serves as the Web Content Strategist for University Marketing & Communications where he is responsible for enhancing the web user experience, content quality, search optimization, analytical measurement as well as improve client support.

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Jennifer Peck

Jennifer Peck

Jennifer Peck serves as the Senior Graphic Designer for University Marketing & Communications where she spends each day crafting projects to meet the needs of University clients and working with the team to develop the UWF brand.

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Matt Rowley, Assistant Director for Communications in University Marketing & Communications

Matt Rowley

Matt Rowley serves as Assistant Director of University Communications at the University of West Florida, where he develops internal and external communications plans, strategies and initiatives to increase the visibility of the University.

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Lauren Smith

Lauren Smith

Lauren Smith currently serves as the Assistant Director of Digital Media for University Marketing and Communications. Her responsibilities in this dynamic position include overseeing the digital assets acquisition, working with the campus photographer to collaborate with clients in order to get "the perfect shot" and the development of potential new media outlets.

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Paulina Szydlo staff photo

Paulina Szydlo

Paulina Szydlo serves as the Design Assistant for University Marketing & Communications, where she assists the design team in creating marketing and promotional materials for the campus community.

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Julia Thorpe, Communications Assistant

Julia Thorpe

Julia Thorpe has been a member of the Communications Unit since Spring 2015 and currently serves as the Communications Assistant. In her role, she manages all publicity clips, develops the weekly publicity report, drafts and manages the @UWF Faculty and Staff Newsletter, along with completing other administrative tasks.

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Staff photo for Alyssa Townsend, Communications Specialist for University Marketing & Communications

Alyssa Townsend

Alyssa Townsend serves as the Communications Specialist for the University of West Florida, where she is responsible for coordinating University public relations and communications including copywriting and editing...

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Olivia Wise, Communications Assistant

Olivia Wise

Olivia joined the communications unit as public relations assistant in Spring 2014, and currently serves as the social media specialist. In this role she manages the University’s social presence through various platforms to create an ongoing narrative with various audiences.

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