William & Mary

Meet the Team

Suzanne Seurattan
Director of News & Media

Lead on pitching and marketing faculty, students and programs to local, national, international and new media. Also serves as backup spokesperson and contact for press queries.

BEAT: Administration,Economic Development and Business Innovation, Historic Campus, School of Law liaison, Swem Library Liaison, William & Mary Police Department PIO, University Advancement liaison (with Erin Zagursky)

Joseph M. McClain
Director of Research Communications

Editor of Ideation magazine. Serves as lead on research-related stories, especially those involving the natural sciences.

BEAT: Faculty/Student Research, Environmental Science/Keck Lab, Applied Science, Computer Science, Center for Conservation Biology, Center for Archeological Research, Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Geology, Jefferson Lab liaison, Neuroscience

David Williard
Director of Multimedia News

Coordinates development and production of multimedia news content for News & Media, including special video packages such as faculty features and the Book of the Month. Also manages video coverage of campus-wide events, programs and research featuring faculty, staff and students.

BEAT: Video News Features

Erin Zagursky
Associate Director of University News

Serves as primary writer for major events and general assignment. Also coordinates the News & Media social network sites and has lead on web posting of news stories and photos.

BEAT: Major Events, Civic Engagement, Student Health and Wellness, Diversity, Rankings, University Advancement liaison (with Suzanne Seurattan)

Jim Ducibella
Communications Specialist

Serves as a writer for the William & Mary News website, including general assignment and beat coverage.

BEAT: Student Groups and Clubs, Scholar Athletes, Reves Center liaison, International Relations, Kinesiology, English, History, American Studies, Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Linguistics

Cortney Langley
Communications Specialist

Serves as a writer for the William & Mary News website, including general assignment and beat coverage.

BEAT: Art & Art History, Philosophy, Sociology, Modern Languages and Literatures, Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies, Theatre, Speech and Dance, Music, Business School liaison, Muscarelle Museum of Art liaison, Sustainability liaison

Justin K. Thomas
Media Placement Specialist

Justin K. Thomas757-221-2011
Works with the Director of News & Media pitching faculty, students and programs to the news media with a focus on national print and broadcast placements. Also serves as a writer for the William & Mary News website.

BEAT: National Media Placement, General Assignment, Faculty on Topic, Military Science, Government, Africana Studies, Information Technology liaison

Marisa Spyker
Communications Specialist

Serves as a writer for the William & Mary News website, including general assignment and beat coverage.

BEAT: Research features, Psychology, Economics, Charles Center and Major Scholarships, Public Policy, Film Studies, Religious Studies, Classical Studies, Literary and Cultural Studies, Medieval & Renaissance Studies, School of Education liaison

Alisa Whitehead
Public Relations Specialist and Assistant to the Chief Communications Officer

Alisa Whitehead757-221-2622
Coordinates daily distribution of clips, office support, media tracking and management of News & Media archives.

BEAT: Dean's List, Crime Log, Media Tracking, Daily Clips