The Ohio State University at Newark

Marketing and Public Relations

The mission of the Marketing and Public Relations Office is to market the educational programs and services of both The Ohio State University at Newark and Central Ohio Technical College to our constituencies, to enhance the image and awareness of these institutions via public relations efforts; and to support the communication and promotional efforts of the campus community.

Cheri Russo | Director of Marketing and Public Relations

Cheri Russo joined the campus is September, 2015 as Marketing and Public Relations Director. Previously, Cheri served as Marketing and Communications Manager at Ohio University Lancaster | Pickerington. She also worked in the field of broadcast media as a documentary producer, digital content manager, television news anchor and television news reporter at several stations in Ohio and Wisconsin. Cheri holds a Master of Science in Journalism and a Bachelor of Science in Journalism, both from Ohio University.

Leslie Lenzo McLaughlin | Senior Graphic Designer

Leslie Lenzo McLaughlin joined the Marketing and Public Relations team in July 2000 and serves as graphic designer for both institutions. Leslie previously worked as art director and graphic designer for advertising agencies in Columbus, Cleveland and Charleston, South Carolina. She brings 10 years of agency experience, concepting, designing and critiquing graphic design. Leslie earned a B.F.A. from The University of Akron with a double major in Graphic Design and Photography.

Suzanne S. Clark | Communications Coordinator

Suzanne Clark joined the Marketing and Public Relations team in January 2011, and was promoted to Communications Coordinator in January 2014. She is responsible for the web-content management of both institutions’ websites as well as the production of Profiles newsletters (print and eversions). Suzanne also assists in the promotion of campus news and events and brings over 30 years’ experience in the fields of marketing and public relations, graphic design, production preflight and event promotion. She was previously employed as an art director, graphic designer, production manager and marketing strategist for corporations in Columbia, Missouri, Coshocton and Granville, Ohio. Suzanne earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphic design from Stephens College.

René N. White | Assistant Director of Marketing

René White joined the Marketing and Public Relations team in May 2013. She coordinates the activities for COTC commencements and the annual Independence Day Concert and Fireworks in addition to assisting the promotion of campus news and events. She has over five years experience in higher education, previously serving as a public relations coordinator in the College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University. René earned a B.A. in Communications from The Ohio State University and a M.S. in Marketing in Communications from Franklin University.

Bryant Keith | Marketing Assistant

Bryant Keith joined the Marketing and Public Relations team in March 2014. He assists with marketing budget management for both institutions. In addition, Bryant organizes the execution and management of marketing plans, traffic of promotional materials, and departmental work flow information. He brings over 3 years experience in advertising, copy writing, and online marketing strategy skills from the Zanesville and Cambridge areas. Bryant earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration specializing in marketing at Ohio University.

Jessica L. Huffman | Communications Coordinator

Jessica Huffman joined the Marketing and Public Relations team in May 2016. Jessica assists with communications, public relations, and marketing efforts for COTC and Ohio State Newark. She maintains the digital media presence for both Ohio State Newark and COTC. She previously worked for the Better Business Bureau Serving Eastern Michigan as director of community relations. She also brings three years of higher education public relations experience from working at Tiffin University as a media relations specialist. Jessica earned a B.A. in Communications from Tiffin University and a Masters of Humanities in Communication from Tiffin University.