Communication Advisory Board

The Communication Advisory Board provides a connection between the Department of Communication and communication professionals in the community. The Board advises the Department on matters relating to the needs of the communication profession and lends support to initiatives of the Department, including internships, guest speaking, new programs, professional development, grants, review and feedback on curriculum, COMM Week, events, fundraising, and research opportunities. Our faculty point of contact is Dr. Stephenson Beck. Dr. Beck can be reached at


Amanda Brennan
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As an Organizational Development Program Manager at Doosan Bobcat, Amanda Brannan loves the challenge of improving organizational performance through people-focused solutions, specifically team and leader effectiveness. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in PR & Advertising (now called Strategic Communication) at NDSU in 2014 and went on to graduate in 2016 with a master’s in Organizational Communication, also from NDSU. With deep roots in the learning and development world, she gains energy from problem solving, collaborating, and facilitating. Nearly a decade of experience in the talent development and learning space has given her the opportunity to be involved in many different types of projects, such as onboarding, talent management, executive leadership development, launching virtual learning campaigns, designing and delivering myriad leadership programs, and leadership coaching. In her free time, Amanda loves exploring the outdoors through camping and hiking with her husband, two small kids, and family dog.

Cody Harmon
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Cody Harmon is the owner and founder of Scratch Media - a production company based in West Fargo, ND. He spends his days creating inspiring and exhilarating videos and photography. His career was born locally, but raised around the world as his projects take place in North Dakota and across the nation. Since graduating from NDSU with a mass communications degree, he has accumulated nearly 20 years of videography experience. He has shot everything under the sun: Broadcast News. Weddings. Special Events. Commercials. Interviews. Agriculture. Aerials. Hospitality. Cody has held every role that exists in this biz, from cinematographer to graphic designer to director to editor and back again. He’s lucky to say he has found his passion and has been given the opportunity to follow it each and every day.


Katie Hasbargen
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Katie Hasbargen is employed by Microsoft and currently leads the Microsoft Dynamics 365 Fans and Technical Readiness team. She has served in many roles since joining Great Plains Software in 1998 and then Microsoft in 2001 via acquisition.  She has been a global program manager, a product marketing manager, a product manager, and a strategic product communications manager and has run internal and external communications for Microsoft’s Fargo campus.  Katie has a B.A. in Business Administration and Communication from Concordia College (Moorhead, MN) and a Ph.D. in Communication from North Dakota State University.  She currently serves as a member of the NDSU Research Foundation Board of Directors, is President of Concordia College’s National Alumni Board, and sits on the Concordia College Board of Regents.  Katie was born and raised in Fargo, ND.


Sean Kelly
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Sean Kelly has been in the broadcasting business for more than 30 years. A broadcast technical director, Sean travels the country working sporting events for various networks including ESPN, CBS Sports and FOX. While live college and pro sports are his passion, Sean also directs and technical directs corporate events and conventions. Kelly began his broadcasting career in television news production and worked for 27 years at the local NBC affiliate, finishing his time there by serving three years as the operations manager. He still makes Moorhead his home and enjoys the opportunity to mentor students who are interested in the broadcasting field.  


Kimberly Wold Janke
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Kimberly is VP of Integration & Operations at Flint Group, where she drives organization-wide excellence through employee development initiatives and organizational structure, innovations and process assessments. With over 30 years of marketing communications experience, Kimberly previously served as VP of Client Services at Flint Group with a focus on healthcare and insurance. She has led award-winning campaigns, including a brand campaign that won the coveted Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Silver Anvil Award. Kimberly is a founding member of the NDSU Communications Advisory Board and has served in volunteer board leadership positions with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of ND, American Advertising Federation-Fargo Chapter and F-M Chamber Leadership program. She earned her bachelor’s degree in finance from Minnesota State University Moorhead and her master’s degree in business administration at North Dakota State University. Connect with Kimberly on LinkedIn.


Rylee Yakowicz
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Rylee Wznick is the Executive Administrator & Comms Manager for Microsoft’s Service Center organization. Since graduating with a Strategic Communications degree from NDSU in 2017, Rylee has had the opportunity to work in communications at a local and global level. Her current job with Microsoft sees her finding effective ways to streamline internal and external communications for her global team. Outside of work, she serves as the Chair for the Chamber's Women Connect committee where she helps to bring speakers to our community to further the development of professional women, and is now the Vice President for NDSU CAB. Originally from Cavalier, North Dakota, she's grateful to call North Dakota "home" and plant roots in this community with her fiance!



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