Member Biographies

Lew Klein, Chair

photo of Lew KleinLew Klein has served the School of Media and Communication as an adjunct professor for more than five decades. A seasoned professional who produced such landmark television programs as American Bandstand, Klein is respected by the Temple community and media professionals as a master teacher and wise mentor.

 

Jane Creamer Sullivan, Co-Chair

photo of Jane Creamer SullivanJane Creamer Sullivan, ’70, is the President of The Sullivan Company, a construction management and consulting company based in Essington, Pa., which specializes in commercial construction and high rise renovation.  The company also works for some of the country’s largest financial institutions, providing services such as project monitoring, reviewing construction draws and problem solving. Sullivan has a bachelor of science degree in journalism. She previously was associate editor of the Temple Times and Director of Public Relations for Temple Center City. She currently serves on the President’s Advisory Board and is active with a number of local and school organizations in the Swarthmore, PA area.

photo of Steve CapusSteve Capus, ’86, was most recently president of NBC News. He was the No. 1 News Division executive and was responsible for all aspects of America’s highest-rated and most-watched network news division, as well as MSNBC and NBC News Channel. His numerous honors include four Emmy Awards, six Edward R. Murrow Awards, one Alfred I. duPont and six National Headliner Awards. He had previously served as senior vice president of NBC News and as executive producer of NBC Nightly News. He was the executive producer for much of NBC News’ coverage of the terror attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, the war in Iraq and the “Decision 2002-2004” political coverage.

photo of Tom ContiTom Conti, ’83 is President of G2 Interactive, the digital marketing arm of Grey Global, which has 80 offices in 60 countries. He came to G2 after serving as the President of Star Group. He previously held senior management positions at MRM/McCann WorldGroup, Earle Palmer Brown and Ketchum Communications. He has created integrated communications programs for many major brands and companies including DuPont Company, Acura and Comcast.

photo of Bill DalyBill Daly, ’77, is Senior Vice President of Post Production at Warner Bros. Pictures. Daly began his tenure at Warner Bros. in 1990 as director of post production. He became vice president in 2003 and senior vice president in 2006. During his time with the company, he has overseen hundreds of motion pictures, including The Matrix trilogy, Ocean’s 11 and The Departed. He recently supervised Get Smart and Batman: The Dark Knight.

photo of Johanna DeStefanoJohanna DeStefano is Professor Emeritus at Ohio State University. Her ties to the Temple University began in the early 1960s when she met and married Ralph DeStefano, a charismatic Philly cop with an interest in literature who was pursuing an English degree at Temple. She took summer courses at Temple in urban education, sociolinguistics and educational anthropology. The couple eventually made a permanent home in Columbus, Ohio. She was a faculty member and administrator at Ohio State University’s College of Education for 30 years, while he built a successful career in broadcast radio and electronic media. After he passed away suddenly in 1996, she established the Johanna S. and Ralph V. DeStefano Endowed Fund for Media Policy. It supports scholarly activities in the areas of First Amendment Rights and protections, urban journalism and civic engagement.

photo of H Chase LenfestH. Chase Lenfest is Chairman and CEO of Lenfest Enterprises, LLC. Lenfest Enterprises is the holding company for his operating companies comprising the Lenfest Media Group: StarNet, L.P. and Media, DVX, Inc, which provide media and advertising services to the broadcast television and cable industries. He also owns and operates Lenfest Broadcasting, LLC (operating as WMCN-DTV Channel 44, an independent television station serving the Philadelphia region) and Lenfest Capital, LLC, an investment company with diversified holdings in real estate and private equities. Lenfest is the President of the H. Chase and Ana Maria Lenfest Foundation, Inc., which provides financial support for programs intended to make a positive impact on the lives of children in the Philadelphia area.

photo of Brian MattesBrian S. Mattes, ’77, is a Principal and the Director of Government Relations at Vanguard, one of the world’s largest investment management companies. He joined Vanguard in 1984 as director of public relations and developed Vanguard’s U.S. and international public relations functions before starting the company’s government relations function in 2004. Mattes is responsible for representing the interests of Vanguard and Vanguard shareholders in Washington, D.C. He has more than 30 years of public affairs experience. Also active in civic matters, he has served for more than 25 years as a member of the Board of Directors of Horizon House, one of America’s largest nonprofit providers of rehabilitation services to disabled individuals.

 

photo of Shirley PowellShirley Powell, ’88, is executive vice president of communications at The Weather Channel Companies. In this capacity, she oversees all internal and external public relations and communications strategies for The Weather Channel, weather.com and its subsidiaries, Weather Services International and Enterprise Electronics Corporation. She previously served as senior vice president of corporate communications for Turner Broadcasting System Inc. and senior vice president of media relations for NBC Entertainment and as vice president of media relations for the Disney Channel and Toon Disney.

photo of Bernie PrazenicaBernie Prazenica, ’79, is President and General Manager of 6ABC, WPVI-TV. He has overall management responsibility for WPVI-TV/Channel 6, Philadelphia’s top-rated television station, and all of its ancillary businesses including three additional digital TV channels and 6abc.com, the station’s internet site. He was previously Director of National Sales at ABC. Earlier in his career, Prazenica was an account executive at WPTT-TV in Pittsburgh and at WRIC-TV in Richmond, Virginia. He is a cum laude graduate with a B.A. in Radio-TV-Film.

photo of Tony SummerlinTony Summerlin is Vice President and Director of Consulting for SRA Touchstone Consulting Group. He oversees all aspects of consulting services for Touchstone, a dedicated business unit within SRA focused on helping government leaders develop, launch, and manage their strategies. He develops business relationships and oversees staff development and assignments, proposal generation, client expectations, and the management and delivery of services. His experience includes leading efforts to establish models for implementing e-government initiatives in the federal government.

KauffmanheadshotMichael Kauffman is a marketing and communications executive at the intersection of music and technology. Most recently at YouTube, he spearheaded the marketing team’s music engagement strategy with a focus on industry outreach, events and education. Prior to that, he held senior roles at Google, RightsFlow (a licensing and rights management start-up acquired by Google), the Verve Music Group (Universal Music Group’s historic jazz label), and with the Bertlesmann Music Group. He also serves as Co-chair of the TUAA Metropolitan New York alumni chapter.

2015_03_06 Fred MaherFred Maher, ’85 & ’01, is a senior marketing specialist for PECO focusing on engaging customers in energy efficiency efforts that help them save energy and money. He previously worked in communications at Temple University, Morgan Lewis and the Pennsylvania Law Journal. An active alumnus, Fred served two terms as President of the Alumni Board for the School of Media and Communications. He also is a past president of the Philadelphia Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators. Most recently, Fred was presented the Temple University Impact Award in 2015.

norm fein

Norm Fein, ’60, recently retired as the Sr. V.P. News Development-News12 Networks in NY..the nation’s 1st., largest, and most watched 24 hr. local tv news operation..it consists of 7 news, and 5 traffic and weather services, each serving a part of the NY TV Market. Within its footprint it is the most watched service, including prime time, of all the broadcast networks.  In  his career he has helped build, for 10 different organizations, local tv start-ups or major revamps.His positions included GM of WMUR-TV New Hampshire;News Director of WNBC-TV,NY;Assistant News Director in Phila. and Miami;and positions with the ABC-TV Stations Div..His staffs have won many awards; including Murrows, AP’s; thousands of Emmy nominations and hundreds of winners. He started out during his sophomore year at Temple working as an associate producer and editor for John Roberts, the head of the radio/tv Dept., who also was the weekend anchor for channel 6. Norm was in the first group of Lew Klein Hall of Fame inductees.