Dannette Gomez Beane, Ph.D.
Vice President for Enrollment Management and Strategic Communication
David E. Perryman, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President of Strategic Communications
David E. Perryman joined the Marketing and Communication team in January 2024. As Associate Vice President for Strategic Communications, David leads development and dissemination of the university’s public and internal communication, including branding, marketing and advertising; public and media relations; publications and creative services; and digital and social media strategy. He has 25 years of professional experience leading marketing and communications at corporations and universities, including EDS, the SMU Cox School of Business, Texas A&M-San Antonio and USAA. David graduated from Wesleyan University (Conn.) with a bachelor’s degree in English, earned a master’s degree in English from SMU and received his Ph.D. in Education with a concentration in organizational leadership from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio.
Mark Lambert, M.S. '97
Director of University Relations—Roanoke-based
Mark Lambert joined the Marketing and Communication department in July 2019 as the result of the merger of Jefferson College of Health Sciences into Radford University, and serves as the Director of University Relations—Roanoke-based for Radford University Carilion. He is responsible for communications, marketing and messaging, working in collaboration with the University Relations team on the main campus. Mark holds an M.S. in Corporate & Professional Communication from Radford University and dual B.A.s in Mass Communication and Graphic Art from Emory & Henry College. Previously, Mark served as the Senior Coordinator of Communications & College Relations for Jefferson College of Health Sciences.
Director of Media Services
Justin Ward joined the Marketing and Communication team in the Spring of 2018 as a multimedia producer. He works closely with other Creative and Marketing Services staff to develop and market visual content for Radford University. You will most likely see him throughout campus with a camera in hand capturing memorable Highlander moments. Justin is an alumnus of Radford with a BS in media studies and a concentration in journalism, spending summers interning with local news agencies and CBS News in Washington, D.C. He spent eight years as a reporter for both WDBJ7 in Roanoke, VA and WVVA in Bluefield, WV. During his career he’s been invited to interview the Vice President of the United States, was nominated for an Emmy Award and won state and regional awards for journalism and videography work. Justin lives in Christiansburg where he was raised.
Evan Musgrave joined the Marketing and Communication team as the University Photographer in September of 2021. He works closely with other Creative and Marketing Services staff to develop and market visual content for Radford University. You will most likely see him throughout campus with a camera in hand capturing memorable Highlander moments. Before joining Radford University, Evan worked as a Multimedia Producer in the Marketing Department at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida. He also worked as a freelance photographer and videographer in the South Florida area where he ended up working for NASCAR, Boca Magazine, and many other local shops and businesses. Evan’s work has been published in works in the Florida area such as Sun-Sentinel, Live @ Lynn, Boca Magazine, and many other publications across the area. Currently, Evan is living in the Christiansburg area and enjoying the trade of scenery from endless beaches to endless mountain views.
Pam McCallister joined the Marketing and Communication Creative Services team in October 2016. As a marketing copywriter/editor, she works with designers, writers and clients while editing, fact-checking and writing copy for a wide range of projects. Prior to arriving at Radford University, she worked as a copy editor and designer for newspapers, including The Roanoke Times and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution; as a communications specialist for Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway; and as a freelance magazine designer. Pam holds a B.A. in Journalism from Marshall University.
Media Services Specialist
Chad Osborne is a media services specialist for the Artis College of Science and Technology and the College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences. He holds a B.A. in Mass Communications from Emory & Henry College. He joined Marketing and Communication in 2005.
Media Services Specialist
Neil Harvey is a media services specialist who primarily covers Radford University’s Davis College of Business and Economics, the College of Education and Human Development, and the College of Visual and Performing Arts. Prior to joining the Marketing and Communication team in October 2021, he spent two decades as a reporter and staff writer for The Roanoke Times. He holds a B.A. in English from Virginia Tech.
Lauren Papp joined the Marketing and Communication team in Fall 2023. She works closely alongside the team to support visual communication needs. Lauren received a B.S. in journalism from Ohio University in 2020.
Riley Murtagh joined the Marketing and Communication team as a Multimedia Producer in October of 2023. He works with other members of the Creative team to develop and capture visual content for Radford University and Radford University Carilion. Riley has had distinct experiences across the media industry, having worked in news, film, advertising, and most recently for popular YouTube channels. Currently, Riley resides in Roanoke where he grew up.
Digital Communications and Marketing
Meghan Williams Spraker, M.S.
Director for Digital Communications and Marketing
Meghan Williams Spraker joined the Radford University web communications team as a web content editor in November 2010. In 2013, Meghan became web content strategist and in late 2015 assumed the role of manager of web communications. Most recently, Meghan was named director of digital communications and strategy.
Meghan manages the “core” site of the Radford University website; assists with web-related issues including site design and development, message strategy, content creation; development, strategy, and maintenance of university social media channels; analytics; usability, and information architecture; provides training in the campus content management system (CMS); and develops, maintains and disseminates university web standards.
Previously, Meghan served as the communications manager for the Division of Student Affairs and University Relations at Virginia Tech. She also served as the associate director of public affairs at a non-profit organization in Richmond, Va. She received her B.S. in Communication from Radford University and her M.S. in Mass Communications with a concentration in Strategic Public Relations from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Laken Dillow Rickey, B.F.A. '19
Laken Dillow Rickey joined the Marketing and Communication team in October 2020. She provides support in managing the website of Radford University, and serves as a consultant to campus partners by providing a strategic approach to website content, layout and design. Laken uses web best practices in SEO, Google Analytics, and accessibility to help strengthen the university's brand digitally. She holds a B.F.A. with a concentration in Graphic Design and a minor in Marketing.
Ellen Hines, B.F.A. '18
Ellen Hines joined the Marketing and Communication team in March, 2022. As digital designer, she works closely with the entire University Relations team to develop, strategize and market visual content for Radford University’s website, social media, and other digital platforms. You will sometimes see her out and about around campus taking photos or gathering content for social media. Prior to joining the University Relations team, she was a senior graphic designer at Foot Levelers in Roanoke, Virginia. She received a B.F.A. with a concentration in Graphic Design from Radford University in 2018.
Social Media Strategist
Jordan Richardson joined the Marketing and Communication team in the spring of 2024 as the Social Media Strategist. She assists the university’s many departments in representing the best of Radford University across all social media platforms. Jordan received a B.A. in English from Concord University in 2018.
Mary Beth Kegley
Director of Creative Services
Mary Beth Kegley manages incoming project requests and designs various print and digital materials to uphold the university brand. Prior to joining the Radford family in July of 2021, she worked as a multimedia producer for Virginia Tech after receiving her B.A. in graphic design from Charleston Southern University in 2018.
Graphic Design Manager
Blake Brady joined the Marketing and Communication team in July, 2023. As graphic design manager, he reviews project requests and develops design solutions that align with Radford University's brand guidelines. Blake received his B.F.A. in graphic design from Liberty University in 2020.
James Harman, B.S. '92
James Harman creates and oversees the production of graphic design materials ranging from web banners to book-length publications in the Creative Services subdivision of the department. An RU alumnus, he holds a B.S. in Art with a concentration in Graphic Design. He joined Marketing and Communication in 1992, having previously interned as a student-worker since 1990.
Gabby Bailey joined the Marketing and Communication team in November 2023. She received her B.F.A. with a concentration in graphic design from Radford University in 2023.