The Insight Committee

The Insight Committee of the GMU Department of Communication was formed to build and enhance relationships between the department, the students and the larger community of practicing public relations and communication professionals. The committee also strives to maintain an ongoing dialogue that helps focus the department’s research and teaching efforts as a means of meeting and furthering the needs of the professional communication community.

The Insight Committee meets several times a year and appoints sub-committees from time-to-time to lead the development of specific programs that support its key missions. The annual GMU Student/Industry Communications Forum is one of these outreach programs, with others focusing on career enhancement and communication job fairs.

Future Events

Please save the date for the 2018 Annual Communication Forum.

It will be on October 23, 2018 in Dewberry Hall, Johnson Center (located on the Fairfax Mason campus).

More information about the event will be released soon.


Committee Members

Katherine Boettrich

Chief Communications Officer

INOVA Health


Carl Botan, Interim Faculty Liaison

Faculty Member, Department of Communication

George Mason University


Christopher R. Brewster

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP


Andrew Cuneo

Senior Manager, Corporate Communications



Carolyn Cuppernull, Chair of Insight Committee

Director, Business Development

Inmarsat Government


Marie Dyak


The Entertainment Industries Council (EIC)

Executive Producer, EIC Productions


Patrick Fn'Piere


The Public Management Group, LLC


Kate Houston Gatto

Vice President of Communications

National Alliance of Forest Owners


Clay McConnell

Vice President, Communications

Airbus Americas Inc.


Suzanne Mims



Julie Litzenberger Murphy

Partner & SVP, PR

Sage Communications, LLC


Anne Nicotera

Chair, Department of Communication

George Mason University


Dan Rene

Senior Vice President



Logan Rice

News Bureau Lead

Northrop Grumman


Mark Root

Corporate Director, Media Relations

Northrop Grumman Corporation


Katherine Rowan

Faculty Member, Department of Communication

George Mason University


Sergei Samoilenko

Faculty Member, Department of Communication

George Mason University


Danny Selnick

Senior Vice President

Strategic Markets

Business Wire


Angela Sweeney

Vice President & CMO

Peterson Companies


Chad Tragakis

Director, Communications

Northrop Grumman Corporation


Special Thanks to Christina Wenks and Kate Sweeny