Faculty Mentors

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Industry Mentors

Jessie Richards, PhD

Jessie Richards

Jessie has a joint PhD from the University of Utah in communication, and writing studies and rhetoric. She earned her master's degree in rhetoric and writing studies from San Diego State University, and her bachelor's degree in professional/technical writing from Utah State University. She has over 12 years of experience teaching professional writing, business communication, and technical communication at the university level and has been a strategic communication consultant for 15 years. Her consulting business, Intercom Strategies, aims to increase communication efficacy in organizations across intersections of race, gender, sexuality, ability, and authority.

Her scholarly research focuses on intersections of trauma, memory, and identity in the context of war and refugeeism. She uses socio-linguistics and rhetoric to analyze how these intersections affect refugee movements and memories after war. She is passionate about working with Utah's vibrant and diverse refugee population and loves using her scholarly work to effect real-world change. She has served on the board for the Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault and volunteers regularly at the YWCA.

Danielle Caldwell, MSC

Danielle Caldwell

Danielle received her master of strategic communication from Westminster College. She also holds a bachelor of arts in anthropology from the University of Utah. Currently a content marketing manager with Helix Education, Danielle has also held positions in research, communications, outreach, marketing, and project management. With a foundation in research and years of experience with strategic communication, she values both evidence-based and innovative approaches to communication and marketing.

Her research interests include social marketing, demarketing, consumption, behavioral economics, and social change. Danielle leads a number of social media and business writing workshops, and mentors professionals throughout the Salt Lake Valley.


Performance Coaches

The MSC program offers performance coaching by highly trained coaches. Your coach will work with you to determine your individual career goals, set milestones, and evaluate your progress. Coaches help you improve your project management skills, develop leadership potential, and become a successful communicator.

Jazmynn Bopha Pok, MSC

Jazmynn Bopha Pok

Jazmynn received her master of strategic communication from Westminster in 2015 and joined the MSC team as a performance coach later that year. Enthusiastic about both marketing and communication, Jazmynn's background as a marketing manager and work in nonprofit administration makes her an excellent fit as an MSC mentor. She works with leadership teams and executive boards to develop progressive programs for women in leadership. After earning her undergraduate degree in environmental science with an emphasis in political science, Jazmynn's passion for public health and sustainability has continued to grow through her global travels, humanitarian work, and involvement with local charities.

Christine Osborne, MSC

Christine Osborne

Christine completed her master of strategic communication degree from Westminster in 2015 and began teaching in the MSC program the following semester. She has an extensive background in strategic communication planning, integrated marketing communication planning, technical writing, research, negotiations, brand marketing, and social media. Christine is currently a content strategist/communications specialist at the Utah Department of Environmental Quality, where she oversees web content and is the primary writer/content contributor for her office.

She served as acting executive director for the Utah Clean Air Partnership (UCAIR) during its first year as a nonprofit and developed, with board input, the new organization's strategic plan, and grants and loans program. She was awarded the David C. Williams Memorial Graduate Fellowship from the University of Utah's master of public administration program. Prior to her current role, Christine was associate principal bassoon with the Utah Symphony for 26 years, serving as the chair of numerous musician committees, the union representative on four contract negotiating teams, and union shop steward.


Program Coordinator

April Blair

April Blair

April is the program coordinator for the master of strategic communication and RN to BS programs at Westminster. As the program coordinator, she works with faculty to ensure successful program outcomes and assists students with a variety of needs throughout the program. April joined Westminster in 2007 and has worked with various programs including the family nurse practitioner, nurse anesthesia, public health, and nurse educator programs. She began working for the MSC program in 2013.

April is a native of Northern California. She earned her bachelor's degree in international studies at Brigham Young University in 2003, and her master's degree in public health at Westminster in 2010.

Alumni Mentors

All MSC students can participate in the Alumni Mentor Program. These mentors volunteer their time to meet with new students and provide guidance and advice throughout the program. Many MSC graduates have found project clients and job opportunities through this program. If you'd like to be connected to an alumni mentor, please contact our program coordinator, April Blair, at ablair@westminstercollege.edu.

Our Students

MSC students come from all walks of life, with widely different skill sets, professional experience, and personal circumstances. While the majority of our students have worked for a few years after completing their bachelor's degrees, we have some students who enter the program shortly after finishing their undergraduate degree, and others still who have been at home with kids and are now returning to school.

Our students range widely in age, are culturally diverse, and have a variety of career ambitions. Some even live out of state.

Emily Quinn (2018)

Emily Quinn
  • Employer: InterACT
  • Position: Youth Coordinator
  • Professional Interests: Working with nonprofits and underprivileged communities
  • Professional Ambitions: Communications director for a nonprofit; public speaker and storyteller

Jason Aragon (2017)

Jason Aragon
  • Employer: Biogen
  • Position: Senior Territory Business Manager
  • Professional Interests: Corporate leadership; marketing; operations
  • Professional Ambitions: Sales director; screenwriter

Gray (2017)

Gray Gray
  • Employer: Westminster College
  • Position: Arts Administrator
  • Professional Interests: Branding and brand management; external communication; marketing; organizational communication
  • Professional Ambitions: Work with non-profit or arts organization as a part of communications team

Stacy Booth (2018)

Stacy Booth
  • Employer: Bard Access Systems
  • Position: Sr. Manager of Marketing Communications
  • Professional Interests: Integrate marketing planning
  • Professional Ambitions: Director of Marketing