Faculty & Staff
John Kerezy, assistant professor Journalism and Mass Communication, Tri-C
A native of Cleveland, John Kerezy has also worked in journalism and public relations in Indiana, Alaska, and Washington, DC, as well as in England. Kerezy holds a bachelor's degree from Wabash College, a master's degree in journalism from the Ohio State University, and a post-graduate certificate in college teaching from Kent State University. Kerezy has nearly 40 years of continuous writing and public relations experience, dating back to freelancing articles in a neighborhood newspaper in Cleveland in 1973.
Kerezy has worked as public relations officer at Wabash College, was a business press editor with Penton Media and served as an account executive with Alaska’s largest advertising and public relations agency, now known as Bradley/Reid Communications, where he practiced health care and government affairs PR. He also worked as press secretary to the late Sen. Ted Stevens and was public relations and marketing director at Lakewood Hospital.
In 1988 John began Kerezy Communications and directed or coordinated public relations and marketing communications programs for private business, non-profit organization and the Cleveland Teachers Union and other clients.
Kerezy became an adjunct faculty member at Cuyahoga Community College in 2003 and joined the faculty full time in 2006. He serves on various college committees and holds positions on college journalism associations. Kerezy lives in Broadview Heights with his wife Kathy.
Simone Barros graduated from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University receiving the Martin Scorsese Filmmaking Grant and Tisch Dean Craft Award. Recently the Cleveland Public Theatre produced her play, "Fail" in the AtTenTion Span ten-minute festival of devised plays and presented a staged reading of her two-act play, "Dating Godfrey." She has written for Comedy Central's "Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn" and CBS Daytime Drama "As the World Turns." Her other work includes the ten-minute play, "The Forest Court" award winning short film, "Falling in the Night," and feature screenplay, "Just Another Pop Star" workshopped with filmmaker Spike Lee.In the past 11 years, Simone Barros has worked on the production and editing staff for various films and television companies including A&E Television Networks, Comedy Central's "Chappelle's Show," Spike Lee's film "25th Hour," VH-1's "Say It Loud: Black Music in America," PBS documentary, "New York: A documentary Film" and "Reading Rainbow."
Simone was recently awarded the New York University Tisch East Alumni Council Mircogrant for her production, of the 10x10 Tisch Alumni Reading Series, presenting ten, ten-minute plays by NYU Tisch Alumni writers before an industry panel including Beach Big Films (Little Miss Sunshine), Abrams Artists Agency and the Lark Play Development Center. Upcoming projects include a travel documentary series filming in London August 2012.
Deutschman-Ruiz is award-winning journalist with well over 10 years of experience in print, broadcast and online journalism. Her greatest passion is for public radio journalism because public radio is where she found the depth of content and the focus on storytelling that she finds most meaningful in journalism. She has been, among other things, a reporter, editor, talk show host and documentary producer. As a JMC instructor at Tri-C (since 2009), her focus has been on helping students expand their media horizons and become more skilled at analyzing and critiquing the media messages they encounter every day. She received her Masters in Journalism from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Rich Exner has decades of journalism experience as a writer and editor online, at daily newspapers and for an international wire service. He currently is the data analysis editor at cleveland.com, responsible for leading the newsroom's use of data and mapping programs as a reporting tool, and building interactive databases and maps. Before joining cleveland.com, Rich was a reporter, assistant metro editor and data analysis editor at the affiliated Plain Dealer newspaper, and the Cleveland bureau chief and Ohio state editor for United Press International.
Rich, a native of Bellaire, Ohio, is a journalism graduate of The Ohio State University. He attended Cuyahoga Community College to complete part of his degree requirements from OSU. Rich returned to Tri-C as a student in 2009-12 to take classes part-time to learn how to build websites. Rich is a Cleveland chapter board member of the Society of Professional Journalists. He has been a guest speaker at Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Cleveland State, Kent State and John Carroll universities.
Allen Gunnison is a screenwriter, documentary and narrative filmmaker with credits that include programs that aired on PBS – “Healing Others, Healing Ourselves” a history of the African-American nurse and The History Channel – “The Battle of the Bulge” and “Kent State – Reflections.” He is also a music journalist and has been writing about the varied world of progressive rock since its heyday in the 1970s with many articles appearing in a wide variety of publications.
His areas of expertise in the world of mass communication are varied and extensive, including screenwriting, film, radio and television history, theory and criticism, genre studies and much more. He has taught Introduction to Mass Communication, Film Appreciation, Television Production, Motion Picture Production, Screenwriting, News Writing, Introduction to Radio and Television.
Jack (John F.) Hagan, Coordinator of Student Media
Jack Hagan spent nearly 30 years at The Plain Dealer as a reporter and editor before becoming a full-time member of the journalism staff at Tri-C in 2007. At The Plain Dealer, he worked on the Metro staff covering a variety of beats including, police, courts, the environment and suburban news. He also worked as an assistant metro editor at the paper, supervising a team of reporters. He won several journalism awards including those for breaking news and magazine writing.
He has taught journalism classes at Tri-C, Kent State University and Baldwin Wallace College. As the student media coordinator, Hagan is involved in various student media projects. He works closely with the students and advisers on The Voice, the student newspaper, which includes an on-line edition. He also worked with English professors to establish the Tri-C literary magazine, Breakwall. Hagan is a graduate of Cleveland State University.
Wendall S. Hinkle is a Film, TV and Theatre Professional with over 25 years of professional experience in New York and Los Angeles. An Ohio native and Kent State University Alum, Mr. Hinkle recently served as a Location Scout and/or Manager on the Cleveland portion of the Paramount Production, Fun Size, Marvel Entertainment's The Avengers, and the independent feature, Tomorrow You're Gone (Originally titled Boot Tracks). Mr. Hinkle also served at the Location Manager for the comedy My Name Is Earl, now in syndication, originally aired on NBC.
Mr Hinkle has been an adjunct Faculty Member at Tri-C since 2009, teaching Journalism and Mass Communication classes in Film Appreciation and American Cinema, as well as Media Arts & Studies/Applied Integrated Media I & II classes in Real World Pre-Production and Real World Production. His AIM students’ projects have resulted in several 20 to 30 minute short films which have garnered in Ohio film festivals.
Jimi Izrael is an award-winning reporter and culture-critic from East Cleveland, Ohio. His work appears in the Los Angeles Times, Salon.com, USA Today, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Chicago Tribune, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The American Spectator, The Plain Dealer, The Milwaukee Sentinel and many other newspapers and popular media.
He’s a sought-after pundit and culture critic appearing on talk radio and television news panels internationally and from coast to coast, including Fox's Hannity and Colmes, CNN, CSPAN, The O'Reilly Factor, The Larry Elder Show, XM Radio and he’s a regular contributing voice on various shows on National Public Radio, including Talk of the Nation and WHYY’s Radio Times. Izrael speaks on college campuses like Temple University, Youngstown University, University of Denver, Case Western Reserve University, Rollins College, Cleveland State University and Winston Salem University.
He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from Cleveland State University and a Master of Fine Arts Degree from Spalding University. Currently, he co- hosts a weekly segment for National Public Radio’s show Tell Me More with Michel Martin. He muses often at www.jimiizrael.com.
Allison is an enthusiastic communications professional with a passion for higher education. After graduating summa cum laude from Kent State's journalism school, she worked as a copywriter at a national ad agency before becoming a reporter for a local paper. She then head to the Windy City to complete her Master of Science in Journalism (magazine writing and editing) at Northwestern University before contributing PR skills at a Chicago agency and earning a certificate in Public Relations & Advertising from DePaul University, Chicago. In 2011, she returned to her NEO roots and began crafting web content for Bonne Bell as "Miss Smackers." She's also written social media for Jared, Kay and Living Social. Today she enjoys teaching in the JMC department at Tri-C, as well as tutoring writing at the CCW Learning Cafe.
Craig S. Jensen
Craig Jensen is an innovative marketing communications professional with proven advertising and public relations skills. He has crafted award-winning international and domestic Internet, social media, print and broadcast advertising while working for some of the world’s largest corporations including ExxonMobil Corporation (currently), Procter & Gamble, Merck & Company, NCR Corporation and American Brands. He has created and executed comprehensive public, community and investor relations programs globally, and successful sales promotions activities.
Mr. Jensen received his Master’s in advertising from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, and a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism/Mass Communications from the University of Utah. He has attended Tri-C and began teaching Journalism & Mass Communications at the college in 2011. His repeatedly-stated passion is “hire education,” and leads his students toward that goal.
With over twenty-five years in broadcasting, Paul Perozeni has extensive experience in media production and business functions. Working in radio and television, he has produced and directed programs and commercials, receiving Emmy recognition.
In 1990, he co-founded an advertising agency serving local clients. He currently is Vice President of Sales for WJW FOX 8, and interacts closely with Sales, News, Promotions and Finance. Paul has a Masters Degree in Communications Management from John Carroll University and a Honors Degree in Business from The University of Akron.
Ebony is Assistant Chief of Bureau New England for the Associated Press. She occasionally teaches media courses online and has done so for more than six years. Ebony sits on several boards including the New England First Amendment Center and the Missourian Publishing Association, which oversees the Columbia Missourian and assists the dean at the Missouri School of Journalism.
Before joining the Associated Press, Ebony worked for 12 years as a reporter and editor holding various positions at The Detroit News and The Plain Dealer in Cleveland. In 2009, Ebony was selected as a New York Times/National Association of Black Journalists leadership fellow and received media management training at Harvard University through the Maynard Institute's Media Academy. She holds a master of arts in media management and bachelor of journalism from the Missouri School of Journalism.
Alexsandra (Alex) Sukhoy
Alexsandra (Alex) Sukhoy, earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from DePaul University in Chicago, majoring in Communication, with a focus in Mass Media. She graduated from University of Rochester, Simon School of Business, concentrating in Marketing and Strategy.
A globally-networked teaching, creative and business professional with two decades of corporate leadership experience, Sukhoy is CEO of Creative Cadence LLC. She teaches Screenwriting, Art of Story and Film Appreciation at Tri-C and Business Environment at CSU.
She has written several novellas, including Chatroom to Bedroom: Chicago and Chatroom to Bedroom: Rochester, New York, which are available on iTunes, B&N.com and Amazon. She also writes for award-winning CoolCleveland.com, covering topics such as Careers, Film, Food and other cultural musings.
Sarah Szweda is a nationally recognized educator and public relations professional as well as an award-winning member of both print and television media throughout Northeast Ohio. As a former Tri-C student, Szweda understands the challenges and opportunities facing students today and helps young journalists achieve their goals both in the classroom and as an adviser to Tri-C's award-winning student newspaper, The Voice.
Branislav "Bruno" Tatalovic
Branislav "Bruno" Tatalovic immigrated from his native Serbia to U.S. at the age of 22. He spent 12 years on Cleveland's factory floors (as machinist and union steelworker), and another five years in real estate and housing industry before stepping into film, TV, and media business.
Tatalovic is an Tri-C alumnus (1997, AAS in Photography). He holds a BA degree in Communication (w/minor in Studio Art) from Cleveland State University, and MFA in Film/TV from Chapman University's Dodge Conservatory of Film. Tatalovic teaches a variety of courses at JMC (Film Appreciation, American Cinema, Intro to JMC, TV Production).
He's also an award winning independent motion picture producer, writer, and director. His short-subject films had international festival exposure and he won an "Emmy" from ATAS Foundation in 2010. Besides 'behind-the-camera' engagements, Tatalovic is a part-time professional SAG-AFTRA eligible screen actor. Official website: www.tatalovic.org
Jimmy Tyree joined the Journalism/Mass Media and Speech Communication Departments as adjunct professor in 2005. His first teaching assignment was in the Journalism/Mass Media Department where he launched the inaugural course, “Survey of the Black Press.”
His teaching and training experiences are vast. Jimmy has delivered professional and leadership training since the mid 1980s. He began his career in health care as a Public Health Advisor for the Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta, Georgia and later moved into management and teaching.
Tyree’s educational experience includes a Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a minor in African American Studies, and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Cleveland State University. He holds several teaching credentials in a variety of subjects. Tyree has a post graduate certification in Leadership Development from the Federal Judiciary Center, Washington, D.C., and is certified as both a Global Career Facilitator and Instructor. He has been adjunct faculty for Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland, Ohio; Lorain Community College, Lorain, Ohio; Notre Dame College, South Euclid, Ohio; Kent State University, Kent, Ohio; the Federal Judiciary Center, Washington D.C., and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Academy (FLETC), Charleston, SC.
Susan Zimmerman was the full-time Reuters correspondent in Cleveland and later freelanced for various publications. Since 2004, she has focused primarily on teaching journalism.
Zimmerman is on the journalism faculty at Cuyahoga Community College, Kent State University and Lakeland Community College. She also serves as the advisor to the Lakeland Community College newspaper. She is a graduate of Kent State University.