Faculty and Staff

Emeritus Faculty

Dr. Lindsy Pack MCOM Program
Dr. Tyra Phipps MCOM Program
Dr. Marc Routhier CMST Program
Dr. Mike Wallinger CMST Program

Department Faculty

Communication Faculty

Dr. Nettie Brock

Office: Gira Center 348F

About Dr. Nettie Brock:
Dr. Brock has lived all over the United States, but generally considers herself to be from Kentucky. She comes to Frostburg by way of Missouri (where she got her PhD in Communication at the University of Missouri) and San Francisco (where she got her MA in Cinema Studies at San Francisco State University). Nettie’s research and teaching interests stem directly from her primary hobby – watching TV and movies. Her primary passion is in teaching students about critical thinking and media literacy, using television, mainly, as the vehicle to discuss those issues, as well as larger discursive issues in society. Her dissertation research looks at these ideas as well, but through focusing on the concept of genre on television. She breaks down any normative notions of genre to suggest that it works, instead, as a rhizome, intersecting constantly across all standard barriers. In general, Nettie’s research breaks down normal assumptions about the media, especially look at “popular” or “cult” texts and the ways that these objects transgressive storytelling norms.

Communication Faculty

Dr. Chelsea Daggett

Office: Gira Center 348D
Telephone: 301.687.4782

Ph.D. Communication; Media Studies, University of Colorado-Boulder
M.F.A., Film and Television Studies, Boston University
B.A., English Literature, SUNY College at Potsdam

About Dr. Chelsea Daggett:
Dr. Daggett graduated in fall 2017 from University of Colorado at Boulder with a Ph.D in Communications; Media Studies Track. She received her MFA in Film Studies from Boston University. Dr. Daggett has been published in Participations, the premiere journal for audience studies, and several anthologies. She has presented at a variety of conferences on Popular Culture (MAPACA) and Social Sciences (WSSA). Her current research focuses media ethics, mass shootings in public memory and drag queen subcultures. Dr. Daggett has taught Media Law & Ethics for the past 3 years at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Dr. Daggett is excited to work at a liberal arts institution like Frostburg State University. She teaches Intro to Human Communication, Interviewing, and Issues & Responsibilities..

Communication Faculty

Ms. Annie Danzi, MFA
Assistant Professor

Office: Gira Center 348G
Telephone: 301.687.3013

About Ms. Annie Danzi:
Ms. Danzi originally hails from the small coastal resort town of Ocean City, MD.  She has worked as a producer/editor for many independent production houses, non-profits and universities. She has experience working in non-fiction television for Discovery Networks, HGTV and National Geographic. Annie has been in love with documentary and non-fiction projects since she was a teenager.  She earned her BA from George Mason University in the Entertainment Arts and received her MA in Mass Communication: Documentary from the Documentary Institute at the University of Florida.  She recently completed her MFA in Documentary at Wake Forest University. Her current documentary project, Follow Me Girls, is about the Girl Scouts.  

Annie is proud to be joining the faculty at Frostburg State University as an Assistant Professor in Mass Communication. She teaches production, media aesthetics and theory.

Communication Faculty John Lombardi

Dr. John J. Lombardi

Office: Gira Center 348H
Telephone:  301.687.4146

About Dr. John Lombardi:
Dr. Lombardi has been at Frostburg State University since the Fall 2000 semester.  During his time at FSU he has taught numerous classes including audio and video production courses, theory, research, writing, media programming, introduction to mass communication, and a course on current issues and new technologies.

Additionally, Dr. Lombardi advises the Moonlight Media Productions student organization, serves on numerous college and university committees.

Prior to coming to FSU, Dr. Lombardi taught, for two years, at Western Carolina University in North Carolina.  He also taught during his doctoral coursework at The University of Tennessee and during his master's coursework at Arkansas State University.

Dr. Lombardi was born in Baltimore where he lived before starting high school.  He then moved to Virginia and later earned his bachelor's degree from James Madison University.

With his wife Melanie, Dr. Lombardi resides in the Cumberland area. In his spare time he enjoys skiing, hiking, traveling, and photography.

Communication Faculty Elesha Ruminski

Dr. Elesha L. Ruminski
Associate Professor
Coordinator, Leadership Studies

Office: Gira Center 348L
Telephone:  301.687.4480

Ph.D., Rhetoric, Duquesne University
M.A., English, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
B.A., English Writing, University of Pittsburgh

About Dr. Elesha Ruminski:
Dr. Ruminski researches, teaches, and facilitates strategies of communication leadership within organizations and communities. She has examined the gendered organizing rhetoric used by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters as well as the rhetorically  constructed identity created by the community slogan, "Frostburg--It's Just Cooler Here." In addition to authoring chapters and encyclopedia entries on a range of communication topics, she is co-editor of a collection on women's leadership development in educational,  organizational, and political contexts, Communicative Understandings of Women's Leadership Development: From Ceilings of Glass to Labyrinth Paths (Lexington Books, 2012). Courses she has developed at FSU include Leadership for Men and Women, Conflict Management, and Intercultural Communication. In these courses, she integrates theoretical and experiential learning about standpoint differences, civility, and professional communication.

In 2012, Ruminski was named "Administrator of the Year" by the National States Advisory Council, and in 2013, she received the FSU Faculty Achievement Award for Campus and Community Service. From 2012-2014, Ruminski served as the project manager of the Sustaining Campus and Community Dialogue Series, a project supported by FSU and the Maryland Judiciary's Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office to foster town-gown partnerships and a non-violent culture in Frostburg. In 2015, she was a member of LeadershipAllegany!, a leadership networking experience in Allegany County, Maryland. She was a supporter of the creation of a new Public Dialogue and Deliberation Division of the National Communication Association and currently serves as the Vice President Elect for that division. From 2015-2016, she participated in a Kettering Foundation learning exchange to support the development of FSU's Communication Leadership Lab, a virtual hub for partnership building, internships, and community projects that support communication leadership in the region. Details about past projects and upcoming events of the Communication Leadership Lab, including opportunities to intern as a Communication Leadership Lab assistant, can be found at www.frostburgdialogue.org.

Curriculum Vitae

Communication Faculty Molly Stoltz

Dr. Molly Stoltz

Office: Gira Center 348E
Telephone:  301.687.3043

Ph.D. Rhetoric and Communication, Duquesne University
M.A., Communication, Duquesne University
B.A., Communication and English, Saint Vincent College

About Dr. Molly Stoltz:
Dr. Stoltz comes to FSU with 15 years of teaching experience including 10 years teaching at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, GA. She has recently edited a textbook about listening, which is one of her main areas of expertise. Her dissertation presented a model of the listening process from a hermeneutic perspective. She is a member of the International Listening Association and has been published in the International Journal of Listening. She is also a member of the National Communication and is active in the discipline at state and regional levels as well.

At FSU, Dr. Stoltz teaches interpersonal communication, communication theory, and introduction to human communication but she has experience teaching almost any communication course in the curriculum. She also has created on-line courses and enjoys teaching on-line.

Sheri Whalen

 Dr. Sheri Whalen
Associate Professor

Office: Gira Center 348m
Telephone:  301.687.4134

About Dr. Sheri Whalen:
Dr. Whalen became the Chair of the Department of Communication Dr. Sheri Whalen the summer of 2015.  She has been at FSU since 2008 beginning as a Lecturer in Communication Studies and becoming a faculty member in 2013 in Mass Communication.  Currently she teaches Mass Communication Theory, Telecommunications Law, and Writing for Electronic Media. She also taught Communication Theory, Political Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Presentational Communication, Interviewing and the introductory course for Frostburg's Communication Studies Department as a lecturer from 2008-2013.  In 2014 the two programs merged and now are the Department of Communication.

Some of her background includes working as a radio reporter, music and academic game show host, and voice over for local commercials in Western New York. She also interned at the State Attorney General’s office in NY, the Voice of America in Washington, DC and ABC News at the White House.

Her research interests focus on political and cultural communication including media coverage of politics and politicians, humor in politics, the relationship between media and political actors, and music and society. She has also served as the president of the Maryland Communication Association.

In her spare time she enjoys walking, hiking, singing, reading and travelling.

Adjunct Instructors

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Mr. Chuck Dicken
Adjunct Instructor

Office: Gira Center 375D
Telephone:  301.687.3063

About Mr. Charles Dicken:
Mr. Dicken is the Station Director and Program Director of Frostburg State University’s public radio station, WFWM 91.9 FM. He began his radio career in Fall 1990 as a community volunteer at WFWM. He also worked at Wired 103 in Limerick, Ireland while studying there. He was hired as the Program Director in May 1998 and became an adjunct in the Department of Mass Communications at the same time.  He has taught Introduction to Radio (MCOM 150), Announcing & Performance (MCOM 250) and currently teaches Radio Workshop (MCOM 100).

Mr. Dicken has an AA degree in Liberal Arts from Allegany Community College, a BS in History from Frostburg State University, and an MA in Irish Studies from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.  He has served in the U.S. Army as a military policeman and in the Maryland National Guard as a member of a Long Range Surveillance unit.  In addition to his work in radio, Mr. Dicken was a personal assistant to Deputy Jim Mitchell of the Irish parliament and worked for the Sinn Fein party in Washington DC.  He has served on the Allegany Arts Council’s Board of Directors and currently is a member of the Board of Directors for Frostburg First, a Main Street Maryland Community.

Chuck is an avid music buff, newshound and rabid Celtic FC fan.


Amy Ryan

Ms. Amy Ryan
Adjunct Instructor

Telephone:  301.687.3049

About Ms. Amy Ryan:
Ms. Ryan started in radio, as an on-air announcer in 1998 at WQZK, located in Keyser, WV. Ms. Ryan currently works for Allegany Radio Corporation at WQZK-FM 94.1QZK now located in Cumberland. She also can be heard on WDYK-FM in Cumberland, on the weekends with an air shift, as well as the other sister stations in Cumberland, Morgantown Charleston, Clarksburg, and Elkins with commercial production.  Ms. Ryan is currently Program Director of WQZK-FM, and has won numerous awards from the West Virginia Broadcaster’s Association for Best Personality of the Year in an unranked market, and produced the award winning entries for Station of the Year for CHR in an unranked market for WQZK-FM.

Communication Faculty

Mr. Derek Shank
Adjunct Instructor

Telephone: 301.687.3049
Email: dlshank@frostburg.edu

About Mr. Derek Shank:
Mr. Shank currently serves as the Director of Bands at Mountain Ridge High School in AlleganyDerek Shank County.  His responsibilities include directing the Marching Band, Concert Band, String Orchestra, and the Mountain Ridge Jazz Orchestra.  He studied music education with an emphasis in percussion at West Virginia University, where he earned his Bachelor's degree.
Shank also continues to work professionally as both a performing musician and producer/engineer for local and regional recording artists..


Communication Staff - Connie Capacchione

Mrs. Connie Capacchione
Program Management Specialist

Office: Gira Center 348A
Telephone:  301.687.3049

About Mrs. Capacchione:
Mrs. Capacchione is the Program Management Specialist for the Department of Communication. She has been at Frostburg State University since 1999. Connie lives in Flintstone, MD with her husband, Rev. Glenn Capacchione.  They have two daughters, Samantha and Sarah, and 3 grandchildren, Lennon, Stella and Quinn. They live on their farm where they grow organic elephant garlic and their "claim to fame" is that they helped organize and create the Mt. Fresh Producers Association which offers our area 3 local Farmer's Markets. Connie and her husband lived in Damascus, MD before moving to Flintstone in 1989.

Communication Faculty

Mrs. Melanie K. Lombardi
FSU-TV3 Manager

Office: Gira Center 348K
Telephone:  301.687.3011

About Mrs. Melanie Lombardi:
Mrs. Lombardi, a native of the Cumberland area, began her video production career as a free lance videographer and production assistant in the Baltimore and DC area in 1999. She worked on different productions such as multi-camera recital productions for Jo-Mar Productions, commercial shoots and teleconferencing meetings for various companies. She was also involved with the Mount Carmel Players theatre group for one season as a lighting assistant for the production of Annie Get Your Gun. In her free time she also enjoys reading, gardening, biking and cooking.

Emeritus Faculty

Communication Faculty

Dr. Lindsy Pack
Emeritus Faculty

Email: lpack@frostburg.edu

About Dr. Lindsy Pack:
Dr. Pack retired from the Department of Mass Communication at the end of the Spring 2013 semester.  He is now enjoying retirement, we hope, and catching up on his reading!

Prior to coming to Frostburg State in 1994, he taught at Galveston College, Northern Kentucky University, and Sam Houston State University.

His wife, Stephanie, is Emeritus Faculty with the FSU Educational Professions Department. They have a home in the mountains of Garrett County which they share with two cats, a dog and other assorted wildlife.

Communication Faculty

Dr. Tyra Phipps
Emeritus Faculty

Telephone:  301.687.4782

About Dr. Tyra Phipps:
Oddly enough, Dr. Phipps was a student at Frostburg State College in 1968-1971, and competed on the men's tennis team. Her picture now appears as the first female inductee in the Bobcat Hall of Fame. After her professional tennis career, she entered the field of broadcasting as a radio DJ in an adult contemporary format.She has recently published her first bookFolded Notes and established a scholarship in the Health & Physical Education Department with the proceeds from the book.

In 2010 Dr. Phipps also created a scholarship in memory of her mother, Marjorie Phipps, which will be awarded through the Department of Communication every spring.

Her academic teaching interests are Electronic Media Management, Mass Communication Theory, Introduction to Radio and Introduction to Mass Communication. She also supervises students in the short internship. Her research interests include case studies in management and organizational behaviors.

Dr. Marc Routhier

Dr. Mike Wallinger