Meet Our Alumni
April Abel graduated in December 2009, with photography as a favorite medium. During senior semester, Abel completed an internship with the News Journal as a reporter. In 2013, she left a job in healthcare to pursue freelance writing and photography full-time. Over the course of a year she won awards for nature and wildlife photography and was published both as a writer and photographer in Delaware Beach Life Magazine, Outdoor Delaware, The News Journal, The Milford Chronicle, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Early in 2014 she accepted a job with Delaware State Parks as an Exhibits Coordinator, working with the Parks to coordinate traveling art exhibits, maintain and grow the Delaware Folk Art Collection, and create interpretive signage and exhibits for Parks’ nature centers. She also writes and photographs for local, state, and national publications. Abel lives and works in central Delaware and can be contacted at www.aprilallysonabel.com.
Donnie Black graduated in 2007. He is the executive producer of the 95.7 BEN FM morning show in Philadelphia. After Wesley, he interned for 95.7 Ben FM. Three years later, he was named the Producer of the morning show and the Production Assistant of the radio station. At Wesley, Donnie was the Station Manager and Program Director for WXstream from 2005-2007 and was a part of the class that named “WXstream.”
Lilia Brekke graduated in 2011. She was hired by One Caribbean Television in February 2012 as their Executive Producer. She manages all of their programming, commercial content, day to day activities, and social media. She has also now started to help sell their channel to cable operators.Their network has gone from only being viewed in the Caribbean to the US and now Europe. She says,“It’s been an exciting adventure.”
Elise Knable Coffin
Elise Knable Coffin graduated 2009. After graduating from Wesley, Elise worked as a CTE teacher of Graphic Design at Appoquinimink High School, and earned an MED of Career and Technical Ed. Curriculum Development. She is currently a CTE teacher of Graphic Design as well as the CTE Dept Chair at Appoquinimink High School. Elise is also an ARTC coach for the State of Delaware, worked on the DPASS II committee for the Department of Education, directed musicals at Appoquinimink High School for four years, and is currently working as an adjunct for Wesley’s Multimedia Communication Department. As a student at Wesley, Elise worked in the College’s Communications and Marketing Department.
Leigh Ann Coleman graduated in 2009. Upon graduation, she worked as Director of Publications, then Director of Communications at Wesley. She is now the Webmaster at Bayhealth Medical Center.
Kim Manahan graduated 2011. She interned with the News Journal following graduation, then worked as a reporter for the Dover Post. She now works for a health care communications company in PA doing video editing, managing their digital ads, managing webinars, and taking care of anything multimedia related. She does minor website updates, and works in the email data base keeping email lists clean and standardized. She’s also done some freelance web content writing. At Wesley, Kim was editor of the Whetstone.
Chesley McNeil graduated in 1994, and went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Geo-Sciences. He is now one of Atlanta GA’s most popular on-air personalities, greeting viewers every weekday as the host of his own morning show on 11Alive, “Wake Up With Chesley”. After graduating from Wesley, Chesley accepted a position in TV News at WBOC in the Dover Bureau, as a photojournalist. A year later, he left Dover and began doing the same for WRIC-TV in Richmond VA. His interest and training in Meteorology soon won him the weekend weather anchor job, reporting on weather, local events, and environmental and human interest stories.After 8 years at WRIC, Chesley left his job anchoring the weather on Good Morning Richmond and the 8 News at Noon newcasts, and moved to Buffalo, New York where he joined the staff of WGRZ as the morning Meteorologist for the Daybreak Morning show and Noon newscasts. In addition to his career in television, Chesley has taught both undergraduate and graduate level Meteorology and Earth Sciences courses at several colleges and universities. He has been awarded the prestigious American Meteorological Society Seal of Approval, is a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist and is the recipient of numerous professional awards. He is a member of the American Meteorology Society, the National Weather Association and the National Association of Black Journalists and a proud life member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. At Wesley, Chesley helped launch the campus’s first TV station, hosting a show called “The Chesley McNeil Show,” where he interviewed faculty and students, and ran the movies and documentaries he created.
Jamie Pruitt graduated in 2011. After graduating from Wesley, Jamie worked for the Delaware Farm Bureau and earned an MBA in Digital and Social Media. She now works as a Marketing Coordinator with Bancroft Construction Company in Wilmington DE. At Wesley, Jamie was editor of the Online Whetstone.
If you’re an alum, we’d love to hear from you. Get back in touch with the department by contacting Professor Greto.
Media Arts / Multimedia Communication alumni are invited to join the department’s linkedin group, Wesley College Media Arts / Multimedia Communication Alumni. Alumni can network, post jobs, post internships, keep up with fellow alumni, offer advice to our seniors, who are invited to join the group when their Senior Project Proposal and schedule have been accepted, etc.
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