The Digital Experts

In our Digital and Social Media Marketing workshops and classes, we have sought out the best of the best in terms of instructors.  Our faculty are industry leaders in their chosen field.  All digital and social media marketing instructors are very well connected in the industry and bring real life examples and problems to the class room discussion.

Vernon Ross

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Vernon Ross is Founder and CEO of Ross Public Relations & Marketing, podcast host, speaker and Social Media Strategist. His marketing career has spanned several industries, from medical, to video game marketing.

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Caryn Tomer

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Caryn is a writer, editor, and storyteller for all kinds of media. She’s spent the majority of her career at the corporate level, with a deep passion for digital media. So much so, it was the main area of focus for her thesis while finishing her master’s degree in Mass Communications.

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Chris Carril

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Courses: Mobile Marketing

Chris leads mobile strategy for one of the country's largest financial services firms. His work has earned spots on the CIO 100, InformationWeek 500, and won the Gateway to Innovation's Business Innovation of the Year award.

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Perry Drake



Perry is the Digital Media Marketing Program Director & Assistant Professor, College of Business Administration. He comes from New York University where he taught and created leading edge classes and curriculum including

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Rhonda Drake

Courses: Data Analytics & Visualization, Web Analytics

Rhonda Knehans Drake founded Drake Direct in 1996 following more than 12 years in various information management roles. Rhonda's background includes experience in all aspects of integrated marketing from conceptualization of

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Brianna Smith

Brianna Smith is a Digital and Social Media Marketing Strategist specializing in creating and implementing inbound marketing strategies for small and large companies. She currently serves as the Integrated Marketing Manager at TeraRecon, the largest independent provider and a global leader in advanced image processing innovation for CT, MR and PET; where she develops cross-departmental digital marketing strategies to nurture and grow TeraRecon's global customer base.

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April Mullen

Courses: Email Strategy

April is a digital marketing strategist specializing in email marketing and cross-channel relationship marketing strategies. Currently, she serves brands across a variety of business verticals as a strategist at StrongView, a Selligent Company. At StrongView, a highly-ranked email services provider by Forrester Research, April focuses on client strategies and driving product innovations through her leadership in StrongView's innovation lab.

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Eric Nelson

Courses: Media Planning

Currently, Eric is Sr. VP, Media Director with DICOM Marketing Service's as well as a co-founder and President of 314 Digital, a non-profit organization dedicated to keeping the digital marketing community in St. Louis connected and educated.

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Matthew Coble

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Matthew Coble is CEO of G Inc., a digital innovation agency based in St. Louis that helps startups grow their businesses, works with corporate clients on new product development and innovation initiatives, and pursues internal startup ideas of their own.

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Amy Warren


Amy has an extensive digital marketing background specializing in paid search marketing. She works for MEC Global, a WPP company that buys 1/3 of all the advertising in the world. Developing and implementing digital strategy, Amy manages account teams for Fortune 100 and 500 clients across numerous verticals.

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Bonnie Frank

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Bonnie Frank, a former college professor-turned-entrepreneur, built her coaching and consulting business from scratch through livestreaming, specifically Periscope and Blab.

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Financial Aid

The Workforce Investment Act governed by the Workforce Investment Board distributes funds through the UrbanForce program at the St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE)