About Us

Damian Heltman-Gray: General Manager
Damian Heltman-Gray is a Sophomore, pursuing a Bachelors in film-video studies. He has gained more interest and skill for film as well as other multimedia while studying at Penn State Altoona. Damian plans to transfer to University Park to further gain knowledge on his film and media studies. Actively outside of classes he works at Weis Markets enjoys being outdoors and hiking along with creative works such as photography, painting, film. After gradation he plans on pursuing a career in the film industry.

Julia Mcaloon: Alumni Page Editor


Robert Dozier: Video Editor
Robert Dozier III is a junior at Penn State Altoona pursuing a bachelor's degree in Communications. He dreams of being a writer and film editor. He is originally from Maryland but Penn State was his first choice to attend college. In his spare time he enjoys watching YouTube videos, reading, and hanging out with friends.
Akeesha Williams: Creative and Print Editor
Akeesha Williams is sophomore, studying Telecommunications at Penn State Altoona. She hails from the concrete jungle of Brooklyn NY. Outside of school, enjoys reading and writing screenplays, and watching television. After graduating from Penn State- University Park, she plans on pursuing a career in media productions.
Shiqi Zhang: Animations Editor
Shiqi Zhang, who goes by Helia, is a Film major at Pennsylvania State University. She is in love with drawing anime characters and is currently learning to make animations. She is part of the College Activity Board club and the Chinese Undergraduate Student Association.

Rogan Allen: Audio Editor
Rogan Allen is 28 years old and a senior majoring in communications at Penn State Altoona. He specialize mainly in audio production and audio engineering. He was fortunate enough to gain experience as a guitarist and assistant audio engineer in the United States Air Force Band of Flight. During his military service, he performed thousands of gigs and got to mix a few hundred. He enjoyed the challenges in the developing field of audio production. After graduating he intends to further his education with audio engineering and possibly attend graduate school to earn an MA in Audio Technology. He plays in numerous bands around Altoona and enjoys listening to podcasts when he's not playing. He also enjoys cooking and has an obsession with military history, especially the Civil War.

Michelle Mendez: PR Director

Cherie' Langenbacher: Managing and Photography Editor
Cherie' Langenbacher is from Hollidaysburg, Pa. She is currently a freshman at The Pennsylvania State University and is majoring in Communications in hopes of becoming a Graphic & Web Designer upon graduation. Before PSU, she attended the Greater Altoona Career and Technology Center for Multimedia and Web Design, while also attending Hollidaysburg Area High School. From the GACTC, she was elected into the National Technical Honor Society.

Chris Lawson: Technical Consultant
IT Consultant/Systems Administrator, Classroom and Student Technology Services, Penn State Altoona
Chris is the IT Consultant for the Penn State Altoona Communications Program and an Apple Systems Administrator for the Classroom and Student Technology Services group at Penn State Altoona. Chris has provided support, consulting and systems management for the Communications Program since 2010. He is responsible for maintaining and managing operations of the Communications program's TV and audio recording studio, as well as deployment, maintenance, and hardware support of Penn State Altoona's Apple systems for labs and podiums.
Mary Lou Nemanic: LiveWire Founder & Co-Adviser
Mary Lou Nemanic is an Associate Professor of Communications and American Studies Penn State Altoona where she designed the multimedia Communications Bachelor of Arts program and served as coordinator for seven years. She teaches visual communication theory courses, media studies, multimedia production and web design journalism, photojournalism, motion graphics and special effects. In 2003 she founded LiveWire, Altoona's online multimedia magazine, and she currently serves as co-adviser. Dr. Nemanic received a master’s degree in Mass Communication and a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Minnesota. She also has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Summa cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Minnesota.

She has worked in media and documentary for more than 30 years and her work has been published in books, newspapers and magazines and aired on television. Her research interests include Media Studies, Cultural Studies and Cultural History. Her first book, One Day for Democracy: Independence Day and the Americanization of Iron Range Immigrants was published by The Ohio University Press in 2007. She co-edited her second book, Cultural Production in Virtual and Imagined Worlds, with Dr. Tracey Bowen of the University of Toronto (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010). Dr. Nemanic and her husband Doug, an award-winning documentary producer, have worked independently in documentary for more than 25 years. Their first feature-length documentary on cowboy/cowgirl culture, "Cattlemen's Days: the Grandaddy of Colorado Rodeos," won Best Feature-length Documentary at the 2009 Iris Film Festival. Their second feature-length film, “The Iron Range Family Album” was screened in 2011 at the International Northern Lights Music Festival and at the Iris Film Festival, in 2012 as a nationally sponsored event at the Popular/American Culture Association in Boston. It is currently being cablecast in Minneapolis and across northern Minnesota.

Dr. Nemanic is also Contributing Editor and Technical Consultant for the "Lightning Gazette" the online magazine of everyday life.
Bob Trumpbour: Co-Adviser
Bob Trumpbour is associate professor of communications at Penn State Altoona. He has published two books, "The New Cathedrals: Politics and Media in the History of Stadium Construction" (Syracuse University Press), and "The Rise of Stadiums in the Modern United States: Cathedrals of Sport" (Routledge). He has spoken in a wide range of venues including an invitation to speak at Harvard Law School, and has written articles and has been interviewed by a variety of national and local media sources. He periodically serves as a guest columnist for the Altoona Mirror. Dr. Trumpbour teaches both theory and production classes at Penn State Altoona. He does occasional freelance work within the industry, including fieldwork on NFL broadcasts. He is active in several scholarly and sport-related organizations, including AEJMC, MAPACA, NASSH, and SABR. He was recently served as chair for the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication's Council of Divisions and was head of AEJMC's Cultural and Critical Studies Division. He previously worked at CBS in New York in various capacities and has taught at Western Illinois University, Southern Illinois University, and Saint Francis University. He earned a Ph.D. from Penn State University's College of Communications.
Monica McCready: Webmaster
Monica McCready has been the president of Applied Science and Technology, a full service website management company since 1997.  She has a bachelor's degree in Anthropology with a minor in the Classics from Penn State University. Her company is very much involved in the development and marketing of various e-commerce websites. Monica worked as a computer training specialist holding workshops for a variety of corporate clients including Penn State faculty and staff at University Park and for the Continuing Ed. Department at the Altoona campus.