About Us

Jordan Futrick: General Manager and Audio Editor
Jordan Futrick is a senior, studying Communications, at Penn State Altoona. At Penn State, Jordan has developed a passion and skill for video production and public relations. The skills that she has acquired while studying Communications at Penn State, she has utilized with her three internships at the Blair County Planning Commission, Hollidaysburg Community Partnership, and as an Americorps intern at the Blair County Conservation District. During her free time Jordan works as a production team member for the State of State organization, and continues to focus on her passion for video production.

Alexis Schumacher: Alumni Editor
Alexis Schumacher is an Altoona Native and is a senior at Penn State Altoona. She is a Communications major and is involved in many organizations on campus. Alexis is the Finance Executive for Benefiting THON, Vice President of Member Development of Alpha Sigma Tau, and is PSUA Campus Rep for Headbands for Hope.
Farheen Amin: Video Editor
Farheen Amin is a senior at Penn State Altoona. She is a Communications major who is graduating in December 2017. Farheen is currently engaged in an internship with the Pennsylvania State College of Engineering as a Multimedia Intern. In her free time, she enjoys creating short films and photography.
Damian Gray: Photography and Creative Editor
Damian Gray is a Sophomore, studying Communications at Penn State Altoona. He has gained an interest for film and photography as well as other media, and wants to pursue a career in his major. Damian plans to transfer to University Park to further gain knowledge on his media studies. Actively outside of classes he enjoys hiking, along with painting and drawing.
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.

Michelle Thompson: Managing Editor and Print Editor


Madison James: PR Director


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.