Meet the magazine staff

Jonathan Neal

Jonathan, ’08, is the assistant editor of Ball State Magazine. A writer and a visually driven communicator, Jonathan draws from his broad knowledge of the university and its people to tell and share their compelling stories. Jonathan enjoys traveling America, attending events of all kinds and connecting with good causes.

Beth Brooks

Beth, ’95, is the senior art director for Ball State Magazine, working with writers, editors and photographers to unify the visual presentation of the Ball State story. Beth creates page layouts for the print magazine and helps to manage content on its website.

Mark Whitney

Mark is an award-winning web developer whose skills have been key to the creation and upkeep of the Ball State Magazine website. The site is one reflection of his ability to wed programming and the imagination. Outside of work, Mark loves to experience art in museums and galleries.

Gail Werner

Gail, ’04, is a contributing writer to Ball State Magazine and a media relations strategist for the university, and in her free time enjoys reading, writing fiction, photography and cooking in her retro kitchen. Her favorite magazine sources for inspiration include Time, The Atlantic, Vanity Fair and Smithsonian.

Dan Human

Dan, ’09, is a contributing writer for Ball State Magazine and a content strategist on the university’s digital marketing team. He is a former newspaper reporter, most recently for the Indianapolis Business Journal. In his free time, Dan hikes, bikes, cooks and plays Frisbee with his dog.

Judy Wolf

Judy is a recovering third-generation newspaper journalist who now writes and edits for Ball State, where she continues to use her love of words and people — plus a finely honed sense of humor — for good. The award-winning communications professional is a contributor to Ball State Magazine.

Lisa Renze-Rhodes

Lisa heads the media strategy team and joined Ball State in 2014 after an award-winning career as a reporter and visual journalist for The Indianapolis Star and other newspapers across the Midwest. She writes long-form stories about complex subjects, quirky pieces on cool projects, profiles of interesting people, and pitches in on video and photo packages.

Jennifer Criss

Jennifer Criss, ’98, is a contributing writer for the Ball State Magazine and coordinates the production of the print marketing pieces produced for campus clients. She also assists the copyediting of Ball State webpages. In her spare time, she writes fiction and poetry and is the Art Editor for the Indiana Voice Journal.

Anthony Romano

Anthony, MA ’13, is the director of creative services at Ball State and contributes video content for Ball State Magazine. And don’t worry, his New England roots and love affair with the Patriots do not cloud his journalistic judgment when it comes to creating visually compelling stories about the university and its students.

Dan Forst

Dan, ’85, brings a passion for sports to his management of Ball State athletics graphics projects, which can be seen in glorious color in places such as Scheumann Stadium and Worthen Arena. He also supports various campus partners, including Business Affairs and the award-winning Graduate School. He covers the Cardinals for Ball State Magazine. It’s a natural fit.

Don Rogers

Don, '77, is a contributing photographer/videographer to Ball State Magazine who has never wanted to do anything else. His assignments reflect years of newspaper, commercial, wedding and portrait photography. A classic-car enthusiast, metal detector hobbyist and passionate grandfather, he draws inspiration from his love of visual communications.

Domenic Centofanti

Domenic, MA ’04, has over 30 years’ experience as a visual storyteller, with award-winning work published in national magazines such as Cosmopolitan, ESPN, Forbes, People and Sports Illustrated. Among this Michigander’s accolades are 11 Michigan Press Association awards as a photographer and two ADDY Awards in 2015 as a videographer for Ball State.

Marc Ransford

Marc, ’83 and MA ’07, is a contributing writer to Ball State Magazine and the senior media strategist for the university’s Division of Strategic Communications. An award-winning public relations professional, he has more than two decades of experience in higher education.

Sam Blankenship

Sam, ’15, is a contributing photographer/videographer for Ball State Magazine. After completing degrees in journalism and English studies, the Muncie native became the Division of Strategic Communications’ first female full-time photographer in 2016. In her spare time, she loves spending time with family, practicing mixed martial arts and playing with her three rescue dogs and her cat.