Meet the magazine staff

Tim Obermiller

Tim is editor of Ball State University Alumni Magazine and a senior content strategist for the University. He was previously managing editor of the University of Chicago Magazine and editor of Illinois Wesleyan University Magazine, and has won multiple writing and editing awards.

Beth Brooks

Beth, ’95, is a creative strategist and graphic designer 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.

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.

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.

Kim Rendfeld

Kim, a senior communications strategist, has worked at Ball State since 2007, and she is proud to be part of the award-winning Marketing and Communications team. Before joining Ball State, Kim spent 17 years at Indiana newspapers.

Kari Gayes

Kari Gayes, ’06, is a contributing writer for Ball State Magazine and an account strategist for Marketing and Communications. Kari especially loves working on stories and projects that showcase the many educational and cultural experiences Ball State offers students, faculty, staff, and the local community. Outside of work, Kari is a reader, runner, novice tap dancer, theatre lover, Muncie enthusiast, mom of two, and wife to a fellow Cardinal.

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 University Relations and Communications. An award-winning public relations professional, he has more than two decades of experience in higher education.

Samantha Strahan

Samantha, ’15, is a contributing photographer/videographer for Ball State Magazine. After completing degrees in journalism and English studies, the Muncie native became Marketing and 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.