Meet the Team!

Tim Kershner

Chief Public Relations Officer (603) 535-2476 tlkershner@plymouth.edu

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An admitted flatlander from southeastern Pennsylvania, Tim worked for several corporate and non-for-profit firms prior to his first higher education assignment in 1999. Before joining Plymouth State University in 2010, Tim worked at Alvernia College, Reading, Pa., and Frostburg (Md.) State University.

Locally, Tim is a member of the Marketing Committee of the Plymouth Regional Chamber of Commerce. He is also a co-adviser to (and an alto sax player for) the student Panther Band.

He holds a bachelor of arts in Communication Arts from Elizabethtown (Pa.) College and Masters of Business Administration from St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, Pa.

Lynn Anderson

Administrative Assistant (603) 535-2276 laanderson1@plymouth.edu

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I started at PSU in March of 2010 as adjunct staff in the purchasing department, and became a full-time employee the following year.

Prior experience: Finance and administration, accounting, and customer service, as well as purchasing. I have purchased print materials in my purchasing positions and sold print materials as a customer service representative at a print distributor’s. My interest in and appreciation of printing is what drew me to OPR. The people I work with and their passion for what they do is what keeps me here.

I am a half-time student majoring in social work; therefore, I am fortunate to experience PSU as both an employer and as an educational institution. I enjoy the vitality, outlook, and dedication of the students I take classes with, and appreciate the opportunity to major in a subject that has meaning and value to me. I hope to someday make a difference in the lives of some. My classmates may just change the world.

I love animals and art in all of their forms, travel, good books, great friendships, and my home and family.
News Services

Bruce Lyndes

News Services Manager (603) 535-2775 blyndes@plymouth.edu

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Bruce started at PSU in 2006; he has more than 30 years experience in public relations and radio and television journalism in both Vermont and New Hampshire.

Why he loves doing what he does: There are many fascinating and inspiring stories at PSU; communicating the University’s accomplishments to the world is both meaningful and fun.

Organizations: Bruce currently serves on the Rivendell Interstate School District Board. He previously served as President of the Vermont Associated Press Broadcasters Association and on the Board of Directors of the Upper Valley chapter of the American Cancer Society.

Honors and awards: Bruce received the Vermont Associated Press Broadcasters Association Distinguished Service Award in 2000. He also received a Telly Award for writing and producing a documentary film.

Hobbies: Hiking, antiques and photography.

Betsy Cheney

Publicist (603) 535-2643 betsyc@plymouth.edu

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No one would believe me if I confessed when I started at Plymouth State … no one stays in one place so long. Let’s just say I am the senior person on the OPR team, with work experience in four departments (public relations, student activities, financial management, and in the inaugural fundraising office) plus two PSC degrees earned along the way (BS and MEd).

Why I love what I do: I benefited from public higher education as a first-generation college student, and I believe strongly in this model. Everything we do in OPR benefits our students directly or indirectly.

Favorite projects: My role as arts and events publicist brings me into contact with talented and creative students, faculty and staff just about every day, and I often take the opportunity to see their performances. I am in awe of the talent all around us. I also enjoy writing and occasional story or interview for Plymouth Magazine.

Organizations: I am currently secretary and a member of the development committee of the board of directors of Voices Against Violence. I have also been a member of the Young Ladies’ Library Association of the Plymouth town library, and served on the board of Friends of the Arts and the Speare Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.

Awards: I was honored to receive the 1995 PSC Alumni Achievement Award when I worked in fundraising, and the 2004 PSU Distinguished Professional, Administrative and Technical (PAT) staff award.

Likes: The arts —museums, theatre, craft exhibitions, poetry readings, art history … I love to see, hear, touch and learn about beautiful things, from wooden spoons and ladles made from the roots of indigenous plants by a New Hampshire League of Craftsman’s artisan, to paintings, drawings, photographs and pottery made by student and faculty artists, guest artists and local folks. This all makes my work an extension of two things I love—PSU and the arts.
Creative Services

Barbra Alan

Editorial Manager (603) 535-3009 baalan@plymouth.edu

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I started at PSU in 2007, after having worked at Dartmouth Medical School as assistant director of development communications. Prior to that, I lived in the Philadelphia area where I was a marketing communications writer for the Vanguard Group, Aetna, and Siemens Medical Systems.

Why I love what I do: The wide array of topics and people I get to learn about and then write about. Plus, I love stories—they’re a great way to educate, influence, and entertain, which is what I try to do with mine.

Hobbies: Reading, particularly mysteries; being outside as much as possible, especially with my kids; cooking, exercise, and traveling.

Daphne Bruemmer

Senior Graphic Designer (603) 535-2200 dbruemme@plymouth.edu

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Designer, climber, hiker, pescetarian, and PSC graduate

Loves animals, the outdoors, good books, great movies, and roguishly funny people.
Dream job growing up: either raising chinchillas (for pets not pelts!) or thinking up names for colors (think crayon and go from there)

Favorite claim to fame: has kept the same circle of closest friends since kindergarten

Vacant Graphic Designer 

Emilie Coulter

Publications Editor (603) 535-2151 ebcoulter@plymouth.edu

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I am a publications writer/editor with more than 25 years of experience in this field. I’ve worked for nonprofits, educational organizations, and websites. Previous jobs include children’s books editor at Amazon.com, AllRecipes.com recipes editor (and occasional tester), book reviewer, and executive producer of a small film company.

I have been with PSU since spring of 2011. My duties at PSU include helping generate and write story ideas for Plymouth Magazine and other publications, researching and writing recruitment materials, and editing and writing for catalogs, newsletters, brochures, postcards, and departmental websites.

In my free time, I like to hike, row, ski, read, write, and run around in the woods with my two children, husband, and Sparky the dog. Katy the cat and Bowe the fish keep the home fires burning.

Matthew Ormsbee

Publications Intern mjormsbee@plymouth.edu

Lisa Prince

Publications and Visual Brand Manager (603) 535-2475 lprince@plymouth.edu

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Professional stuff

Hired in August of 1989 as a half-time graphic designer when design was still done on a paste-up board. I moved Plymouth State’s communications office into digital graphic design in my second year of employment. Hooray!
My talents and energy are focused on communicating the message of higher education. I am fortunate.
I enjoy proper balanced exercise so my left brain and my right brain do interval training with publication timelines, brand management, writing request for complex print and other proposals along with the yoga of developing creative solutions to design needs.
New Hampshire Creative Club, UCDA (University and College Designers Association), and CASE.
I support the greater community of the region and the globe through a number of organizations, and I am a proud supporter of Plymouth State University.

Personal stuff

Since age 6 I have always had a pure gray male cat in my menagerie marred by a brief and unsatisfying interlude without this feline talisman
Devoted to my sons and parents
Fascinated by Down East lore particularly as it relates to my ancestry
Intense and long-term interest in the study of comparative religion
Stem cell and bone marrow donor to an anonymous recipient – an unusual honor
Vegetable gardening is part of my DNA
Web Communications

Eric Hobart

Director of Web Communications (603) 535-2583 ebhobart@plymouth.edu

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Started at PSU: June 2012, continuing a career in higher ed web that spans three schools and 16 years.

Why I love what I do: I was first attracted to web work because…magic. Stupid web tricks caught my eye early on, and I still enjoy using sleight of hand to engage visitors and help them accomplish their goals and discover new information. Web work can make me feel like the Wizard of Oz, but I get to peek behind the curtain.

Favorite projects are new. Enhancing an existing site can be rewarding, but it’s more satisfying to start with a blank slate.

Organizations: Countless LinkedIn web communities, old-school list servs, loose-knit web-worker groups.

Hyung Park

Web Communications Designer (603) 535-2269 hjpark@plymouth.edu

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I got into building websites in 1999, working for web publishing company. Started off building custom CMS and moved on to building sites using open-sourced CMS, which paved the way to landing my current job at PSU in 2011.

Why I love what I do: I love problem solving and working with diverse clients. Constantly changing web standards keep me on my toes. My co-workers are pretty cool too.

Favorite projects: If I’m proud of the end product, I’m happy. Nothing’s worse than spending all your energy creating lousy stuff. Feeling ownership to the end product is important. I’ll work harder if a client will include me into owning what we create. There’s a big difference in between a client who says, “I want you to make this my way” vs. “Let’s make something awesome together.”

Honors: Gwyneth Paltrow once said she loved a site I made. Got few Webby Awards as well.

Hobbies: Fly fishing, climbing (rock and ice), hiking, canoeing, skiing, snowboarding, skipping rocks (I can do this all day), flying a kite, trying to outrun a vicious dog on my bike, fixing chainsaws and baking things.

Vacant

Digital Media Specialist

Roy Power

OPR Student Intern rrpower@plymouth.edu

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I started as a freshman at PSU in 2010; I am now a senior.

Why I love what I do: The process of shooting and editing video is entertaining to me, and it also allows me to go out and communicate with other people. I also love receiving feedback and honing my skills.

Favorite projects: I like focusing on smaller, more unique/obscure projects as opposed to more popular stuff because it’s more interesting and less overdone.

Organizations: I’m an officer in the Delta Mu Delta Business Honors Society

Awards: I’ve won cash prizes by making commercials for several online video contests (for Silk Milk, Cumberland Farms, etc.).

Hobbies: hiking, playing harmonica, hanging out with friends, working out, etc.