Editor and Associate Director, Alumni &
Parent Communications and EngagementSusan Kerth
Vice President for AdvancementCharlie Hahn
Associate Vice President, Alumni RelationsJennifer Jezek-Taussig ’96
Alumni and Parent Programs OfficerBilly Ratz ’02 ’06
Department Associate, Alumni RelationsGayle Faucett
Department Assistant, Alumni RelationsRachel Johnes
Maarten de Boer ’00
Although Maarten de Boer ’00, received a degree in Special Education, he also took numerous classes in photography while at Webster. As it turned out, his first love became a thriving career. Today, the Los Angeles-based de Boer is an in-demand celebrity portrait photographer whose clients include Turner Broadcasting, Time magazine, TV Guide magazine and TV Guide network, Entertainment Weekly, People, the fashion designer Halston, and international advertising agency BBDO.
A partial list of de Boer’s “A List” celebrity subjects includes the likes of Robin Williams, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ewan MacGregor, Kevin Bacon, Zooey Deschanel, Bryan Cranston, Anthony Anderson, Halle Berry, Julianne Margulies, Jane Fonda, Julia Louis-Dreyfuss and Sandra Bullock. To view de Boer’s impressive work, visit his web site: www.maartendeboerphotography.com/
So we felt extremely fortunate (and lucky!) that de Boer agreed to be a part of this first issue of Glimpse; he shot the gorgeous photos that you’ll see in the story about Webster alumna and 2015 commencement speaker Jenifer Lewis, who currently is in the hit TV series “Black-ish.” We even have some behind-the-scenes pics of that “double alum” photo shoot – with de Boer behind the camera and Lewis posing in front of it.
You can get a sense of de Boer’s quirky, fun and totally engaging personality by reading his web site bio. He writes: “i love people + portraiture, born in a small coastal town of Scotland, raised in a Dutch household + now living in Los Angeles with no discernible accent, go figure! i've always cared more about the why's than the what's, i like my morning coffee, black pudding, eggs and bacon...really,anything with bacon, i built a photobooth in my studio + i have a Special Ed degree, but i chose to be a photographer....but i think i'm a chef in a parallel life, there is more of the world i want to see + some places i'd love to return too, i eat my popcorn with chop sticks + i'm usually the tallest guy in the room, i'll listen to whatever is playing, i love comic books, + i love my beard.”
Charles McKinney ’14
Charles McKinney graduated from Webster University’s Thailand campus in May 2014 with an MA in media communications. Since graduating, he has been tutoring at a local university in Delaware (where his family is located), freelance writing and participating in leadership development programs as a member of the Student Christian Movement, the American face of the World Student Christian Federation. McKinney is now preparing to embark on a long-term service assignment with the Peace Corps as an English Education volunteer in Macedonia. For this issue of Glimpse, McKinney wrote the feature story on Webster-Leiden’s Bijlmer Project, the What It’s Like piece on alumnus Alex Vietmeier, and The Last Word essay on what it means to be a global citizen.
Becky Mollenkamp ’96
Becky Mollenkamp is a freelance writer living in St. Louis. For five years, Mollenkamp was senior associate editor at Meredith Corp. in Des Moines, Iowa, where she served as travel and features editor for Better Homes & Gardens, associate editor for Do It Yourself and Quick & Easy Decorating, and senior associate editor for Simply Creative Weddings and Christmas Ideas. Her work also has appeared in Prevention and Marie Claire. As a freelancer, Mollenkamp creates SEO-driven content and e-commerce web copy for BHG.com, Shoes.com, Parents.com and more. She received her bachelor's in journalism from Webster in 1996. For this issue of Glimpse, Mollenkamp wrote the feature story on Webster’s partnership with Variety Children’s Theatre, the Alumni Highlight on Webster Alumna and Trustee Emeritus Brenda Newberry and the Paying it Forward, Paying it Back story on Webster alumna Bet Stapleton.
Ryan Smith ‘14
Ryan Smith, videography assistant in Webster’s Global Marketing & Communications (GMC) department, graduated with summa cum laude honors from Webster in May 2014 with a BA in video production. After earning an associate’s degree in general education from St. Charles Community College in 2010, Smith first enrolled at SIU-Carbondale to study geography and environmental resources. By the fall 2012 semester, however, Smith had transferred to Webster to study video production. “It was one of the best decisions I have ever made,” Smith said. “I took my teenage hobby of short video-making and turned it into a career. Smith has worked in GMC ever since. Smith created the Centennial story video of the Gorlok inflating as well as the video that shows step-by-step how to properly tie the new Gorlok bow tie. Click here to view the video.
Jennifer Starkey ’98
Photo by Gaby Deimeke ’16
Jennifer Starkey graduated from Webster University in May 1998 with a BA in broadcast journalism and currently works as the Associate Director of Public Relations within the Global Marketing and Communications unit of Webster University. Jennifer has 10 years of experience in media relations for both nationally focused non-profits and international corporations. Prior to working in public relations, she worked as a television news producer in central Missouri before working as a producer at a 24-hour cable news network in Austin, Texas. She received awards from both the Houston and Dallas Press Clubs for newscasts she produced. She is currently pursuing her MA in Communications Management. For this issue of Glimpse, Starkey wrote the profile sidebar for Maarten de Boer in the Jenifer Lewis feature story.
A special note to Tuva Interactive for their team's dedication to developing and designing a unique platform to share information to and about our impressive Alumni. The development firm, located in Kirkwood, MO, has helped guide and design what you see today. In true Webster fashion, they were encouraged to think outside of the box and envision a new way to share our exciting stories with the world. Please, help us in thanking the entire Tuva team for their creativity and effort in building Glimpse, The Webster University Alumni Digital Publication.
Volume 1, Issue 1
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Glimpse, the interactive digital publication for Webster University alumni, is published two times a year.