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LC HP Grad StudentPatricia Kiernan Johnson, FCLC ’99, is the director of marketing and communications for OPERA America, the national nonprofit service organization for opera, based in New York City. She is responsible for developing and leading the organization’s marketing and communications strategy, and advising marketing and communications staff at North American opera organizations. Her achievements include creating and organizing National Opera Week, rebranding the organization for the launch of the National Opera Center in 2012, organizing the first-ever national genre-specific feature spread US Airways Magazine (August 2014 issue), coordinating the Getty Audience Development Grant Program, and designing professional development resources for the field’s marketing and communications staff.

For the last five years, Johnson has written a number of articles on opera, dance, and music for Discover Jersey Arts’ Culture Vultures blog. Prior to joining OPERA America in 2008, she was the marketing manager for Opera New Jersey in Princeton. She received an MA in art history and a curatorial studies certificate from Rutgers University. She graduated magna cum laude from Fordham University in 1999 with a double major in art history and studio art, received the honors program certificate, and was inducted into Alpha Sigma Nu, the National Honor Society of Jesuit Colleges and Universities.

Hp success storiesRichard Scott, FCLC ’11, earned a BA in economics with a senior thesis entitled "The Effects of Regulation in Online Gambling Markets." He credits the honors program with helping him to develop holistically, and is appreciative of the many professors and faculty in the program who took a genuine interest in him and challenged him to succeed both inside and outside of the classroom.

Richard is currently a research associate at Thuzio. Founded in 2012 by Mark Gerson and Tiki Barber, Thuzio enables corporations and business professionals to access talent for experiences and events. Richard is focused on optimizing Thuzio's research platforms, and keeping abreast of industry news to update talent profiles and pricing algorithms accordingly.

Richard came to Thuzio from the NY Jets, where he was brought on to work in client relations during the Jets transition period from paper ticketing to digital ticketing. Prior to that, he worked in sponsorship sales at the National Hockey League where, among other projects, he played an integral role in designing sales decks and proposals for the league's inaugural outdoor stadium series games.

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