MARKETING & PUBLIC RELATIONS
LESA MOORE ’07
VICE PRESIDENT FOR MARKETING & PUBLIC RELATIONS
Lesa has over 25 years experience in marketing and public relations including the high-tech industry, retail marketing and higher education. Numerous local and national advertising, PR and design awards have been achieved under her direction. Lesa received her Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the University of South Alabama and her Master of Business Administration from the University of Mobile. She enjoyed a successful career as Director of Marketing Communications at Xante Corporation before joining the UMobile staff in 2002. She serves as Vice President for Marketing and Public Relations as well as instructor in marketing at UM, and is a member of the American Marketing Association, Public Relations Council of Alabama and Baptist Communicators Association. Lesa lives in Mobile with her husband and high school sweetheart, Jay. They have two children, UM graduate Logan and current UM student Olivia. She is an active member and volunteer at Cottage Hill Baptist Church.
ASSISTANT VICE PRESIDENT FOR UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS
Kathy is an award-winning media relations director and former journalist whose expertise has enabled University of Mobile to gain national and regional attention. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Auburn University and worked as a journalist for 12 years, including 10 years at the Mobile Press-Register, earning regional and national awards for coverage of education, deadline reporting and feature writing. She joined University of Mobile staff in 1993, earning awards for writing and public relations including the Baptist Communicators Association grand prize for feature writing in 2015 and 2012. She serves on the board of the John Will Scholarship Foundation and is a member of the Public Relations Council of Alabama, Baptist Communicators Association, and Society of Professional Journalists. Kathy lives in Daphne with her husband, Chuck, who earned his M.B.A. from University of Mobile. They have two children and two grandchildren.
HEATH VESTER ’16
Heath Vester is an experienced graphic designer and serves as creative director for University of Mobile’s Office of Marketing & Public Relations. He is an alumnus of University of Mobile, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art. Beyond his role at the university, Heath is the co-founder and senior designer for Bellum Magazine & Creative Group. Additionally, he serves as the vice president of the Mobile chapter of AIGA, a national graphic design organization.
PROJECT MANAGER/MARKETING LIAISON
As project manager, Shannon coordinates and manages the production flow in the Marketing & Public Relations department, assuring that deadlines are met in all areas of print, email and web jobs. She is the liaison between Marketing and committees handling various university events and initiatives. Shannon also assists with advertising and is responsible for ordering all of the speciality items for the university. A graduate of the University of South Alabama, she joined the UM staff in 2011 and is a member of the Baptist Communicators Association. She has served in various leadership positions in the Young Women’s Civic Club and will soon be the Head Advisor for the 2019-2020 Mobile Azalea Trail Maids. She is an advisor for the Mobile Azalea Trail Maids and is a member of Cottage Hill Baptist Church.
Amanda is a multi-talented graphic designer who has worked in printing, technology, fashion and higher education. She has extensive experience in print media, pre-press, web design, web marketing, illustration and art direction. An award-winning designer, Amanda is a graduate of the University of South Alabama and is a member of the national graphic design association AIGA and Baptist Communicators Association. Through her successful freelance business, Alabama Marmalade, she donates design work to local non-profits. Amanda volunteers with the Mobile Police Department Mounted Auxiliary and serves at Sonrise Baptist Church, where her husband, Matt, is worship pastor.
PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEOGRAPHER
Katie West is photographer and videographer for University of Mobile. She will graduate in December 2021 with a Bachelor of Science in Worship Technology. Over the years, she has worked with a variety of churches and business across the south east. She believes that everyone has a story worth telling and is passionate about capturing and telling those stories.
MEDIA RELATIONS WRITER
Amber Kelley is a media relations writer at University of Mobile. She will graduate in May 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in communication and a minor management. She has served on Ram Rush Committee at UM for three years and loves making freshmen feel welcome. She is passionate about serving in her local church, Redemption, by serving students and volunteers. She enjoys spending time outside, reading a good book and watching romantic comedies on Netflix.