Communications & Marketing Staff
Director of Communications & Marketing
Carrie drives strategic communications and marketing for the university, including
executive communications, brand and reputation management, crisis communications and
media relations. She previously served as the Senior Manager of Communications for
BluePearl Veterinary Partners, the country’s largest provider of specialty and emergency
veterinary medicine, with more than 70 hospitals in 21 states.
Carrie began her career as a journalist and spent more than seven years as a reporter and an editor at the Tampa Bay Times. She has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Colgate University and a master’s degree in communication from Johns Hopkins University.
Lily has 14 years of graphic design and marketing experience. She has a broad skill set including corporate and lifestyle marketing in a wide variety of industries from real estate and property development to electronics.
Lily is a Florida native and loves traveling around the world. She holds a BFA in Fashion Design and Marketing and an MBA in Marketing.
Amy Harcar Holloway
Amy is responsible for managing the project flow of the USF St. Petersburg campus and Communications & Marketing Team. With a Master’s degree in Communication from the University of South Florida, she has 15 years of experience in nonprofit administration, volunteer management and human resources.
Cliff is a visual story-teller, providing both photos and video of events and activities at the university for print, online and social media platforms.
Cliff has over 30 years of experience as a photographer with the Tampa Tribune and Newschannel 8.
Matthew reports and writes about key USF St. Petersburg campus news and events for
print, online and social media platforms. He serves as a primary point of contact
for general media requests as well as assists in crisis communication, helping to
respond to emergencies and media inquiries.
Prior to joining the USF St. Petersburg campus team, Matthew worked for the Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture, where he developed content for a regional partnership focused on bird conservation, raised awareness around key conservation programs and produced messaging for Congressional briefings. He has a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Tampa and a master’s in environmental journalism from Michigan State University.
Kate is responsible for managing the web presence for the USF St. Petersburg campus.
Kate possesses extensive experience with a variety of content management systems,
web development tools and web security applications.
Prior to joining the team, Kate worked for 14 years as the webmaster at Indiana University. She has an M.S.Ed. in Instructional Systems Technology and a Master of Information Science.
Graphic Design Specialist
Alex has over 18 years of experiencing working in the Marketing industry. He has a BA in Visual Communication & Design from Purdue University with his work experience geared towards print, digital animation & web design. A large majority of his career experience comes from working in a fast paced casino environment that produced everything in-house. Alex was born and raised in Indiana, but his family recently relocated to Florida to escape the snow, gray skies and cold winter months. He enjoys spending time with his family, at the beach and on the ice playing hockey.
Sarah Sell Ward
Sarah covers news and events for USF-St. Petersburg campus. She produces videos and writes stories for print, online and social media platforms.
Sarah spent 27 years as a television news reporter and anchor in Michigan before moving to Florida to be closer to her family in the Tampa Bay area. As a television news journalist, she won several awards for her work, including multiple Emmys for stories about social issues, business, education, and the environment.
Sarah has a bachelor's degree in communication from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.