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Check-In; Roundtable Meet & Greets


  • August 3, 8:15–8:45 a.m.
  • August 4, 8:15–8:45 a.m.

Coffee and light refreshments will be available throughout the morning.


Stop by the check-in table for your name tag and information about the day’s activities. Staff members hired in the last year and a half can pick up an orange “New to UT” sticker to wear if they’d like colleagues to introduce themselves. Keep an eye out and be sure to say hello to our new coworkers!

Then stop by any or all of our four communicators roundtables—content development, design, social media, and web development—to meet participants in person. These roundtables are a new way to connect with others who share a specific professional interest and are open to all. Take a moment to chat with roundtable members to learn more about this opportunity for learning, discussion, and networking.

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Roundtable Leaders

Heather Peters

Heather Peters
Assistant Director of News and Information
Office of Communications and Marketing
(Content Development Roundtable Leader; Show & Tell Presenter)

Heather Peters is an assistant director of news and information and is responsible for setting content strategy and managing strategic storytelling efforts for the university. She began her career as a broadcast journalist and later transitioned into public relations and marketing for major companies such as Scripps Networks and Regal. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism and is currently working on her master’s with a concentration in strategic and digital communication through UT’s College of Communication and Information.

David Goddard

David Goddard
Senior Media Relations Coordinator
Tickle College of Engineering

David Goddard communicates with both internal and external audiences, including students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors, supporters, and the general public. In his role, he works closely with the Tickle Engineering communications and development offices on advancing public relations goals with the college’s broad constituencies, as well as coordinating with the Office of Communications and Marketing on strategic opportunities. He graduated from UT in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in geography and spent several years working at different newspapers in East Tennessee—the bulk of which came at the Knoxville News Sentinel—before joining UT in 2014.

Rebekah Winkler

Rebekah Winkler
Social Media Manager
Office of Communications and Marketing
(Social Media Roundtable Leader; Session Presenter)

Rebekah Winkler has been with UT’s Office of Communications and Marketing for 13 years and has led the university’s social media efforts since 2010. In addition to driving the day-to-day organic engagement and content strategy of the UT Knoxville social channels, she serves as a resource to social media communicators across campus and is a leader in higher education social engagement. She has an English degree from Carson-Newman University and several social media certifications. Without a doubt she has the best job on campus.


Meghan Jagnow
Director of Student Life Communications
Office of Communications and Marketing
(Social Media Roundtable Leader)

Meghan Jagnow serves as the director of Student Life Communications. In this role, she provides strategic direction and support for division communications. She has served in various communications and marketing roles within student life at UT Knoxville for eight years.


Mike Purdy
Assistant Director of Digital Communications
Office of Communications and Marketing
(Web Developers Roundtable Leader)

Michael Purdy is a designer and a web developer for the Office of Communications and Marketing at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He has marketing experience in many industries including financial services, education, retail, hospitality, and education. After 12 years in small ad agencies, he made the move to higher education. Currently, he serves as assistant director of Digital Communications for the Office of Communications and Marketing.


Billiy Williams
IT Analyst
University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture
(Web Developers Roundtable Leader)

Billy started at UTIA ITS in December 2002 as the desktop technical support person. His position duties changed quickly from tech support to the administration of email, web, and SQL servers, and on to programming and web application development. He has worked extensively in SharePoint and is working on the website and web application development for SharePoint and other HTML and .NET sites along with theme creation and migration for WordPress.


Patrick Wolf
Director of Creative Communications,
Office of Communications and Marketing
(Design Roundtable Leader; Session Presenter)