College of Law Communications Staff
Executive Director of Communications
Frank Klim is the executive director of communications at the Stetson University College of Law. The office is the primary source of information about the university's extraordinary legal education and the dynamic achievements of faculty, students and alumni.
Frank is an award-winning communications professional with a higher education management background in advertising, marketing, public relations, media planning and training, crisis communications and community relations with demonstrated achievements in each of those areas. He spent the first decade of his career as a journalist, reporting on education-related matters for newspaper, radio and television news organizations. He later created a full service marketing communications firm, serving higher education institutions and Fortune 50 corporate clients before being recruited to head the marketing of a large Florida-based firm.
He has earned numerous communications awards from the Associated Press, United Press International, the International Association of Business Communicators, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, the Michigan Governor's Office and many others. His volunteer work has also led to awards from the United Way, Pinellas County Public Schools, the City of St. Petersburg and other nonprofit charities. Frank is frequently sought after as a speaker on marketing communications topics and has presented at various news organizations, corporations, bar associations and higher education organizations. He earned a bachelor's degree in mass communications from Northern Michigan University, where he also did graduate work.
Manager of Media Relations
Brandi Palmer has worked in external communications at Stetson University for nine years. She focuses on designing and implementing communications strategies to improve public perceptions of the university. Brandi produces compelling multimedia stories about the people, programs and innovations that illustrate the university's identity, targeting national audiences through traditional and social media.
Brandi was quoted in an article about building university reputation by leveraging faculty experts in University Business magazine. She has offered advice as a ProfNet expert on achieving better media exposure for PR Newswire's "Beyond PR" blog. Brandi’s innovative Journalist's Guide to Legal Experts, a reporter resource developed to enhance Stetson University's reputation among national audiences, received a CASE award shortly after its launch in 2009. Brandi has two graduate degrees, an M.A. in journalism from the University of South Florida and an M.A. in arts administration from Savannah College of Art and Design. Her most recent graduate research focused on creating a method that nonprofit leaders can use to gauge the influence of the media on public perceptions of institutional value. She received her undergraduate degree in visual art from Eckerd College.
Web Content Manager
Brian Vandervliet is responsible for editing and managing content on the Stetson University College of Law's website, intranet portal and social media channels. He actively works to develop and implement new strategies to more effectively communicate with key audiences both on and off-campus. In addition to his online work, he also writes, photographs, shoots video and edits content for print publications and multimedia.
After graduating with a news journalism degree from the University of Kansas, Brian worked for several years as an award-winning journalist in North Carolina, Georgia and South Carolina. He has worked in higher education as a web editor and content manager for more than seven years, and he appreciates being within an academic environment and enjoys helping to improve our campus communities.
Publications and Marketing Coordinator
Laura Cheek serves as the publications and marketing coordinator for the Stetson University College of Law. In this position, she is responsible for all marketing and advertising efforts related to conferences, seminars and webinars including creation and design of brochures, flyers, postcards, invitations and email marketing. She also supports the communications office production by producing a variety of brochures, print and online advertising, invitations and event programs.
Laura previously worked as a marketing coordinator for the largest performing arts complex south of the Kennedy Center— the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, where she assisted in launching the Next Generation Ballet Company, was responsible for all social media communications, as well as creating marketing campaigns for the Center's performing arts school, the Patel Conservatory. Laura also worked for the Tampa Bay Times Forum, ranked one of the Top Ten Best Entertainment venues by Billboard Magazine. As a client services event coordinator for the Forum, she developed, created and managed over 150 special events including all Tampa Bay Lightning home games, the 2008 NCAA Women’s Final Four, the 2009 SEC Basketball Tournament and the 2009 Super Bowl. A Florida native, Laura holds a bachelor's degree in communications from the University of West Florida.
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