Kendra Kojcsich, vice president at Porter Novelli in D.C.,  shown above, received the Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award for the School of Communications Studies at James Madison University. The Alumni of the Year Award is given every spring to an alumnus who demonstrates outstanding contributions to the discipline and profession, as well as demonstrates outstanding service to the School of Communication Studies, James Madison University, their community, region or nation. Dr. Toni Whitfield, Kojcsich’s former professor during her undergraduate studies, nominated her for this prestigious award which was presented during the School of Communications banquet earlier this month in Harrisonburg, VA.

Fenton announced several senior staff additions to its D.C. office. Nicole Schiegg has been hired as senior vice president to build out the firm’s global health and development practice; Amy Clark joins as VP to oversee media relations strategy; and Nyaka Mwanza joins as account director on the digital team.  For the past two years, Schiegg has been an independent consultant; before joining Fenton, Clark owned a consulting practice; and Mwanza comes to Fenton from the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.

B. Carter Solutions, LLC, named after its founder, Brittney S. Carter, has opened in D.C. The minority- and woman- owned agency will provide assistance in event planning, marketing and social media management. According to a release, Carter has been named one of the top 30 under 30 young entrepreneurs in the United States by HBCU Buzz.  According to, HBCU Buzz, launched in 2011, has become “the No. 1 site for news happening on the campuses of historically Black colleges and universities.”

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