Director of Public Affairs
Phone: (954) 262-5348
Cell: (954) 591-3361
Julie Spechler is the Director of the Office of Public Affairs at Nova Southeastern University. She is responsible for development and implementation of communications, marketing and public relations services that advance NSU's mission, vision and core values.
Spechler and her public affairs team are charged with disseminating information to media and internal audiences locally and globally about the programs, students, faculty, alumni, events, achievements, research and activities of the university. The team works to enhance NSU's reputation as a leading academic and research institution.
Spechler provides public relations and marketing support for a myriad of university and community-wide initiatives such as NSU's Regional Campuses located throughout Florida, The Bahamas and San Juan, Puerto Rico. She also provides PR support advancement to the Offices of Alumni Affairs, and Athletics, and is the primary media contact to NSU's executive and senior level officers. Spechler and her team are also responsible for much of the content of NSU's award winning premiere magazine,Horizons; NSU's weekly SharkBytes electronic employee newsletter; as well as content for NSU's social media profiles and website.
Prior to joining NSU, Spechler spent 25 years at AT&T, where she served as the company's Public Relations Director for Florida. Her responsibilities included supporting the firm's business and consumer efforts in a variety of public relations and marketing initiatives including media relations, marketing, employee communications, executive counseling, strategic philanthropy, and public policy. After leaving AT&T, she formed a boutique PR agency representing clients ranging from entertainment to communications to education. Spechler got her start in academia at Barry University, where she served as Alumni Director before joining AT&T/BellSouth.
She currently serves on University of Florida's Public Relations Advisory Council; is an active member in her local chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA); and is a member of the American Association of University Women and of the Society of Professional Journalists. Spechler has a B.S. in Journalism and Public Relations from University of Florida and a M.A. degree, with an emphasis in marketing and public relations, from NSU's Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Associate Director of Public Affairs
Phone: (954) 262-2159
Cell: (954) 661-4571
As an Associate Director of Public Affairs at Nova Southeastern University (NSU,) Joe Donzelli provides public relations and marketing support for the following: the Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography (which includes the Center of Excellence in Coral Reef Ecosystems Science, the National Coral Reef Institute, the Guy Harvey Research Institute, the Save our Seas Shark Center and the Broward County Florida Sea Turtle Conservation Program;) the College of Engineering and Computing; the College of Psychology; and the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. In addition, he serves as the departmental liaison with the NSU’s Student Veterans group and NSU Athletics.
Since coming on board with NSU, Donzelli has been part of several university-wide projects, involved with both event planning and media relations. One example is the eMerge Americas Conference, which is an international technology exchange that is held annually in Miami. Donzelli was part of NSU’s inaugural foray into the event, serving on the main planning committee as well as several sub-committees responsible for NSU’s presence on the international stage.
Before joining the NSU family, Donzelli was the Director of Communications and Printing Services for the School District of Lee County, Florida (Fort Myers,) which is the ninth-largest public school system in the state and 40th largest in America. He was responsible for the internal and external communication and media relations for the district, including crisis communication. As the Director of Communications, Donzelli was called upon numerous times to make presentations on various communications topics at local, state and national conferences (Sunshine State School Public Relations Association, the Florida School Boards Attorney's Associate and the National School Public Relations Association) and many of his projects won state and national public relations awards (Hermes, SUNSPRA, NSPRA.)
Prior to working for Lee County Public Schools, Donzelli was a Communications Specialist with the School District of Broward County, Florida (Fort Lauderdale) where he assisted the director with internal and external communications for the nation's sixth-largest public school system. Donzelli started out in the communications field as an Assistant Reporter for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel newspaper, where his main "beat" was K-12 education (public and private) while also filling general assignment roles whenever assigned.
Donzelli has extensive experience serving as the main spokesperson for media interaction, including crisis communication. He has received numerous certifications in the area of crisis and emergency communications, preparedness, communications and information management, resource management and command from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA.)
Donzelli holds a B.A in Communications from Florida Atlantic University (where he wrote for FAU's student newspaper) and is also a proud graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale.
Associate Director of Public Affairs
Phone: (954) 262-5408
Cell: (954) 661-7000
Jeremy Katzman, M.B.A., APR, is an associate director of public affairs for Nova Southeastern University (NSU). His duties include providing public relations and marketing support for the Health Professions Division, which consists of seven colleges (dental medicine, health care sciences, medical sciences, nursing, optometry, osteopathic medicine and pharmacy), along with NSU’s Division of Translational Research and Economic Development and biotech areas.
Katzman has more than a decade of strategic integrated marketing and communications experience. Prior to joining NSU, Katzman served as associate director of public relations and e-philanthropy for Miami Children's Hospital Foundation. His primary focus was to manage and enhance the foundation's brand and message by serving as the primary media contact, spokesperson and copywriter and also managing the organization's website and social media presence. He previously served as an account executive at O'Connell & Goldberg Public Relations, where he provided expertise to clients in a variety of industries, including healthcare, non-profit, hospitality and sports. He also worked in the marketing department at MEDNAX (Pediatrix Medical Group).
Katzman served as 2015 president and is currently a board member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Greater Fort Lauderdale Chapter. He represented the Chapter as a 2015 Delegate at PRSA’s Leadership Assembly. He is a member of Leadership Broward Class XXXIV, a premier leadership development program designed for adults who currently hold leadership positions and are involved in their community. He is a long-time volunteer for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, where he is a member and previously served as chair of its Young Adult Board, which provides a forum for young adults going through cancer to interact with survivors.
Through his role at NSU, Katzman has been heavily involved in major regional events. He was integral in securing a partnership between the university and the 2015 JCC Maccabi Games® and ArtsFest®, which brought more than 1,500 Jewish teen artists and athletes from the United States, Israel, Australia, Poland, the United Kingdom, Canada and Mexico to NSU’s campus. Katzman also was influential in NSU’s presence at the eMerge Americas Conference, an international technology exchange held in Miami, and is a part of the core planning committee.
Katzman is accredited in public relations (APR) by the Universal Accreditation Board. He earned his M.B.A. from Nova Southeastern University and holds a B.A. in public relations and a B.S. in political science from the University of Florida (UF). He is a member of the UF Hall of Fame and was on the Bateman Team for the UF College of Journalism and Communications.
Associate Director of Public Affairs
Phone: (954) 262-5309
Cell: (954) 882-3570
Vera Mandilovitch is an associate director of public affairs at Nova Southeastern University (NSU). She provides public relations and marketing support for the Alvin Sherman Library, the Division of Student Affairs, the Don Taft University Center, University School, the Office of International Affairs, Special Olympics Broward County, the College of Undergraduate Studies, and the Abraham S. Fischler College of Education.
Prior to joining NSU, Mandilovitch was an associate at the global public relations firm Burson-Marsteller in Miami where she managed and coordinated public relations, press trips and communications for one of their primary clients, the Costa Rica Tourism Board. She was also a major contributor to the Livestrong Foundation and the Ministry of Tourism of Uruguay campaigns. While at Burson-Marsteller, she secured media coverage on several national network programs including the Travel Channel and Wheel of Fortune.
Before moving to Miami, Mandilovitch served as the communications manager for Erie Neighborhood House in Chicago. Erie House is a United Way member organization and was named one of the top 25 Latino Nonprofits in the United States in 2010 by Hispanic Business magazine. She managed all aspects of public relations, media sponsorships and communications for the organization. During her time at Erie, she worked closely with elected state and U.S. Congressional officials on press conferences and large-scale media campaigns. She also created, wrote and coordinated content placement for annual reports and newsletters.
Preceding Erie Neighborhood House, Mandilovitch was the communications coordinator at the March of Dimes Foundation in Chicago. Her work with the Chicago media market garnered regional and national recognition within the organization by receiving two awards for the highest media impressions in 2006.
Her many accomplishments include the execution of public relations campaigns resulting in a significant increase in awareness, exposure and funding for organizations.
Mandilovitch is bilingual in English and Spanish. She is a Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Board member and serves as publicity chair and Miami-Dade chapter liaison. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Associate Director of Public Affairs
Phone: (954) 262-5315
Cell: (954) 770-9204
As an Associate Director, Public Affairs for Nova Southeastern University, Marla Oxenhandler provides public relations and marketing support for the Shepard Broad College of Law, the Farquhar Honor College, the H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship, the Mailman Segal Center for Human Development and assists with the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.
Before joining the NSU Public Affairs team, Oxenhandler was Manager of Media Relations for Memorial Healthcare System in Hollywood, Florida – the third largest public healthcare system in the United States. In this role, she handled both proactive and reactive communications for six South Broward County Florida hospitals.
Her extensive experience in the field also includes additional roles in both external and internal communications as Senior Account Executive, O’Connell & Goldberg Public Relations in Hollywood (FL;) Director of Public Relations, Jewish Family Service of Broward County; freelance writer for The Miami Herald; Manager of Internal Communications, Burger King Corporation in Miami; and Manager of Internal Communications, Owens-Corning Fiberglas in Toledo, OH. Oxenhandler also ran her own successful communications business for nine years.
Oxenhandler is a member of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. She has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Public Relations from the University of Toledo.