Office of University Relations
200 South Andrews Avenue, 10th Floor
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301-2066 

(800) 541-6682 x25357
Fax: (954) 262-3954

University Relations Staff

Brandon Hensler

Brandon L. Hensler, M.S., APR

Interim Executive Director of University Relations
Phone: (954) 262-5385

Brandon L. Hensler, M.S., APR, is the Interim Executive Director of University Relations for Nova Southeastern University. In this role, he plans and executes the university's overall branding and marketing communications plan and leads the marketing communications management team. Hensler manages the strategic integrated marketing communications planning process for the university and manages the execution of such initiatives internally as well as with external agencies. He also manages executive communications and public relations for the Office of the President; measurement of the department's paid, earned and owned media initiatives; and manages the overall University Relations budget.

Hensler previously served as Director of University Relations, and as Associate Director of Public Affairs for Nova Southeastern University.

Prior to joining NSU, Hensler was the Director of Communications for the ACLU of Florida, a statewide non-profit legal/advocacy organization based in Miami with offices throughout the state. He oversaw the organization's media relations, public relations and advertising strategies, and served as the organization's bilingual spokesperson locally and nationally. Prior to the ACLU, Hensler worked for PR Newswire, a New York-based international news organization.

Hensler is a county commission-appointed board member on the Broward County Human Rights Board. He is a past-president of the Public Relations Society of America's Greater Fort Lauderdale Chapter, and is a graduate of Leadership Broward Class XXX. Hensler was a founding member of the Downtown Fort Lauderdale Transportation Management Association's Sun Trolley Foundation Board, and previously served on the Board of Trustees of the Miami University "1809" Alumni Association.

Hensler holds a M.S. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from NSU's Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences and a B.A. in International Studies/Latin American Studies from Miami University of Ohio. He is Accredited in Public Relations by the Universal Accreditation Board and is certified as a Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt. He is bilingual in English and Spanish.


Mara Kiffin
Mara L. Kiffin

Director of Internal Communications
Phone: (954) 262-5350

Mara L. Kiffin is the Director of Internal Communications for Nova Southeastern University. In this role, Kiffin plans and manages internal communications and execution strategies for university-wide initiatives and campaigns; creates, develops key messages and executes communications plans in support of strategic objectives. Additionally, she serves as Executive Editor of the university magazine, Horizons, and manages content for internal communications channels including SharkBytes, SharkTube, digital signage, SharkLink, and iShark mobile application.

In the advancement of NSU’s Core Value of Diversity, Kiffin serves as chair of the committees for Black History Month and Hispanic Heritage Month. As chair, she coordinates cultural programs/activities/events and collaborates with representatives from university departments, colleges, schools and centers to create integrated programs that recognize and celebrate diversity. Since 2003 she has served as chair of the organizing committee for the annual African Presence Art Exhibition.

Kiffin joined NSU in 2000 and has previously served as the Associate Director of Internal Communications and the Assistant Director of Public Affairs. Prior to joining NSU, she served as Communications Manager with Girl Scouts of Broward County.

She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from Oklahoma Baptist University, a Master of Science degree in Human Resource Management from NSU, and is currently a doctoral candidate at Florida Atlantic University, pursing a Ph.D. in Comparative Studies.


Christie L. Williams
Christie L. Williams

Internal Communications Editor
Phone: (954)-262-2106

Christie Williams is the Editor of the Internal Communications department for Nova Southeastern University. She is responsible for supporting the internal communications department by creating and populating internal channels of communication, coordinating the building of the NSU brand within the university community, and serving as a communications liaison between University Relations and the Office of Innovation & Information Technology.

Williams holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Merchandising from Florida State University and Masters of Science degree in Leadership from NSU.

Director of Marketing Communications


Bernadette Bruce
Bernadette Bruce

Associate Director of Advancement Communications
Office of University Relations
Phone: (954) 262-2051

Bernadette Bruce is the Associate Director of Advancement Communications at Nova Southeastern University. She is responsible for developing marketing plans and communications to grow support for NSU. She works collaboratively with the Director of Marketing Communications as well as the advancement teams for donor relations, alumni relations, annual giving, and development.

Bruce comes to NSU with 20 years of experience in marketing and strategic communications. She has worked with entrepreneurs and clients in industries ranging from government and real estate to entertainment. Her background includes investor relations, public relations, advertising, branding, project management, social media, and special events. Most recently, she worked with University School of NSU to augment retention and recruitment strategies for the Junior Kindergarten-Grade 12 college preparatory school before moving to NSU’s Division of Advancement and Community Relations.

Bruce is a member Leadership Broward XXIII, and a former graduate and board member of Leadership Memphis. She also served on the boards of the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis and Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul, Inc., the organization that founded the Smithsonian Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum in Memphis, Tennessee. She was named a Top 40 under 40 by Memphis Business Journal in 2003.

She holds a M.B.A. in Leadership from NSU’s H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from University of Memphis.

Kim Cohane
Kim Cohane

Online Marketing and Social Media Manager
Phone: (954) 262-2128

Kim Cohane is the Online Marketing and Social Media Manager at Nova Southeastern University.  She is responsible for managing NSU's online presence, increasing online brand awareness, and the strategic implementation of NSU's social media initiatives. She works closely with the Director of Marketing Communications and the university's advertising agency to increase NSU's visibility using paid digital media advertising, Pay Per Click (PPC) campaigns, and Search Engine Optimization (SEO) initiatives.

Additional responsibilities include leading university-wide social media trainings to promote a unified brand message and best practice strategies for NSU's colleges, departments, and organizations.  She is responsible for updating images and content for NSU's website, the iShark mobile application, and manages the online interactive map of NSU's campuses. 

She holds certifications as a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) and Google Advertising Professional (GAP).  She has a B.S. in Natural Sciences from the University of South Florida, an M.S. in Business Leadership from NSU's H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship, and is currently a doctoral student at NSU pursuing a Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution.

Marcia Garcia
Marcia Perez-Del Valle

E-Marketing Coordinator
Phone: (954) 262-7629 

Marcia Perez-Del Valle is the E-Marketing Coordinator for the Office of University Relations at Nova Southeastern University. She is responsible for managing NSU's online presence with a focus on communicating NSU's brand message to prospective students via digital media channels.

Marcia works closely with the Director of Marketing Communications and provides support for the university's online and social media initiatives. She also works closely with the university's advertising agency and serves as a support for owned and paid media initiatives including: social media content strategy, search engine optimization, and paid digital media advertising. Additional responsibilities include: managing digital media assets including video and still images, serving as a liaison to the Office of Information and Innovation Technology and Web content manager for NSU's top level website pages, and working collaboratively with academic units by communicating best social media practices in order to convey a unified brand image across social media networks.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Media Studies from Nova Southeastern University and is pursuing her M.B.A. in Marketing at NSU's H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship.

Julie Spechler
Julie Spechler

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.


Joe Donzelli
Joe Donzelli

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: Oceanographic Center (including 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 Center for Psychological Studies, the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Institute for the Study of Human Service, Health and Justice and the Mailman Segal Center for Human Development.

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 PR awards.

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 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.


Jeremy Katzman
Jeremy Katzman

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. His duties include providing public relations and marketing support for the Health Professions Division, Office of Research and Technology Transfer and biotech areas.

Katzman has nearly 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 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 in Hollywood, FL where he provided expertise to clients in a variety of industries, including healthcare, non-profit, hospitality and sports. He also was a member of the MEDNAX (Pediatrix Medical Group) marketing department.

Katzman 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. He also is a volunteer for the 2015 JCC Maccabi Games and ArtsFest hosted by the David Posnack JCC.

Katzman is president of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Greater Fort Lauderdale Chapter. He holds a B.A. in public relations and a B.S. in political science from the University of Florida and is a member of the UF Hall of Fame. He earned his master's degree in business administration from Nova Southeastern University. Katzman is accredited in public relations by the Universal Accreditation Board.


Vera Mandilovitch
Vera Mandilovitch

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 School 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