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: 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.
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.
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.