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Expert Guide

Monmouth University’s Marketing and Communications team offers a database of experts for use by press and media contacts. It includes Monmouth University faculty members and administrators, and their specific areas of expertise.

The purpose of the database is to provide reporters with a resource for finding experts to quote when they are working on news stories related to a variety of topics.

Use the list of available topics at left to all experts in that particular area. Or you can use the search form below.

Please contact Karen Fitzgerald at 732-571-3445 during regular business hours to speak with any individual in the expert database.

Karen T. Bright, M.F.A.

Expertise: Arts

Topics related to graphic design including: branding, digital imaging, digital illustration, typography, and printing. Fine arts expertise in drawing, encaustic, ink jet printing, book-making.

Scott Knauer, M.F.A.

Expertise: Arts

Art exhibitions, curating.

Vaune Peck, M.A.

Expertise: Arts

Performing arts presenting, audience development, marketing.

Joe Rapolla, MBA

Expertise: Arts

Music industry, entertainment, digital media, digital marketing, social marketing streaming, business strategy, engagement marketing, direct to consumer marketing, and customer relationship management (CRM).

Joe Rapolla is the music industry program director and chair of the Department of Music and Theatre Arts at Monmouth University. A recognized music industry innovator, he built and led integrated marketing departments at Universal and Warner Music Group. He also helped build a direct-to-consumer marketing agency and a social research agency, and ran marketing for the video game division of Def Jam Enterprises. He has directed programs for top talent, such as Madonna, Bon Jovi, U2, Green Day, and Sting, and has partnered with the world’s leading entertainment, media, and consumer brands and agencies. He has earned multiple Gold Records for his work at the music companies. He is also a performing songwriter and producer. He has released three studio CD’s and film soundtrack, collaborates with top writers and artists in NYC and Nashville, and continues to perform locally and abroad. He received an MBA from Monmouth University.