Staff Directory




Kelly Lusco Merges

Interim Director

B.A. - Mass Communication, Specialization in Public Relations

As interim director, Kelly works with professional staff to provide students with valuable experiences to prepare them for future careers in media. She advises students in several areas including the Niner Times weekly newspaper,, and Sanskrit Literary Arts Magazine. She brings more than 25 years of experience to the position, as she is a former magazine editor, feature writer, and PR professional.

Joshua Wood

Coordinator for Production and Graphic Design

B.F.A. - Illustration

Joshua Wood graduated from UNC Charlotte with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a full-stack web developer certificate. He is an alumni of Student Niner Media and was previously Editor-In-Chief of Sanskrit. Since 2017 Joshua has been excited to rejoin the Niner Media family and begin a new chapter at UNC Charlotte.

Kelly Dudden

Office Manager


Kelly Dudden is the Office Manager in Student Niner Media.  Kelly recieved her degree in bahvioral science, and brings with her 10 years of community college experience working in payroll, HR, budgets, and over 15 years of coporate experience. Kelly was born and raised in Auburn, New york just 20 miles outside of Syracuse.

She moved to North Carolina to be closer to family in Georgia and of course to get away from the snow.

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Laurie Cuddy

Business Manager, Student Media Marketing

B.S. - Accounting

Since joining the Student Niner Media staff in 2012, Cuddy has enjoyed working with students in the Marketing department to generate advertising agreements, answer clients’ questions and garner new business.