Staff Directory

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Wayne Maikranz


M.A. Journalism, B.S. Communications

Wayne Maikranz is a former copy editor for a daily newspaper in Indiana. In addition, he was a co-editor of a regional metropolitan magazine in Indiana and worked as a client service representative for an advertising firm. He was honored as UNC Charlotte’s 1992 Employee of the Year. In addition, Maikranz received the 1993 Distinguished Magazine Adviser Award from CMA. He received a National Teaching Award in 1987 from the Poynter Institute for Media Studies. He previously served on the advisory program board for the Associated Collegiate Press Association. He co-authored "The Guidebook of Magazine Fundamentals for the Associated Collegiate Press" and designed "The People of Route 601: Life in the Slow Lane", a book of photography by Lex Youngman. In 2008, he was inducted into the College Media Advisers Hall of Fame.

Kelly Lusco Merges

Assistant Director, Student Media Marketing Advisor

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

Since joining the Student Niner Media staff in 2004, Merges has enjoyed her experiences motivating students in the areas of sales, marketing and promotions. She continues to work with the staff to sell and produce multimedia campaigns that help area businesses promote themselves to the ever-growing UNC Charlotte campus and surrounding community.

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. Joshua is 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.