Milestone Master™ Speaker Bios
Mark Rushing leads a dynamic and dedicated team determined to build a better world through public relations and marketing communications efforts designed to advance the strategic priorities of the University of Arkansas. He has nearly 30 years of combined experience in higher education, public relations and broadcast journalism.
Serving as co-chair of the University of Arkansas Sesquicentennial Planning Committee, Mark helped coordinate the university’s 150th celebration from ideation through implementation. The effort required a great deal of campuswide teamwork and flexibility due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Originally scheduled for calendar year 2021, the celebration was extended by six months to facilitate as many in-person events as possible.
Mark joined the university as director of strategic communications in 2012 before being promoted to lead University Relations in 2016.
He has more than 20 years of previous experience as a journalist and public relations executive. Mark received numerous broadcasting awards, including three regional Emmy Awards and two regional Edward R. Murrow awards while working for television stations in Arkansas and Florida.
He also received several state and national awards for public relations efforts, earned while he served as the director of public relations for brand communications firm Thoma Thoma.
Mark is also a graduate of the University of Arkansas, with a bachelor's degree in journalism, and holds a master's degree in journalism from the University of Memphis.
Amy Linimon served as the Chair of Premier Events for the University of Arkansas Sesquicentennial Planning Committee. Under her leadership, the campus hosted a variety of commemorative events including Come as You Arkansas, an all-day progressive style event highlighting the university’s mission, vision, history and future. The unprecedented campus celebration was open to the public and held in September 2021.
With bachelor’s degrees in political science and English and communication from the University of Arkansas, Amy earned a master’s degree in American Politics from the University of Kansas where she analyzed the impact of school curriculum on political socialization. She has more than 20 years of experience in a variety of non-profit and social service roles focused on fundraising, communication strategies, and community engagement. Additionally, Amy has more than 15 years of higher education teaching experience as adjunct faculty for several institutions.
In 2017, Amy joined the University of Arkansas to lead the Office of Donor Engagement as Director overseeing university events, stewardship, endowment and impact reporting. Most recently, she assumed the role of Assistant Vice Chancellor for the new Office of Engagement integrating annual giving with events and stewardship to synchronize brand loyalty, deepen and tailor engagement, and develop a new digital engagement center.
Paul Matsen joined Cleveland Clinic in 2006. He is responsible for all marketing and communications programs at Cleveland Clinic including global development of the brand, marketing of all U.S. and international locations and digital marketing. Mr. Matsen also leads Cleveland Clinic’s Corporate Communications department.
Paul and his team led the 100th Anniversary campaign that included leaders from across their enterprise. This included physicians, archive staff, and leaders from around the Cleveland Clinic global system.
During Mr. Matsen’s tenure, the Cleveland Clinic has grown to be one of the most recognized and respected healthcare brands in the world. Under his leadership, Cleveland Clinic has been an innovator in digital and content marketing including the industry leading ClevelandClinic.org website, social media, mobile apps and search engine marketing programs.
Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic, Mr. Matsen was most recently the Chief Marketing Officer at Delta Airlines. He began his career in New York, working at a number of leading advertising agencies. He is a graduate of Rutgers University, N.J.
Paul is an active member of the Cleveland Community and has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the United Way of Greater Cleveland, Destination Cleveland, and Hathaway Brown School.
Founded in 1921, Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit, multidisciplinary care team that cares for patients through 19 patient-centered institutes, caring for 2.9M patients in 2021 with 10.2M outpatient visits in locations around the globe. A 6,496–bed healthcare system with a main campus in Cleveland, 21 hospitals and over 225 outpatient locations. Five hospitals in Southeast Florida with more than 1,000 beds, a medical center for brain health in Las Vegas, a sports and executive health center in Toronto and a 394-bed hospital in Abu Dhabi. Cleveland Clinic London will open its 184-bed hospital in 2022.
Cleveland Clinic continues to be a national leader among U.S. News & World Report’s best hospitals. The Cleveland Clinic heart and heart surgery program has been ranked #1 in the nation since 1995.
The managing director of The Winthrop Group, Stephen Chambers draws on extensive milestone anniversary experience. At Winthrop, he has worked with numerous organizations on related initiatives. Recent clients include multiple global financial firms and hedge funds, an international electronics manufacturer, a top health care organization, an aerospace leader, a worldwide distribution company, as well as leading nonprofits, foundations, and institutions of higher education.
As managing director, Stephen collaborates with elite organizations and their executives to develop internal, strategic initiatives, as well as public-facing thought leadership and content across platforms: articles and books, exhibits, presentations, videos, and digital media. He believes that authentic historical storytelling is a true source of competitive advantage. Additionally, Stephen draws on extensive prior consulting and editorial experience with Analysis Group, Monitor Group, and Random House.
Stephen writes and consults on strategic management, and is an expert in U.S. business history, generational change and leadership, and reputational strategy. An experienced editor, Stephen is also the author of diverse works of fiction, business, and history, including No God But Gain: The Untold Story of Cuban Slavery, the Monroe Doctrine, and the Making of the United States.
A graduate of The University of Chicago, Stephen holds a Ph.D. in history from Brown University.
Lisa has more than 20 years experience in corporate communications, experiential marketing, and sponsorship acquisition.
In 2013, Lisa Founded Anniversary University®, the only company 100% focused on helping leaders fully leverage a milestone anniversary for iconic corporations and leading non-profit organizations and higher-education institutions.
Lisa is a visionary, connector and educator who believes you’re different in the market when you're privy to knowledge, insights, truths or data that others are not. When you combine that with what you uniquely do, you have something of value to offer the world. Anniversary University provides great value to the people we serve.
The cornerstone of Anniversary University® is The Anniversary Forum, an annual gathering widely considered to be the Master Class for those in the early phase of strategically planning an anniversary. The Forum brings together leaders from world-class organizations who share best practices with those that want to know how.
Prior to founding Anniversary University®, Lisa was part of the lead team establishing three of our nation’s premier conferences for women with over 20,000 attendees.
Lisa holds a business degree from New York University and has two beautiful children who were given roots in a lovely town across the Hudson River in NJ. Those roots gave them wings to pursue their passions in New Orleans and Boulder Co.
Lisa has been executing great ideas and building powerful relationships for common her entire career and loves what she does.
One Of A Kind Inc. Art Studio
Donna Rome is Studio Director and co-founder, with collage artist Lawrence Romorini, of One Of A Kind Art Studio, a specialist in 3-dimensional anniversary art. For more than 30 years, the studio has collaborated with corporate clients to create compelling visual lobby displays celebrating institutional landmarks.
One Of A Kind commissions have marked hundreds of milestones, including those of Ernst & Young, Southwest Airlines, Marriott, GE, Johns Hopkins University, Oprah Winfrey, Nike, and Cisco Systems. All have enabled clients to share their story in an extraordinary, meaningful way. Donna leads the brainstorming, research and editing of memorabilia, working closely with Lawrence Romorini, who integrates photos, publications and artifacts into personalized 3-dimensional lobby art to commemorate history, leaders and accomplishments. An innovative extension of the art is the digital interactive website feature to share an anniversary story globally, along with posters and souvenir brochures.
Donna was Director of Newsroom Administration and a founder of USA TODAY. Previously she was Chappell Music’s International Manager. The blend of Donna’s management and creative background has proven a perfect springboard for her One Of A Kind career to help chronicle a wide range of corporate histories.
Together, Donna and Lawrence have established a personal, custom-made concept-to-finished-art approach, taking clients on a unique journey to celebrate both past and present, while creating a treasured legacy for the future.