Reynolds Center Staff
At The Reynolds Center for Business Journalism, our staff is instrumental in accomplishing our mission of providing journalists with training in order to improve the quality of media coverage on business and the economy. We seek out talented individuals with new and fresh perspectives and are always striving to be a better center and put out the best content for other journalists to learn from.
Jeffrey Timmermans has more than two decades of experience as a financial journalist and journalism educator.
He has worked as a reporter in Tokyo for The Wall Street Journal and as a managing editor for Dow Jones Newswires in Hong Kong and Singapore. He also worked for Bain & Company, leading the global strategy consulting firm’s public-relations efforts in Asia.
Timmermans joined ASU Cronkite in 2021 from The University of Hong Kong (HKU), where he served for more than 10 years as the director of HKU’s undergraduate journalism program and was an elected member of HKU Senate. In that time, Timmermans developed a comprehensive postgraduate business-journalism curriculum widely considered the best in Asia and taught news reporting and economics to undergraduates. He also founded a successful media consulting firm with multinational clients including JPMorganChase, Credit Suisse, the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEx), CBRE, and Bank of America-Merrill Lynch.
He is married with one exceptionally precocious daughter and is proud to be a Sun Devil with Lion Rock spirit.
Originally from Michigan, Julianne received a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Marketing with a minor in Women’s Studies from Central Michigan University and promptly moved to Phoenix upon graduation to get out of the cold.
Julianne then completed her Master’s of Arts in Sociology at Arizona State University with an emphasis in feminist theory and studies. She credits her drive and determination to her mother who always insisted she could do anything her brother could and has focused her efforts on women’s rights, inclusion, and representation.
This led her to become the Marketing Coordinator at ASU’s Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology where she was able to assist the center promote its research and programming initiatives through the state. After 8 years of living in Phoenix, Julianne considers Arizona to be her home and wants to do her part in creating a more inclusive environment for other girls and women in the state that continuously encourages them to help shape their future and looks forward to continuing that work with the Reynolds Center.
Sahara Sajjadi is a recent graduate from Arizona State University, holding a bachelors in political science with minors in women studies and justice studies, along with a certificate in cross sector leadership. She is now pursuing a master’s in mass communications at the Cronkite School.
During her undergrad, she was involved with several different organizations, serving as the president of ASU Young Dems, a curriculum developer and content creator for the Sexual and Relationship Violence Prevention program, a tutor at RISE (Refugee Integration, Stability, and Education,) and a regular volunteer in the community.
Sahara is passionate about solving a number of different issues, both domestic and global, ranging from the refugee crisis, lack of accessible healthcare, houselessness, gender inequality, and other societal flaws. She is pursuing a journalism career to give a voice to the voiceless, highlighting their stories, and finding solutions to issues that have plagued society for years. She is excited to continue her work here at The Reynolds Center!
Kelechukwu Iruoma is a multi-award-winning journalist with seven years of experience covering business, environment, politics, global health, and development, including exposing corruption, and social injustice.
Some of his stories, which focused on investigative and development journalism have made tremendous impacts and address different social issues and problems. His stories have appeared on NPR, Devex, Al Jazeera, Thomson Reuters Foundation, African Business, The Fish Site, TRT World, and several others.
Kelechukwu has also worked for non-profits Wild Africa Fund and WildAid as a communications specialist, where he developed and led media campaigns to raise awareness of wildlife conservation issues. He also worked for the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime (GITOC) as the Southern Nigeria Field Coordinator investigating and researching organized crime.
Kelechukwu is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Mass Communication at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.
Mackenzie is a lawyer. She recently realized what many have known for a while: that law practice can be a dry & slow slog towards progress.
After working in the NY judiciary, she’s thus come to Cronkite (and her home state of AZ) to hone her on-air presence and digital media skills, and help demystify the law & policy issues affecting all of us. Mackenzie appears on the Last Podcast Network’s “Some Place Under Neith,” and can be found on social media platforms and Substack @MkzJoyBrennan. She also remains involved with reproductive justice advocacy (but you know not to take anything she says here as legal advice, right?).
Reynolds Center Creative Team
As the owner and lead designer of Bent Creative, Jon was instrumental in developing, re-designing, and implementing the current Reynolds Center website that was launched in May 2022. Over the past two years, Jon’s creative eye has helped to continuously elevate the front-end user experience and bring the Center’s vision to life.
Being born right on the cusp of the technological shift of humanity — from no internet to internet everywhere — placed me in a unique spot; by growing up with the new language of technology & learning the common language of business, I’ve made it my mission to bridge the gap for companies trying to make it online.
Aided by my studies of Industrial Design at Arizona State University, and my years as a product and brand designer for larger companies, I’ve learned what businesses need from their creatives, and I know what businesses need to deliver as an internet-raised consumer. And so I’ve built my business around exactly that.
While working as a team with Jon at Bent Creative, Micah was instrumental in the back-end development of the Reynolds Center website that was launched in May 2022. Micah’s continued work ensures a streamlined and functioning website with regular upgrades and necessary server maintanence.
Having an endless curiosity for all things tech and science lends to Micah’s genius as the Chief Technology Officer for Bent Creative. When it comes to designing the requirements for website/business functionality, Micah is always two steps ahead of the competition. He finds himself constantly iterating, improving, and seeking out the most streamlined and effective methods for design and development, and then takes his learnings and applies them to our clients’ websites. He’s the reason why our sites are architected with speed, stability, and future-proof forethought.
Isaac was introduced to the Center while working with the Cronkite School on various video projects. He has helped create promotional videos for our annual Barlett and Steele event and assisted with a series of business journalist interviews.
Isaac is an Emmy and Telly award winning content creator. He worked with MGM Resorts International in Las Vegas producing media seen on the marquees of the Vegas strip. He then spent two years as a content creator for the Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Mercury, and Arizona Rattlers before becoming an adjunct sports videography professor at Arizona State University. Since then, Issac has started his own production company working with a variety of companies including Phoneix Children’s Hospital, Special Olympics Arizona, and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.