Meet Our Team
Executive Director – Heather Bricca
Heather Bricca is a Meteorology major from Couer d’Alene, Idaho. Ever since the age of 5 she has had a huge passion for Weather. She has always wanted to be a Broadcast Meteorologist after watching her favorite news station at home everyday. Ever since then she has always gone with the “Heather with the Weather” slogan whenever anyone asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up. Her passion for weather shows through with the work she does for VUTV.
News Director – Natalie Vernon
Natalie Vernon is a sophomore Meteorology major from LaCrosse, Indiana. Growing up, Natalie always loved watching the weather, and watching the television. In coming to campus, she joined VUTV and has loved helping everyone there. She also sews in the costume shop for the theater department and is involved in VEMO (Valpo Emergency Management Organization), VUSIT (Valparaiso University Storm Intercept Team), and the Valparaiso University branch of AMS (American Meteorology Society).
Assistant News Director – Tabitha Bartoe
Tabitha Bartoe is a sophomore meteorology major from Plain City, OH. Tabitha joined VUTV to have the closest experience to broadcasting and the media. She is currently the Assistant News Director for VUTV. She enjoys learning about what makes a production and all of the hard work it takes to make a successful newscast.
Weather Director – Alexa Minton
Alexa Minton is a sophomore meteorology and education double major from Granville, OH. Alexa found her passion for VUTV after her freshman year when she worked tirelessly to output weather updates for her peers. She enjoys inspiring everyone around her to work hard and put out the best possible broadcast. As Weather Director, Alexa works to keep weather forecasts on air and as accurate as possible. Whether on air or behind the scenes, Alexa is always working hard to make VUTV better in every compacity.
Assistant Weather Director – Allen Marvel
Allen Marvel is a sophomore meteorology major from Galatia, IL. Allen joined VUTV to learn how to do weather broadcasts and to get some experience working in his field. He is the Assistant Weather Director for VUTV. He enjoys meeting new people and getting to work on shows with other members of VUTV and teaching new members how to perform weather updates!
Sports Director – Nick Rutkowski
Nick Rutkowski is a senior meteorology major with a passion for sports. Hailing from the great land of Michigan, Nick enjoys sharing his love of the state with anyone who will listen. Nick joined VUTV to learn more about what it is like to work in media. He enjoys working as the Sports Director for VUTV because he gets to geek out about sports with his friends. He enjoys being an active member of the team on campus and rallying for team spirit at the games he attends.
Productions Director – Ryan Glassman
Ryan Glassman is a sophomore meteorology major and communication minor from Cincinnati, Ohio. Ryan joined VUTV to explore his passion for broadcast meteorology and learn more about the industry. He has wanted to be a meteorologist since he was 4 years old. Currently, he is Productions Director for VUTV. He enjoys learning more about broadcasting, meeting new people, and helping his peers in VUTV.
Programming Director – Elliott Budd
Elliott Budd is a junior geography major from Kokomo, IN. Elliott joined VUTV because it sounded fun and would give him beneficial skills in meteorology and the broadcast industry. He is currently the Programming Director for VUTV and enjoys programming channel 15 with lots of fun content. He is also highly involved in Valpo Robotics and in the meteorology department.
Video Editing Director – Anna Gendusa
Anna Gendusa is a junior meteorology and mathematics major from Carol Stream, IL. Her inspiration to pursue a career in meteorology was the chief meteorologist at ABC7 Chicago, which fueled her interest in joining VUTV. Her position in VUTV requires her to edit broadcasts like 15 News at 5, 15 in the Morning, etc., and she loves to see the newscasts come together. She is grateful to be a part of this team and learn more about the broadcasting industry.
Business and Advertising Director – Alexis Sanchez
Alexis Sanchez is a senior accounting and international business major from Valparaiso. She is the business and marketing director for VUTV. She joined VUTV because she wanted to expand her experience in marketing and also learn more about broadcasting and how business relates to it. She enjoys most meeting new people out of her major and helping bring in her business knowledge.
Digital Director – Bella Pittman
Bella Pittman is a sophomore meteorology from Pewaukee, WI. She joined the VUTV family because a few of her good friends told her there was an opening and she knew it would be great experience for her future in broadcast. Bella manages all the social media for VUTV and promotes interaction online. She enjoys aesthetics and creating things, and through her position as Digital Director she has the opportunity to share these passions with others!
Faculty Adviser – Ron Blatz
Ron Blatz joined Valparaiso University in the fall of 2014 as the Temporary VUTV Advisor and Studio Manager. Ron became the Permanent Faculty Advisor for VUTV and Studio Manager in 2015 on a part time basis. In October 2016, Ron was promoted to Faculty Advisor for VUTV, Studio Manager and HLN/ESPN Broadcast Coordinator. In September 2017 Ron accepted a promotion to full time with Valparaiso University with the title of Faculty Advisor for VUTV, Studio Manager and Broadcast & Streaming Manager.
In Ron’s broadcasting career he has worked for a number of TV stations throughout the Midwest including, WEHT, WNDU and WYIN, just to name a few. Ron has worked as a director/producer, master control operator and supervisor, floor director, camera operator and all production positions in-between.
Ron resides in Valparaiso with his wife, of over 15 years, Tami and their fur babies Bella and Willow. In his off time Ron likes fishing, attending NASCAR races, and spending time with his family and friends. Ron and Tami also own their own DJ Service, Music-N-Motion Mobile DJ Service.