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    Our Staff

    JaneJane Turnis

    Vice President for Communications
    (719) 389-6603
    jturnis@coloradocollege.edu

    Need help strategizing the best way to communicate your message, or tell CC’s stories? Jane and the Communications team can help you target your audience, craft your message, finesse it with creativity, present it powerfully, choose the right medium, launch it, and track your results.

    Jane joined CC in 2003 and served as the college’s media relations director and director of communications before she was named vice president for communications in 2013. Before CC, she was a newspaper journalist for 17 years, working as an editor, reporter, columnist, page designer, and copy editor of news, business, and features at The Tampa Tribune, The (Colorado Springs) Gazette, The Clearwater (Fla.) Sun, and the (Dubuque, Iowa) Telegraph Herald. She won national and state awards for her writing and section editing. In addition, she specialized in public relations at two advertising agencies.

    Jane is a fan of Americana and roots music, and she’s proud that her marriage survived the ultimate test: her brief foray into fiddle lessons (she settled on easier-on-the-ears guitar).

    Jane earned a B.A. in journalism and mass communication with an English minor from the University of Iowa, and also attended the University of Missouri-Columbia. 


    Jennifer Coombes

    Photographer & Photo Editor
    (719) 389-7602
    jcoombes@coloradocollege.edu

    Whether it is driving a team of 8 Clydesdale horses on a covered wagon, wading through floodwaters off the banks of the Mississippi River during a 100-year flood or mastering the art of being the best second mate on a coastal Maine lobster boat, Jennifer finds that her constant companion is her camera and an adventure. For her, adventuring is just the beginning of what she enjoys about visual storytelling since what truly drives her work is meeting and engaging with people who are open to sharing their human experiences. At Colorado College she is often out and about engaging with students and faculty to photograph and dig up the best stories.

    After working as a professional photojournalist for Knight Ridder and other Midwest publications, in 2008 Jennifer came to Colorado to work as a freelance photojournalist and full-time journalism instructor for Denver Public Schools. While at DPS, Jennifer developed a multimedia program that became an award-winning journalism and digital storytelling pre-collegiate success story that led to multi-million dollar STEM donations from the private sector. Students from this program have attended Colorado College as well as universities across the state and nation. In 2014 Jennifer took a break from her career to attend graduate school at Ohio University’s Scripps School of Visual Communication where she studied multimedia, design and interactive design and received a Masters in Visual Communications Management. While at Ohio University, Jennifer won a spot in the 2016 Athens International Film Festival for documentary shorts and a scholarship from the National Press Photographers Foundation that allowed her to do an in-depth project on coastal Maine. Previous to her graduate work, Jennifer attended the University of Missouri-Columbia’s School of Journalism where she got a Bachelors of Journalism with an emphasis in Photojournalism and studied abroad at Imperial College in London where she interned as a travel photographer.

    In addition to working as Colorado College’s photographer and photo editor, Jennifer enjoys working in film and hopes to continue creating meaningful stories through that medium. She also loves the outdoors and sewing projects, lots of sewing projects.


    Lesley Houston

    Graphic Designer
    (719) 389-6355
    lhouston@coloradocollege.edu

    Lesley uses creativity to tell the CC story through impactful graphics across a variety of external and internal print and digital communication pieces. In her role as graphic designer, she produces internal communications materials for campus offices and departments. 

    With more than a decade of graphic design experience in publishing and collegiate industries, Lesley has a passion for designing strong communication pieces that are useful and effective.

    Prior to CC, she worked as a graphic designer for Ruston Newspaper, Inc., as an art director for Team Advertising and Publishing, and as a graphic designer and marketing coordinator for Central Texas College. Throughout her career, her advertising and publication designs have won state and national awards. 

    Lesley earned a B.F.A. in graphic design from Louisiana Tech University and a M.A. in mass communications from Grambling State University.

    While graphic design is her primary job function by day, Lesley enjoys exploring art museums and national parks with her family.


    JenJennifer Kulier

    Editorial Director
    (719) 389-6210
    jkulier@coloradocollege.edu

    For 20 years, Jen has honed her skills as an editor, writer, and creative communicator. At CC, she has overseen the production of nearly 200 publications annually. She can help you brainstorm, strategize, plan, write, edit, and produce promotional and marketing communications and advertisements. Before coming to CC in 2002, Jen was a newspaper journalist, copy editor, and freelance writer. In 1999, she wrote and published “A Woman’s Guide to Mountain Biking” for W.W. Norton and Co. She spends free time reading, hiking, Nordic skiing, and looking at wildflowers.

    Degree: B.S. in Speech Communications; minor in Journalism, Southern Illinois University Carbondale


    LaurieLaurie Laker

    Writer & Social Media Manager
    (719) 389-6624
    llaker@coloradocollege.edu

    Laurie has been writing since he was a young boy. Following a move from England to the U.S., Laurie attended the United World College of the American West (UWC-USA) as a Davis Scholar, going on to major in English at Colorado College, graduating in 2012. Following CC, he earned his M.A. from Dartmouth College, spending a summer of graduate research at the University of Oxford. Since returning to Colorado, he earned a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

    During his student days, Laurie was an intern in this same office, and his undergraduate writing roles included staff positions with both The Catalyst and The Cipher. He worked as a journalist at Soccer-Laduma in Cape Town, South Africa during the 2010 FIFA World Cup, where his work reached a global audience. During his graduate study, he worked as a public relations assistant for The Hopkins Center for the Arts, a graduate research assistant for the Institute for Writing and Rhetoric, and covered news for Dartmouth’s Graduate Forum newspaper.

    At CC, Laurie is a content creator, strategist, and storyteller. With a focus on academic storytelling, social media outreach, and narrative, Laurie’s major projects include admission materials, alumni magazine stories, historical tribute pages, and brand retention and promotion. Outside the office, he prefers to spend his time in the pages of a book, on the grass of a soccer field, or (leisurely) traipsing some enjoyably picturesque trail. Oh, and drinking tea. He’s English, after all.


    MarkMark Lee

    Director of Web & Digital Media
    (719) 389-6030
    mlee@coloradocollege.edu

    Mark has been helping to build the web since 1999. Over this time he has collaborated with fellow staff, faculty, and students on countless interesting and creative web/digital media projects. Mark provides leadership, strategy, hands-on management, technical implementation, and front-end development (coding) of the web and other digital communications channels for the college.

    Mark has a B.A. in psychology, a Graduate Certificate in computer information systems, and an M.Ed. in instructional technology. He is a lifelong learner and continues to take a variety of professional development and continuing education classes whenever possible, including from Colorado College, Parsons School of Design, HarvardX/EdX, and Berklee College of Music.

    Involvement in the community is important to Mark, and he has volunteered with and served on several nonprofit boards in the Pikes Peak region, as well as being a 2008 graduate of the Leadership Pikes Peak Signature Program.

    In his spare time he enjoys: learning, experimenting with, and sometimes writing about cutting-edge web technology; honing his photography and videography skills; and making music with friends.


    Rachel San LuisRachel San Luis

    Video Producer
    (719) 389-6602
    rsanluis@coloradocollege.edu

    Rachel's filmmaking experience ranges from crafting documentary portraits (her favorite) to shooting science fiction shorts on 35mm and working on an undercover documentary for National Geographic.

    A CC alumna, Rachel was inspired to pursue film after taking a documentary filmmaking block with Erin Hudson. She was especially impacted at the class' film screening, where she witnessed the powerful way film fostered understanding and empathy between diverse communities. After graduating from CC, Rachel moved to the Czech Republic to study cinematography at the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU) as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar. As a cinematography student (and later as a camera operator), she worked on various types of film sets and discovered her love of analog film. After three years in Prague, she moved to France to live and work in the Taizé Community, an ecumenical monastery that promotes kindness, simplicity and reconciliation. She met her husband there, and eventually joined him in his home country in Mexico before they moved to Colorado.

    Rachel is passionate about ecumenism, mentoring youth and building strong, healthy communities. She enjoys making music with friends (she plays piano and ukulele) and will never get tired of watching "The Motorcycle Diaries" and "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind."


    FelixFelix Sanchez

    Assistant Vice President for Communications
    (719) 389-6818
    felix.sanchez@coloradocollege.edu

    Felix was born in New Mexico to a family of Navajo artisans, with members of his family being skilled in the arts of rug weaving, jewelry making, and healing. He graduated from CC in 1993 with a B.A. in English with an emphasis in creative writing. In his first job as a communications specialist, he was directed to not only write for the publications, but to design them as well. Hence, his career in graphic design was born. Felix has nearly 20 years of graphic design experience, including working as the graphic designer at the University of Iowa Museum of Art, a professor of graphic design at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, and the creative director at CAMPUSPEAK, a national college speakers bureau.

    Felix garnered an M.F.A. in graphic design from the University of Iowa, and is currently working on master's degree in creative writing from the University of Alaska, Anchorage. He believes that design is more than surface decoration; design is an effective communications tool that harmonizes intentional messaging through engaging composition. Therefore, most of his investigations focus on what information should be shared and why should an audience care, rather than on colors, art elements, and fonts. When Felix is not actively designing, he is thinking about, looking at, and appreciating design.


    Leslie Timms

    Administrative Assistant
    (719) 389-6603
    ltimms@coloradocollege.edu

    Leslie’s talent for organization first became evident when her mom found her organizing her Barbie doll shoes by delicate shades of pink. Leslie attended the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles where she found like-minded people who not only nurtured her love of spatial order and beauty, color and texture but who also understood that not all pinks are the same.

    Upon graduation, Leslie worked for The Walt Disney Company, creating designs for Disney-inspired rooms for KB Homes, as well as Y.J. Inc, where she kept the engineers’ work flow on track and on budget and redesigned their office space for greater efficiency. Today, Leslie continues to take immense personal satisfaction in using her creative background and her organizational and problem-solving skills to create an atmosphere of the order, efficiency, and calm that allows creativity and forward-thinking to flourish.

    When she is not at work, Leslie enjoys time with her son, and can often be found trying to organize his extensive collection of Legos by shape, size and color.


    KarenKaren To

    Director of Web & Digital Media
    (719) 389-6144
    kto@coloradocollege.edu

    Karen provides leadership, strategy, and hands-on management of the web and other digital communications channels for the college.

    Karen joined CC eagerly in 2005, after a long (at least it seemed that way) and illustrious career in Corporate America. With a degree in linguistics and no direct path to a profession, she started her career sending form letters to AARP members. Thanks to a knack with computers and software, she promptly began a steady migration to technology. She has been a programmer, system administrator, software support specialist, and content manager.

    Karen thinks that industrial agriculture is public enemy #1 and enjoys yoga, hiking, and backpacking.


    NaomiNaomi Trujillo

    Project Manager & Graphic Designer
    (719) 389-6774
    naomi.trujillo@coloradocollege.edu

    Questions about how to get a communications project started? Give Naomi a call and she will be happy to walk you through the process from beginning to delivery. Naomi has been a member of the Communications team since 2012 and is now in her twelfth year at CC.

    Naomi received a BFA with honors from the Art Center College of Design. She has a masters in art therapy from Vermont College and spent five years as an art therapist at Pikes Peak Mental Health working with those who have chronic mental illness.

    When not at work, you'll find Naomi on the archery range, making art, playing guitar, or enjoying time with her family. She is also currently working towards her masters in project management from CSUGlobal and the Advanced Certificate in Strategic Management of Digital Assets & Services from San Jose State University.


    LoLo Wall '19

    Web Communications Paraprofessional
    (719) 389-6139
    lwall@coloradocollege.edu

    Lo graduated from Colorado College in 2019 with a major in Southwest Studies and minors in English and Journalism. She loves the internet and one of her favorite compliments she's ever received was being called an "internet bloodhound." For questions about dotCMS, Lo is your go-to contact.

    When not on the internet, you'll find Lo drawing and writing, on the road or on an airplane, running in the mornings, or daydreaming about the desert.


    LeslieLeslie Weddell

    Director of News and Media Relations
    (719) 389-6038
    leslie.weddell@coloradocollege.edu

    Something newsworthy happening on campus that you’d like others to know about? Awards, grants, major events, human interest stories, and other Colorado College-related news should be sent to Leslie. Her first job out of college was with Charles Scribner’s publishing, and she has never gotten over her love of the written word. She is a former newspaper editor and reporter, with more than 20 years in daily journalism. An award-winning reporter, she has worked for newspapers in Connecticut, Tennessee, and Colorado, and her freelance work has appeared in a wide range of magazines and newspapers such as The Washington Post.

    Leslie joined Colorado College in 2005. Her job is to publicize newsworthy happenings at the college, and whether it be television, print, radio, or web, she can help you with text, photos, and publicity. Leslie spent 17 years in Brazil and has a B.A. in Latin American studies with a minor in anthropology, and holds an M.A. in journalism from the University of Missouri. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, photography, and writing freelance book reviews for a major publishing house.


    ProfilePic2Stephanie Wurtz

    Assistant Vice President for Communications
    (719) 389-7601
    swurtz@coloradocollege.edu

    Building relationships is at the heart of Stephanie’s role of providing vision for the college’s integrated communications strategy. As assistant vice president for communications, Stephanie collaborates with college leaders, as well as internal and external stakeholders, to elevate the CC identity. She leads the editorial functions of the Office of Communications and provides executive leadership by identifying strategies and initiatives to advance and measure CC’s communications efforts.

    Stephanie joined the communications team in 2014 as CC’s first director of internal communications, a position identified as key to the CC strategic plan. She continues working to strategically build cross-organization relationships and provides structure, support, and leadership to achieve the college’s communications goals. 

    Prior to starting at Colorado College, Stephanie worked in K-12 public education, directing the communications program for Falcon School District 49. She also spent five years as a television news reporter. Stephanie received both her B.A. in journalism and M.A. in strategic communications from the University of Missouri School of Journalism in Columbia.

    When she’s not on campus, Stephanie spends time out on the trails, running and mountain biking. She’s run across the Grand Canyon and up several of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks, and ridden her bike over numerous mountain passes, occasionally stopping to snap photos and catch her breath.