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JaneJane Turnis

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

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

Jane joined CC in 2003 and served as the college’s media relations director before being named director of communications in 2009, and vice president for communications in 2013. 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 news writing. In addition, she worked as an account executive specializing in public relations at two advertising agencies and ran a freelance writing and editing business.

Jane co-chaired the Master Communications Plan Knowledge Development Team and served on the strategic plan steering committee. She is an alumna of Academic Management Institute, served on the Annapolis Group Communications Committee, and is a graduate of CC’s Leadership Academy. She is a member of PreEMPT, the college’s emergency management team. 

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 and mandolin).

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
jennifer.coombes@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.


Eileen KitrickEileen

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

Don’t know how to make changes to your webpage? Send your questions to Eileen, who offers dotCMS training to web authors throughout campus and helps manage the CC website so that it runs smoothly. With experience in writing, graphic design, and computer programming, Eileen eagerly joined the Communications team soon after graduating from CC in 2017.

As a student, Eileen was a writing intern for Communications, programmed cognitive and linguistic psychology experiments that can be run online while majoring in psychology, and spent a semester in Copenhagen, Denmark studying graphic design (and a bit of urban design, exhibition design, furniture design, and architecture). Things she brought back from Denmark include biking as a main form of transportation, a new appreciation for chair design, and an unreasonably large pile of all the print material and graphics she collected throughout Scandinavia.

In her spare time, Eileen attempts New York Times crosswords and tries her best not to get ink everywhere while trying her hand at printmaking.


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
(719) 389-6624
laurie.j.laker@coloradocollege.edu

Overseeing much of the written content that the college produces, Laurie has been writing since he was a young boy growing up in England. Following a move to the U.S. in early 2001, Laurie attended the United World College of the American West from 2005-2007. After an entirely too lethargic gap year, Laurie studied English at Colorado College, graduating in 2012. Relocating to New England, he received his M.A. from Dartmouth College in 2014, having focused on Literature and Politics.

During his time as student at CC, Laurie worked as an intern in the Communications Office, wrote for The Catalyst and The Cipher, and interned with Soccer-Laduma newspaper in Cape Town, South Africa as a reporter during the 2010 FIFA World Cup. At Dartmouth he worked as a public relations assistant for The Hopkins Center for the Arts, as a graduate research assistant for the Institute for Writing and Rhetoric, and covered graduate student news for the Graduate Forum.

Eager to further his skills as a writer, researcher, and editor, Laurie is thrilled to have returned to his alma mater and to the Pikes Peak region. Outside of the office, he adores anything to do with soccer (specifically Arsenal Football Club), being politically engaged, and teaching his friends to make tea properly.


MarkMark Lee

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

Mark has been working on and helping to build the web since around the turn of the millenium, mostly in higher-ed. Over this time he has gained valuable experience collaborating with faculty and staff on numerous web and digital media projects. He currently provides leadership, strategy, and hands-on management 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 from ISU. He believes that learning is a lifelong process and continues to take a variety of classes whenever possible, including from Colorado College, Parsons School of Design, HarvardX/EdX, and is a 2008 graduate of the Leadership Pikes Peak Signature Program.

In his spare time he enjoys learning, experimenting with, and (very infrequently) writing about cutting-edge web technology.


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 proud 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, where she discovered her love of analog film and distaste for shooting commercials. 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, where they married in 2016.

Rachel has called California, Florida, Guam, Japan, Alaska, Colorado, the Czech Republic, France and Mexico home, so it's difficult for her to say where she's from. She 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

Creative Director
(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 BA degree 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 twenty 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 a MFA in graphic design from the University of Iowa, and is currently working on Masters 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.


Chris SchwingChris Schwing

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

Chris is a multidisciplinary designer with experience across many mediums. He attempts to create visuals that connect with people in a meaningful way. He’s worked for creative agencies, nonprofits, and higher-ed institutions creating new brands, print materials, animations, and interactive experiences. Besides winning various awards for his work, Chris’s biggest accomplishment is thruhiking the Appalachian Trail. If not in the office, he can usually be found hiking in the mountains.


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, 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 liberal arts degree 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

In 2012, Naomi joined the Communications Office as the design liaison to the Advancement Division. She now holds the position of project manager/graphic designer. Naomi has worked at CC since she joined the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations as a program specialist in 2006; in 2008, she moved to the annual giving team to design and produce solicitations and fundraising materials. Naomi received a B.F.A with honors from the Art Center College of Design. She also earned a master’s in art therapy from Vermont College, and worked for five years as an art therapist at Pikes Peak Mental Health, working with those who have chronic mental illness.


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 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 a 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.


StephanieStephanie Wurtz

Director of Internal Communications
(719) 389-7601
stephanie.wurtz@coloradocollege.edu

Building relationships is at the heart of Stephanie’s role directing internal communications. By working across all divisions, bringing together various perspectives, and facilitating meaningful dialogue, she aims to strengthen the CC culture and facilitate collaboration and transparency throughout the college.

Stephanie joined the communications team in 2014 and is working to strategically build cross-organization relationships and foster opportunities for vibrant interaction and conversation. She is CC’s first director of internal communications, a position identified as key to advancing the CC strategic plan.

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 Bachelor of 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.