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Communications Office Staff

JaneJane Turnis

Vice President for Communications
(719) 389-6138
jturnis@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. 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 her own freelance writing and editing business.

Jane is a member of the Annapolis Group Communications Committee; an alumna of Academic Management Institute; and a graduate of CC’s Leadership Academy. She serves on the college's strategic planning steering committee, and 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.

Jane earned a B.A. in journalism and mass communication from the University of Iowa. 


Jody HinzJody

Staff Assistant
(719) 389-6603
jhinz@coloradocollege.edu

Jody has been with the communications department since 2007. She previously worked at other universities in Wisconsin and North Dakota and has lived in Colorado for 12 years. Jody and her husband enjoy the outdoors and camping along with visiting their three grandchildren in Arizona.


JenJennifer Kulier

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

In our daily rush to communicate — posting fresh Web content and meeting print deadlines — sometimes the written word can suffer. Or our overall strategy can get lost in favor of “just getting it done.” Unfortunately, when strategy, spelling, grammar, syntax, or style are neglected, an organization loses credibility.

Jen is here to help. For 15 years, she has honed her skills as an editor, writer, and creative communicator. At CC, she has overseen the production of nearly 150 publications annually. She can help you brainstorm, strategize, plan, write, edit, and produce promotional and marketing communications and advertisements. These can take the form of brochures, postcards, Web sites, e-mails, or whatever you and she can dream up.

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 in the mountains hiking, biking, camping, 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. Following 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 incorrect, and teaching his friends to make tea properly.


MarkMark Lee

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

Mark has been helping to build the Web for over a decade, with most of that time spent in higher education. With a passion for figuring out how things work, he has gained experience in: the programming, scripting, markup, and style languages used on the Web; digital graphic design, video and audio production; photography and image manipulation; and even some database management and server administration.

Over this time he has gained valuable experience collaborating with faculty and staff on Web and new media projects while managing multiple projects and deadlines simultaneously. Do you need help updating your department’s Web site? Want a fresh look for your pages? Are you itching to try out the latest social media platform? Does your site need to be brought into buzzword-compliance? Mark would love to help you!

Mark has earned a B.A. in psychology, a graduate certificate in computer information systems, and an M.Ed. in instructional technology, all from Idaho State University. A lifelong learner, he has continued his education with classes from Colorado College in documentary filmmaking and from Parsons The New School For Design in graphic design. Mark is a 2008 graduate of the Leadership Pikes Peak Signature Program.

During the summertime, you may see Mark slowly making his way up one of Colorado’s many fourteeners.


Arielle MariArielle Gross

Video and Digital Media Specialist
719-389-6602
arielle.mari@coloradocollege.edu

Arielle has been telling stories through the medium of film for almost half her life, and has extensive experience, skill, and talent. Yet her knowledge extends far beyond film. Arielle’s success lies in a keen eye for detail and ability to blend excellent story-telling and interpersonal skills in the fast-moving age of the web.

Arielle graduated from Colorado College in 2012 with her degree in English and Film. She also studied Music Video Production with Tisch School of the Arts. While at CC, she won the Lewis Award for Best Student Film twice, once in 2010 for her film CONTACT: THE EYE, and in 2011 she placed second for Pop Secret. For her senior project in film, Arielle received a Venture Grant to travel to India in order to create ROOTS. an exploration, a film and media installation examining her family’s cultural and religious roots.


BryanBryan Oller

College Photographer
719-389-7602
bryan.oller@coloradocollege.edu

Bryan Oller joined CC as the college’s staff photographer in 2013. Previously he was a staff photographer at The (Colorado Springs) Gazette and then as a freelance photojournalist. His images have appeared in publications nationally and internationally, notably, appearing in the New York Times, Time Magazine and several other prominent national publications for his coverage of the devastating wildfires and floods in Colorado. Bryan has won numerous Colorado Associated Press Editors and Reporters awards as well as a number of Colorado Press Association awards for his photography. He is the only photographer to ever win the prestigious University of Denver's Morton Margolin Prize for Distinguished Business Reporting for "Passage to India," a story of outsourcing of American jobs to India. He attended CU-Boulder and calls Colorado Springs home, having moved here with his family in 1982.


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.


KarenKaren To

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

Karen oversees the institutional site and helps offices and departments with their own websites. She led the college's recent website overhaul which included the implementation of the college's first enterprise level content management system (CMS), launched in August 2011, as well as a complete visual and information architecture redesign.

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.


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.