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Communications Office Staff

JaneJane Turnis

Vice President for Communications
(719) 389-6138

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. 

LisaLisa Calhoun

Graphic Design Manager
(719) 389-6355

Lisa has been a member of the graphic design team at Colorado College since 1995. In addition to creative graphic design, her duties at the college include four-color commercial print buying; serving as the college’s contact for art, logo, and photography requests; electronic art, photography, and print archiver; and art studio manager. She has been a typesetter and graphic designer since 1981.

Jody HinzJody

Staff Assistant
(719) 389-6603

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

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

MarkMark Lee

Associate Director of Web Communications
& New Media
(719) 389-6030

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

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.

Bryan Oller

College Photographer


Felix Sanchez

Creative Director


KarenKaren To

Director of Web Communications & New Media
(719) 389-6144

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

Advancement Design Manager
(719) 389-6774

Having worked with the office of alumni and parent relations since 2006, Naomi joined the communications team as a graphic designer in October 2012. Among other responsibilities, she acts as the primary liaison to the advancement division. Naomi holds a B.F.A. with honors from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, as well as a master’s in art therapy from Vermont College. She has been working in the field of art and design for almost 30 years.

LeslieLeslie Weddell

College News Director
(719) 389-6038

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

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.