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Jane TurnisJane

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. 


Jessi BurnsJessi_headshot.jpg

Content & Social Media Manager
(719) 389-6624
jburns@coloradocollege.edu

As content and social media manager, Jessi is your go-to resource for all things related to social media. Whether you want to create a new social media profile, would like guidance on an existing profile, or just want to share some news with CC’s social media community, Jessi can help. 

Jessi is a Colorado College alumna and graduated in 2006 with a degree in anthropology, focusing on archaeology. After some time working in the field, she decided she wanted to pursue something where she could be a little more creative. That led her to obtain an M.S. in communications from Pepperdine University where she studied mass media, rhetoric, and social change. Since then, Jessi has spent her career managing marketing and communications for nonprofits, including an open space organization, a library, and an animal shelter. Most recently, she spent time living and working in the Colorado mountains in the tiny town of Tabernash, just outside of Winter Park.  

Jessi joined the Office of Communications in 2021 and couldn’t be more excited to be back at CC. In her spare time, you’ll find her exploring new hiking trails, playing with her dogs, or traveling to remote places in the world.


Julia Fuller

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


Jen K Jennifer 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 her free time reading, hiking, Nordic skiing, and looking at wildflowers.

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


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.


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

Nicole received her BA in Integrative Design & Architecture from CC's Art department in '21, simultaneously graduating from the College of ZOOM of COVID University. For all things Cascade CMS-related, Nicole is your go-to person.

Outside of website management, Nicole spends time with her two fluffy kitties, Bear and Willow, as well as ballet, hiking, weightlifting, making books, and going to farmers' markets. She also never got over her love of painting and drawing; Nicole is continually adding to her portfolio of random works of whatever she felt like making at the time. 


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 a 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.


lonnie.jpegLonnie Timmons III

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

Lonnie Timmons III has devoted more than thirty years to producing evocative images of the human experience.  Whether they are fascinating glimpses into seldom seen cultures or captivating images offering new insight into the seemingly ordinary, Timmons combines his meticulous attention to detail with a passion for the work. Whether it is a Cuban dairy farmer at 4 in the morning or a student enjoying activities on campus, his photographs capture the essence of life in a fleeting moment in time.

Timmons has been published in prestigious publications such as Jazziz, Newsweek, Newsweek en Español, NPR.org, Sports Illustrated, Swing Journal, and US News & World Report. His photography has appeared in books including Baltimore, Jewel of the Chesapeake: A Contemporary Portrait, LeBron James: The Making Of A MVP, and What Is This Thing Called Jazz. He has also won numerous photography awards from organizations including the National Association of Black Journalists, National Press Photographers Association, Nikon Photo Contest International, and University Photographers Association of America. His videos have been broadcast on ESPN.


Karen 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.


Naomi 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 master's in art therapy from Vermont College and spent five years as an art therapist at Pikes Peak Mental Health working with those who have a 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 master's in project management from CSUGlobal and the Advanced Certificate in Strategic Management of Digital Assets & Services from San Jose State University.


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.

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