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Meet the department

The Department of Marketing and Communications is represented by a diverse group of professionals who are able to assist and counsel the college community on a range of communication issues. In addition to media relations, the Department of Marketing and Communications is responsible for college publications, internal and external communications, speechwriting, editorial services, graphic design standards, advertising, website content, many special events and sponsorships, and photography. Contact us.

Photo of Richard Coren Richard Coren
Director of Marketing, Communications and Publications

Richard was appointed department director in October 2010. Prior to his current post, he served as the college’s graphic designer for three years and his responsibilities included the design of the college's course catalog, departmental fliers and brochures, posters, the school's commencement program, logos, ads and various publications. In addition, he served as department liaison to the Department of Information Technology and the Art Department. Richard came to CCRI with 22 years of marketing experience, having served a wide range of clients, both with his own business and with a number of advertising agencies. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees in art from Rhode Island College.

Photo of Kristen Cyr Kristen Cyr
Public Relations Officer

Kristen works to promote the college to an outside audience, writing press releases, answering media inquiries, helping journalists arrange interviews with faculty and staff and prepping interviewees for media appearances. She serves as managing editor of CCRI Highlights, a publication mailed to more than 270,000 houses three times each year. She manages the college's online newsroom and is available to help college departments promote news items with features on the college’s home page. She frequently reviews and proofreads brochures, newsletters, fliers and other publications and also serves as the department’s liaison to the Center for Workforce and Community Education. She earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Rhode Island, where she also has been an adjunct instructor since 2004.

Photo of David Fischbach David Fischbach
Communication Design Specialist

Dave is the guy you see behind the camera at EVERY college function. When he’s not taking photographs, Dave is also a graphic designer who creates logos and letterhead, oversees the printing and production of the college’s publications, designs the covers for all of the publications and helps various departments create and maintain websites. He is happy to answer any question you may have ... that is, if you can catch him.

Photo of Norm Grant Norm Grant

Norm produces digital video for marketing purposes, training and instruction.  He oversees the operation of CCRI's TV studio and video production across all campuses. Prior to joining the Marketing and Communications department, Norm worked in the college's Department of Information Technology where he produced video and assisted instructors with instructional technology.  He began his career as a photojournalist.  His photos have appeared in the New York Daily News, Boston Globe, New England Magazine, Hartford Courant, USA Today, Sailing World and Bloomberg Finance.  He is also a documentary filmmaker and teaches CCRI communication courses as an adjunct instructor. Norm holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy as well as master's degrees in Media Studies and Instructional Technology from Rhode Island College.

Photo of Jacqueline Hogan Jacqueline Hogan
Staff Assistant to the President's Office and the Department of Marketing and Communications

Jacqueline assists in the day-to-day operations of the President’s Office and ensures the Department of Marketing and Communications runs smoothly. She serves as a liaison with all academic, administrative and student services offices within the college and assists with the planning and scheduling of collegewide programs such as Opening Day, Commencement and President’s Council activities. Jacqueline is a key coordinator of the annual CCRI Fall Classic golf tournament, which raises funds for student scholarships. She also composes and proofreads correspondence and maintains databases of key contacts.

Photo of Erin Olson Erin Olson
Manager, Marketing / New Media Communications
Erin is responsible for social media initiatives and programs at the college. Her knowledge of emerging technologies helps CCRI stay up-to-date on current and future new media trends. She is the primary marketing communications contact for the Office of Alumni Affairs, the Foundation and Athletics. Her responsibilities include managing publications such as Green & White, the Foundation annual report and Crier notices. She also manages advertising for the college. You will see her at CCRI events, posting updates, photos and information in real-time. She earned her bachelor’s degree in marketing from Johnson & Wales University.

Photo of Brendalee Peckham-Bell Brendalee Peckham-Bell
Graphic Designer/Public Relations Officer

Brendalee has more than 20 years experience in the graphic design industry. Most recently, she served as senior graphic designer at Gilbert Design Associates in Providence. At Gilbert Design, she created many successful pieces for non-profit and educational clients, including RISD, Brown, Agnes Scott and Bryant University. Her responsibilities include the design of the college's course catalog, departmental fliers and brochures, posters, the school's commencement program, logos, ads and various publications. Brendalee has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in graphic design from Swain School of Design/SMU Dartmouth.

Photo of Jenn Salcido Jenn Salcido

Jenn writes news stories for CCRI publications such as Green & White, Highlights and the CCRI News and Events Web page, conducting interviews and attending events on all four college campuses. In addition to her work at CCRI, Jenn works as a senior writer for BusinessGhost, a leading ghostwriting and editing firm, where she collaborates on memoirs and business books for industry leaders. Her journalism work has appeared in East Side Monthly, Kent County Daily Times, Providence Business News, Providence Monthly, Options Newsmagazine, Rhode Island Monthly and The Sun Chronicle, among other publications. She holds a Bachelor of Arts cum laude in English from Amherst College.

Photo of Ellen Schulte Ellen Schulte
Public Relations Officer
Ellen is the department’s primary contact for the offices of Academic Affairs, Enrollment Services and Student Services. She is responsible for promoting their messages to potential and current CCRI students. She also writes and edits brochures and many marketing materials including the college’s primary admissions marketing piece, the viewbook. She manages special events and handles various video requests that come into the department. Ellen also promotes news and events in Crier, the electronic staff newsletter, and on the campus MyCCRI announcement channel and announces on-campus events to the public on the entrance signs at the Knight and Flanagan campuses.

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Last Updated: 3/17/15