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.
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.
Public Relations Officer
Kristen works to promote the college to an outside audience through print and broadcast outlets across the state. She writes press releases, answers media inquiries, helps journalists arrange interviews with faculty and staff and preps interviewees for media appearances. She serves as managing editor of the Course Highlights tab, a promotional publication that is mailed to more than 270,000 houses across the state three times each year. She is available to help college departments promote news items internally through MyCCRI announcements and with features on the college’s home page. She frequently reviews and proofreads brochures, newsletters, fliers and other publications that are produced in other college departments and also serves as the department’s liaison to the Center for Workforce and Community Education.
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, helps various departments to create and maintain websites, and he is happy to answer any question you may have ... that is if you can catch him.
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 run 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 college-wide 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.
Manager of Marketing and New Media Communications
Julie manages the college's social media strategy and leads the development and expansion of electronic communications. She is the department’s liaison with Alumni Affairs, the CCRI Foundation and Athletics, working with leaders in these areas to develop communications initiatives to reach key constituencies such as alumni, potential donors, public leaders, community residents, as well as CCRI faculty, staff and students. She also promotes the college through advertising in print and broadcast outlets. Julie earned a master's degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from West Virginia University and a bachelor's degree in English and Psychology from the College of the Holy Cross.
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.
Rob writes news stories for CCRI publications like Green & White, Highlights and the CCRI News and Events Web page, conducting interviews and attending events on all four of the college campuses. He is a 2008 graduate of the University of Rhode Island with degrees in Journalism and Political Science. He worked as a freelance journalist at newspapers in South County before joining the CCRI staff in March 2009.
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 also updates the marketing and communications website, manages special events, contributes news articles to CCRI’s Course Highlights newsletter 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. She also announces on-campus events to the public on the Knight Campus entrance sign.
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