Staff Directory

Administration

Ian Repp

Director, University Marketing and Communications

About Ian

  • Ian enjoys being outdoors, going for long jogs, and spending time with his wife, J.R., and their two boys, Cale and Crosby.
Crystal Verran

Crystal Verran

Director of Operations

906-487-3526
ceverran@mtu.edu
Administration Building G16A

Links of Interest

About Crystal

  • She is the first person to contact when you are interested in working with UMC on a project.
  • She loves to brainstorm new ideas for publications with clients and enjoys the variety of projects that come through UMC.
  • Crystal is a great source when questions arise regarding University Identity Standards.
  • A self-described “design nerd,” she finds herself picking up publications from a variety of different places (to read and critique).
Scott Balyo
"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that's given to us."
—J.R.R.Tolkien

Scott Balyo

Editorial Director

906-487-3510
sabalyo@mtu.edu
Administration Building G20

About Scott

  • Originally from Mackinaw City. Relocated to Houghton from Cody, Wyoming where he served as the chamber of commerce director.
  • Professional experience includes owning his own small-town newspaper along with public relations and marketing roles in tourism, healthcare and economic development.
  • Degree in mass communication from Taylor University (Indiana) and a master's in communication and leadership studies from Gonzaga University.
  • Interests include downhill skiing, hiking, traveling and spending time with his wife and four boys.
Jennifer Donovan

Jennifer Donovan

Director of News and Media Relations

906-487-4521
Cell: 906-281-7530
jbdonova@mtu.edu
Administration Building G07A

Her Beats

  • Administration/Executive Team/Board of Trustees
  • Policy and Funding Issues
  • Research Centers and Institutes
  • International Programs & Services
  • Graduate School

About Jenn

  • Her specialties include working with local, regional, national and special-interest news media.
  • She is skilled at finding and developing University news and research stories and interesting the news media in covering them.
  • She maintains the University Experts Guide.
  • She is a former newspaper reporter and magazine writer.
  • She enjoys reading detective stories and science fiction novels.
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Jackie Johnson

Art Director

906-487-3527
jabjohns@mtu.edu
Administration Building G23B
Shannon Rinkinen
"So have your wits about you and dig in."
—Ethel Kennedy

Shannon Rinkinen

Brand Manager

906-487-3162
smrinkin@mtu.edu
Administration Building G16

About Shannon

  • Infuses on-brand tone and messaging for external communications.
  • Manages social media content strategy using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.
  • Writes and edits high-impact marketing and communications pieces.
Joel C. Vertin
"Just Go with It!"

Joel C. Vertin

Digital Services Manager

About Joel

  • Leading a web marketing revolution across the University
  • Serves on the HighEdWeb Association Membership Committee
  • Is a Michigan Tech alumnus from Laurium
  • Favorite sports include golf, basketball, and softball
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Dawn M. Pichette

Administrative Aide

906-487-2354
dmpichet@mtu.edu
Administration Building G13
Mechelle Normand

Mechelle Normand

Administrative Aide

906-487-2360
mnormand@mtu.edu
Administration Building G19

Marketing and Creative

Ian Repp

Director, University Marketing and Communications

About Ian

  • Ian enjoys being outdoors, going for long jogs, and spending time with his wife, J.R., and their two boys, Cale and Crosby.
Crystal Verran

Crystal Verran

Director of Operations

906-487-3526
ceverran@mtu.edu
Administration Building G16A

Links of Interest

About Crystal

  • She is the first person to contact when you are interested in working with UMC on a project.
  • She loves to brainstorm new ideas for publications with clients and enjoys the variety of projects that come through UMC.
  • Crystal is a great source when questions arise regarding University Identity Standards.
  • A self-described “design nerd,” she finds herself picking up publications from a variety of different places (to read and critique).
Scott Balyo
"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that's given to us."
—J.R.R.Tolkien

Scott Balyo

Editorial Director

906-487-3510
sabalyo@mtu.edu
Administration Building G20

About Scott

  • Originally from Mackinaw City. Relocated to Houghton from Cody, Wyoming where he served as the chamber of commerce director.
  • Professional experience includes owning his own small-town newspaper along with public relations and marketing roles in tourism, healthcare and economic development.
  • Degree in mass communication from Taylor University (Indiana) and a master's in communication and leadership studies from Gonzaga University.
  • Interests include downhill skiing, hiking, traveling and spending time with his wife and four boys.
Jennifer Donovan

Jennifer Donovan

Director of News and Media Relations

906-487-4521
Cell: 906-281-7530
jbdonova@mtu.edu
Administration Building G07A

Her Beats

  • Administration/Executive Team/Board of Trustees
  • Policy and Funding Issues
  • Research Centers and Institutes
  • International Programs & Services
  • Graduate School

About Jenn

  • Her specialties include working with local, regional, national and special-interest news media.
  • She is skilled at finding and developing University news and research stories and interesting the news media in covering them.
  • She maintains the University Experts Guide.
  • She is a former newspaper reporter and magazine writer.
  • She enjoys reading detective stories and science fiction novels.
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Jackie Johnson

Art Director

906-487-3527
jabjohns@mtu.edu
Administration Building G23B
Shannon Rinkinen
"So have your wits about you and dig in."
—Ethel Kennedy

Shannon Rinkinen

Brand Manager

906-487-3162
smrinkin@mtu.edu
Administration Building G16

About Shannon

  • Infuses on-brand tone and messaging for external communications.
  • Manages social media content strategy using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.
  • Writes and edits high-impact marketing and communications pieces.
Bill Tembreull

Bill Tembreull

Senior Design Specialist

About Bill

  • He has worked in design and publications at Michigan Tech for 35 years.
  • His work has earned numerous national awards.
  • He oversees the design of most University publications, including brochures, posters, magazines, newsletters, and more.
  • Prepares bids for pricing publications.

Jordan Blahnik

Graphic Designer

906-487-2344
jmblahni@mtu.edu
Administration Building G06A
Cyndi Perkins

Cyndi Perkins

Web Writer

906-487-3181
cmperkin@mtu.edu
Administration Building G29

About Cyndi

  • The former Daily Mining Gazette journalist and editor hails from Houghton and has written for a variety of international, national and regional publications.
  • She co-creates, writes and edits content for the University’s myriad forms of new media, including websites, blogs and other outreach across departments, for new and existing members of the Michigan Tech community.
  • She is a sailor who enjoys Yoga, social media, gardening, and anything near the water. The debut novelist looks forward to writing more books.

Brand Management

Ian Repp

Director, University Marketing and Communications

About Ian

  • Ian enjoys being outdoors, going for long jogs, and spending time with his wife, J.R., and their two boys, Cale and Crosby.
Shannon Rinkinen
"So have your wits about you and dig in."
—Ethel Kennedy

Shannon Rinkinen

Brand Manager

906-487-3162
smrinkin@mtu.edu
Administration Building G16

About Shannon

  • Infuses on-brand tone and messaging for external communications.
  • Manages social media content strategy using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.
  • Writes and edits high-impact marketing and communications pieces.
Jaclyn Johnson's mug

Jackie Johnson

Art Director

906-487-3527
jabjohns@mtu.edu
Administration Building G23B
Scott Balyo
"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that's given to us."
—J.R.R.Tolkien

Scott Balyo

Editorial Director

906-487-3510
sabalyo@mtu.edu
Administration Building G20

About Scott

  • Originally from Mackinaw City. Relocated to Houghton from Cody, Wyoming where he served as the chamber of commerce director.
  • Professional experience includes owning his own small-town newspaper along with public relations and marketing roles in tourism, healthcare and economic development.
  • Degree in mass communication from Taylor University (Indiana) and a master's in communication and leadership studies from Gonzaga University.
  • Interests include downhill skiing, hiking, traveling and spending time with his wife and four boys.
Crystal Verran

Crystal Verran

Director of Operations

906-487-3526
ceverran@mtu.edu
Administration Building G16A

Links of Interest

About Crystal

  • She is the first person to contact when you are interested in working with UMC on a project.
  • She loves to brainstorm new ideas for publications with clients and enjoys the variety of projects that come through UMC.
  • Crystal is a great source when questions arise regarding University Identity Standards.
  • A self-described “design nerd,” she finds herself picking up publications from a variety of different places (to read and critique).

Digital Services

Joel C. Vertin
"Just Go with It!"

Joel C. Vertin

Digital Services Manager

About Joel

  • Leading a web marketing revolution across the University
  • Serves on the HighEdWeb Association Membership Committee
  • Is a Michigan Tech alumnus from Laurium
  • Favorite sports include golf, basketball, and softball
Gail Sweeting
"Simple design, intense content."
—Edward R. Tufte

Gail Sweeting

Digital Content Manager

906-487-3506
gasweeti@mtu.edu
Administration Building G29C

About Gail

  • She helps departments prepare their website copy for migration to the University’s content management system.
  • She trains department web liaisons to maintain their websites in CMS and guides them in establishing a schedule for updating their sites.
  • She is an original member of the UMC web team.
Alex Hughes

Alexander Hughes

Digital Developer/Web Programmer

906-487-2431
ajhughes@mtu.edu
Administration Building G29

About Alexander

  • He is a Michigan Tech Alumnus from Hancock.
  • He is the programming and technical lead for the University’s content management system (CMS).
  • He assists in CMS training and technical user support.
  • He is an avid golfer, enjoys curling, watches many many movies, and would like to visit Finland someday.
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Quentin Franke

Front End Developer

906-487-2081
qwfranke@mtu.edu
Administration Building G29

About Quentin

  • Uses his expertise of HTML, CSS, and Javascript to build individual elements and whole websites for Tech.
  • Develops and manages HTML, CSS, and Javascript items that belong to Tech.
  • He works with the CMS and various web duties.
  • Researches, develops, and integrates SEO strategies.
  • Manages Tech's blog system.
  • Collaborates with designers to bridge the gap between develop UI/UX design and the Tech website.
Becky Barnard

Becky Barnard

Digital Services Specialist II

906-487-3073
rbarnard@mtu.edu
Administration Building G29D

About Becky

  • She assists in project management and web marketing and social media strategy.
  • She represents several areas within the administration side of the university regarding content management system (CMS) services, including the Graduate School, Career Services, and the Great Lakes Research Center.
  • She enjoys hiking, kayaking, cross-country skiing, and biking around the Keweenaw, and lounging with a book on her couch.
Megan Ross

Megan Ross

Digital Services Maintenance Specialist

906-487-2840
mrross@mtu.edu
Administration Building G29

About Megan

  • She is a Michigan Tech alum from Houghton.
  • She creates documentation and provides training for the content management system (CMS), blog system, and events calendar.
  • She manages help requests and oversees the student team.
  • She enjoys reading, camping, and spending time with her family.
Heather Dunne

Heather Dunne

Digital Services Specialist I

906-487-2185
hrdunne@mtu.edu
Administration Building G29B

About Heather

  • Represents the College of Sciences and Arts (CSA) regarding content management system (CMS) services.
  • She assists with webpage development, maintaining news blogs and event calendars, and CMS training for CSA departmental liaisons.
  • She enjoys quilting, knitting, gaming, hiking, movies, reading, and spending time with her pets.

Social Media

Shannon Rinkinen
"So have your wits about you and dig in."
—Ethel Kennedy

Shannon Rinkinen

Brand Manager

906-487-3162
smrinkin@mtu.edu
Administration Building G16

About Shannon

  • Infuses on-brand tone and messaging for external communications.
  • Manages social media content strategy using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.
  • Writes and edits high-impact marketing and communications pieces.
Jaclyn Johnson's mug

Jackie Johnson

Art Director

906-487-3527
jabjohns@mtu.edu
Administration Building G23B
Scott Balyo
"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that's given to us."
—J.R.R.Tolkien

Scott Balyo

Editorial Director

906-487-3510
sabalyo@mtu.edu
Administration Building G20

About Scott

  • Originally from Mackinaw City. Relocated to Houghton from Cody, Wyoming where he served as the chamber of commerce director.
  • Professional experience includes owning his own small-town newspaper along with public relations and marketing roles in tourism, healthcare and economic development.
  • Degree in mass communication from Taylor University (Indiana) and a master's in communication and leadership studies from Gonzaga University.
  • Interests include downhill skiing, hiking, traveling and spending time with his wife and four boys.
Cyndi Perkins

Cyndi Perkins

Web Writer

906-487-3181
cmperkin@mtu.edu
Administration Building G29

About Cyndi

  • The former Daily Mining Gazette journalist and editor hails from Houghton and has written for a variety of international, national and regional publications.
  • She co-creates, writes and edits content for the University’s myriad forms of new media, including websites, blogs and other outreach across departments, for new and existing members of the Michigan Tech community.
  • She is a sailor who enjoys Yoga, social media, gardening, and anything near the water. The debut novelist looks forward to writing more books.
Becky Barnard

Becky Barnard

Digital Services Specialist II

906-487-3073
rbarnard@mtu.edu
Administration Building G29D

About Becky

  • She assists in project management and web marketing and social media strategy.
  • She represents several areas within the administration side of the university regarding content management system (CMS) services, including the Graduate School, Career Services, and the Great Lakes Research Center.
  • She enjoys hiking, kayaking, cross-country skiing, and biking around the Keweenaw, and lounging with a book on her couch.
Ben Jaszczak

Ben Jaszczak

Multimedia Specialist

906-487-2354
bjjaszcz@mtu.edu
Administration Building G06C

Photography and Video

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Jackie Johnson

Art Director

906-487-3527
jabjohns@mtu.edu
Administration Building G23B
Sarah Bird

Sarah Bird

Photographer

906-487-2330
photoservices-l@mtu.edu
Administration Building G14
Ben Jaszczak

Ben Jaszczak

Multimedia Specialist

906-487-2354
bjjaszcz@mtu.edu
Administration Building G06C

News and Media Relations

Jennifer Donovan

Jennifer Donovan

Director of News and Media Relations

906-487-4521
Cell: 906-281-7530
jbdonova@mtu.edu
Administration Building G07A

Her Beats

  • Administration/Executive Team/Board of Trustees
  • Policy and Funding Issues
  • Research Centers and Institutes
  • International Programs & Services
  • Graduate School

About Jenn

  • Her specialties include working with local, regional, national and special-interest news media.
  • She is skilled at finding and developing University news and research stories and interesting the news media in covering them.
  • She maintains the University Experts Guide.
  • She is a former newspaper reporter and magazine writer.
  • She enjoys reading detective stories and science fiction novels.
Mark Wilcox

Mark Wilcox

News Writer

906-487-3497
Cell: 906-370-0505
mlwilcox@mtu.edu
Administration Building G15

His Beats

  • VPA, Humanities, Cognitive & Learning Sciences, Social Sciences
  • CDI/Diversity
  • K-12/Youth Programs
  • Student Activities/Student Affairs/Financial Aid/Advancement
  • ROTC
Allison Mills

Allison Mills

Science and Technology Writer

906-487-2343
Cell: 906-231-4271
awmills@mtu.edu
Administration Building G22

Her Beats

  • Sciences, Engineering and Technology
  • School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science

About Allison

  • She focuses on writing new stories about Michigan Tech research -- everything from robotic prostheses to mesocosms to the physics of raindrops.
  • A University of Montana graduate, she earned a master's degree in environmental science and natural resource journalism, which built on her bachelor's in geoscience from Northland College.
  • She also teaches dance through the Student Development Complex's community programs.
  • She's a radio geek.

Print Services

Rodney Thompson

Rodney Thompson

Manager of Print and Mail Services

906-487-2347
rdthomps@mtu.edu
Administration Building G30
Arlene Collins

Arlene Collins

Print Production Specialist

acollins@mtu.edu
Administration Building G23A

About Arlene

  • She has worked for University Marketing and Communications for over 25 years.
  • She prepares publications for the printer and coordinates specialized variable data mailings in conjunction with Mail Services.
Mark Kastamo

Mark Kastamo

Print Specialist

906-487-2347
mskastam@mtu.edu
Administration Building G30
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Mark Kiilunen

Print Production Specialist I

906-487-2347
mwkiilun@mtu.edu
Administration Building G30

Mail Services

Rodney Thompson

Rodney Thompson

Manager of Print and Mail Services

906-487-2347
rdthomps@mtu.edu
Administration Building G30
John LeMay

John LeMay

Mail Services Specialist

906-487-2348
jdlemay@mtu.edu
Administration Building G30
Jesse Garrow

Jesse Garrow

Mail Services Specialist

906-487-2348
jegarrow@mtu.edu
Administration Building G30
Sandra Houle

Sandra Houle

Mail Services Specialist

906-487-2348
smhoule@mtu.edu
Administration Building G30