Alphabetized Staff Listing

Sarah Bird

Sarah Bird

Photographer

Arlene Collins

Arlene Collins

Print Production Specialist

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.
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

  • Research Centers & Institutes (other than KRC)
  • School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science
  • Executive Team/Board of Control
  • International Programs

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.
Quentin Franke's Staff Photo

Quentin Franke

Digital Services Specialist

About Quentin

  • He is the latest addition to the web group.
  • He works with the CMS and various web duties.
  • He enjoys snowboarding, mountain biking, and golf.
Jesse Garrow

Jesse Garrow

Mail Services Specialist

906-487-2348
jegarrow@mtu.edu
Administration Building G30
Sue Hill

Sue Hill

Digital Services Specialist

About Sue

  • She is a Michigan Tech alum, a local, and a long time former staff member with many departments.
  • She represents the College of Sciences and Arts regarding content management system (CMS) services.
  • She works with web liaisons within the college to maintain the websites for departments and programs.
  • She enjoys gardening, waterfalls, agate picking, and Lake Superior.
Kevin Hodur

Kevin Hodur

Content Specialist

906-487-3509
kwhodur@mtu.edu
Administration Building G21
Alex Hughes

Alexander Hughes

Digital Developer/Web Programmer

906-487-2431
ajhughes@mtu.edu
Alumni House 302

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.
Jaclyn Johnson's mug

Jackie Johnson

Design Specialist

906-487-3507
jabjohns@mtu.edu

About Jackie

  • She is experienced in collateral design ranging from brochures, postcards, and posters to identity, logo design, and merchandise.
Karina Jousma

Karina Jousma

Content Specialist

906-487-1936
kahautam@mtu.edu
Alumni House, 2nd Floor

Her Beats

  • Enrollment/Admissions
  • Housing & Residential Life

About Karina

  • She develops, organizes, and structures copy for the Michigan Tech website in conjunction with University clients.
  • She is skilled in all phases of writing and editing, from concept development to copyediting.
  • She serves as the gatekeeper for style and grammar on the Michigan Tech website.
  • She is a Michigan Tech alumna from the Western Upper Peninsula.
Mark Kastamo

Mark Kastamo

Print Specialist

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

John LeMay

Mail Services Specialist

906-487-2348
jdlemay@mtu.edu
Administration Building G31
Mechelle Normand

Mechelle Normand

Administrative Aide

906-487-2360
mnormand@mtu.edu
Administration Building G13
Dawn Pichette staff photo

Dawn M. Pichette

Administrative Aide

906-487-2354
dmpichet@mtu.edu
Administration Building G13
Justin Plichta

Justin Plichta

Videographer

Links of Interest

About Justin

  • He is responsible for all UMC-produced videos, DVDs, and web-based media clips.
  • He enjoys the other artistic aspects of his job as well, including writing and musical arrangement.
  • When he’s not at work, Justin loves to trek out and explore the natural world.
Ian Repp

Ian Repp

Director, University Marketing and Communications

906-487-2354
irepp@mtu.edu
Administration Building G18
Ron Rivest

Ron Rivest

Mail Specialist II

906-487-2348
rcrivest@mtu.edu
Administration Building G31
Clare Rosen

Clare Rosen

Senior Design Specialist

About Clare

  • She is experienced in publication/print collateral design and brand identity.
  • She is responsible for the layout and design of the Michigan Tech Magazine and Research magazine.
Scott Shannon

Scott Shannon

Digital Developer

906-487-2840
smshanno@mtu.edu
Alumni House 302

About Scott

  • He is a Michigan Tech Alumnus.
  • His background in computer science enhances his web development skills and abilities in web design.
  • He is a technical lead for the University’s content management system.
  • He creates and maintains University web pages, styles, scripts, and specialty websites.
  • He examines web technologies in order to enhance user online experiences using the latest web standards.
Kara Sokol

Kara Sokol

Senior Strategist—Content

906-487-3497
kwsokol@mtu.edu
Administration Building G16

About Kara

  • She is the lead writer and project manager for Admissions, the Center for Pre-College Outreach, and Student Affairs.
  • Her favorite part of her job is getting to work with students; she advises the Michigan Tech Lode and works closely with Keweenaw Pride.
  • She adores fresh, snappy nonfiction and spends her spare time writing and trolling the web for cool books and blogs.
  • She believes that the world would be a better place if everyone embraced the serial comma.
Gail Sweeting
"Simple design, intense content."
—Edward R. Tufte

Gail Sweeting

Digital Content Manager

906-487-3506
gasweeti@mtu.edu
Alumni House 205

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.
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.
Rodney Thompson

Rodney Thompson

Manager of Print and Mail Services

906-487-2347
rdthomps@mtu.edu
Administration Building G30
Brandy Tichonoff

Brandy Tichonoff

Senior Strategist—Design and Digital Services

906-487-3527
btichonoff@mtu.edu
Administration Building G15

About Brandy

  • She has over a decade of design experience.
  • Her multimedia designs have won numerous industry awards and been published in Communication Arts and HOW Design.
  • Her specialty is enterprise-scale website design.
  • She is an incurable video game junkie.
Crystal Verran

Crystal Verran

Senior Strategist—Operations

906-487-3526
ceverran@mtu.edu
Administration Building G06A

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).
Joel C. Vertin
"Just Go with It!"

Joel C. Vertin

Project Manager/Web Marketing Specialist

About Joel

  • Schedules new web projects for the University.
  • Assists in web marketing strategy and project management.
  • Has experience with CMS project management, search engine optimization, web analytics, social media, customer support, and user training.
  • Is a Michigan Tech alumnus from Laurium.
  • Favorite sports include golf, basketball, and softball. Enjoys attending Michigan Tech sports events.
Dennis Walikainen

Dennis Walikainen

Senior Content Specialist

906-487-3510
Cell: 906-281-7625
dkwalika@mtu.edu
Administration Building G20

His Beats

  • Graduate School
  • Geological & Mining Engineering & Sciences
  • School of Business and Economics/Entrepreneurship
  • School of Technology
  • Alumni
  • Athletics liaison

About Dennis

  • He maintains the University’s written history and keeps the Editorial Guide up to date.
  • Online, Dennis writes the TechAlum newsletter.
  • He manages the "hometowners": student news releases and tracks Michigan Tech's appearances in various publications.
  • He contributes news stories to Tech Today, the news site, and the news media.
  • Off campus he enjoys golf, running, and guts Frisbee.