Alphabetized Staff Listing

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.
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

  • 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.
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

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

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

Creative Writer

906-487-3509
kwhodur@mtu.edu
Administration Building G14
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.
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
Allison Mills

Allison Mills

Science and Technology Writer

(906) 487-2343
Cell: (903) 231-4271
awmills@mtu.edu
Administration Building G21

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.
Mechelle Normand

Mechelle Normand

Administrative Aide

906-487-2360
mnormand@mtu.edu
Administration Building G13
Cyndi Perkins

Cyndi Perkins

Web Writer

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.
Dawn Pichette staff photo

Dawn M. Pichette

Administrative Aide

906-487-2354
dmpichet@mtu.edu
Administration Building G13
Ian Repp

Ian Repp

Director, University Marketing and Communications

906-487-2354
irepp@mtu.edu
Administration Building G18
Shannon Rinkinen
"So have your wits about you and dig in."
—Ethel Kennedy

Shannon Rinkinen

Marketing Writer

906-487-3162
smrinkin@mtu.edu
Administration Building G06A

About Shannon

  • Need a powerful headline? Snappy social media post? Shannon is your go-to.
  • She loves to talk marketing strategy—how can your content stand out?
  • When she's not crafting words, she's slinging weights and coaching CrossFit.
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
Administration Building G29

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.
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.
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
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

Digital Services Manager

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.
Mark Wilcox

Mark Wilcox

News Writer

His Beats

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