Websites Team

Joel Vertin
"Just Go with It!"

Joel C. Vertin

  • Executive Director of Digital Marketing, University Marketing and Communications

Superpowers

Digital Advertising
Digital Analytics
Dashboard Reporting
Conversion Optimization
Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

About Joel

  • Leading a digital marketing revolution at Michigan Tech
  • Manages digital advertising and web teams
  • Serves on the HighEdWeb Association Leadership Academy
  • Presenter at HighEdWeb and Higher Ed Experts conferences
  • Winner of the 2019 HighEdWeb Red Stapler for Best in Conference
  • Is a Michigan Tech alumnus (BS '09, MBA '13) from Calumet, MI
  • Enjoys golfing, running, softball, nordic skiing, and being a Dad
Bruce Brotherton
"Take it easy, but take it."
—Woody Guthrie

Bruce Brotherton

  • Web Developer/Programmer, University Marketing and Communications

Superpowers

HTML
CSS
JavaScript
Responsive Design

About Bruce

  • He is from Hancock.
  • He is responsible for HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and Accessibility implementation on the University's content management system.
  • In his free time he reads and plays video games.
  • Ask him about the nuances in animated films.
Alexander Hughes

Alexander Hughes

  • Web Applications Development Manager, University Marketing and Communications

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 is an avid golfer, enjoys curling, watches many many movies, and would like to visit Finland someday.
Heather Powers

Heather Powers

  • Digital Content Manager, University Marketing and Communications

Superpowers

 
Web Project Management
 
Web Design/Content Strategy
 
Digital Analytics
 
Web Accessibility

About Heather

  • Knowledgeable in web/content strategy, marketing, digital analytics, document accessibility, and web design.
  • Provides content management services, project coordination, marketing expertise, and support to digital projects.
  • She enjoys quilting, knitting, gaming, hiking, traveling, movies, reading, and spending time with her pets.
Megan Ross

Megan Ross

  • Digital Support Manager, University Marketing and Communications

Superpowers

Omni CMS
Events Calendar
Training and Documentation
Customer Support
Studio Coordination

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.
  • She enjoys reading, camping, and spending time with her family.
Will Schuett
"Yeah, I can make that work"

Will Schuett

  • Digital Project Manager, University Marketing and Communications

Superpowers

 
Web Project Management
 
Web Design/Content Strategy

Specialties

  • Provides advice and assistance to Michigan Tech's Undergraduate Admissions webpages.
  • Creates, updates, and recommends revisions for several general web pages on mtu.edu.
  • He enjoys thinking through situations and trying to figure how things work. If a situation needs resolving, he's happy to use all his life experiences to recommend a practical and proper solution.
Jessie Tobias

Jessie Tobias

  • Copy Editor

About Jessie

  • She has been a word nerd all her life.
  • She has copy edited for a family of county newspapers in the Lower Peninsula, and has proofread for a major outdoor recreation retailer.
  • She is a native Michigander and has lived in Western Nebraska and Colorado.
  • She enjoys being outside, petting her dogs, and hiking with her family. 
Desiree Valle

Desiree Valle

  • Web Developer: Accessibility, University Marketing and Communications

Superpowers

 
HTML
 
Javascript
 
Web Accessibility
 
Debugging

About Desiree

  • She is from California and learning to add "eh?" to the end of sentences.
  • She is responsible for identifying and resolving Accessibility issues in the University's content management system.
  • She enjoys finding solutions to Accessibility and Usability issues to make websites more inclusive and usable by everyone.
  • She can be found reading, crafting, cooking, or playing with her nieces and nephews whenever she gets the chance. 
Austin Walhof
"The best way I've found to have a positive impact on code is to write it!"
—Bob Martin

Austin Walhof

  • Web Programmer, University Marketing and Communications

About Austin

  • He is a Michigan Tech alumni from Central Wisconsin.
  • He is responsible for writing and maintaining web applications and pages that are consistent with Michigan Tech’s brand.
  • In his free time, he can be found tinkering with code, gaming, reading, and watching hockey.