University of Pittsburgh

Staff

Director of Communications Services

Bill joined Pitt in 1989 as director of special projects. Before that, he worked at Creamer Dickson Basford and Ketchum Inc. He began his career with the March of Dimes Foundation in 1981. 412-624-4209 • wky@pitt.edu

Associate Director of Communications Services

Jolie oversees many of the high-profile print projects done by Communications Services, as well as the communications needs of several key schools and departments. She also manages the day-to-day work of other communications managers and proofreaders. 412-648-0261jolie@pitt.edu

Maria joined Communications Services in March 2015 as a communications representative/proofreader. She was previously the communications specialist and recycling coordinator for the Town of McCandless. 412-624-4251 • costanza@pitt.edu

A Communications Services staff member since 2002, Jane does double duty as a communications manager and an art director. She brings expertise gained from working at a number of agencies and in-house communications departments. She has extensive knowledge of the design and writing aspects of marketing communications projects. 412-624-0844 • jad9@pitt.edu

Before joining Communications Services as a communications manager in March 2013, Ellie was the field communications manager for a mall management company in St. Louis. Prior to that, she was admissions coordinator for Hodges University in Naples, Fla., where she had earlier been a reporting intern for the Naples Daily News. 412-624-4360 • egraves@pitt.edu

Since coming to Pitt in 2005, Stacey has worked with schools and departments to develop print materials, including the Office of Institutional Advancement’s award-winning magazine, World of Giving. Prior to joining Communications Services, she was a public information officer at the Community College of Allegheny County and a reporter at the Beaver County Times. 412-624-2235 • slh55@pitt.edu

Marygrace has more than two decades of communications experience that includes copywriting, public relations work, event planning, and fundraising. Before joining Communications Services, she was a communications manager at HealthAmerica and a senior account executive at Desbrow & Associates. 412-624-4359 • reder@pitt.edu

Sarah knows when to use a comma (here, for example) and when to use a semicolon; a proofreader for Communications Services since 2005, she is an expert on grammar and Pitt writing style. Before coming to Pitt, Sarah was an elementary school teacher. 412-624-6640 • sdj10@pitt.edu

Prior to joining Communications Services as an art director in 2010, Ali managed several in-house design departments for corporate businesses in Pittsburgh and New York. She has had creative oversight of the strategies, development, and marketing of nationwide brand distribution, including packaging design, e-commerce support, advertising, exhibit signage, and catalog production. 412-624-4368 • butlera@pitt.edu

Don, interim executive creative director, came to Communications Services as an art director and later was promoted to senior art director. Before coming to Pitt in 1996, Don ran his own graphic design business, where he did work for MetLife, H.J. Heinz Co., and many other companies and agencies. Before branching out on his own, Don was creative director for the W.M. Bradford Co., a Pittsburgh-based design agency. 412-624-4355 • dgh2@pitt.edu

Prior to joining Communications Services, Art Director Rainey Dermond was a project manager at Irene Pasinski Associates, designing products, packaging, signage, exhibits and a wide variety of print projects. Rainey’s expertise is in both graphic and industrial design. 412-624-4149 • dermond@pitt.edu

As production manager, Chuck is responsible for the print production of Communications Services projects as well as Pitt Magazine and Pitt Med magazine. Prior to joining the University in 1993, Chuck worked for several agencies in Pittsburgh, including Ketchum Advertising and Brunner, producing projects for clients such as Respironics and Duquesne Light. 412-624-4146 • ctd1@pitt.edu

Jane serves as both an art director and a communications manager. Before coming to Pitt, she worked as a graphic designer, art director, and communications manager for Desbrow & Associates, Forbes Health System, and G. Heileman Brewing Co., among other agencies and in-house communications departments. 412-624-0844 • jad9@pitt.edu

Karen came to Pitt in 1998 and now works as an art director and the principal designer for Communications Services advertising projects. She also manages vendor relations. Prior to coming to the University, Karen freelanced for a number of agencies, such as Brunner, Quest Fore/Witalis Burke, and Horizon Marketing Communications, working on a variety of print projects. 412-624-8889 • kgibbs@pitt.edu

Before joining Communications Services' design group as an art director, Amy owned and operated a freelance design firm. She also brings design experience from her work with industry and a nonprofit organization. 412-624-4375 • abp6@pitt.edu

Production Art Manager Chris Markle previously was the advertising production manager for the north division of Trib Total Media. Prior to that, he was the design and production manager for Canada-based Gilmore Global and Nortel Networks, Chris has more than 16 years of experience in print media design and print production management. 412-624-1088 • markle@pitt.edu

Director of Web Communications

John is the founding director of the Communications Services Web team. Since coming to Pitt in 1995, he has overseen the creation of hundreds of Web sites, as well as many site upgrades, for University units. John oversaw the development of Pitt’s current institutional site (www.pitt.edu). 412-624-4010 • jcooper@pitt.edu

Content Specialist

Jennifer joined Communications Services in 1997. Before becoming a content specialist on the Web team, she worked in the department as a print designer and editor, customer service representative, print job estimator, and special projects and billing staffer. 412-624-0852jrossi2@pitt.edu

Senior Interactive Art Director

A founding member of the Web team, Chris joined the University as a senior graphic designer in 2000. Before that, he was a designer for Pittsburgh-based Allerton Marketing Communications, Inc. and Fox 53 TV as well as for Thomas Vroman Associates of Gaines, Pa. 412-624-4150wjones@pitt.edu

Developer

After working as a front-end developer at a digital marketing agency in Orlando, Fla., Shaun was a freelance Web designer and developer for a variety of clients before joining Communications Services in 2016. 412-624-6342 • shaun@pitt.edu

Developer

Prior to joining Communications Services, Daniel built Web sites for nonprofit organizations at Design Action. Before that, he worked as a designer and developer with a focus on nonprofit and/or educational clients. 412-624-0808owensd@pitt.edu

Digital Communications Specialist

Before joining Communications Services in 2016, Kristen was an administrative assistant at a local community and recreation center. 412-624-2207k.penkrot@pitt.edu

Senior Content Editor

Bruce previously was editor of the Pitt Chronicle and the University of Pittsburgh Research Review; Pitt’s senior news representative for science and technology; and assistant editor of the University Times. His freelance work has appeared in Pittsburgh Magazine, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and The Rocky Mountain News, among other publications. 412-624-2096brsteele@pitt.edu

Producer

Before joining Communications Services, Dru was the social media manager and content editor at Innovation Excellence. Before that, she was a project management consultant for numerous companies. 412-624-5021drs105@pitt.edu

Developer

Lincoln previously was the Web developer and photographer for the psychiatry department at Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich. Before joining Communications Services, he designed and hosted Web sites for individuals and small businesses. 412-624-6342lward@pitt.edu

Production Art Manager Chris Markle previously was the advertising production manager for the north division of Trib Total Media. Prior to that, he was the design and production manager for Canada-based Gilmore Global and Nortel Networks, Chris has more than 16 years of experience in print media design and print production management. 412-624-1088 • markle@pitt.edu

Director of Communications Services

Bill joined Pitt in 1989 as director of special projects. Before that, he worked at Creamer Dickson Basford and Ketchum Inc. He began his career with the March of Dimes Foundation in 1981. 412-624-4209 • wky@pitt.edu

Administrative Specialist

Michelle has been Communications Services' administrative specialist since 2006. Before that, she gained customer service experience as a supervisor for PNC Bank. 412-624-0409 • denson@pitt.edu

Systems Administrator

Andy is responsible for Communications Services systems, database, and network administration as well as researching developing technologies. He has worked in information technology since the mid-1990s and has provided support for the print and interactive publishing industry since 1999. He previously worked for InPittsburgh Weekly and for Ripple Effects Interactive. 412-624-8588 • asm27@pitt.edu