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Jamie Born

Corporate Communication
Jamie Born is an award-winning public relations leader, proven communications strategist, and creative integrated marketing expert with 30 years of experience. Jamie is considered an expert at enhancing brands with unique marketing strategies and experiential events. She has led assignments with major corporations across numerous industries and has done everything from managing reputations and engaging stockholders to increasing corporate visibility and revenue. You can find Born front and center running...
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Ron Iori

Corporate Communication
With experience in newspapers, senior Public Relations roles and education, Ron Iori brings a different perspective to teaching in the Masters in Corporate Communication program. He led teams of communicators at Ford, H&R Block, Kaplan and Chicago Public Schools. Iori now operates his own consultancy, specializing in financial communications, crisis management and media training. Iori began his career in newspapers, including the Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times, and...
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Richard Khleif

Senior Instructor • MJour '99, PhD MediaSt '07
Corporate Communication
As a proud CU SJMC (pre-CMCI) graduate, with a masters in Integrated Marketing Communication and a doctorate in Communication, Dr. Khleif is uniquely qualified to teach in the Masters in Corporate Communication program. He brings nearly 30 years of public and private sector experience spanning global leadership roles in marketing, communication, strategy, learning & development, sales, services, and operations. Khleif speaks domestically and internationally about communications topics; has designed and...
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Matt Kroll

Corporate Communication
Matt Kroll has almost 20 years of award-winning communication experience as a senior Public Affairs Officer in the U.S. Coast Guard working with federal, state and local government agencies on a variety of public policies and national-level emergency responses. He led federal communications teams as the Public Affairs Officer for the Pacific Southwest region (California, Arizona, Nevada & Utah) in the San Francisco Bay Area where he specialized in public...
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Kelly Ladyga

Senior Instructor • Jour ’99
Corporate Communication
With over 35 years of professional public relations experience, Kelly Ladyga – a 1996 CU Boulder journalism alumna – brings diverse strategic communication perspectives to the Masters in Corporate Communication program. She began her career as Director of Public Relations for the Colorado Wildlife Federation and then moved on to similar roles for the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Colorado Ski Country USA, and the Colorado Tourism Authority. Most...
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Alexandra Mayhew

Corporate Communication
Alexandra Mayhew is an accomplished communications professional with a rich history of collaborating with organizations to elevate their communication efforts. Her commitment to knowledge-sharing led her to teach at the University of Colorado. She is a dynamic and respected instructor who fosters a transformative learning environment for her students. Throughout her career, Alexandra has held diverse leadership roles, including as the Executive Director of IPREX, overseeing a network of 63...
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Alexandra M. Merceron

Corporate Communication
Alexandra M. Merceron is a communications professional and educator with more than 20 years of experience. She specializes in helping organizations meaningfully engage audiences across communication channels in today’s rapidly changing digital media landscape. Currently, she is the Executive Vice President, Communication Science & Insights at RUBENSTEIN, the renowned strategic communications and reputation management firm, where she leads a variety of research, messaging, measurement, and training initiatives. Before joining RUBENSTEIN,...
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Janis T. Page

Instructor • PhD
Corporate Communication
Dr. Page worked for 20 years in corporate communication management before earning a master’s in teaching and a doctorate in mass communication from Missouri School of Journalism. She began her career in integrated marketing communications for various national and regional media companies in the shelter and lifestyle fields, and then segued into her own PR consultancy serving clients in the health services, telecommunications, events management and home décor industries. Dr...
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Bob “Pritch” Pritchard

Instructor • APR, Fellow PRSA, Captain, U.S. Navy (Retired)
Corporate Communication
A retired member of the public relations faculty in the Gaylord College at the University of Oklahoma, “Pritch” has nearly 25 years of experience as a public affairs officer in the U.S. Navy and more than 20 years as a public relations educator. His teaching and research expertise includes student leadership development, student-run firms, strategic public relations planning, crisis communications and media relations. He served as the faculty adviser for...
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Burton St. John III

Director, Corporate Communication Program
Corporate Communication
Dr. Burton St. John III researches public relations and the management of risk and crisis. He is the author of the 2017 book Public Relations and the Corporate Persona: The Rise of the Affinitive Organization (Routledge), a finalist for AEJMC's 2018 Tankard Book Award. He is also co-author of the 2017 book Crisis Communication and Crisis Management: An Ethical Approach (Sage). He is lead editor of the 2018 volume Cases...
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Meredith (Mirrington) Zikria

Senior Instructor • BAJour '01
Corporate Communication
Meredith (Mirrington) Zikria is a Senior Instructor for the M.A. Corporate Communications program at the University of Colorado (CU) College of Media, Communications, and Information (CMCI). She is a proud graduate (BA JOUR '01) of the CU School of Journalism and Mass Communications (pre-CMCI) where she served as the school’s student president and was selected as the 2001 Outstanding Senior. For the past two decades, Meredith has led high-impact, multi-platform...


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Jordan Maness

Career Advising Specialist and Certified Life Coach
Corporate Communication • Organizational Leadership
Jordan Maness is the Career Advising Specialist for the Division of Continuing Education at CU Boulder. He is a seasoned career services professional with over 15 years of experience coaching and lecturing at UCLA, Santa Monica College, and Mount Saint Mary’s University. He is a Certified Life Coach as well as a certified Breathwork and Myers-Briggs facilitator. The focal point of his work is to inspire clients to live authentically...
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Alex Parsons

Admissions Specialist • Program Operations Specialist
Corporate Communication
Alex helps students navigate the Master of Arts in Corporate Communication program by providing administrative assistance, connecting them with resources, support, and addressing general questions and concerns. Additionally, Alex manages the facilitation of Winter Session, which offers accelerated online courses over a 3-week period that occurs during winter break. In a broader sense, she also collaborates with staff and faculty partners across the university system to build frameworks to support...

Advisory Board - Academic

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Dawn Doty

Corporate Communication
Dawn Doty joined CMCI as a full-time public relations instructor in 2016. She also serves as the adviser to the Public Relations Student Society of America. She was recognized with the PRSA's Outstanding Educator of the Year Award in 2021. Before joining CU Boulder, she worked as partner and vice president at Denver-based Linhart Public Relations where she earned a reputation as an energizing, creative and no-nonsense leader who cares...
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Jolene Fisher

Corporate Communication
Dr. Jolene Fisher is an assistant professor in the Department of Advertising, Public Relations and Media Design at CU Boulder. She teaches a variety of undergraduate courses within the public relations track, as well as core and elective courses within the department's doctoral program. Dr. Fisher's research analyzes the use of digital games as strategic communication tools, and the impact of organizational transparency on stakeholder trust, and has been published...

Advisory Board - Professional

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Joanne Bischmann

Comm ’99
Corporate Communication
Joanne Bischmann is the founder and owner of MOB Communications, a strategic organizational and communications consultancy. Prior to starting her consultancy, she worked for Harley-Davidson, retiring after a 29-year career, in February 2019. She most recently served Harley-Davidson as Vice President, Chief Communications Officer. She was responsible for shaping stakeholder perceptions and creating advocacy for the company through targeted communication of the Harley-Davidson story. This included all external corporate communications...
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Jay DeFrank

MComm ’98
Corporate Communication
Dr. Jay DeFrank is a consultant to leading global aerospace companies and international government agencies. His career in global communications and government relations leadership in industry, government, and academia spans four decades. Most recently, he served as Vice President of Communications and Government Relations, at Pratt & Whitney, a subsidiary of a Fortune 50 corporation, from 2008-2016. There he was responsible for the company’s worldwide internal and external communications, including...
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Drew Krejci

Advert '99
Corporate Communication
Drew Krejci is Vice President Communications at Optum, UnitedHealth Group’s information and technology-enabled health services business, and Head of Communications for Optum Rx, the pharmacy care services business of Optum, and works across the enterprise to develop and execute communications strategies, provide communications counsel to business leaders and work across the enterprise to build, protect and monetize Optum’s reputation with internal and external stakeholders. Krejci has more than 20 years...
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Stephanie Marchesi

Advert '85
Corporate Communication
Stephanie Marchesi is President of WE Global Health and President of the NA Eastern Region of WE Communications – a global integrated communications firm. As the global sector leader, Stephanie is an expert in the intersection of health and technology, and has built the most progressive communications team in the industry designed to help clients navigate the tech-fueled transformation of the healthcare industry. As the regional president, Stephanie has oversight...
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Tom Stilwell

Jour ’98
Corporate Communication
Tom Stilwell is vice president, corporate marketing and communications, at cybersecurity leader Illumio where he has served since February 2021. He previously led global communications at Zscaler (NASDAQ: ZS) and Splunk (NASDAQ: SPLK). Before his technology career, Stilwell was a journalist for a dozen years who served in various broadcast news producer roles across the Colorado Springs, Portland (OR), and San Francisco/San Jose/Oakland markets.
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Kate Whiteley

Jour '98
Corporate Communication
Kate Whiteley is Vice President of Corporate Communications and Production for Caesars Entertainment where she leads communication, media relations, and film and television production efforts across the company’s more than 50 resorts and casinos. She oversees the company’s Corporate Communications and Public Relations teams spearheading corporate messaging and communications strategy. She also leads the Production and Talent Relations team and Caesars Entertainment Studios, a 45,000 square-foot soundstage off the Las...
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Jennifer Wills

Advert ’02
Corporate Communication
Jennifer Wills serves as Vice President of Communications and Chief of Staff for Centura Health, a $4.2 billion multi-state health system, with one especially important vision: to provide whole person care to every community, every neighborhood, every life. Wills oversees communications, public relations, and media relations for the system. She joined Centura in 2013 and, prior to her current role, she led communication plans and programs for the Office of...