About University Communications

We advance the mission of the university, as well as its reputation and identity as a leading academic and research institution.

Through strategic communications planning, media relations, branding, marketing, executive communications and a wide range of digital media, we tell the stories of the university and its people.

Leanna Clark

Vice Chancellor of University Communications
Office: 303-315-7734

Leanna ClarkLeanna oversees a talented team of marketing and communications pros. She builds visibility for the university by helping to set strategy for and supporting her team in marketing, media relations, social media, internal communications and outreach to the community.  

Leanna is a Colorado native who grew up in Littleton and earned a journalism degree from CU Boulder. She worked in Denver radio right out of college, then did a stint as a television reporter/anchor and producer in Nebraska before moving into marketing and PR via the nonprofit arts. From there, she fell in love with the agency business, working at several marketing communications agencies before owning her own firm, the largest PR agency in the Rocky Mountain region. Outside of work, she loves to travel, spend time with her kids and dogs, catch summertime outdoor concerts and stay on top of the hottest new restaurants in Denver's awesome dining scene.

Karen Klimczak

Assistant Vice Chancellor, Marketing and Brand Strategy
Office: 303-315-2153

Karen KlimczakKaren directs university marketing and brand development. She oversees implementation of initiatives, including strategy, branding, advertising, digital media, web strategy and content, and creative services.

After spending her formative years in Atlanta, Karen headed west and has called each of the Four Corners states home. She enjoys modern art and design, dystopian and sci-fi novels, snow sports and coastal destinations. Some of her favorite moments include boating on Marigot Bay, seeing the Pixies reunite at Coachella, hiking the Milford Track and visiting many of London’s finest pubs (and some that weren’t quite so fine).

Karen earned a BS from Georgia Institute of Technology and an MBA from Arizona State University.


Taylor Broderick

Marketing Specialist
Office: 303-315-5816

TyalorBroderickTaylor supports the implementation of university marketing initiatives and communication strategies, projects and events. In addition to wrangling timelines, projects and deliverables, Taylor provides marketing support to CU Denver CityCenter. 

Originally from Seattle, Taylor traded in her rain boots for sunshine in 2006 and has been calling Denver home ever since. She received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Colorado State University and worked in both agency and in-house settings.

In her spare time, Taylor loves reading a good book, traveling to new places and exploring Denver’s culinary scene. 

John Brown

Manager, Executive Communications
Office: 303-315-2020

JohnBrownJohn provides communications consulting, planning and support to the university chancellor and other senior leadership. An experienced messaging strategist, he works to tell the university story across multiple platforms, spoken and written.

After earning a journalism degree from The University of Arizona, John started his career covering Jefferson County Courts for Evergreen Newspapers. He has served in public relations and marketing roles for Rio Tinto, UNS Energy Corp, CenturyLink, KB Homes and The University of Arizona Foundation.

John returned to Denver in 2012 with his wife and two teenage daughters. Outside of work, John enjoys hiking, biking, rock climbing and even some Zen time doing yoga (no goats please). 

Aletheir (Ali) Hanson

Social Media Specialist
Office: 303-315-0134

AAli Hansenli manages the day-to-day oversight of the official university social media properties. She focuses on telling the university's story through creative means, using digital media and online platforms.

She is an Iowa native who received her bachelor’s degrees in journalism and apparel merchandising from Iowa State University, with a semester at the University of the Arts London College of Fashion. She previously spent time at Meredith Media Corporation and two public relations firms. In her spare time, she can be found taking advantage of the beautiful outdoors or exploring the lively city.

Cheryl Jackson

Executive Assistant
Office: 303-315-2157

Cheryl JacksonCheryl is assistant to Leanna Clark, Vice Chancellor of Communications, as well as the point of contact for all office administrative and budget processes.

She grew up in Kansas but has lived in various cities, including San Francisco, Tulsa and Nashville. She’s worked at five universities in her career.

Cheryl loves history, vintage architecture, literature, movies and anything to do with planes, aerospace and the golden-era of NASA. She believes chocolate should top the food pyramid.


Debra (Deb) Melani

Web Content Writer
Office: 303-315-5805

DebMelani3_webDeb produces content for the CU Denver Today story hub, telling stories of exceptional faculty work and research, inspirational student journeys and high-impact community projects. An eagle-eyed editor, Deb oversees editorial style for the university.

Raised in Fort Collins, Colo., Deb earned a journalism degree from CU Boulder and found her calling in feature writing while working her way up the newspaper ladder to Denver. After reaching that final rung (the now-defunct Rocky Mountain News), she left the daily newspaper world to engage in a wide array of freelancing before circling back to CU in the City.

Things she enjoys beyond storytelling: camping in Colorado’s backcountry, reading a good mystery and enjoying Denver’s diverse entertainment scene, from plays and eateries to sports and concerts.


Meme Moore

Media Relations Manager
Office: 303-315-0009

Meme MooreMeme works to generate positive news coverage for the university and is responsible for issues and crisis management. She holds a BA in journalism from Colorado State University and gained extensive public relations experience serving organizations such as CenturyLink, Marsh, Inc., First Data Corp., Western Union, Qwest, Pinnacol Assurance, Great-West Healthcare, IMA Financial Group, United Airlines, University of Colorado Hospital, The Nature Conservancy of Colorado and others.

Meme grew up in Littleton and spent her early adult years pursuing epic adventures in Colorado’s mountains. Today she enjoys Denver’s vibrant civic and cultural landscape, and there is always a project – or two or 10 – underway at her Denver midcentury modern home.

Chris Rowe

Creative Brand Manager
Office: 303-315-3716

ChrisRoweChris oversees the details of CU Denver's brand, including brand standards and their application throughout the university in everything from digital to print to multimedia. He works closely with all colleges and offices throughout the campus to assure brand awareness. 

Chris grew up outside of Philadelphia. Over his 15-year career, he has worked in the transportation, finance, environmental and architectural fields throughout the northeastern U.S. and in Colorado. He is an accomplished creative leader known for utilizing his expertise in visual storytelling, strengthening and building brands and developing internal and external relationships.

When not in the office, Chris spends his time renovating his house and designing furniture. He is currently living in western Denver.


Andy Ruemenapp

Assistant Director of eCommunications
Office: 303-315-0189

Andy RuemenappAndy manages and supports eCommunications (email, marketing and event management) initiatives for CU Denver and CU Anschutz. He provides user and system support, training, onboarding, best practices, planning and strategy guidance to users of the eComm program.

He grew up in Northern Michigan (hold the palm of your right hand in front of your face and touch the tip of your ring finger. Every Michigander MUST do this when explaining where they’re from.) and graduated from Hope College with a BA in marketing.

In his free time, he loves to camp, ski, play sports, cook, watch movies, support Detroit sports teams and spend time with his family and Bernese Mountain Dog, Goose.

Steve Tapp

Web Development Manager
Office: 303-315-2009

Steve Tapp

Steve is the webmaster of CU Denver Today and CU Anschutz Today story hubs and eComm manager for the CU Denver Today and CU Anschutz Today e-newsletters. He also provides technical assistance for all websites managed by University Communications.

Steve is a Denver native and proud CU Boulder alum. He joined University Communications in 2008 after spending eight years building websites for the Denver home building community.

When he's not updating the newsrooms or building Today e-newsletters, you can usually find him getting a coffee at 7-11. After work, Steve heads home to Westminster to keep up with his four kids and amazing wife.


Amy Ventura

Web Content Manager
Office: 303-315-6376

Amy Ventura

Amy manages strategy and content production for the CU Denver Today story hub and for several university websites. She also writes stories about faculty, students, research and programs and provides web content training and consultation on best practices for colleges, schools and units.

An Indiana native, Amy studied journalism at Butler University before moving to Colorado and getting a master’s degree in creative writing at CU Boulder.

She loves keeping a clean inbox (you can count her to reply to your email), wordsmithing anything and biking to work on the Cherry Creek path.


Irene Weygandt

Director of Marketing
Office: 303-315-0184

IreneWeygandtIrene oversees university marketing initiatives, including marketing communications planning, campaign development and execution, marketing strategy, and support and deliverable production for internal events and special projects. She directs photography and videography for University Communications and provides strategic direction of the eCommunications program.

Irene grew up in Rock Springs, Wyo., and earned her BA in performing arts and arts management from the University of Redlands in Redlands, Calif. She lives in the Denver Tech Center with her husband and two spirited daughters.