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.
Vice Chancellor of University Communications
Leanna 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.
Assistant Vice Chancellor, Marketing and Brand Strategy
Karen 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.
Social Media Specialist
Ali 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 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
Media Relations Manager
Meme 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.
Assistant Director of eCommunications
Andy 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.
Web Development Manager
Web Content Manager
Director of Marketing
Irene 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.