Vice Chancellor, External Relations
Ken Kettenbeil is the Vice Chancellor for External Relations and is responsible for government relations and communications and marketing. His communications and marketing responsibilities include internal and external communications, website, advertising and branding at the university. His government relations responsibilities include representing the university in dialogues with federal, state and local governments, and presenting the university's position in current and proposed legislation.
Prior to joining UM-Dearborn, Ken served as the director of communications for smart USA, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Penske Automotive Group. He also served as the vice president of communications for the Detroit Super Bowl XL Host Committee and marketing manager for the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau. Ken earned a bachelor's degree in communications at Wayne State University and has completed graduate courses through Michigan State University. Ken was a world traveler in the past having once had breakfast in Germany, lunch in France and dinner in Italy during a whirlwind one-day trip to Europe!
Communications and Marketing
Director, Communications and Marketing
Beth is responsible for managing external communications, including media relations and social media activities for the metropolitan university. She provides strategic branding and advertising support to UM-Dearborn's undergraduate and graduate recruitment efforts. Beth also collaborates on Legacy (the university magazine) and alumni/donor communications strategy. With more than 13 years of higher education, corporate communications and account management experience, Beth has a master's degree from Michigan State University and a bachelor's degree from Central Michigan University. She spends most of her free time volunteering for animal rescue organizations, cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers and working on her "This Old House" 1922 craftsman style bungalow–which she affectionately refers to as the money pit!
Jason is responsible for developing and maintaining UM-Dearborn’s brand presence and visual communications. With nearly 10 years of design and higher education experience, he provides creative direction on a number of print and digital communications and marketing initiatives. Jason earned his bachelor of fine arts in visual communication and design from Detroit’s College for Creative Studies in 2006. In his spare time, Jason enjoys spending time with his wife and playing with his two kids, as well as traveling and going to Tiger baseball games.
Development Communications Specialist
Kristi manages an integrated communications plan for UM-Dearborn's Victors for Michigan capital campaign, including writing, collateral development and related communications efforts. She also works with the Office of Institutional Advancement to create development-focused content that demonstrates the impact of giving to the university. Kristi has an extensive professional background in development, marketing and communications. Prior to joining UM-Dearborn, she was a development officer for a local healthcare foundation where she worked in major gifts, campaign strategies and helped to launch a multi-million dollar fundraising campaign. She also worked for the U-M Health System. Kristi earned her bachelor's in communications from UM-Dearborn and is proud to contribute her efforts to her alma mater. She enjoys spending her free time with her family and her playful miniature schnauzers.
Kate manages internal communications functions, keeping faculty and staff informed about news and events on campus. Her main responsibility is to direct production of the Reporter–the university's faculty and staff e-newsletter–including content development, production and distribution. She also manages the university news site and develops strategies to utilize social networks to communicate campus news. Her previous experience in higher education includes project management, marketing and external communications. Kate earned a bachelor's degree in communications from Ohio Northern University. When not reading up on the newest communication trends, she enjoys hiking, cooking and taking Michigan vacations with her husband, Dave.
Sarah wants to tell your story. Writing for the university's Legacy magazine, the faculty/staff e-newsletter Reporter and other news avenues, she enjoys meeting the people who love our campus and sharing their experiences with readers. With 15 years professional writing experience – with more than seven of those in higher education – she's described what life was like in a stunt plane (like a roller coaster, but without tracks…and better scenery), listened to tunes with Bob Seger in his home’s music room while he was gearing up for a Tour, and read re-discovered 1940s love letters with a woman who lost her husband in World War II. In addition to writing, Sarah spends her time admiring historic architecture, losing Scrabble games to her Grandma and reading Choose Your Own Adventure books.
Government Relations Manager
Mike manages day-to-day lobbying efforts for the university, while developing and maintaining relationships within the Michigan Legislature, State Executive Office and U.S. Congress. He provides leadership, strategic direction and implementation of the university's higher education policy and advocacy efforts. Prior to joining UM-Dearborn, he served as the director of public policy for ArtServe Michigan, where he led the organization's arts, culture and arts education policy and advocacy efforts. He also served as an analyst at Benenson Strategy Group in New York and senior legislative assistant for Michigan State Senator, Buzz Thomas. Mike earned a bachelor's degree in political science/pre-law from Michigan State University in 2004.
Digital Project Manager
Laura assists in the maintenance and updating of the university's online presence. She also assists the director of digital strategy in developing and implementing digital processes and provides training to staff on new interactive initiatives. Prior to joining UM-Dearborn, she worked in almost all aspects of web production, with clients primarily in the manufacturing and medical technology industries. Laura's bachelor's degree is in English from Baldwin Wallace University, and she received her master's degree in communication planning and information design from Carnegie Mellon University. When she's unplugged from the digital world, Laura enjoys yoga, gardening and outdoor adventures with her husband and their very large dog.
Web Software Developer
Christina is responsible for maintaining the university's website and web content management system. She also helps develop creative ideas and solutions for new and existing web applications. Prior to joining the digital team, she worked as a web developer for the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters. Along with maintaining the college's website, she supervised a tech team responsible for managing computers and audio/visual equipment in classrooms, laboratories and faculty/staff offices. Christina earned a master's degree in Computer and Information Science from UM-Dearborn. To unwind and relax, she loves to travel and visit interesting places with her husband and cook up some favorite recipes from her mom.
Alyssa assists with designing the structure of the university’s website, including the navigation system, user workflows and overall usability. She also works on planning and conducting user research to inform the site’s design. Prior to joining UM-Dearborn, Alyssa worked in healthcare IT and has experience in higher education as part of a student life and leadership department. She earned a bachelor's degree in communication from Michigan State University and a master's degree focused in human-computer interaction and social computing from U-M's School of Information. When she’s not at work, Alyssa enjoys being outdoors rollerblading and biking, spending time with her family and exploring Michigan’s best vegetarian restaurants.