Meet the Team
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!
Director, Government Relations
Matt Chisholm is responsible for advocating for the University of Michigan-Dearborn at state and federal levels of government. Before joining the university, Matt worked on Capitol Hill, political campaigns and as a marketing executive. An undergraduate alumnus of Saginaw Valley State University, he also holds an MBA from the University of Illinois. Matt is an avid NFL and Washington Football Team fan.
Communications and Marketing
Assistant Director of Communications
Responsibilities include media relations, campus news (including Reporter and news site), Legacy magazine, publications, social media, executive communications, photograph/video services and special projects.
Director of Marketing and Digital Strategy
Bailey is responsible for undergraduate and graduate marketing, brand management, advertising, web site and services. Prior to joining UM-Dearborn, Bailey has worked at various organizations creating and managing digital marketing campaigns for a wide array of clients, ranging from local businesses to national brands. Bailey earned her bachelor's degree in Journalism, specializing in Advertising from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Outside of work she enjoys traveling, crafting, discovering new hiking spots with her dog, and taking in as many baseball games as possible.
Social Media Specialist
Jessica is responsible for the social media communication strategy for UM-Dearborn, which includes promoting the mission, reputation, brand and program offerings of the university and engaging a variety of audiences. Prior to joining the university, Jessica was the Social Media Specialist at The University of Akron and spent 10 years working in professional theatre. She earned her bachelor’s degree in history from UM-Ann Arbor and an MFA in theatre management from Wayne State University. In her free time, she enjoys reading, television, theatre and watching too many cat videos.
Lou worked in public radio for more than a decade before figuring out he wanted to be a writer. But the experience taught him that what makes most stories worth telling is the people who tell them. He has written about scientists doing cutting-edge research; profiled reluctant reality TV stars; and wrestled with how to relay stories about race in America with honesty, integrity, and humor. Prior to becoming a contributor for Legacy and Reporter, he worked as a features writer and associate editor at Hour Detroit magazine.
Digital Marketing/Marketing Cloud Coordinator
Lindsey is responsible for supporting the development, coordination and execution of digital and email marketing initiatives for the University. Born and raised in Northern Michigan, Lindsey lived and worked in both New York City and Boston before moving back home to Michigan. Prior to joining UM-Dearborn, she worked at a Northern Michigan-based company as the in-house marketing specialist and was responsible for writing press releases, creating ads, designing catalogs and managing their website. Lindsey earned a Bachelor’s degree in Advertising and Public Relations from Grand Valley State University. In her free time, she enjoys crocheting, sewing, reading, and spending as much time as possible with her family and friends.
Violet is responsible for promoting vision and supporting university efforts for UM-Dearborn. She is responsible for the creative execution and development of materials such as print, advertising, templates and banners. Prior to joining UM-Dearborn, Violet worked at several advertising agencies in Metro Detroit, specializing in responsive email design and managing the creative of complex CRM programs. In her free time, she enjoys to bake and go out for a run.
Executive Communications Manager
Carl Paulus is the Executive Communications Manager drafting internal and external communications on behalf of Chancellor Grasso. Before joining the UM-Dearborn, Carl worked as senior staff on Capitol Hill, in the executive branch, and on political campaigns. He also served as a government affairs analyst at Priority Health in Grand Rapids, Michigan. An undergraduate alumnus of UM-Ann Arbor, he holds a Ph.D. in history from Rice University and is the author of The Slaveholding Crisis: The Fear of Insurrection and the Coming of the Civil War.
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 20 years professional writing experience – more than a decade 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.
Digital Communications Specialist
Katelyn is responsible for working with various business units to develop and evaluate current student digital communications. Katelyn graduated with a bachelor's degree in Integrative Public Relations from Central Michigan University and has spent her entire professional career working with CRM systems in the higher education industry. Outside of work, she spends her time watching movies, attempting DIY projects, and lounging with (and dressing up) her pets - a senior rescue dog and two chinchillas.
Digital Communications Specialist
Cory is responsible for supporting the development and execution of email marketing initiatives for the University. Before joining UM-Dearborn, he spent over a decade working in higher education and non-profit settings. Cory has experience in copywriting, web management, email marketing, and everything in between. Prior to completing his master’s degree in communication from Central Michigan University, Cory earned his bachelor’s degree from UM-Flint. In his free time, he enjoys playing guitar, attempting to write songs, running, and spending time with his wife and daughter.
Jaycee believes that writing is the most effective mode of communication. As Marketing Writer, she is responsible for developing content focused on promoting the University of Michigan-Dearborn’s mission, reputation, brand key differentiators and program offerings to current and prospective students. Her work is spread across various communication channels and helps to support enrollment management. Prior to joining UM-Dearborn, she spent several years working in content creation, telling the stories of construction workers and the companies they built as well as covering topics such as alternative energy, biotechnology, and stock market trends. University of Michigan-Dearborn is not only her place of work but her alma mater, where she graduated with a major in English and a minor in Hispanic Studies. In her free time, she enjoys reading, conversations with friends and attempting to cook new recipes.