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.

Marie Williams

Marie Williams

Vice Chancellor for University Communications
Office: 303-315-2157

Marie Williams, a marketing communications professional with more than 20 years of experience in the field, is Vice Chancellor for University Communications. Marie leads the team responsible for external and internal communications, media relations, marketing, brand strategy, social media, and web development.

Marie joined CU Denver from Saint Joseph’s University, where she served as Vice President for Marketing and Communications and led the university’s brand image, marketing and advertising initiatives, public relations, and internal communications. Earlier in her career, Marie served as a Senior Vice President at Edelman, a communications and marketing firm headquartered in New York City, and as a Senior Managing Director at RF|Binder.

She holds a BA in Communication from the University of Pennsylvania and has participated in several leading professional communications organizations.


Karen Klimczak

Karen Klimczak

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

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.

Meghan Azralon

Meghan Azralon

Media Relations Specialist
Office: 720-602-5706

Meghan supports all media relations efforts including media pitching, news research, and content creation. She also works with university researchers to ensure their work is seen, heard, and read by the right audience.

Meghan graduated from Hofstra University with a degree in public relations. Since then, Meghan has gone on to work for two public relations agencies where she helped both large corporations and small startups secure media coverage in some of the world's leading outlets including The Wall Street Journal and CBS News.

Originally from New York, Meghan spent time in Boston before landing in Denver for a change of scenery. After work, Meghan can usually be found outside searching for a new running trail, researching the latest NASA news or cheering on her favorite hockey team. Go Rangers!


Taylor Broderick

Marketing Manager
Office: 303-315-5816

Taylor 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.


Grant Craver

Social Media Coordinator
Office: 720-512-7321‬

Grant is responsible for day-to-day management of social media properties, platforms, and plans maintained by University Communications, and additionally supports the digital recruitment and retention efforts of the Undergraduate Admissions office. His role focusses on the development, generation, and implementation of strategic content, specifically video editing, and coordinating with relevant individuals and units to support the university’s mission in digital and social spaces.

Grant is a Colorado native who grew up with the outdoors right in his backyard. After graduating from CU Boulder with a degree in media production, Grant now calls Denver his home, and in his free time he enjoys exploring the city, dancing, skiing, and traveling around the world with family and friends.


Alex DeWind

Campus News Specialist
Office: 303-315-5805

Alex is responsible for finding and telling the stories of CU Denver’s people, programs, and research. She primarily oversees CU Denver News, the university’s e-newsletter and website. When she’s not pitching stories or writing on deadline, she’s tracking audience engagement and collaborating with her team members in University Communications.

Alex brings nearly four years of experience as a reporter at a community newspaper in south metro Denver, where she covered suburbia, mental health, and public education. She received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from CU Boulder and spent a stint of time in New York City before settling in Denver.

Alex was born in Boynton Beach, Florida and raised in Basalt. In her spare time, she enjoys catching up with friends over a good meal, jogging around Washington Park, and planning her next outdoor adventure.


Kelly Gomez

Marketing Coordinator
Office: 303-315-0342

Kelly supports all marketing and communication strategies, projects, and events on behalf of the university. Ranging from marketing research to digital asset creation and management, she assists on a diverse array of projects and loves the thrill of always having something new and exciting on her plate.

Born and raised in Orlando, Florida, Kelly left palm trees behind when she attended Indiana University earning her BA in Media. She was a member of the Student Affairs marketing team during her time at IU, which is what inspired her to continue to do meaningful work in higher education. Outside of the office, you can find Kelly spending time outdoors with her 3-legged rescue, Joey, traveling, or reading a good book.


Claire Hamilton

Senior eCommunications Specialist
Office: 303-315-0328

Claire manages eCommunication initiatives for CU Denver, including email and event marketing. She provides support to users of the eComm program through onboarding, training, and continued education around best practices and strategic marketing.

Originally from Minnesota, Claire moved to Colorado in 2014 and has called the mountains home ever since. Before joining CU Denver, she spent four years on the marketing team at Accenture where she managed content creation and distribution via targeted email campaigns.

When she’s not working, you’ll find her enjoying the mountains on skis or snowshoes, playing Settlers of Catan, cheering on the Minnesota Timberwolves (#alleyesnorth), or taking excessive photos of her dog, Alpine, and cat, Elbert. Claire is a proud alum of Denison University where she played on the soccer team and got her bachelor’s degree in English, Spanish, and communication.

Ali Hansen

Aletheir (Ali) Hanson

Social Media Manager
Office: 303-315-0134

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.

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Alicia Ritchey

Assistant Director, Enrollment Marketing & Communications
Office: 303-315-0009

Alicia leads the strategic development, design, and management of student enrollment marketing and communications plans for Undergraduate Admissions. Alicia's experience in higher education spans over a decade with positions at Pearson Education and her alma mater The Ohio State University.

Much of her childhood was spent abroad on a military base in Seoul, South Korea, but her formative years were in Columbus, Ohio. She is relatively new to Colorado, and spends her free time as an avid pickleball player, paddle boarding, and exploring the beauty of the state.


Laura Rodgers

Senior Brand and Design Specialist
Office: 303-315-7734

Laura supports CU Denver's brand including brand standards, their application throughout the university, and designing for the university. From print to digital, she works closely with colleges and offices throughout the campus.

Laura brings nearly 8 years of agency experience as a graphic designer/art director working with clients such as General Mills, Target, Clorox, United Healthcare, and Burt’s Bees. She received her BFA in Graphic Design from Iowa State University and spent a semester studying in Rome before graduating.

An Iowa native, Laura grew up in the country just outside of Lake Mills in north-central Iowa. Her family farmed corn and soybeans, and as of more recently, raising snapping turtles (yep, you read it right). In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, reading, baking, playing cribbage, and planning travel. Laura and her husband, Matt, love to camp and hike with their rescue mutt, Murphy.

Alicita Rodriguez

Alicita Rodriguez

Senior Writer
Office: 303-315-6376

Alicita uncovers interesting facts about the university and turns them into compelling stories. She writes news and feature articles about CU Denver people, programs, and research.

An architecture and design aficionado, Alicita loves unusual cities, conceptual furniture, and abandoned places (she lived in a Colorado ghost town for 10 years). She now resides in Denver with her husband, daughter, two dogs, and two cats.

Alicita holds a BA in English Literature from Florida International University, an MFA in Creative Writing from New York University, and a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Denver.

Steve Tapp

Steve Tapp

Web Development Manager
Office: 303-315-2009

Steve is the webmaster and developer behind the CU Denver News newsroom hub and e-newsletter. He also provides his web development expertise to 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..


Oliver Ward

Content Strategist
Office: 303-315-5802

Oliver leads content strategy for University Communications with the goal of delivering the best possible content experience for all CU Denver audiences. He works to ensure alignment with broader content marketing objectives and strategic priorities.

Originally from New Mexico, Oliver worked in media in New York before moving to Colorado in 2015 to help launch Sling TV. Outside the office, he enjoys exploring new places and scouring familiar thrift shops for treasures.

Oliver earned his BA from Flagler College, with a year at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia.