PIO/Communicators Committee


Among the many professionals working behind the scenes at campuses across the country are communications experts who help craft messages and tell stories that inform students and the community of the opportunities available and ongoing campus life. They often work with local, regional and national – and many times international – news media to deliver stories as well as address issues and crises that arise from time to time.

Featured here are the representatives from the communications offices of our member institutions. These representatives make up our CVHEC Public Information Officers/Communicators Committee. Committee members work collaboratively in developing and advancing a unified voice for the board regarding CVHEC initiatives and the general promotion of higher education in the Central Valley. The committee is charged with developing and advancing messages/campaigns on a regional, statewide and national basis depicting the positive nature of Central Valley colleges and universities and reinforcing the promotion of individual members’ messaging campaigns.

The PIO/Communicators Committee is chaired by Tom Uribes, CVHEC Communications/Media coordinator, whose 30-year career at Fresno State included two decades as the university’s public information officer until his retirement as a California State University public affairs specialist in 2017. He was honored as a Media, Communications and Journalism Fellow at the Fresno State Department of Media, Communications and Journalism Hall of Fame Reception in 2017 and the University’s Bold Visionary Award at the Chicano/Latino Commencement Celebration in 2019. Uribes joined CVHEC in 2020 and in addition to the PIO/Communicators Committee he coordinates media strategies and projects and serves as the CVHEC e-newsletter editor.

This web page is designed to showcase those professionals and provide a resource to news media professionals and others seeking media relations services and information and communications services in general.

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Committee Members

Bakersfield College

Monika Scott

Director of Marketing & Communications

California Health Sciences University

Richele Kleiser

Vice President – Marketing and Communications

California State University, Bakersfield

Jennifer Self

Senior Director of Strategic Communications and Public Information Officer

California State University, Fresno

Lauren Nickerson

Associate Vice President – University Communications

California State University, Stanislaus

Rosalee Rush

Senior Associate Vice President for Communications, Marketing & Media Relations

Cerro Coso Comm. College

Jeffrey Lenk

Director of Communications & Community Relations

Clovis Community College

Stephanie Babb

Director of Marketing & Communications

College of the Sequoias

Lauren Fishback

Manager, Marketing & Public Relations

Fresno City College

Cris Monahan Bremer

College Director – Marketing and Communications

Fresno City College

Kathy Bonilla

Public Information Officer

Fresno Pacific University

Rebecca Bradley

Executive Director – Public Relations and Community Engagement

Kern Community College District

Norma Rojas-Mora

Director – Communications and Community Relations

Madera Community College

Cory Burkarth

Director – Marketing & Communications

Merced College

James Leonard

Director of Communications & External Relations

Merced College

Jill Cunningham

Vice President of External Relations

Modesto Junior College

Jeanette Fontana

Director of Public Relations

National University

David Hicks

Communications Manager

Porterville College

Roger Perez

Director of Communications & Community Relations

Reedley College

George Takata

Director of Marketing & Communications

San Joaquin Delta College

Alex Breitler

Director of Marketing, Communications & Outreach

State Center CCD

Jill Wagner

Strategic Communications Consultant

Taft College

Susan Groveman

Executive Director of Marketing & Community Relations

University of California, Merced

James A.Chiavelli

Associate Vice Chancellor in External Relations

University of California, San Francisco – Fresno Regional Campus

Brandy Nikaido

Director of Public Affairs, Communications & Government Relations

University of the Pacific

Marge Grey

Associate Vice President of University Strategic Communications

West Hills CCD

(Coalinga College &

Lemoore College)

Amber Myrick

District Director of Marketing, Communications & Public Information

Yosemite Community College District

Graciela Molina

Executive Secretary – Office of the Chancellor