Meet Our Team
Web Services Director
Brian is a cum laude graduate of Stonehill College with a degree in English and Journalism. He spent the 1990's living and working in the Boston, MA area. His first career was writing and editing print publications before an accidental transition into Web communications in the mid 1990's. This early experience led to a passion for the Web which coupled with a passion for the outdoors led him to Vermont and Champlain College. Since 1999 Brian has managed Champlain's external Web presence as Publisher, Administrator, Trainer and User Support.
When not working, Brian lives in Westford, VT with his brilliant wife, two incredible daughters, and two energetic dogs. He enjoys hiking, running, backpacking, snowboarding, show shoeing, x/c skiing and pretty much any outdoor activity as well as cooking and fixing stuff around the house.
Dillon joined the Marketing team as Project Manager in 2013 to manage implementation of digital marketing efforts. He graduated from Champlain College, summa cum laude, with a degree in Marketing Management in 2009.
Most recently Dillon led an ad operations team at MyWebGrocer, developing logistical advertising processes for expansion into international markets. Dillon brings his consumer digital marketing experience along with an agency background in media planning, public relations, and social media across numerous industries.
A native Vermonter, he spends his free time fishing year-round, snowboarding throughout the winter, golfing throughout the summer, or playing guitar when the fish aren't biting.
Director of Marketing Services
In 2013, Julia began her new role as Director of Marketing Services, directing project management needs of the Marketing team and developing comprehensive marketing strategies & plans. For the last two years as the Director of Marketing Communications, she provided vision, leadership, and administrative direction to the College's brand, marketing strategy and communications. Throughout her time at the College, she has provided marketing and creative direction for external and internal audiences.
Julia graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) with a BFA in graphic design. She continued her education by taking MBA courses and management courses at Champlain College.
In 2011, she enrolled and earned a certificate in the Management Excellence program, and a course in Appreciative Inquiry. She is a member of The Case Association, American Marketing Association (AMA) and University and College Design Association (UCDA).
During her career as a communications specialist, she has owned her own design firm and photography studio and has worked in advertising agencies, corporate firms and higher educational institutions throughout her 25 + years in the industry. She has won a number of design awards for her work.
Junior Content Developer
Abigail, or Abbie, works in the Marketing Department as the Web Marketing Production Assistant. Although she is a recent graduate, she is not new to Champlain's Marketing Department. She interned as a copywriter in the summer of 2012, and spent her senior year with the Digital Marketing Team, leading five students in Champlain's state-of-the-art website initiative.
Abbie graduated summa cum laude from Champlain College's Class of 2013 with a degree in Professional Writing, and with the highest GPA in Champlain's Communication & Creative Media Division. She focused her degree on travel writing and visual arts.
As an aspiring travel writer, Champlain helped her travel to eight countries and three continents, opening her eyes to how much culture revolves around food and alcohol. This led to her other part-time job at Shelburne Vineyard as a Tasting Room Diva. The history and differences in grape varietals was so intriguing, she has not only started a wine club, but is in the process of studying for the sommelier exams and is trying to become a member, and create a local chapter, of the Wine Century Club.
In her free time, Abbie writes poetry, does yoga and keeps a goal-setting blog: chasingdreamballoons.com
Jess Clarke writes and edits for a wide range of collateral and Web communications, including the view book, academic books, brochures, letters, one-sheets, emails and ads. Her work has been recognized by CASE and other organizations.
As an award-winning writer, Jess has written about the ordinary and extraordinary in the worlds of people and nature by covering higher education, the environment, the arts, health and social issues, and other topics. From ice climbing, tracking hibernating bats and visiting a nude resort, to telling the stories of death row inmates, suicide survivors and AIDS patients, and documenting Cherokee language preservation efforts, she has brought the world to varied audiences.
After a career as a newspaper journalist, she owned a marketing communications business based in Asheville, NC, before she joined the staff at Champlain College. She wrote and edited for a wide range of national and regional publications and websites in diverse sectors, with a focus on higher education. She also covered higher education in Massachusetts and other states as a journalist. One of her passions is writing poetry.
Assistant Vice President of Marketing
Meghan oversees all marketing and communication functions for the College in collaboration with academic, admissions, student life, and advancement leadership. She does this with the support of an amazing team led by Directors-Julia Caminiti (Marketing Services), Marcelle Langan (Creative Services), Steve Mease (News & Public Information), and Brian Andrews (Web Services).
Meghan joined Champlain in September of 2012, bringing over 15 years of experience in the planning and execution of communication strategies for companies across varying industries including social services, healthcare, financial, technology, higher education, tourism/hospitality, and consumer product goods.
Most recently Meghan worked at Kelliher Samets Volk as their Director of Digital Strategy & Connections. Before joining KSV, Meghan worked in Boston on marketing and brand projects from the agency side. She has rich experience in digital marketing, and has demonstrated success with both higher education and non-higher education clients alike.
Director of Creative Services
Marcelle Langan is an award-winning writer, author and mom. Currently, she works at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont, where she is the Senior Writer in the Marketing Department and an Adjunct Professor.
Prior to joining the marketing team at Champlain College, Marcelle founded and ran WordBroker Communications, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in marketing and advertising writing—primarily for startup operations. In addition to running WordBroker Communications, Marcelle held the position of Vice President of Content/Editorial Director of Tavolo, Inc.—a dot.com that was once the largest branded specialty retailer of premium foods and kitchenware on the Internet—where she was responsible for not only producing the site’s deep content components, but also for the conception and development of the firm’s overall merchandising strategy and primary marketing vehicles.
Before being swept up by the dot.com frenzy, Marcelle held the position of Editor-in-Chief of Eating Well magazine for four years. Eating Well was a consumer health title with a circulation of 650,000 gourmet-cooking fans. She also helped launch and was Managing Editor of Food Arts, the premier trade magazine to America’s finest restaurants and hotels, for seven years. Marcelle found her way to her chosen profession as a writer and editor by first making a living (or at least some extra cash) as a costume designer in Alaska, a waitress, a switchboard operator, a box-office manager, a personal shopper, a receptionist, a personal assistant, a salesperson of Avon and Cutco Knives, a gift-show booth babe, a graveyard cleaner, a bar wench, a packer of tacky imported giftware, a swimsuit model, a bakery counter girl, a housecleaner, a dishwasher, a babysitter and a lemonade-stand owner—to name a few.
Marcelle’s first book, The Big Sister’s Guide to the World of Work, was published by Simon and Schuster in January 2006. She has ghostwritten six cookbooks, two for Royal Caribbean cruise line and four for Holland America Line. She is currently writing a biography of Dolly Farnsworth, one of the original homesteaders in Alaska. Marcelle lives in Burlington, Vermont, with her three children.
Digital Community Manager
Nichole is Champlain's Digital Community Manager and a 2010 summa cum laude graduate, holding bachelors degrees in both Marketing and Graphic Design. She manages Champlain's social media channels and contributes to its digital marketing efforts.
Before joining Champlain in 2013, Nichole worked at MyWebGrocer as a marketing coordinator where sheutilized her social media skills to contribute to MyWebGrocer's social initiatives, consumer applications, and hosted events. Additionally, she designed a variety of marketing material for print, web and video.
Her accolades include the Presidential Leadership Award from Champlain College in 2011, as well as the Social Media Rookie Award and Comedic Relief award from Burlington's annual Social Media Day in 2012 and 2013, respectively.
When not being social, both online and off, Nichole can be found exercising her comedic chops as an active member of the Spark Arts Improv Troupe, a local improv comedy troupe. When not improvising, she enjoys playing the piano, writing sketch comedy, photography, and acting. She's currently enrolled in Champlain's graduate program to earn her MBA.
Senior Graphic Designer
To Sr. Designer & Artist Kathleen McGuffin, white-space, beauty and joy are virtues of ineffable value found woven through her creative endeavors. Her oil paintings—visual parables illustrating supernaturally possible impossibilities—explore the merger of the power of God and the human will. Since joining Champlain, McGuffin has received several CASE & Higher Education Marketing awards for her design work.
Director of News and Public Information
Stephen Mease has been the Director of Public Information and News since July 2008. As news director, he provides information and connections for media, faculty and staff. He develops story ideas, writes news releases, photographs events, works with student writers and helps with various public relations efforts in marketing. He also works with various departments on public relations and has led the College's annual United Way Community Campaign for three years. He is the editor of the Champlain View magazine for alumni, parents and friends of the College.
Steve is an avid photographer, who uses it in his public relations work and specializes in event photography, photojournalism and theater photography. His clients include KeyBank Vermont City Marathon, First Night Burlington, Lake Champlain Maritime Festival, South End Art Hop, The Flynn Center for Performing Arts, The Polar Express, The Moth Radio, Champlain Valley Exposition, and Vermont Dept. of Travel and Tourism. You can see his work at http://stevemease.wix.com/stevemeasephoto.
He lives in North Williston with his wife, Cheryl Dorschner. They have two sons, Noah, a Middlebury College graduate working as a playwright and propmaster in New York City, and Asa, a sophomore at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington.
Senior Graphic Designer
"To seek beauty is to find life."
Jonathan Mikulak's early education in fine arts centered on the study of Art History, aesthetics, and Humanist minuscule calligraphy. Prior to starting his BFA in Visual Communication, Mikulak held internships as the Art Director's assistant at the Art Station Gallery in Atlanta, the Assistant to the Curator of The High Museum of Art.
While pursuing his BFA in Chicago, Mikulak also studied with the Ikenobo school of Ikebana and worked as an in-house designer for the Japanese Culture Center.
Mikulak's design has appeared in Shelter and Modern Luxury magazines, and he has worked for VSA Partners, Remedy, Pressley Jacobs Design, Paper Source, Vosges Haut-Chocolat and IA Collaborative.
Currently pursuing his MFA in Emergent Media, Mikulak continues to practice Ikebana and explore the territory between beauty and ideas.
Trezanra started her career at Champlain College in June 2007.
Tre provides overall coordination and support to all of the functions of the Marketing Department by ensuring the smooth operations of the department by seeing to the resource, facilities and administrative needs of the staff. She also manages the College photo database in addition to periodically managing department projects.
Digital Media Manager
Dan is the content manager and web writer for the Champlain College website. In addition to writing and managing written content, Dan contribute photography, edits web graphics, and produces short videos for the college website.
After graduating from college in 1997, Dan began his career as a newspaper reporter in Hudson County, New Jersey. After moving to San Francisco in the late 90’s, he worked as news editor for Upside Magazine, as well as a brief stint as reporter for The Red Herring magazine. Other jobs while living in California included cabinetmaker, IT specialist, and freelance writer.
Understanding that the world of print journalism was rapidly shifting online, he learned the fundamentals of web coding and started work for the Champlain College Marketing department upon his return to Vermont.
Dan lives in Essex, Vermont with his wife, his daughter and their dog. When he’s not at work, he can be found enjoying the outdoors, playing soccer, building custom furniture at his home shop, or traveling to the nearest coastline.
Senior Production Manager
Kerry earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from St. Bonaventure University before starting her career in the advertising industry. As an Account Manager for advertising agencies in Buffalo, New York and then in Vermont, she handled the day-to-day and long-term strategic planning for clients in the fields of higher education, travel and tourism, banking and consumer products for clients such as UVM Continuing Education, Smugglers’ Notch Resort, Banknorth Group, New England Coffee and Benjamin Moore. Kerry’s understanding of advertising and marketing, combined with her habitual planning, aligned her perfectly for her current roles at Champlain as the Senior Production Manager and Account Manager for Graduate Studies within the Marketing department.
As the Senior Production Manager, Kerry is responsible for managing the overall workflow within the marketing department and with various vendors, freelance, and interns; and refining the communications process within the department and with various ‘clients’ throughout the college. Additionally, Kerry lends her knowledge of advertising and strategic marketing to the development and execution of annual marketing plans and budgets for Graduate Studies.
Kerry’s personal interests include anything beach related, painting, Celtic dancing, traveling and running around with her two little boys. She and her husband have two young sons and live in South Burlington.