The College of Media, Communication and Information was established in 2015. The CMCI alumni community includes you, your classmates and all graduates of the Department of Communication and the former School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

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For more than 40 years, Bill Lerner (Comm) has helped grow and develop iPark, his family’s parking garage business (previously known as Imperial Parking Systems), into New York’s largest garage and parking facilities operator. Bill also started the organization Billy4Kids to provide shoes for underprivileged children around the world. 

Posted Oct. 24, 2017

Martin Streim (Comm’76; MComm) retired in 2017 after a 35-year career in corporate human resources where he focused on organizational and leadership development. Before retiring, he spent several years as the director of ethics and business conduct in his employer’s office of legal counsel. He and his wife, Christie, live in Boulder.

Posted May. 4, 2022

Michael Getto (Jour) lived and worked in 15 countries––primarily in the former Soviet Union––for over 16 years while working for the United States Agency for International Development, the World Bank, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Global Affairs Canada and UK Aid Direct. He now lives in California, where he works for the International Foundation for Electoral Systems’ Ukraine election support program. In his current role, he writes and edits IFES communications for the international diplomatic, donor and civil society communities.

Posted Oct. 20, 2021

G. Brown (Advert) launched his book series On Record. Each of the three volumes includes images, interviews and insights in music for the years 1978, 1984 and 1991. The series is published by Colorado Music Experience, a nonprofit focusing on Colorado music history, of which Brown is the director.

Posted Oct. 20, 2021

Cindy (Cossid) Stern (Jour'79) recently celebrated 10 years with the Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema, where she serves as executive director. She spent the previous three decades at advertising and marketing agencies in Los Angeles and Chicago, including Frankel & Co./Arc Worldwide, J. Walter Thompson, Euro RSCG and Leo Burnett. During her career, she helped pair Starbucks and United Airlines and develop the USPS ReadyPost boxes. She lives in Lincolnshire, Illinois.

Posted May. 11, 2021

Vicky Collins (Comm) is president of the Denver-based television production company Teletrends. She is an Emmy-winning freelance producer for NBC Network News and works primarily as a field producer and booker for NBC Nightly News, Today, MSNBC and Dateline NBC. She also produces long-form stories and image-oriented videos for nonprofit organizations. Vicky is the proud mother of two boys: a University of Kansas graduate and a junior at CU Boulder’s Leeds School of Business.

Posted Jun. 3, 2019

Thomas Walek (Jour) is a senior consultant of strategic public relations at Meyer Capital, a marketing agency in New York. He began his career as a financial journalist covering global development at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Thomas is a member of the National Press Club and is on the information advisory board for CMCI. The Pennsylvania native grew up in Connecticut and now lives in New York with his wife, Nobuko, and son, Andrew.

Posted Oct. 30, 2018

A new book by John B. Lane (Jour)The Beatin’ Path: A Lyrical Guide to Lucid Evolution, won an Independent Publisher IPPY Award in April. He recently read selections from the book, along with a new piece, at a book signing at Tattered Cover book store in Denver. John is also an award-winning instructional designer and a pioneer in online learning. 

Posted Oct. 24, 2017

As senior vice president of government affairs for T-Mobile, Kathleen O’Brien Ham (Jour) is the company’s chief public policy advocate and manages all public policy issues before federal and state governments. Previously, she worked for the Federal Communications Commission in several top policy positions, including deputy chief of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau. Kathleen and her husband live in Arlington, Virginia.

Posted Jun. 3, 2019

In 2018, Laurie Cantillo (Jour) left NASA’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., to start a job as deputy director of communications and education directorate at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

Posted Jun. 3, 2019

After serving 15 years as chancellor, Pamela Shockley-Zalabak (PhDComm) retired from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs campus in February. She worked for UCCS for four decades and taught classes in the communication department while serving as chancellor.

Posted Oct. 24, 2017

Tim Coy (Advert) was awarded the Maurice Hendry Award for Journalistic Excellence in 2016 by the Cadillac & LaSalle Club, a nonprofit organization dedicated to motorcar restoration and preservation. He has designed and proofread the organization’s international magazine, The Self-Starter, since 2004. He continues to operate Ad Type & Design Inc., a firm specializing in graphic design and publishing, founded in 1995. He previously worked in advertising and marketing for the Rocky Mountain News, the Denver Newspaper Agency and The Denver Post.

Posted Oct. 24, 2017

Cindy (Cossid) Stern (Jour) recently celebrated 10 years with the Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema, where she serves as executive director. She spent the previous three decades at advertising and marketing agencies in Los Angeles and Chicago, including Frankel & Co./Arc Worldwide, J. Walter Thompson, Euro RSCG and Leo Burnett. During her career, she helped pair Starbucks and United Airlines and develop the USPS ReadyPost boxes. She lives in Lincolnshire, Illinois.

Posted Oct. 20, 2021

In 2021, Jim Gray (Advert) received CU Boulder’s George Norlin Award, recognizing outstanding alumni who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in their chosen field of endeavor and a devotion to the betterment of society and their community. It is the highest award bestowed by the university on CU Boulder alumni. In 2020, he released his book, Talking to GOATs: The Moments You Remember and the Stories You Never Heard, in which he reflects on four decades of sports reporting from the perspective of one of the world’s most respected and skilled interviewers. It includes interviews with Tom Brady, Muhammad Ali, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Michael Jordan and more. Always a loyal Buff, he followed the book’s release with a virtual reading and discussion for students in CMCI’s sports media minor. He was recently featured in the documentary series Mike Tyson: The Knockout and contributed to Fox Sports’ coverage of the Tokyo Olympics.

Posted Oct. 20, 2021

After graduation, Patti Sanford (Advert) worked in public relations for Petroleum Information in Denver and then for Cartier in New York. She later lived in Istanbul, Paris, Brussels and Toronto working as a freelance writer. For the past 15 years she has been a fine arts photographer and Broadway producer, including for Hadestown, which won eight Tony awards in 2019. She lives in Larchmont, New York, with her husband, Michael Roberts. They have two daughters.

Posted Oct. 16, 2020

Thom Kuhn (Jour) is president and CEO of Millstone Weber, a heavy civil construction company focused on the transportation industry, and PHL Inc., a charitable organization that provides free athletic facilities, equipment and long-term maintenance services to inner-city and underserved public school districts and community organizations. He and his wife, Dianne, have three sons and a daughter. Two of their sons work in sports radio. The Kuhns live in Wildwood, Missouri.

Posted Oct. 16, 2020

Linda Villarosa (Jour) runs the journalism program at The City College of New York in Harlem and is working on a book about race, health and inequity. She is a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, and her cover story, “Why America’s Black Mothers and Babies Are in a Life or Death Crisis,” was nominated for a 2019 National Magazine Award.

Posted Nov. 12, 2019

Rick Mullen (Jour) has lived in Malibu, California, since 1990 and was elected to the Malibu City Council in 2016. During the 2018 wildfires, he worked with media outlets and elected officials—including President Donald Trump—as the city’s mayor. Rick is a retired Marine Corps colonel with 30 years of active and reserve service and was a captain in the Los Angeles County Fire Department. He and his wife, Jenny Ball, have two children, Marshall and Tatiana.

Posted Nov. 12, 2019

Eugene Rosenquest (Jour) is an account representative for ADT Corporation in Volusia and Lake counties, Florida. He will be visiting Boulder this year for the first time since 1981.

Posted Oct. 30, 2018

Kathleen MacDonald (Comm) is the senior vice president of marketing at Spectrum Retirement Communities, LLC. She is part of a three-generation CMCI family. Her mother, Helen Kiley Masterson (Jour’56), is a public relations and communications specialist and an active member and former president of the Denver Woman’s Press Club. Kathleen’s son, John Sauer (Jour’14), is a personal vacation advisor at Inspirato.

Posted Oct. 30, 2018

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