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Communications & Marketing Team

Communications & Marketing, as a University-wide strategic partner, offers creative and innovative solutions to uphold and strengthen the University’s reputation, image and values.

  • We are brand ambassadors, story-tellers and champions.
  • We provide leadership, counsel and expertise to anticipate and meet internal and external client needs to reach admissions, advancement and community engagement goals.

In order to provide the best service available and form a lasting relationship with our clients, we have assigned a liaison to each University department. Each department will have one contact person to communicate with for communications or marketing needs. Your unit liaison provides the highest level of client service to meet the needs of each department and the University. 

Dr. Jeanette DeDiemar

Vice President for Communications & Marketing

Sease Wing, 201H
317-788-3298
dediemarj@uindy.edu

Background
As Vice President of Communications and Marketing at the University of Indianapolis Jeanette leads a university-wide integrated marketing and communications strategy and change process to advance admissions, advancement and institutional reputation. She and her team deliver high quality, intentional and creative solutions to raise awareness and appreciation for the University including a comprehensive, outcomes focused solutions.

The American Marketing Association’s 2014 Higher Education Marketer of the Year, Jeanette is known for her creativity and innovation in building outcomes-focused higher education marketing and communications teams with a philosophy that “creativity takes courage.” Previously, she served as associate vice president for integrated marketing and communications at Florida State University. Providing counsel for executive leadership and a network of 150 campus communicators, Jeanette led the university’s development and implementation of communication policies and strategy, integrated marketing, digital communications, social and media relations, brand development, issues management, and creative services. During her tenure, she led the successful navigation of several high-profile crisis management situations of national interest.

Jeanette has extensive marketing and communications, media relations, and digital media experience in the private and public sectors in the U.S. and the United Kingdom. She has led the process of establishing communications infrastructures, services, and brand development processes for several institutions. Jeanette is a frequent presenter at conferences, and as a consultant she has helped universities, including Fresno State, discover how to build and sustain effective marketing and communications strategies using internal resources, collaborative networks, and ROI. For her change management, alumni relations, and brand development strategies at University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, she and her staff earned the inaugural Best Marketing Team in Higher Education Award from the American Marketing Association, as well as the CASE Region V Teresa Du Bois Exline Award for “Best Practices in Communications and Marketing.” She and her teams have received recognition and a number of national and regional honors from CASE and the American Marketing Association, and American Advertising Federation.

Past roles include establishing Wales’ “first” business incubator dedicated to accelerate the growth of the country’s digital media sector, supporting more than 500 startups providing business development support; military public affairs as a civilian contractor for the 1st Infantry Division during Operation Desert Storm; public relations for the Hoffman Agency’s cornerstone account with Hewlett-Packard; and several positions in journalism and public relations.

As a subject-matter expert, Jeanette provides strategic communications counsel, training, brand, change management and issues management expertise to executive and academic leadership.

Education
Ph.D. in Education
MS in mass communications from Kansas State University
BS in journalism from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

Fun facts
Second home is Wales. Diolch yn fawr iawn

Favorite thing about UIndy
Everything. Why do I have to pick just one?

Amanda Brehm

Content Producer

Sease Wing, 201B
317-791-5606
brehma@uindy.edu

Background
Amanda Brehm came to UIndy in 2012 and has more then five years of experience in content writing, editing and digital content strategy. She used to work solely on the University's website but now writes a little bit of everything for the Communications & Marketing Department.

Education
MBA (in progress), University of Indianapolis
BS, Journalism, John Brown University 

Fun facts
I have lived in Scranton, PA (home of "The Office") and Toronto, Canada. 

Favorite thing about UIndy 
I enjoy hearing about the mentor relationships between faculty and students, especially those in which faculty have kept in touch with students long after they have graduated. You don't see that at larger schools. While I'm not working with students directly, I feel that my work is supporting some of the most meaningful years in students' lives. 

 

Tammy Ferguson

Administrative Assistant

Sease Wing
317-788-6164
fergusont@uindy.edu

Background
An administrative professional proficient in providing support to executives, managers and teams in diverse office environments; a former vice president & secretary for family-owned transportation corporation.

Education
Some college

Fun facts
I had a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL); my husband and I drove tractor-trailers cross country.

Sara Galer

Senior Communications Specialist

Sease Wing, 201F
317-788-3582
galers@uindy.edu

Background
Sara Galer has managed all aspects of digital content and social media for large market television stations. Before joining UIndy in her current role, she spent 17 years in TV news.  

Account liaison for
Service Learning, Registrar, IT, Center for Aging & Community

Education
MS (in progress), Communication, Purdue University
BA, Communication, University of Massachusetts-Amherst 

Fun facts
I lived in Japan for over five years and I speak a little Japanese. 

Favorite thing about UIndy
The people!

Kelly Hauflaire

Senior Strategy Manager for Admissions

Sease Wing, 201C
317-788-3339
hauflairek@uindy.edu

Background
Kelly leads the recruitment and marketing strategies for UIndy’s undergraduate, graduate and adult learning programs. Prior to her role at UIndy, Kelly spent 11 years at Ivy Tech Community College where she most recently served as Associate Vice President of Marketing and Communications and led the marketing, branding and recruitment communication strategies for the state of Indiana’s largest college system. Early in her career, she also served as Program Manager for Communications and Media Relations at the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration where she managed proactive outreach and media relations strategies.

Account liaison for
Undergraduate, SAL, Graduate, Financial Aid, Summer Programs

Education
MBA, Indiana Wesleyan University
BA, Communications, Purdue University

Fun facts
I've been known to enjoy a good peanut butter and pickle sandwich.

Favorite thing about UIndy
The first day of the Fall semester.  I love seeing all the new students begin one of their most important life journeys, and I love that I get to be a part of that incredible experience.

 

Jen Hiatt

Senior Multimedia Designer

Sease Wing, 201B
317-788-2181
hiattj@uindy.edu

Background
As part of the creative team, Jen creates original layouts and designs for a variety of print media and digital platforms to enhance the institution’s visual image and strategic initiatives. Prior to her role at UIndy, Jen led a team of designers as Art Director for the City of Orlando Communications and Neighborhood Relations team. Early in her career, she worked as a visual designer in the Sports Department at the Tampa Bay Times, Florida's largest newspaper.

Education
Masters in Communication, University of South Florida
BA, Journalism, Indiana University

Fun facts
Carrying on a family tradition, Jen has been a Hoosier basketball fan from day one, when she was born during the IU–North Carolina NCAA tournament game. (IU won, 72-68!)

Favorite thing about UIndy
Hearing about the wonderful students and their success stories!

David Hosick

Director of Communications and Content Strategy

Sease Wing, 201Q
317-788-3582
hosickd@uindy.edu

Background
David Hosick spent the first half of his career as a working journalist, both for newspapers and TV. He still has a love and respect for journalists as watchdogs and storytellers. His roles since have focused on communications, public relations and media relations in higher education and corporate communications.

Account liaison for
HR, Athletics, Accounting/Finance, University Police, President's Office/Provost 

Education
MA, Public Relations Management, Indiana University
BA, Journalism, Eastern Illinois University

Fun facts
I once flew with the U.S. Navy Blue Angels on a media flight.

Favorite thing about UIndy
I love the sense of community on campus.

Jen Huber

Content Specialist

Sease Wing, 201E
317-788-2136
jhuber@uindy.edu

Background
Jen Huber has worked at UIndy since 2000 and has experience in publications work including writing and editing. More recently, she worked on the school's website in addition to writing and editing for internal and external publications.  

Account liaison for
CELL, Facilities, Office of University & Mission, MEGA Center, Division for Professional Engagement 

Education
MS, English, University of Indianapolis
BA, English & Public Relations, Butler University 

Fun facts
I used to be the NBC peacock mascot for Channel 12 when I was an intern.

Favorite thing about UIndy
The many friendships that I have developed over the years.

D. Todd Moore

University Photographer

Sease Wing, 202
dmoore@uindy.edu

Background
Award-winning photographer with pictures published in over a half dozen books and in numerous national and international publications, including Time magazine, The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, The Washington Post, and USA Today. Prior to coming to UIndy, D. Todd Moore was a photographer, Photo Operations Manager and senior Administrative Editor with The Indianapolis Star. He has been a staff photographer at UIndy for three years, but has taught Photojournalism as an adjunct for about fifteen years and has been doing freelance photography at the University for over 20 years.

Education 
BA, English Literature and Communications, Wabash College

Fun facts
A couple of summers during high school I had an interesting job: I was a gravedigger. 

Favorite thing about UIndy 
Being in a stimulating environment surrounded by inquisitive minds, and having the honor of helping share the University's ever-changing story through my photographs.


Stacy Poca

Advancement Marketing & Communications Manager

Sease Wing, 201E
317-788-3384
pocas@uindy.edu

Background
Stacy Poca came to UIndy in August 2016 with a background in higher education and nonprofit communications. She brings a wealth of experience in university development that serves her well as she manages integrated marketing and communications strategies for UIndy’s Office of Advancement

Account liaison for
Advancement, Alumni, Professional Edge, Donor Communications

Education

MEd., Human Movement, Sport and Leisure Studies, Bowling Green State University
BA, Communication Studies, Manchester University

Fun facts
I once lost 15 games of UNO in a row.

Favorite thing about UIndy
I love the views and tranquility of the library’s 3rd floor. It’s a great place to work, think and relax.

Katie Reed

Multimedia Designer

Sease Wing, 201B
317-788-2183
reedke@uindy.edu

Background
Katie Reed is a 2015 graduate of Butler University, with a degree in strategic communication and graphic design. She has experience as an account manager, marketing coordinator and graphic designer with an advertising agency and architectural firm in the Indianapolis area. Prior to her role at UIndy, she lived in West Palm Beach, Fla. where she started her own jewelry business and did freelance work.

Education
BA, Strategic Communications, Butler University  

Fun facts
I played Division I soccer for the Fighting Illini and the Butler Bulldogs. 

Favorite thing about UIndy
The diversity – in everything from the students to the activities around campus and the work I do for the University on a daily basis!

Trisha Smith

Director of University Marketing and Brand Services

Sease Wing, 201P
317-788-6095
smithtri@uindy.edu

Background
Trisha Smith leads the marketing and branding efforts for the University including marketing strategy for new programs, summer classes and camps. In her previous role, she spent more than a decade in the advertising agency industry working with regional and national clients in higher education, hospitality, food/beverage and retail industry. Trisha led agency creative teams to develope unique national sponsorships, strategic marketing plans and media buys for her clients. 

Education
MBA (in progress), University of Indianapolis
BS, Communication, University of Indianapolis

Fun facts
I trained in classical pointe ballet dancing for 17 years. I also received first place prize at a statewide rap contest in 6th grade for my "Say no to drugs rap."  

Favorite thing about UIndy
I love the close community of UIndy. Everyone is great to work with and lives the message Education for Service. I also LOVE the egg chairs! 

Laura Walden

Executive Assistant and Business Operations Specialist

Sease Wing, 201G
317-788-3298
waldenl@uindy.edu

Background

Laura joined UIndy in 2013 with more than 25 years of administrative assistant experience. She was recently promoted to Executive Assistant and Business Operations Specialist. In this role, Laura provides executive administrative support for the Vice President, coordinates the division’s operations and processes, and supervises administrative processes including finance, human resources, vendors, and communications and marketing. She also serves as a liaison for the university community for matters that may escalate to the office of the Vice President.

Education

Certificate, International Business College
BS, Organizational Leadership (in progress), University of Indianapolis 

Fun facts

Growing up, I lived in six different states and/or countries because my dad was in the military. Indianapolis is the longest place I’ve ever lived—31 years.

Favorite thing about UIndy

I love the small town feel and how welcoming and friendly everyone is. UIndy reminds me of home.

Jen Zentz

Social Media Community Manager

Sease Wing, 201F
317-791-5607
zentzjl@uindy.edu

Background
Jen Zentz began working at UIndy in 2012 and has nearly 10 years of experience in communications and marketing. In her current role, she coordinates communications across numerous social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube and Snapchat. She also writes content for print publications, websites and internal communications. 

Account liaison for
Arts, Student Affairs & Housing, Lugar Academy 

Education
BA, Journalism, Franklin College

Fun facts
I'm an avid road cyclist, riding over 2,000 miles each year. I'm also a member of the Tour de Donut's Dozen Club for eating more than 12 donuts during a 32-mile bike ride.

Favorite thing about UIndy
The squirrels!