About the Office of Communications, Marketing & Development

  • The Office of Communications, Marketing & Development oversees all district and school communication, grants and translations to all families.

 Kevin Burns<br /> Director

Phone: 651-744-1361

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Kevin Burns
Director

Duties include:
  • Day-to-day department oversight
  • District spokesperson
  • First contact for media requesting information and access to schools and administrators
  • Liaison to external media (print, broadcast and digital)
  • Questions about working with the media and pitching stories

COMMUNICATIONS


 Pepe Barton<BR />Communications Consultant

Phone: 651-744-5660

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Pepe Barton
Communications Consultant

Duties include:

  • Communications and action plans for large district initiatives, policies or procedures
  • School and district communications support
  • Department communications support
  • Manages the Principal’s Playbook newsletter (monthly)
  • Manages the School Marketing Toolkit
  • Manages the District's MySPPS app

 

GRAPHIC DESIGN


 Kate Ryan<br />Communications & Marketing Senior Associate

Phone: 651-767-8112

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Kate Ryan
Communications & Marketing Senior Associate

Duties include:

  • Responsible for graphic design and layout of internal and external print and digital publications
  • Provides support and expertise on SPPS branding and visual marketing
  • Manages bi-weekly e-newsletter (Happening Now)
  • Helps oversee district social media content and strategy
  • Manages SPPS Twitter and Instagram accounts
  • Assists Digital Editor with digital marketing strategy, website support and email marketing

DIGITAL COMMUNICATION


 Shawn Hogendorf<br />Digital Editor

Phone: 651-744-5207

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Shawn Hogendorf
Digital Editor

Duties include:

  • Oversee District digital communication systems (websites, app, social media, digital projects)
  • Crisis communications to families (letters, emails, phone calls, text; Connect 5)
  • School and department website programming and maintenance
  • District social media content and strategy
  • Manage digital newsletters (The Bridge, News You Can Use)
  • Content creation (photography, written communications)

VIDEO


 Jerry Skelly<br />Communications & Marketing Senior Associate

Phone: 651-767-8107

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Jerry Skelly
Communications & Marketing Senior Associate

Duties include:

  • District-wide video production (major events)
  • School promotional videos
  • Connect 5 training (phone, text, email)
  • Digital video integration
  • Website special projects
  • District wide photos (students, teachers, events, etc.)
 Rich Currier<br />Audio Visual Technician

Phone: 651-744-5076

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Rich Currier
Audio Visual Technician

Duties include:

  • District videographer and editor
  • Audio/visual technical support (schools, departments, programs)
  • Saint Paul Cable Channel 16 video programming
  • Electronic/Video bulletin board support

TRANSLATIONS


 Alejandra Bosch<br />Translations Manager

Phone: 651-767-8334

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Alejandra Bosch
Translations Manager

Duties include:

  • Translation services (Hmong, Karen, Somali and Spanish)
  • ConnectEd phone messages (Hmong, Karen, Somali and Spanish)
 Joanne Vang<br />Hmong Translation Specialist

Phone: 651-767-8395

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Joanne Vang
Hmong Translation Specialist

Duties include:

  • Hmong translations
  • District Hmong communication line
  • ConnectEd phone messages
  • Voice-over of school and district videos
 Kawlahay Zan<br />Karen Translation Specialist

Phone: 651-767-8354

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Kawlahay Zan
Karen Translation Specialist

Duties include:

  • Karen translations
  • District Karen communication line
  • ConnectEd phone messages
  • Voice-over of school and district videos
 Rabiic Omar<br />Somali Translation Specialist

Phone: 651-744-7244

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Rabiic Omar
Somali Translation Specialist

Duties include:

  • Somali translations
  • District Somali communication line
  • ConnectEd phone messages
  • Voice-over of school and district videos

DISTRICT AND DEPARTMENT SUPPORT


 Kathy Weyandt<br />Program Assistant

Phone: 651-767-8110

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Kathy Weyandt
Program Assistant

Duties include:

  • Oversee CMD accounts payable
  • Project support for CMD
  • Director Office administration
  • District Event Coordinator and Planning
  • Board BOE recognitions
  • Oversee CMD accounts payable

 

 Brandi Cavalletti<br />Management Assistant 2

Phone: 651-767-8181

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Brandi Cavalletti
Management Assistant 2

Duties include:

  • Administrative Support for CMD Director
  • Budget/expense tracking, purchases, requisitions and vendor payments
  • District calendar updates
  • Employee onboarding
  • Meeting coordinator/CMD meeting agendas
  • NAAPID point person
  • Crisis Handbook
  • District event support
  • Information/contact updates (staff, resources, PTO/PTA)

GRANTS


 Rebekah Doyle<br />Grants Management Coordinator

Phone: 651-767-8366

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Rebekah Doyle
Grants Management Coordinator

Duties include:

  • Create strategy for future project and grant development
  • Ensure grant projects run smoothly and in accordance with funding guidelines
  • Coordinate federally-funded grant initiatives
  • Direct, monitor and support the work of administrators and employees as related to grant projects
  • Coordinate proposals with outside agencies
 Megan Garrido<br />Fund Development Coordinator

Phone: 651-767-8344

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Megan Garrido
Fund Development Coordinator