About the Office of Communications, Marketing and Development

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

 Toya Stewart Downey<br />Interim Director of Communications, Marketing and Development

Phone: 651-767-8104

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Toya Stewart Downey
Interim Director of Communications, Marketing and Development

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 (newspapers, TV, etc.)
  • Questions about working with the media and pitching stories

FAMILY AND SCHOOL COMMUNICATIONS


 Pepe Barton<BR />Communications Specialist

Phone: 651-744-5660

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Pepe Barton
Communications Specialist

Duties include:

  • School marketing, branding and communications
  • Communications plans for school-based initiatives, events or policies
  • Crisis communications to families (letters, emails, phone calls, text; Connect 5)
  • Liaison to schools School-to-district advocate Principal’s Playbook newsletter (monthly)
  • Manage School Marketing Toolkit

 

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:

  • Graphic design
  • Marketing and communications support
  • District communication (writing and editing)

DIGITAL COMMUNICATION


 Troy Melhus<br />Digital Media Manager

Phone: 651-744-5670

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Troy Melhus
Digital Media Manager

Duties include:

  • Oversee District digital communication systems
  • School and department website programming and maintenance
  • District Digital Signage
  • Social media content and strategy
  • Digital Project Manager
  • MySPPS app
 Shawn Hogendorf<br />Digital Editor

Phone: 651-744-5207

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Shawn Hogendorf
Digital Editor

Duties include:

  • The Bridge
  • Event photos (students, teachers, school events)
  • School website updates and maintenance
  • Content creation (school kudos, student achievements or events)
  • Social media specialist
  • SPPS in the News
  • Happening Now

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

 Kawlahay Zan<br />Karen Translation Specialist

Phone: 651-767-8354

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Kawlahay Zan
Karen Translation Specialist

 Rabiic Omar<br />Somali Translation Specialist

Phone: 651-744-7244

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Rabiic Omar
Somali Translation Specialist

DISTRICT AND DEPARTMENT SUPPORT


 Kathy Weyandt<br />Program Assistant

Phone: 651-767-8110

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Kathy Weyandt
Program Assistant

Duties include:

  • 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
  • District calendar updates
  • Employee onboarding
  • Ad buy coordinator Budget/expense tracking
  • 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
 Lisa van der Steur<br />Senior Development Specialist

Phone: 651-767-8108

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Lisa van der Steur
Senior Development Specialist

Duties include:

  • Provides grant training and technical assistance
  • Edits and routes K-12 teacher/school grants
  • Liaison with SPPS Foundation
  • Liaison with GiveMN/Give to the Max Day
 Megan Garrido<br />Fund Development Coordinator

Phone: 651-767-8344

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Megan Garrido
Fund Development Coordinator

Phone:

Email:

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