CALS External Relations staff

General Contacts

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    Associate Dean for External Relations and Advancement

    Heidi ZoerbAssociate Dean for External Relations and Advancement, oversees the college’s external relations efforts, leads the CALS communications team, works with the UW Foundation to advance the college’s development priorities, and advises the dean on matters related to the college’s public image and relationships with stakeholders.

    Heidi Zoerb

News and Media Relations


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    Managing Editor of Publications

    Nik Hawkins, Managing Editor of Publications, is the editor of Grow magazine, the CALS life sciences and alumni magazine, and CALS Connection, the college’s e-newsletter for alumni. He also manages and edits a variety of special projects, including development communications, and serves as back-up photographer.

    Nik Hawkins
  • Janelle Jordan Naab
    Graphic Designer

    Janelle Jordan NaabGraphic Designer, is responsible for the design and layout of Grow magazine and other CALS publications. Her duties also include developing and producing a wide range of print and digital materials that preserve the college’s identity and branding.

    Janelle Jordan Naab


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    Marketing Associate Director

    Nicole Lederich, Marketing Associate Director, leads and develops marketing efforts to support the college’s goals related to student recruitment, private philanthropy and other priorities. She’s in charge of gathering and analyzing the latest market research necessary to promote the college’s stories across a variety of channels.

    Nicole Lederich
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    Communications Specialist

    Jori SkalitzkyCommunications Specialist, writes news releases, magazine articles and other stories about CALS. She also manages the college’s social media sites (Twitter/XInstagram, and LinkedIn) and maintains news content on the main CALS web page and the CALS News web page.

    Jori Skalitzky

Web & UX Design/Development

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    Web Services Developer

    Mark Millard, Web Designer & Developer, collaborates with CALS IT Web Services to support and maintain the college’s web communication platform. He focuses on areas of UX/UI design, web development, technical web services, digital accessibility, core web vitals, and web analytics for college-priority digital communication projects and websites.

    Mark Millard