Communications & Development

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Communications Office

The Communications Office provides leadership and direction for how the College communicates with its various internal and external audiences, and for strengthening Hamilton’s visibility and identity. Within the office, the talents of writers, editors, media relations professionals, visual communications experts, and social and web communication strategists come together to ensure consistency of messaging. The Office of Communications comprises three working teams: Media Relations, Content & Strategy and Creative Services.


Michael DebraggioMike Debraggio, Assistant Vice President for Communications

Mike came to Hamilton in 1992. In addition to serving as the College’s primary spokesperson, he manages special projects and provides editorial support for new initiatives. Contact Mike with questions about College policy or general communications issues.

Media Relations

The Media Relations Team plays a central role in increasing Hamilton’s visibility nationally, locally and in targeted markets by collecting and disseminating information about College programs and personnel, with priority given to those stories that reflect institutional themes.


Vige Barrie

Vige Barrie, Senior Director of Media Relations

Vige oversees the media relations operations and focuses on identifying, developing and placing stories about the College in the national media. She also participates as a Hamilton Management Roundtable facilitator.

Holly Foster, Associate Director of Media Relations and News Site Editor

Holly manages Hamilton's news site, writing and editing stories and overseeing photography. She is also responsible for placing Hamilton stories and event publicity in local media, and supervising the hometown news program.


Interactive Media Manager

The interactive media manager oversees the cultivation and engagement of communities through social networks and interactive media. Contact the interactive media manager for help with social media, email or web analytics and creative ways to engage audiences with the right mix of online communication tools.


Eileen FooteEileen Foote, Communications Assistant

Eileen provides office support, particularly for media relations projects, which include creating and maintaining databases, disseminating media releases, writing and adding stories to the news site, tracking College news coverage and researching appropriate media for targeted pitches.


Content & Strategy 

The Content & Strategy Team provides concept development, creative direction, writing and editing for a variety of media platforms — from the website, to print publications, to social media. The team works with campus colleagues, often in partnership with Creative Services, to accommodate each department's goals. 


Stacey HimmelbergerStacey Himmelberger, Senior Director of Communications Content & Strategy and Editor, Hamilton Alumni Review

Stacey oversees Hamilton's marketing efforts. She helps lead discussions about ways to incorporate institutional themes into communications, and writes and edits key publications, web pages and emails. Stacey also serves as editor of the Hamilton Alumni Review magazine.


Esena JacksonEsena Jackson, Associate Director of Digital Media (Website)

Esena assists in managing the presentation of content and graphics on the College website and in email communications. She contributes technical and design expertise for new initiatives and upgrades to existing sites and navigation.

Maureen Nolan, College Writer

Maureen serves as lead copywriter and copy editor for much of the College's website. She also contributes regularly to the Hamilton Alumni Review and other print and electronic communications.


Kim DamKim Dam, Editorial Assistant

Kim coordinates the work of 70+ class correspondents who write the Class Notes section of the Hamilton Alumni Review. She also manages the alumni weddings and births column, assists with proofreading and responds to general inquiries about the magazine.


Frank LorenzFrank Lorenz, Hamilton Alumni Review Editor Emeritus

Former librarian and archivist at Hamilton, as well as editor emeritus of the Hamilton Alumni Review, Frank continues to research and write the Necrology and Bookshelf sections of the magazine.


Creative Services

The Creative Services Team oversees the visual presentation of Hamilton’s messages by designing compelling electronic and print communications intended to educate and inspire readers and viewers about the College. The team also oversees the College’s photo library and consistent application of the visual identity. 


Catherine BrownCatherine Brown, Senior Director of Visual Communications

Cathy designs and art directs digital and print communications for the College, and consults on other visual identity projects such as signage and photography.  She manages the visual and identity assets, including an extensive photo library.


Creative Services Production Manager

Our production manager oversees production and implementation details for Creative Services projects, ranging from publications to banners to photo requests. This person has both print and digital expertise.


Phyllis Jackson, Creative Services Associate

Phyllis' primary focus is typesetting College publications and preparing projects for print. She has worked on the Class Notes and Necrology sections of the Hamilton Alumni Review for more than 20 years. She also assists in the maintenance of the photo library.