Meet the MarCom Team

Marketing and Communications Leadership

Melinda Garland

Executive Director of University Marketing

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Inspired daily by her daughters and husband. Melinda enjoys warm weather, lakes and oceans, and fresh peaches every August.

Why she does what she does: There are thousands of stories to be told. There is always room for improvement. There is always something new to learn. A new challenge. And there’s always room to move the needle.

My favorite book: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. Everyone should read it.

Karen Hamilton MA, CNP

Director of Marketing for Content & Communications

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Originally from Montana, Karen lives with her husband and daughter (and their cranky cockapoo Cosmo) in Los Angeles. 

She finds a way to get back to the Big Sky state and the mountains to recharge. (Her Peloton name is Montana_Gal if you are ever interested in joining her for a ride.) On most weekends, you will find her on soccer fields across the U.S watching her daughter play.

Karen has a strong belief that communication is a powerful driver for social change.

Amelia Bryan

Director of Marketing for Digital Strategy

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An all-around marketing maven, Amelia found herself in the higher education field after an adventurous stint in large-market radio and international marketing. 

She is a steadfast believer that education has the power to transform lives.

“Intuition is really a sudden immersion of the soul into the universal current of life….”
Paulo Coelho – The Alchemist

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Erin Temmen

Associate Director of Marketing Services

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If there’s a mountain, you can find Erin hiking it or skiing it. 

She has an adorable, sassy puppy named Lola Marie, who is part hound and isn’t afraid to let everyone know it. Erin is terrible at golf but pursues it nonetheless. 

She loves spending time with her nieces and nephews, encouraging bad behavior and generally being a fun aunt. Her spirit animal is the honey badger.

Marketing and Communications Staff

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Marcus Alford

Marketing Account Manager
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Whitney Bacon

Marketing Project Assistant
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Ashley Beavers

Marketing Analyst & Forecaster
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Johanna Case

Video Producer
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Jamila Gaskins

Jamila Gaskins

Marketing Account Manager
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Jamila believes a world of equity, justice, care, and wellbeing is possible. We must imagine it and choose it, then be intentional in how we live and work in relationship with ourselves and others. Some of her favorite foods (delicious food and family-style eating are two of her love languages) are banana custard shakes, cookies with a crispy edge and soft middle, and peanut butter chocolate popcorn. Swimming is a form of mediation for her, and regular hiking ensures she stays sane.

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Jonathan Hawkins

Front-End Developer
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Jonathan is driven by the insatiable desire to solve problems. Whether it is a small coding bug or a large-scale difficulty that needs a digital solution, he loves the journey and satisfaction of solving it. Other than coding, Jonathan loves spending time with his wife and daughter, hiking, playing guitar, woodworking, and renovating his house. With the few minutes that are left in the day, you might find him vegging out to a good tv show.

Lauren Instenes

Lauren Instenes

Social Media & Community Manager
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Lauren is a passionate storyteller who uses digital media to amplify voices and stories that often aren’t listened to. Since starting at Antioch she helped found the new university wide podcast, The Seed Field Podcast, and is working to grow Antioch’s digital community to connect Antiochians accross the world. Lauren is based in Milwaukee, WI where she enjoys rock climbing, exploring local coffee shops, and spending time with her family, including her energetic pug, Gator!

Mira Mead

Mira Mead

Digital Designer
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Mira is an advocate for social justice, kindness,  equality, and environmental preservation. She leads with a “person-first” mentality, citing her motto as “the person is always more important than the thing”. She was born and raised in Santa Barbara and went on to graduate from AUSB in 2020. She originally worked in the 3D production industry in Hollywood CA where she created digital assets for film, video games, and animation. “To me, media is the all-encompassing definition of art, design, technology, and creativity. Media excites our visual and auditory senses with the combination of imagination and innovation. Media is magnificent!”. In her free time, she finds happiness tending plants, painting & journaling, learning new skills, and hanging out with her kitty Jack.

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Jen Mont

Web Content Coordinator
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Jennifer has spent most working life helping people learn and grow. She has been in sales, retail, and a multitude of other fields; but has spent the most time in public education. She is driven to connect people, build relationships, strengthen communities, and to help people access education that will help them grow as individuals and members of society. She is happiest when she is learning something new or connecting with others through words, music, and art.

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Jasper Nighthawk

University Storyteller
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Jasper is a prose writer and poet who loves book design and black tea. He lives in Los Angeles with his partner Lisa and their extremely fluffy cat, Sybil, named after the sibilant, favorite sound of kitties everywhere. He publishes his non-Antioch writing and that of others in his free email newsletter, Lightplay. Once the pandemic’s “over”, you’ll find him playing basketball and practicing Kung Fu.

Sue Selzer

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Designer
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Raised in Hong Kong and Bangkok, Sue came to the United States for college in the 90s and never left. She began her career in graphic design at the alternative newspaper LA Weekly. Currently living in Los Angeles with her husband and Gen Z daughter, Sue spends her spare time debunking conspiracy theories and keeping her curiosity alive.

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Maria Symons

Marketing Account Manager
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Maria currently resides in Colorado where she spends most of her time entertaining her officemate (and daughter), Maxine. Some of her favorite things in the world are her family, powerlifting, pursuits of equity, and dessert foods. In warm weather, she can be found outside in a lawn chair, trying to stop Max from putting dirt in her mouth. During the cold Colorado months, she can be found indoors, because she cannot ski.