•  Irene Payne
     
     Irene Payne - Chief Communications and Community Engagement Officer
     775-333-3774
     
    I have been a marketing communications professional for more than 20 years. It’s a job I love doing. Before joining Washoe County School District, I was Executive Director of the Human Services Network in Reno, Nevada and worked as a consultant helping nonprofits build capacity and develop effective marketing and public relations strategies.

    Educating our children is important to me. I worked in the field of education in London where I was responsible for European marketing and global media relations for a higher educational organization. As part of that role, I was lucky enough to represent the UK higher educational system on a British government sponsored tour of Pakistan. What a memorable experience that was. Prior to that, I was responsible for internal communications, marketing and branding for a large financial services organization.

    Along with the previous Washoe County School District Superintendent, Heath Morrison, I was the recipient of the 2012 Leadership Through Communication award, sponsored by Blackboard Connect, the National School Public Relations Association and the American Association of School Administrators. We were recognized for our exemplary efforts to enhance communication between schools, parents and the community the school district serves. This was a great honor for me as I strive to ensure we communicate authentically with all our stakeholders.

    The level of friendliness of Nevadans never ceases to amaze me. It truly is a wonderful place to live. As an outdoors type of girl, I like to horse ride, ski, snowshoe and hike. I try to make the most of living in this beautiful part of the world. I am very proud to be a part of this amazing school district as we work together to get ‘Every Child, By Name And Face, To Graduation’.

     Jen
    Jen Caldwell - Executive Assistant
    775-348-0250
     
     
     
     
     

     
     
     
     
    Megan Downs - Communications Manager
     
    The Communications Manager develops, manages, and implements strategic communications plans for the District, ensuring that internal and external audiences are provided with accurate and timely information. The Manager oversees the development of district-wide publications and media communications, provides support to schools around communication issues and effective messaging.
     

    Victoria Campbell
     
     
    Victoria Campbell - Public Information Officer
    775-333-3789
     
    The Public Information Officer for the Washoe County School District works directly with the media to promote activities in the District. The PIO fields media calls, answers reporters’ questions, organizes media events, provides information and works with the rest of the Communications staff to publicize the outstanding work of WCSD students and staff.
     

     Coleen Delong
     
     
    Coleen Delong - School Stakeholder Communications Specialist
    775-348-0377
     
     The School Stakeholder Communications Specialist develops and directs support to our schools and school and district administrators so that they can effectively communicate important and emerging issues to their school communities using a variety of communication tools.
     

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    Jeff Foss - Broadcast Media Specialist
    jefoss@washoeschools.net
    775-325-2074
     
     The Broadcast Media Specialist is the videographer for the Communications and Community Engagement Office. The videographer creates multimedia packages to further the District’s brand and promotions. He also assists in social media, community engagement and all forms of media projects. He finds it very rewarding to be able to frequently to meet our staff and students and tell their stories.
     
     
     

    Melissa Gillis
     
     
     
    Melissa Gillis - Graphics & Communications Specialist
    775-348-0270
     
     Melissa is responsible for creating, managing, and organizing Washoe County School District publications. She works on visual concept development and creative direction for District level communications, including marketing support materials, and sets brand standards for the District.
     
     
     
     

    Cambria Miller
     
     
     
     
    Cambria Miller - Virtual & Blended Learning Marketing Specialist
     775-348-0326
     
     The virtual and blended marketing specialist is responsible for raising awareness for the offerings of a variety of programs within Washoe County School District. This includes market research, conducting focus groups, program branding, event planning, creating promotional items, and producing content for advertising campaigns.
     
     
     

    Charles Rahn  
     
     
    Charles Rahn - Social Media Specialist
     775-333-3761
     
    The Social Media Specialist is responsible for the development and use of internet based communication platforms to support the WCSD’s strategic plan. Responsibilities range from creating new tools for our staff and stakeholders, to training WCSD staff to use popular social networking platforms to better engage the school communities that they serve.

      

     
     

      Fatima Rivas
     
     
     
    Fatima Rivas - Multicultural Outreach
    775-348-0339

    The main objective of the Multicultural Outreach Specialist is to help establish genuine, trustworthy, consistent relationships with our underserved communities. I help establish a new vision for engagement and partnership that takes into account the strengths and needs of our underserved students and families. Targeted groups include Latino/Hispanic, African American/Black, and American Indian/Native American communities. In addition, the Specialist will support department programs and/or initiatives that directly affect underserved communities and families.
     

    Riley Sutton
                         
                         
     
      Riley Sutton - School Capital Needs Initiative Public Relations Specialist
      775-348-0278
     
     The Public Relations Specialist – School Capital Needs Initiative is responsible for communicating with and engaging the community regarding school facility conditions and capacity issues.
     
     
     

     
     
     Irene Zaraco
     
     
    Irene Zaraco - Welcome Center Receptionist
     775-348-0200