Public Affairs Staff
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Colleen Mastony is the assistant vice president for public affairs at the University of Michigan. She serves as the university’s primary spokesperson and she leads the public affairs team, which handles reputational issues, media inquiries for the central administration, and communications planning for major initiatives. In addition, she oversees the University Record, the official news source for the campus community, as well as the office that handles inquiries involving the Freedom of Information Act. Colleen joined the university in 2024, after more than five years at the University of Chicago. Prior to that, she worked for two decades as a journalist at outlets including the Chicago Tribune and Forbes magazine. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.
Main areas of responsibility are emergency preparedness, major initiatives, legal and reputational issues.
Kim has been a member of the Public Affairs team for more than 25 years. She serves as the director of public affairs and as a public spokesperson for the university. In her role, she handles various projects on behalf of the vice president for communications, assists university leaders and campus units with a range of support from media preparation to communication planning. Kim graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a degree in journalism. Outside of work, she spends much of her time on the soccer fields with her children. She also enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors with her family.
Ashley Miller, Senior Administrative Assistant
Main areas of responsibility include calendar and daily support to the assistant vice president and director for Public Affairs.
Ashley joined the university in an administrative support role in 2017, and joined the Public Affairs team in 2020. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Michigan, where she fell in love with the city of Ann Arbor and the university. In her spare time, she enjoys camping and hiking all over the state of Michigan with her husband, son, and golden retriever.
Dana Elger, Communications Manager
Main areas of responsibility are the U-M strategic visioning process, university budget, campus safety and emergency preparedness.
Dana joined the Public Affairs team in 2009. As a communications manager of strategic initiatives, she assists leadership and campus units with a range of support from media preparation and the development of talking points to communication planning and the launching of initiatives. She earned her bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in marketing from Oakland University. Prior to U-M, she worked as an account associate at Doner Advertising in Southfield. She enjoys spending time outdoors, traveling and relaxing with her family.
Don Jordan, Senior Public Affairs Representative
Main areas of responsibility are free speech issues, government and community relations, and academic human resources and labor relations.
Since joining the Public Affairs staff in 2018, Don has worked to support the communications efforts for a wide range of university functions and initiatives, including enrollment management, budgetary and financial matters and U-M’s work in Detroit. He also works with university leaders to craft key executive communications. He previously worked in marketing and communications for the U-M Office of Enrollment Management. Prior to joining U-M, Don reported for a daily newspaper, taught high school journalism and English, and served as the communications manager for a Detroit-based nonprofit. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Michigan State University.
Lauren Love, Senior Public Affairs Representative
Main areas of responsibility are enrollment management and affordability, sexual misconduct, campus public health.
Lauren comes to Public Affairs with more than a decade of strategic communication and public relations experience. She began her career at the university in Michigan Medicine’s Department of Communication and covered several departments, including gastroenterology, family medicine and the medical school. Before U-M, Lauren was a communications specialist at the University of Notre Dame Law School and before that she served as the press secretary for Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr.’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition in Chicago. Lauren graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She later earned a master of science in public policy from DePaul University.
Hanna Quinlan, Intermediate Public Affairs Representative
Main areas of responsibility are diversity, equity, and inclusion, facilities and construction, high-risk planning and student mental health.
Hanna joined the Public Affairs team in 2016 after earning a B.A.A. in communication with a minor in broadcast and cinematic arts from Central Michigan University. She jumped to her current role in 2019. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling and spending time on the sandy shores of Lake Michigan, where she was born and raised.
University Record Staff
Jeffrey Bleiler, University Record Associate Editor
Jeff joined the Record in 2019 — assisting with story planning, editing and production of its print, online and daily email editions — after a lengthy career in journalism and communications, mostly with the Jackson Citizen Patriot as a sports reporter, copy editor and news/sports leader, and with MLive Media Group as a news and local sports leader. He earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Eastern Michigan University.
Steve Culver, University Record Graphic Designer
Steve brings more than 30 years of experience in newspaper design and production to the Record, which he joined in 2014. As production coordinator Steve is responsible for the newspaper’s graphic design and oversees printing and distribution. Previously, he helped students at The Michigan Daily and Monroe Street Journal produce their publications. Steve also has published a magazine for Southeast Michigan’s LGBT community since 1990.
James Iseler, University Record Editor
Jamie has been with The University Record since 2009. As editor, he oversees the production of the Record’s weekly print edition, website and daily email newsletter. Prior to joining U-M, Jamie spent more than 30 years working for weekly and daily newspapers, most of that time as a reporter, editor and copy editor at the Jackson Citizen Patriot. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science from Central Michigan University.
Katie Kelton, Staff Writer
Katie joined the Record in 2022 and writes news and feature stories. She graduated from Texas Christian University with a bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in Spanish. She previously worked with D Magazine, TCU Magazine, the Oxford University Press and Texas Monthly. Prior to U-M, she was Fulbright scholar teaching English in Madrid, Spain.
Dirk Milliman, Advertising Sales Representative
A graduate of Central Michigan University with a degree in journalism, Dirk has been working in Michigan media for nearly 40 years, owning and managing newspapers, shopping guides and digital media sites. He is a past president of the Michigan Press Association and remains active with the MPA Foundation. His wife, Penelope, is a professional photographer. They have two children and three grandchildren.