Communications Staff

BreAnda Northcutt

  • Director
  • Communications
BreAnda oversees the communications unit, providing strategic guidance and deploying members of the team to support each unit and initiative as needed. She strives to make each finance, operational and administrative project more effective by thoughtfully considering every aspect of communication – from messaging to messenger, medium, format and timing – including how it fits into the larger picture of other initiatives.

Merina Mesa

  • Writer
  • Communications
Merina provides writing and editing support for the FOA’s division’s websites. Her primary focus is on marketing writing for the Human Resources website and other upcoming initiatives. She looks forward to providing creative language while also keeping in line with the UC Davis brand.

Brei Thompson

  • Communications Specialist
  • Communications
Brei works on a handful of FOA initiatives, with a focus on creating and implementing a strategic communications plan for the new Supply Chain Management organization. She uses skills learned from years in journalism and video production to tell relatable messages to targeted audiences.

Liz Corkery

  • Web Content Manager
  • Communications
Liz provides web design and user experience support for the FOA division’s websites. She is primarily focused on the reimagining of the Human Resources website and will look forward to bringing the experience of improving that platform to other FOA initiatives.

Jennifer Eting

  • Communication Manager for Change Initiatives
  • Communications
Jennifer provides expert support for the division’s ongoing change initiatives, namely UCPath, ensuring that each change project has a strong communication plan associated with it. Jennifer is focused on using targeted communication tools that accelerate acceptance of change.

Grant Nejedlo

  • Communication Manager for Employee Engagement
  • Communications
Grant is largely focused on improving employee engagement with the division’s diverse programs through more effective communications, including providing communication leadership for Human Resources. Grant is looking for ways to increase the impact of internal communications.

Katie Hetrick

  • Director of Marketing and Comms, Campus Planning & Environmental Stewardship
  • Communications
Katie spearheads all marketing and communication efforts for the Arboretum and Public Garden and the rest of the units within Campus Planning and Environmental Stewardship. Katie is responsible for all aspects of communication and has deep knowledge of marketing, social media and outreach strategies.

Andrew Larsen

  • Senior Graphic Designer
  • Communications
Andrew provides creative leadership for the division’s design projects, including overseeing the work of two graphic design students: Julia Wu and Ashley Lam. Andrew is focused on designing materials that positively impact our audiences.

Duke McAdow

  • Web Content Manager
  • Communications
Duke provides web design and development support for the division’s websites. He tracks analytics and discovers new ways to improve the online user’s experience. He is currently participating in a testing phase for SiteFarm, the new Drupal content management system to provide support for transitioning our departments to the new platform.