Whether formulating marketing strategy or designing the next award-winning piece of collateral, members of the Office of Marketing & Communications bring to the table abundant work experience and years of education from some of the top universities in America and abroad.
Venegas started her career as a reporter and editor at the Orange County Register in Southern California, where she covered local government and community news. She went on to hold several positions in marketing and corporate communications in Orange County and Silicon Valley. Subsequently, Venegas served as president/executive director of Obria Medical Clinics, the largest network of life-affirming women’s health care clinics in Southern California. Most recently, she served as vice president at Curt Pringle & Associates, a public relations and government affairs consulting firm in Southern California. She and her husband, Matt, recently relocated to north Texas, and are proud parents to three school-aged children.
Susan brings 30 years of corporate marketing experience to UD, having served in executive leadership roles for Fortune 500 companies and startups. She has led global marketing initiatives, developed strategic, lead-generation campaigns using digital and traditional media, led creative and marketing teams on branding projects to successfully achieve revenue growth goals. Most recently, she worked as the Director of Marketing for Catholic Charities of Dallas. In her capacity as UD’s Director of MarComm, she will work closely with me, the MarComm team, and many of you, to manage, prioritize and execute project requests in line with the University’s strategic goals.
Aaron Claycomb joined the UD community in April 2016, coming from the Denton Record-Chronicle and the Mayborn Graduate Institute of Journalism at the University of North Texas, where he also earned his master’s degree in journalism. His work has appeared in D Magazine, The Dallas Morning News, the Record-Chronicle and more. When he’s not managing and building UD’s online social media presence, he’s also writing university-related news, including stories of UD alumni, as well as longer, in-depth feature stories for Tower magazine, the university’s alumni magazine. His work here at UD appears in several digital and print mediums, all in an effort to enhance the reputation, visibility and understanding of the university. Aaron is also presently pursuing a Master of Business Administration in UD’s Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business.
Jose Luis Granados is the founder of A.R.T.! Productions, a video production company in North Texas. His company has produced televised and Social Media videos for great institutions such as the Diocese of Dallas, Diocese of Fort Worth, and University of Dallas. He co-founded the ministry A.R.T. Domine! with his wife, with the mission to help more families to be strong, happier, and holier families. Jose has a B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from Anáhuac University of Mexico City. He has 28 years of experience working in the Education Industry as School Business Manager, Dean of Discipline and Regional Coordinator for Leadership Clubs in different cities in the United States and other countries. Jose is confident God has a plan for each one of us and we have to do our best to accomplish it by taking advantage of each skill and expertise he has given us through our life. Jose enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with his wife and five children.
Joe Haggard graduated from Thomas Aquinas College with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts in 2003. After graduation he taught video editing at UCLA extension and worked in television production. He then pursued independent filmmaking, sound engineering, and network administration. This experience led to him becoming a video producer specializing in social media and marketing. In 2019 Joe joined UD as the digital media producer and strives to promote Catholic liberal education using video to tell the story of the University of Dallas.
Aaron comes to UD with over 14 years of professional experience in design, most recently with a marketing agency. Since earning an Associates of Applied Sciences in Digital Media Design from Texas State Technical College, he has worked extensively in the areas of brand development, website design, print collateral and magazine production. A native south Texan, he and his family now live North Richland Hills.
Sarah Oates holds two bachelor's degrees in visual communication; one with an illustration concentration from the University of Kansas, the other with a graphic design emphasis from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. When she's not glued to her Mac creating UD print collateral or brainstorming infographics for Tower magazine, you can find her traveling, teaching and taking yoga classes in various locations across the DFW Metroplex.
Ken Starzer graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas with a Masters of Fine Arts in Arts and Technology in 2009. He joined the Office of Marketing and Communications in April 2016 as the web manager. He previously served at UD as the online marketing and communications specialist. His main responsibilities include website development and content curation for udallas.edu, administration and training for the university’s content management system, and assisting in facilitating the university’s online communication strategy. Ken is also a lecturer at the University of Texas at Dallas in the School of Arts, Humanities, and Technology. In his spare time, he likes to cook, go camping with his wife Laura, and mess around with photography.