Melanie Sidwell is the Director of Communications at WICHE, where she supports our mission through strategic communications, media relations, social and digital media, and content services. Prior to joining WICHE, she served in a variety of marketing, communications and alumni relations roles at the University of Colorado, and she worked as a journalist for newspapers in Nebraska, Florida and Colorado. A first-generation college graduate, Sidwell holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a master’s degree in media studies from the University of Colorado Boulder, and currently is a PhD student in information science at CU Boulder.
Candy Allen is WICHE’s senior graphic designer, with responsibilities including: designing and pre-press formatting of WICHE printed documents; designing logos and layouts for new initiatives; designing and producing presentations for the president and others; in-house printing of small-run jobs on a dedicated quality printer; maintaining staff files for business cards, photos, and website updates; advising staff on software use, style, color use, and other information pertaining to documents; and assisting with updates to the WICHE website. She graduated from Suffolk College in Ipswich, England, with a National Diploma in Graphic Design and worked in England as an in-house designer for Guardian Royal Exchange and Axa Insurance companies, British Telecom, and a display and exhibit company before moving back to the U.S. and joining WICHE in 2000.