The Internal Brand team’s focus includes marketing for admissions, university events and high visibility partnerships as well as CMU’s visitor experience and campus tours. The team oversees the Coulter Welcome Center which hosts thousands of visitors each week, and also is responsible for the student Tartan Ambassadors who guide campus tours - both in-person and virtually. We partner with the campus community to best unify brand efforts by offering consultation, support, strategy and project management to enhance and safeguard the university brand.
Senior Brand Manager, Projects & Research
Kara helps coordinate and manage major projects, such as the university's Tony Awards partnership and participation in the World Economic Forum. She earned her undergraduate degree in communications from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and her master's degree in journalism and mass communications from Point Park University. Prior to CMU, she worked for UPMC and Allegheny Health Network, United Way of Allegheny County and H.J. Heinz Company. While at Heinz, she was a part of the corporate team who created the company's float for the 2000 Rose Bowl Parade.
Marketing & Brand Creative Project Manager
Thomas drives projects forward for departments throughout the university, including Admission, Athletics and the College of Fine Arts. Prior to CMU, Thomas worked as a project manager for a creative agency based in Los Angeles where he specialized in print and digital creative production for philanthropic, cultural and entertainment events. With his husband, Thomas is raising two goldendoodles, Duke and Duchess, who are constant reminders of what matters most in life.
Coulter Welcome Center Coordinator
Zoe Tsamitis is the coordinator for the Coulter Welcome Center at CMU. She is a Pittsburgh native and graduated from Point Park University with a BFA in cinema arts in 2020. She runs her own production company, Slow Drift Productions, where she produces short films, events and promotional content. Zoe has a passion for working with people and creating memorable experiences. When Zoe isn't busy welcoming guests, you can find her writing scripts, working on film sets, cooking and playing with her two shih-tzus, Teddy and Penelope.
Associate Director, Admission Marketing
Brandi serves as associate director for Admission Marketing, creating compelling strategy and marketing initiatives to benefit student enrollment. A native West Virginian, Brandi earned her master’s degree in integrated marketing communications and bachelor’s degree in public relations from West Virginia University, where she also worked prior to joining CMU. Outside of work, Brandi is always on the hunt for special pieces for her vintage clothing shop and loves nature, animals and exploring all the fun happenings of Pittsburgh.