Carnegie Mellon University

Online Strategy

The Online Strategy team is responsible for building a cohesive brand online, including the design and development of the core cmu.edu website.

The team works closely with the university's Computing Services to offer a central content management system (CMS) and design templates that can be used by units across the institution.

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Amanda Berneburg

Director, Online Strategy

Amanda oversees large and small website projects, from redesigns to specialized micro-sites. Prior to joining CMU, she worked at a public relations firm in Pittsburgh, where she supported a variety of clients including law firms, non-profits, and the manufacturers of Heinz ketchup. She received a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Westminster College. At home with her family, Amanda spends her time playing outside and blowing bubbles.
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Amber Becker

Digital Project Manager

Amber spearheads project management for the online strategy team. Fueled by coffee and happy developers, she believes in the power of well-planned projects achieved through active communication, supportive education, clear workflows and progressive technology. She has a degree in public relations from Penn State and previously worked in the digital division of a regional retail brand, as well as an Internet marketing agency. When taking a breather from wrangling run-away processes, she’s likely to be knitting up a storm, racing off on weekend road trips with her husband or reading a classic novel.

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Steve Chabassol

User Interface Designer & Developer

Steve designs and codes the university’s content management system templates, provides quality assurance for web projects and helps to maintain cmu.edu. He has an associate’s degree in multimedia from Pittsburgh Technical College and is now pursuing a bachelor's degree in creative writing and music technology at CMU. Steve is a multi-genre recording artist and poet, loves Jesus, and lives in the South Hills of Pittsburgh with his wife, daughter and piebald pit bull.
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John Dermott

Digital Content Manager

John is responsible for helping website owners across campus manage their online content and think strategically about their website goals, audience and user experience. He has a bachelor’s degree in communication and advertising and a minor in visual communication design from Purdue University, whose team colors serendipitously match those of Pittsburgh’s national teams. When he’s not helping in the content management and creation process, John and his wife like to explore and eat their way around the world—Anthony Bourdain-style.
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Jordan Harrison

Associate Director, Online Strategy

Over the past 15 years, Jordan has helped businesses and nonprofits large and small make their web dreams come true. As a member of the online strategy team, Jordan applies her expertise in content management system implementation, developer operations, user experience, technical infrastructure and other specialized skills that make great websites and applications hum. She is also an avid gardener and looks forward to supplying her colleagues with hot peppers and tomatoes all summer long.
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Chris Kornell

Sr. Front End Developer

Building on 10 years of experience, Chris specializes in front-end web development, developer operations and research and development. As part of the Online Strategy team, he applies his skills to the university’s enterprise content management system, and to the critical path of CMU’s web presence as a whole. He loves designing workflows, systems and picking out subtle details in designs. When he’s not being a keyboard cowboy, you can find him in a CrossFit gym performing deadlifts or walking on his hands.

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Sakena Washington

Digital Content Manager

Sakena manages content for some of the university website’s top level pages, including sites related to CMU’s key areas of focus. She has degrees in English and creative writing, and prior to CMU she worked at the University of Pittsburgh where she was a program administrator and web developer. Sakena is a Pittsburgh native but has called Atlanta, Brooklyn, Harrisburg and Los Angeles home. When she is not documenting her life through snapshots and selfies, she fills her time with creative projects that span from writing, knitting and genealogy to dreaming up the next travel adventure for her and her husband, a faculty member in the Entertainment Technology Center.