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Advancement works closely with the academic leadership team and senior staff to design, implement, and manage a comprehensive, proactive plan to expand and enhance all of the college's external relationships, including development, alumni relations, branding, visibility, media and marketing campaigns. Staff in development, marketing/communications, and career services fall under the umbrella of Advancement.

Cynthia Radecki
Assistant Dean for Advancement

Office: 2150 


Cynthia is an architect, practice leader, and Taubman alum who also has senior experience in development. She previously served as Senior Director of Major Gifts with the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business. Prior to Ross, Radecki worked for several years at the private sector firms of Lord, Aeck & Sargent Architecture and Albert Kahn Associates, Inc. Radecki received her Master of Architecture, Bachelor of Science in Architecture, and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan. She was the first Intern Development Program Coordinator in the State of Michigan and the first woman to receive the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Michigan Young Architect of the Year in 1995. She also served for many years on the boards of AIA Detroit and AIA Michigan.




Contact Information: 734.763.1300 |  taubmanalumniandfriends@umich.edu

The staff of this office is primarily responsible for the school's fundraising activities. This office also serves as the connection for the approximately 8,000 living Taubman College alumni.

Supporting Staff:

Quinn Doran
Assistant Director, Development and Alumni Relations

Office: 1342  |  734-764-5708


As Assistant Director of Development and Alumni Relations, Quinn Doran meets with alumni to learn about their experience at Taubman College and their career path since graduating. Quinn also helps alumni increase their level of engagement with the College, such as volunteer and networking opportunities. Prior to joining Taubman College, Quinn was a philanthropy assistant at the Great Lakes Regional Center at the National Wildlife Federation. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration with a concentration in Philanthropy and Development from University of Michigan.



Marketing and Communications

Contact Information: 734.763.1300 | Rooms 2150 and 2113

The communications and marketing staff oversees internal and external communications, including media relations, marketing, events, website, digital signage, hallway displays, and publications for Taubman College. In addition, the staff develops and implements graphic, style, and editorial standards. 

Supporting Staff:

Amber LaCroix
Senior Director

Office: 2150  |  734-763-1370


Amber La Croix is the senior communications and marketing director at University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. As director, she  leverages marketing communication strategies to achieve the college’s recruiting goals and raise the profile of the college. She manages all architecture and urban planning media communications for the college, including a major campaign for a $28 million building expansion; a partnership between the college, Detroit Public Schools, and the Andrew F. Mellon Foundation; and the college’s exhibition for the Venice Architecture Biennale  in Venice, Italy, as liaison between the U.S. Department of State and Detroit city officials.

Prior to her current position,  she led communications and marketing campaigns in Washington, D.C. and Silicon Valley for national healthcare organizations and technology companies, ranging from the School of Medicine Tour for Diversity, Heart Rhythm Society, and the Children’s Hospital Association to Microsoft, eBay, Intel, and the Consumer Electronics Association (CES). She has been instrumental  in developing award-winning web and media campaigns. Her work on the “Arrest the Risk” Heart Rhythm Society and Association of Black Cardiologists campaign, aimed at educating African Americans on the risks of sudden cardiac arrest, won a Public Relations Society of America Silver Anvil, the top award in public relations.

She volunteers with American Legion Women’s Auxiliary Girls State, a program dedicated to teaching democratic procedures and fair media practices to high school girls, managing the program’s onsite news functions.

She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University James Madison College and an MBA from George Washington University, Washington, D.C.



Deniz McGee
Public Relations Associate

Office: 2150  |  734-615-3845


As part of Taubman College's communications team, Deniz works collaboratively on profile raising projects and manages the college's news room (http://taubmancollege.umich.edu/news), social media accounts (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, etc.), and event marketing strategies. Deniz also helps create, edit, and manage content for the college's website and marketing materials. Deniz joined Taubman College in 2008. Prior to her current role, she served as the college's special projects manager, working with the Dean to organize over 30 college lectures and two conferences per year. She also served as the Project Manager of the U.S. Pavilion Exhibition for the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale. Prior to Taubman College, Deniz worked in Lyon (France), Atlanta, and Boston where her career evolved from chemical engineering to broadcast journalism (at CNN and Atlanta's CBS news affiliate) then to political science research at Harvard University. Deniz received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA.



Liz Momblanco
Graphic Designer

Office: 2113  |  734-615-9434


Liz maintains the overall Taubman College brand materials and visual identity. She is responsible for the design and production of marketing and promotional materials from concept to print. Projects include posters, exhibit and event branding, alumni publications, admissions materials, brochures, postcards, signage, stationery, advertisements, and promotional give-aways. Prior to joining the University of Michigan, Liz worked at Gyro Creative Group in Detroit and Hour Detroit Magazine. Liz received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the College of Creative Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in English and Communications from the University of Michigan.



Bryan Ranallo
Senior Web Designer

Office: 2150  |  734-615-7344


Bryan manages the content and performance of the Taubman College website. As part of the communications team, Bryan also assists with promoting and marketing College news and events. Before coming to the University of Michigan, Bryan worked for The American Institute of Architects in Washington D.C. as a digital design specialist. There he worked on web content pertaining to the bi-weekly AIArchitect newsletter. He received a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Visual Communications from the International Academy of Design and Technology.



MaryAnn Wilkinson
Exhibition Director

Office: 2113  |  734-764-7808


MaryAnn develops and installs an ongoing exhibition program for the College’s two galleries, one in the College building on North Campus and the other in the Research Annex in downtown Ann Arbor. She organizes more than ten exhibitions in a calendar year, ranging from formal architecture methodology to experimental social projects. In addition, as adjunct curator of modern art at UMMA, she advises on acquisitions and other issues regarding the modern art collection. Prior to joining Taubman College, she built a long career at the Detroit Institute of Arts, as head of the Modern and Contemporary Art department and later as Curator of European Modern Art and taught art history ar U-M Dearborn. She holds an M.A. in the History of Art and a B.A. in French Language and Literature, both from the University of Michigan.



Katee Cole
Conference and Events Manager

Office: 2150  |  734-763-6518


As the Conference and Events Manager, Katee oversees the scheduling and execution of college events including conferences, symposia, and the college lecture series, in addition to alumni events and other college activities. Prior to joining Taubman College, she worked in hospitality management, sales, and marketing. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration from The University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross School of Business, with a focus on marketing, and is currently pursuing a Master's of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications from Eastern Michigan University.



Sarah Scott
Admissions Marketing Coordinator

Office: 2150  |  734-647-2772


Sarah is a University of Michigan alumna with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and a minor in African-American Studies. She recently earned a Masters of Management degree from the Ross School of Business.



Jacob Cofer

Office: 2113


Jacob is a University of Arkansas alumnus with a Bachelor of Arts in marketing from the Sam M. Walton School of Business. He was formerly with Geometry Global in Chicago, where he was responsible for the production of marketing campaigns.



Career Services

Contact Information: 734.763.1370 | Room 2150 | taubmancareerservices@umich.edu

The career services staff at Taubman College is a student-centered team committed to providing a comprehensive and tailored suite of services and resources that will empower students and alumni to leverage skills and training in order to achieve and maintain lifelong career success.

Supporting Staff:

Beth Berenter
Architecture Career Services Coordinator

Office: 2318  |  734-764-1301


As a career services coordinator, Beth collaborates on major annual career efforts including the Spring Break Externship Program and the Career Fair.   She works primarily with undergraduate and graduate architecture students and alumni.  She advises students on job search skills and strategies, facilitates student-alumni and alumni-alumni connections, arranges career-related presentations by alumni, and conducts an annual alumni Destination employment survey. Prior to joining the University of Michigan, Beth held various positions in human resources, event planning, real estate sales, and fundraising management. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Western Michigan University, and two teaching certificates. Please email with questions, or to schedule an appointment.



Lou Ecken Kidd
Urban and Regional Planning Career Services Coordinator / MECC Project Coordinator

Office: 2320  |  734-763-9560

As Career Services Coordinator, Lou provides individual career strategy meetings for students and alumni, presents weekly career skill development workshops, promotes networking opportunities between students and professionals, and collaborates on major career efforts including the Spring Break Externship Program and the annual Career & Networking Fair. Lou works mainly with students in the Master of Urban and Regional Planning, Master of Urban Design and Master of Science in Architecture programs, but is available to assist other students as needed. Prior to joining Taubman College, Lou served as the Director of Alumni Engagement (and before that, Career Service Coordinator) at Alma College, a small private college in the middle of Michigan. She earned her Bachelor of Science from Alma College, and then came to the University of Michigan for dual degrees: Master of Social Work and Master of Public Health. To schedule an appointment with Lou, please use her appointment calendar or email.