Meet the Team
Joann D. Young
Assistant Dean of Communications & Strategic Initiatives
Throughout Joann Young’s career in communications, she had the opportunity to work alongside world-renowned academics, professional athletes, high-profile corporate companies and their C-suite executives, Hollywood A-listers, and local community partners to lead, strategize, and produce creative communications programs in higher education, professional sports, and broadcast. In her current role, Joann oversees the college’s communications, recruitment, and engagement efforts. Prior to UCR, Joann was the Executive Director of Public Affairs and Communications at Claremont McKenna College. During her time in professional sports, Joann managed the communications activities at NASCAR's Auto Club Speedway and the media relations efforts for the Los Angeles Dodgers Radio Network with KABC. Prior to her time in professional sports, Joann was responsible for producing programs at a number of radio broadcast properties including the Disney-owned ABC Radio Networks; Talk Radio 790 KABC; legendary classic rock station 95.5 KLOS; the Gracie Award winning talk radio program Satellite Sisters; and public radio’s The Tavis Smiley Show. The range of Joann’s professional experience illustrates her knowledge and appreciation of the communication skills needed to reach and impact audiences from a wide-range of industries, which allows her to bring a unique perspective that organizations and their audiences have benefitted from. A graduate of the University of Southern California (USC), Joann earned her Master of Communication Management degree from the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. She also studied at the University of California, Irvine earning a B.A. in Criminology, Law, and Society and a B.A. in Asian American Studies. Joann was also a fellow with the Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Digital Communications Manager
Tom Windeknecht is the Digital Communications Manager for CNAS. He has been with UCR since 2015 where he has built and managed numerous websites, scheduled digital media, and created and managed multiple social media accounts. Tom currently manages the CNAS website, along with websites under CNAS by assisting site builders, creates the email newsletters, and assists with social media.
Owen C. Wolf
Marketing & Communications Coordinator
Owen (he/him) joined the CNAS team in September 2022 after spending 17 years working in enrollment management at his alma mater, Trinity University, and Caltech, Pitzer College, and The Webb Schools in Claremont, CA. He was responsible for in-house marketing asset design at Webb, and also developed electronic communications and video content as a member of the Pitzer admission team. His professional experience also includes podcasting, print design, event planning, and video editing. In his spare time, Owen enjoys watching documentaries, cheering on the Dodgers and Rams, and spending time with his wife, dog, and cat.
What We Do
Creative Services: We mange the development, production, and marketing of print and digital content, including brochures, postcards, posters and other promotional items. Access our template library on CNAS Resources below for ready-made templates designed to highlight events, departments, labs, and research topics.
Media Services: We work in partnership with University Communications for all media requests. We respond to media and information requests internally, and work with press at the local, national, and international level. For all media inquiries, please contact Joann Young, Assistant Dean of Communications & Strategic Initiatives, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Web Services: We oversee the management of all pages on the CNAS website and offer maintenance, design, and branding consulting services to CNAS departments and groups. For questions about your web project, please contact Tom Windeknecht, Digital Communications Manager, at email@example.com.
Newsletter: Our monthly newsletter contains information about goings-on at CNAS, CNAS in the media, and important messages from the CNAS Dean's office.
CNAS Merchandise Requests
Hosting an event? Need some CNAS merchandise? The CNAS Communications team is happy to provide CNAS affiliated departments, groups & organizations with swag items upon request. Fill out the form(s) below to get started.
Note: Merchandise is distributed based on current availability. A member of the CNAS Communications team will contact you when your request has been approved.
CNAS Community Forum
Are you a CNAS community member who's taken some awesome photos of CNAS people, places or activities? Would you like to share those photos with the CNAS community? Click the link below to submit them to our photo library!
Please include a basic description of the photo, including when and where it was taken, and by whom. Submitted photos should be the submitter's original work, and will be shared through college and department websites, newsletters, social media, etc.
Do you have a CNAS story to share? Would you like to nominate a CNAS faculty, staff member or student? Click the link below and let us know!
CNAS Fun Facts
We're seeking new content for "CNAS Fun Facts," our ongoing social media campaign. Click the link below to submit a little-known, fun, or historical fact about CNAS people, places etc. to be featured on our Instagram page!
CNAS Profiles is our ongoing social media campaign designed to introduce CNAS community members to prospective students. Profiles include biographical information, plus answers to fun questions about hobbies, hidden talents, super powers, etc.