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Our Team

A wealth of education and experience at your service

Whether formulating marketing strategy or designing the next award-winning piece of collateral, members of the Office of Marketing & Communications bring to the table abundant work experience and years of education from some of the top universities in America and abroad.

Clare Venegas, Vice President for Marketing & Communications


Aaron Claycomb, Marketing & Communications Manager

Aaron Claycomb joined the UD community in April 2016, coming from the Denton Record-Chronicle and the Mayborn Graduate Institute of Journalism at the University of North Texas, where he also earned his master’s degree in journalism. His work has appeared in D Magazine, The Dallas Morning News, the Record-Chronicle and more. When he’s not managing and building UD’s online social media presence, he’s also writing university-related news, including stories of UD alumni, as well as longer, in-depth feature stories for Tower magazine, the university’s alumni magazine. His work here at UD appears in several digital and print mediums, all in an effort to enhance the reputation, visibility and understanding of the university. Aaron is also presently pursuing a Master of Business Administration in UD’s Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business.

Callie Ewing, Editor

Callie Ewing graduated from UD with a Bachelor of Arts in English in 2003. After holding various proofreading and editing positions, as well as coordinating and teaching after-school and summer creative writing programs, she returned to UD in 2013 to edit and write marketing copy, news stories and the alumni magazine, among other things. She has three precocious children, one precocious husband, and four pets, and she someday hopes to publish a sprawling work of fiction. She is also currently pursuing a Master of Humanities in the Braniff Graduate School. 

Joe Haggard, Senior Digital Media Producer

Joe Haggard graduated from Thomas Aquinas College with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts in 2003. After graduation he taught video editing at UCLA extension and worked in television production. He then pursued independent filmmaking, sound engineering, and network administration. This experience led to him becoming a video producer specializing in social media and marketing. In 2019 Joe joined UD as the digital media producer and strives to promote Catholic liberal education using video to tell the story of the University of Dallas.

Sarah Oates, Lead Designer

Sarah Oates holds two bachelor's degrees in visual communication; one with an illustration concentration from the University of Kansas, the other with a graphic design emphasis from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. When she's not glued to her Mac creating UD print collateral or brainstorming infographics for Tower magazine, you can find her traveling, teaching and taking yoga classes in various locations across the DFW Metroplex.

 Ken Starzer, Web Manager

Ken Starzer graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas with a Masters of Fine Arts in Arts and Technology in 2009. He joined the Office of Marketing and Communications in April 2016 as the web manager. He previously served at UD as the online marketing and communications specialist. His main responsibilities include website development and content curation for, administration and training for the university’s content management system, and assisting in facilitating the university’s online communication strategy. Ken is also a lecturer at the University of Texas at Dallas in the school of Arts, Technology & Emerging Communication. In his spare time, he likes to cook, go camping with his wife Laura, and mess around with photography.