The Office of University Relations, Communications is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday except on University holidays.

Phone: 520-621-1877
Fax: 520-626-4121
Location: University Services Building, Room 413
Street address: 888 N. Euclid Ave.
Mailing address: P.O. Box 210158, Tucson, AZ 85721-0158


Office of University Relations, Communications Staff


Andrea Smiley
Associate Vice President, Communications

Andrea Smiley is an award-winning and PRSA-accredited communicator, specializing in public relations and strategic communications. Smiley’s 26-year tenure in Arizona has included local leadership roles, as well as nationally as Vice President of Marketing for Magellan Health Services’ behavioral health division. Smiley was Vice President of Strategic Communications for Avant Strategies, a Phoenix public relations and marketing agency, and served as Chief Community Relations Officer for Magellan of Arizona. She also served as Associate Executive Director for Public Affairs and External Relations with the Arizona Board of Regents and as Assistant Vice President, Communications for the Arizona Medical Association. Smiley received her undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism, and she studied at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications, and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, as part of her master’s program in Communications Management.

Pila Martinez
Senior Director, Communications

Pila Martinez assists the Associate Vice President for Communications in oversight of the office, including all components of special projects that come to Communications from other University departments or divisions that require collaboration and partnership with other entities within or outside of the University. Martinez also oversees and directs internal communications and engagement efforts, including but not limited to: Lo Que Pasa, town halls, special employee events, forum and administrative speaking opportunities. Martinez also supports the Associate Vice President for Communications with issue management and crisis communications in both the development and execution.

Doug Carroll
Director of Media Relations and Communications

Doug Carroll assists the Associate Vice President for Communications in oversight of the Office and is responsible for the production of UANow and UANews, the primary digital communications vehicles for University news. Carroll also oversees media relations, coordinating news releases, events and media requests, and assists with communications strategies for the University. He was a reporter and editor for the Arizona Republic for 18 years.

Amanda Ballard
Amanda Ballard
Communications Specialist

Amanda Ballard is responsible for creating and editing content for the weekly employee e-newsletter, Lo Que Pasa. Ballard also edits submissions to the UA Master Calendar and serves as the co-manager of content that appears on the UA@Work website.

Alexis Blue
Assistant Director, Communications

Alexis Blue is the editor of the Lo Que Pasa employee newsletter and oversees the UA@Work website and UA Master Calendar. Blue also serves as a senior writer for the Office, covering the University in areas that include psychology, sociology, anthropology and the health sciences.

Kimberly Davis
Kimberly Davis
Manager, Social Media

Through tweets, likes and grams, Kimberly Davis manages the UA's social media presence. Her expertise includes experience in digital storytelling as a filmmaker, which she employs in her approach to social media, integrating photography and video. Davis is originally from Colorado, received her degree in journalism from the University of New Mexico, and holds an M.F.A. in filmmaking from the University of North Texas.

Bob Demers
Video Communications Manager

Bob Demers manages video media production and resources for the Office, producing, shooting and editing programming for UANews, UANow and Lo Que Pasa. Demers has more than 30 years of experience in broadcast journalism, media production and filmmaking, and he loves to talk shop.

La Monica Everett-Haynes
Senior Communications Manager

La Monica Everett-Haynes is responsible for covering the arts, humanities, social sciences, student research and student life. In the Office, Everett-Haynes also is manager of the UA Blog and supervises the work-study student workers.

Chris Green
Web Developer

Chris Green builds and manages online applications designed to be easy to use for non-developers and developers alike.  Chris is shared with all of University Relations as a web developer resource.  He is a Drupal expert, and is always happy to help others in using and exploiting its power.

Michael Hume
Information Technology Manager

Michael Hume manages all things IT-related in the Office. Responsibilities include maintenance and development of UANews and UA@Work. Hume also manages the newsletter systems for Lo Que Pasa, UAnnounce and UANow.

Daniel Stolte
Science Writer

Daniel Stolte is the senior science writer for the Office. Stolte coordinates with University researchers, external funding agencies and partnering institutions and organizations in developing engaging stories that showcase the impact of UA science research.

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