Meet the Communications Team

Stacy Rader headshotStacy Rader
 - Communications Officer
[email protected] | 303-387-0128

In my role as Communications Officer, I strive to support all DCSD public schools via our district’s key elements of 1) educational excellence, 2) stakeholder satisfaction, and 3) a positive culture and climate.

As a Douglas County resident and parent, I am incredibly committed to the success of each and every public school in the Douglas County School District. I’m excited to be part of such a talented team of communications professionals.

I have over two decades of experience in communications, public relations, and marketing; 14 years of that experience is in the field of K-12 public education. Prior to joining DCSD, I served as the Communications Director for the Colorado League of Charter Schools, a non-profit membership organization.

I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of Colorado at Denver as well as a certificate in graphic and web design from Platt College.  

Jamie DeBartolomeisJamie DeBartolomeis - Communications Assistant
[email protected] | 303-387-0161

I have a diverse background in public relations, marketing, and communications, with extensive experience within the hospitality, and parks and recreation industries. Throughout my career, I’ve managed media relations, special events, website content, and internal and external communications. I love to write and create engaging and informative content. In addition to my communications background, I have classroom experience. Years ago I taught preschool, and I worked in DCSD’s Early Childhood Education program. Originally from the East Coast, I earned a BA from the University of South Carolina. I enjoy reading, hiking, golfing, and road trips.  

Chelane Garcia-Herrada headshotChelane Garcia-Herrada - Digital Communications Coordinator

[email protected]

As the digital communications coordinator, I’m excited to manage DCSD’s digital presence including its website, social media, newsletters, and other digital communications. Prior to DCSD, I worked in a Center at the University of Colorado Denver as the Communications and Community Outreach Coordinator. My background includes experience in web development, event management, community relations, social media management, and accessibility. I have a strong passion for education and helping others and am excited to fulfill that passion here at DCSD! I earned my Bachelor of Arts in History and Spanish from the University of Colorado Denver and am currently pursuing my Master of Arts in Communication Management at the University of Denver.

Paula HansPaula Hans - Public Information Officer
[email protected] | 303-387-0031

With 20+ years of combined experience in media relations, public relations, marketing, and broadcast television, I am thrilled to be part of the Douglas County School District team. Not only do I work and live in Douglas County, and I am also a proud DCSD parent!

Prior to joining the Douglas County School District, I spent time managing media relations for another Colorado school district. My career began in television news, with stops at 7News and FOX-31 News here in Colorado. I also spent time at a number of additional television stations in other states as a reporter, anchor, and producer.

I earned my degree from the University of Nebraska - go Huskers!

Ann Hriso headshotAnn Hriso - Community Relations Coordinator
[email protected] | 303-387-0126

As the Community Relations Coordinator for DCSD, I am excited to foster growth and connections between our amazing county and school district.  Douglas County has so much to offer! With combined work experience in radio, for-profit and non-profit event planning, concert and event promotions, and public relations and marketing, I am thrilled to be part of the Douglas County School District Communications team. 

My husband and I became Douglas County residents in 2003 and have had the privilege to raise both of our sons in the Douglas County School District. As a 3rd generation native of Colorado, I love sharing what makes Colorado a wonderful place to live. I am also a graduate of Colorado State University with a degree in Communications and an emphasis in Broadcasting. 


Amanda Kujawa headshotAmanda Kujawa - Communications and Marketing Coordinator


As the communications and marketing coordinator, I am thrilled to support, strengthen, and advance the marketing efforts of all Douglas County School District schools to promote enrollment, showcase each school's unique qualities, and share the inspiring work of students, teachers, and staff through storytelling.

Previously, I was the marketing and design manager for a research center at the Colorado School of Public Health. I have experience in graphic design, instructional design, website management, email marketing, social media management, and photography. I also volunteer as a mentor for those in eating disorder recovery, a rock climbing instructor for middle school girls, and a graphic designer for a nonprofit that integrates yoga and eating disorder recovery. I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts and a Certificate in Digital Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Tommy Palanuk PhotoThomas Palanuk - Multimedia Producer
[email protected] | 303-387-0124

As DCSD's Multimedia Producer, I have the honor of telling all the inspiring and unique stories that are here in the schools of Douglas County. I started my career behind the camera in 2004 at a local television station in my hometown. I was previously a photojournalist at Denver 7 News and also in Minneapolis where I attended college at the University of Minnesota. You can also find me broadcasting our board meetings, graduations, and organizing the district's film festival.

I am always looking for story tips about the wonderful staff and students that are in our district. Feel free to share any ideas you have with me.

Alison Rausch PhotoAlison Rausch - Director, Parent, Community and Civic Engagement
[email protected] | 303-387-0081

As the Director of Parent, Community, and Civic Engagement, I am excited to support truly authentic relationships between our families and our district. I also support partnerships with local municipalities, community organizations, and local businesses. It is an honor to support and represent our Douglas County School District.

My husband and I have been Douglas County residents since 2003 and are the proud parents of two Rock Canyon High School graduates. I have volunteered in our public schools since 2005. Between volunteer and professional positions, I have learned the value of relationships, clear communication, and educating the community about important topics. I earned a BS in Economics from Santa Clara University.

Jan ReaganJan Reagan
 - Lead Graphic Designer and Brand Manager
[email protected] | 303-387-0255

As Lead Graphic Designer and Brand Manager, it is my pleasure to provide artistic direction, message discipline, brand consistency, and marketing support for the District. 

After attending the University of Colorado, Boulder, and graduating from the Colorado Institute of Art, Denver, I ran Shaeffer Reagan Design, a full-service graphic design firm, for 30 years. As a proud DCSD parent of three and volunteer for 17 years, I joined the DCSD Communications team shortly after my youngest child graduated from Rock Canyon High School. I continue to be exceptionally grateful to be part of the DCSD Community.

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In compliance with Titles VI & VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, and Colorado law, the Douglas County School District RE-1 does not unlawfully discriminate against otherwise qualified students, employees, applicants for employment, or members of the public on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, religion, ancestry, or need for special education services. Discrimination against employees and applicants for employment based on age, genetic information, and conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth is also prohibited in accordance with state and/or federal law. Complaint procedures have been established for students, parents, employees, and members of the public. The School District's Compliance Officer and Title IX Coordinator to address complaints alleging sexual harassment under Title IX is Aaron Henderson, 620 Wilcox Street, Castle Rock, Colorado, [email protected], 303-387-0127.

Outside Agencies

Complaints regarding violations of Title VI, (race, national origin), Title IX (sex, gender), Section 504/ADA (handicap or disability), may be filed directly with the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 1244 North Speer Blvd., Suite 310, Denver, CO 80204. Complaints regarding violations of Title VII (employment) and the ADEA (prohibiting age discrimination in employment) may be filed directly with the Federal Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 303 E. 17th Ave., Suite 510, Denver, CO 80202, or the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, 1560 Broadway, Suite 1050, Denver, CO 80202.


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