Communications Team

 

Justin Broglio, Communications Officer

JustinBroglioReno: 775-673-7610
Mobile: 775-762-8320
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Justin Broglio serves as the primary spokesperson for DRI. He is responsible for implementing the organization's external and internal communications and integrated marketing strategies. He serves as press officer for the Institute's 100+ Ph.D. research faculty, serving as a liaison with the public and promoting DRI research findings, funding, and scientific accomplishments to journalists and news organizations around the world. He also oversees DRI's websites, social media presence and external public relations.

Justin joined DRI in 2012 after a successful career marketing and promoting the Lake Tahoe region and serving the Reno/Lake Tahoe tourism industry. He is a science communicator, writer, and award-winning journalist with more than 10 years of experience in public relations and marketing. He is also the past President of the Sierra Avalanche Center. He studied Natural Resource Ecology/Conservation and Journalism at the University of Idaho.

Jennifer Baro, Web Designer & Developer

Jennifer Baro, Web Design and DevelopmentReno: 775-673-7410
2215 Raggio Parkway
Reno, NV 89512
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Based in Reno, Jennifer Baro is the Desert Research Institute's Web Designer and Developer. She has been with DRI for 20 years and is the Lead Administrator and Project Manager for DRI's websites. Jennifer is the primary contact and liaison between the Communications team and the Institute. She holds a Bachelor degree from the University of Nevada, Reno in Environmental Science and Policy.

Meghan Collins, STEM Environmental Scientist

Meghan CollinsReno: 775-673-7659
2215 Raggio Parkway
Reno, NV 89512
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Meghan joined DRI in June 2015 as Environmental Education Lead. In this position, she worked to expand the lifelong learning partnerships and opportunities for the public to benefit from DRI science. As DRI's new STEM Environmental Scientist, Meghan supports faculty engagement and outreach on STEM-related issues and opportunities.

Meghan’s education and professional experience is interdisciplinary. Her undergraduate and Master’s degrees are in environmental science, emphasizing international development and environmental policy. Her academic resume includes positions in ecological science, policy studies, and social science. She has taught environmental science as an adjunct faculty member in community colleges in both the US and New Zealand. Her professional experience includes policy, outreach, and organizational development. She has experience in cross-cultural learning, having lived and worked in four countries across the globe. 

Dawn Coots, Program & Events Coordinator

dawn cootsReno: 775-674-7555
2215 Raggio Parkway
Reno, NV 89512
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Dawn Coots has been with the DRI since 1997 and is the Programs and Events Coordinator for all major events at the Institute. She not only does the event planning for the biggest fundraisers of the year, the DRI Nevada Medal Dinners, she also works closely with DRI’s GreenPower program and with the DRI Research Foundation Board, planning and assisting with their events and meetings. She is based in Reno, but travels to Las Vegas as events occur. She also coordinates the DRI Softball Team, the weekly food trucks, and much more and is out in the community with events as needed.

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