Kremen School of Education and Human Development
Meet the Kremen Communications Team!
In the Kremen Communications Department, we promote the numerous programs, initiatives, clubs, organizations, and projects that are housed within the Kremen School of Education and Human Development. We spotlight the many revered faculty members, program leaders, and talented students who study within the school. It is our mission to shed light on the wonderful work and progress made possible by the Kremen community, as they continue to grow and prosper. Our team is unique as it is comprised of a mixture of student assistants, interns, and communication professionals. We strive to promote all of the wonderful accomplishments that take place in Kremen by constantly producing content that is featured on the Kremen website, published on our blog posts, social media accounts, and newsletter releases. If you need to reach the Communications Team, please contact us at (559) 278-0256 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about our gifted team members, current and past, you can explore our newly constructed Communications Team website which houses their finished work and numerous accomplishments!
Past Team Members
Devon Hunt majored in English- Creative Writing at Fresno State with a passion for music journalism and pop culture. He worked as a Communications Assistant at the Kremen School of Education and Human Development where he interviewed past alumni for written stories about the school, managed Kremen’s social media accounts, and created graphics for articles and social media posts. In his free time he writes music opinion pieces, makes music related TikTok’s for his 4k followers, and loves listening to music and going to concerts.
Alex Johnson is a multimedia specialist who creates high-quality photo, video, and website content. He studied at California State University Fresno and was employed by the Kremen School of Education and Human Development, where he managed and operated the Kremen TV Studio, creating digital content for faculty, staff, and students. He founded Siteful Studios, where he designs and develops websites for people and businesses both locally and around the world. He developed TechCheck IT, the equipment management and reservation software used by hundreds of students in multimedia programs at CSU Fresno and CSU Sacramento. He currently leads as the Interim Communications Specialist at the Kremen School of Education and Human Development, where he performs a variety of tasks including social media management, public relations, photography, videography, and website development. Outside of his professional life, Alex enjoys competitive cycling, woodworking, music production, and most importantly, spending quality time with his son, Levi.
Otto E. Benavides is an Emeritus Associate Professor and former Director of the Instructional Technology and Resource Center and the NASA Educator and Resource Center at KSOEHD. Otto worked at Memphis State University as Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Media Center at the College of Education. During his tenure at Memphis State he proposed to construct a technology wing for the college. His supervisor, Associate Dean Barbara Burch, supported his ideas. However, she left MSU to become the Dean at the School of Education at CSU Fresno. During phone calls Otto and Dr. Burch had, she informed Otto that the State of California had provided funds for the construction of a new building at Fresno State. Dr. Burch asked Otto if he would be willing to share his ideas with the architects and engineers planning the building construction. He agreed and sent his drawings and descriptions of his vision to the engineering team. Dr. Burch asked Otto to apply for a tenure track position at the school. After the selection process was completed, CSU Fresno hired him to work at the Kremen School of Education and Human Development. He worked with Associate Dean Robert Monke, the university architect and the architectural firm in the technological design of the new building.
After Otto’s early arrival in June, 1990, he was asked to design a technology center.
Upon this request he created INTERESC - The Instructional Technology and Resource
Center. Based on his design, the Center had several components: computer classrooms,
a technology center, a TV Studio, a copy center, photographic studio and technical
support. Otto created the first student support system at the university. This support
was maintained from 1994 until Otto retired in 2017. As part of INTERESC the TV Studio,
he designed, provided support and training for faculty and students on video production,
video conferencing, video streaming and satellite communications. Student assistants
under his direction and the direction of engineers provided full and efficient support
for all technical needs of faculty, staff and students at the school. The TV Studio
became a hub for the production of instructional and other videos. The studio also
served as a training site for teachers and K-12 students in the Fresno area. In addition
the TV studio along with the computer classrooms was used to provide instruction to
migrant students during the summer for many years. INTERESC, under Otto's direction
supported off site conferences and video interviews with school teachers and school
administrators in the Fresno County area.
Samantha Ray worked as Kremen’s first Communications Specialist from September 2017 to November 2021. She elevated the Kremen brand and helped amplify Kremen’s story to faculty, staff, students, alumni, and the Fresno State community. Samantha spearheaded launching the Kremen blog, strategized social media content to increase engagement and followers, and managed the launch of Kremen’s new Fresno State website in 2021.
She earned an M.S. in Business-Marketing from California State University of Long Beach and an MBA from Fresno State. With a background in higher education marketing, Samantha worked in Kremen to build and launch continuous content and assist our graduate programs with their student acquisition tactics.