Central Texas College

Marketing & Outreach Staff

Barbara Merlo, Director
Phone: 254-526-1999 | Email: barbara.merlo@ctcd.edu
Barbara started at CTC in fall of 2003 after 15 years as a military spouse with various marketing and recreation jobs with the Army in California, Kansas and Europe. She has an MS in Advertising from Northwestern and a BS in Journalism from Arkansas State University. She enjoys working on special events and community causes.

Bruce Vasbinder, Coordinator
Phone: 254-526-1224 | Email: bruce.vasbinder@ctcd.edu
Bruce began his CTC career in the summer of 2004 as the Intramural Sports Director in the Physical Education Department. He joined the Marketing & Outreach team in November 2005 with almost 20 years experience in public/community relations from his tenure with Sprint Corporation. He holds a BBA–Marketing from the University of Texas at Arlington. Bruce is also a CTC part-time physical education instructor.

Sue Payne, Webmaster
Phone: 254-526-1400 | Email: sue.payne@ctcd.edu
Sue began working at CTC in April, 1994, spending the first 5 years as an Office Specialist for the Dean, Instructional Services. In 1999, after earning her A.A.S., Computer Science (Business Programmer/ Analyst) from CTC, she was promoted to the position of Assistant Webmaster within the Computer Services Department (now Information Technology). A 2003 reorganization moved Sue from the IT Dept into Marketing. She earned her BS Information Technology (BSIT) degree in Dec 2004 and in Dec 2005 was promoted to Webmaster.

Erica Burton, Assistant Webmaster
Phone: 254-526-1470 | Email: erica.stemmons-white@ctcd.edu
Erica joined the Marketing & Outreach team March 2006, with a background in web design and graphic design. She was previously the Web Administrator at a local university in New Orleans, where she received her BA in Fine Arts with a concentration in Graphic Design. In August 2010, she received her MBA from Texas A&M Central Texas. As a transplant to the Central Texas area from New Orleans, she enjoys spending time with her two young sons.

Donna Duran, Computer Graphics Specialist
Phone: 254-526-1567 | Email: donna.duran@ctcd.edu
Donna has been the Graphic Design Specialist with Desktop Publishing since November 1994. She brought with her 10 years of experience as a Technical Illustrator for a national laboratory. When she’s not creating top-notch CTC publications, she stays busy as a single mom raising her three children.


Kimberley Christian, Director, Enrollment Marketing & Outreach
Phone: 254-526-1223 | Email: kimberley.christian@ctcd.edu
Kimberley was born in North York, Ontario, Canada and grew up in Calgary, Alberta Canada. Kimberley moved to Central Texas in July 1997 and is proud to call Texas “home.”  She began working at Central Texas College in May of 2003 and was promoted to Director, Enrollment Marketing & Outreach in November 2010.  She has a BS in Sociology and Minor in Psychology from Texas A & M – Central Texas and is pursuing her Master of Science.  In addition to serving on the Board of Heritage House of Central Texas, Kimberley also serves on the GKCC Public Education Committee and in her spare time enjoys volunteering in the community, traveling, spending time with family and friends, cooking, reading, and gardening.

Brian Sunshine, Director, Government and Community Relations
Phone: 254-501-3007 | Email: brian.sunshine@ctcd.edu
Brian Sunshine arrived at Central Texas College in February 2014 and brings 25 years of experience representing publicly-traded, privately-held and not-for-profit higher education related entities to legislators, regulators, industry leaders and trade associations.  Originally from Denver, CO, Sunshine holds both an MBA and BS in business from the University of Colorado. His wife, Julie, is an educator at Ellison High School and they have four children.  He thoroughly enjoys writing and spending long weekends on the Texas Coast.

Chandra Williams, Coordinator, NCPACE & International Recruiting & Retention
Phone: 254-526-1227 | Email: chandra.williams@ctcd.edu
Chandra began working at Central Texas College in September 2005. In June 2014, she joined the Marketing & Outreach Department as Coordinator, NCPACE & International Recruiting & Retention. Chandra has earned an Associate’s Degree and two certificates from Central Texas College and plans to pursue her Bachelor’s Degree. Chandra enjoys spending her spare time with family, dancing and listening to music.

Lesley Rocque, Coordinator, Marketing Communications
Phone: 254-526-1223 | Email: lesley.rocque@ctcd.edu
Lesley joined the Marketing and Outreach team in July 2015. She obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design form LA Tech University and a Master of Arts in Mass Communications from Grambling State University. As a passionate, forward-thinking creative professional, she brings 8+ years of industry experience with a history of success creating compelling brand identity, advertising and communications materials that capture the attention of targeted audiences through print, web and social media. When she’s not grinding at the computer in an effort to beautify the world with her mad design skills, Lesley loves trying new recipes in the kitchen and going on adventures with her son.