As Director of Communications for Creative Commons, Dee oversees multi-channel communications strategies, creative production, and media relations. Dee has decades of experience in marketing communications and creative production. She is an author, illustrator, graphic designer, animator, and videographer with a multifaceted career in industries ranging from education to technology and the arts to non-profit leadership. Most recently, she was the chief marketing and communications officer for the largest behavioral health center in Oklahoma where she transformed advocacy storytelling, content marketing, and organic website engagement. She designed solicitation materials that increased online and annual giving and developed capital materials for a $10 million dollar campaign.
In 2019, she was an international recipient of The Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts Communicator Award of Excellence for her short animation, The Life of Firestrike. That same year she was also honored with the Clarion Award for UI,UX web design.
Dee has written for the Safety and Justice Challenge website, Intermission Magazine and Tulsa World and illustrated the book No One Is Too Old To Learn: A Theoretical Perspective on Adult Brain Functions and Adult Learning.
In 2011, Dee founded Spartan Post News (SPN), a state-award winning journalism, broadcasting, and multimedia program at Bixby Public Schools. As a secondary English and journalism educator, she created curriculum around Creative Commons licenses and shared the importance of open access to accelerate innovation and creation in her classes. She was honored in 2015 as Oklahoma Scholastic Media’s Journalism Teacher of the Year, Bixby High School’s Teacher of the Year, and was an Oklahoma Foundation of Excellence Medal of Honor nominee.
Dee served on the board of the Association for Women in Communications and the advisory boards of the Journalism Education Association and Southern Interscholastic Press Association. She helped redevelop the Journalism Certification Examination for Educators through the Office of Educational Quality and Accountability and co-authored a curriculum guide for sports broadcasting and video journalism, used in 26 Oklahoma high schools.
Driven by intellectual curiosity and creative serendipity, Dee spends much of her time reading, writing, painting, and exploring digital media art. She and her husband live in Tulsa, where they enjoy cycling and are involved in theatrical and film productions.