Communications Team Bios

Rita Rosenthal, Director of Communicationsrita gif young and old

2 Truths and a Lie

  • I have taught yoga for 25+ years.
  • I am the youngest of 15 children.
  • I once lived with Joan Rivers. 

Rita is a communications strategist who brings expertise in marketing, brand development, writing, content analysis, web and graphic design, project management, web architecture, user experience, accessibility, community engagement, and event management. She joined UC Berkeley in 2012 and has more than 25 years of experience in higher education, previously holding marketing and communications leadership roles at Arizona State University and the University of Minnesota where she earned both her bachelor's and master's degrees.

In her spare time, Rita enjoys time with family and friends, plus activities like yoga, hiking, biking, and swimming. Traveling with her husband and doggy is the best! 

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Jeané Blunt, Communications Specialistjeane gif young and old

2 Truths and a Lie

  • I am the oldest of three children.
  • I was a contestant on Wheel of Fortune.
  • I used to work for an MLB team. 

Jeané started her career in radio, and after a few years decided to go back to school for an Associate’s Degree in Computer Science and Cybersecurity. She also started teaching at a local community college. That combination of experience is what brought her to work at UCOP as the IT Communications and UC FCC Licensing Coordinator, prior to joining bIT in March 2022. 

Jeané holds two Associate’s Degrees, a Bachelor’s Degree from Hawai’i Pacific University, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from California Baptist University. In her spare time, she likes to spend time with family, travel, and go on adventures with her dog Tula. 

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Max DiBlasi, Digital Communications Specialistmax gif young and now

2 Truths and a Lie

  • I carve stone and make coin rings.
  • I’m a badminton champion.
  • I love tomatoes.

Max joined the bIT Communications team in March of 2022 after 19 years in graphic design and communications at Case Western Reserve University and Fox 8 News Cleveland. During her career, Max has designed and implemented organizational changes to marketing team strategies and project methods. Max’s mantra is that good work gives good energy and influences others to do the same.

Max created and led the Media Seek project at CWRU, to mentor high school students looking to go into media creation and design after graduation. The Media Seek program was successful and later shared and implemented at Cleveland State University. Max has an extensive background in martial arts and has taught the military and law enforcement.

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