Communication Services Staff

Paul GranthamPaul Grantham
Assistant Vice President

Paul Grantham oversees the Office of Communication Services and is responsible for developing communication strategies to support administrative efforts across Duke, from human resources and finance to emergency management and sustainability.

Before coming to Duke in 2001, Paul worked in corporate communications with Wachovia Bank and as a reporter and assistant editor for the Kernersville News. Among previous jobs not listed on his resume include bartender, painter, dragon slayer (mostly when playing with my two young daughters) and tobacco farm hand.

One of the few, but proud, North Carolina natives in the Triangle, Paul stayed in-state for his college education, earning a bachelor’s degree in English from Guilford College and a master’s in English and Afro-American Literature from North Carolina A & T State University.


Leanora MinaiLeanora Minai
Executive Director of Communications, Editor of Working@Duke

Leanora Minai is the executive director of communications for the Office of Communication Services and serves as the editor-in-chief for the Working@Duke print and digital publications. She also supports Duke’s administrative departments with strategic communication planning.

Prior to joining Duke in 2004, Leanora worked as a reporter for the St. Petersburg Times, now the Tampa Bay Times, in Florida. She received a master’s degree from Duke University in 2021. For her master’s thesis, she conducted original research into grief following fatal car crashes in North Carolina. The thesis was recognized as an “Exemplary Master’s Project.”

Leanora was born in Africa and lived abroad growing up. Her first real job was at a McDonald’s in Texas, where she received the recognition of McDonald’s Founder’s Day “Outstanding Service Person.”


Greg WhitakerGreg Whitaker
Web Administrator

Greg Whitaker is web administrator for the Office of Communication Services.  He manages the Human Resources and Services & Administration websites, and also provides support for other administrative department websites, including Sustainability, Duke Police, Dining, and Parking & Transportation among others.

Greg is a North Carolina native and a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he received his bachelor's degree in ancient and medieval history. He has worked at Duke since 2000.


Paul FigueradoPaul Figuerado
Graphic Designer/Publication Specialist

Paul Figuerado serves as the publications specialist for the Office of Communication Services. Paul’s career in graphic design coincided with the introduction of the Macintosh computer, which was introduced a year after his graduation from The Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida.

More than 20 years later, Paul’s design work is now an intricate part of the fabric of Duke – from business cards that faculty and staff hand out to the issues of Working@Duke that they receive in the mail.

Paul has received recognition for his design work over the years, including six PICA (Printing Industry of the Carolinas, Inc.) awards. He has even been able to make several bad ideas look good with a little creative help. 


Pris TomsPris Toms
Staff Assistant

Priscilla (Pris) Toms is the staff assistant supporting the Office of Communication Services and the Human Resources Information Center. She worked onsite at Duke for nine years (for a temporary service contractor) before making Duke her employer in 2014. Now, Pris manages to keep two different departments straight by organizing their chaos into pieces and filing it away neatly in folders. She is also responsible for scheduling events, coordinating meetings, project work, tracking data and other administrative tasks. 

When not running the administrative functions for two departments, she runs with her husband approximately five miles four times a week.

Pris attended the University of Toledo when it was still Toledo University, home of the Rockets. She has worked as a photographer, illustrator, EMT, and project coordinator. But she feels that Duke is the best place to hang her hat, even if it Is light blue (kidding!). Go Duke!


Stephen SchrammStephen Schramm
Senior Writer

Stephen Schramm is a senior writer for the Working@Duke print and digital publications.

He came to Duke in 2017 after spending 16 years writing for the Washington (NC) Daily News, the Burlington Times-News and the Fayetteville Observer. He has been honored several times by the North Carolina Press Association and the Associated Press Sports Editors. He also earned a notable selection in the 2016 Best American Sports Writing series.

He covered ACC basketball for nearly a decade and was courtside when Duke claimed two of its national titles.

A Carrboro native, Stephen attended East Carolina University. He lives in Durham with his wife and two children.


Jack FrederickJack Frederick

Jack Frederick is a news writer/producer for the Working@Duke print and digital publications. Prior to joining Duke in 2021, Jack worked in editorial publishing and spent time as a sports writer for The Wilson Times and Johnstonian News, when he was recognized by the North Carolina Press Association for Sports Enterprise Reporting. He has also freelanced for Cary Magazine. Jack is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he received bachelor’s degrees in Journalism and American history.

Growing up in Lumberton, NC, Jack prides himself as a barbecue aficionado, whether vinegar-based or not. He lives in Raleigh with his wife and two rambunctious black cats, Lorelei and Midnight.