Graphic Designer and Web Developer
Department of Extension
Kara Bonsack joined the Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR) team in 2002 as the National NEMO Network Communicator. Since then, she has become the primary designer for CLEAR and the Department of Extension, and lends a hand to CAHNR Communications. Her responsibilities include the design, development and maintenance of websites and publications and assisting programs with outreach, conference and training materials. Her skill and talent for professional design and attention to detail has her in high demand across the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources (CAHNR) including the Connecticut Institute of Water Resources, the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, Environmental Studies, the Department of Kinesiology, Healthy Family Connecticut, and Connecticut Sea Grant to name a few. Kara’s skills have been noticed outside of CAHNR, including other UConn entities and external partners. She works with the Connecticut Institute for Resilience & Climate Adaptation (CIRCA) on a regular basis; designed the website for the Eversource Energy Center; and more recently helped the Connecticut Forest and Park Association implement their Master Woodland Manager online training course; a partnership with the UConn, Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection, Yale, Audubon Connecticut, and Connecticut Land Conservation Council.
Kara is an avid photographer and has taken many of the photographs used in print materials and websites she creates.
Kara received the 2013 Arland R. Meade Communications Award, in recognition of helping improve communications within the Cooperative Extension System.
She is a graduate of the University of Connecticut with a bachelor of Fine Arts, specializing in graphic design.