The CU South Denver Advisory Board is comprised of top level human resource, external relations, sales and marketing leaders and additional key stakeholders in the region. The Advisory Board’s purpose is to identify talent development needs and inform strategy for bringing in relevant content from across the CU campuses to meet workforce needs in the South Denver area. CU South Denver views the Advisory Board members as partners in building corporate and community relationships.

Judith Almendra

Judith Almendra

Vice President, Talent Management & Employee Engagement, TeleTech

Almendra leads global talent marketing and employee communications for TeleTech, with oversight of the company’s event management, social strategy, employee communications, digital communications and talent acquisition. Almendra holds an MBA from the University of Colorado Denver and a B.A. in accounting/finance from the Tecnológico de Monterrey.

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Joe Barela

Joe Barela

Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Labor & Employment

Barela is the director of Skillful, a collaboration of the Markle Foundation, the state of Colorado, Microsoft, LinkedIn, and others that brings job seekers, educators and employers together. He holds a B.A. in psychology from the University of Colorado Boulder.


Tom Brook

President & CEO, Denver South Economic Development Partnership

Brook leads the Denver South Economic Development Partnership and the Denver South Transportation Management Authority. Brook has held numerous leadership roles in large and small companies in the Denver area and previously worked with Deloitte and PWC. Brook has a B.S. from Colorado State University.

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Matt Carlson

Manager, Economic Development, Town of Parker

Carlson has been leading the Town of Parker’s Economic Development efforts since February of 2014. He is widely involved in recruitment and attraction for the Denver region through various state and regional organizations. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Management Sciences from Pepperdine University and a Master of Business Administration from the Goizueta School of Business at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.


Scot Chadwick

Vice Chancellor for Enterprise Development, University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus

Chadwick leads CU South Denver and oversees all business and operational aspects of the Office of Digital Education across CU Denver and CU Anschutz. Chadwick brings extensive experience as an education technology leader and as an advisor to higher education executives across the country. He has held several business leadership roles in the private sector within large multi-national corporations and with education technology start-ups.


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Luella Chavez D’Angelo

Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee

Chavez D’Angelo brings over 30 years of experience as a top marketing and communications executive to the USOPC. She leads all USOPC marketing and communications initiatives and is responsible for helping tell the inspiring stories of Team USA athletes. Chavez D’Angelo holds an MBA in finance and a BBA in marketing management from the University of New Mexico.

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Theressa Dulaney

Vice President, Internal Communications, Comcast West Division

Dulaney is responsible for the strategic communications to the more than 22,000 employees in Comcast’s West Division. Previously, she was the Vice President of External Affairs at Comcast in Portland, Oregon, and has worked in Public Relations, Community Investment and Internal Communications for her entire career. She holds a BA in Journalism and Communications from the University of Oregon.

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Steve Franklin

Steve Franklin

Director, Learning and Development, CoBank

Franklin is responsible for all learning and development programs offered under CoBank University. He has more than 25 years of experience in adult learning and organizational development. Franklin holds a J.D. from Tulane University and a B.A. in business economics from Colorado College.

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Janet Gipson

Vice President, Talent Acquisition, DISH

Gipson is responsible for all corporate, field and university recruiting for DISH, as well as employment branding and recruiting operations. She has been with DISH since 2000, first working with DISH Business Solutions before moving into business development. She holds an MBA from the College of William and Mary and Bachelor of Science degrees for mechanical engineering and mathematics from the Georgia Institute of Technology and Spelman College.

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Marci Grant

Strategic Partnerships Coordinator, University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus

Grant serves as the Strategic Partnerships Coordinator for the University of Colorado Denver and the Anschutz Medical Campus. She has extensive experience as an executive search recruiter and business development professional within multiple verticals in the Denver market.


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Guy Gunther

General Manager Central Region, CenturyLink

Gunther oversees customer acquisition, asset optimization, and profit and loss for broadband, video, voice and connected home solutions for CenturyLink’s central region. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a BSBA from the University of Colorado Boulder.

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Jerry Hartbarger

Jerry Hartbarger

Vice President, Human Resources, Kaiser Permanente

Hartbarger is a member of Kaiser Permanente’s regional and national leadership team and leads human resources strategies and initiatives that support the Colorado region. He holds an M.A. in organizational development and a B.A. from the University of New Mexico.

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Mary Horan

Mary Horan

Vice President, Director, Organizational Development and Human Resources, Merrick and Company

Horan leads Merrick and Company’s employee benefits, recruiting and human resources efforts. She joined the company in 2008. Horan holds an M.S. in organizational leadership from Regis University and a B.S. in management and human resources from the Metropolitan State University of Denver.

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Jeff Howell

Economic Development Director, City of Lone Tree

Holwell leads all economic development efforts for the City of Lone Tree. Previously, he was COO for the South Metro Denver Chamber. Holwell holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver and a B.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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Charlie Kercheval

President, Alpine Bank – Denver Tech Center

During his career in banking, Kercheval has held numerous leadership positions in the Denver Tech Center, Douglas County and Cherry Creek. As a long-time community banker, he has had the great privilege of providing meaningful board leadership, supporting extraordinary people and organizations and doing exemplary development and educational work. He holds degrees from the University of Colorado Boulder and the University of Washington Graduate School of Banking.

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Linda Watson Kolstad

Vice President of Marketing & Public Affairs, Sky Ridge Medical Center

Kolstad leads strategic marketing, public relations, internal communications, legislative affairs and community outreach for HealthONE’S Sky Ridge Medical Center, one of the most successful startup hospitals in the country, which she joined in 2003. Kolstad holds a B.A. in communications and public relations from Rowan University.

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Marc Neely

President and CEO, UnitedHealthcare of Colorado and Wyoming

Neely is the Chief Executive Officer of UnitedHealthcare of Colorado and Wyoming for their Commercial markets, serving over 500,000 people. Neely brings over 30 years of experience and insight through his work with small, mid-sized and large commercial and public sector organizations. As President and CEO, Neely is responsible for the health plan’s overall strategic plan, business development, operations, community and regulatory relationships in Colorado and Wyoming.

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Daniel Rex

CEO, Toastmasters International

Daniel Rex leads the Toastmasters World Headquarters team in providing service, resources and support worldwide. Rex has worked for Toastmasters for 28 years. He holds a BA degree in Modern Languages from Southern Utah University and an MBA in International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

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Virgil Seibold

Virgil Seibold

Vice President, Human Resources, The CE Shop, Inc.

Seibold is responsible for the ongoing talent development of the CE Shop’s leadership team. He joined the CE Shop in 2013 as its VP of human resources. Seibold holds a BSBA with an emphasis in human resources from North Dakota State University.

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Keith Simon

Executive Vice President and Director of Development, Coventry Development Corp.

Simon is the Executive Vice President and Director of Development for Coventry Development Corp. Coventry is focused on transformative real estate development with mixed-use, compact planned communities that begin with major new employment uses and then add amenities and enhanced value to the surrounding community.

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Shannon Sisler

Shannon Sisler

Senior Vice President, Chief People Officer, Crocs

Sisler is the global head of human resources and facilities for Crocs, a world leader in casual footwear. Previously, she was Senior VP of Human Resources for Western Union and Janus Capital Group. Sisler holds an MBA from the University of Denver and a BSBA in finance from the University of Colorado Boulder.

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Tansley Stearns

Chief People and Strategy Officer, Canvas Credit Union

Stearns brings over 20 years of credit union leadership experience to Canvas, including roles in research, sales, service and government relations. Throughout her career, Stearns has built bridges between credit unions, academia and Silicon Valley; helped to shape and execute strategy in an ever-changing legislative landscape; and led marketing, sales and business development initiatives along all frontline, member-facing channels.

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Joe Verrengia

Joe Verrengia

Global Director, Corporate Social Responsibility, Arrow Electronics, Inc.

Verrengia is the architect of Arrow’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) program, fulfilling the tech solutions provider’s role as an innovation catalyst. He holds certification in CSR management from Boston College and a B.A. in political science-English from Columbia University in the City of New York.

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