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


TeleTech, Vice President, Talent Management & Employee Engagement

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.

Joe Barela


Skillful, Director of Community Engagement

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.

Steve Franklin


CoBank, Director, Learning and Development

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.


CenturyLink, General Manager Central Region

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.

Jerry Hartbarger


Kaiser Permanente, Vice President, Human Resources

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.


Vice President, HR Business Partner, TIAA


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.

Mary Horan


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

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.


President, Alpine Bank

Watson Kolstad

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

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.


Vice President, Talent Acquisition, Charles Schwab


Senior Vice President, Denver South Economic Development Partnership

Myers is responsible for all business recruiting and retention efforts for the Denver South Economic Development Partnership. Previously, she served as Arapahoe County Commissioner for seven years and had a 20-year career in residential real estate. She holds a B.A. from Montana State University-Bozeman.


CEO, Colorado & Wyoming Markets, United Healthcare


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.

Virgil Seibold


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

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.

Shannon Sisler


Crocs, Senior Vice President, Global Human Resources

Sisler is the global head of human resources for Crocs, a world leader in casual footwear. Previously, she was senior VP of talent management for Western Union. Sisler holds an MBA from the University of Denver and a BSBA in finance from the University of Colorado Boulder.


Managing Director, Client Service & Support, Charles Schwab

Joe Verrengia


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

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.

Richard Williams


Western Union Financial Services, Inc., Chief Human Resource Officer

Williams oversees Western Union’s global human resources functions. He is also the global lead for the WU Way, a program designed to transform the company’s operating model. He joined the company in 2009. Williams holds a B.A. in political science from San Diego State University.

Chavez D’Angelo

Vice President, Marketing & Communications, Centura Health

Chavez D’Angelo leads the marketing and communications efforts of Centura Health, the largest health care ecosystem across Colorado and western Kansas. Previously, she was CU South Denver’s vice chancellor, enterprise development. Chavez D’Angelo holds an MBA and a BBA in marketing management from the University of New Mexico.