Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) Implementation Team, 2016-17

Working Group Assignments

Working Group 1: Institutional Infrastructure


Myron Anderson, Associate to the President, Diversity

Lori Kester, Associate Vice President, Enrollment Management (co-chair)

Julie Lucas, Sr. Director, Integrated Marketing and Communications

Joshua Mackey, Director, Human Resources

Matthew Makley, Associate Professor, History, College of Letters, Arts and Sciences; President, Faculty Senate

Chris Mancuso, Web Communications Manager

Elizabeth Mendez-Shannon, Assistant Professor, Social Work, College of Professional Studies

Ned Muhovich, Director, Advising Center

Sean Nesbitt, Director, Facilities, Planning and Space Management

Braelin Pantel, Associate Vice President, Student Engagement and Wellness and Dean of Students (co-chair)

Miriam Marina Pereira, Associate Dean, College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

Eric Silva, Assistant Director, Learning Communities and First Year Success


Working Group 2: Outreach to PreK-12 Schools


Cynthia Baron, Associate Director, Learning Communities and First Year Success (chair)

Patrick Fay, Assistant Director, Admissions

Anthony Grant, Director, Athletics

Velveta Howell, Special Assistant to the President/Special Counsel for Diversity, Equal Opportunity and General Counsel

Megan Hughes-Zarzo, Director, Honors Program

Matthew Jenkins, Assistant Professor, Art, College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

Carla Mirabelli, Interim Director, Center for Urban Education

Luis Sandoval, Pre-Collegiate Coordinator, Excel Program

Brandi Scott, Director, TRIO Student Support Services

Working Group 3: Transfer and Enrollment


Samantha Borrego, Advisor-College Letters, Arts and Sciences

Ruth Chavez, Associate Professor, Department of Marketing, College of Business

Joshua Gabrielson, Assistant Director Transfer Services, Admissions

Evelyn Guzman, Coordinator, New Student Orientation

Angela Marquez, Associate Director, Equal Employment Opportunity

Paula Martinez, Registrar

Courtney Matsumoto, Program Coordinator, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

Mark Potter, Associate Vice President, Undergraduate Studies

Linda Stroup, Chair and Professor, Department of Nursing, College of Professional Studies

Vaughn Toland, Director, Admissions (chair)

Kimberly Williams, Associate Director, Academic Advising



Working Group 4: Financial Aid


John Burtness, President and Chief Executive Officer, MSU Denver Foundation (chair)

Gerardo Ceballos, Pre-Collegiate Counselor, Excel Program

Clayton Daughtrey, Associate Dean, College of Business

Theresa Godinez, Associate Director, Financial Aid

Cynthia Hejl, Director, Financial Aid

Michelle LeBoo, Associate Director, Scholarships

Hsiu-Ping Liu, Director and Associate Professor, Center for Advanced STEM Education, Biology

Koreena Montoya, Program Manager, Center for Urban Education

Jennifer Phou, Assistant Bursar, Enrollment Services


Working Group 5: Advocacy and Policy Development


Horacio Borja-Duran, Student, Family Outreach Programming Coordinator, First Year Success

Ramon Del Castillo, Chair and Professor, Chicano Studies Department, College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

Cathy Lucas, Chief of Staff, Associate to the President for Marketing and Communications

Loretta Martinez, General Counsel and Secretary to the Board of Trustees

Luis Torres, Deputy Provost, Academic Affairs – Retired (chair)


Staff Resources

Facilitator: Esther Rodriguez, Special Assistant to the President for HSI

Data Resource: Kari Talich, Business Intelligence Specialist, Team DELTA

(Last updated 01/20/16) 

Office Contact

Manuel Del Real, Ph.D.

Executive Director of HSI Initiatives and Inclusion

Office of Diversity and Inclusion Staff

Campus Location:

Jordan Student Success Building (JSSB) 440
890 Auraria Parkway
Denver, CO 80204

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 173362
Campus Box 1
Denver, CO 80217-3362