MSU Denver

MSU Denver University Advancement is focused on growing relationships, raising philanthropic support and advancing the reputation of the University.

Our team is made up of the offices of Alumni Relations and Giving, Development, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Advancement Services and the MSU Denver Foundation. Together, these divisions engage alumni, donors and friends of the University, and secure private gifts from individuals, foundations and corporations.

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Christine Márquez-Hudson | Vice President of University Advancement and Executive Director of the Foundation
303-615-2081 | [email protected]

Christine Márquez-Hudson is the Vice President of University Advancement and the Executive Director of the MSU Denver Foundation responsible for providing strategic and operational leadership for Metro State University (MSU) Denver’s fundraising efforts. In this role, Christine oversees a team of more than 30 staff members working to advance the University’s fundraising, alumni engagement, and donor relations. She also serves as the primary liaison with the Foundation Board of Directors and oversees the effective stewardship and distribution of MSU Denver Foundation’s assets.

Prior to joining MSU Denver, Christine was president and chief executive officer of The Denver Foundation, the largest and most experienced community foundation in the Rocky Mountain West.  Her 30-year career includes serving as CEO of Mi Casa Resource Center and several years as a nonprofit consultant, direct service provider, and teacher.

Christine has won numerous community awards for her leadership, including 9News Leader of the Year, LatinasFirst Trailblazer Award, the Colorado Women’s Chamber’s Top 25 Most Powerful Women, and Girl Scout’s Woman of Distinction. She has served on many community boards, commissions and committees. Currently, she is a Colorado Trust trustee, a Denver Museum of Nature and Science board member, and a member of The Women’s Forum of Colorado.

 

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Fallon Hand | Executive Administrative Assistant for the MSU Denver Foundation Board and VP of University Advancement
303-605-5484 | [email protected]

Fallon has been with MSU Denver since January 2014 and has over ten years of professional experience in higher education. In her current role, Fallon provides executive support to the MSU Denver Foundation Board of Directors and the Executive Director of the Foundation/Vice President of University Advancement. She also serves as a liaison for Board members’ interactions and communications with employees of the University and acts as the primary contact for the VP and the Division and their affairs, including interfacing with community leaders and their staff.

Fallon graduated from Red Rocks Community College, is a certified holistic health practitioner, and attends classes at MSU Denver where she is working toward a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

 

Office of Development

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Shelley Thompson | Associate Vice President of University Advancement
303-605-7801 | [email protected]

Shelley Thompson is the Associate Vice President of University Advancement at Metropolitan State University of Denver. In this role, she leads a development team of 11 people to channel and celebrate the generosity of individual donors who wish to drive change through personal philanthropy.

Shelley brings decades of major gift fundraising experience from such organizations as Denver Center for the Performing Arts, the Women’s Foundation of Colorado, Denver Health and the Foundation for Colorado Community Colleges. In addition, she has raised millions in charitable funds, aiming to create a more just and equitable community.

She has volunteered on numerous boards of directors, including Mi Casa Resource Center and Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, and served one term as a member of the Englewood School Board. Shelley is also a member of the Leadership Denver Class of 2015, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science President’s Leadership Council and the International Women’s Forum of Colorado.

Shelley has a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Government from the University of Puget Sound and a Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of Colorado.

 

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Pamela Colbert | Mid-level Gift Officer
303-615-0065 | [email protected]

Pamela Colbert joined the University Advancement office as the Development Assistant in September 2019. She is a first-generation graduate of MSU of Denver in May 2019 with a B.S. in Human Services with a concentration in Nonprofit. She has 14+ years of experience in office management and customer service working in the for-profit sector along with 6 + years of fundraising in the nonprofit sector.

Pamela is a native of Michigan who enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters traveling, attending events, and knitting. She has a strong personal commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

 

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Steve Galpern | Senior Director of Major Gifts
303-615-2043 | [email protected]

Steve Galpern is Senior Director of Development at MSU Denver. He joined the University Advancement team in 2011 after having worked in development at Mile High United Way. He has a 20+ year track record working with nonprofit, public sector and for-profit businesses in the Denver metro area in a variety of capacities.

At MSU Denver, Steve is primarily responsible for raising money for the Department of Hospitality, Tourism and Events as they transition into a school within the College of Professional Studies. He also serves as the primary development liaison for the One World One Water Center for Urban Water Education and Stewardship.

Steve played an important role in developing the Rita and Navin Dimond Fellowship program, funded by a major gift from the Dimond Family. He was also instrumental in helping the Tivoli Brewing Company return to its ancestral home on the Auraria Campus as part of creating two beer industry operations bachelor’s degrees.

 

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Josh Harris | Donor Relations Coordinator
303-605-7768 | [email protected]

Josh Harris joined MSU Denver in January of 2022, after serving as Managing Director for a community theater in Texas.

Josh is a graduate of Southeastern Oklahoma State University, where he earned a B.A. in Musical Theater Performance and B.A. in Acting & Directing. Josh brings additional experience as an executive administrator working in Alumni Relations & Advancement Services for his Alma mater. As the Donor Relations Coordinator, he supports and coordinates the scholarship review process, scholarship recipient communications and relationship building, as well as gift acknowledgement communications.

In his spare time, Josh enjoys spending time with his husband and their two dogs, Ella & Louie. He also enjoys watching football, movies & theater events.

 

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Caitlin Hoppel | Director of Prospect Management and Analytics
303-605-7496 | [email protected]

Caitlin Hoppel joined MSU Denver University Advancement as the Director of Prospect Management and Analytics in March 2021. She is committed to accessible, actionable insights and brings over five years’ experience in analytics and content management. A data enthusiast, she looks forward to supporting the fundraising team through identifying and organizing engaged donors to welcome or reintroduce into the Roadrunner network.

Caitlin is a Pennsylvania native and earned her undergraduate degree in marketing and international business from Villanova University. Her global experiences, from studying and working across Scandinavia, southern Europe and Japan, inspired her to work toward a more informed and connected world.

In her free time, Caitlin loves spending time with her two dogs, visiting new local restaurants and playing Nintendo (especially Pokémon).

 

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Allyssa Joseph | Director of Development
303-615-2045 | [email protected]

Allyssa Joseph is a refreshing, yet focused, donor-centric development officer with a diversified six-year career in non-profit development. She has a successful track record in major gifts fundraising, as well as managing every facet of an annual fund and its society giving operations.

Proficient at working with staff, faculty, volunteers and key institutional leaders, Allyssa has raised $1.4 million in support of students in need at two institutions over the course of her career. She is highly skilled at building relationships with all constituencies which reflects both a personal and professional commitment to spreading a culture of philanthropy among humankind.

Allyssa is passionate about education because she believes it is the pathway to life transformation. The transformative values, diverse student population and entrepreneurial spirit of MSU Denver are what ultimately guided her decision to join the fundraising team in 2015. She holds a B.A. in Business, Marketing, from Upper Iowa University.

 

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Julieta Lara-Nunez | Development Assistant
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Julieta Joined MSU Denver in September of 2022 as the Development Assistant. In this role she provides administrative support to the Development team and the Associate Vice President of University Advancement. Prior to joining MSU Denver, Julieta worked at the Consulate General of Mexico, where she served as Consular Foreign officer.

Her international experience from working and studying abroad helped her develop strong beliefs in equality. She beliefs that everyone should have equal access to education and be integrated no matter where they come from. She is thrilled to work for MSU Denver because she feels part of an institution that aligns with her values and mission.

Julieta has a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the University of Colorado Denver. She is passionate about traveling and learning from different cultures around the world. In her spare time, she teaches Spanish and she likes to learn other languages, she also enjoys cooking, reading and watching movies.

 

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Traci McBee Rowe | Director of Donor Relations
303-615-2046 | [email protected]

Traci McBee Rowe joined MSU Denver in February 2017 following a five-year career as the Assistant Director of Major Gifts and Major Gifts Officer at Regis University, and a seven-year career as the Associate Director of Alumni Networks and Coordinator of Alumni Networks with the Colorado State University Alumni Association. Her current role melds together her many years of volunteer and event management with fundraising and relationship development. A native of Colorado, Traci earned a BS in Business Administration from CSU and a Master of Nonprofit Management degree at Regis. As a first-generation college graduate, Traci combines her passion for access to education with a focus on demonstrating impact when communicating with donors. She, her husband Mike and their daughter Willow spend a lot of time tailgating for CSU football and Rapids soccer, traveling as often as possible, or being attacked by their dog Glarus while doing yoga.

 

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Yvonne Smith (’15) | Scholarship and Fund Manager
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Yvonne serves as the Scholarship and Fund Manager for Donor Relations. She is responsible for implementing strategic management and stewardship of the scholarship program. She is also responsible for supporting donor engagement and stewardship efforts across the University, assisting in nurturing long-term, meaningful relationships that foster long-term engagement and investment in MSU Denver.

A native of Colorado, Yvonne received her B.A. in Anthropology at Metropolitan State University of Denver, focusing on archaeology and the social-cultural anthropology of peoples from North, Central, and South America. Her experience and travels in the Americas have given her a deep appreciation for how important equality and diversity is in this global world. She firmly believes that diversity breeds innovation and if we are willing to listen and learn from others who do not exactly think or look the same as us, the growth opportunities are unlimited.

A staunch supporter of educational equality and access for all, Yvonne is proud to work for her alma mater in managing the awarding and disbursement of private scholarship funds to students, while making sure we honor our scholarship donor’s intent.

 

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Jacques Swanepoel | Director of Development
303-605-7636 | [email protected] 

Jacques joined MSU Denver in September of 2021 as Director of Development for the College of Business and Student Affairs. Before MSU, Jacques spent 12 years at Columbia University in New York City working in athletics. While at Columbia, he was instrumental in raising annual funds, building endowments, and developing a strategic partnership to support funding for a major capital campaign for the varsity squash program.

Originally from South Africa, Jacques was a first-generation college student who earned his undergraduate degree from Trinity College in Environmental Science and a master’s degree from Columbia University in Sports Management. Jacques is passionate about MSU’s mission of social mobility and finding creative ways to help students achieve their goals.

In his free time, Jacques loves to spend time with his wife and two daughters. His hobbies include working on DIY projects, playing golf, tennis, squash, snowboarding, and fishing.

 

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Gwen Thompson | Senior Director of Development
303-615-2051 | [email protected]

Gwen joined the MSU Denver Advancement team in December 2016 after working for more than 15 years in higher education and non-profit fundraising in Texas, Virginia, DC and northern New Mexico.

In her position as Senior Director of Development, Gwen primarily supports fundraising for the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, the Department of Aviation and Aerospace Science, Advanced Manufacturing Institute (AMSI), as well as funding opportunities in concert with the University’s effort to achieve Hispanic Serving Institution (H.S.I.) status.

Gwen has a B.A. in Art History from the College of Santa Fe and a Master of Arts in Art History from George Washington University in Washington, DC. In her free time, Gwen stays very busy with her two kids and their rambunctious dog. Her favorite way to spend a weekend is to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors in Colorado, especially hiking and skiing.

 

Corporate and Foundation Relations

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Megan Conklin | Executive Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations
303-605-5815 | [email protected]

Megan Conklin joined the MSU Denver Advancement Team in May 2018 as Executive Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations. Prior to becoming a Roadrunner, she spent five and a half years at the University of Denver doing similar work. In her role, she assists the University’s administrative and academic leadership to identify, research, and secure funding from private grant-making organizations and she builds opportunity for innovative, mutually beneficial relationships with corporate partners. In doing so, she helps design and implement fundraising strategies across campus and creates positive partnership and investment experiences between MSU Denver and corporations and foundations.

A native of Northeastern Pennsylvania, Megan was a first-generation college graduate, receiving her undergraduate degree from the Pennsylvania State University and her Master of Social Work from the University of Maryland at Baltimore. She has over 12 years of experience in not-for-profit program development and fundraising, which began with a graduate-level internship at Maryland’s Legal Aid Bureau.

Megan loves living in Colorado; she lives to run, ski, bike, and hike with her son, Toby, and their dog, Kona.

 

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Harper Lundine Wilmoth | Corporate and Foundation Relations Coordinator
303-605-7849 | [email protected]

Harper Lundine Wilmoth joined the MSU Denver Advancement team in April 2022 as the Corporate and Foundation Relations Coordinator. In this role, he provides operational and administrative support to the CFR team while working to optimize the post-award process and assisting in fundraising efforts.

Originally from Nebraska, Harper graduated from Emerson College with a Bachelor of Arts in Writing, Literature, and Publishing in 2020. He has worked with a variety of nonprofit arts and humanities organizations, including the literary journal Ploughshares, the Lied Center for Performing Arts, and Humanities Nebraska, and he looks forward to building upon this experience in his career as a Roadrunner.

A new resident of Denver’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, Harper enjoys cooking, doing crosswords puzzles, and exploring the Rocky Mountains.

 

Mandy Malachowski

Mandy Malachowski | Director of Development, Foundation Relations
303-605-7105 | [email protected]

Mandy Malachowski joined the MSU Denver Advancement Team in December 2020 as Assistant Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations and was promoted to Director of Development, Foundation Relations in 2021. In this role, she builds meaningful relationships with foundation partners to support both the University’s and the community’s mutual goals. She supports the team through grant-writing and proposal development, prospecting, pipeline development, and closing meaningful gifts.

Originally from New England, Mandy is passionate about education and supporting students in innovative and creative ways. She received her undergraduate degree from Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts and her Master of Arts in Sociology from the University of Colorado, Denver. She has leveraged her social science background to become an avid problem solver and relationship-builder. She brings over 8 years of experience in the non-profit and corporate sectors.

When she isn’t going to school or fundraising, you can find Mandy reading a good novel, going to see live music, skiing blue cruisers, or rock climbing.

 

Tori Meyers

Tori Meyers | Interim Director of Grants
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Tori Meyers joined MSU Denver as Interim Director of Grants in February 2018. In this role, she works with staff and faculty to identify grant opportunities; conducting research; and developing grant proposals for submission to foundations, corporations and other funding entities.

Tori brings 15+ years of public and private grant writing experience to MSU Denver across many types of non-profits and has served in volunteer capacities on community boards over the years.

She loves to spend time with her family and get out to bike, hike and ski when she isn’t working on grants.

 

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Zacary Tardiff | Director of Development, Corporate Relations
303-605-7742 | [email protected]

Zacary J. Tardiff joined the MSU Denver Advancement Team in January 2022 as Director of Development, Corporate Relations. In this role, he will be focused on building holistic opportunities for innovative, mutually beneficial relationships with corporate partners.

Zacary hails from New Jersey and was a first-generation college student, graduating from West Virginia University with an undergraduate degree in Sport Management (2008) and Master of Business Administration (2011). He brings over 11 years of higher education and nonprofit experience to serve the Roadrunner community.

Zacary relocated to Colorado in 2016 with his wife (a Colorado native) and they reside in the south metro suburbs with their two children. In his free time Zacary loves to cook, golf, and enjoy the beautiful natural landscape of Colorado.

 

Strategic Engagement - Alumni Relations and Giving

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Jamie Hurst (’21) | Assistant Vice President for Strategic Engagement and Executive Director of the Alumni Association
303-615-2044 | [email protected]

Jamie Hurst is originally from California and started with MSU Denver in December 2013. Previously, she worked at Upper Iowa University as the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations after working in college athletics for nearly a decade at Upper Iowa, Iowa State University and Indiana State University. Jamie earned her J.D. from Hamline University School of Law, M.A. in Sport Management from Indiana State University, a B.S. in Public Relations from MSU Denver and B.A. in Religious Studies/Human Development from the University of California, San Diego where she was an NCAA Division II softball student-athlete. As the Assistant Vice President for Strategic Planning, Jamie provides leadership, vision and direction to the Alumni Relations and Annual Giving teams while also serving as the Executive Director of the Alumni Association. Jamie also serves as an affiliate faculty member in the Human Performance and Sport department where she teaches Legal Liability in Sport. In her spare time, she is an avid Roadrunner Softball fan, loves all things baseball, enjoys playing guitar and woodworking. She and her wife live in Westminster and enjoy the Colorado outdoors with their two dogs, Copper and Scotch.

 

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Evann Coad | Assistant Director of Annual Giving
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Evann Coad joined the MSU Denver Alumni Relations and Giving team in August 2022. He is originally from Indiana and graduated from Indiana University in 2013 with a B.A. in Public Policy. As assistant director, he assists the executive director in the design and execution of strategic communications for alumni, donors and friends of the university.

Evann began his career in Advancement as a caller for the IU Foundation Telefund while a student at Indiana University. Over the course of his career he has also worked for the University of Colorado, University of North Florida, and served as a marketing specialist for the Wounded Warrior Project. As a first-generation college graduate, he is passionate about university fundraising and connecting students with the financial means to complete their education.

In his free time, he enjoys hiking, reading, tinkering with his PC, and spending time with his wife, his son and their two shepherd mixes, Otto and Ruby.

 

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Heather Holzbauer-Schweitzer | Executive Assistant to the Alumni Association Board
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Heather Holzbauer-Schweitzer is originally from Minnesota and joined MSU Denver Alumni Relations and Annual Giving team in February 2022 as the Engagement Associate. She graduated from Winona State University in 2014 with a degree in Therapeutic Recreation.

Heather began her career in higher education in 2015 as the coordinator of adapted sports and events at the University of Central Oklahoma where she ran the largest multi-sport, multi-disability sporting event in the nation – the UCO Endeavor Games. Heather left higher education to pursue her career at the Oklahoma City Veteran’s Medical Center where she provided exercise, leisure education and adapted sport opportunities to veterans.

Heather and her family relocated to Colorado in June of 2021, where she returned to working in higher education. In her free time, Heather enjoys gardening, hiking, drinking craft beer and watching rugby with her husband and two dogs, Bruiser and Zoelle.

 

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Jane Karger | Assistant Director of Alumni Engagement
303-605-7619 | [email protected]

Jane Karger, originally from Pittsburgh, PA, joined MSU Denver as the Assistant Director of Alumni Engagement in 2021.  She works to create platforms and opportunities for alumni to connect with each other, support each other and welcome them back to campus to engage with current students, faculty, and staff.

Before she joined the Roadrunner community, Jane spent her career in athletics, working to foster a team environment, support the campus community and develop student athletes on and off the field through the women’s lacrosse programs.  She spent time at as the head women’s lacrosse coach at Drew University and an assistant coach at Princeton University, the University of Connecticut, Central Connecticut State and Mount St. Mary’s University.

Jane graduated from Mount St. Mary’s University with a B.A in Education and German and earned a MA in Educational Psychology from the University of Connecticut.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her two Newfoundland dogs, Riggs and Minnow, going on adventures with her family and traveling to new places.

 

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Ruby Matheny | Assistant Director of Alumni Engagement
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Ruby Matheny is a proud first-generation college graduate and MSU Denver alumna. She has a passion for equity, inclusion, and community building which she channels into her work in higher education. While Ruby studied Political Science and Philosophy in her undergrad, she remained determined to positively shape the world through high-impact practices in higher education.

Ruby has worked in new student orientation, data, internship management, relationship management, life design, diversity and equity/antiracism, and career development. Ruby is a mom, an avid reader, audiophile, writer, artist, camper, exercise enthusiast, and is always looking to contribute to the relief of suffering in the world.

 

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Bre Milnes | Executive Director of Advancement Communications and Annual Giving
303-605-5464 | [email protected]

Bre Milnes is originally from Illinois and joined MSU Denver Alumni Relations in April 2015. As the Senior Director of Advancement Communications and Annual Giving, she leads the effort to communicate strategically with our alumni, donors and friends of the University. Other duties include leading the direct marketing and call center operations for the office of Alumni Relations & Giving.

Bre began her career in higher education as a marketing coordinator and assistant softball coach at Kirkwood Community College in 2009.

She earned an M.S.Ed. in Sport Performance and Leadership, and a B.S. in Sport Marketing and Administration from Northern State University. In her free time, she enjoys skiing and hanging out with her dog Scout and cats watching true-crime television shows.

 

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Brandi Rideout | Senior Director of Alumni Relations
303-605-5187 | [email protected]

Brandi Rideout joined MSU Denver as the Assistant Director of Alumni Programs in 2015. As the current Director of Alumni Relations, she creates the best possible environment for students to succeed in life. Through innovative programming and networking events, Brandi hopes to create a legacy of engaged alumni who can always count on their Alma Mater for support. She is also an affiliate faculty member in the Human Performance and Sport Department.

Prior to becoming a Roadrunner, Brandi spent over 10 years dedicated to developing student-athletes. She helped create the best possible environment for them to succeed athletically and academically as the Assistant Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Services and SWA at Upper Iowa University, Director of Student-Athlete Services at the University of Maine, and the Assistant Basketball Coach at Colby College.

Brandi graduated from the University of Maine at Farmington with a B.S. in community health education and earned a MEd in higher education administration from Upper Iowa University. As a first-generation college student, she passionate about higher education and the opportunities that can develop as a result of obtaining a degree. She brings positive energy and a great attitude to any situation and is always looking for ways to grow and learn.

Brandi enjoys spending her free time skiing and hiking with her dog, Zion, and was the proud winner of her 7th-grade spelling bee.

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Andy Schlichting | Director of Advancement Marketing and Communications

303-362-3219 | [email protected]

Andy Schlichting returned to MSU Denver in January 2022 after previously spending over six years in the athletics department. As the Director of Advancement Marketing and Communications, he leads the digital communications efforts with alumni, donors, and friends of the University.

Prior to his current role, Andy spent nearly 13 years working in marketing and communications, including over 11 years in college athletics. He began his professional career at MSU Denver in February 2009 and served as the Sports Information Director for the athletics department until 2015, leading the external communications and digital media for the Roadrunners, while assisting with the marketing team. He served in a similar role at the University of Colorado Boulder from 2015 to 2021, while managing all the digital communications for the athletics department through social media and the Buffs’ website.

Andy left collegiate athletics in October 2021 to accept a position at MYR Group Inc., a publicly traded electrical construction company, as the Proposal Coordinator in the marketing department. In his role at MYR Group, he wrote proposals for construction project bids and assisted with graphic design and video production.

A native of Chaska, Minn., he earned his B.S. in Sports Management with a minor in Business Administration, along with his M.S. in Education from Southwest Minnesota State University. He also competed in football at SMSU, earning all-region and all-conference honors as a punter and backup wide receiver. In his free time, Andy enjoys any outdoor activity, including hiking, running, skiing, and climbing, and learning foreign languages.

 

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Lynne Winter (’17) | Assistant Director of Advancement Communications

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Lynne Winter joined the Roadrunner family in 2013. As a student employee, she worked as a teaching assistant, tutor and for the Reach-a-Roadrunner Alumni Call Center. In April 2017, she joined the University Advancement staff full-time to combine her adaptive range of writing skills with her passion for supporting the future of students and programs at Metropolitan State University of Denver.

For more than two years, she has shared stories of lives transformed with alumni, donors, faculty, staff and the community through Metropolitan Denver Magazine, Early Bird articles, the Your Gifts at Work newsletter and bi-monthly alumni newsletters. She cultivates and edits content for stewardship and fundraising publications, project proposals, donor acknowledgment letters, alumni newsletters and more, in support of MSU Denver University Advancement’s mission to secure private financial support for the University.

Lynne graduated from the University of Colorado at Denver with a B.A. in English and earned a B.S. in environmental science from MSU Denver in 2017. In her free time, she enjoys reading comic books, planning vacations to Disney destinations, and watching movies (particularly Marvel) with her husband, 8-year-old Border Collie mix, Sully, and her son who is currently earning his Ph.D. in medical physics in Wisconsin.

Jesse Drewes (’22) | Alumni Engagement Coordinator
303-605-5082 | [email protected] 

 

 

Events

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Jessica Fernandez | Senior Director of University Events
303-605-5083 | [email protected]

Jessica Fernandez is the Sr. Director of University Events, leading the newly created department in overall strategic development and execution of university level and Presidential events. She will also play a critical role in planning and implementing tactics for internal and external audiences to advance MSU Denver’s visibility, grow engagement and inspire giving.

A Southern California native, Jessica graduated with a B.A. in Political Science with a Journalism certificate from Loyola Marymount University in 2011. Over the past 12 years, she has worked in the nonprofit, association and higher education sectors in cities which include Los Angeles, Washington, DC, Orange County and now Denver. She is excited to take what she’s learned in those experiences and apply them as she serves the Roadrunner community.

In her free time, she enjoys going on adventures with her pup Harper Grace, volunteering with child advocacy nonprofits, getting back into tennis and checking out all the beautiful places Denver has to offer.

 

 

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Cora Potter (’17) | Associate Director of University Events
303-605-5814 | [email protected]

Cora Potter joined the Roadrunner family in 2016 as a Special Events Intern in the Marketing and Communications department. She was brought on as a full-time employee in May of 2017, after graduating from MSU Denver School of Hospitality, earning a B.A. in Hospitality, Tourism, and Events, with a concentration in Event Management.

Her love for organization and planning meshes well in her current role, where no day is the same, and the opportunities to create experiences to remember are endless. She works alongside Alumni, Athletics, CMEI and many other departments on various University Wide events and initiatives, the largest and most important being the fall and spring Commencement ceremonies. She oversees the Commencement Committee and leads the MSU Denver Events Coalition.

In her free time, she’s probably on the lake with her family on their boat, camping in the mountains, or at the dog park with their gentle giant, Cleo and chocolate lab, Frank.

 

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Kylie Miller (’19) | Assistant Director of Marketing and Event Production
303-605-7277 | [email protected]

Kylie has been with the University since October 2019. Prior to joining the team as a staff member, Kylie worked in various offices across the campus. In her current role, Kylie coordinates and executes presidential and university-wide events such as the President’s Speaker Series, town halls, TEDx, various board meetings and Commencement each semester. In addition, she’s managed event communications, registrations, and AV tech.

Kylie graduated from MSU Denver in Spring 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in the Individualized Degree Program with a concentration in Social Documentary. Her passion is storytelling and illuminating the human condition. She fell in love with photography at a young age from looking through old photographs of her family from time to time and decided to create her own major utilizing photography, video production, writing and design to illuminate the human condition. She’s now started her own business, Kylie Bird Photography, capturing candid moments for her clients.

Kylie is a Colorado native and in her free time is usually at a skatepark somewhere in the state. And, she always has her two beloved dogs in tow.

 

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David Sharman | Associate Director of Event Operations
303-615-1150 | [email protected]

David Sharman is the Associate Director of Operations for the Office of University Events.   He has over fifteen years of event management experience, production, and design.  Additionally he holds high-level creative aptitudes in illustration, digital art, design, photography, video and music. He joined MSU Denver in 2015, starting out with ITS, providing technical assistance in classrooms.

Soon after he began supporting various events on campus and helped pave the way for hybrid / synchronous classrooms.  Currently he and his team support an average of 16 MSU Denver events per month / ~200 events per year, ranging from the Monthly President’s Cabinet, Board of Trustees, Welcome Back & Spring Update livestreams to MLK Peace Breakfast & Visiting Professorships.  David spends his free time writing novels, cooking, and enjoys listening to every genre of music.

 

Toby Hatcher

Toby Hatcher | AV/IT Technician
303-605-7665 | [email protected]

Toby moved to Colorado from Virginia in Oct. 2020. He is a people person – he loves to meet people and hear their experiences, listen to their stories, and learn from them. In a genuinely curious manner, people watching is one of his favorite activities. He value staying active, and hikes, bikes, runs, or anything else he is in the mood to do. Toby is a lifelong sports enthusiast, participating in them, watch them, analyzing them, discussing them, etc.

Toby started at MSU Denver as a contractor in September 2021 and was honored to be offered a full-time position in October 2022. As the AV/IT Technician, he is thrilled to play a part in this university’s purpose and collaborate with this community towards making a positive change!

 

Ned Hoewisch

Ned Hoewisch | Office Systems Manager
303-615-2073 | [email protected]

Born and raised in Colorado, Ned’s childhood of secret decoder rings in cereal boxes led to a fascination with world languages and various forms of communication. Later, living many years in Europe, he developed multi-lingual proficiency and an appreciation for new approaches to systems and solutions. Ned enjoys combining organization and design to create simplified and sustainable structures, crafted between sips of the occasional espresso.

 

Foundation and Advancement Services

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Jesse Aerni | Assistant Director of Operations
303-605-5986 | [email protected]

Jesse Aerni joined MSU Denver in October 2018 after moving to Colorado from Portland, Oregon. Previously, he worked at Portland Community College as the Foundation Events Specialist and prior to that as Associate Director of Annual Giving at Lewis & Clark Law School.

A proud data, finance and process nerd, stemming from his time earning a B.S. in Accounting at Linfield College, his role combines this passion for operations, finance and data with his love of supporting fundraising efforts that benefit students. As the Assistant Director of Operations, he leads operational projects for the division; creates processes, procedures, and trainings for the division and campus partners; facilitates financial data requests; and serves as the backup to the finance team.

In his spare time, he is an MSU Denver student studying Information Systems, Personal Finance and Accounting. Outside of the classroom, he enjoys hiking, backpacking, volunteering and seeing plays (especially musicals) with his partner Sean.

 

Michelle Downer

Michelle Downer | Director of Advancement Services
303-605-7868 | [email protected]

Michelle’s keen organizational skills and a fondness for public higher education lead her to the MSU Denver University Advancement team in May 2022. She supports a dedicated team with the data and tools they need to effectively engage and steward MSU Denver’s alumni, supporters, and stakeholders. She provides leadership and planning for gift management, data integrity and analysis, reporting, and training.

Growing up in Southeastern Wisconsin, Michelle learned early the phrase, “Be good to your neighbor.” It was part of her community’s DNA to organize grassroots fundraisers for families experiencing crises and buy from businesses that care and serve. This ethic translated first to a liberal arts degree earned through service learning in nonprofit management at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a master’s in library and information science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, which inspired and prepared her for her professional journey to help others through philanthropy.

Michelle’s advancement services experience bridges positions in higher education, the nonprofit sector and corporate social responsibility. She’s an enthusiastic advocate for the power of philanthropy and its impact and ability to transform communities, people, and institutions. Michelle volunteers and travels in her free time.

Lawrence Kinkopf

Lawrence Kinkopf | Gift Administrator
303-605-7134 | [email protected]

Lawrence joined the MSU Denver University Advancement team as the Gift Administrator in May 2019. Prior to becoming a Roadrunner, Lawrence served as both the Assistant Director of Annual Giving and then the Associate Director of Gift Administration at the University of Northern Colorado. He has more than five years of fundraising experience in higher education. As the Gift Administrator, he processes all of the gifts that pass through the MSU Denver Foundation.

Lawrence is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio and began his philanthropic career as a student caller in college. He earned his B.A. in Liberal Arts and his M.A. in Applied Psychology from the University of Cincinnati (UC).

In his free time, Lawrence enjoys drumming, playing Pokémon GO, going on hikes and watching true crime shows.

 

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Amy Reichardt | Office Manager

303-615-0065 | [email protected]

Amy joined MSU Denver in Spring 2022 as the office manager for University Advancement. She was born in Ohio. graduated from Wake Forest University, and has a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Southern California.

She moved to Colorado with her husband, who grew up in this beautiful state and wanted to return. She now lives in Littleton with her family. Amy is thankful for the opportunity to support the work of MSU Denver.

 

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Michael Schiffmacher (’15) | Business Analyst
303-605-5489 | [email protected]

Michael Schiffmacher started with MSU Denver in January 2002. He has held a handful of positions in various offices including Bursar’s Office Supervisor (2002-2007), Accounting Services COFRS and Fixed Asset Accountant (2007-2010), Foundation Accountant (2014-2016) and Business Analyst (2016-2018). Michael is an MSU Denver alumnus, earning his B.S. in Management with a concentration in Finance.

In his current role as the Foundation’s Business Analyst, Michael manages many of the Foundation’s business functions including the development of financial forecasts, account management, budgeting and other financial analysis. Michael is also responsible for process development and improvement projects, analysis of opportunities, and for providing general guidance and educational opportunities for both internal and external constituencies.

Michael is an avid outdoorsman and particularly enjoys skiing and mountain climbing. He has climbed all 58 Colorado ‘14ers’ and countless other state and country highpoints.

 

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Anthony Sisneros (’09) | Assistant Controller
303-605-5490 | [email protected]

Anthony Sisneros was born and raised in Westminster, Colorado, and started as a student employee with MSU Denver in August 2006. He graduated from MSU Denver with a B.A. in Political Science and is currently working on a second bachelor’s degree in accounting. He enjoys watching football and traveling, and is an avid outdoorsman, spending time both hunting and fishing. As the Assistant Controller, he serves as the initial source of financial information for the Foundation and is responsible for department financial statements, sales tax remittance and annual tax forms, and cash disbursements.

 

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Shannon Strande (’21) | Gift Specialist
303-605-5780 | [email protected]

Shannon Strande (she/her/hers) joined University Advancement in 2019 as the Financial & Advancement Services Assistant when she was still a student. After graduating from the University in the spring of 2021 with a B.A. in Sociology and a minor in Linguistics, she was hired full-time as the department’s Accounting and Data Coordinator.

Shannon has six years of higher education experience, loves being on the Auraria Campus and is a proud Roadrunner dedicated to the MSU Denver mission of making a difference in our students’ lives and the community.

 

Questions? Contact Us

University Advancement

Office/Campus Location
Student Success Building Fourth Floor, Room 410
890 Auraria Parkway Denver, CO 80204

Make A Gift

Phone:

303-615-0065

Fax: 

720-778-5846

Email:

[email protected]

For gifts and other correspondence:

Metropolitan State University of Denver
University Advancement
Campus Box 14, PO Box 173362
Denver, CO 80217-3362

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