Honors Advisory Board
Acting Executive Director, The Hart Center for Public Service
B.A., International Relations, University of Denver
Focus areas: Russian Area Studies, Political Science
Executive Master of Public Administration, University of Colorado at Denver
Focus areas: Leadership, Organizational Development/Management
It’s an honor and privilege to be an Honors Program Advisory Board member. I am passionate about helping people prepare for career transitions, especially when they are just starting out. The transition from college to career can be a particularly challenging one, and providing the right knowledge, tools, resources and emotional boost can make this transition less challenging and more positive. MSU Denver offers opportunities for success for all students including those in the Honors Program, and I’m thrilled to be a part of these important efforts.
Silber Director of Conservation, Denver Art Museum
B.F.A., History of Art, University of Kansas
M.A.C., Art Conservation, Queen's University
Sarah Melching received her B.F.A. in the History of Art from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas. Thereafter, she completed her art conservation studies, earning a M.A.C. from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario. She has had additional training at the Library of Congress, National Gallery of Canada, and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Sarah joined the Denver Art Museum in 2008 and in 2009 became Silber Director of Conservation.
Among professional organizations, Sarah is a member of the International Institute for Conservation, the Western Association for Art Conservation, and is a currently a Board Member of the American Institute for Conservation.
Art Conservation is about ensuring that generations to come have access to and appreciation of our cultural heritage. I am passionate about that and cognizant of the many people who helped me pursue my dream. As students navigate their curricula and embrace their aspirations, their futures are manifest not only in academics, but in critical thinking, adaptability, and collaboration. In cultivating one’s professional path, professors, mentors, peers, and colleagues are essential to defining goals. As an advisory board member of the Honors Program at MSU, I am passionate about preparing honors students at MSU with tools and experiences that will build their capacities towards a sustainable and enduring future.
Head of Global Rewards & Recognition, Western Union
B.S. degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix
Serving on the Honors Program Advisory Board is a privilege; it’s an opportunity to support our community and students. I’m passionate about helping others to realize their dream; to make a positive difference in the lives of others and to be supportive in helping others succeed.
Vice President - Talent Development, SYNNEX
M.S. in Organization Leadership from Regis University
Certificate in Internal Coaching from Columbia University
B.A. in Biology from University of Colorado – Boulder
Laurie Shumake has been with SYNNEX since 2019, and previously worked with Western Union as the Head of Global Talent Development and in various roles at Newmont GoldCorp Mining. Her background includes over 15 years in the human capital management field and a diverse range of experiences, from organizational effectiveness, org/culture transformation, global workforce strategy, talent development, executive coaching and business partnering; to project management and web development; to real estate and dog behavior modification.