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University of Colorado Denver

School of Public Affairs
 

SPA Lecturers


 Alexander, Ross

 Allen, Andrea

Andrea Allen received her Ph.D. in Criminology & Criminal Justice from the University of South Carolina in 2013. Her research explores policing, drug/alcohol-involved crime, and firearms. Her work is published in outlets such as The Journal of Quantitative Criminology, Crime & Delinquency, and Police Quarterly.​2

 Best, Jane

Jane Best has extensive experience working among practitioners, policymakers and researchers. Currently, she is the Chief Development Officer at My Student Survey, an organization that designs, administers and provides professional services for student, parent and community surveys offered to state and local education systems.  Previously, she was the Chief Strategy Officer at McREL International and also worked for Learning Point Associates (now American Institutes for Research) and the National Conference of State Legislatures. Dr. Best started her career as a high school French and ESL teacher in Columbus, Ohio. Jane has served on the board of directors of Knowledge Alliance and STEM Education Coalition, trade associations that advocate for federal funding for education research and development. She has also served on the board of governors for the College of Education at The Ohio State University.  She has expertise in the politics of education, school and systems leadership, government relations, and implementing federal, state and foundation funded initiatives. Jane holds a B.A. from Indiana University, a M.A. from The Ohio State University and a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University.​​4

 Brinkley, Jennifer

Jennifer Brinkley holds a BA and MA from Western Kentucky University and a JD from the University of Kentucky College of Law.  She has previously been in private law practice and served as a prosecuting attorney in Bowling Green, Kentucky.  She has taught Crime Theory & Causes at the University of Colorado at Denver.  Jennifer serves on various Boards in Bowling Green, including the WKU Library Advisory Council and the WKU Senate Undergraduate Curriculum Committee.  She is a Pedagogical Associate Professor at Western Kentucky University in Paralegal Studies and teaches Criminal Law & Procedure, Legal Technology, Legal Ethics, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Introduction to Law, Family Law, Contracts, Evidence, Women and the Law, Introduction to Law, and Introduction to the Paralegal Profession.​​31

 Brown, Greg

 Burke, Dan

 Danielson, Ian

Ian Danielson is a PhD Candidate in the University of Colorado Denver's School of Public Affairs. He has a BA in Psychology from Macalester College and MPAs in Policy Analysis and Economic Development from Indiana University's School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA). Ian has practical experience in a variety of areas, including local economic development, data management and analysis, grant writing, early childhood and higher education, and program evaluation. He studies morality (or social regulatory) policy, with a focus on US drug policy, but also has experience and interest in the areas of criminal justice policy and administration, early childhood education policy, and policy analysis.​​32

 Dixon, Tamara

Tamara Dixon is the Human Resources Manager for the City of Wheat Ridge, Colorado where she guides and manages Human Resources services, policies, and programs for the City. Tamara has over 14 years of experience in Human Resources and has facilitated sessions on leadership, strategic planning, engagement and motivation and is also certified in Crucial Conversations. She is PHR and IPMA-CP certified and she holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Tuskegee University as well a Master's degree in Public Administration from Auburn University (War Eagle!). She also serves as 2nd Vice President of the Western Region of the International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR).​8

 Drury, Ida

Ida Drury, MSW is a PhD Student at the School of Public Affairs as well as a faculty member at the Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect on Anschutz Medical Campus. She has over a decade of professional experience in the area of child welfare, from frontline casework to state-level administration. Her research interests are emotional labor and street-level bureaucracy. She lives in a vibrant, changing neighborhood in Denver with her partner James, and her cat, Mouse.​​33

 Estrada, Erik

Erik Estrada is an attorney with Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP, where his practice focuses on corporate and financial transactions, corporate governance, and regulatory guidance for businesses, public entities, and nonprofit organizations.  He is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder (B.A.), the University of Colorado School of Public Affairs (M.P.A.), where he was named the Outstanding Student, and the University of Denver College of Law (J.D.), where he was named a Chancellor’s Scholar.  Currently, he is pursuing an LL.M. (Master of Laws) degree from the Boston University School of Law.  Prior to graduating from law school, he served as the Program Officer for the Boettcher Foundation, a private foundation located in Denver, Colorado, and as a Trustee, Program Director and Senior Fellow of El Pomar Foundation, a private foundation located in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  In addition to his tenure as a Trustee of the El Pomar Foundation, he was appointed by Governor Bill Ritter to the board of directors for the Tony Grampsas Fund in July 2007.  He was re-appointed by Governor Bill Ritter in April 2010 to serve another three-year term.  He has also served on the boards of directors for the University of Colorado Alumni Association, the Colorado Center on Law & Policy, and the Community Resource Center.  He is a member of the Colorado Bar Association and the Denver Bar Association.

Estrada, Erik vita May 2013.pdf​

Email – erik.estrada@dgslaw.com
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 Fletcher, Hillary

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 Fratello, Jennifer

Jennifer Fratello is the Policy Director for the Independent Monitor (“OIM”) in Denver, the agency that provides civilian oversight to the city and county’s Police and Sheriff Departments.   In this role, she oversees and conducts research on policy issues related to law enforcement and corrections in the city and county of Denver.  Prior to working at the OIM, she worked at the Vera Institute of Justice in New York City, where she was the Research Director for the Center on Youth Justice.  At Vera, she worked with jurisdictions across the county to help them use data and research to plan, implement, and evaluate reforms to their juvenile justice systems.  Her research focuses on relationships between law enforcement and communities (specifically youth), risk assessments, juvenile corrections, and program evaluation.   She received her MA in Criminal Justice from Temple University in 2003.​34

 Fulcher, Juley

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 Gartner, Jen

Jen Gartner attended the University of Delaware (B.A., 1998); the George Washington University Law School (J.D., 2001), where she served as Senior Managing Editor of the Public Contract Law Journal; and Norwich University (M.P.A., 2005). Jen Gartner was the Director of Grants & Contracts and adjunct professor for the University of Colorado Denver's School of Public Affairs. She is trained as a government contracts attorney and has worked with military, aerospace, and nonprofit contractors for many years, first at the law firm of Morgan Lewis in Washington, DC, and later at the Space Science Institute, home to the NASA's Cassini Imaging Team, in Boulder, Colorado.​​10

 Hannaway, Tamara

Tamara Hannaway has been teaching at the university level since 2002.  She invested the first twenty years of her career in the corporate world in management, finance, sales, and marketing for three fortune 500 companies. She earned significant time in strategic planning, forecasting, and management positions. She earned her MBA concentrating in economics in 1995 from Westminster University in Salt Lake City. The corporate experience and education prompted her interest in the overlapping spheres of markets, governments, and NGOs, occasioning the Ph.D. in Public Affairs from the University of Colorado Denver focusing on economic development. Dr. Hannaway’s has extensive experience in business, and extensive teaching experience, but genuinely enjoys teaching undergraduate and graduate, classroom and online classes the most. Thus, she chose to shift her career to higher education in after realizing it fit her best. She has been successful creating new graduate programs, developing new classes, and actively recruiting and mentoring students. Her research areas include income inequality, corruption, education funding, and economic development. As a Doctor of Public Affairs with many years of business training, she can teach the unique aspects between public and private enterprises with a breadth of administration acumen.  She maintains a business analytics consulting business staying abreast of markets, innovations, and econometrics. Her favorite subjects to teach are in economics, finance, marketing, and the public administration arenas. She grew up in Colorado and enjoys the Colorado lifestyle.​​​​35

 Harrison, Randy

Randy Harrison serves as Senior Fellow at the Buechner Institute of Governance and recently served as Executive Director of Move Colorado, a non-profit corporation representing Colorado’s transportation community on transportation finance issues, and two major architecture, engineering, and environmental consulting firms - URS and AECOM responsible for business and program development for corporate and regional management. 

As Director of State Planning in the Office of State Planning and Budgeting, Mr. Harrison managed  several initiatives as part of the Governor’s economic development strategy: the Colorado Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) Project to locate a $5 billion DOE high-energy physics laboratory near Ft Morgan; directed the Governor’s Council on High Technology Economic Development, a 5-year Economic  Plan and Implementation program; served as Executive Director of the Colorado Commission on Local Government Finance; and Executive Director of the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Capital Infrastructure. He has supervised research into Colorado’s technology industries: biotechnology, aerospace, and advanced manufacturing; and developed small business strategies for innovation research.
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 Hasty, Amanda

Amanda Hasty is a part-time Lecturer with the University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs and teaches 5006-OL and 5633-OL. Ms. Hasty has over 11 years’ experience in public administration at both the local and Federal level. She has managed and directed programs and departments in the area of environmental protection, rural and mitigation planning and emergency management. She has worked as Executive Director of a nonprofit focused on downtown revitalization and has also worked as a managerial consultant and leadership coach. Ms. Hasty is a founding board member and presently serves as an advisory board member for Healthkind, a nonprofit organization that works with South Sudanese nationals to address health needs in South Sudan.  Ms. Hasty completed her graduate studies at the University of Denver receiving both a Master of Business Administration at the Daniels’ College of Business and a Master of Resource Law Study from the Sturm College of Law and received her Coaches Training from the Coaches Training Institute in San Rafael, CA.​​​36

 Hedberg, Kim

Kim Hedberg has been teaching Grant Writing since the spring of 2016. She has significant experience fundraising, grant writing, managing staff and budgets, developing programs and policies, and running a nonprofit organization. She is also a business consultant working with companies on sustainability issues, professional development, business plan writing, financial analysis, and strategy. With advanced degrees in both Hydrology (University of New Hampshire) and Business (University of Colorado, Boulder), and an undergraduate degree in Economics (Amherst College), she has lent her skills to teaching, environmental consulting, and business consulting. Her experience includes over 25 years of managing both nonprofits and for-profit ventures. Other skills include project management, data analysis, business consulting, and negotiation. In her spare time, she loves to backcountry ski and has been an active member of the National Ski Patrol for over 20 years.​​​37

 Jennings, Wesley

 Johnston, Jessica

 Kushdilian, Dik

Dik Kushdilian has been a Lecturer at the University of Colorado at Denver since 2012. He brings twenty-eight years of law enforcement experience to the classroom, having retired from the Denver Police Department in 2015 as a Police Lieutenant. Before coming to Denver in 1995, Dik also spent seven years working for the Los Angeles Police Department. He currently serves as the civilian Director of the DPD Civil Liability Section. Dik received his undergraduate degree in Management from Columbia College, and earned his Master of Criminal Justice degree from the University of Colorado at Denver School of Public Affairs in 2010.​​38

 Lefkowitz, Laura

Laura Lefkowitz is a management consultant for non-profit and governmental educational agencies. She holds a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver and is certified by the Global Business Network as a scenario planner. From 1995 – 1999 Lefkowits was an At-Large Member of the Board of Education for Denver Public Schools (DPS). Other past positions include Director of Policy, Advanced Education Inc. (AdvancED) and Vice President for Policy and Planning Services at Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL) where she oversaw government relations and strategic planning.​​18

 Luckey, Kara

Kara is an urban planner and PhD Candidate in Planning and Design at the University of Colorado Denver College of Architecture and Planning. She is also a lecturer in the university’s School of Public Affairs where she has taught Research and Analytical Methods online.

Kara’s research centers broadly on the intersection between transportation planning, housing policy, and social justice, with particular expertise in the role of urban infrastructure in community and economic development. Her dissertation work takes a mixed-method approach to exploring issues of neighborhood change and housing affordability associated with public rail transit in order to understand policy responses to increasing pressure on housing affordability in transit-rich neighborhoods across U.S. regions. 

After earning a B.S. in Civil Engineering from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City, Kara worked as a practitioner in a range of contexts including transit and transportation planning, waterfront redevelopment, and planning for public and federal lands. Her PhD work has been supported by the National Science Foundation through the Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) Program, as well as through a U.S. Department of Transportation Eisenhower Fellowship.

After living in Colorado for over a decade, Kara recently moved back to her hometown of Seattle, Washington with her husband, 2-year old son, and 5-month old daughter. When not thinking about and researching urban policy, Kara enjoys braving the rain with her family to explore all the Pacific Northwest has to offer.
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 Lutz, Victoria

Victoria L. Lutz, JD - For most of Vicki’s 37-year legal career she has worked to end sexual and domestic violence. Currently, she provides domestic violence expert counsel and testimony in civil and criminal cases throughout Colorado and performs annual grant review for the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women. She is admitted to the Colorado and New York bars and has been endorsed and qualified as an expert witness in many federal and state courts. From 2004 to 2012 Vicki was the executive director of Colorado’s Crossroads Safehouse, and for the decade prior to 2004 she held the same title at New York’s Pace Women’s Justice Center. She has been a law professor and has handled civil and criminal cases ranging from harassment to homicide. In addition to training thousands on gender violence issues in America, Canada, and Africa, she has authored more than 15 books or articles. She was on the faculty of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) for many years, and is the recipient of many honors. Under a 2012-2014 Colorado University grant, she was a statewide consultant for domestic violence programs.​​39

 McCandless, Sean

Sean McCandless works for the UC Denver School of Public Affairs (SPA) as an academic resources coordinator and adjunct faculty member and is also a PhD candidate at SPA. He has taught a variety of courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels, including public administration, political science, and English writing. Sean’s research interests revolve around social equity, public service, administrative ethics, and the intersections between constitutional law and public administration. He is published in Administrative Theory & Praxis, Public Administration Review, and a soon-to-be released edited book on the administrative and policy dimensions of youth violence.​​40

 Machado, Jason

Jason Machado is currently a Doctoral Candidate and received his MPA from UCD in 2006.  Jason’s research interests include comparative public administration, nonprofit board governance, grassroots advocacy and the role of nonprofits in the policy process.  He has worked as a Public and Legislative Affairs Director for multiple Colorado nonprofits and continues to consult on several advocacy projects that promote civic engagement and voter access.​​​19

 Meija, James

James Mejia is the interim President and CEO of the Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.  He was a candidate for the Mayor of Denver in 2010, and prior to that served as the CEO of the Denver Preschool Project, Project Manager for the Denver Justice Center, and Manager of Denver’s Parks and Recreation Department.    He was named 9News Leader of the Year in 2009.  James received a master’s degree in public policy from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, and an MBA from Arizona State University.​​20

 Mendyka, Joe

Joe Mendyka is currently the Vice President of Community Impact with Foothills United Way in Lafayette, CO. He works with non-profits, local governments, school districts, businesses and community volunteers to build collaborative human service initiatives in Boulder and Broomfield Counties. He also oversees the grant funding to non-profits in this region. Prior to living and working on the Front Range, Joe worked as a legislative liaison with the Department of Public Health in the State of Connecticut and as a staffer for Governor M. Jodi Rell. He also has extensive experience with campaigns for local, state and congressional offices. Additionally, Joe is an ordained priest in the Japanese Tendai Buddhist tradition and co-leads a small Buddhist community in Northglenn, CO. He holds a Masters of Divinity from Naropa University in Boulder, CO.​​21

 Mentor, Kenneth

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 Neumann, Zach

Zach Neumann is a Lecturer in Administrative Law at CU Denver. He currently serves as the Director of Business Partnerships at CareerWise Colorado and as the Chief Commercial Officer at Tortuga Agricultural Technologies. Zach has previously worked at McKinsey & Company, the World Bank Group, in the Office of Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and on numerous (mostly losing) political campaigns. He holds a JD from Georgetown University Law Center, an MPP from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, and a BA from the University of Texas at Austin.​​43

 Penny, Michael

Michael Penny is the city manager of Littleton, Colorado, a vibrant and unique community located about 10 miles south of Denver. With a population of 42,000, Littleton is primarily residential, but without the suburban feel that typically accompanies a city so close to a metropolitan area. The core of the community is made up of homes, churches, schools, parks and open spaces. Another aspect of Littleton’s charm is the walkable Main Street Historic District, full of eclectic businesses and devoid of any chains (the Main Street Historic District was placed on the National Register of Historic Placesin 1998). The city of Littleton has roughly 450 employees, a large figure due to the fact that Littleton’s fire and medic personnel also serve surrounding communities, including an additional 180,000 citizens.​​​23

 Pryor, Wendell

Wendell Pryor is the current Director of the Chaffee County Economic Development Corporation. He has served as Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chaffee County, and is the former Director of the Colorado Civil Rights Division.  Wendell has also served as Executive Director of the Colorado Association of Public Employees (CAPE); Human Resource Director for the City and County of San Francisco; Personnel Director for the cities of Aurora, Colorado and Riverside, California; Director of Personnel Operations and Acting Personnel Director for the Career Service Authority, City and County of Denver; and the Personnel Administrator for the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.  He holds a law degree from the University of Denver, College of Law and an MPA from the University of Colorado.  He has also been involved with numerous community organizations, including the San Francisco branch of the NAACP.​​24

 Reed, Jack

Jack K. Reed joined the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice’s Office of Research and Statistics as a statistical analyst in 2014, bringing experience in data analysis, research design, and project evaluation. Jack is primarily tasked with analyzing the impact of marijuana legalization on law enforcement, juveniles, public health, education, impaired driving, and diversion to other markets. He has experience evaluating specialty courts, community corrections programs, jail-based treatment programs, and strategic planning in the criminal justice system. He began as a lecturer in the Criminal Justice program at the C.U. Denver School of Public Affairs in Fall 2015. He will be teaching courses on Crime Theory and Causes as well as Courts. Jack has a B.A. in Criminal Justice from the University of Nevada, Reno and an M.A. in Criminal Justice from the University at Albany, State University of New York.​30

 Reynolds, Dana

Dana Reynolds is a 15-year veteran of the Colorado Department of Public Safety. He began his career as a State Trooper with the Colorado State Patrol. He held assignments as a policy and research specialist, accreditation manager, field supervisor, internal affairs investigator and polygraphist. He was ultimately promoted to the rank of Captain where he led the Homeland Security Section and served as Director of the Colorado Information Analysis Center (CIAC), the state fusion center. Mr. Reynolds then accepted a position as Director of the Office of Preparedness in the newly formed Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (DHSEM). He was later appointed Deputy Director with oversight over critical infrastructure protection, cybersecurity, state preparedness, interoperable communications, grant and finance, and strategic communications. Most recently, Mr. Reynolds was appointed as Director of Emergency Management and leads the state’s emergency management agency within DHSEM. Mr. Reynolds holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration and a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Colorado at Denver.  He is also a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Program on Crisis Leadership, an executive education program, along with the Executive Leadership Program (ELP) from the Center for Homeland Defense & Security, Naval Postgraduate School, in Monterey, CA.  Mr. Reynolds also serves as a Senior Lecturer in the Homeland Security Certificate Program at Denver University, and holds an adjunct faculty position in the Sociology and Criminology Department, also at Denver University.​​​25

 Rice, Brenidy

Brenidy Rice attended the University of Colorado, Denver where she received a graduate degree in Public Administration with a concentration in local government and policy.  She has worked with problem solving courts for over ten years in different capacities.  She currently is the Colorado State Problem Solving Court Coordinator with the State Court Administrator’s Office, specializing in implementation and evaluation of problem solving courts.  She speaks nationally on problem solving courts as well as trauma informed courtrooms and statewide on implicit bias and the impact in the criminal and child welfare system.​​41

 Scanlon, Nora

Nora Scanlon currently works at the University of Colorado Denver’s School of Public Affairs as the undergraduate criminal justice Academic Advisor & Program Coordinator.  In her role at SPA Nora works closely with students to ensure they are supported in their degree program and are able to take advantage of SPA’s as well as community resources.  Nora received her Bachelor of Arts in Criminology from the University of Denver, and Master of Criminal Justice & Master of Public Administration from the University of Colorado Denver.​​29

 Siddiqui, Shariq

Dr. Shariq Siddiqui is the Executive Director of (ARNOVA), Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action. ARNOVA is a leading international association that connects scholars, teachers, and practice leaders in research on nonprofit organizations, voluntary action, philanthropy and civil society. Siddiqui serves as the co-editor of the new Journal on Muslim Philanthropy and Civil Society that will be in published through a partnership of the Center on American Muslim Philanthropy and Indiana University – Indianapolis University Library. Prior to taking over the helm of ARNOVA, Shariq was Director of Development for the Indiana University School of Education.  Professor Siddiqui has taught and has served in leadership roles in the local, regional, national and international nonprofit organizations for over fifteen years. His research interests include diversity, legitimacy and power in nonprofit organizations; nonprofit change dynamics during crisis, failure and turn-around; membership associations in the United States; and the development of civil society from a comparative perspective, with a specific focus on the development of international humanitarian non-governmental organizations (NGO). Dr. Shariq Siddiqui has a Ph.D. and MA in Philanthropic Studies from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University.  He also has JD from the McKinney School of Law at Indiana University and holds a BA in History from the University of Indianapolis.​​42

 Tunstall, Ashley

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 Van Leeuwen, Jamie

Jamie Van Leeuwen currently serves as the Senior Advisor for Governor Hickenlooper after almost four years as Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of Community Partnerships. Leading up to the Hickenlooper administration, he worked as the Policy Director and served on the transition team for the Hickenlooper for Colorado gubernatorial campaign. He is also the founder and Executive Director of the Global Livingston Institute, a non- governmental organization in East Africa designed to engage students and community leaders to develop innovative solutions to poverty and is a Senior Research Fellow with the Buechner Institute at the University of Colorado Denver School Of Public Affairs. He became a Fulbright Scholar in 2013.​​27


 

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