Diane Messamore, BS mathematics ’73
Diane Messamore, BS mathematics ’73, managing principal for Buck Consultants’ Rocky Mountain Region, received the 2009 Alumni Appreciation Award. Messamore, a respected attorney, has 35 years of experience in corporate compensation and benefits, with a concentration in health and retirement plans. She has been an active participant in the UC Denver alumni association, serving both as vice president and president. Messamore currently serves as an associate board member and scholarship committee member. As a member of the finance committee, Messamore helped develop the policy by which scholarship funds are invested and awarded to students. She also volunteers each year at the Rock Bottom Ruckus, the association’s primary fund raiser for scholarships.
Messamore is active in the community as well. She is current president of the Denver Mile High Rotary Club and has served in various other capacities on their board of directors. Through Rotary, she has assisted with the 9 Health Fair, held holiday parties for residents of the Barth Hotel (a home for disabled homeless), provided English instruction and conducted mock interviews and job training for the jobless and homeless.
Representative Mark Ferrandino
Representative Mark Ferrandino, D-Denver, has been a tireless champion for funding to higher education during his tenure on the Joint Budget Committee, earning him the 2009 Legislative Award. As a freshmen member, he has risen quickly into the leadership position of deal broker and budget guru for the State of Colorado. Because UC Denver’s Downtown Campus is in his district, he has been an advocate for higher education issues in the Denver Metro area.
Ferrandino was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives through a vacancy committee in September 2007 to complete the term of Representative Mike Cerbo. He had previously served as treasurer of the Colorado Democratic Party. In 2007, he was awarded the Colorado Young Democrat of the Year Award for his work on behalf of the Democratic Party and candidates across Colorado.