CU Denver 2021-22 Alumni Board Members

Natriece Bryant Headshot

Natriece Bryant '02, MA '07, MCJ '09, President

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, School of Public Affairs | Communications, Sociology, Criminal Justice
Deputy Chief Customer Officer, Governor's Office of Information Technology | Denver, CO

I am the Deputy Chief Customer Officer for the Governor’s Office of Information Technology, providing executive leadership for 17 State agencies across Colorado. I also served as the States’ designee appointed by former Governor Hickenlooper as the Census 2020 Complete Count Committee Chair for Colorado.

I received a BA in Communications from the University of Colorado, Master of Arts in Sociology and a Master’s in Criminal Justice (MCJ) from the University of Colorado Denver, and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Regis University. I joined the CU Denver Alumni Board in July 2020 and volunteer because every student and alum needs some level of support. Creating a path to success for our students is something I want to do. In my free time, I enjoy traveling with my husband of 23 years and two daughters. 


Leslie Bishop Headshot

Lesley Bishop MA '13

School of Education and Human Development | Counseling, Community Agency-Career Track
Project Manager at National Renewable Energy Laboratory, National Wind Technology Center

I joined the Board in 2020 and serve on the Philanthropy & Recognition Committee. I'm honored to represent and serve CU Denver as an Alumni Board Member collaborating to create, maintain, and support partnerships between the community, the institution, and its students. As an alumna and former employee (11.5 years), CU Denver has had a significant impact on my life. I served CU Denver for over a decade because of my belief in the organization’s mission and values and the populations it serves. I felt the institution gave me the opportunity to effect change and make lives better for those I worked with and for.

As a first generation college student, obtaining graduate level education was a huge accomplishment for me and my family. Beyond the personal growth and development my formal education has afforded me, it has also had far reaching socioeconomic implications for my life enabling me to access opportunities (e.g. career, financial stability) that I would not have otherwise. I am honored to continue to serve this great institution and look forward to continuing to serve.


Sam Davis '04

College of Arts & Media | Multimedia
Senior Lead Experience Design, Lumen Technologies

I joined the alumni board to pay it forward for those who did the same for me. CU Denver has helped me build a foundation for growth with relationships, skills and resources enabling me to thrive in my career. I am involved in volunteering in the community and appreciate the opportunity to make a positive impact at CU Denver.


Derrick Gallegos' Headshot

Derrick Gallegos '16

Business School, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences | Finance and Risk Management and Insurance
Assistant Vice President, FirstBank | Denver, CO

I am a Denver native who loves the state of Colorado. I went to CU Denver and was a part of the University Honors and Leadership program where I graduated from the Business School in 2016. I started working for FirstBank after graduating, and am an Assistant Vice President. I was eager to join the CU Denver Alumni Board so that I could help give back and pay forward some of the amazing opportunities that CU Denver afforded me. I am incredibly proud to be an alumnus, and I hope to make a similar impact in the way the university impacted me.


Joe Halter Headshot

Joe Halter EdD '16

School of Education and Human Development | Education, Leadership for Educational Equity
Faculty relationship manager at 2U Inc. | Denver, CO

Born and raised in Indiana, I earned both my bachelor's and master's degree from Indiana University and have worked in higher education for over 15 years at various institutions in Indiana, New Jersey, California, and Colorado. After having both worked and graduated from CU Denver, I was looking for opportunities to give back to the community that was a significant piece of my personal and professional development so I joined the board in 2020. My goal is to help enhance the experience for both current students and alumni by the various projects and programs I work with. I currently work full time for an educational technology company, 2U, and when I'm not working or volunteering with the board, I am most likely playing/chasing/wrestling/ my 5 and 10 year old boys.  


David Heisler's Headshot

David Heisler '17, President Emeritus

Business School | Applied Statistics and Accounting
Atlas Broker, Local Agent Representative | Denver, CO

I joined the Board in 2018, served as the CU Denver Alumni Board President for two years, and remain an active member. Being involved as a student in organizations such as the Student Government Association, the Business Student Ambassador Committee, and as a math tutor at the Learning Resources Center instilled a love for serving the CU Denver community. I plan to continue my lifelong journey of serving the university as an alumnus, because it gave me so many opportunities as a student!


Eugene Howard MURP '13 Headshot

Eugene Howard MURP '13

College of Architecture and Planning | Urban and Regional Planning
Senior City Planner at the City and County of Denver | Denver, CO

I currently work as an urban planner with the City and County of Denver. Graduating with honors with a master's in urban and regional planning in the Fall of 2013. My focus was urban placemaking and transportation. I discovered planning through volunteer activities and found planning to be the perfect way to connect my interests in architecture, design, transit-oriented development, placemaking, and branding into a profession. I believe communities are empowered and benefit most when transportation, land use, and the responsible use of natural resources are holistically approached through comprehensive planning and intelligent design.


Valerie Lash's Headshot

Valerie Lash '00

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences | Communications
Imaging Director and PACS Administrator, St. Anthony Summit Medical Center | Frisco, CO

I currently work in healthcare for Centura and live in Keystone, Colorado. My education has been my most treasured achievement and I hope to give back to students and CU Denver by donating time and supporting events. I have also set up an annual communication scholarship. I enjoy the academic environment and being a part of decisions and involvement with CU Denver growth and opportunities.


Michelle Prince Headshot

Michelle Prince '19

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences | Political Science, Minor Legal Studies 
Paralegal at Colorado Legal Services | Denver, CO

I am from Germany and spent half of my life there. I graduated with my Bachelor's of Arts in Political Science and Minor in Legal Studies in Spring of 2019. I recently finished my Masters of Legal Studies and Certificate in Litigation from Washington University of St. Louis this summer. During my time at CU Denver, I valued the support from my professors, and fellow peers. Giving back to the community is extremely important for me because without CU Denver I would not be on the career path that I am at now. I have an active social life that involves checking out new restaurants with my friends, watching a movie, or reading a good book. 

Omer Sarwana's Headshot

Omer Sarwana '17, MSIS '18

Business School | Business and Information Systems
Senior Decision Scientist at Guild Education

I graduated from CU Denver with my Bachelor’s in 2017 and my Master’s in 2018, both from the Business School. During my time at CU Denver, I was on student government for 3 of 4 years in Undergrad, including serving as the Vice President of the student body. This and the many other opportunities I took advantage of while at CU Denver have made me greatly appreciate the value of CU Denver as an institution and what it does to help students grow through college life and beyond. I am currently a member of the Career Committee on the board, and this has been a great opportunity for me to help strengthen our alumni relationships and school spirit, while giving back to a school which gave me so much.