Alumni Class Notes

Class notes allow alumni to learn the latest news about their fellow Lynx. We invite you to share your favorite accomplishments, whether a promotion, publication, new job, new house, or a new baby. Tell us (or show us—photo or video submissions are encouraged) what you've done since graduation.

Submitted and approved class notes will be featured here on CU Denver Alumni's website and social media.


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Frida Silva ’20

Frida Silva ’20 is the Digital Marketing Associate at Neta Collab. 

"In the Spring, I felt stressed that I wasn't going to be able to secure a full-time position in my field after graduation. Neta Collab hired me in the Spring as an intern. After I graduated, they asked me if I wanted to come on as their first, full-time employee as a Digital Marketing Associate! Today, I work with a fearless team that works with incredible organizations and movements that are on the front-line of social change. I am proud to be part of Neta and honored to be doing the work we are doing!"

Published: 8/24/2020

Headshot: netacollab.com/about


Todd Smith working with colleagues

Todd Smith ’20

Todd Smith ’20 is pursuing a Master's of Fine Arts in Creative Production at the North Carolina School of the Arts, a highly selective school of only 152 graduate students. Todd plans to take his entrepreneurial spirit and his love for creating character-based story into a career in episodic television. 


Published: 9/21/2020


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Caroline Stump ’20

Caroline Stump '20 recently announced she has accepted a position at Warner Music Group as a Licensing Administrator and is headed to Nashville to begin her career.

Around Denver, Caroline is a well-known singer/songwriter! She hosts a podcast with fellow MEIS alumna, Megan Ellsworth '20, called The Songwriter Diaries that explores the songwriting process. You may have seen Caroline playing at Denver venues such as The Roxy, Mercury Café, or the 2019 Underground Music Showcase among others.


Published: 9/1/2020


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Loc Trang '18, MBA '20

Loc Trang '18, MBA '20 was selected to join The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center as an administrative fellow beginning summer 2021. He will be participating in a pipeline program dedicated to mentoring and developing the next generation of healthcare leaders. 

"I've chosen an organization whose mission spoke to me after losing my mother to an aggressive cancer disease in 2016. I am grateful for the mentoring and expertise of the staff and professors at CU Denver who have bestowed upon me exceptional knowledge." 

Published: 11/25/2020


Diana Lee surveying people on the street

Diana Lee ’20

Diana Lee ’20 heads to an international center of academic excellence, Sunway University in Malaysia, having earned a scholarship towards a Master’s in Creative Media. It’s huge investment in her commitment to reaching her goals–she had been accepted to prestigious graduate programs in the U.S., but connections to Sunway through a CAM partnership for cultural and scholarly exchange and a graduate program that aligns with her professional ambitions have led her to take on the challenge of international study.

Lee says she is committed to “immersive study of the global creative industry and how music, policy, and economy can impact any community.” Her passions lead her to look to how she can one day lend professional support to others coming up in music business.

Published: 9/21/2020


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Sebastien Chiu '20 and Matthew Kriese '19

Sebastien Chiu '20 (top) and Matthew Kriese '19 (bottom) founded Project Snapshot which is a new experiential learning fellowship that gives Gen-Z the opportunity to shape the post-COVID-19 world from their perspective. The remote program answers a major need felt throughout the global student community, virtually connecting high school students to mentors in the university through their predefined areas of interest and provides a framework for college students to develop their skills in academia.

Sebastien started the program because he realized in quarantine, “there were two immediate needs facing the global student community– a lack of connection to opportunity and a lack of connection to each other.”

Published: 6/3/2020


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Bradlie "Jelie" Jones '19

In 2020 Jelie '19 was invited to give a TED Talk, titled “An Artist Guide to Running a Business.” At 8 years old she was rapping, at 16 performing, and 19 she started her own music production company. She’s building her own performance career, and a producer and sound engineer. She has the rare skill of designing and building drum synthesizers from scratch. “The College of Arts & Media was the invisible fuel to the fire that drove me to deliver my TED talk,” says Jelie.

Published 11/19/2020

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Leah Porter '19

Leah Porter '19 was appointed to the Colorado Commission on Higher Education Advisory Committee as subject matter advisor as a parent representative.

Published 8/24/2020

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Mark Santon MPA ’19

Mark Santon MPA ’19 began a new position as operations advisor for the Colorado Governor's Office of Operations. 

Published: 5/8/2020

Headshot: operations.colorado.gov/mark-santon


Livy Snyder with art

Livy Snyder ’19

Livy Onalee Snyder ’19 was a top student in her class, earning the distinction of the Visual Arts Outstanding Graduate. While she was an impressive Student Curator at the CU Denver Emmanuel Art Gallery, having worked on exhibitions of national acclaim, Snyder truly set herself apart when earning a coveted internship at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy. With aspirations to work as an independent curator and scholar, she continues as curatorial assistant for Supernova, a Denver digital art festival, while in her first year of graduate study of University of Chicago. 

Published: 9/21/2020


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Chloe Tang '18

It wasn't too long ago that CU Denver Music & Entertainment Industry Studies Department alumna Chloe Tang '18 was drawing the crowd at CAM JAM in 2018 and right after graduation she performed to a sold out crowd opening for Dua Lipa at the Denver Fillmore.

Now Chloe is working with 3V Method and signed a deal with Caroline, founded by Richard Branson and a part of Capitol Records.

Published 9/4/2020

Headshot: instagram.com/beefjerkybih/

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Heidi Williams '17, MPA ’18

Heidi Williams '17, MPA ’18 former mayor of Thornton, is now the Director of Opioid Response in the Colorado Office of the Attorney General.

Published: 5/8/2020

Headshot: linkedin.com/in/heidikwilliams


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Terrilynn Moore ’17

Terrilynn Moore '17 has deep roots in Denver and has been an active leader in our community for years. She was recently featured on KGNU Community Radio to chat about current events and social justice, her ten years as a Denver Police Officer and her current art initiatives including a piece she has up in the City of Aurora's 19th Amendment Exhibit.

Published: 8/4/2020


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Johanna Jamison MPA '16

Johanna Jamison MPA ’16 began a new position as the program director at Colorado Smart Cities Alliance.

Published: 5/8/2020


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Scott Jones '15

Scott Jones ’15 published a book last month titledThe Free Agent Mindset: How contrarians are Shaping the Future of Work. The Free Agent Mindset is about finding your place in this new work environment and positioning yourself as an independent worker. It will make you look at your career differently by laying out the future of work and allowing you to see options that you may not have seen before.

Published: 9/1/2020


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Laurie Manderino MS' 93, PhD '15

Laurie Manderino MS '93, PhD ’15 recently started a new position as the Development Coordination Officer with the UN in Sierra Leone. Her work is focused on building partnerships and generating funds to support the 3-year Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework with the Government of Sierra Leone, targeting four areas: Sustainable Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Security; Transformational Governance; Access to Basic Services; and Protection and Empowerment of the Most Vulnerable. She will work with more than 15 UN agencies active in Sierra Leone, including UNICEF, WHO, and UN Women. 

Published: 5/8/2020

Headshot: twitter.com/lmanderino


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Sarah Moss MPA '15

Sarah Moss MPA '15 became the Colorado Director of Special Projects, Trips, and Surrogates with the Biden Campaign:

"Sarah Moss, who will handle special projects and trips for the Biden campaign, has more than 20 years experience in campaigns, including a stint as an Obama administration appointee in the U.S. Department of Justice. She has handled advance work for numerous Democratic presidential candidates, including John Kerry in 2004, Barack Obama in 2008 and Hillary Clinton in 2016. Moss, a Denver native, was executive director of Mayor Michael Hancock's inaugural committees in 2011 and 2015."

Published: 8/24/2020

Headshot: twitter.com/sarahemoss


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Mikey Smith '14

Mikey Smith '14 enjoyed working with Pool Party Creative on a trailer for Nip/Tuck on FX on Hulu. Mickey composed the music, contributed sound design, and created the gratic look for this TV spot. Nip/Tuck is an amazing show and it was an honor to work on this campaign with inspiring folks.

Published: 6/19/2020

Headshot: mikeysmith.myportfolio.com/


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Eric Wilson PhD '14

Eric Wilson PhD '14 published his debut children’s book, A Gracie Greene Adventure: The Magical Plant. Starring seven-year-old Gracie, the work explores the magic of nature and its gifts. This book is the first in an eco-conscious series that centers around Gracie, her brother Matteo, Ma and Pa, and their loveable dog Scooter.

Eric, an educator and sustainability consultant, collaborated with Justin M., Arthur C., and John B. under their Make Something Better LLC venture. Sydney Kysar, a former student from Eric’s days as Director of Sustainability at a Los Angeles charter school, created the illustrations.

Published: 11/17/2020

Book Cover: twitter.com/_make_better 


Adam Creapo at Northfield High School

Adam Creapo MA '13

Adam Creapo MA '13 has moved from the classroom to administration. After teaching in Adams 12 and DPS classrooms he is now an Assistant Principal and CareerConnect Pathway Director at Northfield High School. He lives in Denver with his wife Amanda and his 7-year-old son, Colt.

Adam is currently the Assistant Principal and CareerConnect Pathways Director at Denver Public Schools. He received his bachelors in journalism from CU Boulder in 2006 and completed a Master's in Curriculum and Instruction at CU Denver's School of Education and Human Development.

Published: 6/17/2020


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Rob Shearer '12

My Father's House, a film created by Rob Shearer '12, was accepted to the 2020 Denver Film Festival.

"I am proud to announce that My Father's House is an official selection of this year's Denver Film Festival! The Denver Film Festival is one of my favorite festivals, and it is an honor to be a part of it this year."

Published: 9/30/2020

Headshot: robshearerfilm.com/about 


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Cindy K. Bergmeier MBA ’10

Menorah Medical Center — part of HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City’s leading healthcare provider — announced that Cindy K. Bergmeier MBA '10, has been appointed chief operating officer. Bergmeier assumed her new role at one of Johnson County’s leading full-service, acute-care hospitals on August 1, 2020.

“It’s an honor to be back in the Kansas City area and at Menorah Medical Center, known for its commitment to quality healthcare and the community,” Bergmeier says. “I look forward to working with Menorah Medical Center, continuing to build on its strong foundation, and with the staff, respected for impressive talent and dedication to patient care.”

Published: 8/10/2020

Headshot: menorahmedicalcenter.com/about/newsroom/menorah-medical-center-announces-cindy-bergmeier-as-chief-operating-officer


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Brandy Reitter MPA ’08

Brandy Reitter MPA ’08 was appointed by Governor Jared Polis to serve on the Colorado Statewide Internet Portal Authority (SIPA) as the local government representative for a term expiring June 1, 2024.

"The Statewide Internet Portal Authority develops the officially recognized statewide internet portal that provides one-stop access to electronic information, products, and services in order to give members of the public an alternative way to transact business with the state."

In addition to Brandy's appointment, the Governor also named Alumna Kristin Marie Corash '84 to the Rehabilitation Advisory Council.

Published: 8/24/2020

Headshot: vaildaily.com/news/eagle-town-board-votes-unanimously-for-brandy-reitter-as-its-town-manager/


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Tara Beiter-Fluhr MS, MBA ’08

Tara Beiter-Fluhr, MS, MBA '08 supervises a small team handling indirect and property taxes at OmniTrax, Inc., a short-line railroad management company. She was elected to a four-year term as Mayor of Sheridan, Colorado in November 2017. 

Published: 7/31/2020


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Brittany Morris Saunders MA ’07

Brittany Morris Saunders MA '07, was named the Communications, Media and Public Relations winner for Denver Business Journal's 2020 Outstanding Women in Business Awards. Brittany is President of Local Affairs at Sewald Hanfling Public Affairs and specializes in the representation of businesses, developers, corporations and non-profits before local governments, including cities, counties and special districts.

Published: 8/24/2020

Headshot: sewaldhanfling.com/meet-our-team


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Iman Jodeh '04, MPA ’06

Iman Jodeh '04, MPA ’06 has been elected to the Colorado House of Representatives to represent District 41. The Colorado native and daughter of Palestinian immigrants made history in an Aurora-area district becoming Colorado's first Muslim lawmaker.

Published: 5/8/2020

Updated: 11/10/2020

Headshot: imanforcolorado.com/meetiman


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Janyne McConnaughey PhD '06

Janyne McConnaughey PhD '06 serves on the Board of Directors for the Attachment & Trauma Network. She recently published her third book in the BRAVE series, BRAVE: A Personal Story of Healing Childhood Trauma.

"I have been able to share my message of hope and the importance of trauma-informed practices with audiences on college campuses, schools, education, and faith-based conferences, podcasts, and webinars."

Janyne and her husband have relocated to the Seattle area to be near children and grandchildren.

Janyne's Other BRAVE Books
  • Jeannie's BRAVE Childhood: Behavior & Healing through the Lens of Attachment & Trauma
  • A BRAVE Life: Survival, Resilience, Faith & Hope after Childhood Trauma 

Published: 9/2/2020


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Katharine Nelson '00, MBA '02

Katharine Nelson '00, MBA '02 became the first ever model in a wheelchair for Denver Fashion Week (Spring and Fall 2019). The story aired on CBS Channel 7 and went national, being nominated for an Emmy award. She was also interviewed on the All I Know podcast which has an international audience.

Katharine is currently an Investment Accountant at Colorado PERA and completed her undergraduate degree in accounting and political science.

Published: 7/28/2020


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Lori Takala Granberg MA '96

Lori Takala Granberg MA '96 of Hudson, Colorado was appointed by Governor Jared Polis to serve on the Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators for a term expiring July 1, 2024.

Published: 8/24/2020

Headshot: linkedin.com/in/lorigranberg/