Executive Team


Melisa Baldwin

Melisa Baldwin

Vice Chancellor for Advancement
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Melisa sets strategies for the university’s fundraising initiatives, including annual giving, major gifts, corporate giving, foundation relations and gift planning. She also oversees Donor and Alumni Engagement and Advancement Communications. With more than 25 years of experience as a university development professional, Melisa has contributed to growth in fundraising results in every position she has held. She has vast experience in setting the strategic direction and managing the operational execution of fundraising campaigns. Melisa previously worked in advancement at Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State University, and University of Florida.

Melisa lives in downtown Denver and enjoys all the urban setting has to offer. She also enjoys skiing and hiking in the beautiful mountains of Colorado.

 

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Melanie Howard

Executive Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Advancement
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Melanie provides executive support to the Vice Chancellor of Advancement and members of the Advancement leadership group. Her journey with CU Denver has just begun, but she looks forward to many years assisting with the endeavors of the Advancement Team.

A southerner by birth, Melanie has called Denver home since 2015. She received her undergraduate degree in Communications from Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN and has held many rolls in non-profit organizations including the YMCA and the Dumb Friends League.

Outside of work, Melanie enjoys spending time in the mountains with her husband and two dogs, Ash and Sulley. 

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Tina Schlichte

Strategic Advisor to the Vice Chancellor 
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As a key member of CU Denver’s Office of Advancement, reporting directly to the Vice Chancellor of Advancement, Tina serves as a strategic thought partner, providing expertise on a wide range of projects and activities including Advancement operations, budget, human resources, organizational and team management, chancellor and president support, principal gifts, and other strategic activities. 

Tina brings over 15 years of experience as a national sales and business development leader, having most recently led the sales & business operations team at the University of Colorado’s South Denver location. Being able to make an impact on CU Denver’s current and future students by utilizing her skillset of building strong and genuine connections and providing creative solutions for her internal and CU Denver’s external partners, are just two of the many reasons, Tina is excited to be part of the CU Denver Office of Advancement.

Tina is originally from Germany and has lived in the US for the past 18 years. In her spare time, she loves to spend time with her husband and three kiddos either in the mountains or on the soccer field. Her favorite way to connect with old and new friends is a gemütlicher Kaffeeklatsch.
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Scott Webb

Assistant Vice Chancellor 
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Scott’s role is to provide leadership and strategic alignment for operational and functional units including Alumni Engagement, Analytics, Annual Giving, Communications, and Stewardship and Events. The unit’s mission is to support fundraising and alumni engagement globally while providing the services needed for CU Denver Advancement to succeed in concert with the broader university community and its many wonderful alumni and donors. 

Scott’s background includes all facets of major gift fundraising including two successful comprehensive campaigns. Over the past twenty seven years, he has held two leadership positions spanning his extended tenures at both Georgia Tech in Atlanta, and Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. 

Scott is passionate about the outdoors and recreation, community engagement, politics, the arts, and equal rights. He routinely enjoys being outside and soaking up the many opportunities afforded by living in our great city and state.

Advancement Communications


Jim Dunn

Jim Dunn

Managing Director, Advancement Communications
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Jim plans and implements communications strategies and creates a variety of collateral to support fundraising goals and activities. Throughout a career spanning 30+ years in the U.S. and Europe, Jim has worked in nearly all areas of advancement, including major gifts; corporate sponsorships; corporate, foundation, and government support; annual giving; capital campaigns; alumni relations; and marketing and communications. Focusing on the arts and education, he has held positions at The Kennedy Center, New York City Ballet at Lincoln Center, the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, the University of Maryland, San Francisco State University, and Marymount International School Rome.

A lifelong music lover, Jim has studied classical piano since childhood and took up the cello more recently while living in Italy. He still enjoys playing both instruments in his free time.
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Monica Cutler

Associate Director, Advancement Communications
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Monica supports the work of the entire CU Denver Advancement team primarily in digital marketing which includes mass emails, event registrations, social media outreach, and website management. In her escape from retail (Sephora) in 2014, Monica began her CU career as a student hourly on the Anschutz Medical Campus and later found her passion in communications as the CU Denver Alumni Relations Coordinator. Since taking a full-time position at CU Denver, Monica has been a part of transitioning eCommunications tools at various levels across the CU system, growing her support position beyond alumni relations, and expanding messaging via collaborations across campuses.
 
Although technically a native, Monica grew up in rural Idaho at the base of a ski hill. She received her undergraduate degree in Political Science from Boise State University (smurf turf!) where she was also an active participant of the national championship winning speech and debate team (Talkin’ Broncos). In 2013 Monica moved to Denver and completed a Master’s in Public Administration program at CU Denver’s School of Public Affairs with honors and received the Outstanding MPA Student award.
 
When Monica is not at work she enjoys tackling 2,000 piece jigsaw puzzles, cleaning, house plants, and hanging out at home with her rescue Miniature Schnauzer named Tucker.
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Abby Munoz

Social Media Student Assistant 
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Abigail is the student assistant to Advancement Communications and supports social media outreach for the CU Denver Alumni channels. Her role includes conceptualizing, creating, and posting content on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, supporting overall strategy and managing Instagram Stories. She is an undergraduate majoring in Political Science and minoring in International Relations. In her free time, Abigail enjoys hiking, concerts, and trying new food.

Alumni Engagement


Lauren Jacobs

Lauren Jacobs

Associate Director, Alumni Engagement
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Lauren works with the CU Denver Alumni Board through advocacy and philanthropy to increase alumni loyalty and engagement to CU Denver. She focuses primarily focusing on enhancing the depth and diversity of alumni involvement at the university through a variety of outreach efforts, events, and volunteer opportunities.
 
Lauren is a Colorado native who grew up in Arvada and earned a degree from Colorado State University. Outside of work she stays busy with her kids, attends concerts with her husband, and enjoys a good card game with friends and neighbors.

Annual Giving


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Georgia Brandau

Campus Program Manager, Central Annual Giving
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Georgia is part of the CU Central Advancement team supporting CU Denver and the CU Anschutz Medical Campus through crowdfunding initiatives, annual giving data requests, and key performance indicators management. She is a liaison to our student call center and assists with the implementation of annual giving campaigns.

Georgia is a North Dakota native who spent eight years with the University of Minnesota Foundation’s Annual Giving team. She received her bachelor’s degree in geoscience, with an emphasis in geography, from Minnesota State University Moorhead. It was also at MSUM where she launched her fundraising career as a student caller. Georgia has knocked on thousands of doors, stood on hundreds of street corners, and picked up the phone more times than she can count for local, national, and international nonprofits close to her heart.

She enjoys spending her free time with her husband, Chase, and dogs, Hoagie and Morty.

Jenn Dailey

Jennifer Dailey

Associate Director, Annual Giving
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Jennifer works with schools, colleges, and programs on mass solicitations, crowdfunding, the student call center, and building relationships with individual donors. She is driven by a desire to ensure anyone who wants to make an impact at CU Denver can.
 
Before stepping into fundraising, Jennifer worked as the volunteer coordinator at New Era Colorado and as an English teacher with English First Beijing. She previously worked for Advancement at both the Leeds School of Business and the School of Education at CU Boulder. She earned her B.A. in International Affairs and Chinese Language and Civilization at CU Boulder and is a current student pursuing an MS in Management at the CU Denver Business School.  

A Colorado native, Jennifer enjoys taking her pup Neville to explore (he is a good brewery pup), camping, and watching football or Broadway musicals with her friends and family.

Events & Stewardship


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Katie Comer

Assistant Director, Events & Engagement
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Katie is responsible for the execution of event and engagement opportunities for the Office of Advancement. She provides support in the areas of donor and alumni programs, stewardship, and annual giving efforts helping to advance strategic fundraising objectives.

Throughout her career Katie has managed events in both the higher education and non-profit sectors, most recently serving in the Office of Events and Protocol at the University of New Orleans.

A Colorado native, you can find Katie spending time outdoors with her family and friends and attending concerts with her husband.
Mollie Loiselle

Mollie Loiselle

Associate Director, Donor Engagement
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Mollie supports the execution of programs related to gift administration, fund management, scholarship stewardship, and donor acknowledgments for the CU Denver Office of Advancement. She also designs and implements customized stewardship plans for CU Denver’s most highly engaged supporters in collaboration with the donor and alumni engagement team.

Mollie is a Minnesota native and moved to Colorado in 2019. She received her bachelor’s degree in communication studies from Winona State University in Minnesota. She has a robust background in fundraising within the hospital and health care industry. In her spare time, she enjoys being active outside and exploring Denver’s arts and culture scene.

Major Gifts & Partner Relations


Shira Moffatt

Shira Moffatt

Assistant Vice Chancellor, Major Gift and Partner Relations 
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Shira oversees the major gifts fundraising team and finds inspiration in helping donors match their philanthropic passions with CU Denver’s strategic priorities. She stays abreast of faculty activity, research direction, and academic programs to advise on fundraising priorities and assists campus units in building and maintaining strong volunteer boards.

Shira brings more than 12 years of development experience to her role, with extensive experience in marketing and communications, industry and foundation relations, board development, and nonprofit management. Prior to joining CU Denver, Shira served as Director of Industry Relations on CU Boulder campus, where she worked with corporations and foundations to create mutually beneficial strategic partnerships.

Originally from the Boston area, Shira holds a BS from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and an MS in Management from Lasell University. She spends her leisure time climbing mountains or skiing with her two sons, husband, and dog.

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Tatjana Chenoweth

Senior Director of Development, College of Engineering, Computing and Design
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Tatjana directs the fundraising strategy for the College of Engineering, Design and Computing in partnership with Dean Marty Dunn and members of the faculty and staff. Throughout her career, she has excelled in development and leadership positions in higher education and other nonprofit organizations. Her passion lies in the joy that comes from connecting donors with their philanthropic passion in helping to make education work for all at CU Denver.

Tatjana most recently served as a Director of Development for CU Boulder College of Engineering & Applied Science. Prior to joining CU, Tatjana managed advancement efforts for the top ranked organizations such as the Medical College of Wisconsin, University of Florida, and Rollins College.

Tatjana earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Texas Women’s University in Denton, Texas, and received her MBA from Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla.
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Susan Cleveland

Associate Director of Gift Planning
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Susan has long been a higher education advocate, working for over 11 years as a Higher Education Counselor and English Teacher, mainly overseas. Most recently she’s been a Major Gifts Officer and managed the Planned Giving program at the United Service Organizations (USO) in Washington, DC. She’s delighted to combine her passion for higher education, and experience in fundraising, to be the conduit for donors managing their own estate plans. Susan completed her Master’s Degree in Education with Bowie State University and her undergraduate at University of Delaware. With her eldest brother being a CU Boulder alumnus, she’s excited to be moving to Colorado herself, to start a new pollinator garden and find new camping spots. Susan is excited to join the CU Gift Planning team and the CU Denver Advancement team.

Anna Crawford

Anna Ramirez Crawford

Director, Foundation and Corporate Development
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Anna directs the strategy and implementation of foundation and corporate development for the university. Her goal is to secure financial resources for programs and activities that advance equity and serve under-represented communities. 

In previous positions, Anna has served as a fundraiser for Native American student programs and tribal colleges, an ESL teacher for immigrants and refugees, an editor at a university press, and a university rhetoric and composition instructor. She serves her community by sitting on nonprofit boards and volunteering for causes that advance gender, racial, and economic justice. 

Anna is currently pursuing her Ph.D. at CU Denver's School of Public Affairs, where she also earned her graduate certificate in public policy analysis. She earned her M.A. in English from Penn State University and her B.A. in English and Anthropology from Texas Tech University. Anna met her partner when they were both serving as Peace Corps Volunteers in Ukraine, and they now live together in Denver with their son, cats, and books.
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Brendan Hagerty

Senior Director of Development, Business School
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Brendan directs the fundraising strategy for the Business School in partnership with Dean Scott Dawson and members of the faculty/staff. He is driven by a desire to match CU Denver’s donors with their philanthropic passions and to provide all students with the opportunity to enrich their experiences on campus.

Prior to joining CU Denver, Brendan served in multiple major gift fundraising roles, where he focused his work on managing donor portfolios and engaging with diverse constituents and funders. A Colorado native, Brendan received his BA from the University of Washington and his MA from Northwestern University, where he began his development career working for the annual fund. In his free time, he enjoys a good powder day on the slopes, spending time with his wife, and chasing after his toddler daughter and Sato pooch, Walter.

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Katie Imhoff

Director of Development, School of Public Affairs
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Katie directs the fundraising strategy for the School of Public Affairs in partnership with Dean Paul Teske and members of the faculty and staff. With a background in international development and non-profit fundraising, she is passionate about connecting diverse stakeholders to the university’s equity-focused efforts to make education work for all. As a current Masters of Public Administration student at SPA, Katie has seen firsthand how the School prepares students to lead both careers and everyday lives of genuine public service.

Katie earned her B.A. at Wake Forest University, where she spent time researching comparative human rights in Chile, Jordan, and Nepal. She then spent a year abroad in rural Tanzania working in sustainable development with smallholder farmers. Upon returning to the U.S., she managed the signature development special events for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Most recently, she worked in Development for the Biennial of the Americas, a non-profit organization that creates rich business, civic, and cultural connections between Colorado and the Americas. 

Born and raised in Denver, Katie enjoys spending all the time she can outside with her husband, pup, and family. She and her husband Josh co-own a small business, Woulden Design Company, with a mission to increase access to outdoor recreation. She is a 200-hour certified yoga teacher, powder day skier, avid hiker, used book store lover, mountain-town restaurant explorer, and arts enthusiast.  

Adrian Ingram

Principal Gifts Officer
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As the Principal Gifts Officer, Adrian cultivates and solicits a portfolio of top prospects and donors. She manages a network of relationships with donors in partnership with advancement colleagues, university administrators and faculty. Adrian is highly collaborative and utilizes a team-mentality to increase donor engagement and gift size. Adrian has worked in advancement for 17 years, most recently at the University of Denver, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado, and Denver Rescue Mission and was awarded the Rotary Foundation International Fellowship and El Pomar Foundation Fellowship. Adrian speaks Portuguese fluently and enjoys gardening and travel.

Meg Touborg

Meg Touborg

Director of Development, College of Architecture and Planning
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Meg is the Director of Development for the College of Architecture and Planning within the Office of Advancement. In this role, she supports CAP’s unique initiatives to enrich students’ academic opportunities, such as the Justice, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship and Programming fund, the Design-Build program, the Classical Studies certificate, and more. 

Before forming a consultancy for architects and designers in 2012, Meg built her career in business development roles for home design and fashion accessory companies. She co-founded the Leaders of Design Council, and is a Board member and the Event Chair for the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art’s Rocky Mountain Chapter.

Meg is a Boston native and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College. After almost 20 years working in New York City, Meg and her family moved to Los Angeles so she could take the helm of a fine furniture and fabric brand and her three then-kids could wear shorts every day. Now in Denver, Meg enjoys decorating her townhouse in Five Points, is obsessed with Liberty Puzzles, and recently completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training. 

Operations


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Nickolas Chabot-Olson

Director, Finance and Administration
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Nickolas oversees budget & finance, human resources, and the general, day-to-day operations of the Advancement Office. He also supervises the Advancement operations team.
 
Nickolas is a Colorado native with a finance and economics background. He has spent the majority of his professional career in higher education. In his free time, he enjoys working out and spending time with his wife and Australian Cattle Dog, Sydney.
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Bryson Cayaban

Development Assistant 
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Bryson supports the Office of Advancement as a Development Assistant. He’s part of the operations area and assist in carrying out administrative duties. In addition, Bryson supports the Donor and Alumni Engagement area, coordinates projects related to stewardship, engagement initiatives, gift processing, and communication. With his background in higher education student affairs and the Colorado hospitality industry, Bryson is inspired by the impact CU Denver has in the community locally, nationally, and internationally. 

Born and raised in Hawaii, Bryson moved to Colorado in 2013 to enjoy all the great outdoors and local restaurants of the Mile High City. He also enjoys spending quality time with his standard poodle named Kona. He holds a BA in business hospitality management from Metropolitan State University of Denver. As an Asian-American, he hopes to continue using his degree, knowledge, and background in the higher education space to help expand opportunities to future generations.
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Gabi Dargis

Business Operations Manager
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Gabi supports the team with managing cross-area projects, human resources, and operational tasks. She also oversees the office’s Development Assistants.

Gabi lives in Ann Arbor, MI and enjoys spending time outside with her husband, Mark, and their dog, Barkley. She enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.
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Devon Mearns

Development Assistant
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Devon supports the Office of Advancement as a Development Assistant. She assists with the donor acknowledgement process and donor recognition. She also assists with all aspects of stewardship including providing data for donor reports, coordinating donor programs, and stewardship and engagement plans. She is a primary point of contact for day-to-day operations in the Advancement office and gift handling at CU Denver and CU Foundation.

Initially from Virginia, Devon holds her BS degree in Environmental Biology from Christopher Newport University. She has a strong passion for the outdoors and four years of experience working in environmental conservation. Devon is also an avid skateboarder, snowboarder, and trail runner. She enjoys spending time at the local parks and inspiring other women to pursue boardsports. Devon loves to put miles on her Subaru adventuring in the mountains of Colorado with her friends.