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Leadership Studies Minor Faculty

Quána Madison – Becoming a Leader (LEAD 1000) Spring 2015

Photo of Quana MadisonQuána Madison is an education professional with over 10 years of experience working in public, private and international schools in the United States and China. Her background and training has focused on educational equity, diversity, leadership, urban education, refugee advocacy, international education development and higher education.

Her education articles have been featured in Shanghai magazines, including: That's Shanghai, Shanghai Family, and Shanghai City Weekend for Parents & Kids. She consults educators and parents on a range of topics including: special education services, differentiated instruction, curriculum design, behavior management, classroom management, multicultural education issues, and teacher training.

Quána's professional expertise includes: education management, cross-cultural management, project management, co-teaching, curriculum development, implementing school wide initiatives, advocacy for special education students and disabilities services, daily operations, professional development workshops and new teacher training.

She has served in key leadership roles at Yew Chung International School in Shanghai, served as an educator for New York City Public Schools, and worked in higher education, specifically in residential life and student affairs at New York University and Colorado College.

Quána is pursuing a PhD at the University of Colorado Boulder in Educational Foundations, Policy and Practice, with an emphasis on equity, cultural diversity and social justice. She works as a researcher and graduate assistant in the Office of Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement. In this role, she assists the Assistant Vice Chancellor on outreach, advocacy, theory to practice research and evaluation of policies and practices.

David Meens – Leadership Capstone (LEAD 4000) – Spring 2015

Photo of David MeensDavid Meens is from Colorado's Western Slope, the son of devoted and inspirational school teachers. He holds MA Degrees in Educational Psychology and Philosophy, and is currently a candidate for his PhD in Education Foundations, Policy, and Practice at the University of Colorado.

David teaches in the CU's School of Education and INVST Community Studies program, and he has received several awards for his scholarship, teaching, and service, including the Stahl Prize in Ethics for developing service-learning experiences throughout the US Rocky Mountain West and his action research in Mexico.

David's current research focuses on democracy and education reforms, service-learning and leadership education, and methodological issues in philosophy and the social sciences.

Walt Morgan – Becoming a Leaders (LEAD 1000) Spring 2015

Photo of Walt MorganCommander Walt Morgan brings to the classroom over twenty years of leadership experience gained in the United States Navy. For the last three years he has been the Executive Officer with CU's Navy ROTC unit, which includes leading an eleven member staff to prepare Midshipmen and Officer Candidates for Naval Service. Commander Morgan serves as the National Curriculum Manager for the Navy's Leadership and Management course, a course he also teaches at CU-Boulder.

Commander Morgan served as the military liaison representing all four military branches in the creation of the Leadership Studies Minor. He was an integral member of the curriculum development committees for both LEAD 1000 and LEAD 4000. He has taught the Honor Code Ethics Seminar, a recurring two-day seminar commissioned by the Honor Code Council to present salient ethical considerations to students found in violation of the university Honor Code.

Commander Morgan's Navy career has spanned duty stations in Guam, San Diego, California, Newport, Rhode Island, and Brussels, Belgium. He served on four ship-based deployments to the Arabian Gulf, as well as multiple shipboard deployments to Australia and Japan and a full year deployment to Afghanistan.

As a Naval officer and helicopter pilot, Commander Morgan has held numerous leadership positions and earned several honors and awards for his service. His awards include two Defense Meritorious Service Medals, three Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medals, Navy Marine Corp Achievement Medal and Naval Helicopter Association Instructor Pilot of the Year.

Commander Morgan earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from CU-Boulder and his Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. Morgan and his wife and two children live in Boulder.

Douglas P. Bennett - Becoming a Leader (LEAD 1000) - Fall 2014

Doug Bennett's leadership has crossed a multi-faceted career in the military, the public sector in the Congress and The White House, as a partner in the practice of law, and in the private sector as an entrepreneur and commercial real estate developer and rancher. Since 2010, he has been an Adjunct Professor in the Management and Entrepreneurship Department of the Leeds School of Business where he teaches MBA and undergraduate courses in leadership, ethics, organizational change, negotiations and human resources management.

His education includes a BS in engineering from West Point, an MBA cum laude from The American University, a JD from The George Washington University Law School and doctoral work at the Leeds School.

After distinguished service in the Army as a decorated combat Airborne/Ranger Infantry Officer, he went on to serve in government with numerous roles in Washington, D.C. Among many appointments, he served as a Legislative Assistant to a Member of Congress, Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Treasury, General Counsel in the Department of Education, Special Counsel in the State Department and in The White House as Assistant to the President and Director of the Presidential Personnel Office.

His legal expertise in private law practice spans domestic and international business representation, tax, business and real estate transactions, as well as representing the Departments of Justice and Education on civil rights matters. Additionally, on behalf of the State Department, he advised the Nation of Liberia on the creation of its National Constitution.

Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, Doug's entrepreneurial ventures launched him into commercial real estate in Washington, D.C., Seattle, Washington and New York. He co-developed almost a billion dollars of commercial real estate as well as a developer/owner of hotel projects in the hospitality industry. Most recently he developed a 160-acre ranch in the Santa Ynez Valley of Central California with a sustainability concept of deep drilled wells for water and 100% solar power for electricity.

He has served on a number of Federal appointive boards to include the Board of Visitors to the United States Military Academy as its Chairman and is a Trustee Emeritus of the Board of Trustees. Most recently, he helped found the Center for Trauma Research, Education and Counseling LLC. CTREC is a not for profit organization whose mission is to provide exclusively charitable counseling, education and related research in connection with sexual, mental and physical abuse to trauma victims that are primarily children and young adults.

A former intercollegiate athlete, he is now an avid golfer and fly fisherman. Doug and his wife, Alison, live in Boulder.

Gordon Riggle – Becoming a Leader (LEAD 1000) - Spring 2014

Gordon Riggle is an accomplished leader in government, business and the military. Today he teaches leadership and strategy at CU-Boulder. Additionally, he has a consulting practice in leadership, strategy, and government relations

Prior to moving to Colorado, Riggle served at the White House as Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Administration. The Office of Administration provides round-the-clock support to all agencies within the Executive Office of the President. Before that appointment, he worked as a Professional Staff Member of the United States Senate. He also served on the Presidential Transition Team as Special Assistant to Secretary of Defense.

During his military service, Riggle was a Captain in the United States Navy, commanding the destroyer USS KINKAID in the Pacific and a "Swift" patrol boat in Vietnam. In shore assignments, he was Military Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and served in various long range planning roles.

Throughout the 1990s Gordon did strategic planning and advanced business development with Ball Aerospace, first in Washington, D.C. and later in their Boulder headquarters. Riggle was also elected to three terms on the Boulder City Council and served from 1997 to 2005.

An outdoor enthusiast and distance runner, Riggle competes in marathons and mountain trail races. He is a member of the Community Affairs Council of the Boulder Chamber of Commerce and served on the board of Boulder Tomorrow.

His education includes a master in public administration from Harvard University, the Program for Senior Executives at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and bachelors in philosophy from Lafayette College. Gordon and his wife Marietta, a management consultant, live in Boulder. They are foster parents for infants and toddlers with Boulder County Social Services Division.