David Meens, Director

Areas of focus
Engaged scholarship, campus and national faculty networks, service learning and leadership education, policy development
David is a fourth-generation Coloradan and the son of committed public school teachers who grew up on the state’s Western Slope. He received his bachelor's, master's and doctorate from the University of Colorado system. As director, David provides leadership and support for outreach and engagement activities that connect the university with communities throughout Colorado and beyond. In his current work, David builds upon his experience developing curriculum and coordinating service-learning offerings, and teaching undergraduate courses as an instructor for INVST Community Studies and in CU Boulder's School of Education and Department of Philosophy. His ongoing scholarly work deals with theoretical and methodological issues related to university-community engagement and education policy.
 

Jeanne McDonald, Assistant Director 

Areas of focus
Program funding, CU on the Weekend and other campus programs and resources, campus and national professionals networks
A CU Boulder employee since 1993, Jeanne has had the privilege of working in several different areas across campus, including managing the box office in the College of Music’s Office of Concerts & Public Relations, coordinating programs and events for the Office of Community Relations and Division of Student Affairs, and working as an assistant to the chancellor. She coordinated the three annual campus commencement ceremonies from 1999-2006. She joined the Office for Outreach and Engagement in 2006. She co-chairs the CU Boulder Outreach and Engagement Professionals Network and serves on committees for the Engagement Scholarship Consortium’s Outreach and Engagement Practitioners Network. Jeanne also has worked at South Coast Repertory Theatre in Costa Mesa, Calif, A Contemporary Theatre in Seattle, Wash. and the Colorado Shakespeare Festival in Boulder. She received her bachelor's in drama from The Colorado College and master's in theatre from CU Boulder.
 

Sue Postema Scheeres, Senior Communications Specialist

Areas of focus
Communications strategy, story development, publicity, media relations
As the office's senior communications specialist since 2016, Sue writes about outreach and engagement activities that connect CU Boulder to communities throughout Colorado, pitches stories to the media, maintains the Outreach and Engagement Facebook and Twitter feeds, manages this website, creates public relations materials, and provides public relations support related to campus outreach. A writer for nearly 30 years, Sue began her career as a newspaper reporter in Michigan and California, and also has worked as an editor, a public relations and development director at a K-8 school, a science and technology writer, and a curriculum writer for two community-based nonprofits in Denver. Sue received her bachelor's in history from Northwestern University and her master's in journalism from The University of Michigan.
 

Katya Hafich, Community Outreach Program Manager

Areas of focus
Environmental science and sustainability networks, city/campus relations
After finishing her master's in geography at CU Boulder where she studied water chemistry in mountain watersheds, Katya joined the office as a part-time program manager. Throughout Katya's career in scientific research, which included time working with the U.S. Geological Survey New Mexico Water Science Center, Katya sought out opportunities to share her science with the general public. In her current role, she enjoys working with some of the nation's top climate scientists and communicators at CU Boulder through her work on the Environmental Science and Sustainability Initiative and the Learn More About Climate program. Katya also coordinates education and outreach for the AirWaterGas Sustainability Research Network, a multi-institution research grant exploring the benefits and trade-offs of unconventional oil and gas development in the mountain west based at CU Boulder.
 

Lisa H. Schwartz, Community Outreach Program Manager

Areas of focus
Engaged arts and humanities, community development and design, assessment and evaluation
Lisa has a doctorate in education from the University of Arizona, and was a postdoctoral researcher and research director in the CU Boulder School of Education before joining the Office for Outreach and Engagement in 2016. Lisa has longstanding experience as an outreach professional, educator, educational researcher and social scientist. In her prior work, Lisa designed and researched digitally mediated learning environments and educational resources that leveraged university and community resources. Lisa’s past experience and published work focuses on STEM/STEAM, new media/new and multimodal literacies, and community/school gardens with learners of all ages and a focus on Latino and lower-income communities. While committed to living in the American West, Lisa also has lived in Latin America and Europe. Lisa’s multidisciplinary experience serves her well in her current work leading our office’s engaged arts and humanities and community design and development initiatives.