After writing sociology textbooks and poetry for 27 years, Irene Blea (PhDSoc) has published three novels. Her latest book is Daughters of the West Mesa (APQ Press). Irene retired as chairperson of Mexican American Studies from California State University, Los Angeles, in 1998.

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Boston consulting firm Charles River Associates hired economist Michelle Burtis (PolSci) as vice president. A seasoned analyst of alleged price fixing, market allocation and attempted monopoly, among other things, she has served as an expert in a wide variety of legal proceedings.

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Since 2007, Brian Vogt (Class) has been CEO of the Denver Botanic Gardens, leading fundraising and major facilities upgrades. He previously served in senior posts in state government, including three years as director of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade. Brian lives in Littleton.

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Attorney J. Christopher Kinsman (Anth; MA’87) joined the real estate group of Davis Graham & Stubbs as a partner last year. He focuses his practice on real estate development, construction, affordable housing and mortgage lending law. He lives in Denver.

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Denver’s One World Labs, a cyber-threat intelligence technology provider, hired Mark Turnage (IntlAf) as CEO in February. Mark brings to the job more than 20 years of experience in the security industry. He previously served as CEO of OpSec Security Group in Denver.

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Tina Bennett Andrykowski’s (IntlAf) son Easton attends CU-Boulder and she takes advantage of every opportunity possible to visit him. “I have great memories of my years at CU and I wish the same for my son,” she writes. Tina lives in Woodland Hills, Calif.

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St. Louis, Mo., resident Charles H. “Chip” Fendell (InfoSys) was directly affected by kidney disease and received two life-saving kidney transplants. After his experience, he began working with the National Kidney Foundation to educate the public about kidney disease. Last year he was elected to the foundation’s board of directors. Charles is a partner at the Thompson Coburn law firm and has been voted into the Best Lawyers in America since 2005.

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David R. Bach (Class) has been named a Maryland Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers magazine for 2013, 2014 and 2015. He has been practicing family law for more than 23 years in Rockville, Md., where he resides. David currently co-chairs the Montgomery County Bar Association’s education law section. He also plays bass guitar in a rock cover band and spends time with his wife Laura and their twin 16-year-old boys. David can be reached at david@bachfamilylaw.com.

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After serving for 28 years in the U.S. Navy (active and reserve time), James Michael Davis (Econ) retired in December with the rank of commander. The former CU NROTC midshipman spent 2013 on active duty in Manama, Bahrain. At retirement he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal. He lives in Pasadena, Calif.

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When Dan McLellan (CommDisor; MA’88) was looking for the perfect card to give to his boyfriend for their anniversary, he had trouble finding one that suited their relationship. Dan decided to design his own greeting cards. His business, Proudly Yours, specializes in romantic greeting cards for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender couples. See his cards at proudlyyours.com.

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Kathy Abromeit (Mus), public services librarian in the Oberlin Conservatory Library, published Spirituals: A Multidisciplinary Bibliography for Research and Performance. The book is a 1,000-item, annotated bibliography documenting articles, books and dissertations published since 1920. It brings a multidisciplinary perspective to African American spirituals. Kathy lives in Oberlin, Ohio.

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Tom Stever (Acct) and a partner acquired a stake in Pitre Buick GMC in Albuquerque. After working as a CPA in Phoenix, Tom in 1993 moved his family to New Mexico and joined Pitre, where he managed the dealership’s financials. “I’m a numbers guy,” he told the Albuquerque Journal News.

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Asset management and recovery company SquareTwo Financial named Julie Fellows (Bus) chief compliance officer. Julie is in charge of all regulatory compliance initiatives for the company. Before SquareTwo, she worked as CEO and founder of J.A. Fellows and Associates. Julie lives in Lafayette, Colo.

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Denver-based Roadhouse Hospitality, owned by brothers John Shipp (Mktg), Mike Shipp (Fin’83) and Dan Shipp(Econ’83), was planning to open its 16th restaurant and first in Boulder in the historic train depot at Boulder Junction in May. Some of the company’s other restaurants include Spanky’s Urban Roadhouse, The Dusty Boot and Reiver’s Bar and Grill.

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The tragic death of hockey player Derek Boogaard further raised awareness about violence and concussions in professional sports. Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter John Branch’s (Mktg; MJour’96) book, Boy on Ice, gives a behind-the-scenes look at the player’s life and early death.

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In December, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, which has been traveling to Pluto for nearly nine years, came out of hibernation and made contact with Earth from 2.9 billion miles away. Alan Stern (PhDAstro) of Southwest Research Institute’s Boulder unit serves as the New Horizons mission’s principal investigator. Read more about Alan in this issue.

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Writer and filmmaker Shane Kuhn (Psych), author of The Intern’s Handbook, is releasing the second book in his John Lago assassin series, Hostile Takeover, on July 14. The New York Post called The Intern’s Handbook, which is expected to become a feature film from Sony Pictures starring Dave Franco, “a sexy, darkly comic thriller.” Shane and his family split their time among Massachusetts, Colorado and California.

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Christine Bartel (Econ) was named president and CEO of home health-care provider McLaren Homecare Group of Davison, Mich. Earlier in her career she worked for Standard & Poor’s and Dun & Bradstreet. She also started a home-care services company in Greenwood Village, Colo., with branch locations in Colorado Springs and Fort Collins. In 2008 she sold that company to a private equity firm.

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Sandra Schubert (Law; MPhil’96) joined the law firm of Somach Simmons & Dunn in Sacramento. She previously worked as undersecretary for the California Department of Food and Agriculture, where she helped draft the California Water Action Plan. In her new position, she works with agriculture, air, environmental and water law clients.

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Fred Studer (Fin) joined NetSuite, Inc., a provider of cloud-based financials software, as chief marketing officer. He oversees NetSuite’s worldwide marketing initiatives and promotes awareness of the company’s cloud-based business management software. He previously worked for Microsoft for seven years and for Oracle for 12.

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