Julie Baldwin (MCDBio) was promoted to the rank of Regents’ Professor at the University of Northern Arizona University, the highest rank a faculty member there can achieve. Julie is founding director of the Center for Health Equity Research and lead principal investigator for the Southwest Health Equity Research Collaborative. Her work includes community-based participatory research with Native American tribes, public health, substance abuse prevention, diabetes and cancer prevention and behavioral and oral health.

Posted Jun. 3, 2019

Tony Evans (Anth), award-winning reporter and columnist at the Idaho Mountain Express in Ketchum, published A History of Indians in the Sun Valley Area in 2017 in collaboration with the Blaine County Museum.

Posted Jun. 3, 2019

Andrew Kelsey (ArchEngr) founded and manages Ascent Group Inc., a structural engineering firm in Boulder. In his free time, he enjoys skiing, mountain and road biking, backpacking and traveling. He and his wife, Amanda, live in Erie, Colo. They have two children in college, one at Montana State University and the other, Courtney (AeroEngr’19), at CU.

Posted Jun. 3, 2019

In May, Chris Lehnertz (EPOBio) became president and CEO of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. In her prior career with the National Park Service, she served as superintendent of both Grand Canyon National Park and Golden Gate National Recreation Area, as well as deputy superintendent at Yellowstone National Park. Chris was the subject of a Coloradan cover story in December 2016.

Posted Jun. 3, 2019

Sam Ventola (PolSci; Law’88) was awarded the 2019 Outstanding Community Servant Award by Sisters in Service, which provides scholarships and book stipends to Colorado residents ages 17 to 23. Sam is the founder of Denver-based law firm Ventola Law, which specializes in business formation, litigation and mediation, as well as employment law.

Posted Jun. 3, 2019

Karen Auvinen’s (EPOBio; MEngl’95) memoir, Rough Beauty: Forty Seasons of Mountain Living, was a finalist for the Colorado Book Award. Winners were announced May 18. In her book, Karen describes her experience of living in a primitive wood-stoveheated cabin on Overland Mountain near Fort Collins with her dog for 10 years before a fire incinerated every word she ever wrote and all her possessions. She now lives outside Rollinsville, Colo., with her watercolorist partner, Greg Marquez (who illustrated her book), and their dog, River. She teaches in CU’s Residential Academic Program.

Posted Jun. 3, 2019

Since graduating, Barbara Davis (Phil) has reunited with a group of CU alumni in Boulder’s Chautauqua Park every five years. “We call ourselves ‘The Class of 80 Something,’ because we didn’t all start or end at the same time, but along the way we found ourselves life-long friends,” wrote Barbara. “Several of us have children currently at CU and applying to CU next year!” The group most recently met in July 2018. “[We] are already looking forward to our next reunion!” wrote Barbara.

Posted Jun. 3, 2019

This year, filmmaker Robin Truesdale (Jour; MA’03) screened her latest documentary, Cuba’s Forgotten Jewels, around the country and in Cuba. The film documents the journey of Jews who survived the Holocaust and found refuge in Cuba. It’s based on the life of Robin’s co-director’s mother. Robin lives in Louisville, Colo.

Posted Jun. 3, 2019

Adam Kenny (PolSci) writes he’s been practicing law in New Jersey for the past 25 years and is a member of the Weiner Law Group, LLP in Parsippany. Since graduating, he has completed nine marathons, including the New York City Marathon three times. He and his wife, Margaret, are the proud “Pop Pop” and “Nana” to three grandchildren, which inspired his first book, Pop Pop Rules, published in November 2018.

Posted Jun. 3, 2019

Editor Gregory Foley (Engl) of the Idaho Mountain Express traveled to Norfolk, Va., Sept. 29 to accept the General Excellence Award from the National Newspaper Association. There were 1,405 entries for the award from across the nation, according to the NNA. In 2003, Gregory published a novel, The Clarity of Light, about a French-American artist who travels to reunite with her ailing grandmother. He lives in Sun Valley.

Posted Jun. 3, 2019

Elizabeth Slater Jasper (Econ, Phil) was named chief legal officer for the Denver-based community health program Nurse-Family Partnership Service, where she has been a part of the executive team for more than five years. Elizabeth lives in Denver with her husband, David, and son, Francis.

Posted Jun. 3, 2019

In 2016, David Steinmann (Phys) discovered a new species of daddy long-leg spider while exploring Mallory Cave in Boulder. These spiders, named Sclerobunus steinmanni, after David, moved into caves over 10 million years ago. David, a research associate with the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, has discovered many new invertebrate species in Colorado caves, including an unusual new worm from a cave in Steamboat Springs. His daddy long-leg discovery was documented by National Geographic.

Posted Jun. 3, 2019

In March, María Sepúlveda (IntlAf) was named vice president of community and government partnerships at Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver. In her new role, María will lead Habitat Metro Denver’s advocacy program, managing the government grants and contracts team and advancing its community development strategy.

Posted Jun. 3, 2019

Laura Barber (Art) writes she recently landed her “dream job.” She is the new San Francisco Bay Area and Northern Nevada sales consultant for Boonsupply. com, an online shopping and fundraiser platform launched by Serena & Lily co-founder Lily Kanter. “If either shopping or giving to a worthy cause makes you happy, can it get any better than shopping and supporting your favorite cause at the same time?” she wrote.

Posted Jun. 3, 2019

Suzanne DiBianca (Comm), executive vice president of corporate relations and chief philanthropy officer at cloud computing company Salesforce, accepted the Distinguished Citizen Award from the Commonwealth Club at its annual awards ceremony in San Francisco, in Salesforce’s honor. Suzanne leads corporate giving, community relations and sustainability efforts. She was named one of Inside Philanthropy’s 50 “Most Powerful Women in Philanthropy” and is a member of the San Francisco Business Times’ “Most Influential Women in the Bay Area” Business Hall of Fame.

Posted Jun. 3, 2019

In April, Jeff Wieland (EngrPhys) joined the Minneapolis-based law firm Moss & Barnett, where he specializes in construction, commercial and public procurement litigation.

Posted Jun. 3, 2019

T. Jeffrey Fitzgerald (Math) was named to BTI Consulting Group’s 2019 Client Service All-Stars list. Jeffrey is recognized for his work as shareholder in the firm’s healthcare litigation and disputes practice in Denver.

Posted Jun. 3, 2019

Kent Holsinger (Psych) was named in the Denver Business Journal and Colorado Farm Bureau’s Who’s Who in Agriculture lists in 2019. He was also in the journal’s Who’s Who in Energy in 2019. Kent founded Denver-based Holsinger Law, LLC in 2006, which specializes in land, wildlife and water law.

Posted Jun. 3, 2019

Katherine Wegher Haney (Comm'93) is the public affairs director for North Carolina’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission. When she isn’t spending time with her husband, two daughters and miniature dachshund, she volunteers as vice president of the nonprofit charity CDH International, a global initiative to find the cause and cure for congenital diaphragmatic hernia, a birth defect that occurs in 1 in every 2,500 babies.

Posted Jun. 1, 2019

Heather Younger (Law) gave a TedX talk in Colorado Springs May 12 titled “Don’t Let Adversity Stop You.” Heather is the author of the best-selling book The 7 Intuitive Laws of Employee Loyalty and founder of Customer Fanatix, a consulting and training firm. She lives in Aurora, Colo. with her husband and four children.

Posted Jun. 3, 2019

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