In June Lisa Ayala-Williams (Mktg’86) was promoted to vice president of worldwide creative services, marketing for Walt Disney Studios in California. She oversees advertising for all of Disney’s animated film entertainment in post-theatrical promotion. She was formerly director in production for WW Creative Services at Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment and has worked for Disney for nine years. She writes that she lives in Simi Valley, Calif., where she and her husband are huge Buff fans and have enjoyed cheering on their team closer to home with its entry into the Pac-12.

Posted Mar. 1, 2012

After serving six years as a marketing director for Walmart Corp., David Morita (IntlAf’86) joined Metro St. Louis, the city’s Regional Transportation District (RTD), as vice president of sales and marketing. He brings more than 20 years of experience in domestic and international advertising, sales and marketing. Prior to his time at Walmart, he served in a variety of positions at McDonald’s Corp. for more than 10 years, including senior marketing director for McDonald’s Asia Pacific.

Posted Mar. 1, 2012

Personal injury attorney Timothy Tomasik (Jour’86) was inducted as a fellow of the International Society of Barristers. The group is an honor society of outstanding trial lawyers who are chosen by their peers based on excellence and integrity in advocacy. Tim is a partner at Clifford Law Offices in Chicago and lives in Western Springs, Ill.

Posted Mar. 1, 2012

The Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS) named Diane Ullman (EdD’86) Superintendent of the Year for her strong leadership and numerous contributions to the schools in her district. She also serves as adjunct professor at the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. She leads the CAPSS program for early career superintendents, is a member of the association’s board of directors and serves as chairperson of the Hartford Area Superintendents Association. She was nominated for the national superintendent of the year and lives in Simsbury, Conn.

Posted Jun. 1, 2012

Paonia, Colo., resident Thomas Anderson (MBA’86) works as a project engineer at the underground Elk Creek Mine. He worked in mining construction until 1994 when he joined Elk Creek. He writes that he plans to continue working in his job for as long as possible.

Posted Jun. 1, 2012

This year Tim Tomasik (Jour’86), a partner at Clifford Law Offices, spoke at an international aviation symposium in Shanghai, China, on “9/11 — 10 Years On: What Have We Learned?” He worked as liaison counsel in the property damage claims following the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. He lives in Western Springs, Ill.

Posted Jun. 1, 2012

Hitting the Innovation Jackpot (iUniverse) is Darren McKnight’s (PhDAero’86) fourth book. It emphasizes the notion that the true value of innovation is when individuals, teams and the organization are involved together. “Many of the lessons that I discuss in this book I learned while working on my doctorate at CU,” he writesDarren lives in Centreville, Va.

Posted Sep. 1, 2012

Vice president of the Lloyd Shaw Foundation, Nancy Daw Kane (Dance’86) writes she is working to recall, restore and teach the folk rhythms of the American people though the foundation has a strong international dance and music component as well. She lives in Brooktondale, N.Y.

Posted Dec. 1, 2012

Fellow of the Pound Civil Justice Institute Timothy Tomasik (Jour’86) moderated one of the judges’ discussion groups, “Just Isn’t Free: The Court Funding Crisis and Its Remedies” at the annual Forum for State Appellate Court Judges in Chicago. Jurists from all over the country were a part of the discussion, including several state Supreme Court justices. Timothy lives in Western Springs, Ill.

Posted Dec. 1, 2012

SunTrust Bank named Deborah Minnick (MBA’86) president and private wealth management managing director in Collier County, Fla. She is responsible for leading the SunTrust private wealth management client advisors in the Naples and Bonita Springs markets. Deborah also is involved with such organizations as the Neighborhood Health Clinic, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and American Red Cross. She mentors student leaders at Florida Gulf Coast University. She resides in Milton, Fla.

Posted Mar. 1, 2013

Founding partner of Johnson & Repucci, Michael Repucci (Law’86) received the 2012 River Conservationist Award given by Trout Unlimited’s Colorado headwaters chapter. Michael received this award due to his longstanding efforts to preserve and protect Grand County’s cold-water fisheries, especially the Fraser River and Ranch Creek near Winter Park. He lives in Boulder.

Posted Mar. 1, 2013

Vice president and general manager of nearly 800 McDonald’s in the five-state Rocky Mountain region, Cody Teets (Mktg’86) has been working at the company for 32 years beginning as kitchen crew. She is author of Golden Opportunity: Remarkable Careers That Began at McDonald’s (Cider Mill Press), which contains the stories of 42 people including Jay Leno, Andie MacDowell, franchise owners and McDonald’s corporate staff. Cody lives in Castle Rock, Colo., with her husband and two sons.

Posted Mar. 1, 2013

Faegre Baker Daniels announced Natalie Hanlon-Leh (Mktg’86) as the new leader of the intellectual property group. She is a partner and senior trial lawyer and serves as lead counsel in complex patent copyright, trademark and trade secrets cases. Natalie secured a $12 million jury verdict in a patent infringement and trade dress case for a division of L’Oreal and scored a victory for Life is good Inc. in a copyright dispute. She is an adjunct professor of patent litigation at CU’s law school and lives in Louisville, Colo.

Posted Jun. 1, 2013

With a generous gift of $285,000 from Dan Ivanoff (MBA’86, MCivEngr’87) and his wife Laurie, CU-Boulder is creating a construction management track within the MBA program in the Leeds School of Business. The program, expected to start in the fall, brings together the CU Real Estate Center and civil, environmental and architectural engineering programs. Dan and his wife live in Redmond, Wash.

Posted Jun. 1, 2013

Clifford Law Offices invited Tim Tomasik (Jour’86) to speak at the SEAK 22nd Annual National Expert Witness Conference on “How to Use Technology in the Courtroom to Support Your Expert Opinion.” Tim also spoke at the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Annual Update and Review Seminar and traveled to London to speak to barristers and solicitors about catastrophic injuries and the different legal approaches in America and England. He lives in Western Springs, Ill.

Posted Sep. 1, 2013

Navy Captain Steve Koehler (Phys’86) took command of the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, a nuclear aircraft carrier, in July. He is believed to be the first CU-Boulder alum to take command of a nuclear aircraft carrier, writes Kieran Purcell(Mktg’85). Steve lives in Virginia Beach, Va.

Posted Dec. 1, 2013

MobiTV chief strategy officer Rick Herman (PolSci’86) drives strategic planning and execution to grow MobiTV’s end-to-end managed service platform. The company delivers live and on-demand video for screens and devices. Rick identifies and evaluates strategic relationships and manages the execution of alliances, partnerships and agreements to support a global corporate vision. He also supervises business development efforts and oversees content, programming, marketing and public relations programs. Rick lives in Lafayette, Calif.

Posted Mar. 1, 2014

Serving as chair of the Alumni Association board, Matt McElhinney (Fin’86) has worn many hats during the past several years, including serving as the board’s treasurer. He lives in Denver with his family.

Posted Jun. 1, 2014

Lake Oswego School District in Oregon received its first female superintendent after a unanimous vote in favor of Heather Beck (IntlAf’86). Heather previously held the position of chief academic officer of Jefferson County Public Schools in Colorado.

Posted Sep. 1, 2014

Rolf Weberg (PhDChem’86) accepted the position of director of the Natural Resources Research Institute at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Rolf previously worked at the chemical company DuPont USA. He lives in East Aurora, N.Y.

Posted Sep. 1, 2014

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