Herd Leadership Council

Take advantage of the opportunity to make an impact in the CU community by serving on the Herd Leadership Council (HLC). All full-time, CU Boulder students are eligible to apply to be a Herd Leader. Similar to the Alumni Association’s Board of Advisors, the Herd Leadership Council influences student-focused activities held by the Herd. Herd leaders learn valuable skills in communication, marketing and time management while working with alumni and key campus officials to influence change on campus. Council members develop important leadership skills through planning and executing signature Herd events. HLC volunteers are provided with exclusive access to leadership retreats, workshops, alumni networking opportunities and our mentorship program.

Learn more about Herd Leader Responsibilities and Expectations here.

For more information about the HLC or how to become a Herd Leader contact Sara Abdulla by email or at 303-492-3634.

HLC applications are closed. Please check back in Summer 2019 for our Fall 2019 cycle.


Meet the 2018-2019 Herd Leaders


Connor Hansen

Longmont, CO
(CompSci, AstroPhys ’22)

Connor Hansen is a sophomore from Longmont, Colorado. Outside of the Herd Leadership Council he is a CU Student Ambassador on campus and also volunteers to live stream many CU sports through the Buff Sports Live club. Connor also has a job in independent research on campus focusing on Cybersecurity. In his free time, Connor enjoys to go hiking and hammocking with friends and play video games.

Outreach Chair

Meg Joyce

Greenwood Village, CO
(MCBD ’20) 

Meg is a sophomore and is on the pre-health track studying molecular biology. She was born and raised in Greenwood Village, Colorado and loves spending time in the mountains. Ever since working in a doctor’s office and shadowing many surgeries in the OR, it’s been her dream to go to medical school and pursue a future career as a surgeon. In her free time, she loves playing any and all sports, hiking, going to CU sports games, listening to music, and spending time and going on adventures with friends. Meg is honored to be on the Herd Leadership Council this year.

Philanthropy Chair

Kavya Kannan

Denver, CO
(PolSci, Econ ’22) 

Kavya was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. She is a double major in both political science and economics with future aspirations of being a lawyer. Outside of school, Kavya plays competitive tennis, enjoys hiking and running, and loves spending time with her family and friends! She also learned classical Indian dancing and used her talents to perform a solo concert in front of 300+ people in hopes of raising money for schools in her local community as well as in India. She is super excited to be a freshman at CU this year and cannot wait to be apart of the Herd Leadership Council this year!

Professional Development Chair

David Villalobos

Thorton, CO
(Bus ’21)

David is a junior majoring in Business Administration, with a marketing emphasis, and minoring in Technology, Arts, & Media. David is involved within the entrepreneurial scene in Boulder, and loves every part of it! He is an app development enthusiast, and is currently working on a startup that focuses on matching undergraduate students with internship opportunities. In his free time, David enjoys playing basketball and likes to dance (on occasion).

Alumni Relations Chair

Ellie S. Callahan

Littleton, CO
(Phys ’22)

Ellie is a second year student at CU Boulder coming from Littleton, Colorado. Though she may have to order extra small and extra short in clothing, her dance skills and love for ROTC are anything but small. Aspiring to become a behavioral psychologist for the US Air Force, she is majoring in Psychology and minoring in Spanish. Outside of her extracurricular activities, Ellie loves hanging out with friends, watching Netflix, and talking about ROTC. 

Student Engagement Chair

Edson Hernandez

Boulder, CO
(Strat Comm ’20) 

Edson is a highly engaged and well-traveled Strategic Communications student. This past summer, he interned at Sterling-Rice Group working on copyrighting and creative ads. In 2016, he worked for the Hillary Clinton campaign in Colorado, and is still very passionate about getting people to vote. Edson has played street soccer in three different countries: USA, France, and Mexico. He drinks coffee the only way you should drink it: Black and Bold. He road tripped to Italy without a phone and even saw the Pope in person! His most memorable excuse for showing up late to class was when he accidentally biked into the middle of a protest in Paris – true story! Edson’s passions include hiking, playing soccer, advertising, politics, and chocolate. And yes, he likes green eggs and ham!

Spirit Chair

Juleon Carrillo

Broomfield, CO 
(Neuro, Pre-Med ’21) 

Juleon is a transfer student, who originally starting his higher educational journey at University of Colorado - Denver double majoring in aerospace engineering and finance. Juleon is now a sophomore at Boulder, majoring in Neuroscience, with minors in marketing and computer science. He hopes to establish new ways of researching the physiology and pathological relevance of the brain. Juleon works as a surgical laboratory assistant in the Cardiology Department at Good Samaritan Medical Center and is also a technical specialist at Apple Inc. His daily goal is to not only positively impact every person he comes into contact with, but to contribute to essential research in order to support the ever-growing world of science! Juleon is from the small town of Henderson, Colorado. He enjoys automotive mechanics, cooking, playing soccer, skateboarding, snowboarding, programming, and spending time with his family.

Executive Advisor

Josh Ney

Coal Creek Canyon, CO
(Bus ’20) 

Josh Ney is a seasoned senior at the University of Colorado at Boulder studying business. He was born and raised in Coal Creek Canyon, Colorado, a small mountain town about 35 minutes from Boulder. After attending a very small school until 8th grade, Josh headed down to Ralston Valley in Arvada. At Ralston, he played soccer all four years as well as made sure to keep his grades up! Josh applied to 10 different colleges and finally decided on CU where he is currently in the Leeds School of Business studying business management. He also plans to get a second emphasis in either marketing or finance. Outside of school Josh really loves the outdoors, especially the mountains. His favorite hobby is snowboarding and he also likes hiking, ice-climbing, fishing, camping, and really anything outdoors. Josh loves hanging with other people and tries to live every moment of life to the fullest. He is not exactly sure what his future has in store for him, but he hopes to use his degree to help benefit society and ultimately, to live a life he loves!

Executive Advisor

Nick Kohler

Los Angeles, CA
(Jour ’21) 

Nick graduated from Loyola High School in Los Angeles, CA. He wants to be a broadcaster journalist, specifically with sports. He has minors in Sports Media, Business, and Art History. Other than being in the HLC, he is a CMCI Ambassador on campus. Outside of class, he likes to read, hang out with friends, spend time at the beach, and listen to music. Nick serves as Former Vice President and Executive Advisor on the HLC Executive Board.

Email Nick.

Past President

Maddie Barbera

Littleton, CO
(Strat Comm ’21) 

 Maddie is a junior from Littleton, CO and has a major in Strategic Communications, with a double minor in Spanish and Business. When she’s not studying or planning Herd meetings, you can find Maddie at Starbucks, on a yoga mat, or with her nose in her Kindle. She has a passion for helping others and volunteers every year at a summer camp for children with congenital heart disease. Maddie loves serving as the President and Social Media/Marketing Chair of the Herd Leadership Council and is excited for this year! Maddie serves as Past President and Executive Advisor on the HLC Executive Board. This Fall 2019, she is studying abroad in Saville, Spain.

Email Maddie.

Herd Leader

Le Yu

Nanjing, China
(M MechEngr ’20) 

Le is a second year graduate student in the Mechanical Engineering Department. He is enthusiastic to someday work at a cutting edge, engineering firm. He spent four years on the East Coast before deciding to move to sunny Colorado. Le's life changed after his first ski trip in 2014, which ended in him hitting a tree! After that trip, Le became an avid skier, spending most weekends on the mountains during the snowy season. When winter ends, he enjoys both swimming and traveling.

Herd Leader

Cam Pazol

Broomfield, CO
(Film, AstroPhys ’20) 

Cameron is a 3rd year college student studying Film Production and Astrophysics. After a year of studying Film in Boston, he realized he couldn’t live a life without having some space. Cameron is now committed to finding a combination of the two majors in the real world. Outside of his majors, he enjoys giving back to the community, playing guitar and piano, and listening to classic rock as a way to forget about all the homework due tomorrow morning. This Spring 2019, Cam is studying abroad in Greece.

Herd Leader

Courtney Romero 

Littleton, CO
(Psych ’21) 

Courtney is a junior studying psychology on the pre-health track. She hopes to one day become a psychiatrist. In her free time she likes to take pictures, go to concerts, see shows at the DCPA, and spend time with her friends at the local coffee shops. 

Herd Leader

Hannah Smith

Highlands Ranch, CO
(Ebio ’20)

Hannah is currently a senior at the University of Colorado, Boulder studying Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. In her future, she wants to become a Physician’s Assistant and work with kids in a pediatric office. In her free time, she likes to go hiking, take pictures, listen to music, and volunteer. She loves getting involved in the CU Boulder community in activities such as club tennis, internships, and is a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority. Hannah is studying abroad in Brighton, England, during the Spring 2019 semester.

Herd Leader

Emerson Zamensky

Highlands Ranch, CO
(EBio ’22)

Emerson is currently a sophomore at CU Boulder. She was born and raised in a small town in Maryland then moved to Highlands Ranch, Colorado with her family where she attended Mountain Vista High School. She is majoring in Ecology and Evolutionary biology. Outside of being on the Herd Leadership Council, Emerson is a student ambassador, involved in intramural sports, and a member of the sorority Alpha Chi Omega. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, playing sports, traveling, listening to music, volunteering, and hanging out with her best friend Julianne!

Herd Leader

Isabella Pena

Temecula, CA
(Soc '22)

Isabella is a freshmen from Temecula, California. She graduated her high school as Basketball captain, ASB President, Student Ambassador, and Student Senate Chair. She has continued her passion for involvement and is involved in the Herd as well as is Vice President on Hall Council. She enjoys event planning and hopes to use her sociology major to help her understand the market and any target audience. She moved to Colorado for college so she can experience seasons and a new way of living. She is excited to see what the next four years hold! 

Herd Leader

Mia Rodriguez

San Antonio, TX
(Acct ’22) 

Mia was born in San Antonio TX, but moved to Parker CO when she was 11 years old. Outside of The Herd Leadership Council, Mia is involved on campus with Women in Business, Multicultural Business Student Association and is a member of Gamma Phi Beta Sorority. On her free time she enjoys hiking, yoga, traveling, spending time with friends and exploring new things. She hopes to one day pursue a career in the accounting industry by continuing her education at the School of Leeds. Mia is honored to be a part of the CU Boulder Student Alumni Community and serve on The Herd Leadership Council as a Herd Leader.

Herd Leader

Riley Mahoney

Malvern, PA
(EnvSt ’22)

Riley Mahoney is a sophomore double majoring in Environmental Studies and International Affairs. She grew up in Malvern, Pennsylvania. In her free time, she loves to travel, hang out with friends, watch football, and spend time with her family. This past spring, she sailed from South Africa to the Caribbean. Riley’s passions in life are traveling, community service, and learning about new places and people. She plans to study abroad in Europe this summer. Riley also works at the Alumni Association and serves as a Student Assistant on the Events and Outreach team.

Herd Leader

Julianne Marsh

Highlands Ranch, CO
(IntPhys ’22)

Julianne was born and raised in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. She is a sophomore, studying Integrative Physiology on the pre-health track. Julianne is the first in her family to attend CU, so she's super excited to connect with the CU community, as well as Boulder, in as many ways as possible! When she's not helping out with The Herd, you can find her at the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority house, playing intramural sports, or skiing with Boulder Freeride. Outside of school, Julianne loves to volunteer, hike, ski, go to concerts, and hang out with her best friend Emerson. :-)

Herd Leader

Sarah Lurie

Boulder, CO
(Pre-Bus, Span ’21) 

Sarah was born and raised in Boulder CO, starting her education at University Hill Elementary and continuing it at the University of Colorado - right across the street! Outside of The Herd Leadership Council Sarah is involved on campus with the Norlin Scholars Community, CU Restorative Justice, VRC Advisory Board, and is a member of Delta Gamma Sorority. During her free time, she enjoys baking, dancing, traveling, spending time with family and going on adventures. Sarah works on campus at the Koenig Alumni Center and for the Leeds School of Business Marketing Team. She hopes to pursue a career in the hospitality and management industry by continuing a path in wedding planning. Sarah is honored to be a part of the CU Boulder Alumni Community and to serve on The Herd Leadership Council.

Herd Leader

Kylie Doherty

Jackson, CA
(Bus ’22) 

Kylie is a freshman in the Leeds School of Business and was born and raised in Jackson, California. Outside of the Herd Leadership Council, Kylie is involved in the Victoria’s Secret Campus Team and works as a hostess at River and Woods Café. On her spare time, Kylie likes hiking, yoga, spending time with friends, and listening to music.

Herd Leader

Sathya (Raj) Dugini

Aurora, CO
(BioChem ’22)

Sathya was born in Aurora, CO and graduated from Cherokee Trail High School. He has wanted to come to CU Boulder since his freshman year in high school. He is a Biochemistry major, and plans on going to medical school after he completes his undergraduate degree. Some of his goals for the future include being a doctor, owning a Lamborghini, and wearing nothing but Gucci. 

Herd Leader

Savannah Nied

Santa Rosa, CA
(IntPhys, Span ’22)

Savannah is a sophomore from Santa Rosa, California double majoring in Integrative Physiology and Spanish with hopes to become a sports physician. She loves playing sports in her free time and is on the CU Women’s Rugby team and several intramural teams. Outside of the HLC, she is a part of the American Women’s Medical Association and teaches CU staff members English through the SWAP program.

Herd Leader

Shelby Guerena

Newport Beach, CA
(Bus ’21) 

Shelby is a junior at the University of Colorado- Boulder. She was born and raised in Newport Beach, California. She attended Corona Del Mar High School where she played high school soccer and received a 3 year varsity letter. Along with that she participated in Student Government from 7th grade all the way to 12th grade! Shelby applied to many colleges although CU ended up being the best fit for her! She is now studying business with a minor in biology, hoping to take that some where into the Bio Tech Field.  Some hobbies of Shelby are going to the beach, working out, hiking, and being with family! 

Herd Leader

Taylor Weinsz

Worthington, OH
(IntlAf ’22)

Taylor was born in Worthington, Ohio, where he graduated from Thomas Worthington High School. He came to CU because of his love for the outdoors, the City of Boulder, and the great academics. Taylor enjoys being active and loves to exercise. He played water polo and lacrosse all four years of high school. He also loves to ski and is looking forward to enjoying the mountains of Colorado. As an International Affairs major, Taylor enjoys language learning, traveling, and working with people. He is extremely excited to be involved with the Herd Leadership Council this school year!