Andrea began working at the UMC in May 2012. Prior to becoming a Buff, she worked for 10 years with The BACCHUS Network overseeing state and federal grants on alcohol abuse and impaired driving prevention, tobacco control and peer education with college campuses. She holds a Master’s degree in student affairs and higher education.
What do you like best about working at the UMC? I continue to be impressed by the dedication and energy the staff have for the UMC and its students. They truly value what the UMC offers the campus and community and want to see students succeed. I feel lucky to also work with some incredible, innovative and committed students who are willing to do the work to ensure their programs are the best they can be.
Jimmie Baker, Senior Associate Director for Operations and Services
Jimmie attended the University of Colorado Boulder with a focus on psychology. He began working at the UMC in the Fall of 1981 as a student on the set-up team as well as helping out in several other departments of the UMC. He became a full-time staff member of the UMC in the summer of 1987 and progressively worked his way up to his current position as the senior associate director for operations and services.
What do you like best about working at the UMC? I enjoy the energy of working in a student union environment and especially working with students. I also enjoy the variety of people and departments that I’m privileged to work with and encounter on a daily basis in the performance of my duties.
Peggy Tucker Ortega, Associate Director for Budget and Finance
Peggy received a psychology degree from CU Boulder in 1985. While attending CU, she was a work-study student in the bursar’s office and cash management in Regent Hall. After graduation, Peggy took a full-time job with cash management and later transferred to accounts payable and then to the Rec Center. She joined the UMC in 2002 and moved into her current position in 2009.
What do you like best about working at the UMC? For me, the UMC is like a family – sometimes literally. It is such a large organization and staff that we have advantages that smaller departments don’t offer, such as opportunities for professional growth, close working relationships with students and greater diversity.
Roxane Ruggles, Assistant Director for Events Planning & Catering
Roxane has a Bachelor of Science in environmental biology and an Associate of Arts in culinary arts (baking and pastry arts). In addition, she has received the European Foundation Degree in hospitality management and advanced culinary and pastry arts. Prior to joining the UMC, Roxane worked for the US Consulate in Italy and Belgium as well as for the Marriott Corporation.
What do you like best about working at the UMC? I enjoy the planning of events – trying to get the most out of client’s budget and making their events unique and successful. I enjoy the continuous engagement with the students and scheduling venue space and helping develop their cultural events. I like the hustle and bustle of the UMC.
Molly Brauer, Assistant Director for Administration
Molly began working in the UMC in June 2019. Prior to joining our team, Molly worked in Residence Life here at CU Boulder as a hall director for four years. She graduated from Dominican University in 2013 and received her Masters of Education in college student personnel administration from Marquette University in 2015.
What do you like best about working at the UMC? The students and professional staff in the UMC are some of the most dedicated people I’ve worked with! They are committed to leading, influencing, caring, creating and working hard to create a community where students, staff, faculty and community members can come together to learn, be challenged and celebrate. I am thrilled to be a part of this team and can’t wait to see what the future holds for the UMC.