Group of people cheering and posing with Milo
Group photo from the Staff Milestones and Excellence event with Milo.

CU Denver Celebrates Staffers at 2024 Event 

May 8, 2024

At a university committed to making education work for all, there’s a lot of work that goes into supporting each student’s educational goals. On May 1, the university took time to celebrate staff members for their contributions to CU Denver by presenting staff awards, applauding retiring staff members, and recognizing longtime staffers for their years of commitment. 

Staff Awards:  

Staff Inclusive Excellence Award: Erick Chávez-Navarrete, Academic Services Senior Professional, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 

Lynx Leadership Staff Award: Malena Brohm, Chief of Staff, Office of the Dean, Business School 

Excellence in Mentoring Staff Award: Kenneth Sisco, IT Director, College of Engineering, Design and Computing, Interim IT Director, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 

Exemplary Student-Support Staff Award: Angela Schmitt, Business Operations Coordinator, Department of Political Science, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences  

Hidden Gem Staff Award: Kristen Fukumoto, Sr. Business Services Coordinator, Student Transitions & Family Engagement 

Staff Awards: Honorable Mentions  

Nickolas Chabot-Olson
Dave Deffenbacher
Alyssa Dunn
Elisabeth Hawksbee
Genia Herndon
Kate Hoch
Jody Maestes
Rosalinda Martinez
Devon Mearns
Hansen Millison
John Patsey
Ellen Patterson
Dawn Savage
Chris Smith
Kayla Spencer
Brooke Trujillo
Lisa VanRaemdonck
Sara Walpole
David Walter
Paul Wedlake

Retiring Staff:

Celeste Archer 
Suzanne Arnold 
Jeffrey Beel 
Lesa Briggs 
Malena Brohm 
Jacqueline Craig 
Mary K. Dodge 
Catherine Ebert-Gray 
Susan Eddleman 
Buddy Gregory 
Diana Kelly 
Thomas Kerlee 
Regina Kilkenny 
Katherine Kilpatrick 
Alla Kroychik 
Mary Lassiter 
Andrew Liakos 
Lisa McGill 
Julie O’Brian 
Jeffrey Quinones-Finch 
Vicki Rhea 
Richard Simons 
Scott Steinbrecher 
Connie Turner 
Denise Weber 

Staff Celebrating Five Years at CU Denver:

Emily Andrews 
Melisa Baldwin 
Christopher Beeson 
Cassandra Bueckers 
Daniela Castorena 
Erick Chávez-Navarrete
Kerri Clarke 
Anna Crawford 
Jessica Critten 
Gabi Dargis 
Kelsi Dew 
Lorelle Gianelli 
Jessica Huerta 
Cinthya Ippoliti 
Alexandria Joo 
Johnathan Lucero 
Brie Mondragon 
Alison Pearks 
Karen Peirce 
Heather Peterson 
Kirsi Petersen 
Derly Santos Maldonado 
Emilie Waggoner 
Toula Wellbrook 
Britt Wood

Staff Celebrating 10 Years at CU Denver:

Edelreich Deloslado 
Jason Drysdale 
Christopher Endreson 
Sarah Engel 
Michaela Erickson 
Bradley Hinson 
Stephen Huddle 
Terence Hughes 
Roger Japp 
Stephanie Kelly 
Nathanial Lynch 
Vicki Rhea
William Ross 
Annie Schweitzer Bennett 
Barbara Seidl 
Natalya Semyonova 
Kenneth Sisco 
Sladjana Subotic 
Sara Van Dyke 
Dao Vue 
Jeffrey Wood 

Staff Celebrating 15 Years at CU Denver:

Michael Anselmo  
Bernadette Boe  
Joan Fishburn  
Cathalina Fontenelle  
Krystal Fox  
Michelle Haynes  
Deneshia Hearon  
Megan Jorgensen  
Jesse Kuroiwa  
Bryan Less  
Jeffrey Proctor  
Stephanie Santorico

Staff Celebrating 20 Years at CU Denver:

Angela Beale
JáNet Hurt 
Julie O’Brian 
Trishia Vasquez

Staff Celebrating 25 Years at CU Denver:

Eric Campagna 
Martina Lopez 

Staff Celebrating 30 Years at CU Denver:

Kenneth Wolf