Class Notes: Fall 2021

1959

Harold L. Kennedy (BS ’59) has published a book, “Aging and Health for the US Elderly: A Health Primer for Ages 60 to 90 Years.”

Sister Mary Alice Murphy

1971

Sister Mary Alice Murphy (MSW ’71), known for her work with the poor and homeless in Fort Collins, Colorado, was recognized by the city’s mayor, who proclaimed Aug. 7, 2021, as Sister Mary Alice Murphy Day, a tribute to her four decades of helping thousands of people get back on their feet. Fort Collins is now a model for cities hoping to better serve the homeless.

1972

Scott Price (BSBA ’72) has published a mystery thriller, “Abstract: Bold Black,” a crime novel with an artistic twist. The book, published by Finish Line Publishing, has received five-star reviews.

Stephen Replin

1976

Stephen Replin (JD ’76) has published “Get on the Fast Track Now! Millionaire Secrets to Generating Fast Leads & Fast Revenues,” which describes widely unknown and rarely used methods for attorneys to increase their leads and revenues.

Del Olivas (MSW ’76) is running for his fourth term as Pueblo County treasurer. For more than a decade, Del has led the department that oversees the county’s approximately $420 million in revenue.

1980

Wade Loo (BSAC ’80) has been appointed to the Hercules Capital Inc. board of directors. Wade has over 40 years’ experience in all aspects of financial reporting serving public companies.

Jeanette Hauck

1983

Jeanette Hauck (BSAC ’83) has been named CEO of the Spokane YWCA. Jeanette previously was the YWCA’s chief financial officer. 

1986

Jeff Domal (LLM ’86) joins tax firm Andersen as a managing director in the Los Angeles office. Jeff has more than 32 years of experience in domestic and international real estate.

1988

Reginald McKnight (MA ’88) was keynote speaker for the Pikes Peak Community College graduation in May. Reginald is a teacher, short story writer and novelist.

1992

Paul Leblanc (BSBA ’92) is the new executive vice president of Alliant Insurance Services in Newport Beach, California. Paul has been working at benefits firms in Southern California since 2000.

1996

Mike Corbett (BSBA ’96, MS ’98) has been named an assistant men’s ice hockey coach for Quinnipiac University in Hampden, Connecticut.

S. Mariah Rose (MA ’96) has published a memoir of spiritual self-discovery, “Detour: Lose Your Way, Find Your Path.” Mariah has been a professional writer for more than 30 years. 

Tonya Morgan (BSBA ’96, MSF ’98) has published “The Executive Cook: Weeknight Cook—Weekend Entertainer,” a cookbook for anyone looking to expand their culinary capabilities without being intimidated.

1997

Nimesh Patel (LLM  ’97) has been voted onto the Kennesaw City Council in Georgia to fill a vacancy. Nimesh is an assistant vice president and managing counsel with Unum Group.

Amanda Thein

1999

Amanda Thein (MA ’99) was named associate provost for graduate and professional education and dean of the University of Iowa Graduate College. Amanda was the associate dean for faculty and academic affairs and a professor of literacy, culture and language education in the university’s College of Education.

2000

James Keith Collins (JD ’00) was appointed to the 20th Judicial District Court by Colorado Gov. Jared Polis. 

2001

Todd Olson (PhD ’01) was appointed the 11th president of Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Todd has had a 35-year career in higher education, most recently teaching in Georgetown’s higher education administration program and the School of Nursing and Health Studies. 

Sherrill Kaplan

Sherrill Kaplan (MBA ’01) has been appointed chief digital officer for Planet Fitness Inc. Sherrill will lead the company’s digital vision and strategy. Her background spans digital marketing, innovation, e-commerce, branding and customer loyalty.

2004

Rachael Gass (BA ’04) is the new vice chairwoman of the DC Commission on Persons with Disabilities in Washington, D.C. Rachael is a disability rights advocate who has built a career as a health care worker, political consultant and policy advisor. She was head of the American Association of People with Disabilities 2020 POWER: the Disability Vote summit.

2005

KC Becker

KC Becker (MS ’05) has joined the firm Wilkinson Barker Knauer as a partner in its Denver office. KC previously was a Colorado state representative, rising to House majority leader and then speaker of the House. 

2006

W. Eric Kuhn (JD ’06) was appointed to the Colorado Court of Appeals by Gov. Jared Polis. Eric previously was a senior assistant attorney general for Colorado.

Kevin Fixler

Kevin Fixler (BA ’06) joined the Idaho Statesman newspaper in Boise as an investigative reporter. He previously was a staff writer for The Press Democrat in Santa Rosa, California. 

2007

Lindsey Giacchino (BSBA ’07)
has been named senior vice president for acquisitions in the Denver office of Crescent Real Estate, where she will lead acquisitions and establish strategic plans for acquired properties.

Jaime Clark (PhD ’07) is the new director of Southern Illinois University Student Health Services. She has served SIU since 2005, previously as director of Counseling and Psychological Services. 

Liann Hanson

Liann Hanson (PhD ’07)
has been named director of standards- based instruction for Fargo Public Schools in North Dakota. Liann had been the principal of Centennial Elementary School.

2009

Michael Findlay (BA ’09) and his father, Gary, plan to open a franchise of Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls, a Maryland-based lobster roll chain, this fall in Cherry Creek. 

Ashley Hodson (LLM ’09) has been appointed to the 12th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. Ashley, a partner in the Sarasota office of Shutts & Bowen, focuses her practice on estate planning, estate and gift taxation, and estate and trust administration.

Tracy Gallegos

2010

Tracy Gallegos (CERT ’10) has been named director of equity and inclusion for Grand Junction School District 51. Tracy previously was regional director of the district’s migrant education program.

James Harris (BA, BSBA ’10) and Meagan Harris (BA ’11), husband and wife, recently opened Tin Plate, a pizza restaurant in Breckenridge, Colorado. Tin Plate offers 100% sourdough artisan pizza and local craft beers.

Tim Healy (BA ’10) was recently appointed to the Denver Academy Board of Trustees. Tim is a 2006 graduate of Denver Academy, a coeducational, independent day school in southeast Denver serving diverse learners in grades 1–12.

David Peak

David Peak (PhD ’10) is the new superintendent for Cheyenne Mountain School District 12 in Colorado Springs. He previously was assistant superintendent for human resources in Academy School District 20.

Daniela Wohlwend (MA ’10) has been named executive director of Buena Vista nonprofit elevateHER. 

2012

Ciandra Jackson (MPS ’12) was hired by Delta Dental of Colorado as a senior marketing communications specialist.

Steven Kyle McKendry (BSBA ’12) has joined Ridgeline Royalties Inc. as vice president of operations. Kyle has nearly a decade of experience in finance, strategy and investment management in the metals and mining sector. 

2013

Nikki McCain

Nikki McCain (LLM ’13) was hired as a trust officer for Caldwell Trust Co. Nikki had owned and operated two law firms and has a deep knowledge of tax law, estate planning and business transaction.

2015

Jillian Geib (MA ’15) was the official scorer in the Colorado Rockies’ 11-inning victory over the Texas Rangers on June 1, becoming only the fourth female official scorer in MLB history. Jillian is a fourth-grade teacher and has worked in many positions with MLB since 2012.

2017

Scott Caulfield (MA ’17) has been named the first director of strength and conditioning for Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont.

2018

Alyse Reynolds (MSW ’18) has joined Breathe Mind Body Therapy, a mental health therapy practice in Bozeman, Montana, as a mental health therapist. 

Mason Blake

Mason Blake (MA ’18) is the new sports psychology service coordinator for the Boston University Department of Athletics for the 2021–22 academic year. Mason supports individuals and teams in athletics departments, academic institutions and sporting organizations.

2019

Jack Moran (JD ’19)
joined Boyd & Jenerette as an associate attorney. His work focuses on civil litigation, insurance defense and property damage claims.

Sophie Newlove (BSBA ’19) was named assistant coach of the New Mexico State University women’s golf team.

RJ Finlay (BSBA ’19) was promoted to vice president of investments, senior living at Lloyd Jones, a multifamily and senior living investment, development and management firm based in Miami.

2020

Tyler Knox (JD ’20) has joined Erise IP as an associate attorney focusing on patent litigation.

Nick Allen

Nick Allen (MS ’20) has joined Revesco Properties as development manager. Nick is a former associate architect at DU.

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