Class Notes Spring 2022


Eleanor Herz Swent (MA ’47) has published her first book, “One Shot for Gold: Developing a Modern Mine in Northern California,” a history of the McLaughlin Mine, California’s most productive gold mine of the 20th century. Eleanor, 96, is past president of the Mining History Association and winner of the Rodman Paul Award for contributions to mining history.


Gill Robinson Hickman

Gill Robinson Hickman (BA ’70) is the recipient of the Nautilus Book Award for her co-authored book, “When Leaders Face Personal Crisis: The Human Side of Leadership.” Gill is a professor emerita at the Jepson School of Leadership Studies, University of Richmond.


Linda Murphy Marshall (BA ’72) has written a memoir, “Ivy Lodge: A Memoir of Translation and Discovery,” that will be published in June 2022. 


Ernesto Alvarado (MSW ’73) has published his second book, “The Collected Poems of Ernesto Alvarado.”


Andy Fulton (BSBA ’76) has retired from ME Global Inc. after 45 years there. Andy has been president and a board member since 2011 after serving in other senior management roles. He joined the company in 1976.


Carol Fenster

Carol Fenster (PhD ’79) was inducted into the Colorado Authors’ Hall of Fame for her pioneering work in writing 14 gluten-free cookbooks over the past 25 years. Carol’s most recent book is “Gluten-Free Cooking for Two.”

Jack Weinberg (BSBA ’79) was inducted into the Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame. Jack is a longtime board member for the Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois, where he heads the high school and suspension review committees.


Kevin Lindahl (BA ’83, JD ’86) has been named executive director of the Fire & Police Pension Association of Colorado. Kevin has served as FPPA’s general counsel since 2000 and as deputy executive director since 2018.


Bob Margolis

Bob Margolis (BA ’84) received the Council for Affordable and Rural Housing 2022 Member of the Year Award.


Miles Glascock (BSBA ’86) was promoted to senior vice president of Tenant Rep Brokerage in South Florida for Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.


Beth Kuwata (BSBA ’88) was appointed managing senior director of development  for athletics at the University of Colorado.


David Corey

David Corey (BA ’93) has been promoted to partner at Helsell Fetterman LLP in Seattle. David is part of the litigation group, where he focuses on medical malpractice defense.


Erik Hagevik (BSBA ’94) was appointed principal at Trammell Crow Co.


Ben Dachepalli (JD ’97) has been named partner of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP in Tampa, Florida. Ben has experience working with construction industry professionals on strategic legal and business solutions. 


Pathmal Gunawardana (MIM ’98) was appointed vice president for strategic sales for SBA Communications.


Kevin Simpson (PhD ’99) was awarded the 2021 Julius Hirsch Honorary Prize by the German Football Association. Kevin is a professor of psychology and a Holocaust scholar at John Brown University. He is the first American to be awarded the prize, given to those who use their social position to stand up for freedom, tolerance and humanity.

Mike Berger (BSBA ’99), owner of Lippa’s Estate and Fine Jewelry in Burlington, Vermont, designed a custom engagement ring for Super Bowl champion Taylor Rapp of the L.A. Rams. Berger has worked with many NFL athletes for over 10 years.


Imran Khan

Imran Khan (BSBA ’00) was appointed chairman of Aleph Holding. 

Justin Haenlein (JD ’00) has been appointed by Gov. Jared Polis as Colorado District Court judge of the 13th District, which covers several counties in northeastern Colorado.

Chris Gunlikson (JD ’00) has been elected to a four-year term as the regional representative to the management committee at Holland & Hart. The committee oversees the firm’s management and strategic direction. Chris is a partner in the Boulder office.


Trent Trujillo (BSBA ’04)
was promoted to senior director of investor relations at UDR, a multifamily real estate investment trust based in Colorado.


Amber Abbuhl (JD ’05) has been appointed deputy first selectman for the town of Simsbury, Connecticut. Amber was editor-in-chief of the University of Denver Law Review. She and her family moved to Simsbury in 2014.


Stephanie Filo

Stephanie Filo (BA ’06) recently earned a Primetime Emmy for her editing on HBO’s “A Black Lady Sketch Show.” This is Stephanie’s second Emmy. The first was for editing the episode “Separated” in the serial news documentary “Mental State.”

John H.T. Bales (MBA ’06) has been named a partner at Kutak Rock LLP in the Denver office.

2006, 2007

Casey Schorr (BSBA ’06) and Kevin Materi (BS ’07) have sold Printfection, an advanced enterprise swag management platform that they founded as DU students in 2004, to Custom Ink. Casey and Kevin will continue to operate Printfection as a largely independent unit while working with Custom Ink to make the platform available to its clients.


Michelle Kwan

Michelle Kwan (BA ’09) has been nominated by President Joe Biden to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Belize. Michelle is the most decorated figure skater in U.S. history. She became the first Public Diplomacy Envoy in 2006, and for a decade, she traveled extensively on behalf of the U.S. Department of State to engage youth around the world on social and educational issues. Michelle currently serves as the treasurer and board member of Special Olympics International.

Philip Osteen (PhD ’09) has been named interim dean in the College of Social Work at the University of Utah. Philip joined the college in 2018 as director of the Social Research Institute. He is a nationally recognized researcher in mental health and suicide intervention/prevention. 

Jack Hechinger (BSBA ’09) was promoted to senior director of investments at Bridge33 Capital, a real estate investment firm. He will be based in the Los Angeles area.

Kyle McFarlane (JD ’09) was named People’s Choice Best Family Lawyer in Barrister’s Best 2021.


Sean Garry

Sean Garry (MS ’10) is director of mechanical engineering at Ball Aerospace in Boulder. Sean has been in the industry for more than 19 years, in many roles and locations with Lockheed Martin, supporting and leading the development, design, build, test and launch of world-first technologies.


Dean Klemenz (BSBA ’11) was appointed vice president of advertising operations at Audacy Inc.


Khara Croswaite Brindle (MA ’12) recently gave a TEDx talk on the burden of busyness and its impact on our mental health, relationships and well-being.


Lidiane Mocko

Lidiane Mocko (PMBA ’14) was named a board member for the Blind Institute of Technology, an organization dedicated to recruiting and placing blind and visually impaired technology professionals in Fortune 500 companies.


Kaley Rickert (MBA ’16) joined Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner as a corporate law clerk II.


Paige McNeil (BSBA ’18) was appointed general manager at Penny Roma in San Francisco.


Melissa Schneider (PhD ’19) has been named chief academic officer for the Thompson School District in Loveland, Colorado. Melissa previously served as the district’s director of professional development, and earlier she was the coordinator of excellence and equity for Littleton Public Schools.


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