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Class Notes: Fall 2019


John Manesis (BA ’58) of Fargo, North Dakota, authored a children’s book, “Greenie and the Tree Frog.” 


Sandra Dallas (BA ’60) of Denver is a New York Times bestselling author with 19 books in print. In April, she won the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Center’s Wrangler Award for juvenile fiction for her fourth children’s novel, “Hardscrabble.” 


James Oppenheimer (BA ’69) of Fairfax, Virginia, was notified by the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum that a television program he produced during the Clinton presidency was accepted for permanent inclusion in the library’s collection. 


Allan Goldstein (BA ’71) of New York is a senior lecturer in the Department of Technology, Culture and Society at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering. In May he was awarded the 2018–19 NYU Distinguished Teaching Award, which goes to six professors among the school’s 6,000-plus educators. 

Gene Tang (BSBA ’71, MBA ’75) is a longtime Denver restaurateur who closed his LoDo restaurant, 1515, and its Rewind Lounge on May 31 after 21 years in business.


Art Riddile (BA ’73) is mayor of New Castle, Colorado. In December 2018, he was elected chairman of the board of the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority with jurisdiction in Aspen, Pitkin County, Eagle County, Basalt, Carbondale, Glenwood Springs and New Castle. 

David Szumowski (JD ’73) of Coronado, California, is a retired superior court judge who recently authored “Reach for More: A Journey from Loss to Love and Fulfillment.” A member of the Army during the Vietnam War, David lost his sight in heavy combat in 1969. For his heroism, he earned the Silver Star, two Bronze Medals, the Purple Heart and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palms.


James White (PhD ’74) of Colorado Springs is the author of “Fly-Fishing the Arctic Circle to Tasmania: A Preacher’s Adventures and Reflections.” James, minister emeritus of First Congregational Church in Colorado Springs, wrote the book about his experiences fly-fishing around the world.


Paul Dickman (BA ’75) of Vienna, Virginia, is a senior policy fellow with Argonne National Laboratory, where his focus is nuclear non-proliferation and nuclear-waste management. He has been appointed to the Nuclear and Radiation Sciences Board of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.  


Leslie (Peterson) Marshman (BA ’76) of League City, Texas, authored “Goode Over Evil” (Tule Publishing Group, 2018), the first book in a planned mystery series featuring a female Texas Ranger named Samantha Goode. 


Alice Norman (BA ’77, JD ’88) of Indian Hills, Colorado, in May received the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar’s Olom Award, presented annually to an outstanding member of the criminal defense community. Alice is chief municipal public defender for the city and county of Denver.


Nancy Dollahite (MA ’78) is the author of “Field Notes From Sichuan: Learning To Be a Foreigner.” Based on the author’s own experience teaching in China in the 1980s, the book tells one woman’s love story with rural China as it rushes toward becoming a nation of city-dwellers. Facing culture clashes that test her beliefs, she begins to see herself in a new way.


Rob Pickett (BSBA ’81) of Gilbert, Arizona, won the 2019 United Country Western Dance Council World Championship in the ProAm Advanced Division. Rob holds seven world championship titles in couples, pro-am and team divisions. 


Gayle Brown (BS ’82) is senior lecturer in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University. In March, she received the 2018 Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges’ Distinguished Teacher Award.


Janet Street (BSBA ’84) in June was named president of the board of directors at CURE Childhood Cancer, an Atlanta-based nonprofit that advances pediatric cancer research and provides patient and family support. Janet is director of outplacement at the Schenck School in Atlanta.


Melody Harris (BA ’86) of Boulder, Colorado, in April was appointed president of health-management company SomaLogic. Melody previously served as chief legal officer at Qualcomm Life.


Kathy Bray (BSBA ’88) in April was appointed vice president and general counsel at SFM Mutual Insurance Co., based in Bloomington, Minnesota. Kathy has been with SFM since 2007, originally as senior defense counsel within SFM’s in-house law firm. 


Emily Anderson (JD ’89) of Denver in April was named chief judge of the 17th Judicial District Court in Adams County, where she previously served as a district court judge.

Mitchell Foster (BS ’89) is a criminal defense attorney in Detroit. 


John Dicke (PsyD ’93) in June 2018 published his fourth novel, “Absolute Innocence.” He practices psychology and law in Denver.


Shawn Cheadle (JD ’94) of Boulder, Colorado, is general counsel, operations, at Lockheed Martin Space. In May he was elected to the advisory board at ClariLegal, a cloud-based preferred vendor-management platform for legal services. 


Marian Camden (PsyD ’95) of Denver is a clinical psychologist who just released her fifth children’s book, “My Parents Are Fighting Again: Dealing With the Feelings.” 


Francesca Morgan (BA ’96) joined Denver family law firm Rider Goodwin Law as senior associate attorney. Francesca previously spent 13 years in family law and civil litigation with Colorado Legal Services. 


Kent Holsinger (JD ’97) of Denver founded Holsinger Law in 2006. In 2019 he was named to the Colorado Farm Bureau’s Who’s Who in Agriculture and to the Denver Business Journal’s Who’s Who in Energy. 


Andrea Servadio (BSBA ’00) is co-founder and CEO of Fitdog, a dog-care company based in Santa Monica, California.


Norm Mottram (MBA ’02) of Boulder, Colorado, in April was named chief operating officer of Crystal Diagnostics. Norm also is an internationally accomplished rugby player and coach who represented the USA national team in the 1991 Rugby World Cup. 


Dave Stevens (BA, MBA ’03) of San Clemente, California, is founder and CEO of IGWorks, which sells equipment for indoor gardening.


Andrew Stein (JD ’05) of Littleton, Colorado, recently was hired as senior litigation attorney at Cordell & Cordell, a domestic litigation firm focusing on representing men in family law cases. Before joining Cordell & Cordell, Andrew practiced family law and bankruptcy. 


John Bales (BSBA, MBA ’06) and Holly (Bau) Bales (BS, MBA ’07) of Denver welcomed their fourth child, Clara Isabella Bales, on April 9. Clara joins her three big brothers, who couldn’t be more excited about her arrival.

Dana Scott (MS, MBA ’06) of Austin, Texas, is senior vice president at the employee benefits group of Alliant Insurance.


Cecilia Retelle Zywicki (JD ’07) in May was named COO at New York-based PresenceLearning Inc., a provider of live online special education-related services to K-12 schools. 


Brandon Antin (BSBA ’08) of Los Angeles is vice president of social responsibility and innovation at VCA Animal Hospitals. In June he joined the board of Pet Partners, the nation’s leading organization registering therapy animals for animal-assisted interventions.

Marika Pappas Christopher (IMBA, BSBA ’08) recently joined Janus Henderson Investors in Denver as director of product development. Marika spent nearly a decade in Chicago, most recently as vice president of liquidity solutions at Goldman Sachs & Co. She resides in Denver with her husband and daughter.


Keegan Clay (MBA ’11) of Eugene, Oregon, recently was honored with the Rising Star award at global real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield. Keegan is a director with the company.

Katherine Gessner (MBA ’11) of Massillon, Ohio, in April was named president of MCTV, a cable operator founded in 1965 by her grandfather Richard Gessner. Katherine succeeds her father, Robert Gessner, who retired in April.


Jean Smith Gonnell (JD ’12) in April was hired as general counsel at cannabis consultant STWC Holdings. In her new role, Jean oversees all legal, regulatory compliance, merger/acquisition, government relations and lobbying functions as part of STWC’s continued commitment to growth and expansion in the industry.

David Stewart (MBA ’12) in May was named athletic director at the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. David previously served for 12 years as DU’s Nordic skiing head coach.


Tammy Kelley (JD ’14) in April was appointed municipal judge in Holyoke, Colorado. Tammy also works at law firm Colver Killin & Sprague.


Cody Simmons (BSAC, MACC ’18) is the co-owner of St. Elias Alpine Guides, a guiding company located in Wrangell St. Elias National Park in McCarthy, Alaska.

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