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With a combination of appointed faculty from the University of Denver and adjunct faculty with extensive real-world experience in their fields, our expert faculty at University College understand adult learning theories and provide practice-based education to busy adults. Students gain the hands-on skills and foundational knowledge needed to excel in their chosen industries, all while learning from professional practitioners who work in the fields they teach.

Our faculty lead dynamic discussions in the classroom, hold rigorous academic standards, and embrace innovative technologies and curriculum designed specifically for adult learners. Learn more about the faculty at University College by browsing the descriptions below.

Steven Bahnemann

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Ellen Breckenridge

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Ginni Brown

Ginny Brown (MPH, University of Northern Colorado; BS in Human Nutrition, Colorado State University) is vice president of Legislative and Regulatory Policy at the Colorado Hospital Association. With certification in Citizen Participation, Systematic Development of Informed Consent (SDIC), Ginny brings unique knowledge in leadership, policy, and facilitation to the classroom. Students appreciate Ginny’s extensive and valuable understanding of public policy and the legislative process, along with her pertinent lectures and responsiveness.

Michael Campo

Mike Campo (Ph.D. in Business Administration, Northcentral University; MS in Management, Regis University; BA in Business Administration, Western State College) has more than 25 years of experience in marketing and management roles in areas such as healthcare, financial services, and international business. As Director of Business Development and Member Benefits for the Colorado Medical Society, Mike brings business development, customer service, and management skills to the classroom. Students rave about Mike’s insightful and timely feedback, along with his clearly organized class structure.

Robert Casanova

Robert (Robin) Casanova (MHS, University of Denver) is a Principal Healthcare Consultant with Improvement Path Systems LLC (IPS), a healthcare operations performance improvement consultancy, based in Rochester Michigan. During his twenty plus years in healthcare consulting, Robert’s responsibilities have included performance improvement and quality management for healthcare systems. He has consulted for national and international consultancies including GE Medical Systems, Performance Solutions. A proven leader and facilitator, his experience encompasses coaching executives regarding operational efficiency, and labor productivity as well as leading performance improvement teams. Clients and employers include GE Medical Systems, Hospital Corporation of America, Universal Health Services, Washington Hospital Center.

Angel Chi

Angel Chi (PhD in Educational Leadership, University of Denver; MBA in Accounting, University of Denver; BA in Mathematics, University of Denver) has more than 20 years of entrepreneurial business managements experience in a number of profitable private businesses related to investment, international business consulting, publishing, and media production. Dr. Chi brings knowledge in teaching, developing interdisciplinary programs, developing training programs, and non-profit management to the classroom. Dr. Chi has a track record in teaching and developing interdisciplinary programs for DU's Reiman School of Finance, Women's College, and University College. She also established executives training programs for Colorado Bar Association, Rocky Mountain World Trade Center, and China Development Institute. Dr. Chi severed on the board of many non-profit organizations.

Maria Creavin

Maria Creavin (MAS in Technology Management, University of Denver; MS in Health Policy and Management, Harvard University; BS in Nutrition, Simmons College) has more than 25 years of experience in healthcare including clinical experience at top research medical centers, teaching experience in the university classroom, line management experience at managed care organizations, and strategic business development experience in a number of health care sectors. As the current President of Creavin Consulting and long-term instructor, Maria strives to communicate both basic concepts and new ideas in ways that capture students’ attention and provide sound practical learning. Students appreciate Maria’s ability to guide students to their fullest potential and her engaging nature in the classroom. Her ability to bring the subject to life through creative and valuable insight is what students like best about Maria.

Sheila Davis

Dr. Sheila Davis (MD, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine; MS in Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania; BS in Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology) is the Acting Program Director of the University College Healthcare Leadership program. Dr. Davis also serves on the faculty where she teaches courses on the Affordable Care Act and Research Methods and sits on the Safety Net Advisory Committee for the Colorado Health Institute. Dr. Davis brings extensive knowledge in managing public health programs to the classroom with her work in health issues in minority communities such as HIV/AIDS, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Students appreciate Dr. Davis’s experience in the field and support and her ability to work students with various backgrounds.

Katherine Eyestone

Katie Eyestone (MPA, University of Texas; BA in Political Science, Northwestern University) has more than 17 years of experience in healthcare and health insurance. As the current senior consultant at Catalyst Health Partners and the former senior director for Market and Product Strategy at Kaiser Permanente Colorado, the largest integrated health system in the state, Katie brings extensive strategic knowledge to the classroom. She has a background in quality measurement, executing business line strategies, and establishing utilization management and quality oversight protocols and structures for a variety of programs. Students appreciate Katie’s interactive and participatory nature in the classroom. Her ability to provide constructive and timely feedback is what students like best about Katie.

Kenneth Feiler

Kenneth Feiler has been President and CEO of Rose Medical Center, an HCA and HealthONE affiliated hospital, for 20 years. His healthcare experience spans more than 35 years. He holds a Master’s degree in Health Care Administration and a graduate degree in Psychology.

Ken’s extensive experience in the continuum of health care delivery has made him an astute forward thinker, known for understanding critical business drivers, seizing opportunities and building alliances. A visionary executive deeply committed to creating learning organizations where top performance is achieved through staff empowerment. Ken relentlessly pursues excellence while upholding personal and organizational values, role modeling leadership, building trusting relationships and optimizing efficiency and productivity.

Karen Gieseker

Dr. Karen Gieseker (PhD in Analytical Health Sciences – Epidemiology, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center) has had various roles in the health care. She has worked as an epidemiologist at the Children's Hospital in Denver and worked for many organizations including the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the Stop Transmission of Polio project in Tanzania, the Polio Eradication Branch, National Immunization Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Division of International Health, Coordinating Center for Global Health at CDC. Dr. Gieseker served as an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Public Health at Georgia State University, faculty for the Kenya Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (FELTP) in Nairobi, Kenya and as course organizer and faculty for the Regional Emerging Diseases Intervention (REDI) Centre Field Epidemiology Training Course in Singapore. Most recently, she was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado, School of Medicine and was the Global Health Track Director, the Evidence-Based Medicine Thread Director and the Mentored Scholarly Activity Global Health Associate Director for the University of Colorado, School of Medicine. Additionally, she was the Global Health Education Director for the Center for Global Health in the Colorado School of Public Health. She is currently an adjunct faculty for the University College at the University of Denver and the Brydine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions for Georgia State University. Her current research includes the sustainability of global health, development and education programs in Peru and around the world.

Donald Halloran

Donald Halloran (MBA, University of Denver; MS in Information Technology, Syracuse University; BS in Information Technology, Syracuse University) has more than 16 years’ experience in the IT industry. As the IT Director for SpenDifference, a supply chain company based in Denver, Donald brings a breadth of practical IT knowledge to the classroom. Students appreciate Donald’s effective teaching style and ability to make each class an interactive community of learning. Donald’s informative and robust feedback is what students like best about his class.

Sherri Hess

Sherri Hess (MS in Information Systems, University of Colorado Denver; BS in Nursing, Regis University) has more than a decade of experience in clinical informatics and technology. As the Director of Nursing Informatics at Denver Health Hospital, Sherri brings a unique set of skills in Electronic Medical Records and clinical application development and implementation to the classroom. Students appreciate Sherri’s engaging and effective teaching strategies and her demonstrated command in the informatics field. Sherri’s ability to share real-world examples is what students like best about her class.

Robert Hoban

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Charles Holmes

Dr. Charles Holmes (PhD in Community Health, University of Illinois; MPH, University of Illinois; BS in Biology at Eastern Illinois University) has been a collegiate instructor for the past 10 years with his longest tenured position being in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health at the University of Illinois. Dr. Holmes teaching background brings knowledge in topics stretching from public health to global health systems to the classroom. Students appreciate Dr. Holmes engagement, feedback, and knowledge in the field.

Marion Jenkins

Dr. Marion Jenkins (PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University; MS in Mechanical Engineering; BS in Mechanical Engineering, Utah State University) is founder and CEO of QSE Technologies, which provides information technology design and consulting to healthcare-focused entities throughout the US. Dr. Jenkins brings over two decades of knowledge in executive management in a variety of high-growth technology and communications companies to the classroom. Dr. Jenkins is a nationally-recognized author and speaker, having authored over 30 presentations and publications on the role of technology in healthcare and business, and is a contributing author to the book, Business Driven Information Technology, published by Stanford University Press and used as an MBA textbook in business schools around the country. Students appreciate Dr. Jenkins engagement and his ability to provide real-life experience to class discussions.

Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson (JD University of Toledo College of Law; BA Economics, Eastern Michigan University). Experience primarily in the area of tort law. Research and academic interest in health law and health economics. Note & Comment “Myriad Problems: An Analysis of the Challenges to Gene Patents and the Policy Questions Raised” published in the University of Toledo Law Review 43:3, Spring, 2012.

Rhonda Johnston

Rhonda Johnston (PhD in Education and Human Resources Studies, Colorado State University; MS in Adult Health Promotion and Illness Management, University of Colorado Health Science Center; BSN, University of Phoenix) has an extensive background in healthcare. As the Director of Veterans Administration’s Rocky Mountain Telehealth Training Center and a Nurse Practitioner, Dr. Johnston brings her first-hand experience to the classroom. Students appreciate Dr. Johnston’s organization, constructive feedback, and prompt responses. Her ability to share real-life professional experiences and relate them to the coursework is what students like best about Dr. Johnston.

Lorna Katica

Lorna Sills Katica (JD, Suffolk University Law School; MA in Health Care Law, Policy and Ethics, University of Denver; BA in Economics, Tufts University) has more than 30 years of experience in the practice of law, specializing in health care law, disability law, employment law and education law. She is also an author and has developed a new passion for health care instructional design and e-learning. As an attorney, author and instructional designer, Lorna brings knowledge in legal expertise and research, writing, and e-learning skills to the classroom. Students appreciate Lorna’s involvement in online course discussions and her ability to apply learning to real-life circumstances.

Bobbie Kite

Dr. Bobbie Kite (PhD, Public Health, University of Texas at Houston; MHS, Health Sciences in Emergency and Disaster Management, Touro University) is an instructor in the Healthcare Leadership Program at University College, University of Denver. In addition to working at DU, she is jointly appointed in the Department of Biomedical Informatics and the Ohio State University Health Plan. Dr. Kite’s research brings knowledge in competency based education within the field of health data analytics and informatics to the classroom. Students appreciate Dr. Kite’s interactive course activities, knowledge, and valuable feedback.

Tiffani Lennon

Tiffani Lennon (JD, LLM University of London Birkbeck College of Law), chairs the Law and Society and Community-Based Research programs at the University of Denver – Colorado Women’s College. Tiffani brings knowledge in comparative finance and economic law, and policy impact on unrepresented communities to the classroom. Before entering higher education, she worked as a policy analyst and legal adviser for several non-profits and authored several policy and research reports with national implications. Lennon has received numerous governmental and foundation grants to conduct research and policy analysis. She also wrote a book, Recognizing Women’s Leadership: Strategies and Best Practices for Employing Excellence. Students enjoyed learning Tiffani’s research, knowledge, and effective feedback.

Kathy Lindquist-Kleissler

Kathy Lindquist-Kleissler (MS in Health Administration, University of Colorado –Health Sciences Center; BA in Political Science, Drew University) is currently Executive Director of the Denver Medical Society, a professional organization representing physicians in the Denver community. She has worked in the healthcare field for over 20 years and has been an adjunct faculty at University College for nearly a decade. Kathy brings knowledge in executive management, health care policy and marketing to the classroom. Students appreciate Kathy’s engagement in course discussions and useful course materials.

Eric Meade

Eric H. Meade (MBA, INSEAD; BA in History, University of Virginia) is a nationally recognized thought leader on the future of health and wellbeing. He has co-written scenarios describing alternative futures of health and health care for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, AARP, Kresge Foundation, and others. As a consultant, Eric helps federal agencies, health foundations, and health professional societies respond to emerging trends in the sector. With an inclusive style, broad subject matter expertise, and a grounded sense of humor, Eric creates a safe space in which his students can learn together.

Matthew Mishkind

PhD in Psychology, University of Vermont

Dr. Mishkind is currently the Deputy Director of the Johnson Depression Center at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. The majority of his career has had two focal points: military health care, and organizational development. He began his military health career with the Deployment Health Clinical Center (DHCC) at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. He also served as one of the original staff members tasked with developing the National Center for Telehealth and Technology (T2) located on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington State. While at T2, Dr. Mishkind helped lead the development of several technology-based initiatives to improve behavioral health access across the Department of Defense. His particular focus was on developing telehealth programs for remote and otherwise isolated populations. Both DHCC and T2 are part of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE).

Dr Mishkind has also held positions focused on organizational development. Most recently, he served as team lead for training and human capital initiatives at the Bureau of Reclamation within the United States Department of Interior. He also has experience as a management consultant for global consulting firms Hay Group and Corporate Executive Board. Dr Mishkind began his career conducting national policy research on patient safety and other health-related programs.

Dr Mishkind has over 20 publications primarily focused on improving access to behavioral health care for military populations. He is also certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources.

Katherine Mulready

Katherine Blair (JD, University of Denver; MPS in Healthcare Leadership, University of Denver; BA in Religion & Politics and History, LaFayette College) is the current Health Policy Advisor to Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper in the Governor’s Office of Policy and Research. Students appreciate Katherine’s strong expertise in the subject. Her ability to facilitate classroom discussion is what students like best about Katherine.

Cynthia Pechon

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Nathan Pollack

Dr. Nathan Pollack (MD, University of Oklahoma; BA in Philosophy and History, Oklahoma State University) has been certified by the American Board of Family Practice since 1979. Dr. Pollack has served patients in many settings with emphases on psychiatric and medical problems including dyslexia and school phobia, psychoses in adults, addictive disease, occupational medicine, geriatrics including hospice care, and family practice which accepts all patients and all problems. Dr. Pollack currently works most of his time with a group of geriatricians in nursing facilities, consults in various other areas, writes and teaches. Dr. Pollack’s main honor is to have had the privilege of serving tens of thousands of patients as honestly and as attentively as he can. Dr. Pollack’s main area of research is the clinical relationship and its practical ramifications; his main technical publication is a collection of clinical essays entitled “Healing through Meeting: How to Survive the Health Care Chaos”. Students appreciate Dr. Pollack’s extensive knowledge and experience about the healthcare field.

Lori Poole

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Gregory Smith

Dr. Gregory James Smith (D.Bioethics, Loyola University Chicago; JD, Cornell University; BA in History from Colorado College) is a health care and businesses law professional and is currently pursuing a doctor of bioethics degree at Loyola. With his extensive professional background, Dr. Smith brings knowledge in bioethics and health care law to the classroom. He joined the faculty of University College as an instructor in the graduate Healthcare Leadership Program in 2013 and has also taught a Regis University and University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Dr. Smith continues to be active in his health care law practice as Special Counsel to Caplan and Earnest LLC in Boulder, Colorado. Students appreciate Dr. Smith’s ability to teach health care law to healthcare professionals and his experience in the field.

Steve Sorensen

Steve Sorensen (MS in Management, Regis University; BA in History and Political Science, Excelsior College) has been instrumental within various organizations to achieve higher levels of revenue growth and increased productivity. As the Founder and Chief Revenue Strategist at Enlighten360, Steve brings marketing, business, and executive knowledge to the classroom. Students appreciate Steve’s responsiveness and motivational tone. His ability to provide enriching and effective feedback is what students like best about Steve.

Beryl Vallejo

Beryl Vallejo (PhD in Public Health, University of Texas School of Public Health; MPS in International and Rural Health, University of Texas School of Public Health; BS in Nursing, Texas Woman’s University) has firsthand clinical and strategic experience. As the Senior Vice President and Chief Quality Officer at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital System, Dr. Vallejo brings extensive knowledge to the classroom. Students appreciate Dr. Vallejo’s experiences and the way she weaves them into the material and discussion topics. Her ability to be engaging and personable is what students like best about Dr. Vallejo.

R. Todd Welter

R. Todd Welter (MS in Management, Regis University; BA in History, Fort Lewis College) has more than 30 years of experience in healthcare managed care, billing, coding, financial, and management experience. As the president and founder of R.T. Welter & Associates, Inc., a 20 year old healthcare consulting firm in Denver, R. Todd brings care contracting, physician employment arrangements, coding, and finance knowledge to the classroom. Students appreciate R. Todd’s extensive knowledge and consistent support. His ability to interact while keeping engagement levels high is what students like best about his class.

Maureen West

Maureen West (JD, University of Denver) served for 15+ years as an assistant attorney general in Colorado where she represented over a dozen healthcare regulatory boards and programs. Currently she serves as an adjunct professor in the University of Denver's Healthcare Leadership Program where she teaches the legislative process, and is also the current Program Manager of the Colorado Department of Agriculture's Industrial Hemp Program. Maureen brings knowledge in healthcare compliance, regulatory law, health care regulatory law and health care ethics to the classroom. Students enjoy Maureen’s knowledge and timely feedback.

Katie Winslow

Katie Winslow (MAS in Information and Communication Technology, University of Denver; BS in Business Administration, University of Colorado; Certified Project Management Professional and Certified Information Security Management) has more than 15 years of experience in global strategic integration of IT, security and business capabilities in areas such as healthcare, financial services and outsourcing. As a Director of Information Security for a large healthcare organization, Katie brings information security, healthcare, and management skills to the classroom.

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