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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.

Robert Acha

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Xavier Bruce

Dr. Xavier “Professor X” Bruce (DBA in Global Supply Chain Management, Walden University; MBA in Information Systems Management, Wayland Baptist University; BS in Biology, U.S. Air Force Academy) has taught graduate-level courses in supply chain management for the past five years. Universities include Colorado Technical University, Florida Institute of Technology, American Public University System, and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Professor X has previous experience with Defense Logistics Agency and Owens and Minor.

Cara DiEnno

PhD in Environmental Communication, Colorado State University
MS in Environmental Communication, Colorado State University
BS in Biomedical Science and Environmental Studies, Western Michigan University

Dr. DiEnno serves as the Associate Director in the University of Denver’s Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning, where she supports faculty, staff and students in their community-engaged work – collaborating with the community to advance social justice work and live out the university’s public good vision. She leads trainings and consultation for faculty and provides oversight of all of the Center’s student civic engagement programs.

Sara Dirscherl

PhD, University of Alaska

Dr. Dirscherl is the Director of Operations for National Jewish Health ADx Labs. She is technically experienced in bio-molecules, immunology and molecular biology in GMP / GLP and CAP / CLIA laboratories. Dr, Dirscherl is currently pursuing her Executive MBA with DU.

Christopher Edwards

Christopher Edwards (MS in Management, Regis University; Honours degree in Engineering, Loughborough University) has a wealth of experience in leading major projects in the telecommunications, medical technology, pharmaceutical, electronics, and consumer industries in Australia, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, and the United States. As a former senior executive with international corporations such as Pfizer, Searle, American Home Products, The B.O.C. Group, Siebe plc (now Invensys), and Teledyne, Mr. Edwards brings a broad global knowledge of product development and management to his classroom. Students appreciate Mr. Edwards’ obvious experience in the industry, which offer them the opportunity to gain valuable insights into the field. Mr. Edwards’ ability to provide effective feedback and to guide classroom conversations is what students like best.

Ellen Evancheck

Ellen Evancheck (MPC in Organizational Development, Learning, and Training from the University of Denver; BA in History and Secondary Education, University of Colorado, Boulder) has over 25 years of experience in learning and development with a focus on improving organizational effectiveness through opportunities for continuous learning, growth, and development. Ellen began her career in teaching and learning as a Secondary Social Studies Teacher and then as a Program Director of award-winning programs for a not-for-profit education foundation. Ellen has also worked in the software industry developing, and delivering training in the roles of Training Manager and Implementation Manager. She also created and led the Learning and Development function for a rapidly growing software company as the Employee Development Manager. Ellen currently works at the University of Denver as an Instructional Support Specialist involved in instructional design and faculty support and development. As adjunct faculty for University College at DU, Ellen takes a learner-centered approach that involves interaction, practice, feedback, and reflection.

Allison Friederichs

Allison Friederichs (PhD in Communication, University of Denver) is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for the University of Denver’s University College. Prior to that, she was the Director of Columbia College, a non-profit liberal arts & sciences college located in Denver, CO. She has taught Communication courses for University College since 2003 and was an adjunct faculty member of the Human Communication Studies Department at DU for 12 years. Allison’s extensive experience brings knowledge in professional communication, higher education assessment and curriculum development to the classroom. Students appreciate Allison’s knowledge, course discussions, engagement and useful feedback.

Esteban Gomez

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RJ Graham

RJ Graham, PhD, is a graduate of the counseling pyschology doctoral program at the University of Denver. As a licensed psychologist, educator and consultant, she brings a wide range of experience to her teaching. She has consulted with numerous organizations, specializing in leadership skills, executive coaching, conflict management, team building, and interpersonal communication. Her consulting focuses on executive, management and organizational effectiveness, working with companies to create a variety of customized programs. Clinically, she spends the majority of her time on neuropsychological evaluations (closed head injuries), and has been called upon to investigate sexual harassment cases, wrongful termination, and custody evaluation. Historically, she enjoys providing couples counseling as well as individual and group psychotherapy services. In addition to her clinical and consulting skill and experience, she has years of experience as an instructor in a wide range of topics at DU at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

Matthew Henningsen

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Robert Herrick

Robert Herrick (MA in Organizational and Professional Communication, University of Denver) has been working with students for the past six years in helping them develop public speaking skills. Currently, he is working as a project manager for a telecommunications company and is working to obtain his Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.

John Hill

Ph.D., University of California at Los Angeles, is an environmental and investment consultant. He began his career as a California Legislature staff member working on the state’s environmental and energy policies. This was followed by work in Europe where he performed environmental and safety risk analyses related to expanding oil and gas exploration and production operations in the North Sea. In 1984, Dr. Hill was appointed Director of Environmental Operations for Aerojet-General, a manufacturer of specialty chemicals and rocket propulsion systems. Subsequently, he was a Senior Vice President at Kaiser Group International where, among other duties, he had executive management responsibilities at a cleanup and closure project for Rocky Flats, a former nuclear weapons facility. Dr. Hill was also an Investment Director for a European venture capital and development firm, where he focused on energy and environmental investments. He has worked on many environmental sites and projects in the United States and abroad and has gained extensive professional experience with environmental statutes and regulations, general management (including reengineering), project management, performance of site investigation, remedial design, and remedial construction activities, architect and engineering services, and construction management, analytical laboratory operations, negotiation of consent decrees, settlements and permits, environmental compliance programs (including ISO 14000), risk assessment and environmental impact evaluations, and environmental data management systems.

Dr. Hill is the academic director and and instructor for University College's master of environmental policy and management degree at the University of Denver. He also teaches in University College's enrichment program.

Elizabeth Kelchner

Dr. Kelchner has over 30 years experience as a social worker and has worked in the fields of mental health, developmental disabilities, and aging. She helped develop and taught in the social work program at Binghamton University in New York State and currently teaches as Adjunct Professor at the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver in the areas of policy, community and organizational practice, leadership, and aging. Dr. Kelchner is also a field instructor for 9to5, National Association of Working Women. She recently developed and will teach a policy class for University College students in the Bachelor of Arts Completion Program at the University of Denver. She has numerous publications and conference presentations at local and national forums. Her current research interests include grandparent headed households and elder abuse. She chairs the Committee on Aging for the National Association of Social Workers-Colorado Chapter and is a volunteer ombudsman.

Megan Kelly

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Michelle Kruse-Crocker

Michelle Kruse-Crocker (PhD in Higher Education Administration and Adult Studies, University of Denver; MS in Exercise Science, Colorado State University; BS in Health Education, University of Wisconsin) is the Manager of Academic Projects for University College, which includes experiencial learning, academic internships, international study, service in non-profits, faculty recruitment, curriculum planning, English teaching for Japanese teachers, Emerging Leaders in Development and specialty academic programs. With research interests in higher education and wellness, Dr. Kruse- Crocker brings knowledge in financial aid, college student persistence, health education, wellness, and training to the classroom. Students appreciate Dr. Kruse-Croker’s encouragement, feedback on assignments and professionalism.

Mya Martin-Glenn

Mya L. Martin-Glenn is the Director for the Accountability & Research Division at Aurora Public Schools. She has worked for 10 years in educational research and evaluation in the Denver Metro area at Mid-continent Research for Education (McREL) and JVA Consulting. She received her B.A. in Anthropology and English with a minor in Psychology from Washburn University in Topeka, KS; an MA in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Research and Evaluation Methodology from the University of Colorado, Denver; and earned a PhD at the University of Denver in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Quantitative Research Methods. During her experience as a researcher she has been involved in all aspects of survey development, site recruitment, conducting and interpreting complex statistical analysis, and reporting study results for several large, multi-year projects. She has extensive experience conducting narrative research synthesis and statistical meta-analysis. Her doctoral coursework has included advanced statistical analysis such as Multivariate analysis, Structural Equation Modeling, and Hierarchical Linear Modeling, all of which she was able to use when working on analyzing secondary data from large, national datasets such as the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and the School and Staffing Survey (SASS). Her areas of interest include preservice and inservice teacher education, urban education, and academic success of economically disadvantaged students. In addition to working as a researcher and evaluator, Mya has taught courses in undergraduate cultural anthropology, English to nonnative speakers, and graduate-level research methods, measurement, and statistics courses.

Tawanna Mullins

Tawanna Mullins (MSS, University of Denver) has worked in the field of training and organizational development for more than 12 years. Mullins has worked as a corporate trainer and consultant for both the private sector and governmental entities. She has facilitated training programs for clients such as Pinnacol Assurance, Columbia Health Care, Convergent Communications, Denver Water, Oakwood Homes, Qwest and AT&T Broadband. Tawanna brings knowledge in providing custom skill-based training in the areas of management and leadership, team-building, diversity and change management to the classroom. Students appreciate Tawanna’s insights, timely feedback, engagement. Her ability to real-world examples is what students like most about Tawanna.

Paul Nuzum

MBA, University of Central Missouri
BS in Business Administration, University of Central Missouri

Paul Nuzum is President of Supply Chain Insights (a network of independent supply chain consultants) as well as an Adjunct Professor of Supply Chain at the University of Denver and Wright State University as well as India’s S.P. Jain University.

As a practitioner and consultant for over 30 years, Paul has been assisting leading organizations achieve strategic supply chain advantage. This leadership spans: supply chain systems, supply chain technology, Process development, and supply chain transformation. Industries served include: automotive OEM, automotive aftermarket distribution, electrical component distribution, computer distribution, office supply distribution, home building supply, transportation, 3PL, food distribution, international paper trading, and software development.

Working with the University of Denver, Paul has established The University of Denver Supply Chain Roundtable; an executive forum featuring thought leaders in supply chain while funding scholarships and supply chain research. Paul has also spoken widely on supply chain strategies and technology for professional organizations and universities.

Paul recently completed ground breaking research into the challenges companies face today in building global supply chains, and how they are responding to these challenges. This was based upon interviewing top supply chain executives at over 50 Global 1000 companies identified as supply chain innovators. From these interviews, a picture emerges of the trends affecting supply chains as well as regional and global trade. A series of articles from this research have been published in the ProLogis Global Supply Chain Review, Inbound Logistics, The Journal of Transportation, and by The National Association of Industrial and Office Properties.

Leah O'Grady

MA in Higher Education, University of Denver
BS in Psychology and Family Consumer Sciences, University of Georgia

Originally from the metro Atlanta area, Leah graduated from the University of Georgia with dual Bachelor's degrees in Psychology and Child and Family Development. Throughout her career, she developed a large interest in civic engagement initiatives, which eventually relocated her to Colorado for an adventurous year with AmeriCorps NCCC. Throughout this and other experiences, she became very passionate about working with young adults in identifying and realizing their civic, academic, and professional goals. This passion ultimately led her to complete the Higher Education MA program at the University of Denver in August 2016.

Prior to working in Undergraduate Academic Programs, Leah served as an Academic Advisor in the central Academic Advising office for two and a half years. Her role largely involved utilizing an academic coaching model to advise students on DU's curriculum, and assist with degree planning, interpreting university policies, and orienting students during their transition to campus. Prior to Academic Advising, she served as the Campus Visit Coordinator in Undergraduate Admission at DU, helping to assist over 40,000 students in navigating the college search process and in finding their ultimate collegiate home. Leah now works as the Program Coordinator for Undergraduate Academic Programs, where she manages the First-Year Seminar program and the Undergraduate Research Center.

Allison O'Grady

Allison O’Grady (ABJ in Advertising, University of Georgia; BS in Psychology, University of Georgia; MA in Higher Education, University of Denver) currently works as an Instructional Support Specialist at University College. In this position, Allison assists faculty with course design and assessment measures, implements new technology into UCOL courses, trains faculty in the use of instructional design strategies, and contributes to strategic planning initiatives to enhance academic quality at University College. Allison specializes in presentation design, instructional technology, portfolio design, editing, and writing across academic and professional mediums.

Beverly Obenchain

MBA, University of Denver, is a consultant and educator whose background in business strategy, leadership, project management, executive and management development, performance systems and finance provides a broad, cross-functional perspective of organizations. She has been President of Obenchain & Associates, LLC since its inception in 1990. Prior to forming her own company, Bev held senior executive positions with WildBlue Communications, EchoStar, Coors Ceramics and the University of Denver. Bev is a certified yoga teacher.

Her book, Profitable Projects-Money Angles for Project Managers, was used in several university courses and corporate training programs. (MOTM, PROS, COMM)

Amy Osatinski

Amy Osatinski (PhD in Theater, University of Colorado at Boulder) is an Assistant Professor of Theatre at the University of Northern Iowa. She is a prolific theatre artist who has performed, directed, and designed in Denver and beyond for the past 10+ years. You can explore her work at In addition, Amy has published several book chapters about American musical theatre and is currently working on a book about Disney Theatrical Productions.

Andreas Polycarpou

M.C.I.S., University of Denver; B.A.,University of Minnesota, is a Senior Analyst at CyTECH Inc. He has over twenty years of progressive experience and responsibility in information management and data processing, including software design and development, project management, requirements analysis, application prototyping, documentation, support, and training using structured analysis and object oriented design and development. He has expert knowledge of UNIX, C, C++ and Relational Database Management and experience in the design and development of business and scientific applications, relational database systems, graphical applications, and cross-platform interfaces. (CIS)

M. Kimo Quaintance

Dr. Kimo Quaintance is native of Evergreen, Colorado, and currently lives in Munich, Germany where he lectures in International Relations at the University of the German Federal Armed Forces, and the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmish-Partenkirchen. His previous work experience includes two years as a foreign expert for the Chinese Academy of Sciences and four years as a broadcast engineer and project manager for CBS Television, where he won two Emmy awards for outstanding engineering achievement.

Kimo holds a BA from Penn State, an MLitt and PhD in International Relations from the University of St Andrews in Scotland. His current research interests include the security dimensions of social networks and mobile technologies, with a focus on emerging markets, which he conducts in cooperation with colleagues from Oxford University and the British Institute in East Africa, in Nairobi, Kenya.

Kristine Reyes

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Chelsie Ruge

Chelsie Ruge (MA in Humanities, University of Chicago, BA in English and Modern Studies, University of Virginia) has over ten years of experience learning about and teaching literature, research and writing. As an Instructional Support Specialist at the University of Denver’s University College, Ms. Ruge brings a clear understanding of course development and teaching practices to her curriculum. Students appreciate Ms. Ruge’s interactive approach and organized style. Her ability to share her own insights and provide appropriate feedback is what students like best about Ms. Ruge.

David Russell

David Russell earned his B.F.A. in Painting/ Art History from the University of Tulsa. He then completed his K-12 Art Education teacher licensure program at Metropolitan State College of Denver. Russell received his M.F.A. in Public Practice from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, CA. His thesis and work explores the modernization of the L.A. infrastructure, the politics of art in public space, ethical strategies of community engagement and alternative pedagogical strategies. Russell is currently the co-executive director of an arts-based organization that focuses on mural education and production in Los Angeles.

Linda Sanders

Dr. Linda Sanders (PhD in Curriculum and Instruction, University of Denver, MEd in English, Boston University, BA in Theater, Brandeis University) has designed interdisciplinary curricula; provided instruction; and developed programs in the fields of communication, education, and the literary and performing arts for colleges and universities, public school districts, and major arts institutions throughout the United States. As an experienced scholar-practitioner in higher education, Linda’s continuing primary purpose is to develop integrated student learning opportunities through academic contexts, real-world applications, and meaning-making processes.

Ann Snell

MBA, Marshall University
BS in Marketing, University of Rio Grande

Ann has been teaching business courses at the collegiate level since 1993. She has taught at many different colleges and has had the benefit of teaching a diverse student population. She teaches an array of business courses in online, hybrid and traditional settings. Ann has also been involved in course design, development and curriculum review for accreditation.

In addition to teaching, she has held a range of jobs in the academic and private sector. Some occupations include; building and running a dual enrollment program, career consulting, and quality assurance as a freelance telecommuter.

Alisha Stanton

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Saran Stewart

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Chelsea Stow

M.A. in Communication Studies, Texas Tech University.
B.A. in Speech Communication, West Texas A&M University.

Chelsea Stow is currently a 3rd-year doctoral student and graduate teaching instructor in the department of Human Communication Studies at the University of Denver. Ms. Stow has previously taught at Texas Tech University and is an experienced instructor, especially with Communication and Creative Expression classes. Her research interests include: family communication, conflict, premarital education, divorce, and communication about the environment. Currently, Chelsea is working on her doctoral dissertation which focuses on family conflict and communication during periods of relational transition and role/identity negotiation.

Courses Taught at DU
HCOM 1100, Communication in Personal Relationships
CREX 1212, Ideas that Matter
CREX 1213, Speaking on Special Occasions
CREX 1214, World Affairs

Grant Swanson

Grant Swanson (MBA, University of Texas at Austin) has an extensive background in small business with a special focus on financial management. He currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer of Redeux Developments, a Denver-based custom home builder, and as Controller and Co-Owner of his family's retail hardware store in Steamboat Springs. In past lives, Grant owned a home energy efficiency business, worked for The Nature Conservancy in Mexico, and helped launch renewable energy companies in Texas. Grant lives in North Denver with his wife and daughter and is a volunteer with the Urban Land Conservancy.

Kara Taczak

Kara Taczak (PhD in Rhetoric and Composition, Florida State University) is a teaching assistant professor at the University of Denver. Her primary areas of research include Transfer of Writing Knowledge and Practices, Media Studies, and Dual Enrollment. Her recent publications include chapters in Assembling Knowledge: The Role of Threshold Concepts in Facilitating Transfer and Understanding Writing Transfer: Implications for Transformative Student Learning in Higher Education.

Heather Tobin

Heather Tobin (MS in Higher Education, Kaplan University) is an Instructional Designer and Adjunct Instructor with over 14 years of experience in various higher education settings. She has taught courses in psychology, communication and leadership, new student orientations, and how to teach online. In addition, she is a full-time Instructional Designer at the University of Denver and collaborates with faculty and staff to design and develop courses.

Tonya Tomak Maurer

Tonya Tomak Maurer was a Technology Solutions Consultant and Project Manager for six years in Chicago at an international employee benefits consulting firm. Previously, she was the Director of Database Production for a healthcare information firm and the Director of Reporting and Analysis for a healthcare administrator. She has over ten years of experience in systems design and implementation.

Tonya enjoys teaching at University College with a focus on practical applications while giving every student the opportunity for a positive course experience. She has an undergraduate degree in mathematics from Michigan Technological University and a Masters in Information Systems Management.

Susan Tyburski

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Michele Tyson

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Kara Underwood

Kara Underwood (MA in Anthropology and Museum and Heritage Studies, University of Denver) is an educational researcher focused on equity, cultural responsiveness, and educational effectiveness.

Nandita Vishwanath

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Pamela Watson Korbel

Pam Watson Korbel (MBA, Creighton University; BA in Journalism, Creighton University) is an expert leader of fast-growth companies. The former CEO of two, mid-market growth companies, she currently serves as a professional advisor and corporate director through her company SmartGrowth, Inc. Her specialties are strategy, organizational development and marketing/sales management of companies that grow by 20% or more per year. She has worked for Inc. 500 and Fortune 200 companies. As a CEO of a software firm, Pam has been a finalist for the Inc. Magazine Entrepreneur of the Year. She worked for UtiliCorp United overseeing new business start-ups in four industries: software, engineering, IT, and home repair. She received the David E. Bailey Award for Small Business Advocacy from the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, and the Women's Business Champion for US Small Business Administration. Pam has taught in University College since 2010, and earned the Master Teacher designation in 2015.

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