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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.

Cristie Aboussie

Cris Aboussie – HR

MS in Organizational Leadership, Regis University

Cris Aboussie, Founder of HR Solutions, is a human resources professional with over 25 years of industry experience. She has worked successfully with CEO’s, managers, and employees to provide solutions to the challenges faced by growing, dynamic companies. She has earned a reputation for her versatility and for the ability to work effectively at all levels of an organization, from board relations to employee conflict resolution. Most recently, Cris has provided her expertise to the management teams of start-ups, high-growth companies, and technology-based organizations.

Cris is a native of Colorado and served on the faculty of the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado as an instructor in the Center for Education for Social Responsibility. With a passion for teaching, Cris draws on a wide range of HR experience, from the outdoor industry to financial services, international non-profits, and software.

Karla Barry

Karla Barry (PhD in Organizational Performance and Change, Colorado State University; MA in Applied Communication, University of Denver; BFA in Communication, Illinois Wesleyan University) is a learning and development professional. During her career, Karla has worked for McGraw-Hill, Janus Mutual Funds, Nordstrom Bank, Citigroup and most recently Pinnacol Assurance. She brings knowledge in leadership development, curriculum design, coaching programs and social media in the workplace to the classroom. Students appreciate Karla’s involvement in course discussions, knowledge and her ability to relate course materials to real world examples.

Vanita Bellen

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LeRoy Bilanich

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Julianne Carey

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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.

Mark Cicotello

Mark Cicotello (MBA, University of Colorado; BA in Psychology, Slippery Rock University) is a Senior HR Consultant at Mountain States Employers Council, Inc. Mark works with both private and public employers in the areas of HR Strategy, International HR, Performance Management, Compensation, Business Acumen and Ethics.

Prior to MSEC, Mark held a variety of HR positions in the pharmaceutical, high-tech and professional services industries. His HR roles included Vice President of HR at Heska Corporation (7 years), HR Director of International Operations at Monsanto/Searle (5 years) and HR Director at Hewlett-Packard (12 years).

He earned and maintains his professional certifications as a Senior Human Resource Professional (SPHR), Global Professional Human Resources (GPHR), SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP), Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) and Certified Executive Compensation Professional (CECP).

Samuel Conn

M.C.I.S., is CTO of an e-commerce company with clients such as American Express, Macromedia, and International Speedway Corporation, the largest NASCARä franchise in the US. Conn has over twenty years of experience in the field of technology and information systems, beginning in 1982 at the National Institute of Technology in Detroit, Michigan. From the late 1980s to the mid 1990s, Conn worked developing database management systems, principally Oracle and IBM DB2, and with the integration of business requirements in application development. (CIS)

Bonnie Davis

Bonnie Davis (MA in Organizational Psychology , Columbia University; BA in Psychology, American University) has spent over fifteen years achieving strong business results across many aspects of the human resources and organizational development spectrums, including external consulting, internal HR Business Partner and corporate OD roles, coaching mid to senior leaders, teaching at the university level, and speaking at professional conferences. She has held HR roles at Deloitte & Touche, Sun Microsystems, Level 3 Communications, and Avaya and is the current principal at Destination Up. Students appreciate Bonnie’s commitment and enthusiasm, along with her extensive knowledge. Her ability to keep students motivated is what students like best about Bonnie.

Clara Elam-Floyd

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Charlynn Escobar

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Evelyn Falk

MA in Human Resources Development, Webster University
BS in Sociology, Kansas Newman College
BA in English Literature, Kansas Newman College

Evelyn Falk is currently working as a Human Resources consultant specializing in compensation, interim leadership, performance management and executive coaching. Most recently she was the Vice President of Human Resources for Alta College, managing all aspect of HR as part of the executive leadership team.

She brought to Alta over 20 years of Fortune 200 experience as a successful Human Resources Director and Business Partner with worldwide sales, consulting and manufacturing organizations. Evelyn has comprehensive experience in multiple functional disciplines with emphasis in compensation, labor relations and management consulting which allows for effective HR business consultation. Her previous employers include APL, Agilent Technologies, Hewlett Packard, PepsiCo, Bombardier, and UPS. Her assignments have included the US, North America, and international locations.

She holds HR certifications, SPHR (Senior Professional Human Resources) from the Society of Human Resources Management and CCP (Certified Compensation Professional) from World at Work. She has served as an officer with several Human Resources and Compensation organizations.

Marsha Faulconer

MS in Management, Regis University
BA, University of Colorado at Boulder

Marsha is an Adjunct Professor and course designer for DU's Masters of Strategic Human Resource Management Program. She is also the owner of MoJo HR, a comprehensive talent management, and development consulting practice. Marsha excels in helping companies, and individuals build or recapture their MoJo using her expertise gained over 25 years in human resources leadership with both large, global companies and entrepreneurial start-ups in information security, finance and banking, software technology, and telecommunications, in addition to engagements with client companies in government and other industries. Marsha has been an HR VP/Director, responsible for all facets of HR.

Marsha has an enthusiasm for learning and development, which is apparent in her classes. She elicits her students to apply their knowledge, challenge their assumptions, collaborate with classmates, and surprise themselves with how much they learn throughout the course. Marsha has "real-world" experience working with organizations and brings practical application in alignment with theory.

Areas of expertise include: HR Strategic Leadership, Organizational Design, Change Management, Emerging Leaders/Hi-Po, Development/Succession Planning, Engagement and Retention
Management & Leadership Development, Executive and Manager Coaching, Talent Acquisition & On-boarding, Employee Relations & Investigations, Training Program Design/Delivery, Performance Management, Process Improvement for HR Effectiveness, HR Systems Organizational Change/ Reorganizations/Mergers, and Acquisitions/Downsizings.

Katherine Frazier

Kate has an MS in Applied Communication from the University of Denver and a BA in International Studies from the University of the Pacific. She also has a certification in Alternative Dispute Resolution from the University of Denver. In 2001, Kate received her certification in Senior Professional Human Resources. Kate has spent 18 years working with various organizations as an HR business partner with extensive experience in employee relations, organizational effectiveness, and leadership coaching. In previous roles at MillerCoors, McDATA and Qwest, she was responsible for developing and implementing human resource programs in the areas of learning and development, organizational development and effectiveness, communications, training, compensation, benefits, staffing, and employee relations. She is also a Certified Emergenetics Associate and currently works with teams and individuals to help them better understand their thinking and behaving preferences to achieve extraordinary results.

Arthur Graziano

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Shelette Gustafson

Shelette Gustafson (MA in Communications, University of Colorado at Denver; BS in Business, Regis University) has experience in the integration of people-related systems, mergers and acquisitions, and international human resources. As the current vice president of human resources at CH2M Hill, a global leader in engineering, construction and operations, Shelie brings skills in human capital investment strategies as a way to attract, develop, engage, and retain talent. Students appreciate Shelie’s strong knowledge in the subject area and engaging content.

Mark Hacker

Mark Hacker (MA Communications, University of Denver; BA Communications, University of Denver) is the managing director of Alta Leadership Group, a boutique consultancy based in Denver, Colorado that provides leadership development, performance management and executive-level coaching services to clients throughout the United States. Prior to his current positon, Mark worked at Walmart in several senior HR, training and OD roles. With his extensive background in the field, Mark bring knowledge in leadership development, strategic workforce planning, talent management, developing human capital and current issues in human resources to the classroom. Students appreciate Mark’s engagement in course discussions, encouragement and useful feedback.

Brian Haggerty

Brian Haggerty (MA in HR Management, Webster University; BS in Religion) has more than 12 years of experience in Human Resources focused primarily in the fields of Compensation and HR Analytics. Brian is a Senior Compensation Analyst at Denver Water. Brian is the president of the local chapter of IPMA-HR and an active member of both the Western Region and National Organization. Brian has presented on topics including metrics & analytics, compensation changes at the organization level, and continuous improvement initiatives in the public sector. Brian strives to provide tools and knowledge that students can apply in their careers and growth in HR. Students have commented on how much they appreciate Brian’s teaching style and in-class exercises that makes the learning more enjoyable. Even the most math-phobic individual should be able to grasp compensation concepts by the end of the course.

Rebecca Harris

MNM, Regis University
BA in Interdisciplinary Studies, Peace & Conflict, Long Island University

Rebecca Harris is a non-profit consultant specializing in effective organizational management, program development, design and monitoring and evaluation. Having spent the last fifteen years in the nonprofit sector she brings a wide range of expertise to clients.

In additional to her significant organizational management experience Rebecca is an expert in international child welfare, orphan care and adoption program evaluation and development. She is the co-author of chapter entitled “Systems that Protect Children: Elements of Success” in the book, The Intercountry Adoption Debate: Dialogues Across Disciplines. She's spoken globally on organizational management and child welfare and has advised hundreds of organizations and governments on policy and program implementation. Her passion is to help small to mid-size organizations develop and maintain services that effectively care for children and families in need.

Rebecca Harris was the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Joint Council on International Children’s Services from 2012 to 2014. Prior to serving as COO Rebecca served as Director of Programs and Services (2009 – 2012) and Government Relations and Communications Officer (2008) at Joint Council. In 2010 Rebecca was honored with the Board of Directors Outstanding Service to Children award for her work for children and families in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. Previous to her work at Joint Council, Rebecca served as an International Program Coordinator for Adoption Alliance in Denver, CO.

Rebecca studied in Australia, England, and South Africa. While in South Africa, she provided direct care for HIV positive orphans. Rebecca was also a member of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Ex-Combatant Re-Skilling Project which transitioned South African soldiers into society. She serves on the Board of Directors for Community Resources, Inc

Crystine Hodges

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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.

Mable Jenkins

Mable Jenkins is an accomplished, multi-lingual Human Resources Executive with over 30 years experience in Global Human Resources. She specializes in working globally with Fortune 100 companies in the area of implementing strategic Human Resources initiatives across all facets of human resources. She is recognized for her ability to build high performance HR teams across multiple world geographies.

She has a wide-ranging portfolio of international experience in the area of organizational optimization and re-design, cost reduction, integrating mergers/acquisitions and developing and managing HR teams across multiple cultures. She looks forward to bringing this experience and knowledge to the classroom.

Mable's career includes senior HR management roles with BP, Apple Computer, Cisco Systems, Philips and Monsanto. She has worked nearly 20 years in overseas assignments based in Paris, Amsterdam, Geneva and London. In her last assignment, she was Vice President of Global Talent Acquisition for seven world regions including China, Brazil, India and Europe.

This is Mable's first academic teaching experience. She looks forward to engaging her students and bringing to life the knowledge and skills gained working abroad in international human resources. Mable holds a Bachelor's Degree in Management from Southern Illinois University and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Pepperdine University.

James Krefft

James Krefft (PhD in American Literature, Tulane University; MA in English, Tulane University; BA in Philosophy, Notre Dame Seminary College) has 25 years of international experience as a human resources consultant and an executive coach to C-level corporate leaders. Before consulting, Jim worked for ExxonMobil as a human resources executive, a management development director, and a recruiting and staffing manager. He has an impeccable track record in implementing large-scale organizational change. With exceptional know-how in organization design, competency-based selection, human performance systems, and performance coaching, Jim has to date enabled clients to save $2.7 billion. James brings knowledge in leadership, partnering, behavioral interviewing, team building, and performance coaching and oral and written communications to the classroom. Students appreciate Dr. Krefft’s timely and valuable feedback, innovative use of technology in the classroom and good humor. His ability to deliver core competencies and impart his large wealth of knowledge of the HR industry is what students like best about Dr. Krefft.

Tamra Kucera

MBA, DePaul University
BS in Economics, Iowa State University

Prior to relocating to Denver, Tami worked in employee benefits for over 20 years in the Chicago area, most recently as the Director of Benefits for USG Corporation.

Elaine McCarty

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Janice Minder

Janice Minder (Ed.D. in Educational Administration, University of South Dakota; MS in Industrial Management, South Dakota State University; BS in Psychology, South Dakota State University) has worked in the human resources profession for the past 16+ years for both public and private sectors. As the past director of human resources for the South Dakota Board of Regents, Dr. Minder brings knowledge of the strategic application of human resource information systems to the classroom. She is a member of the Society of Human Resources Management with a SPHR certification, Central SD SHRM, and River City Toastmasters as a distinguished toastmaster.

Cecile Morris

Cecile worked in HR and Management with NovaCare Inc. a national rehabilitation company and the University of California, Santa Cruz and presently works for HMSHost, as the HR Manager for Hawaii at the Honolulu International Airport. She also does consulting work locally in Management and HR. With a BSBM and a focus on continuous learning, Cecile completed her Law Degree at Monterey College of Law where she received her JD in 2005, and pursued an MBA on line with the University of Phoenix. She received her PhD in Organization and Management from Capella University. Her dissertation was a Quantitative Study on Generations and Job Satisfaction. She’s been adjunct faculty with several universities online, on the ground and blended learning since 2011. As her continued support for the profession, Cecile sits on the national exam writing panel for the SPHR-PHR for the HR Certification Institute.

Lisa Niederman

Lisa Niederman (MA in Psychology, University of Redlands-Johnston; BA in Social Psychology, University of Wisconsin Madison) has been an executive in the healthcare industry for more than 25 years. As the chief executive officer for Performance Velocity LLC, Lisa brings her knowledge as a psychologist and her experience in business to the classroom. She has studied the impact of intuitive intelligence on business success for more than two decades. Lisa served as the president of the American Society for Training and Development, Rocky Mountain Chapter, founding member of the Women's Leadership Institute (WLI) - an executive development program for fast-track corporate women managers. Students appreciate Lisa’s energy and passion for the subjects she teaches about. Her ability to actively engage with students and convey her knowledge is what students like best about Lisa.

Ken Pinnock

Ken Pinnock (MS in Management, Regis University; BS in Business Management, University of Denver) has director-level experience overseeing the assistance of more than 2,300 member organizations. As the current associate director of Employee Relations and Services at the University of Denver, Ken brings consulting, training, and employee-relations knowledge to the classroom. Students appreciate Ken’s consistent communication and readiness to assist with coursework. His ability to tie in other industries to the HR profession is what students like best about Ken.

Richard Pochowicz

Richard Pochowicz (MS in Industrial Relations, Loyola University; BA from John Carroll University) has more than 25 years adjunct teaching experience in human resource management and organizational behavior management. As the current human resources director for South Denver Anesthesiologists, Rich brings valuable real-world experience to the classroom. Previously, he was a human resources director for Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, and the Mental Health Corporation of Denver. Students appreciate Rich’s interactive style in the classroom and use of real-life scenarios. His ability to provide timely and relevant feedback is what students like best about Rich.

Lori Poole

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Joseph Pulichene

Masters of Labor and Industrial Relations, Michigan State University
BS in Personnel and Industrial Relations, Syracuse University

Joe Pulichene has over 35 years of extensive experience creating, implementing, communicating and managing innovative and strategic total rewards and human resources solutions. Expertise includes the ability to facilitate large scale initiatives that drive business results and recognize the diverse needs of all stakeholders. A designer, whose programs have been successfully applied to all organizational levels in healthcare, manufacturing and service environments.

Amy Shoemaker

Amy Shoemaker (Human Resources Executive Program, Stanford Graduate School of Business; MBA in Business Administration, Wichita State University; BBA in Human Resources Management, University of Toledo; Professional in Human Resources (PHR), HR Certification Institute; Certified Master Coach (CMC), Behavioral Coaching Institution) has more than 25 years of business experience in human resources and training. As the owner and current President of Amy L. Shoemaker Partnerships, LLC, she brings to the classroom a broad range of experience working with entrepreneurial mid-size, and Fortune 500 corporations. Students appreciate her first-hand knowledge of executive coaching and leadership development, human resource consulting, and merger and acquisition leadership integration, as well as her continued involvement in professional organizations like the Mile High Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management, where she sits on the Board of Directors.

Adam Sorensen

Adam Sorensen (Master of Organizational Behavior, Brigham Young University; BS in Psychology & Sociology, Brigham Young University) has more than 15 years of experience working in global human resources. Currently, Adam is Director of Total Rewards at Ancestry, where he has global responsibility for the company’s compensation and benefits programs. Previously, Adam was Global Practice Leader at WorldatWork, a global human resources association focused on compensation, benefits, and total rewards. He also spent time at Intel, serving in a variety of global HR roles. Students appreciate Adam’s effective teaching style and real-life examples of the subject area. His prompt and passionate feedback is what students like best about Adam.

Beth Truax

Beth Truax (MA in Human Resources Management, Webster University; BA in Psychology and Sociology, University of Colorado) has held several human resource management positions in Colorado, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. As the current HR manager for Collective Licensing International in Englewood, Beth brings strategic, generalist, and management knowledge to the classroom. Students appreciate Beth’s passion for HR strategic management and her interactive classroom presence. Her ability to challenge and engage students is what students like best about Beth.

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