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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.

Mark Ballenger

Mark A. Ballenger – LO

MBA, University of Denver
BA, University of South Florida

Mark A. Ballenger II is the Executive Vice President of Business Development at The Institute for Wealth Management, LLC (IWM). Mr. Ballenger’s role at IWM is to oversee the distribution team’s efforts to retain and grow B2B and B2C relationships as well as increase assets under management and overall profitability. In addition to AUM sales, he is tasked with expanding the financial planning department. He has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. His tenure has included experience in business development at industry leaders such as Franklin Templeton, INVESCO Funds, A. G. Edwards and Charles Schwab. He has worked with investment professionals such as financial advisors within all business channels of the financial services industry as well as with individual investors and non-profit organizations as a financial planner.
Prior to joining IWM, Mr. Ballenger formed eWealth Consulting, LLC (eWC). eWC is an innovative financial services firm that specializes in providing online financial planning and business consulting services to retail investors for a flat fee on a national basis. The Institute purchased eWC in 2016 in order to round out its offering of services to financial professionals and retail investors.

In addition to his role at IWM, Mr. Ballenger teaches financial planning and various finance and accounting courses at the University of Denver and Metropolitan State University of Denver as an adjunct faculty member. He has a passion for teaching which is exemplified in his work. He also holds the Accredited Asset Management Specialist (AAMS) designation from the College of Financial Planning.

Debora Bartoo

PhD in Leadership and Change, Antioch University
MS in Business Intelligence, St. Joseph’s University Erivan K. Haub’s School of Business’
MS in Organizational Dynamics, University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Debora Bartoo’s experience spans innovation, strategy, payments, digital payment channels, mobile, ATM, Debit and Credit Card strategies, fraud, and analytics in the banking industry. Dr. Debora Bartoo, currently holds the position of Innovation Strategist, formerly Vice President, Strategic Innovation at PSCU. This role focuses on creating innovative new service offerings in the financial services payments area. Prior to this position she was involved in working with Digital Payments in the Digital Channels Group at Wells Fargo with efforts focused innovation and strategy; Executive Vice President of Operations at Independent Community Bankers of America/Bancard and held various Senior Vice President positions at Bank of America with various roles in Digital Channels, Competitive Intelligence, and Analytics. Dr. Bartoo also held a position on the Executive Board of the Smart Card Alliance and has participated on various industry boards in the past including the NCR Aptra Advisory Board and the ATMIA Association.

She has also been published in the International Journal of Business Intelligence Research and the International Journal of Business, Humanities and Technology.

LeRoy Bilanich

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Jerry Call

Jerry Call (MBA, Baker University; BS in Finance, Metropolitan State College of Denver) is a consultant and public official with district oversight and policy-making experience. As a board member representing the South Suburban Park and Recreation District, which represents three counties, 5 cities, 160,000 residents, and a budget of $68 million annually, Jerry works closely with local governments and non-profit organizations to bring municipal and non-profits agencies together for the common good of the community. Students appreciate Jerry’s balance of theoretical lessons and practical HR cases, along with his breadth of knowledge of the field. Jerry’s ability to bring enthusiasm, humor, and relevance to the classroom is what students like best about his classes.

Marshall Costantino

Marshall Costantino is President & Chief Consultant of Analysis, Research & Design, Inc. of Denver, Colorado. Founded in 1981, AR&D provides financial & risk management and statistical analysis services to its worldwide clients. AR&D’s projects range from serving as ongoing financial risk manager; to building the scoring system the Colorado Parole Board uses to release inmates to early parole; to guiding clients through business startups and turnarounds.

Prior to taking AR&D full-time in 1988, Mr. Costantino served twelve years at three Citigroup subsidiaries where he achieved Regional Credit Officer status. Primarily responsible for credit portfolio quantitative analysis & management and directing analytic teams, Marshall was part of a special Citigroup internal consulting team, which was called upon to deal with special situations around the world. Mr. Costantino has 34 years of progressive credit and financial risk management experience.

Since 1982, Mr. Costantino has served as adjunct faculty and part-time administrator for colleges and universities in Denver. He currently serves as Faculty and Capstone Advisor for the University College Leadership & Organizations, Information & Communications Technology, Environmental Policy & Management and Human Resource Administration curricula. He teaches graduate financial analysis & strategic management courses and Bachelor of Arts Completion Program finance & economics courses.

Marshall earned his Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics at the University of Florida. He earned his Master of Science in Quantitative Economics at South Dakota State University while on active duty as a Missile Launch Officer at Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota.

Jennifer Darling

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Debbie Daufeldt

MBA, Hofstra University
MA, Clinical Mental Counseling, Adams State University

Deb Daufeldt is the Founder of New Chapter Solutions, providing tailored, effective, and pragmatic counseling, coaching, and consulting services and solutions for individual business professionals and their organizations. Leveraging tools and resources from decades of work in the corporate world coupled with her education, Deb helps and empowers her clients to find solutions to their relationship, career, and organizational challenges. Deb’s primary areas of focus revolve around helping clients improve their relationship, communication, and problem solving skills in either a counseling or coaching setting. She maintains a private counseling practice for Colorado residents and sees coaching and consulting clients all over the U.S. Additional information about Deb can be found on or her LinkedIn page.

Erik Estrada

Erik Estrada (JD, University of Denver Sturm College of Law; LLM, Boston University School of Law; MPA, University of Colorado; BA, University of Colorado at Boulder) is the General Counsel for the Level 3 Foundation, Inc., a Colorado nonprofit corporation and a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Before joining Level 3, Erik was a Corporate Attorney at Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP where he focused on nonprofit law, among other practice areas. Before graduating from law school, Erik served as a Program Officer for the Boettcher Foundation, and as a Trustee, Program Director, and Senior Fellow for the El Pomar Foundation, one of the nation’s largest private foundations. He presently serves or has served on the Boards of Directors for the El Pomar Foundation, Colorado Center on Law & Policy, Community Resource Center, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Tony Grampsas Fund (appointed by Governor Bill Ritter), and the University of Colorado Alumni Association. Erik is also a member of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law Alumni Council, and served on the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Talent Management and Leadership Development Committee. After graduating from the University of Colorado-Boulder, Erik bicycled from San Francisco to Washington, D.C. to raise funds and awareness for people with disabilities through his participation in the Journey of Hope, which benefitted The Ability Experience. In 2015, Erik received the “40 Under 40” award from the Denver Business Journal. In 2016, Erik was selected by Governor John Hickenlooper to serve in the inaugural class of the Colorado Governor’s Fellowship Program, which is based on the best-selling book, Leadocracy, and engages both business and nonprofit leaders in Colorado public policy matters.

Shadi Farhangrazi

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David Frostman

M.S.E.E, Air Force Institute of Technology; M.S.B.A., Michigan Technological University, has more than 30 years of experience in high-technology organizations. He is currently an independent consultant specializing in organizational leadership and change. He was previously a senior executive in the aerospace industry with extensive experience in operations, business development, and management of technology. (MOTM)

Kenneth Greenberg

Ken Greenberg (MBA, University of Denver; BA in World Political Economy, Colorado College) has extensive experience as an Organizational Development Professional, Investment Banker and a Private Equity Professional. Prior to joining Auctus Search Partners, LLC as a Senior Managing Director, Ken was the founder and CEO of KLG Consultants, LLC, which was acquired by Auctus Search Partners, LLC in November of 2016. KLG Consultants, LLC was a Talent Acquisition and Talent Development firm based in Colorado. The firm offered custom professional development programs and skilled professionals on an outsourced and permanent hire basis to organizations of all types and size. While building KLG, Ken trained senior professionals in leadership, management and high-performance team execution. He also developed executive led deal flow for a number of Private Equity firms as well as recruited and helped select senior executives for a wide variety of organizations. Ken has served as a facilitator for a number of public professional development programs including the Emerging Leaders Program, CEO Exchange Program, Mastering Management Program at the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce.

Ken has worked as a Senior Investment Banker for such firms as Janco Partners, Inc., Tucker Anthony Sutro Capital Markets, Inc., and JWGenesis Capital Markets, Inc. As a private equity professional, Ken has teamed with notable firms such as Gemini Investors, Forrest Binkley Brown, KLH Capital and Chase Capital to complete executive led acquisitions and recapitalizations.

Patricia Greer

Pat Greer (Dissertation in process for PhD in Leadership and Change, Antioch University; MBA, University of Colorado Denver, BS in Environmental Biology, Metropolitan State University) is a master teacher, and provides High energy, visionary leadership with offering natural business acumen in every position she has had. She delivers dramatic improvement to business growth, profitability, operations efficiency and staff performance whether in local government, aerospace, or higher education. Pat is a talented communicator, and adept in translating complex organizational theory into clear plans relevant to all organizational levels. Expert collaborator and is skilled in building team consensus to accomplish multifaceted initiatives on large scale. Pat is a facilitator of organizational transformation, independence, positive cultural change, quality improvements and business growth with a total commitment to organizational success. Powerfully aligns vision, mission and guiding principles enterprise-wide. Pat taught as an adjunct both on campus and online for 18 years before moving into higher education fulltime in 2008. Pat loves to learn from all her students, and knows it takes everyone in a class working together for success!

James Gumpert

Jim Gumpert (MPA, University of Colorado Denver; BA in Psychology, Cornell University) is a non-profit consultant and counselor with over 35 years of resource development experience. Over his career for various major non-profits, including the Red Cross and Boys & Girls Clubs of America, he was responsible for the development, implementation and oversight of major and planned gift programs. Jim continues to help non-profits as a speaker at national conferences, facilitating board retreats, making assessments and recommendations on new fundraising initiatives. Students appreciate Jim’s balance of his personal points of views and practical experiences, along with his breadth of knowledge of the field. Jim’s enthusiasm, humor, and relevance that he brings to the course are what students like best.

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.

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

Sarah Harrison

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Trina Hoefling

Trina Hoefling (MA in Industrial/Organization Psychology, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville; MA in Speech Communication, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville) is a master teacher, facilitator, leadership coach and business strategist. She is the author of Working Virtually: Transforming the Mobile Workplace, 2nd Edition; Working Virtually: Managing People and Organizations for Virtual Success, 1st Edition; Chapter author, The Handbook of High Performance Virtual Teams, “The Three-Fold Path: Building Trust in a Virtual Team” and many published business articles. She has served as ED of a nonprofit organization as well as launched multiple businesses and works closely with business owners and key leaders to facilitate healthy collaboration across differences and boundaries. She brings - and invites students to bring - real-world experience to classroom learning. In 2017 Trina is headed to Australia as a learning engagement fellow to help educators better engage learners online and in the classroom.

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.

Londell Jackson

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Beatrice Jennings

My work experience is varied – I have worked in business, government and the nonprofit educational sector. I started at A.T. & T., engineering and the early days of communications satellites. Then moved to government where I was Regional Field Director for the Bureau of the Census. When I earned my master’s degree I fell in love with higher education and spent many years leading large academic units by building new programs, managing restructuring and turnaround efforts, and troubleshooting problems. During that time I learned a lot about the difference between managing and leading. For over five years I have been a consultant in the field of education, working with domestic and international client schools on organizational design, staff development, assessment frameworks, compensation plans and management and leadership issues. Starting and managing my own business has added a rich dimension in marketing, finance, communication, planning and most of all, self-discipline.

My education includes a BS in Business Administration, an MA in Management: Organizational Behavior and doctoral coursework in Leadership. I completed my graduate work juggling family, work, and other commitments, and have been a student in both online and classroom programs. I have been teaching adult students for over 15 years.

Granville Jones

Granville Jones, Sr. (PhD-ABD, Ex. MBA, MBA-PM, MBA-TM, and MS-M) is a certified consultant (PMP®, MQ/OL, CQE) with Project, Program, Portfolio, and IT (computer networking, information technology & security, and software) experience. As the President/owner of IQC, a consulting firm, where projects and programs have included New Software Product Development Enterprise Packages, IT management/security/and executive strategic planning projects, Program and Project Management Office creation and deployment, ISO Implementation & Training Master Implementation Plans, and development of management and technical proposal documentation for NASA 2nd generation shuttle support program and other programs. Granville’s career highlights include work as a member of the Update Team of the PMI® PMBOK® 2004 3rd Edition. He has developed and taught Project Management, Computer Networking, MIS, Telecommunications, and Leadership classes at several universities. Granville has also been a Program Architect for Advanced Project Management courses and Special Topics and a visiting professor for a university and a Highly Qualified for another. Granville is also a member of ASQ’s new 2016 Fellows Technical Group (FTG) and a lifetime member of the VFW. Granville brings a world of practical knowledge from such industries as process chemical, aircraft & space, manufacturing, and software development to his classes.

Peter Konrad

Peter Konrad serves as advisor and consultant to foundations in setting strategic direction, managing operations, developing programs, establishing financial discipline and investing endowments. A particular area of emphasis is working with new and emerging family foundations to help maintain donor intent, develop focused and effective grant-making programs, and to establish the organizational infrastructure to support such programs. In this capacity, he has served as the sole staff person for a first generation foundation, the Harvey Family Foundation, a three generation foundation, the JFM Foundation, and a seventh generation foundation, the Weyerhaeuser Family Foundation. For 15 years, Peter served as Vice President of The Colorado Trust, where he was responsible for all aspects of foundation management.

Peter has been particularly active in the foundation community. He received recognition in 1998 as Outstanding Professional in Philanthropy in Colorado, served two terms as President of the Colorado Association of Foundations, and served individual terms as President and Chairman of the Board of the Conference of Southwest Foundations, an association of over 250 foundations. He has also been active on the board of numerous nonprofit organizations, including serving as Trustee of his alma mater, the University of Redlands and as a trustee of a private foundation in Denver. As Adjunct Professor of Nonprofit Management at Regis University, he received recognition as Teacher of the Year for his excellence in teaching. He has co-authored a third edition of a textbook, Financial Management of Non-Profits and has assisted the Council on Foundations in writing The Guide to Small Foundation Management.

Daniel Lee

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Diana McQuarrie

Diana McQuarrie (MS in Organizational Leadership, Regis University; BA in Communication, Biola University) is a Denver-based business professional with over 15 years of cross-sector experience in executive leadership, strategic program development and expansion, leadership development and teaching. As the founder and Executive Director Emeritus of a non-profit organization, Diana specializes in leading and motivating teams, and brings her knowledge of consensus building among diverse populations and facilitating groups with various organizational levels, cultures and personalities. Students appreciate Diana’s engaging teaching style which stimulates critical thinking and energizes discussion conversation, as well as her fresh approach for using questioning to inspire thought beyond the material.

Richard Morse

Ph.D., University of Colorado at Denver, is a senior project manager with IBM. He has more than 30 years of experience managing complex projects using applied project management and application development methodologies. He has extensive teaching experience, including 10 years at Regis University. Dr. Morse has published in the fields of instructional design, diffusion/adoption theory, technology acceptance, and knowledge management. (MOTM)

Catherine Murensky

Cathie L. Murensky (PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, George Mason University; MA in Industrial/ Organizational Psychology,East Carolina University; BA in Psychology, East Carolina University) is Principal of InnoVision, International. Cathie has expertise in leadership and organization development, learning and talent management as both an external consultant and an internal practitioner. Her consulting expertise is an integration of her experience in private and public sectors working with diverse individuals, teams and organizations. Cathie has previously held Director roles in Learning and Leadership Development. She has built and managed Organization and Leadership Development functions as well as broader Learning and Development teams that included Training. Her consulting experience spans engagements that include the development of competency models, full life-cycle leadership development programs that include immersion/on-boarding, high-potential development and succession planning as well as Organization Development and Change Management processes. She has contributed her leadership and expertise for various companies including Mobil Oil, ExxonMobil, Acterna, Rolls-Royce N.A., CASE Latin America, Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), U.S. Air Force (USAF), Department of the Navy, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), MolsonCoors, Seagram, Volvo, as well as profit and non-profit Boards.

Lori Poole

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Eric Savickas

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Albert Segall

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Gail Sigman

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Molly Smith

Molly Smith is an Instructional Support Specialist at University College at the University of Denver. Prior to her current position, Molly served as a People Development Consultant at Chipotle Mexican Grill and as the Scholarship Program Coordinator at the Boettcher Foundation.

Molly attended the University of Denver as a Boettcher Scholar where she earned both her Bachelor of Arts in Communication and her Master of Business Administration. She also attended the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia and studied Spanish in Cuernavaca, Mexico. In addition to her MBA, she holds a Master of Education and Organizational Performance from Colorado State University. She is currently working on her Ph.D in Curriculum and Instruction.

Molly has an extensive background in leadership education, having taught in the College of Business and School of Arts and Sciences at Johnson & Wales University, worked with the Leadership Development Program for the U.S. Geological Survey, facilitated for a national collegiate leadership training company, coordinated programs for Leaders Challenge (a Colorado high school leadership program), and worked with a productivity consulting business. She also taught English and leadership development in rural Ethiopia with the Cunningham Foundation.

Timothy Walters

An accomplished executive with over 25 years of marketing, consulting, finance, planning, and operations experience. Founded and serves as President of InfoTech Marketing, a marketing services company. Worldwide high-tech clients include Verizon, Qwest, HP, AMD, Cingular, Xircom, Myriad Group (Switzerland), BT (U.K.), and Telefonica O2 (Czech Republic). Obtained his MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

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.

Robert Williamson

Rob Williamson received his BA cum laude from the University of Notre Dame in Government and International Relations. He is also a proud alumnus of the University of Denver, having received his JD from the Sturm College of Law, and his MBA from the Daniels College of Business. He completed his DU education while balancing a career and family, so he appreciates the challenges that this can entail.

He has led a diverse career having worked in various legal, sales, management, and military roles. He is a licensed attorney, and also serves part-time as a JAG officer in the Army National Guard.

Ellen Winiarczyk

Ellen Winiarczyk (EdD in Educational Leadership and Policy, University of Denver; MES in Environmental Studies and Policy, The Evergreen State University; BS in Environmental Science and Physical Education) is a leadership development and diversity/inclusion consultant. Her professional experience spans 10 years in state government in environmental policy, workforce development, and youth programs, as well as working for national and statewide nonprofits. Clients she has worked with include the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, ETR Associates, CHP International, Encompass LLC, JBL International, as well as the U.S. Departments of Education, Labor and the Corporation for National and Community Service. Students appreciate Ellen’s authenticity, enthusiasm and humor as well as her ability to bring theory into practical leadership lessons.

Holly Woods

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