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Alumni Executive Board

Thank for your interest in the UCCS Alumni Executive Board. Below, you will find information on the role of the Board and the Alumni Association, as well as information on how you can become involved.

What is the Alumni Executive Board?

The Alumni Executive Board is a group of alumni representing each college on the UCCS campus. The Alumni Executive Board works closely with the Office of Alumni Relations in strategic planning, development of alumni activities and events, and in enhancing the relationship between UCCS and its alumni.

What does the Alumni Executive Board do?

In the spirit of educational advancement, the Alumni and Friends Association strives to be the central link between the University and its alumni. The Alumni Association will promote and foster a lasting and mutually beneficial relationship between the Alumni, the University, its students, and the community to support the mission, goals, and traditions of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. In support of this mission, the Alumni Executive Board and the Office of Alumni Relations work together to:

  • Create, promote, and preserve traditions of the University
  • Communicate the accomplishments of the University to alumni
  • Encourage alumni and friends of the University to use their time, talents and energy for the advancement of UCCS
  • Promote financial support of the University
  • Develop and promote alumni/student relations
  • Provide opportunities for alumni to network with each other
  • Sustain communication between alumni and the University

What are the responsibilities of Alumni Executive Board members?

Members of the UCCS Alumni Executive Board are expected to attend three board meetings per year: one in February, one in April, and one in October. Meetings are generally held in the evening to permit attendance outside of regular working hours. Executive Board members are given a "charge" at the conclusion of each meeting - specific tasks that the University asks them to complete to help us move forward and achieve our goals. Board members are also expected to attend Alumni Association special events throughout the year and to further the role and mission of the group within their communities.

How can I join the Alumni Executive Board?

Membership on the Alumni Executive Board is by nomination only. If you are interested in applying to be a member of the Alumni Executive Board, please contact the dean of the college from which you graduated. The Office of Alumni Relations will solicit board member nominations from the deans on an annual basis. If you are unsure of how to reach your dean, please contact Jennifer Hane, Director of Alumni Relations for assistance.

Who is currently representing UCCS on the Executive Board?

The current members of the Alumni Executive Board are below. Where possible, click on the name of the board member to access his or her bio.

Caron Alllen, School of Public Affairs, '05
Tom Baranowski, College of Business, '81
Laura Chandler, College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, '95
Brad Cuppy, College of Engineering and Applied Science, '02
Maria Lampman, College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, '08
Kim Ostrander, School of Public Affairs, '11
Eric Peitz, College of Business, '77

Fred Slane, College of Business, '08
Amy Sullivan, College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, '05

Brian Van Sickle, College of Business, '05
Stu Woods, College of Business, '89

  • Caron Allen, School of Public Affairs, '05

    This is my first term on the UCCS Alumni Advisory Board and I am excited and humbled to be allowed to serve the school and community in this capacity. My experience at UCCS as a student was quite rewarding and I want to be a part of facilitating that same kind of experience for future students; especially non-traditional students such as mature, minority, women.
    I obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology, graduating Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Southern Colorado (CSU) and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
    A 29 year law enforcement veteran, I have been employed with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office since April 1996. Currently assigned as head of the Internal Affairs Unit, my primary duties are investigating complaints of employee misconduct and policy and procedure development.
    As a member of the Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church, I serve in various capacities. In September of 2008, I accepted the call to preach and was licensed on April 18, 2010 under the spiritual leadership of Cleveland A. Thompson, Senior Pastor.
    A native of Georgia, I grew up during the turbulence of the Civil Rights movement and I embrace the lessons of that era. Committed to community involvement, I participate in organizations that promote minority youth development and empowerment. As a community activist I address the issues of leadership, career development, women’s issues in the criminal justice system, and youth projects.
    One way I’ve found to continue my involvement with UCCS is in a limited teaching capacity. I’ve taught Race, Crime and Justice and Race, Class and Crime in the Undergraduate and Graduate programs.
    Additionally, I have developed and presented workshops for professional, non-profit and Christian organizations.
    Professional Memberships
    I am a member of National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), and the National Sheriffs Association (NSA).

  •  Tom Baranowski, College of Business, '81
    Some really good advice from a co-worker many years ago led me to begin working on and then earning my MBA from UCCS in 1981. Like many I was a “working older student”, who attended class at night and worked weekends to complete assignments and projects.
    I have been fortunate to work in many aspects of business down through the years. The magic of the MBA came into play some 23 years ago when the owner the company I worked for as customer service manager asked me to lunch at the Garden of the Gods club and offered me the GM position in the company. I asked him why me over my peers and his comment was “ I like you work ethic and you do have an MBA from UCCS”.
    Since then I have moved to other senior positions in Iowa and Missouri. In Missouri I was Executive VP and GM for a unique company, one that made casino playing cards. While with that company, I developed sources for supply in Europe and China, opened new sales and manufacturing facilities in Asia, and traveled the world.
    My wife and missed Colorado a great deal so 3 years ago we elected to return to Colorado where I took a C.O.O. position for a company in Silverthorne. In the past 6 months we moved back to Colorado Springs to live near our adult children. I am currently GM for a manufacturer distributor supplying SCUBA related products to dive shops worldwide.
    It’s been a ride and I’d to thank that co-worker for his sage advice and my UCCS experience for giving me a boost throughout my career. I am pleased to be a board member and I encourage other alums to stay close to UCCS, to enjoy the benefits of that close association, and to encourage anyone looking for the benefits of a great education to consider “our school”.

  • Laura Chandler, College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, '95
    Laura Chandler is an Administrative Assistant in the Psychology Department at UCCS.  She received her BA in Economics from UCCS.  While a student at UCCS, she was active in Student Government serving on Judicial Board. Also served as a student representative on the Financial Aid and Admissions and Records Committees.  She was an active member in Delta Sigma Pi, Mu Chi Chapter as a Charter Member.  She was the UCCS 1995 Student Achievement Award recipient.  Prior to working at UCCS, she spent many years in the non-profit and fundraising sector offering project and technical support.
  • Brad Cuppy, College of Engineering and Applied Science, '02
    This is my first term on the Alumni Executive Board.  I have been involved with UCCS since I started as a graduate student back in 1998 and graduating in 2002 with a Master's in Computer Science. Currently within UCCS, I teach part-time in the College of Business in the Informations System (INFS) department and outside I work at Oracle in their Support group and previously worked for Lockheed Martin. Previously I earned my Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from the University of Evansville in 1989 and afterward worked in Indianapolis until 1995 and then moved to Colorado to work at MCI and later worked for Lockheed Martin both as contractor and employee.

  • Maria Lampman, College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, '08
    I am a graduate of UCCS with a Bachelors Degree in History. Almost immediately after graduation I started my career with Lockheed Martin as a Human Resource Assistant Senior; This lead to me going back to school to obtain my Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resource. I look forward to forwarding my career into recruiting with Lockheed Martin.
    In my spare time I volunteer with the Ronald McDonald House in Aurora, CO. I enjoy being a part of such a spectacular organization that gives time and resources to families that are facing hardships.
    As a resident of Denver, CO, I look forward to bringing more awareness to the public about UCCS and taking part in the Events and Outreach committee within the Alumni Board.
    I can be reached by email at

  • Eric Peitz, College of Business, '77
    Eric Peitz is a financial executive having most recently served as CFO at Minera Peru Copper, the South American copper operations of The Aluminum Corporation of China. Previously he held the same position with Peru Copper, Inc, a publicly-held junior mining company whose shares traded on the Toronto, American, and Lima stock exchanges. He also served as the Vice President of Finance and Administration, and as Treasurer for Doe Run Peru, a poly-metallic smelter and refinery located in the heart of the Peruvian Andes. Eric began his mining career in 1997 with Cobre Mining, Inc, headquartered in Albuquerque, NM. His business experience includes cattle ranching and livestock feeding, as well as financial services in both New York and Washington, DC. Eric is a CPA with a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and a Bachelor of Science from West Point.

  • Fred Slane, College of Business, '08
    Fred has thirty years experience in the space industry. As an Air Force officer he played successive roles in operational and developmental engineering, technical management, systems test and coalition space operations. Always a space buff, he started his first operational military assignment working on the Space Shuttle program at Vandenberg AFB in California. Fred has been a small business owner, a consultant, an engineer at Ball Aerospace, and a space systems architect at Technology Service Corporation in Colorado Springs. He is a founder of the non-profit Space Infrastructure Foundation in 2004 and still serves as the Executive Director.

    Fred has bachelor’s degrees in Physics, Mathematics and Aerospace Engineering and master’s degrees in Physics and International Business (UCCS in 2008). His professional associations include the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) where he serves on several committees and the Standards Engineering Society (SES). As a graduate student he published several papers on lunar dust levitation and continues interest in that area. Fred serves as the US Head of Delegation to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Subcommittee for Space Systems and Operations. He has several papers published on various topics. He is also a first degree black belt in the Universal Kempo Karate Schools Association and is a private pilot.

  • Amy Sullivan, College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, '05
    I am honored and excited to be of service to our University and the Alumni Board! As a graduate with a Bachelor's Degree in Art History, I represent the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. My thirst for knowledge and my pursuit of higher education led me to UCCS in my late twenty's, and I haven't looked back since. I am currently taking courses with our university's School of Public Affairs, concentrating on the Nonprofit Management program. I am a member of the management team with UPS, a mother with a son getting ready to graduate high school and pursue his journey into adulthood, and a passionate advocate for learning and exploring new ideas.
    I am grateful to the faculty members of UCCS for their dedication to pass along their passion and expertise, and now I have an opportunity to give back to them, our current and former students, and the community as a member of this organization. ~True learning is not about facts, but about conscious appreciation of the experience of living. - Jonathan Lockwood Huie

  • Brian Van Sickle, College of Business, '95
    Brian VanSickle is the president and founder of IQShare and spearheads the company's corporate sales functions.  He is well recognized in the training industry for his abilities in: New Business Acquisition and Client Relationship Management; Recognizing and Exploiting Business Opportunities; Building Multimillion Dollar Revenue Channels; and Negotiating and Structuring Business Deals. Mr. VanSickle has more than 18 years of Executive Management Experience in Sales, Marketing and IT Training.  He has provided enthusiastic and visionary leadership and direction in building sales infrastructure, team-building and new product launch, with rapid market expansion and revenue growth. Bryan has been a consistent top performer in selling and delivering corporate training and educational consulting services for over 20 years. Most recently, Bryan served as Vice President of Sales for ExecuTrain. Bryan has also Co-founded the companies Integrate Technology Institute and Hensmann Learning (now known as Leader Quest). Bryan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing from the University of Colorado.
  • Stu Woods, College of Business, '89
    Stu is native of Colorado Springs and (nearly) a life-long resident. He studied International Affairs at CU-Boulder for two years and graduated from UCCS in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science in Business (marketing). During that time he was twice-elected to the UCCS Student Government Association (SGA), serving as a Member-at-Large and Student Dean of Business & Administration (1986-88).
    Stu has over 20 years experience in the hotel, resort and conference center industry. He is currently writing a book on hospitality history in the Pikes Peak Region. Follow him on Twitter @StuWoodsCOS.

The campus liaison in the Office of Alumni Relations is Jennifer Hane, Director of University Events and Alumni Relations. Jennifer is a 2001 graduate of the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and a 2004 graduate of the School of Public Affairs.