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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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
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.
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”.
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.