Anne Broholm is the CEO of AHEAD, LLC, a Massachusetts based headwear and apparel company providing merchandise to green grass golf shops, resorts, and professional golf tournaments nationwide. The company is also active in the corporate and collegiate markets. Prior to being named CEO of AHEAD in 2012, Anne was Vice President of the Golf Division of Cutter & Buck. A diehard Ram, Anne served on the CSU Alumni Board of Directors for 7 years from 2001 – 2008 and was one of the co-founders of the Denver-based Green & Gold Gala, whose proceeds continue to provide several metro Denver scholarships annually. Anne received her MBA from University of Colorado, Denver, and currently serves on several industry Boards including the Association of Golf Merchandisers and the PGA of America Merchandiser of the Year Committee. Anne and her husband, Tom, make their permanent residence in Denver, where they enjoy an active lifestyle that includes riding their motorcycles, travel, and keeping up with all things CSU.
Miriam Cake’s family moved to Fort Collins in December 1964 from Lyman, Nebraska. Both of her parents worked many years for CSU. Her mother was a cook at the CSU Preschool and her father was a technician for Beef Nutrition and the Farm Department. Miriam graduated from Fort Collins High School and attended CSU earning her B.S. in Occupational Therapy. After internships in Ohio, New York, and New Jersey, she and her husband resided in Alamosa, Colorado. She worked for the Visiting Nurse Association covering the San Luis Valley, Alamosa Hospital, and Blue Peaks, a school for students with disabilities. After moving to the Metro Denver area, she worked in an infant stimulation program and later for Jefferson County School District. During retirement years, she and her husband, Tim, enjoy road trips around the U.S., skiing, golfing, and motorcycling/ATVing. They especially like volunteering with their church’s feeding ministry and helping with the Fox Hollow Junior Golf Program in Lakewood, Colorado.
Carla Dore is the Owner and President of Workplace Resource, a Herman Miller Certified Dealer, serving in this role since 2011. She began her career with Workplace Resource in 1990, holding a variety of positions before becoming President in 2002. In 2011, she purchased the organization from Herman Miller Inc. at which time she applied for and was accepted to receive her Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) Certification. Workplace Resource is recognized as one of Denver’s largest office furniture dealers with over $50 million in revenues. More than a supplier of furniture, Workplace Resource is a company firmly entrenched as the premier provider of all things related to workplace design and productivity – with the history, legacy, and standard of excellence that is associated with the name Herman Miller. A 1983 graduate of Colorado State University, Carla holds a degree in Interior Design with a minor in Industrial Construction Management. Carla is currently active in community and charitable life. She is the co-chairperson of the Executive Committee for the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation. She is a past Board Chairperson for The Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center and current Board Trustee for the Metro Denver YMCA. Carla is a 4th generation Colorado native making her home in the Denver area and is the very proud mom of two incredible children. Carla’s interests extend to any outdoor activities, including fishing and golf, as well as snow sports. She also loves to cook and travel.
William S. Duff, Jr. founded WDA in 1998. He has established an innovative, award-winning practice with diverse clients and commissions, and is nationally recognized for creating responsible, sustainable architecture throughout the Western U.S. His work is known for its elegant simplicity both in plan and detail, and for its sophisticated use of materials, light, and warmth to create innovative modern spaces. William’s designs include flagship retail stores, single and multi-family homes, restaurants, office spaces, cafes, wineries, art galleries, and full building renovations. William received his Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University and his master’s degree in Construction Management from Colorado State University.
Rich Feller was a professor of Counseling and Career Development and one of twelve University Distinguished Teaching Scholars at Colorado State University. Rich retired from CSU in 2013 after devoting 33 years to teaching in the School of Education. With his Ph.D. from Colorado State, he served on the faculty at Northern Illinois University, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and the University of Canberra, Australia. An IPA with NASA from 2009-11, he has consulted in six continents and all 50 U.S. states. A Licensed Professional Counselor and Nationally Certified Career Counselor, his over 100 publications (with the help of many) include three books, four film series, a career assessment program used by over 14 million people, and www.stemcareer.com. Rich has served on numerous boards including the National Science Foundation's ITEST Advisory Committee, Rocky Mountain Region Planned Parenthood, Larimer Country Workforce Development, and the Poudre School District Foundation, and he is Past-President of the National Career Development Association. He is a recipient of the Eminent Career Award from the National Career Development Association, and the annual Rich Feller Leadership Award was created by the Colorado Career Development Association in his honor. An entrepreneur, he is co-founder of www.onelifetools.com, valerproductions.com, and www.cdminternet.com, and serves as Chief Advisor for www.youscience.com and he served as thought leader for AARP’s Life Reimaged program. Rich is an avid traveler and editorial reader, and a Beatles, James Taylor, and Eagles fan. He and his wife Barbara (a physical therapist and master quilter) are proud parents of son Chris, a 2014 CSU graduate and Data Scientist at NIKE.
Lisa Ford retired from the financial industry in 2012 after thirty years. She is currently writing a novel and volunteering with women and teenagers. Her intention is to help women become empowered to take control of their lives physically, emotionally, spiritually and financially. Since 2005, she has funded a scholarship at CSU for her good friend Shaun O' Brien who was killed in the early 1980's in the Philippines while on a Peace Corp tour. Lisa loves to learn and earned an additional degree in 1996 as a Chartered Financial Consultant with the American College. She enjoys Crossfit, yoga, skiing, gardening, cooking, and reading, as well as traveling with her husband, Dub Winn. Together they raised four kids, three of whom are currently in college. They live on a ranch with two dogs, two barn cats and three horses named Doc, Phil and Samson.
Tricia Ford is an accomplished healthcare leader with more than 26 years of healthcare experience covering operations, sales, business development, and management. Tricia serves as Care Synergy’s first Vice President of Operations. Care Synergy is the region’s largest end-of-life care network and provides mission support services for not-for-profit, community-based hospice and palliative care organizations in the Front Range. Prior to joining Care Synergy, Tricia worked nationally as the Chief Operating Officer for UnitedHealth Group’s hospice division. Throughout her career, she has held executive leadership roles in a variety of hospice, home health, and post-acute providers specializing in supportive services for the aging population. Tricia has been actively involved in for profit and not-for-profit organizations serving the communities in which she lived and worked. In previous roles, Tricia represented her employer on the Hospice Advisory Board of the Dream Foundation and the Board of Trustees of the National Hospice Foundation of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. Tricia earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies specializing in Geriatrics from Colorado State University.
Robert L. Fornaro serves as the CEO of Spirit Airlines, a low fare airline headquartered in Fort Lauderdale. Bob joined the Board of Directors of Spirit Airlines in 2014 and was named its President and CEO in January 2016. Previously Bob was President of Parkview Partners LLC, an Orlando-based advisory firm. Bob retired as Chairman, President and CEO of AirTran Holdings, Inc., and its subsidiary, AirTran Airways in May 2011 after the close of the sale of the business to Southwest Airlines. He has more than 40 years of management experience and leadership roles at major airlines and business ventures. A native of Long Island, New York, Bob attended Rutgers College in New Brunswick, New Jersey, on a lacrosse scholarship and earned a bachelor’s degree in economics. He also received a master’s degree in city and regional planning from Harvard University. Bob and his wife, Karen, reside in Orlando and have three adult children. Bob’s and Karen’s daughter Jessica (Fornaro) Hall received her CSU degree in social work from the College of Health and Human Sciences in 2004. Bob served as a CSU Monfort Professor in Residence in 2007 and has established the Fornaro Family Scholars in Social Work Leadership endowment for the School of Social Work.
After a long career in dietetics and health care administration, Patricia McKlem is now dedicating her time to helping people develop leadership skills as an owner of Beseeming, LLC, and as a volunteer career counselor with Dress for Success where she helps women develop job interviewing skills and make appropriate career development choices. Pat retired from the Department of Veterans Affairs in 2008, after a 35-year career, where she served as a Network Director, Medical Center Director, Interim Chief Executive Officer, and other administrative positions. Pat’s expertise is in the area of strategic planning, employee development, and employee accountability and responsibility. Upon her retirement, Pat had overall responsibility for VA Health Care Systems in Arizona, New Mexico, and West Texas. Pat received her Bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University, in food science and nutrition. She completed graduate work at the University of Iowa and Moorhead State University. Pat received a Master in Public Administration from Brigham Young University where she majored in health care administration. Pat is a graduate of the 1985 Leadership VA class and is a member of the American Dietetic Association. In 2000 and in 2004 Pat was recognized with the prestigious Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executive, and in 2002 she was recognized with the Distinguished Executive Presidential Rank Award, the highest honor bestowed on senior executives in the Federal service.
Karen Morris-Fine received her bachelor’s in 1967, her master’s in meat science in 1970 and her Ph.D. in 1978 from the CSU Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition and has always been passionate about research and education in the field. She believes that education provided her the foundation for her success, and she has created the Karen Morris-Fine Graduate Student and Early Career Faculty Success Fund as well as the Nutrition Research Leadership and Innovation Fund to support students and early career professors with their education and research. She has had an active career as a toxicologist for Coca Cola, Syracuse Research Corporation, and The Boeing Company where she retired after 26 years as their corporate toxicologist. She held top leadership roles in their safety, health, and risk management programs and was inducted into the Boeing Technical Fellowship program as an associate fellow in toxicology for her contributions and leadership roles in the field. Karen served on the joint Boeing/IAM Hazard Communication team, Technical Fellowship review and interview panel, and Global Chemical Strategy and Integration teams. She was a board member for the Boeing Management Association, for the Boeing Employees Concert band and for the Society of Toxicology Women in Toxicology subsection. She was selected as one of the Boeing participants for the Seattle Leadership Tomorrow development program. During her career, Karen received many special achievement awards individually and as a member of outstanding teams. Today Karen is staying happy and active in her retirement. She loves Colorado and enjoys the outdoors, travel, and spending time with grandchildren. She also continues to support CSU’s Food Science and Human Nutrition department in many ways and is a forever Ram!
Yvonne Myers is deeply committed to care for older adults and their families. She has been in the Long Term Care profession since 1983, and currently serves as Health Systems Director for Columbine Health Systems, where she has worked since 1990. Yvonne has shown her passion for Colorado State University by serving on the Department of Human Development and Family Studies External Advisory Board from 1998 -2004, as a member of the flag team for the Alumni Marching Band, and now as a member of the Executive Leadership Council for the College of Health and Human Sciences. In 2005, she was recognized as the College's Honor Alumna. Her community commitments include serving on the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors, the boards of directors for the Poudre Valley Hospital and Medical Center of the Rockies Foundation, co-chair for the Northern Colorado Health Sector Partnership, and as an inaugural member of WISH – Women Investing in Strategies for Health Care. Yvonne and her husband, Lee, are busy keeping up with their 18 year old daughter, Emily. Yvonne is never too busy to show her Ram Pride at a CSU football, volleyball or basketball game!
Melissa Pappas is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of ATHENA Consulting, an award winning, certified Woman Business Enterprise, located in the State of Maryland. She started ATHENA in 2002 in her basement, and today employs more than 350 in the mid-Atlantic. Melissa had a distinguished career working with state welfare programs to help improve service delivery, enhance customer service, and increase accuracy. Today, her company, ATHENA Consulting, provides long-term professionals to state government agencies to work with the community’s most vulnerable citizens. Prior to starting ATHENA, Melissa spent nine years as a senior executive for government operations at MAXIMUS, a consulting company that worked with state and local government human service programs. She worked in nearly every state, owing her professional success to knowing all the state capitols in a third grade school competition. Previously, Melissa worked with state cabinet secretaries of human services, advocating on national welfare policy for the American Public Welfare Association in Washington DC.
Melissa is very involved in serving her community helping others. She is the President of the Board of Trustees of the Treatment and Learning Centers, an organization that serves children and adults with special needs, and is currently a member of the College of Health and Human Sciences’ Executive Leadership Council. Since 2017, she has funded a scholarship in her parents’ names to assist other first-generation college students in the School of Social Work. She previously served on the boards of Leadership Montgomery, the Primary Care Coalition of Montgomery County and the Family Services Agency.
Melissa is a 1985 graduate of Colorado State University with a degree in Social Work. In 1988, she obtained a master’s degree in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago. Melissa is currently enrolled in a three-year entrepreneurial master’s program designed to coach entrepreneurs on their journey to be better business owners.
Melissa is the proud mother of three sons – two of whom are currently students at CSU. She enjoys CrossFit, reading, skiing, hiking, and travelling.
Rayno Seaser is the founder of The Egg & I restaurants, a chain of breakfast-lunch restaurants currently operating in 115 locations throughout the country. He presently owns and operates the Fort Collins and Loveland locations, having sold the franchise segment of the business in 2005. Rayno was inducted into the Colorado Restaurant Association Hall of Fame in 2009 and remains active as a restaurant owner and business consultant. He currently serves on the advisory board for the Colorado-Wyoming Better Business Bureau and is a member of the Colorado State University Research Foundation Board of Directors. In 2010, he received the Fort Collins Chamber of Commerce “Collins Award,” recognizing his community service and contributions to social responsibility. Rayno and The Egg & I are longtime supporters of the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition through their annual scholarship to the Hospitality Management Program. In 1972, Rayno graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in psychology. He is the proud father of three grown children and is Pops to four grandchildren. He and his wife, Patty, are part of a unique boating community called "The Great Loopers" and enjoy playing golf.
Susan Stefanich Stevens, a native of Colorado, began her educational journey in Dental Assisting School and became a certified Dental Assistant. Susan later earned a B.S. in Industrial Sciences and Technology with an emphasis in Adult Technical Education at Colorado State University. During her senior year, Susan received the L.L. Gibbons Scholarship, which later inspired her to establish the John Stefanich, Sr. Memorial Scholarship to honor her father and to support other students in the same way she was supported while at CSU. After receiving her Vocational Education Certificate from the State of Colorado, she began teaching at Front Range Community College as a Dental Assisting program faculty member, teaching both secondary and post-secondary students. She eventually became the Program Director of the Dental Assisting Accreditation Program, enjoying this position as it allowed her to utilize both her teaching skills and passion for medicine. Most recently, Susan has spent the last 20 years working as a sales specialist for Questcor Pharmaceuticals, where she puts her adult education degree to work, blending her love of science with her passion for helping others. She is involved with patient care and has served as a board member and a volunteer for many community and state-wide associations.
Kevin L. Unger is President/CEO of Poudre Valley Hospital and Medical Center of the Rockies and Executive Leadership over Yampa Valley Medical Center and Greeley Hospital. Kevin oversees management agreements with Sidney Regional Medical Center, Ivinson Memorial Hospital, and Cheyenne Regional Medical Center.
Kevin began in 2001 as the Vice President of Planning and Strategic Development for Poudre Valley Hospital. In 2003, he assumed the role of Vice President of Operations and Ambulatory Services for PVH, being named President and CEO in 2005. With the formation of UCHealth, his role changed in 2013 to oversee both hospitals.
Kevin’s focus on quality excellence is reflected in the numerous national awards won by Poudre Valley Hospital, Medical Center of the Rockies, and Poudre Valley Health System, including the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 2008. He was selected in 2009 as the recipient of the Robert S. Hudgens Young Healthcare Executive of the year through the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Prior to joining Poudre Valley Hospital, he served as the Manager for the Department of Medicine at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center; Business Development Analyst for University Hospital in Denver; and a consultant for First Consulting Group.
Kevin earned his Bachelor of Arts from Colorado State University in 1992, a Master of Science in Health Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver in 1998, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver in 1998 and a Doctor of Philosophy in Organizational Development and Change from Colorado State University in 2013.
A native of Fort Collins, he and his wife, Stacy, are the proud parents of three children, Sydney, Mason and Sophia.
Cliff Buchholz served: October 2012 - April 2018
Darrell Eastwood - ’74, Industrial Construction Management served: April 2015- October 2018
Pat Kendall - ’83, Food Science and Nutrition served: April 2012 - April 2018
Susan Kreul-Froseth - ’74, Art and ’78, MS Construction Management served: April 2012 - April 2014
Linda Lindholm - ’73, Occupational Therapy served: April 2012 - July 2014
Wayne Lindholm - ’75, Industrial – Construction Management served: April 2012 - July 2014
Danette Reagan - ’87, Nutrition and Food Science served: April 2012 - April 2018