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 die hard 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, which just celebrated its 12th year and 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, CO, where they enjoy an active lifestyle that includes riding their motorcycles, travel, and keeping up with all things CSU.
Clifford M. Buchholz currently owns and operates The Gym of the Rockies, Miramont Sports Center and Miramont Central (a fitness center with Urgent Care, Lifestyle Medicine and an outside Physical Therapy business) and manages Miramont Lifestyle Fitness Loveland. These companies are all branded and operated under the name Miramont Lifestyle Fitness, which services approximately 22,000 members and employs 300 staff members. Cliff and Miramont are longtime supporters of the Department of Health and Exercise Science and the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition. In 1965, Cliff earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, before obtaining his Juris Doctor degree in 1970 from Washington University, located in St. Louis, Mo. An ardent tennis player throughout his life, Cliff has been inducted into the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame, Trinity University Sports Hall of Fame, and the Colorado Tennis Hall of Fame, even winning the Denver City Open in 1975. Cliff is married with a blended family of 7 children, 13 grandchildren, and 1 great grandchild.
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 $40 million in revenues. A 1983 graduate of Colorado State University, Carla holds degrees in both Interior Design and Industrial Construction Management. Carla is currently active in community and charitable life. She is a member of the Executive Committee for the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation. Carla takes an active role in supporting several organizations including the Chair of the Board for The Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center, as well as supporting The Denver Children’s Home, The Gathering Place, Bridgeway Foundation, Project Angel Heart, and The CWCC. Carla is a 4th generation Denver native making her home in the Lakewood area with her two children. Her daughter will complete her third year of college at CU Boulder in the spring of 2012, while her son is a senior in high school graduating in the spring of 2012. Carla’s interests extend to any outdoor activities, including fishing and golf as well as snow sports, she also loves to travel.
Darrell Eastwood is the Sr. Vice President of Saunders Construction, Inc. a Colorado based Commercial General Contractor. Darrell has been with Saunders for over 30 years and is proud to be a part of their rich history of completing notable projects throughout Colorado and surrounding states, including: the new indoor football practice facility, recreation center renovations, and Lory Student Center renovations, all on the CSU campus. Darrell was chairman of the Associated General Contractors of Colorado in 2003 and was chairman of the CSU Construction Management Professional Advisory Development Board (PADB) from 2008-2011. Darrell was named “Friend of the Construction Management Department” in 2011 and “Friend of the College of Health and Human Science” in 2015. He is passionate about the CM Department's continual improvement and their connection to the construction industry.
Darrell and his wife Angie live in southeast Denver and enjoy traveling, water skiing, snow skiing, and motorcycling.
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 14M, and www.stemcareer.com . Having 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 he is Past-President of the National Career Development Association. A recipient of its Eminent Career Award, the annual Rich Feller Leadership Award was created by the Colorado Career Development Association. An entrepreneur he is co-founder of www.onelifetools.com, valerproductions.com, and www.cdminternet.com, and serves as Chief Scientist for www.youscience.com and thought leader for lifereimagined.aarp.org. An avid traveler, editorial reader, Beatles and James Taylor fan, Barbara (a physical therapist and master quilter) and he are proud parents of son Chris, a 2014 CSU graduate and Denver Nuggets Analytics Assistant.
Lisa 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 Chief Operating Officer of Evercare Hospice, Inc., doing business as Evercare Hospice and Palliative Care, which provides compassionate and individualized services to people with advanced illnesses and those nearing the end-of-life. An interdisciplinary team of professionals, Evercare is committed to meeting the physical, psychological and spiritual needs of patients and their families. Evercare is a division of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a leading provider of health plans for people who have long-term or advanced illness, are older or have disabilities. Since 2005, Ms. Ford has played a critical role in the development of the company's hospice division by overseeing hospice operations of 20 offices in 13 states. She has helped to recruit a talented corporate management team, build a national business infrastructure, implement an annual budget, and develop policy and procedures to assure Medicare compliance. Ms. Ford came to Evercare with over 22 years experience in hospice operations, sales and sales management from some of the nation’s leading providers of hospice care. She served as Executive Vice President at Hospice Touch, a division of California-based GeriNet. Previously, Ms. Ford spent seven years as Western Regional Vice President for Odyssey HealthCare and six years in various positions at VITAS Healthcare. A graduate of Colorado State University, Ms. Ford earned a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the College of Health and Human Sciences in 1985.
Robert L. Fornaro serves as 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. Including his 12 year career leading the airline, Bob has more than 30 years of marketing, planning, finance, general management experience, and leadership roles at major airlines and business ventures. A native of Long Island, N.Y., Bob attended Rutgers College in New Brunswick, N.J., 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 in Cambridge, Mass. Bob and his wife, Karen, reside in Orlando and have three adult children. Bob 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.
Pat is an academic leader, having served as an Extension specialist, faculty member, interim department head and graduate programs coordinator for the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, and as the Associate Dean for Research for the College. Pat retired from CSU in 2013 after 31 years of service. Pat received her B.S. in Home Economics Education and M.S. in Foods and Nutrition from Kansas State University. Her Ph.D. is in Nutrition Education from CSU. As an Extension Specialist, Pat worked with extension agents, teachers, graduate students and nutrition and agricultural professionals across Colorado in developing, implementing and evaluating programs in the areas of nutrition, food science and food safety. Pat is the author of many publications for scientific and lay audiences and serves on the board of editors for Journal of Food Protection and Food Protection Trends. She is the past president of the Society for Nutrition Education, the Colorado Dietetic Association and Simply Colorado, Inc. She has received numerous awards, including the CHHS Scholarly Excellence Award, K-State Distinguished Alumni Research Award, CSU Alumni Award for Distinguished Service to Cooperative Extension and Outstanding Colorado Dietitian of the Year. Pat is a generous donor, having provided a lead gift for the Kendall Anderson Nutrition Center with Danette Anderson, and supporting the Kendall Graduate Scholarship for students pursuing a graduate degree in community nutrition and/or food safety education.
After a long career in health care administration, Patricia McKlem is now dedicating her time to helping people develop leadership skills, as owner of beseeming, LLC, and as a senior consultant with Sinclair Advisory Group, LLC. 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/Dietetics. Graduate work was completed at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa and Moorhead State University in Moorhead, Minnesota. Pat received a Masters 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 and the American College of Healthcare Executives. 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. Pat volunteers with her church and as a career counselor with Dress for Success where she helps women develop job interviewing skills and make appropriate career development choices.
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, and as an inaugural member of WISH – Women Investing in Strategies for Health Care. In 2014, she will serve as the co-chair for the Larimer County United Way Campaign. Yvonne and her husband, Lee, are busy keeping up with their 14 year old daughter, Emily. The family is never too busy show their Ram Pride at a CSU football, volleyball, or basketball game!
Melissa Pappas is the owner and President of ATHENA Consulting. ATHENA Consulting has been named to the Top 100 Minority Business Enterprises in 2010 and 2012, and twice received the award of Top 53 Businesses by the Gazette newspaper of Politics and Business. Melissa has more than twenty-five years' experience working with senior management professionals and state government officials in the roles of recruiting, consulting, and strategic planning. She holds a Bachelors of Social Work from Colorado State University, a Masters in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago, and was a 1995 graduate of Leadership Montgomery. Melissa previously served as a member and president of the Family Services Agency, Inc. Board of Directors from 1995-1999. She was also a member of the Development Committee for the Primary Care Coalition of Montgomery County, and served as a class representative of Leadership Montgomery. Currently, Melissa is a member of the Board of Directors at The Treatment and Learning Center in Rockville, MD. On most weekends from April through October, Melissa travels the eastern seaboard watching her three sons play competitive baseball.
Danette graduated from CSU in 1987 with a degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition, and works as a registered clinical dietitian at Exempla St. Joseph Hospital in Denver. Danette is a dedicated CSU alumna and has served on the University’s Campaign Leadership Council, the Kendall Anderson Nutrition Center board, and the Denver Athletic Advisory Board. Danette, along with Pat Kendall, made a leadership gift to name the Kendall Anderson Nutrition Center, an outreach service of CSU’s Food Science and Human Nutrition Department, and has been a longtime Ram fan and supporter of CSU Athletics.
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, two of five hospitals within the University of Colorado Health system.
Dr. Unger 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.
Dr. Unger’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. Dr. Unger 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.
Dr. Unger earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree 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 degree 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.