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Office of Development


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vacant
Vice President of University Advancement and Executive Director of the MSU Denver Foundation


303-352-4435



ua@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
SSB

Office Number:
410

Campus Box Number:
14

Directory Profile


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John Pepperdine
Associate Vice President of University Advancement


303-229-6476



jpepperd@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
SSB

Office Number:
410

Campus Box Number:
14

Directory Profile


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Gwen Thompson
Senior Director of Development


303-556-6819



gthomp39@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
SSB

Office Number:
410

Campus Box Number:
14

Directory Profile


Steve Galpern

Steve Galpern
Director of Development


303-556-5005



sgalpern@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
SSB

Office Number:
410

Campus Box Number:
14

Directory Profile

Bio:

Steve Galpern is Director of Development at MSU Denver. He joined the University fund raising team in late 2012 after previously having worked in development at Mile High United Way. He has a 20-plus-year track record working with nonprofit, public sector, and for-profit businesses in the Denver metro area in a variety of capacities. At MSU Denver, he is primarily responsible for raising money for the Department of Hospitality, Tourism and Events’ plan to become a school in the College of Professional Studies, and serves as the primary development liaison for the One World One Water Center for Urban Water Education and Stewardship. Steve played an important role in developing the Rita and Navin Dimond Fellowship program, funded by a major gift from the Dimond Family. He was also instrumental in helping the Tivoli Brewing Company return to its ancestral home on the Auraria Campus as part of creating two beer industry operations bachelor’s degrees.



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William 'Ran' Railey
Associate Director of Development - College of Business


303-556-5119



wrailey@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
SSB

Office Number:
410

Campus Box Number:
14

Directory Profile

Bio:

Ran is a Colorado native who has spent time in Massachusetts, Idaho, Washington state, and California working in higher education development. He earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Colorado Boulder. His hobbies include road cycling, swimming, reading, and spoiling his golden retriever. He is the development director for the College of Business.



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vacant
Associate Director of Development - School of Education


303-556-8424



ua@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
SSB

Office Number:
410

Campus Box Number:
14

Directory Profile


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Kyle Backlund
Associate Director of Planned Giving


303-556-6933



backlund@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
SSB

Office Number:
410

Campus Box Number:
14

Directory Profile


Allyssa Joseph

Allyssa Joseph
Associate Director of Development


303-352-7245



ajoseph9@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
SSB

Office Number:
410

Campus Box Number:
11

Directory Profile


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Yvonne Smith
Program Assistant for Planned Giving and Stewardship


303-556-5125



smithyv@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
SSB

Office Number:
410

Campus Box Number:
14

Directory Profile


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Fallon Hand
Office Manager


303-556-8424



fhand@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
SSB

Office Number:
410

Campus Box Number:
14

Directory Profile

Bio:

Fallon has been with MSU Denver since January 2014, and she has over ten years of professional experience in higher education. She specializes in the daily operations of the University Advancement office, which include the supervision of office assistants and the management of the front desk and reception areas. Fallon supports the development team in accounting and purchasing activities and vendor relations. She graduated from Red Rocks Community College, is a certified holistic health practitioner, and currently attends classes at MSU Denver where she is working toward a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.



MSU Denver Foundation


MSU Denver logo

vacant
Vice President of University Advancement and Executive Director of the MSU Denver Foundation


303-352-4435



ua@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
SSB

Office Number:
410

Campus Box Number:
14

Directory Profile


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Steve Devisser
Chief Finance & Operations Officer


303-556-5100



sdevisse@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
SSB

Office Number:
410

Campus Box Number:
14

Directory Profile


Jeanne Olson

Jeanne Olson
Executive Assistant to the Vice President of University Advancement and Foundation Board


303-556-2632



jolson47@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
SSB

Office Number:
410

Campus Box Number:
14

Directory Profile

Bio:

Jeanne Olson is a native of Colorado and started working for MSU Denver in May 2008. Previously, she worked for the Colorado Community College System in their Legal Department and was the Presidential Search Liaison for the 13 Colorado Community Colleges. Jeanne is a major Colorado Rockies fan and enjoys researching her family heritage. Jeanne is the Executive Administrator for MSU Denver’s Foundation Board and University Advancement.



Michael Schiffmacher

Michael Schiffmacher
Business Analyst


303-556-5220



schiffmm@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
SSB

Office Number:
410

Campus Box Number:
14

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Bio:

Michael Schiffmacher started with MSU Denver in January 2002. He has held a handful of positions in various offices at MSU Denver, including Bursar’s Office Supervisor (2002-2007), Accounting Svs COFRS and Fixed Asset Accountant (2007-2010), and Foundation Accountant (2010-2016). Michael is an MSU Denver alumnus, earning his B.S. in Management with a concentration in Finance. In his current role as the Foundation’s Business Analyst, Michael manages many of the Foundation’s business functions including the development of financial forecasts, account management, budgeting and other financial analysis. Michael is also responsible for process development and improvement projects, analysis of opportunities, and for providing general guidance and educational opportunities for both internal and external constituencies.

Michael and his wife Lindsay reside in Lakewood, CO and have a 3-year-old son. Michael is an avid outdoorsman and particularly enjoys skiing and mountain climbing. He has climbed all 58 Colorado 14ers and countless other state and country highpoints.



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Anthony Sisneros
Foundation Accountant


303-556-5155



asisner7@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
SSB

Office Number:
410

Campus Box Number:
14

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Bio:

Anthony Sisneros was born and raised in Westminster, Colorado and started as a student employee with MSU Denver in August 2006. He graduated from MSU Denver with a B.A. in Political Science and is currently working on a second bachelor’s degree in accounting. He enjoys watching football and traveling and is an avid outdoorsman, spending time both hunting and fishing. As the Foundation Accountant, he serves as the initial source of financial information for the Foundation and is responsible for department financial statements, sales tax remittance and annual tax forms, and cash disbursements.



Advancement Services


Andrea Gonzalez

Andrea Gonzales
Manager of Information Services


303-556-5093



agonz174@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
SSB

Office Number:
410

Campus Box Number:
14

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Bio:

Andrea Gonzales is a Denver native with deep Colorado roots. She started with MSU Denver in September 2008 after previously working for a private asset management company which bought, sold, and collected credit card debt. An alumna of the Community College of Denver, she is currently pursuing her degree in Computer Information Systems at MSU Denver. In her spare time, she loves being with and supporting her family, cooking, watching MMA and boxing, and traveling. As the Manager of Information Services, she oversees the team responsible for sustainability and services which includes gifts and data entry, extraction, reporting, and data integrity. She’s responsible for database access, security and training while supporting donor privacy, PCI compliance, and new process implementation requiring database integration.



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Gerald 'Jerry' Gibson
Data and Services Manager


303-556-5137



gibsong@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
SSB

Office Number:
410

Campus Box Number:
14

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Jacintha Knox
Gift Processing Specialist


303-556-4262



jknox7@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
SSB

Office Number:
410

Campus Box Number:
14

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Bio:

Originally from Nebraska, Jacintha moved to Colorado to enjoy beautiful landscapes and earn her M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Denver. As a former artist with the Hotshops Art Center and a former Fashion Merchandising adjunct instructor at Iowa Western Community College, she spent 12 of her 18 years of non-profit experience at museums promoting education programs and tourism opportunities. Jacintha is fond of volunteering her time fostering kittens, reading, writing mysteries, creating textile arts and watching movies. As the Gift Processing Specialist, she processes donations, registrations, tax receipts, financial reports and a variety of other duties to support University Advancement fundraising.



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Adam Million
Senior Development Writer and Grants Manager


303-556-3141



amillion@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
SSB

Office Number:
410

Campus Box Number:
14

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Bio:

Adam Million is from Missouri and started with MSU Denver in November 2014. As the Development Writer, he manages University Advancement’s outreach to donors, including proposal writing, gift acknowledgements, impact stories, newsletters, website content, and other fundraising and stewardship collateral. Previously, he supported the grant writing and communication efforts at Mental Health Partners in Boulder and the “I Have a Dream” Foundation of Boulder. He earned his M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Wyoming, M.A. in English from Clemson University, and B.A. in English from William Woods University. He enjoys reading and writing poetry and fiction, listening to baseball on the radio, snorkeling, watching his dogs chase squirrels, and playing semi-competitive golf.



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Lora Hansen
Director of Stewardship


303-556-5140



hansenl@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
SSB

Office Number:
410

Campus Box Number:
14

Directory Profile


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Lindsey Campbell
Web Application Specialist


303-556-8594



lcampb45@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
SSB

Office Number:
410

Campus Box Number:
14

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Bio:

Lindsey Campbell is the Web Application Specialist overseeing the use of Blackbaud NetCommunity for emails and events. She joined the Advancement Services team in April 2016. She earned her B.A. in Communication at San Diego State University in 2010, and after living in Chile as a volunteer English teacher, she found a passion for helping raise money for students to receive a quality education. Using her marketing background, she works with many clients across campus to send email communications to their alumni and donor constituents. Her interests are varied and include travel, hiking, backpacking, camping, fishing, skydiving, scuba diving, dog training, and music.



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John Oseth
Development Research Analyst


303-556-5603



joseth@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
SSB

Office Number:
410

Campus Box Number:
14

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Bio:

John Oseth is originally from Nebraska and started with MSU Denver as the Development Research Analyst in March 2016. Previously, he worked with the University of Dallas in Irving, TX, supporting their gift processing and prospect research efforts. He earned his M.B.A. in Global Management from Arizona State University, and his B.A. in Sociology from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. As the Development Research Analyst, he manages University Advancement’s prospect research and prospect management areas.



Alumni Relations


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Jamie Hurst, J.D.
Director of Alumni Relations and Giving


303-556-8452



jhurst7@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
SSB

Office Number:
410

Campus Box Number:
11

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Bio:

Jamie Hurst is originally from California and started with MSU Denver in December 2013. Previously, she worked at Upper Iowa University as the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations after working in college athletics for nearly a decade at Upper Iowa, Iowa State University and Indiana State University. Jamie earned her J.D. from Hamline University School of Law, M.A. in Sport Management from Indiana State University and B.A. in Religious Studies/Human Development from the University of California, San Diego where she was an NCAA Division II softball student-athlete. As the Director of Alumni Relations and Giving, Jamie provides leadership, vision and direction to the Alumni Relations and Annual Giving teams while also serving as the Executive Director of the Alumni Association. In her spare time, she is an avid Roadrunner Softball fan, loves all things baseball, enjoys playing guitar and woodworking. She and her wife live in Lakewood and enjoy the Colorado outdoors with their two dogs, Rowdy and Copper.



Traci McBee Rowe
Director of Donor Engagement


303-556-5750



tmcbeero@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
SSB

Office Number:
410

Campus Box Number:
11

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Brandi Rideout

Brandi Rideout
Assistant Director of Alumni Relations


303-556-6934



brideout@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
SSB

Office Number:
410

Campus Box Number:
11

Directory Profile


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Breanna Milnes
Assistant Director of Annual Giving


303-556-5095



bmilnes@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
SSB

Office Number:
410

Campus Box Number:
11

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Bio:

Bre Milnes has been working in Alumni Relations at MSU Denver since April 2015. She began working in higher education in 2009 at Kirkwood Community College in Iowa as a marketing coordinator and assistant softball coach. She earned her M.S.Ed. in Sport Performance and Leadership and B.S. in Sport Marketing and Administration from Northern State University. As an Assistant Director of Annual Giving, Bre primarily focuses on call center operations and marketing efforts for the Alumni Relations office.



Taylor Atkinson
Annual Giving Manager


303-556-5758



fatkinso@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
SSB

Office Number:
410

Campus Box Number:
11

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Lynne Winter
Engagement Coordinator


303-552-4575



wintemau@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
SSB

Office Number:
410

Campus Box Number:
11

Directory Profile


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Gini Mennenga
Office Manager


303-556-8320



vmille17@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
SSB

Office Number:
410

Campus Box Number:
11

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John R. Wiltsie
Administrative Assistant III


303-556-5104



wiltsie@msudenver.edu

Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
SSB

Office Number:
410

Campus Box Number:
11

Directory Profile


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