Born in Pueblo, I am a third-generation Coloradoan, whose grandparents immigrated to Pueblo from Italy in the early 1900’s. My father and grandfather were steelworkers and farmers. I had a working mother and a father that served on the USS Enterprise during WWII, they both taught me independence and self-reliance at a very early age. I was the first in my family to go away to college, through the help of the Presidents Leadership Class scholarship, offered by CU in conjunction with state business and civic leaders.
I graduated from the CU Leeds School of Business where I studied marketing and international business. The university teachings, my PLC scholarship and my experiences while in Boulder significantly expanded my vision well beyond my degree, they exploded the possibilities that existed not only in my hometown or state but the world. Those four years gave me the tools and confidence that led me to an extremely successful business career. Over the past 30 plus years, I have worked at four Fortune 200 companies at increasing levels of responsibility. Most recently leading an organization of over 40,000 people. I have three grown successful children of whom I’m very proud. After a business career that led me and my family to 9 different cities across the country, I decided to return to Colorado where I know I can make an impact. Now, I am committed to giving back to the state I love and the university that helped set my career, and my life, in motion.
My pride and love for my alma mater, my successful career in business, and my history as a life-long champion for intellectual diversity make me the right fit at the right time for the CU Board of Regents.
- Attended CU on Presidents Leadership Class Scholarship
- Graduated with joint degree in marketing & international business
- Johnson&Johnson, Baxter Healthcare, PepsiCo, Limited Brands (VS, Bath & Body Works, Victoria’s Secret, Express, Limited, and Henri Bendel)
- PepsiCo VP over mid-Atlantic and Southern US at 34 (one of the youngest VP to hold this position), promoted to VP of Operations over entire Eastern US
- Limited Brands Executive VP and Chief Stores Officer overseeing 5,000 stores and 50,000 employees
- International Customer Service award for large business, beating out Ritz Carlton
- Pelotonia four times (180-mile, largest bike ride in the US with over 6000 riders)
- Salvation Army El Paso County Colorado
- Directions For Families and Youth Columbus Ohio
- Pelotonia Ride to Cure Cancer Columbus Ohio
- United Way Louisville Kentucky
Why I’m running
I am running for Colorado’s CU Regent at-large position to make tuition affordable for all Colorado families.
Why CU matters
The University of Colorado system boasts four campuses in three different metropolitan areas in our state. It has a student population of over 65,000 people and an economic impact of over $12 billion annually statewide. There are over 200,000 CU alumni living in Colorado, with thousands more graduating each year. It is our universities’ responsibility to prepare these individuals for life after college—not only to be competent in their fields of study but also to ensure that they are engaged, responsible citizens in our local communities. Higher education plays a major role in building our students’ lives by fostering critical thinking skills and informed decision making.
Why the Board of Regents matters
A liberal arts education historically has been the foundation where diverse viewpoints and voices were nurtured. As Regent, I will work to bring back the rich tradition of higher education where students are taught “how to think, not what to think” regardless of their area of study. A freedom-loving nation depends on a well-educated citizenry that understands the principles of our founding and the tireless debate that created it. Without an intellectually diverse environment, we run the risk of a future that lacks the breadth and depth of thought that will be critical for the progress of our citizens, our state, and our nation. Our university system has to become even more accessible by providing the opportunity to obtain a college degree digitally—an expectation of modern college students. We have to focus on keeping tuition costs down so we can reach the brightest and best in all walks of life. We do this in part by streamlining policies, reducing bureaucracy and ensuring that what we offer provides significant value to the student during their time at CU and after graduation. I am committed to expanding these opportunities and maintaining affordability and accessibility without compromising CU’s high educational standards.