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Board of Advocates

Board of Advocates

The purpose of the PLC Board of Advocates (BoA) is to support the vision, mission, programs, students and alumni of the Presidents Leadership Class, and to:

  • Advocate for PLC programs, projects, and students to increase the visibility, vitality, and utility of the PLC program;
  • Promote and generate financial and other resource development through fundraising and related strategies from corporate, foundation, and individual private gifts;
  • Support the development of an active and engaged alumni community; and,
  • Advise the PLC staff and faculty on policies, strategies, and programming.

The BoA membership includes PLC alumni, accomplished community leaders, and university officials.

Current Board members include:


Mr. Brad Dempsey
Faegre & Benson LLP


Ms. Gretchen Bliss
Retired - Deputy Director
Defense Intelligence Agency

Dr. Sandy Bracken, Ph.D
President Emeritus
Newton Leadership Chair
University of Colorado

Dr. Cathleen Burns, Ph.D
Creative Action Learning Solutions LLC

Mr. Frank Bruno
Boulder Community Health Foundation

Ms. Ashley Elmblad
Director of Workforce Design
President - PLC Alumni Group

Mr. Ted Hamstra
Senior Vice President
Private Banking, Investment - Merrill Lynch

Mrs. Suzanne Hoover
Community Volunteer
Boulder, Colorado

Mr. Kevin Kearney
Corporate Strategist (retired)

Dr. Jamie Van Leeuwen, Ph.D
Sr. Advisor to Governor
State of Colorado

Dr. Joe Pesce, Ph.D., FRAS, FCPS
CEO & Founder
Omnis, Inc.

Dr. Stephen Ruyle, MD
Urologic Surgeon
Urology Center of Colorado

Dr. Stephanie Ruyle, MD
Pediatric Pathologist (retired)

Dr. Reginald Valdez, DVM, MS, Ph.D
Senior Pathologist / Senior Investigator
Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research

Mr. Richard G. Walker
Executive Vice President - Strategy and Corporate Development
Ascent Capital Group Inc.

Mr. RIchard Wham
Managing Director Investments
Westfield Company, Inc.

Mr. Scott Whitley
President & CEO
Tenth and Blake Beer Company

Dr. Phil DiStefano
University of Colorado Boulder

Dr. Michael Grant Ph.D
Associate Vice Chancellor & Vice Provost
Undergraduate Education
University of Colorado Boulder

JoAnn Zelasko
Asst Dean of Administration
College of Engineering and Applied Science

Ramya Palaniappan
PLC Scholar
Senior Class Board Seat

Joshua Reinstein
PLC Scholar
Junior Class Board Seat

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