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Faculty and Staff

Linda Olson

Linda Olson, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer/Director


Paul Kosempel

Paul Kosempel, Ph.D., Associate Director


Mimi Bau

Mimi Bau, MBA, Community Relations & Program Coordinator



Emily Allen, Program Coordinator

Pioneer Leadership Program, Faculty and Staff

Linda Olson, Ph.D., PLP Executive Director

Dr. Linda Olson began teaching at the University of Denver in 2000 and has spent the past 10 years as Sr. Lecturer and Director of the Pioneer Leadership Program. Her area of communication research has included collaborative leadership, group and team communication, leadership development, leadership and sustainability, and leadership ethics. Linda's current research is focused on assessment of leadership learning and the leadership development process of undergraduate students. She brings a vibrant interest in international and intercultural issues to the classroom. Linda has taught and led groups involved in international learning and service throughout the world. In addition, Linda is active in local elected leadership as the Mayor Pro Tem of the City of Englewood, Colorado.

Paul Kosempel, Ph.D., PLP Interim Director

Paul's professional experience includes over twenty years in institutions of higher education in various capacities including career development, leadership development, operations, and event management. Prior to joining the Pioneer Leadership Program in 2007, Paul created a thriving program of alumni involvement as Director of Alumni Career Information at DU.  He received his doctorate from the University of Denver in 2008 and his dissertation explored the communication dynamics in mentoring relationships. Paul has presented at multiple conferences including the International Leadership Association and the Association of Leadership Educators. His research interests lie in the areas of leadership for sustainability and leadership education. One of his most significant achievements at DU is creating the Leadership and Sustainability in Belize course with Dr. Olson. Outside of DU, Paul stays active with his family and enjoys golf, volleyball, and the Denver Broncos.


Mimina (Mimi) Bau, MBA, PLP Community Relations & Program Coordinator

Mimi is a DU graduate and an alumnus of the Pioneer Leadership Program. She received her BS in Mathematics and MBA in Global Market Finance from Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver. She has worked for the University since 2006, from Marketing & Communications to our Program & Community Relations Coordinator. She manages our corporate/nonprofit partnerships, community engagement, volunteer program, alumni development, and strategic growth of our program. She is very active in the community and serves on various boards and committees around Denver. She loves working with college students and inspiring them to fulfill their dreams.  Growing up in Colorado Springs, she loves running, hiking, and being outdoors!


Emily Allen, MS, PLP Program Coordinator

Emily's received her BA from Syracuse University in English and Textual Studies, accompanied by minors in Policy Studies, and Sociology. She also received her Masters of Science in Higher Education Administration from Southern New Hampshire University. Prior to moving to Denver, she lived in Colorado Springs and served as an eighth grade Language Arts teacher as part of the Teach For America program. Before joining the PLP team, she worked as the Assistant Director of Student Life at Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design. Working with students who share her passions for leadership development, civic engagement, and community service is an incredible experience each and every day. Outside of the day-to-day at PLP, Emily spends her time playing ice hockey, cooking, hiking, and biking.


Pioneer Leadership Program, Adjunct Faculty

Cathy Grieve, Ph.D.
PhD, University of Denver (1979)
MA, University of Denver (1972)
BA, Mount St. Joseph-on-the-Ohio

Selected Accomplishments:

  • National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences 2003 Silver Circle Inductee
  • Excellence in Education Award, University of Denver Disability Services, 2002
  • Seton Tradition Award, Archdiocese of Denver, 2000
  • University of Denver Distinguished Teaching Award, Sept. 2000
  • DU Master Teacher Award, 1993
  • Hospice of Peace Award, 1992
  • University of Denver Pioneer Award, 1991
  • Teaching Award, DU Learning Effectiveness Program

Public relations, crisis communications, event planning, communication and gender, non-profit communication

Roscoe Hill, Ph.D.
Roscoe Hill is a member of the Philosophy Department faculty.  He came to DU in 1973, and has spent the time here going back and forth between teaching and administration.  Most recently, from 1990 to 1998, he was Dean of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at DU. In the 1970's and early 1980's he was the Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.  In the early 1980's he was the founding dean of The New College (now named University College).

He once taught and researched in the areas of ethics and philosophy of law.  Then he moved on to the philosophy of religion.  Through it all, he has loved teaching the moral writings of Plato, Aristotle, and other ancient Greek thinkers.  His interest in the Pioneer Leadership Program traces to three things: he has held many leadership positions and enjoys thinking/reading about leadership issues; he believes leaders need to be acquainted with the literature of philosophy; and he thinks PLP students are terrific.
He has also raced sailboats for many years, typically with a crew of four.  In such settings, the lessons about teamwork are numerous.  He has two grown children and six grandchildren.  He enjoys hiking and sailing in the summer, snow shoeing and skiing in the winter.

Pioneer Leadership Program, Community Adjunct Affiliate

Jamie Van Leeuwen, Ph.D.
Jamie has a Masters degree in International Public Health and a Masters degree in Sociology from Tulane University.  He completed his PhD in Public Policy at the Graduate School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado at Denver with an emphasis on affordable housing and homelessness.  In 2006, Jamie was appointed by Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper to work as the Project Manager for Denver's Road Home, the city's Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness.  He was also appointed to Chair the Drug Strategy Commission and oversee the Office of Drug Strategy.  Prior to this role, Jamie directed fundraising, legislative work and research as the Director of Development & Public Affairs at Urban Peak, a Colorado non-profit agency serving over 3,000 homeless and at-risk youth each year.  With extensive experience researching and working with street youth in New Orleans and Denver, Jamie chaired the Denver Outreach Forum and participated on the Mayor's Safety Task Force and the Mayor's Drug Strategy Task Force. 

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