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KIM GORGENS, PHD, ABPP, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Kim Gorgens

Kim has been with the University of Denver since 2001 when she began teaching at the Graduate School of Professional Psychology. Since the beginning of her career, her passion for excellence in education has fueled professional development and continuing education at GSPP and now, the University of Denver with the inception of the Center for Professional Development under her leadership. Her vision is that the Center for Professional Development offer the best in interprofessional education and be a resource for post-degree educational excellence across all disciplines.

SHANNON GRAY, MS, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, DIRECTOR of MARKETING 

Shannon Gray

Shannon is a strategic communication professional with extensive experience executing strategic plans to increase constituent engagement through public relations and marketing efforts. Skilled in crafting goal-oriented communication campaigns for university, corporate and non-profit clients. Expertise in identifying target publics and creating key messaging themes to best satisfy the organization's communication goals.

JANALEE CARD CHMEL, MA, WRITER AND MARKETING

Janalee Chmel

Janalee is a Denver freelance writer. She assists the Center for Professional Development with course development and descriptions. Janalee has been writing professionally since 1988, earning national recognition in fundraising, marketing, multimedia, video and creative writing. Janalee earned a B.A. in journalism and political science from Rutgers University and an M.A. from the University of Denver in creative writing.

Wendy Fish, MBA, Operating and Budget Partner

Wendy FIsh

Wendy, partner and lead consultant with DenverData.Works, is working closely with CPD's executive team to create value and sustainability during their initial pilot years. At Dell Inc., Wendy was identified for her ability to build "something special from nothing" and selected to develop and direct the administration of the office of the chairman. As Assistant Dean within the Morgridge College of Education/University of Denver, Wendy built complex net revenue models to accurately predict actuals and identified scholarship opportunities to improve student access. Additionally, she was instrumental in the planning and strategic conception of the Center for Professional Development.

DEANNA METROPOULOS, MA, Lead STUDENT CHAIR, WEBMASTER AND GRAPHIC DESIGNer

Deanna Metropoulos

Deanna assists in planning and organizing CPD's events, as well as contributing input to the media channels. She also designs and creates event flyers and manages CPD's website. Deanna holds a Master of Arts degree in Forensic Psychology and Bachelor of Arts degrees in criminology and psychology from the University of Denver. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Psychology degree in Clinical Psychology at DU's Graduate School of Professional Psychology.

NATALIA WANNON, STUDENT EVENT CHAIR

Natalia Wannon

Natalia's contributions to CPD also includes event planning and coordination and lending her vision to CPD programming by researching topics and speakers. Natalia holds a BS degree in psychology and brain & cognitive sciences from the University of Rochester, and is a PsyD candidate in clinical psychology at DU's Graduate School of Professional Psychology

RACHEL LAHODA, STUDENT EVENT CHAIR

Rachel LaHoda

Rachel organizes and plans events, and helps to foster professional and institutional connections between CPD and the community. Rachel holds a BS degree in psychology from the University of Colorado and is a PsyD candidate in clinical psychology at DU's Graduate School of Professional Psychology.

Abigail Jay, STUDENT EVENT CHAIR, Social media lead

Abigail Jay

Abby works with the Center for Professional Development helping plan and host events. Abby holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Brevard College. She is pursing her graduate degree in Forensic Psychology at Denver University's Graduate School of Professional Psychology.

Victoria halpern, STUDENT EVENT CHAIR

Victoria Halpern

Victoria is a Student Chair for the Center for Professional Development at the University of Denver. She aids in helping plan, organize, and host various interdisciplinary events for continuing education for professionals. Victoria received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Arizona State University. She is currently attending DU's Graduate School of Professional Psychology and is pursuing a Master's degree in Forensic Psychology.

Jordan Meyer, STUDENT EVENT co-CHAIR

Jordan

Jordan Meyer grew up in Parker, Colorado where he graduated from Ponderosa High School. After graduating he served a two year service mission in Southern California. He attended Utah Valley University where he received a B.S degree in psychology and is currently in the M.A Counseling Psychology program at the University of Denver. Jordan is a Student Chair for the Center for Professional Development.