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List of Mentors 

Rohini Ananthakrishnan, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Enterprise Application Services, IT

I am currently the Assistant Vice Chancellor, Enterprise Application Services at Information Technology. I have worked at DU since 2002. I love to forge partnerships and trusted advisor relationships with stakeholders and departmental leaders to create innovation and develop process improvements to increase operational efficiency while simultaneously achieving strategic goals, ultimately delivering sustained results. I am a servant leader who grows, mentors, and inspires high performing teams.

Areas of Mentor Expertise

• Leadership / management development
• Communication / relationship issues
• Conflict resolution assistance
• Teams / group dynamics
• Work-life balance
• Increasing business acumen
• Technological skills and knowledge
• Personal growth and development
• Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)

Leanne Bokinskie, Assistant Dean, Finance & Business Operations, Daniels College of Business

I am the Assistant Dean for Finance and Business Operations at the Daniels College of Business. I'm responsible for the fiscal health and administrative activities at the College, including budget development and management, human resource management, financial policies, procedures and controls, financial aid, strategic initiatives and facilities management. I've been with DU since 2016. Prior to that I was with Emory University for 14 years, in corporate for 11 years and in public accounting for 2 years. I'm also married with two children and I'm an avid runner, skier and hiker, so work-life balance is very important to me.

Areas of Mentor Expertise

• Leadership / management development
• Communication / relationship issues
• Career advancement advice
• Teams / group dynamics
• Work-life balance
• Increasing business acumen
• Conflict resolution assistance
• Personal growth and development
• Any subject / topic pertaining to what my department / school does

Brian Elizardi, Adjunct Faculty

I am an award-winning storyteller, community activator and curator of craft experiences with a strong portfolio of successes architecting a dynamic community for entrepreneurs, innovators, students, small business owners and thought-leaders.

I am the founder and creator of Pioneering Denver, a platform that is powered by the University of Denver that takes the Denver community behind the scenes with
entrepreneurs and community leaders and their stories of building a more inclusive, authentic and vibrant metropolis in Denver.

I currently live in Denver, Colorado with my wife and two children.

Areas of Mentor Expertise
• Leadership / management development
• Communication / relationship issues
• Career advancement advice
• Teams / group dynamics
• Work-life balance
• Increasing political acumen
• Technological skills & knowledge
• Personal growth and development
• Any subject / topic pertaining to what my department / school does

Mia Elizardi, Manager of Talent and Culture, HRIC

I provide internal career coaching, educational programs, and classes for staff and faculty. I oversee the performance management system with a focus on aligning performance and career development objectives. I have worked for higher education, health care, and nonprofit sectors. I have bachelor's degrees in Human Communication and Human and Family Development and a master's degree in Higher Education Administration with a focus in Diversity and Adult Learning and Conflict Resolution. I am passionate about lifelong learning, career development, employee engagement, leadership development, community outreach, wellness, team building, diversity and inclusion, and strategic planning. I am a passionate lifelong learner, loyal to Higher Education as a first-generation student, and bleed crimson and gold!

Areas of Mentor Expertise
• Leadership/management development
• Communication/Relationship Issues
• Career advancement advice
• Conflict resolution assistance
• Teams/Group Dynamics
• Work-life balance
• Increasing political acumen
• Technological skills & knowledge
• Personal growth & development

Eva Esakoff, Coordinator of Health Promotion - Alcohol & Other Drug Prevention & Education, SAIE

Eva (she/her/hers) has worked at DU for four years in the Department of Health Promotion, both as a para-professional and a full-time professional staff member, with a focus on health education and college students' well-being. She also received her master's degree from the Morgridge College of Education in Higher Education Administration. She is excited and interested in working with younger/up and coming DU professionals to help them feel connected to another younger professional, grab coffee/tea/lunch, or assist folx in learning more about the "ins and outs" of DU.

Areas of Mentor Expertise
• Leadership/management development
• Communication/Relationship Issues
• Work-life balance
• Personal growth & development
• Any subject pertaining to what my department/school does

Alex Khramov, Director, IT Operations, IT

I am a highly versatile IT professional with extensive experience managing enterprise-scale IT operations, projects, and services in a higher education environment. I also have experience directing implementations and supporting efforts spanning IT infrastructure, networking and communications, educational technology, and information and systems security. I am adept in strategic IT planning and management, with proven success in the development and execution of IT strategies, plans, solutions, roadmaps, and policies. I leverage recruiting, training, coaching, and mentoring to build high-performance professional teams. 

Areas of Mentor Expertise
• Leadership/management development
• Teams / Group Dynamics
• Personal growth & development

Casey Kite, Executive Assistant, Provost Office

Casey came to the University of Denver in 2018 from a national law firm where she worked as a legal assistant. She has extensive experience in managing the calendars of multiple high level administrators, event planning, systems and office training, and work life-balance.

• Leadership / management development
• Communication / relationship issues
• Technological skills & knowledge
• Teams / group dynamics
• Work-life balance
• Conflict resolution assistance
• Any subject pertaining to what my department does
• Personal growth and development
• General university organization information; organizational culture

Jane Kolb, Director Campus Engagement, Career and Professional Development, Advancement

With over 20 years of higher education leadership roles at the director level, I can share key success factors and skills needed to develop meaningful campus-wide career development programs and experiences. I have been with DU for 9 years and worked at regional state school for 11 years. At DU, I am currently the lead in building out a scalable mentoring strategy for undergraduate students. As a staff member in Career & Professional Development, I have created and implemented faculty engagement strategies and initiatives to increase our student engagement efforts. I am happy to share my work experiences and discuss how to navigate a career in higher education.

Areas of Mentor Expertise
• Career advancement advice
• Teams/group dynamics
• Work-life balance
• Program development inoving students' career and professional development goals
• Any subject pertaining to what my department/school does

Teri Markle, Assistant Dean of Business and Operations, University College

My current position as Assistant Dean of Business and Operations at University College affords me the opportunity to deeply understand the diverse business needs of higher education. My professional background has diverse experience in corporate, small business, and non-profit sectors, and lends to understanding the unique aspects of each, as it relates to financial and organizational management and operations. It would be my distinct honor to share my experience with colleagues as they navigate their professional careers. On a personal note, as a working mom who raised four children, I understand the challenges of managing a work life balance.

Areas of Mentor Expertise
• Leadership/management development
• Communication/Relationship Issues
• Career advancement advice
• Conflict resolution assistance
• Work-life balance
• Increasing business acumen
• Personal growth & development
• Any subject pertaining to what my department/school does

Audrey Moreno, Associate Director, 4 Dimensional Experience, SAIE

Audrey has worked at DU for almost seven years in a number of different capacities including both staff and adjunct faculty in the Office of Undergraduate Admission, Living and Learning Communities, the Office of Internationalization, and the Office of Student Engagement. Similarly, she received her master's degree from the Morgridge College of Education and is currently pursuing her doctorate. She is excited and interested in working with newer DU professionals to build a professional community, grab coffee, or assist folks in learning more about the 'ins and outs' of DU systems.

Areas of Mentor Expertise

• Leadership / management development
• Communication / relationship issues
• Teams / group dynamics
• Work-life balance
• Personal growth and development
• Any subject / topic pertaining to what my department / school does

Tommy Nagle, Business Officer, Student Affairs & Inclusive Excellence

I've worked at the University of Denver for about 5 years now. In my role, I process financials and provide various other types of operational support. Throughout my time here, my position has allowed me to meet and work with a very large variety of other staff members at the university from different units. Personally, I live in Cap Hill with my 2 year old Corgi named Ein. I have a large passion for music and outdoor activity during my time off. I am also an instrument repair tech on the side. Other than that, I love to keep busy and learn new things!

Areas of Mentor Expertise
• Communication/Relationship Issues
• Conflict resolution assistance
• Work-life balance
• Technological skills & knowledge
• Personal growth & development
• Any subject pertaining to what my department/school does

Ken Pinnock, Director of People Development, HRIC

I oversee talent management and development programs for the University of Denver. My current role encompasses designing and delivering development programs for faculty and staff, workforce planning and organizational development work. My previous work included consulting and working with a variety of organizations on many facets of HR including strategy, employee relations,
compensation & benefits, staffing, mediation and conflict management. I am a frequent conference presenter both locally and nationally and have delivered programs in Canada, the EU and in Asia. I am a faculty member for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). I hold a Master's degree in Management from Regis University and am a graduate of the University of Denver's business school with a degree in Business Management. I have also earned the (SHRM-SCP) (SPHR) and (GPHR) professional certifications in the human resources profession.

Areas of Mentor Expertise
• Leadership / management development
• Career advancement advice and/or brainstorming
• Teams / group dynamics
• Personal growth & development
• Human resources profession and practices

Anna Sher, Associate Professor, Department of Biological Science

I am a scientist, wife and mother. I joined DU in 2003, was awarded tenure one year early and am now one of 3 female full-professors in NSM. In addition to being an academic, I was the director of Research and Conservation at Denver Botanic Gardens for 7 years and am a graduate of the Daniels College of Business High Performance Leadership program. I am a lesbian and am sensitive to gender and sexuality issues.

Areas of Mentor Expertise
• Leadership/management development
• Communication / relationship issues
• Career advancement and/or brainstorming
• Work-life balance
• Personal growth and development
• Any subject/topic pertaining to my professional expertise

Drew Shope, Systems Engineer II, IT

I've worked at DU for about 5 years, and started with very basic IT knowledge right out of undergrad. Some of the Sys Engineers at the time really helped show me the ropes, and that really helped me in my career. I'd love to pay that forward.

Areas of Mentor Expertise
• Leadership/management development
• Communication / relationship issues
• Work-life balance
• Technological skills & knowledge
• Any subject/topic pertaining to my professional expertise

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