New Faces, New Roles at SPA

Students and friends of the School of Public Affairs will notice a number of new faces at the Lawrence Street Center this fall. See below for a list of staff and faculty members and their responsibilities, and be sure to welcome them to SPA!

Photo of fall campus colors.


Lauren Rogers
Lauren was named Grants and Contracts Director at SPA in April. She has 10 years of experience in in the CU System, six of which have been in the field of research administration. Lauren most recently held the position of Grants, Finance and Payroll Manager for the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation on the Anschutz Medical Campus. She is a UC Denver graduate and received her Business degree with an emphasis in Management in 2009. We are very fortunate to be able to benefit from Lauren’s extensive knowledge of the CU, State and Federal systems relating to grants and contracts, as well as her relationships with the Offices of Grants and Contracts and Finance.

Dominique Lusnia
Dominique joined SPA in June as our HR and Operations Coordinator. She graduated from CU Boulder in 2013 with degrees in sociology and psychology. She currently works as the Front Desk Student Manager for Enrollment and Records Services, where she manages student workers and assists students, faculty and staff with questions and procedures. Dominique is also a notary public. When she isn’t at the front desk, Dominique will reside in office 500Z2.

Lauren Davis
Lauren started in August in a new position at SPA: Course and Data Coordinator. In this new position, she is responsible for all aspects of course planning, scheduling and administration, and will also be collecting and analyzing student, course and program data for reporting purposes and to guide improvement efforts.  Lauren comes to us from Penn State, where she was an advisor to students in the Schreyer Honors College.

Corey Falter
Corey joined the CU Denver Office of Advancement in August as an Associate Development Officer. He will spend 75 percent of his time on fundraising for SPA and 25 percent on SEHD. Corey earned an M.P.A. from the Maxwell School at Syracuse, so he knows public affairs very well. He also holds an M.S. in social studies education. In his most recent position, Corey worked for Syracuse as the assistant director, direct marketing and participation — annual giving programs.

Udobong Obotette
Udobong is leaving SPA on Sept. 7. He has decided to rejoin his family in Oregon, and so has accepted a position at the University of Oregon in the School of Journalism and Communication. Udobong joined SPA in Sept. 2012 and since that time has proven to be a most valuable employee, with a consistently positive, professional presence. His calm, thoughtful approach to problems, his solid grasp of the work and issues, and his sense of humor have made him a joy to work with; he will be greatly missed! From his perspective, the SPA employees and environment have contributed much to his considerable professional development over the last three years. The search for Udobong’s replacement will commence immediately.


Lorine Hughes
Lori joined the criminology and criminal justice faculty at the beginning of fall semester as an Associate Professor. Prior to joining SPA, Lori was an Associate Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She received a Ph.D. in Sociology from Washington State University. Lori’s research focuses on street gangs, and she is particularly interested in applying social network analyses to address questions about the nature and effect of both affective and criminal/violent ties within and between gangs and between gang members and others in their communities. Lori also has more than 15 years of teaching experience, including undergraduate and graduate courses focusing on corrections, gangs and gang policy, statistics, criminological theory and other subjects.

Jane Hansberry
Beginning this fall, longtime SPA lecturer Jane Hansberry will have an expanded role. She will serve as a SPA Scholar in Residence and, in addition to teaching, will supervise the lecturers hired to teach in SPA’s various programs. In this role Jane will make recommendations to program directors for hiring, ensure that lecturers understand and are in alignment with CU Denver and SPA policies and procedures, serve as a resource for improving the quality of lecturer teaching, and evaluate lecturers’ performance. Jane will also serve as faculty liaison to students in the Accelerated MPA program and will assist in the development of courses and academic support systems for students in SPA’s undergraduate programs.

Wendy Bolyard
Wendy brings more than 20 years of experience in higher education to her Senior Instructor position at SPA. She has been teaching, primarily online, for the past 10 years and also recently founded her own consulting company, K-20 Consulting. Wendy received her Ph.D. in Public Affairs from the University of Central Florida. In addition to teaching, Wendy is a champion for graduate education and works with colleges and universities to develop best practices in recruiting and admissions, model business processes, and create financial aid leveraging strategies. She also works to solidify the technology infrastructure to support automation of routine tasks and report on performance.

Pamela Medina
Pamela joined SPA as an Instructor at the beginning of fall semester. She received a Ph.D. in Public Affairs at the University of Central Florida with a specialization in governance and public policy research. Her research interests include civic engagement, e-government, social capital, health policy and comparative public administration.  At the University of Central Florida, she assisted with and taught courses in research methods and cross-sector governance. Some of her other teaching interests include democracy and public participation, public administration, and program evaluation. Pamela has also worked in a variety of public sector settings, including as a research assistant with the Florida Center for Nursing, conducting research on nurse workforce issues, and as an intern with the United Nations Development Program.


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